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The Indie88 Holiday Gift Guide

Christmas shopping is always stressful, but it’s even worse when you’re trying to stick to a strict budget. If you’re already sweating what to get everyone on your list (and a gift card just won’t cut it), we’ve rounded up 10 of the most interesting gifts we could find for under $30.

Bluetooth Shower Speaker

Know someone who likes to wake up to music? There’s no need to press pause while you hop in the shower if you’ve got one of these bluetooth-enabled waterproof speakers. $15 at Chapters-Indigo.

Norpro Coffee Scoop with Bag Clip

Sure, it’s a simple tool, but when you’re fumbling around the kitchen half-asleep, having a scoop clipped to your coffee bag (and keeping it fresh) really comes in handy. $6 at Amazon.ca.

Neighbourhood Oxford Pennant

If someone you know takes particular pride in their neighbourhood—be it The Beaches or Parkdale—buy them one of these trendy Oxford Pennants from Tuck Shop Co. to hang on their wall. $20 at tuckshopco.com.

Home Alone: The Authorized Colouring Book

If you and your friends haven’t caught onto the colouring craze yet, this might be the book to change that. Sure, intricate sea creatures and jungle cats are fun to shade, but what could be better than reliving young Kevin McAllister’s most mischievous moments? $13 at Amazon.ca.

The Rap Year Book

Rap music was officially recognized as an influential part of the music landscape in 1979, and this book chronicles the most important rap song written every year since, from Public Enemy’s “Fight The Power” to Jay-Z’s “Big Pimpin’”. $20 at chapters.indigo.ca.

Us Print

Show your significant other you care about them (and nobody but them) with the “Us Print” from the Montreal-based Stay Home Club. Unfortunately, this gift only works if they share the same sentiment. $18 at stayhomeclub.ca.

Leather Earbud Organizer

Unless they’re extremely Type A, your friends are likely just as frustrated with how tangled their earbuds are every time they pull them out of their bag. Make their day with a super simple (but ingenious) gift like this. 3 for $22 at etsy.com.

Drake Pantry Bourbon Infused Maple Syrup

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Because this is Canada, and we can’t put together a gift guide without including maple syrup. But it isn’t just any maple syrup—this stuff’s infused with bourbon, making it the perfect gift for a boozy brunch buddy, or even the chef in your life. $29 for 500ml at drakegeneralstore.ca.

Bottle Beanies

With wine stoppers as adorable as these tiny little toques, you and your friends may actually have some wine leftover after your next holiday party. $17 for a set of two at mnkbusiness.com.


If all else fails, no one’s going to argue if you want to help them grow their vinyl collection. If you’re not sure what to get, check out this list before heading to one of these must-hit vinyl shops in Toronto.

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