For the home chef on your list, nothing beats top-of-the-line olive oil in wild flavours to incite creativity in the kitchen. $32 for a 750-mL bottle. The Unrefined Olive, 151-A Second Ave., 613-231-3133. This wicker basket makes the gift-giving moment a beautiful thing. $95. J.D. Adam Kitchen & Home Accessories, 795 Bank St., 613-235-8714.
Divine chocolate bars are made with fair-trade cocoa butter, fair-trade sugar, and real vanilla to ensure a taste that truly is divine ($4.60 each). These lemongrass sticks are produced by small-scale organic farmers in Sri Lanka and India ($3.20 each). Himalayan salt, from Solay Gourmet, is a pretty pink colour thanks to 84 essential minerals ($10 for 227 g). Ten Thousand Villages, 371 Richmond Rd., 613-759-4701.
Take a moment to unwind and refuel. Get Relaxed Tea, from The Republic of Tea, features calming aromas of lavender and rose petals, as well as chamomile and passionflower ($14.95 for 36 bags). Polenta crisps, in caramelized red onion and balsamic vinegar flavour, are low-fat crackers that are free of wheat, gluten, and nuts ($7.59). Ottawa Bagelshop and Deli, 1321 Wellington St., 613-722-8753.
Celebrate in style with Henry of Pelham Cuvée Catharine Rosé Brut, an elegant sparkling wine made in classic tradition. Sip by the fire for a refreshing and delicate holiday experience. $29.95. LCBO, 275 Rideau St., 613-789-5226.
For an all-natural warm-up that will satisfy your sweet tooth, try chocolate truffle hot chocolate by Vermont’s Silly Cow Farms ($7.99). Cocomira’s pistachio crunch combines Belgian dark chocolate with toffee and pistachios for a tasty treat that happens to be gluten-free ($9.99). Rainbow Foods, 1487 Richmond Rd., 613-726-9200.