SYDNEY’S GIFT GUIDE: SOMETHING WARM

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Whether it’s your brother, your dad or your office’s Secret Santa, you can always rely on giving the gift of warmth. A toque, scarf or new pair of gloves is a perfect way to do this, especially if you’re a bit unsure of the recipient’s particular size or even their style.

We’ve yet to encounter a person who isn’t excited to welcome a new winter accessory into their wardrobe. Currently, we’re pleased to offer a variety of options of each. From Kangaroo leather driving gloves to deerskin, wool-lined gloves suited for the coldest days as well as Upstate Stock Wool mittens and gloves, we have a great variety of options at every price point.

We also have a variety of toques (or beanies) and scarfs from KIN and United Stock Dry Goods. So, if you’re in need of a last-minute gift for that special someone (or office acquaintance), we’ve got you (and them!) covered.

Shop now online or visit us in-store.

SYDNEY’S GIFT GUIDE: CIRE TRUDON CANDLES

Cire Trudon Candles

The perfect gift for the discerning individual. Since 1643, Cire Trudon is the oldest and most prestigious wax manufacturer in the world. The company got its start by supplying the French court and the most important churches with light. In fact, the Trudon company supplied Versailles until the very end of the monarchy.

As Napoleon’s wax producer during the Empire, the company survived the arrival of domestic lighting and the birth of the “electric revolution”. Trudon continued its work throughout the centuries, particularly through the making of traditional candles and perfumed candles for some very prestigious names.

The many centuries of experience makes Cire Trudon a wax producer with unrivalled know-how. Made in France, each candle is made of certified vegetal waxes and beeswax and blended with perfume, finished with pure cotton wicks which are adapted to each fragrance according to their burn characteristics.

In addition, each candle is contained in hand blown italian glass. Each glass is crafted by artisans in Vinci, Italy with its shape inspired by a champagne bucket. They do not contain any substances on the Greenpeace OSPAR list and are free of heavy metals or are involved in their manufacturing.  Cire Trudon candles are 100% biodegradeable.

Cire Trudon candles are just simply the best in the world and are perfect for anyone on your list. The Cire Trudon collection of candles are available in-store or on-line

SYDNEY’S GIFT GUIDE: UNITED STOCK DRY GOODS DENIM

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It’s around this time of year that we consider those hard-to-buy-for people on our lists. Those people who seem to have everything or those who live so minimally they seemingly need nothing. Lucky for you, we have the perfect gift – Denim.

A good pair of jeans is not only practical, but also very personal. If you opt for a pair of our United Stock Dry Goods raw denim, the denim will wear and fade as your lucky recipient enjoys them for years. United Stock Dry Goods are made in Canada and we only source the best Japanese denim, so you can be sure you’ll be giving a gift that will last.

Sizing can definitely be a challenge so make sure you know them well. Or, you can always purchase a Sydney’s gift card so you can be sure that your special someone gets the perfect pair.

SYDNEY’S GIFT GUIDE: COMMUTERS CARAMELS

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Anybody that knows us, knows that we love food.  We have a food opinion on everything from cassoulet to burgers to rib eyes to fromage.  Caramels are something we’re really partial to, after having discovered salted caramels in France.

This holiday season, we’re making gift giving a little bit sweeter with Commuters.

The Commuters is a local sweets operation, making double-boiled, small batch, hand-cut caramels with quality ingredients. Founded by trained butcher Megan Richards and editor Abi Slone, the duo have not only lived in over seven cities in under five years, but spend every available minute on the quest for “new to them” foods in places near and far.

The caramels, developed with traditional tastes but layered with nuanced flavour combinations (Apple Bourbon Pecan, Salted Vanilla Crisp, Rosemary Almond, Pistachio Mint, Espresso, Earl Grey) are versatile, adaptable, and of course, travel well.

Made to order for Sydney’s, shop Commuters caramels now.

Available in-store.

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SYDNEY’S GIFT GUIDE: THE-NOT-SO-STYLISH-BROTHER

IMG_2165As a service to our loyal readers and customers, we will be presenting a series of handy gift guides in the coming weeks, to provide some helpful gift ideas for those people on your list who are particularly difficult to buy for.

This week, we provide a selection of gift options for that brother who just doesn’t really care all that much about style. He is the type that dresses almost purely for utility, regardless of the social situation or context. He just doesn’t think about clothing. On that note, we put together a variety of stylish options that are diverse enough to work with pretty much anything in his wardrobe.

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Upstate Stock Ragg Wool Mittens

Made in America using Shima Seiki machines, traditional construction and are finished by hand, these gloves are made from high-quality Ragg Wool and are lined to keep the wearer cozy and warm throughout the winter. Learn more about Upstate Stock.

Find them here.

United Stock Dry Goods Cotton Herringbone Trousers

From our own United Stock Dry Goods, these trousers are cut slim (but not too slim) and feature a subtle herringbone pattern to provide visual interest and style to any outfit. These pair equally well with a button-down, sweater or even t-shirt.

Notable details include a hidden coin pocket, 100% cotton and felled inseam and out-seam for construction that is both clean and strong. These trousers are deceptively durable.

Find them here.

Imperial Barber Gift Pack

From Imperial Barber, this gift pack includes everything a guy needs to step up his morning routine. Everything included in this gift pack is all-natural and is some of the finest on the market.

Visit us in-store to get yours.

JMB Leather Vegetable Tanned Oiled Wallet

Produced in a small workshop in rural Quebec, JMB Leather is small by choice so they can focus on quality. The leather is heavy-duty and the simple, no-frills construction ensures this will be enjoyed for decades to come.

Find it here.

United Stock Dry Goods Diamond Plaid Shirt

Made right here in Canada, with fabric sourced from Japan, this cotton button-down pairs well with denim and trousers. The cotton is extremely soft and heavier than your average button-down making this a great layering piece for the colder months.

Find it here.

United Stock Dry Goods Plomb Print Shirt

Another great piece from United Stock Dry Goods, this cotton button-down benefits from a neutral colour palette alongside a print which adds style to any outfit without being loud or ostentatious. The fabric is nice and soft and warm, perfect for this weather and will quickly become a go-to piece in any wardrobe.

Find it here.

SYDNEY’S GUIDE: THE AGA KHAN MUSEUM

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Just north of the downtown core lies a $300-million museum solely dedicated to Islamic art; including painted illustrations, ceramics, weavings, calligraphy, clothing and lots more. The sprawling institution was quietly erected in September.

The Aga Khan Museum houses a permanent collection of work that was previously housed in Paris, London and Geneva. Their entire collection amounts to more than 1,000 though approximately only 250 will be on display at any time.

We are by no means experts on Islamic art but really enjoyed the diverse selection on display. What really wowed was architectural. The 6.8 hectare property plays host to vast amounts of impeccably maintained green space, large public sculptural pieces and a peaceful walking path. The central courtyard is open to the sky, surrounded by 42.7 foot high glass walls. The building itself is a stunning example of modern architecture. The building itself was designed by Pritzker Prize winning architect Fumihiko Maki.

Even though Toronto was actually the second choice for this museum (London was the first choice), we’re glad it’s here.

If you’re looking for an excursion out of the downtown core before the holidays, we suggest paying a visit to the Aga Khan Museum. Even if you’re not up for paying admission, the architecture and the courtyard are worth the trip alone.