15 epicly Canadian gifts for the pop culture peeps on your list
We all have that one tastemaker in our group who spouts off obscure facts about any Canadian celebrity, effortlessly hums the tune of every song that comes on the radio and is known for quoting the buzziest shows before they even become hits. And let's face it, these pop culture curators can be tricky to buy for come the holiday season, because they've usually beaten us to the punch when it comes to collecting all of their favourite things. Thankfully, we've got this handy dandy gift guide full of mementos, art prints, clothing and so much more that's sure to satisfy the most zeitgeist-obsessed individuals on your list, while paying tribute to cool Canadian artists and icons in the process. To sweeten the deal, almost every item rings in under $50, making each choice a go-to for stocking stuffers, Secret Santa presents or anyone who's shopping on a budget this season.
For the Drake diehard who reps the 6ix every chance they get
This Drizzy-adorned phone case might be the closest we get to the beloved rapper calling us on our cell phone. Available in a sleek, slim version, or a more durable, shock-resistant option for those extra wary of breaking another device, it's the perfect accessory for OVO aficionados who want to carry a little slice of Papi around in their pocket.
Drake Text Clear iPhone Case, $35.99, society6.com
For those whose Margaret Atwood appreciation knows no bounds
The rallying call of Atwood's dystopian classic and its chilling TV adaptation, which translates to "Don't let the bastards grind you down," feels particularly poignant in this trying year. When printed on a delicate and minimalist bar necklace, the quote makes a covertly stylish addition to just about any outfit. Not only can you customize the length and type of metal to fit your giftee's personal taste, 25% of the proceeds are being directly donated to Planned Parenthood, so you can feel extra good about buying one for all your allies.
Handmaid's Tale Bar Necklace, $59.06, etsy.ca
For that person who's living for the Célinaissance
Make the Summer of Céline last forever by gifting this graphic, handmade canvas portrait to that special fan in your life. Accented with gold leafing and the Quebecois chanteuse's own sheet music, there's no better way to honour Queen Céline's reign while bringing a pop art edge to virtually any space.
Céline Dion Canvas Portrait, $157.50, etsy.ca
That friend of yours who can't stop blasting Carly Rae Jepsen's 2015 cult album probably needs a chic accessory to help mask their bad hair days, and this understated baseball cap is more than up for the challenge. Available in baby pink and baby blue, the hat pays tribute to one of Jepsen's most infectious singles, while remaining helplessly on-trend.
Boy Problems Pink Dad Hat, $20, carlyraejepsenshop.com
For all the honourary alums of Toronto's most drama-filled junior high school
The real selling point of this black-and-white, yearbook-style Degrassi Junior High print is its subtlety. While avid Degrassi-watchers may notice it right away, the art's collegiate aesthetic doesn't scream fandom, making it an ideal buy for the Spike-and-Snake-shipper whose decor style is more sophisticated and subdued.
Degrassi Jr High Class of 88 Art Print, $37.04, society6.com
For all the Daves you know (you know)
Whether they watched back in the 80s or 90s or recently discovered the show online, SCTV megafans will surely appreciate this stylish nod to one of the show's most iconic characters, Head Crusher. Coming in a wide variety of colours and both a tee and tank style, you can customize the shirt specifically for your favourite comedy fan.
Kids in the Hall Headcrusher Tee or Tank Top, $26.25, etsy.ca
For that person who's always on top of the latest celeb gossip
A whimsical onesie is always a good idea, and this colourful one plastered with homegrown icons like Drake, Margaret Atwood, Justin Trudeau and Jim Carrey, is the perfect little something for any zeitgeist-chaser. There's also a kids' version for all the mini pop culture mavens you might be shopping for. Just make sure to gift this one before December 25th so they can wake up in it on Christmas morning!
Arborist Adult Pop Icon Onesie, $59.95, drakegeneralstore.ca
Vibrant and delightfully retro, this cool cassette print pays tribute to Neil Young's quintessential 1972 record, Harvest. Understated enough to fit in just about any room, it's the essential next step for that friend already who has one of these shirts hanging proudly in their closet.
Neil Young Harvest Photographic Print, $34.97, etsy.ca
For all the Mansbridge Maniacs with an eye for vintage
Shopping for that special someone who bawled their eyes out during Peter Mansbridge's last appearance on The National? They'll love this chic tote topped with the show's ultra 80s logo. We might be biased, but it's hard to think of a cooler way to show some CBC love while running errands or rushing to work.
The National 1980 Promo Graphic Tote Bag, $13.20, zazzle.ca
For those who refuse to retire their Belieber status
All unapologetic Bieber fans will surely jump at the chance to deck out their jean jacket or backpack with this playful pin. Designed in-house at the Drake General Store, you can pick up other enamel Canadiana staples like this Timbit box or Team Canada jersey and gift them all as a set.
Justin Bieber Enamel Pin, $10, drakegeneralstore.ca
For that person who desperately wishes they were a Rose
Schitt's Creek devotees can finally feel like a real member of the Rose family with this monochrome ampersand tee. If the person you're buying for has been especially nice this year, throw in the Rose Apothecary Tote too, as a seriously stylish accessory.
Ampersand Tee, $30, roseapothecary.ca
For all the stans of Scarborough's Starboy
Those who are Team Weeknd in this breakup will love snuggling up to this throw pillow that's just as fly as he is. Bright, hand-sewn and double-sided, this statement piece will look fab perched on a couch, bed, or in any room that needs some added oomph.
The Weeknd Starboy Artwork Throw Pillow, $29.99, society6.com
For the Hip superfan who'll always remember 'The Gordfather'
We can't think of a better way to honour the late, great Gord Downie, and do right by the biggest Hip fans in your life, than to gift them the double LP vinyl of Downie's posthumous album Introduce Yerself. With two pull-out posters, handwritten lyrics and notes, stunning album art and all new songs, this thoughtful package will help keep Downie's legacy alive for years to come.
Introduce Yerself Double LP, $26.99, gorddownie.com
For that person who's stayed true to Canada's O.G. Sensitive Stud
Hey girl, we know there's someone in your crew who needs to trick out their earlobes with these Ryan Gosling studs. Aside from being covered with one of Canada's hottest, the earrings are hypoallergenic and nickel-free, meaning you don't have to think twice before ordering them for everyone you know.
Ryan Gosling Earrings, $9, sleepymountain.com
For that person you'll always call your Kindred Spirit
Anyone who grew up with Canada's favourite feisty redhead will adore this Anne of Green Gables memento matchbox topped with the cover art from its 1902 edition. A classy knick-knack that'll bring a touch of Victorian flare to any coffee table or bookshelf, it makes a great little add-on for someone who you've already bought for this year.
Anne of Green Gables Matchbox, $3.94, etsy.ca