Your Montréal Gift Guide

Isa Tousignant

You’ll find something for everyone on your list in Montréal—not to mention for yourself! From drinkables to wearables to objects to decorate any home, bring a piece of Montréal back for the holidays.

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Art toys

Combine art with artistry with this cute wooden doggy from ImpresArts! He and his animal mates—there’s a dinosaur, a moose, a beaver and more—double as crayon, paint brush or pencil holders for the artsy kid on your list.

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Brews

Raise a pint to Montréal with a selection of beers from La Maison des Bières, where there are 450 choices from microbreweries in Québec and the world.

Yoga wear

Lolë in a Montréal brand of yoga clothes that combines urban style with fit function. For the yogi in your life, look no further than the Sierra leggings: they’re printed with an image of Jacque-Cartier Bridge!

Designer hats

Luxury boutique 5e Avenue carries only the best international labels, including Montréal’s very own Canadian Hats: a handcrafted hat brand that was founded in the city in 1918.

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Crafts

The Empreinte Coop is a one-stop shop for Montréal-made goods, featuring pottery, toys, art objects or jewellery by 85 local artists and artisans.

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Leather bags

Make that special person in your life REALLY happy with a beautiful bag from local brand m0851. The traveller’s choice might be the cosmetic bag, which comes in five rich colours.

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Memorable decorations

Add some magic to your holiday tree with a 10th-anniversary glass ball from Espace Verre, Montréal’s foremost glassblowing studio, where you can both learn and shop year-round.

Homewares

Pretty pastel bowls by Montréal designer Marie-Hélène Robillard are just one of the many beautiful things you can find at Espace Métiers d’Art, a quality craft emporium.

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Travel books

Ulysse is the city’s point of reference when it comes to travel guides, including this fun French publication: a survival guide for Europeans visiting Montréal.

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Vegan fashion

Montréal’s brand Matt&Nat is the It thing these days, so get yours at Mix Mix—a great resource for local style, both plant-based and not.

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Recycled fur accessories

Harricana is a unique fashion house in Quebec that takes second-hand furs and refashions them into recycles coats, hats, mitts and more.

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Cool design

Looking for amazing homeware? Jamais Assez is THE shop for inventively designed chairs, lamps, bowls, cushions, throws, bed linens, tablewear and more.

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Local treats

Come stock up on Montréal goodies at Le Petit Dep, purveyors of local treats and sweets including the gorgeously packaged Avanaa chocolates.

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Seasonal cupcakes

Bakery Les Glaceurs makes gift-worthy cucpcakes all year round, but their Christmas themed cakes are just the CUTEST. Best hostess gift ever.

Educational art

Give a poster that teaches as it beautifies, specifically about the indigenous plants of Québec. It’s just one of the great gift ideas at the mushroom specialists at Mycoboutique!

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Souvenir T-shirts

Wearable souvenirs aren’t usually this stylish! Onze is a small Montréal chain that puts local design forward and sells affordable funky style for women.

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Photos to remember

Framing specialists Montréal Images sell a selection of stunning photographs of the city, which you can get printed on paper, on canvas—even on aluminium, for the souvenir that keeps on giving.

Isa Tousignant

Isa Tousignant, blogger

Isa Tousignant is an art and lifestyle writer based out of Montréal’s ecclectic Park Ex neighbourhood. She is Contributing Editor for Canadian Art magazine and freelances full-time for a wide variety of magazines and brands. She’s also a jewellery designer and passionate about animal costumes and their role in contemporary art.