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places to go, people to see: ago holiday trunk shows

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It's time to face the jingle: Christmas is fast approaching. I'm always the last in the office to get in the festive spirit, too busy mourning the passing of fall, but if you're an early shopper looking for unique presents, hit up the gift shop at Toronto's  Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) next week. Starting on Tuesday, November 18 and running through Friday the 21st, the shop will play host to a variety of trunk shows. On Tuesday, Israel-based Oshra Tishbi will present its wide range of wine-and-fruit preserves (think: passionfruit-champagne and fig-cabernet) – an ideal pairing to cheese and a great hostess gift. Wednesday's highlight is Carole Tanenbaum's dazzling collection of vintage-inspired costume jewellery. The fashionista on your list will thank you, whether you opt for a piece in the $100 range or a show-stopping $2,500 choker necklace. The sweet tooth in your life will gladly devour a token by JAB Chocolate, an artisanal small-batch chocolatier (on site on both Wednesday and Thursday), but your nationalistic buddy will be doubly pleased with a box of My Favourite Fudge. The Caledon, Ont.-based fudge maker has something for every taste, offering 60 flavours, including Canadian Shield and Algonquin Trail. These and other unique brands will strut their stuff, but even if you don't make it to AGO's store next week, here are five reasons you it should be on your holiday shopping itinerary – if it isn't already. IMG_1518 1. A wide selection of natural and nature-inspired decor pieces. Who doesn't want a squirrel cookie jar, especially when it's wrapped full of homemade goodies ("Surprise! I'm cute and delicious."). IMG_1494 2. Accessories for lending your bar a festive mood, while keeping it edgy and cool. Areaware's Liquid Body Flask cheekily resembles a foil drink packet, but is made of mirror-finished steel. IMG_1550 3. Canadian-centric children's goods. Can't you just picture the whole family sitting by the fire and playing Canadian Trivia? IMG_1553 4. A building with roomful after roomful of fine art is the right place to shop for a beautiful coffee table book. Just sayin'. IMG_1556 5. Adorable holiday cards. Bet you didn't know Santa was the proud owner of a yellow old-timey convertible! What's your favourite unexpected place to shop for holiday gifts? Leave a comment below. 
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places to go, people to see: ago holiday trunk shows