It’s the most wonderful time of the year—or, for some, a frantic race against the clock to knock every name off that ever-growing gift list. Luckily, the Circle Craft Christmas Market is back this Wednesday to Sunday (November 11 to 15) with more than 300 exhibitors showcasing a wide range of one-of-a-kind, handmade items.
To help you navigate this one-stop holiday shop, here’s a guide to this year’s best home finds—for yourself and those picky names on your list.
Modern, hand-blown glassware meets charming, childlike whimsy in designers Julie Gibb and Gordon Webster’s everyday objects. The husband-and-wife duo share their love of nature through an assortment of functional jars, rounded vases, and bowls—many of which feature bright, patterned decals of cute woodland critters.
Worthy of the tree: Any one of the flora and fauna vases would make a playful addition to that host with the most’s tabletop. Bonus points if you include a fresh bouquet.
Treat yourself: The mushroomlike jars with emoticons and cheery, coloured tops are just too darn adorable to pass up.
Jack & Cyan
Artist Jules Stirling uses a special sun-reactive dye to create her spirited selection of textiles, and the result is definitely more easy-breezy than ’70s kitsch. From abstract wall art to cushions and table linens, each piece is carefully dyed, cut, and sewn by hand so that no two are alike.
Worthy of the tree: We love the bamboo-patterned table runner that’s painted in a dreamy medley of orange, pink, and green—perfect for your entertaining-happy parents or hard-to-impress in-laws.
Treat yourself: There’s something undeniably cool about a bike, even if it’s just an image hand-dyed onto a bright cotton cushion.
New life is given to discarded wine barrels by Richard Bartlett, who repurposes the oak into an array of practical home wares. Not one piece goes to waste in the character-filled, eco-friendly creations—even metal rings are artfully transformed into rustic-chic chandeliers and decorative gardening stars.
Worthy of the tree: The upcycled coat rack, with silver cutlery acting as hooks, makes a unique gift for those leading an eco-conscious lifestyle.
Treat yourself: Upgrade your next wine-and-cheese party with a barrelhead platter—some of which contain stamps from the original wineries.
Bees Wax Works
Candle maker Jill Smith left her 9-to-5 to pursue a creative career of wax pouring—and boy, are we happy she did. Lovingly crafted on Salt Spring Island from pure, Canadian beeswax, her candles go beyond the standard pillars to include a range of original designs like Mason jars, floral-etched orbs, and festive, Victorian St. Nicks.
Worthy of the tree: The vintage, Mason-jar shaped candle is thoughtful enough for your bestie but perfectly perfunctory for that officewide Secret Santa.
Treat yourself: Give in to the sweet, intoxicating scent of honey with the decorative pinecone candle.
Handsome Mountain Pet Supplies
We bet you’ve never seen pet products as hip as this. Think two-toned ceramic bowls, trendy bandannas, and plush, patterned beds—available in prints like Canadiana plaid and boho-inspired floral—that will complement (not clash with) your existing décor.
Worthy of the tree: Spoil your resident pup or kitty with the terracotta-hued bowl, which features a colourful, glazed interior.
Treat yourself: Okay, so that cabin-ready plaid pet bed isn’t exactly for you—but it’s going to look great on your hardwood floors.