One of a Kind Gifts Galore

Artisan show offers unique gifts and special items
By Orysia McCabe, Epoch Times
December 5, 2013 Updated: March 15, 2015    

TORONTO—The One of a Kind Show is offering a boost to the spirit from now until Dec. 8 as summer becomes a memory and winter’s chill descends. 

The event is a showcase for 800 artisans from across Canada and a special chance for GTA residents to get everyone on their list something truly unique. Items include everything from body care products, to ceramics, children’s clothing accessories and toys, to adult clothing, jewellery, home décor, furniture, leather goods, original art, outdoor décor, stained glass and so much more.

Some of the artisans create new products like art while others give new life to spent items like bicycle parts that become belts, coat racks, side tables, and clocks. Many artisans only present their works at events like the One of a Kind Show, while others have boutiques and stores in Montreal, Toronto, and as far away as British Columbia. 

Hungry shoppers will find plenty to eat, or take home for later. From soup to nuts, jams, jellies, seasonings, sauces, and every dessert imaginable. Healthy options include delicious and vegetarian options, like the Incredible Edible Spread ‘Em, a garlic spread that can be used as a butter substitute. 

The artistically inclined can take in workshops and bring home something they made from materials as varied as the items for sale, like ceramics or a scarf using dye to make shibori patterns. Participation is limited so early booking is recommended. 

Fashion shows through the day are presented by the artisans and there is a day care should you need it. Admission allows in-and-out privileges if you fill out a form. 

In a press release the organizers shared that in the spirit of giving, the 2013 One of a Kind Christmas Show & Sale will offer a wide assortment of local handmade gifts that will see a portion of sales donated to charities across Canada. 

Many of the artisans believe that there is an intrinsic link between a piece made by hand and a cause to help others. 

Patti Stewart, the show’s director said, “Special items made by hand or limited edition pieces to raise funds for a cause are a win-win for everyone who touches them.” 

“The artisan is passionate about creating it and the charity benefits. And, as a consumer, the piece makes you feel good about supporting others while having a distinctive item that is not mass produced.”

This season the One of a Kind Show will encourage show goers to donate $1 to the Red Door Shelter, a nonprofit organization with a mission to end homelessness by providing services, support and refuge. The show will also donate $2,500 worth of gift certificates to families in need of groceries during the holiday season.

The show is on right through Sunday, Dec. 8, until 6 p.m. It is at Exhibition Place in the Direct Energy Centre. There is plenty of parking.