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Our Most Memorable Souvenirs of the Year

In 2017, we brought home chocolate escargots from Paris, homemade candles from Brooklyn and a quirky stationery set from Berlin.

Pâtisserie des Rêves

Photo: Mathieu Lévesque; prop stylist: Pierce Atkinson

PARIS

Pâtisserie des Rêves

At the Pâtisserie des Rêves on Rue du Bac (7th arrondissement), you may actually feel like you’re dreaming. Everything from the perfectly torched lemon meringue tart to the daisy-shaped Paris-Brest, widely considered the best in the city, is displayed beneath glass cloches. Enjoy your pick as you wander Saint-Germain-des-Près, but don’t forget a package of classic chocolate escargots or mendiants to bring home.

La Pâtisserie des Rêves Chocolate escargots and Mendiants, €13 each
93, rue du Bac, 33-1-42-84-00-82, lapatisseriedesreves.com

Middle Province

Photo: Simon Duhamel

WINNIPEG

Middle Province

Commemorate your visit to the centre of Canada with a wool felt pennant from Middle Province. The brand, based out of the newly opened River Heights clothing and lifestyle shop North Flag, offers a collection of minimalist tees, tuques and sweatshirts that make it easy to let your love of the Peg fly high.

Middle Province pennants, $40 each
North Flag, 558 Academy Rd., 204-691-8383, northflag.co

Brooklyn Candle Studio

Photo: Simon Duhamel

NEW YORK

Brooklyn Candle Studio

Brooklyn Candle Studio will have you burning for their handmade candles in fresh scents like Rose Botanica and Sweet Fig. From wax pouring to wick cutting, the candles are made in their bright space in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, in batches of 10 or fewer. While you need an appointment to visit the studio, you’ll find their Mason jar varieties in over 30 shops throughout New York, including Awoke Vintage and Lou & Grey.

Brooklyn Candle Studio Mason jar candle, US$24
brooklyncandlestudio.com
 
Awoke Vintage, 132 N. 5th St., Brooklyn, 718-387-3130, awokevintage.com
Lou & Grey, 138 5th Ave., New York, 212-620-0531, louandgrey.com

Ampelmann

Photo: Mathieu Lévesque; prop stylist: Pierce Atkinson

BERLIN

Ampelmann

Berlin’s beloved traffic characters, the Ampelmännchen, have been shepherding pedestrians for nearly 50 years. Designed by traffic psychologist Karl Peglau in East Berlin, the friendly figures with wide-brimmed hats reached cult status after the fall of the Wall. Today, drop by the Ampelmann Restaurant for a meal, or pay a visit to one of the eight Ampelmann shops and take one of these little guys home in the form of gummy candies or printed on stationery.

Ampelmann small notebook, €4; graphite pencil, €2; rubber eraser, €2
ampelmann.de
 
Flagship shop, Unter den Linden 35, 49-30-42-02-75-56
Restaurant, Stadtbahnbogen 159/160, 49-30-84-71-07-09

Hardpressed

Photo: Simon Duhamel; prop stylist: Pierce Atkinson

SASKATOON

Hardpressed

Fasten a piece of the Prairies to your collar (or bag or hat) with one of Hardpressed’s designs, which feature Saskatchewan symbols like the western red lily and the province’s coat of arms. The print studio designs apparel, accessories and graphic posters that celebrate Canada’s breadbasket, all from their Riversdale shop. As you walk around the city, there’s a good chance you’ll spot locals sporting their T-shirts (emblazoned with “Made in SK” or “YXE”) and bunny hugs – or hoodies, as they’re known outside the province.

Hardpressed Crest, Golden Lily and Icon pins, $8 each
224 20th St. W., Saskatoon, 306-384-5488, hardpressed.ca

Cavender’s by Old Gringo

Photo: Mathieu Lévesque; prop stylist: Pierce Atkinson

DALLAS

Cavender’s by Old Gringo

Family-owned and -operated, Cavender’s has been an outpost for rancher-approved cowboy boots since 1965. With 77 locations across the Southwest, it’s the place to pick up a pair, whether you’re at home on the range or heading to an all-night barn dance. This style is under their private label, handmade in Mexico by Old Gringo Boots, and features floral-embroidered red goat leather squared off with a Western heel and snip toe – perfect for a do-si-do.

Cavender’s by Old Gringo Women’s Western Vintage Boots, US$200
Cavender’s Boot City, 2833 LBJ Freeway, Dallas, 972-239-1375, cavenders.com

Barritts

Photo: Mathieu Lévesque; prop stylist: Olivier Charland

BERMUDA

Barritts

Tap into Bermuda’s British heritage with a can of Barritts Bermuda Stone Ginger Beer, produced by the same family since 1874. The beloved sweet-and-spicy soft drink has a potent, zesty flavour that, beyond making the perfect Dark ’n’ Stormy, adds a bit of Bermudian heat all year round to other creations. (And it even comes in a convenient travel pack of 12 or 24 cans.)

Barritts Bermuda Stone Ginger Beer 12-pack, US$20, 24-pack, US$38
Available at the duty-free shop at L.F. Wade International Airport

California Lustre

Photo: Mathieu Lévesque; prop stylist: Olivier Charland

PALM SPRINGS

California Lustre

For a happy hour that causes a stir, give these Palm Springs-themed swizzle sticks a swirl. Laser-cut by hand from shatterproof acrylic, the bar cart-worthy collection is inspired by the California city’s mid-century aesthetic, with an art-deco breeze block and a classic car in the mix. They come in 34 colours, including turquoise glitter and neon yellow, so there’s one for every old-fashioned you serve up.

California Lustre Palm Springs Party Drink Stirrers, from $21 per set of six
californialustre.com

Osulloc

Photo: Nik Mirus; set designer: Evelyne Morin

SEOUL

Osulloc

On the lush volcanic island of Jeju, in the Korea Strait, the right elements come together to grow Osulloc’s award-winning teas, from the volcanic ash in the soil to the natural shade provided by sea fog. If you can’t make the hour-long flight from Seoul to tour their fields and tea museum, you can get a taste at one of their modern teahouses in the city. Order a green-tea latte and a scone with green-tea milk spread, and pick up a flavour (or four) for your suitcase, like Jeju cherry blossom or tangerine flower.

Osulloc Memory in Jeju tea set, ₩38,000 (around $40) for four boxes of five sachets
Osulloc Tea House, 170, Gwanhun-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul, osulloc.com

London Undercover

Photo: Nik Mirus; set designer: Evelyne Morin

LONDON

London Undercover

Take cover from London’s drizzle (December is one of the city’s rainiest months) with a sturdy and stylish brolly. London Undercover’s many styles are handcrafted with beech, hickory, maple or bamboo handles – some even in the shape of animal heads, like a fox or rabbit  – and recycled canvas fabric. Duck into their Spitalfields shop to get yours personalized with up to five characters, so you can tell it apart from the others at the pub.

London Undercover Classic Umbrellas in Yellow/Oxford Stripe and Orange/Oxford Stripe, £75 each
London Undercover shop, 20 Hanbury St., London, londonundercover.co.uk

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