Michelle’s Spotlight Holiday Gift Guide

I live my life walking the line between hard work and indulgence. I’m a hedonist that likes to earn my treats, I suppose. This gift list (wish list?) reflects my unapologetically split personality and my love of Toronto. Read on and you’ll understand.

Michelle's Spotlight Holiday Gift Guide

Box of Plenty from Soma Chocolatemaker
It would seem flippant to say that I can’t live without chocolate, but it’s almost true. The deep, dark and delicious stuff is a daily habit for me. And most days, the chocolate I have is from Soma. I seem to have nurtured similar addictions amongst my family and friends. The Box of Plenty is perfect for a group, or for the most serious of chocolate-lovers on your list. Don’t worry about this person having treat burnout by Christmas. Soma is for the person that can’t be bothered with all the little foil-wrapped sugary milk “choc” Santas hanging around the office. They will want this. Packaged in a box made of IPPC certified pine, this decadent collection features some of Soma’s greatest hits, plus limited edition Xmas goodies. Who could resist their Dark Bar with Cacao Nibs, Almond Toffee Clusters, Xmas Cake bar, Mayan Hot Chocolate and much, much more? Certainly not I.

Michelle's Spotlight Holiday Gift Guide

Misfit Studio: Yoga & Pilates Gift Certificates
Price varies
Here’s where the work part comes in … but not to worry, you’ll have fun getting a fab bod at Misfit. Featuring an innovative mix of yoga and Pilates, including reformer classes, this studio has been a favourite of mine since it opened just over a year ago. Amber J and her team of instructors know how to target problem areas in classes that are so enjoyable, you’ll forget the pain and just enjoy the gain. Solemn yogic chanting not so much your thing? At Misfit it’s a mash up of ambient, indie, rock, dance, hip hop and more. Go all out and get that special someone a one month unlimited yoga/Pilates/reformer membership for $231.65 (plus memberships are 10% off if purchased in December, so tick tock!). Or if baby steps are more what you’d like to gift, try The New Kid: $30.00 for an unlimited week of Pilates and yoga. Private instruction is also available.

Michelle's Spotlight  Holiday Gift Guide

Mira Slip in Vermillion Lace (or pretty much anything) by Fortnight Lingerie
Fortnight Lingerie is Toronto-designed and made, so it’s the kind of gift that you can feel great about giving. Just look at the Mira slip 
 what’s not to love here? Christina Remenyi’s designs are incredibly sexy, sophisticated and cool. Aesthetics come first, but the fit of Fortnight’s collection is unparalleled in the world of lingerie. It’s the kind of lacy almost-nothing she’ll love to wear, and you’ll love see her wear it. Put one of these Mira Slips under the tree, hang that mistletoe, and turn on Ella & Louis’s version of “Baby It’s Cold Outside.” Magic, right?

Available at select online & local boutiques. More details here: http://fortnightlingerie.com/

Michelle's Spotlight   Holiday Gift Guide

Gifts That Matter from The Stop Community Food Centre
Looking for a gift that makes a difference in your community? Give back by giving to The Stop, a community food centre that fights both poverty and hunger. Any funds you contribute to this wonderful, multifaceted organization ensures that Torontonians in need are getting access to high-quality, healthy food and support services. Regular food-centric events also raise funds to fuel the drop-in centre and kitchen. Donate what you can, and feel good about it. And make sure you learn more about the organization and all their goings-on for 2013. If you love food as much as I do, you won’t want to miss out.

Learn more about The Stop Community Food Centre and how you can donate here:

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Written by Michelle Jobin

Michelle Jobin is a television producer and host whose work has been featured across Canada and internationally, on networks including Global Television, and CTV. She has been fortunate to cover a wide variety such as Toronto’s vibrant food scene, national weather forecasts, breaking news on tensions in the middle east, and international celebrities on the red carpet at the Toronto International Film Festival. As a writer she likes to feature some of the good things in life: food, travel and the arts. Michelle credits her hometown of Toronto and its fascinating diversity for helping to foster her love of travel and experiencing different cultures and cuisines. Recent favourite trips include: Taiwan, a blissful week in Barcelona, and the San Francisco area. A longer trip will call her back to Spain next year, and she hopes to include a few Scandinavian destinations, Japan, and somewhere in the South Pacific to her passport in the near future.

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