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Inspired by the buy local movement, we looked in our own backyard to round up some wonderful gift ideas. There is an abundance of talent and ingenuity in the McGill alumni community, and we thought it would be helpful to point you to fellow McGillians who are offering interesting, beautiful, and delicious products.

We also reached out to our alumni community on our Facebook page for ideas. Many thanks to those who joined the conversation and offered some great suggestions.

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So if you haven’t finished (or started) your holiday shopping, we encourage you to think outside the big box store, and check out these great picks from small business owners and artists:

Read > The Mile End Cookbook

Couple Noah Bernamoff, BA’05, and Rae Bernamoff, BA’06, two McGill grads who brought a taste of Montreal to New York with their popular Mile End Deli restaurants, just released an accompanying cookbook. Mile End Deli has been rated New York’s best deli by both New York magazine and Zagat. Pick up their beautifully designed Mile End Cookbook to recreate their delicious Jewish comfort food in your home. More info >>

Listen > Lakes of Canada

Formed in Montreal in 2010, Lakes of Canada is an independent band that the Ottawa Sun described as sounding like “a cross between Fleet Foxes and Simon and Garfunkel.” Among its five members are multi-instrumentalist Gwen Bergman, BMus’12 (who is completing a Master’s degree in Organ Performance), and former music composition student Quintinius Norin. Their debut full-length album, Toll the Bell, is available for sale online (view their website for links) and at several retail locations in Montreal. More info >>

Wear > Thuggies

Looking for a way to stay toasty warm this winter? With a product line designed to provide comfort, Thuggies offers their signature extra-long hooded sweatshirts, “funzies” (one-piece sweatsuits for adults) and even “Chuggies,” (hooded cozies for bottled and canned beverages). McGill grad Kimberley Bowie, BA’06, manages the company’s PR and marketing activities. More info >>

Brighten up > Bomobob

Here’s a way to brighten up your home décor: just add one of Bob Cadloff’s, BEng’84, cheerful photographs. Making art under the moniker of bomobob, Cadloff sells photographic prints, calendars and even iPhone cases on his online store, bomography. His subjects range from technicolour carnivals to serene landscapes, and include landmarks such as Montreal’s Orange Julep. More info >>

Sip > David’s Tea

David Segal, BCom’04, is the mastermind behind the Montreal-based, rapidly growing tea company, DAVIDsTEA. Now offering over 150 varieties of loose leaf tea, the chain has attracted a loyal base of customers. This winter, try seasonal blends from the fortifying “Alpine Punch” to the indulgent “Cookie Dough.” Visit one of their many retail locations or order online. More info >>

Refresh > Grady’s Cold Brew

BYOB (bring your own brew) this holiday season! The perfect gift for coffee aficionados, Grady’s Cold Brew is a New Orleans style iced coffee concentrate. Mix it with milk, cold water, or your favourite liqueur, and serve over ice. Recent graduate Kyle Buckley, BCom’12, is a co-founder of this burgeoning company rooted in Brooklyn, New York. Grady’s Cold Brew ships anywhere in the United States. Read more >>

Snack > Mile End Bakery

Anya Korshak, BA’08 and Mallory Dash, BA’07 became friends at McGill and later collaborated to start up Mile End Bakery. Their specialty cookies are made-to-order, and can be shipped anywhere in the continental United States. Customers with gluten sensitivity will be pleased to know that any of their cookies can be made gluten-free. More info>>

Entertain > Max the Magician

Hosting a holiday soirée and hoping to dazzle your guests? Give Jonathan Levey, BSW’86, a call. Levey has been performing as “Max the Magician” at private and corporate events in the Montreal area for over 20 years, and has recently added a mind-reading show to his repertoire. More info >>

More ways to shop McGill

André Clouâtre, painter |  André Clouâtre, PhD’87

Article 27: innovative organics | Ed Koh, BEng’94

Blythe Spirit Creations |  Debbie Blythe, Translation

Creations Marie-Claude | Marie-Claude Loignon, McGill Faculty of Dentistry

Money Magnet: How to Attract Investors to your Business | Jacoline B. Loewen, BA’83

Mirabella Desserts | Mira Gabrial, BCom’94, BA’95, Cert Market’99

Najat porcelain painting |  Najat El-Khairy, McGill Parent

Photography | Radu Juster, McGill Campus and Space Planning Office

Si Collections | I-Nan Chen, McGill Development and Alumni Relations

Sofs Designs and Creations | Sophie Marcoux, McGill Enrolment Services

Soundless Soliloquy handmade journals | Sharon Iplunshu, Dip Management’10

Theo Maret, Ceramic Artisan| Theo Maret, father of Deborah Maret, BSc(Agr)’01, PhD’08

Vazart |  John Vazalinskas, BEng’62

Do you know of any other McGillians who offer interesting products that would make great gifts? Leave a comment below to spread the word!

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