Best In Show

Every single gift featured on the CGG is a winner – right? But I’m just one person, so sometimes you need a governing body to point out a few other extra awesome items, something the Canadian Gift and Tableware Association recently did, awarding creative gift ideas across eight diverse categories. Today I’m going to highlight a few of ’em for you in the run-up to the holiday season. The cool thing about these gifts in particular is their universal appeal. Sometimes I’ll write pretty specific posts on here – like beauty ideas, or gifts for golfers – but these beauties have a mass audience for you to bestow upon. Note, the links for each product are carriers of the product – even if you don’t see it on their site, simply contact the companies to track down each item!

Paris Phone – $30
If you’re like me, you’re a little weirded out by all the radiation rumblings when it comes to mobile phones – especially given the increasingly popular trend of trading your landline for your cell. If you still want to have marathon phone calls but don’t want to hold your mobile next to your brain for hours, consider this sleek-yet-retro-inspired winner of the best gift for your home – the Paris Phone. Simply connect it to any cell and talk away, whether you’re at the office or at home. A very cool idea for your pal that just started her own home business, or for your teen that has essential hours of talk time to log.

Millefiori Car Air Fresheners – $13 each
Winner of the best gift idea to refresh your body or soul, these pocket-size air fresheners easily clip onto your car’s air vents and come in a huge range of scents and designs to suit anyone’s taste. If you’ve got a newbie driver on your hands, toss one of these into her stocking this holiday season, or gift one to her when she finally passes her driver’s test. Also works as an affordable and offbeat hostess gift, or as a fun present for your buddy that’s completely in love with his car but can’t shake the scent of his sweaty hockey gear he totes around in the trunk.

Legnoart Spicy Steak Knives – $109.95
I know what you’re thinking. This is an art sculpture, and I’ve clearly mislabeled it. Not the case my friends, this seeming-sculpture is indeed a set of six steak knives, which easily pull out of the bottom portion of this artful display, which earned it the award for best design innovation. Made of high-grade Japanese 420 stainless steel, any bachelor would be pleased to have these on display on his counter, and ready-to-go for those nights when he’s ready to tear into a t-bone with the guys (or a special lady). Consider it as a high-stylin birthday gift for your brother.

Seymours LED Glasses – $17.95 each
If I had a dollar for every time my parents noted they needed their glasses to see…I’d be wealthy. And could buy buckets of these affordable reading glasses for them, which also feature a nifty twist: LED lights built right into the frames. Now she can stay up late and read that latest page-turner, or he can flip through the daily news when the red eye lights are turned down low – all without flicking on bright, disturbing lights. Heck, they even work wonders as a one-man flashlight when doing fine home reno projects. Winner of best novelty gift, these are an affordable stocking stuffer choice, or even work wonders as presents for your in-laws, or aunts and uncles that are climbing up the age chart.

Corkcicle – $24.99

This one is probably my fave idea on this whole list, in part because I think it’s an ace choice if say, this holiday season you find yourself spending the weekend at a friend’s place, or you’re attending a particularly swanky party and need to bring a stellar hostess gift. The concept is simple. Pop the Corkcicle in the freezer and place it in your favourite bottle of vino and it’ll keep it perfectly chilled without diluting the flavours or watering down the taste. Reusable, eye-catching, and practical? No wonder it took the award for the best gift for the home & kitchen.

Today might be your very lucky day kids. I’m giving away three of the best gift ideas of 2012 to one lucky winner – the Corkcicle, the Millefiori Air Fresheners & the Paris Phone. Here’s how you enter:

1) Leave a comment by November 13th on which top gift idea you’d most like to share with someone!

2) Entries are limited to one per person / per email address / per household (or more if you score bonus entries). A random draw will be conducted on or around November 14th to select the winner, who will have 48 hours to respond before another winner is chosen in their place.

3) Entries are limited to Canadians that have reached the age of majority in their province. Quebec is not eligible to participate in this promotion.

4) Bonus Entry: You know the drill by now. Leave comments on new, non-contest posts that go up over the contest period and tag ’em with #cgg. 

108 Responses to “Best In Show”
  1. Debbie Bashford says:

    I live in an area surrounded by grapes and quite a few wineries, so most of us enjoy our wine, The Corkcicle would be a definite hit as a gift amongst my friends.

  2. JENNIFER HART says:


  3. leah leitch says:

    Wow! These are all awesome! I think I’d have to pick the LED glasses for my voraciously reading sister! Also, funny thing I just saw the corkcicle just yesterday at my local wine shop. I was wondering what it was and now I know! Thanks

  4. Melissa says:

    I would love the Paris Phone and the Corkcicle!! What a great ideas!

  5. Wendy Dickinson says:

    The steak knives are just too interesting to not pick! I thought they were pens or something at first.

    msdickinson28 at hotmail dot com

  6. Beatrice Lawson says:

    The Paris phone and the Millefiori look great! I always hesitate to use air fresheners but I went to the company’s website and I really liked that they use natural fragrances and they are all made in France and Italy. Would love to use the Monoi or Mirto scents.

  7. kathy wilson says:


  8. Vicky D says:

    Definitely the steak knives!!! Very innovative, creative and unique!! Would love to have them and would give them to several family members!

  9. Lynda says:

    Seymour’s LED glasses! For everyone I know in my age group (including me and your parents).

  10. Helen D. says:

    All three are super great, innovative and stylish, something that no one has but would automatically think, “Why didn’t someone come up with this idea long ag?”. I would love to give my daughter who just graduated and bought her first car the Millefiori, the Corkcicle would go to our best friends and the Paris phone would be great for my son’s girlfriend.

  11. Louise says:

    I love the Legnoart Spicy Steak Knives I love the design, Would love to share these while having dinner party with friends and family

  12. kittypride says:

    The Paris phone is such a fund accessory, would love to have one 🙂

  13. Caroline says:

    Corksicle definitely! What a brilliant idea! That would get a lot of use at our home!

  14. Crystal says:

    I know that if I had the Paris Phone, I would use my mobile phone a lot more. I am one of those screamer cell talkers because I can’t hear it right and think I have to yell. My family torement me constantly about it. lol

  15. Erin says:

    I love the Corksicle! So awesome!

  16. LINDA says:

    I really like the corksicle. It would be a great gift too.

  17. Judy van Ryn says:

    I love the LED glasses. I love to read at night and my dog hates when I leave the lights on while he wants to sleep. This would be perfect.

  18. Audrey Skinner says:

    I love the steak knives but all these ideas are great.

  19. I’d would most likely share the steak knives.

  20. tegan says:

    The Paris phone is definitely on my Christmas wishlist – so awesome!

  21. mcmc says:

    Dear friends who are steak lovers would appreciate the wonderful steak knives

  22. Aubrey Young says:

    Love theParis phone, Corkcicle`s, knives, Led glasses, Air-freshners, heck I love everything, very nice!

  23. maria says:

    Love the Corkcicle. Fun and great idea!

  24. leah says:

    the steak knives are so cool!

  25. Nancy says:

    I’ld most like to share the corkcicle with the shared wine.

  26. Patricia says:

    The steak knives would be a great conversation starter at a dinner with friends

  27. I’d would love the LED Glasses as I read voraciously as does my Mother to whom I would give a pair.

  28. MissT says:

    Seymour’s LED glasses because my father whos in his 60s could totally make use of them! He’s always complaining its to dark to read things. Plus I’d have a giggle seeing him use them.

  29. kmac22 says:

    I love the corksicle! great gift for a hostess!

  30. Tierra G says:

    Would love to give the corkcicle to many family members.

  31. sean pynaert says:

    I’d like to try the steak knives

  32. Jo-anne Dooley says:

    I absolutely love the steak knives! Wonderful display, and useful too!

  33. Arash Naghdi says:

    The steak knives

  34. Burcu says:

    Paris Phone is awesome

  35. Suzanne says:

    The steak knives are a work of art

  36. LS says:

    Is like to give the steak knives or the paris phone. I know a few people who would love the kinives. I’m one of those parents who could use those reading glasses. 🙂

  37. I think the gift I like the best is the Paris phone for my daughter’s iphone or the corksicle for my friend who likes wine.

  38. Debbie Petch says:

    These are all good ideas but being a wine lover, I like the corsksicle.

  39. Donna L. says:

    I’d tell my friends about the Paris Phone because who needs radiation!

  40. Jayne M. says:

    I really like the Legnoart Steak Knives. I’ve never seen anything like them.

  41. Victoria Ess says:

    I love the Legnoart Spicy Steak Knives!

  42. Andrea Amy says:

    I love the Paris Phone. That would be SO perfect for either my son, or my husband, or myself actually!! LOVE it 🙂

  43. Ashley L says:

    I would love to give the Paris Phone to my boss!

  44. Lillea says:

    The Paris Phone to give to a friend who uses their cell a lot and worries about the effects.

  45. thomas rusinak says:

    nice gifts

  46. Cathy says:

    Would love to receive the corkcicle as a gift. … but you know I will be buying a few of those
    Seymour LED glasses.

  47. April Campbell says:

    I like the Paris phone

  48. I like the Paris phone. How comfy is that to talk on….

  49. Paul Rainonen says:

    LEED eyeglasses…. Must have…..

  50. Vesper says:

    i would like the Corkcicle – it might just keep my wine cold

  51. L P says:

    I love the Paris Phone. Thanks.

  52. Sandi Tymchuk says:

    What wonderful gift ideas!

  53. Carol Oddy says:

    Like the glasses and the steak knives, very unique! Thanks for great contest.

  54. Marlene V. says:

    I would love to give the paris phone to my brother in law — he would love it.

  55. Love the corksicle and LED eyeglasses. I’d give the corksicle to my Dad.

  56. nikki robak says:

    I’d love to share Seymor’s LED glasses

  57. Anne Derkat says:

    I’d go for the Corkicicle

  58. RaeDavenport says:

    The Corksicle.

  59. Lisa Morrison says:

    I would like to try the steak knives. Cool!

  60. lisa bolduc says:

    the steak knives would be a good house warming gift

    • ray laprade says:

      can always use a phone for the many rooms in the house
      glasses if reading are next and then the fancy steak knives
      finally air fresheners and closing the list the corksicle

  61. william troughton says:

    Well first off, the knives are very cool, the corkcicle is a definite winner and the paris phone is a sweet gizmo, in that order. These people had their thinking caps on, bravo!!

  62. Kathleen Mira says:

    Love the Legnoart Steak Knives! How cool are they? They would be the most perfect give for my brother-in-law who is the epitome of a bachelor. He regularly hosts “game” parties and the bbq is always fired up. He even installed an indoor bbq in his kitchen as well. So artsy yet manly…

  63. Donnas says:

    I love the steak knives, they’re so unique.

  64. jen stevens says:

    i absolutely love the steak knives they are so different my sister would freak if she saw these

  65. Sophia says:

    Wow, the steak knives are gorgeous! They are so gorgeous that I think I might leave the entire unit to display as an art sculpture rather than using the knives themselves!

  66. Leah says:

    I love the corksicle! What a great idea!

  67. Love, love, love the phone and would happily give to a bunch of friends for Christmas!

  68. Jessica Lord says:

    I would love the Corksicle!

  69. Susan says:

    Wow – some truly fabulous ideas today. I would love to share the Legnoart Spicy Steak Knives with my son, as he always seems to be looking for sharp knives and loves art! Thanks for this super giveaway! #CGG

  70. beewbedard says:

    love the Legnoart Spicy Steak Knives – great for my mom

  71. Crystal Kordalchuk says:

    ❤ it all!

  72. I think my sister would be as impressed with that phone as i am!

  73. Christiane Lemay says:
    Like to have the lcd lens.So cuuuuuute ! ! !

  74. Tim Wright says:

    Looks neat!

  75. Sarah says:

    I just love the steak knives. So unique.

  76. Holly Sproule says:

    I would like the Paris Phone. Looks awesome!!

  77. Adina H. says:

    I would like to share the Corkcicle with my in-laws.

  78. sonja says:


  79. Linda Warren says:

    Wow! I’ve always thought there should be something other than a clumsy icebucket to keep wine cold….. and this is it! It even has a cork! I’d love to give the Corksicle to my friend who enjoys wine every week!

  80. Susanne says:

    The Paris Phone

  81. Linda Chaput says:

    Definately the corksicle.

  82. Brook says:

    The steak knives are definitely a wow piece! This would definitely be a gift for that artistic avant grade person!

  83. mickey53 says:

    I would like the Millefiore car air fresheners.

  84. Frank says:

    I would go with the knives.

  85. Lindsay S says:

    I really like the steak knives!

  86. Gillian says:

    The Paris Phone is really beautiful. I love how it’s old fashioned and new all in one.

  87. karen says:

    The LED glasses seem like a great idea! Something I would be interested in.

  88. julia g says:

    I would want the phone for my sister. She is constantly on her cell phone and I would like to save her brain.

  89. Stacey h says:

    The corkcicle I would give to my parents

  90. Frank says:

    LED glasses for my wife.

  91. Kelly P says:

    I’d love the Paris Phone for my hubby, his small phone looks silly in his big hand!

  92. I would love to give the Seymours LED Glasses to my mother, she reads in the dark all the time – and like mother like daughter .. I do the same thing !!! what a great idea !!!

  93. Ali says:

    Legnoart Spicy Steak Knives would be a great gift for my significant other! (or maybe I’d keep them for me… as most of my knives are dull… toughie!)

  94. Stephanie says:

    I think the Paris phone is an ingenious idea! That would be my top pick 🙂

  95. Dee B says:

    I love the Paris phone for my brother.

  96. Dreena says:

    The Corksicle is brilliant! Love it. I think it would be a great gift for my wine-loving friends.

  97. Nancy Ren says:

    I’d have to say the steak knives look amazing and are my favourite.

  98. prairiebelle says:

    I would share the the Corkcicle. I think this is such a great idea and I know many who would be thrilled to have something like that

  99. Frank says:

    LED glasses

  100. Elizabeth B says:

    The Paris Phone… I miss a good sturdy home phone. But… the airfresheners are cute too. Could you imagine the compliments with those steak knives on your counter though… Grrr… I can’t pick!

  101. aimee says:

    the knives are cool

  102. Frank says:

    I will go with the corkcicle

  103. Tracy says:

    The Corkcicle sounds like a fantastic idea!!

  104. Frank says:

    steak knives

  105. Frank says:

    LRD glasses

  106. Frank says:

    LED glasses as a gift

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