Unique treats, gifts and baskets for unique people.

The Mercantile in Toronto's Roncesvalles Village is your go-to shop for everyday luxuries, with a thoughtfully curated selection of gourmet food items, kitchen accessories, gifts and gift baskets to help you live, give, and entertain in style.

DIYXmas

DIYXmas

Make your own Snowflake cookies

Last week we wrote about the gift of time - taking that moment in a busy day to just savour and reflect and chill... without Netflix. This week we come at that same idea from a slightly different angle.

If you know the Mercantile you know that we offer all kinds of delights you can enjoy the moment you step out the door (the butter tarts and peanuts sometimes don't even make it that far!) but we also carry the fixin's for a whole other kind of satisfaction: the kind that comes from making something yourself. And especially at this time of year - when there's so much pressure to impress with special gifts - sometimes the most special gift is the one you made with your own hands or one that gave you the chance to spend time with someone special making something together.

Head into the store and stick to your left closer to the back. Just before you hit the Teas section (again, see last week's post) you'll find our modest but mighty section of stuff for making your own cakes and cookies, muffins, gingerbread people, you name it. No kits - just things like cookie cutters, cupcake cups, flavours, fondant, sprinkles, icing, piping bags and other tools to help you release your inner child (or perhaps inner Cookie Monster). There's a great selection of seasonal stuff to add to our collection and these snowflake cookies are just one idea to prime your imagination.

If baking just spooks you too much we do have some brilliantly beautiful and delicious alternatives from the professionals (like Mary MacLeod's shortbreads!) but, honestly, nothing tastes quite as good as a cookie someone you love made for you special.

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Christmas to a T

Christmas to a T

We wanted to point you to a couple of new items in our already well-stocked tea section on the north-east wall. Joining the excellent selections from Pukka, Kusmi and House of Tea is a new range of exquisite blends of white, black, oolong, organic and green teas from a Vancouver company simply called Tealeaves. Go for a Lavender Earl Grey or Monsoon Chai or a sampler of flavours - all in truly beautiful packaging.

If you're a loose leaf brewer, you might also like to try the smart, fun and functional new floating tea-ball system from AdHoc. You'll find them on the shelf among the teas.

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Added Advents

Added Advents

Alt Advent

Last week we let you know that the Roger's Chocolate Advent Calendars were in. They're popular with many customers who had asked us to give them a heads up - after all, they are a time-sensitive item for the holiday season.

Still, if you're into counting down the Advent but chocolate isn't your bag, maybe a .... bag... would be more your (gosh, this is awkward) bag. Fill the simply decorated numbered paper bags with your own choice of daily treat to mark your own Christmas countdown. Simpler still, set up a string and clip a daily treat or note or decoration to count the days using these beautifully decorated and numbered clothes pegs.

A warning: not only do you need to start your Advent countdown soon but also these Advent items tend to sell out quite suddenly, so whatever your choice - chocolate or paper bags or clips - consider popping into the shop this weekend to pick them up. I suppose you could say that in some ways.... your days are numbered!

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