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.