Gift Guide: Mid-Year Must-Haves

Summer sees a host of celebratory days, festivals and other reasons to be generous. Here is a short list of ideas to give or keep for yourself to help stretch out every relaxing minute of those dog days.

 

Outdoor Pizza Oven | OONI

Who needs to go out to eat when you can create your own restaurant quality stone-baked pizza in the backyard? The Ooni Stainless Steel Multi Fuel Outdoor Pizza Oven is portable at just 26.4 pounds. With the power of a large pizza oven – quickly fired up with wood or charcoal (or with gas in the Ooni gas burner, sold separately) – you can enjoy fresh, authentic stone-baked pizza in just 60 seconds. Available at RONA stores or online.

VELLO SUB (Smart Utility Bike) | VELLO Bike

The Austria-based innovator in urban mobility solutions showcased their newest product during Milan Design Week. At just 24.9 kilograms it is one of the lightest longtail cargo e-bikes on the market, equipped with a powerful Bosch motor and dual battery ready system with a range of up to 250 kilometres.

Eco-Conscious Candles | Planted

This female-founded Canadian company offers a range of eco-conscious gifts that are not only beautiful but also give back to our planet. Their candle sets are made with high-quality essential oils and 100 per cent pure soy and coconut wax, and with every candle purchased, Planted pledges to plant a tree through their partnership with The Eden Reforestation Project.

OEKOTEX Made in Green towels | Micro Cotton

Part of the Hotel Collection and known for being ultra-soft and 50 per cent more absorbent, the company has a notable commit to reducing their carbon footprint with more than 90 per cent of the energy used to produce their towels being clean, green, and renewable, and plans to hit net zero by 2025. Utilizing water recovery methods, the company reports conserving over 132 million gallons annually during towel production.

300 and 800 Series | Bosch

The German appliance brand’s first fully automatic countertop espresso machine comes armed with features that optimize flow rate, water temperature, and grind size; the ability to tailor a coffee’s intensity by choosing from three distinct aroma profiles, grinding and brewing cycles; and a maintenance process that combines cleaning and descaling.

Grain and Rice Cooker | KitchenAid

With a sleek, modern design and simple touchscreen controls, the Grain and Rice Cooker allows for consistent results with 21 preset options for cooking rice, beans, oats, couscous, quinoa, barley, farro and more. Using an integrated scale, the Cooker automatically senses the amount of grains, rice, or beans that have been added in order to calculate the ideal water-to-grain ratio.

ES Supreme Collection | Gibson

New for 2024 and part of a wide-ranging set of releases to commemorate the revered guitar maker’s 130th anniversary, the Gibson ES Supreme is offered with three finishes, Bourbon Burst, Blueberry Burst, and Seafoam Green, as well as an exclusive Royal Tan model also with two pickups, and an Ebony version with three pickups.

Primavera Batik | Vespa

Scooters are seen the world over, so it is only fitting that a brand as ubiquitous as Vespa releases a special edition model that integrates graphic elements from those parts of the world. In this case, the themes and patterns of Batik, the traditional Indonesian fabric. Applied here using Water Transfer Technology, beginning with the “cravattino”, the characteristic and distinctive frieze on the front, as well as embellishing the opening of the glove compartment on the counter shield and running along the footboard and the Vespa’s flanks. The saddle, in a light brown colour with stitching in green tones, adds a natural feel, recalling the colours of sunny beaches. The matching top box, which can be customized with Batik stickers, completes the aesthetics.

Herman Miller Brochure Cover Poster

Archival Posters | Herman Miller

A series of five new posters featuring iconic designs by members of Herman Miller’s graphic design team have been added to the collection. The posters span from 1960 to 1981 and represent an “era of design that is experiencing a strong resurgence in popular culture,” showcasing the work of graphic designers such as Linda Powell’s design for the cover of Herman Miller’s Ideas magazine in 1978 and John Massey’s Action Office 2 Poster, which he brought to Herman Miller’s corporate identity during his tenure. Each graphic represented the design values Herman Miller leaned into when planning its new brand identity, which launched in January 2024.