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10 holiday gift ideas for the sweets lover in Toronto

Sweeten up the holidays with classic confections, serving pieces and bakeware from Toronto retailers this season. No holiday would be complete without the annual spike in your glycemic index anyway.

Here are my picks for gifts for the sweet lover on your list this holiday season.

Victorian Gingerbread House Cookies / Bobbette & Belle $11.25
Like every Victorian on the market in this city, these beautiful gingerbread houses are pricey but oh so pretty to look at. The precious cookies are hand detailed with icing evergreens and edible 24k gold decorations.

Falcon Enamelware Bake Set / Spruce $125
Give this five piece set of iconic British bakeware to the avid cooks on your list. The heavy-gauge porcelain pieces can withstand high oven temps and then double as stylish serveware.

Hot Chocolate and Guimauve Sampler / Nadege $52
The Parisian patisserie embraces the classic comfort of hot chocolate and fluffy marshmallows. The sample pack includes the chocolate chaud in signature dark, spiced, and bourbon vanilla bean varieties, plus raspberry and cotton candy marshmallows.

Chocolate Panettone / Soma Chocolate $25
Laced with rum soaked cherries, orange rinds and raisins, and topped with crunchy caramelized almonds, this made-from-scratch chocolate Christmas bread might just sway your feelings towards panettone forever.

Bunner's Bake Shop Cookbook / Bunners ($24.99)
The vegan and gluten-free bakery shares recipes for sticky cinnamon buns, brownies, cheesecake and doughnuts - all made from non-traditional ingredients.

Shortbread / Mary Macleod's $4.50-$110
Over 300 hand-made, small-batch shortbread shapes (everything from Christmas trees to Hannukah dreidels) are available a la carte, or packaged up in tins, cookie jars and gift sets.

Cooking Classes / Baker and Scone $55-$120
Nourish the home-bakers in your life with classes from professionals. The schedule at this St. Clair West bakery starts in February so there's plenty of time to register for hands-on workshops focused on topics like winter baking or how to build a classic croquembouche.

Toronto Popcorn Co. ($4-$24)
If you're struggling to stuff XL stockings, then popcorn is your friend. Satisfy snack lovers with savoury, sweet and premium popcorns in addictive flavours like maple bacon, cinnamon caramel and peanut brittle.

Short Stack Editions / Room 2046 $16 each
Each of these small-format, collectible cookbooks zero in on one inspiring ingredient (think, apples, brown sugar or honey) and feature recipes ingenious ways to use sweet fixtures in every pantry.

Pedestal Cake Stands / Le Dolci $16-$80
The collection of cakes stands available for sale at this Dundas West bakeshop is sure to be appreciated (and get a lot of use) by the sweet-tooths on your list.

What amazing items did I miss? Leave your ideas in the comments.

lcboThanks to the LCBO for sponsoring our 2014 Gift Guide.

Photo from Bobbette & Belle

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