Best Last-Minute Holiday Gifts

Too many people on your holiday gift list and not enough time? It seems like it's the same challenge every year. Luckily, our Kensington Market retail store has gifts that will please everyone from loved ones to co-workers to dinner party hosts. 

Take a deep breath and take a look at these classic gift ideas with a unique Blue Banana Market twist. 


Chocolate goes with the season, but these are not your standard drug store gift boxes. We've sourced gourmet chocolates and candies for you to make your holiday memories a little more extra special, and even more delicious. 

Abdallah Candies is a family-owned Minnesota chocolatier and confectionery, established in 1909 by Lebanese immigrant Albert Abdallah and his wife, Helen Trovall.

A taste of Saks Fifth Avenue in Kensington Market: if you've got someone on your holiday gift list who loves to be spoiled, give them a beautiful tin of premium chocolates by New York's Louis Sherry, the famous company that introduced French-style chocolate-making to New York in 1881.

Here's some trivia to tell the recipient: Louis Sherry chocolates are featured in the holiday classic Meet Me in St. Louis, starring Judy Garland and set in the early 20th century; and the Vermont-born businessman's parents were of French-Canadian descent!

Bath and Beauty 

If you want to give the pampering without the calories: 

These handmade bath bombs by Bomb Cosmetics are cruelty-free and use natural ingredients wherever possible. And they're adorable too! 

Not your standard beauty products: Skinny & Co. uses high-quality coconut oil to create a luxurious experience for skin and hair. 

Games and Puzzles

Always a good way to get in some family time during the holidays. 

Candles and Melts

You needn't be ashamed of giving "just" a candle when it comes from Food Network. Choose among a variety of delicious flavors... um, that is, scents, like Salted Caramel Popcorn or Brownie Batter. Makes a great hostess gift, especially if you're not so great at baking. 

Or another customer favourite: Muskoka Candles, made of 100% soy bean wax and hand poured in Ontario. 

Socks, Socks, and More Socks 

Giving socks for Christmas has gotten a bad reputation... but if you get them from our store, no one will think that you're lacking in creativity!  

Coffee Gear 

Coffee lovers are a devoted bunch! Help them take their passion to the next level with our assortment of presses and other coffee gear.

Gift Card 

Give someone who loves our Kensington Market store, or who hasn't had the experience yet, a chance to see what treasures they can find in our many, ever-changing sections. 

 Happy Holidays!