Season of givingPublished on November 13, 2018

  • Lot 7
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  • The Shoebox Project

  • Sets of four, $40. To purchase 613-729-1000

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  • $100, Marc Cain, Rideau Centre

Treasures in Hintonburg

Featuring a collection of vintage furniture and beautiful items for your home, Lot 7, founded by Bobbi Jo Doyle, has created a unique retail experience. A seasoned traveler with an entrepreneurial flair, Bobbi Jo moved to Ottawa four years ago. Always on the lookout for beautiful and exceptional pieces that tell an authentic story, she opened her shop in June of 2018.

Bobbi Jo feels your home should be a collection of treasures that tell your story; pieces that trigger memories or just make you happy every time you see them. The store is well stocked with intriguing gift items and furnishings for the holiday season.

Visit Lot 7 at 233A Armstrong Street

Support Youth

The Youth Services Bureau (YSB) is selling a limited number of The Art of Listening tile coaster sets. All proceeds support YSB’s Youth Mental Health Walk-In Clinic.

Sets of four, $40. To purchase 613-729-1000

Small joys

The Shoebox Project for Women collects and distributes gift-filled shoeboxes to women impacted by homelessness in communities across Canada and the US. Each shoebox is filled with items ($50 in value) that help make a woman in need feel special; a small gesture of kindness that has a positive impact on the woman who receives it.

Founded in 2011 in Toronto, by four sisters-in-law Caroline, Jessica, Vanessa and Katy Mulroney, The Shoebox Project is an official charity with several local chapters all run by volunteers. In Ottawa, The Shoebox Project continues to grow due to the enthusiasm of returning donors and the support of their founding sponsor, Tamarack Homes, and other corporate and community partners.

This year in Ottawa, there is a need for 2,500 shoeboxes for women at over 45 local shelters. The drive runs from November 1 to December 3 with nearly 30 drop-off locations throughout the city.

For more information, visit

Charitable warmth

This holiday season, choose to give a unique gift that is made more meaningful because it supports a charity. Marc Cain is partnering with the non-profit organization Plan International with the #Leo4Charity limited-edition charity scarf, which was designed exclusively for the holiday season.

The beautiful scarf, adorned with a jacquard-leo print and small hearts, is a soft wool blend. 

$120, Marc Cain, Rideau Centre

Stay sharp

For the foodie on your Christmas list, consider the new book by self-proclaimed “knifenerd” Kevin Kent, The Knifenerd Guide to Japanese Knives.

Kevin is a former chef and president of Knifewear. The book tells his stories about his favourite blacksmiths, explains why Japanese knives and steel are just better, and outlines what to look for.


Sandy Connell

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