Give the gift of Montréal with these locally designed souvenirs!
As the birthplace of iconic design moments like Expo 67 and the 1976 Olympics, Montréal was unsurprisingly named a UNESCO City of Design in 2006. A thriving fashion scene also keeps locals looking sharp, and many local producers offer wares from accessories to interior design accents, signature wardrobe pieces to unique toys all with a Montréalaise twist. Each year, Design Montréal, the city’s official office concerned with all things design, publishes the CODE SOUVENIR MONTRÉAL catalogue, featuring some of the best creations from the city. Here’s some eye-catching MTL-made gifts your attendees will adore – and so will their loved ones.
Unforgettable VIP welcome items
Products selected for CODE SOUVENIR MONTRÉAL must meet a set list of criteria attaining environmentally responsible, sustainable and as often as possible, local production guidelines – not to mention feature a distinct Montréal flair. Objects are also customizable, so specific logos and branding are an enticing option.
VIPs deserve deluxe treatment, and presenting them with something with local flavour is a must. We’re big fans of ¾ oz.’s Montréal Cocktail Kit with flavour syrups, measuring cup and an attractive box featuring one of the Mile End’s most iconic skylines. Miljours’ attractive veg tanned leather ALLEN key fobs offer a distinctive touch – not to mention a great spot for minimalist event branding. Chocolat Boréal’s gourmet chocolate bars featuring Montréal scenes on the packaging also leave room for customization, promising a sweet welcome bag treat. They’ll also never forget Montréal with one of Fotofibre’s cushion covers, change purses or carryall sleeves featuring some of the city’s best design moments like the Métro, Jacques-Cartier Bridge and Habitat 67.
Eye-popping souvenirs for the folks back home
Packed schedules often make shopping for those at home difficult, but these design-savvy gift options make for a crowd-pleasing easy fix. Everyone loves postcards, and G&T’s connect-the-dots postcards will brighten up any mailbox (and their designs are also available on posters, travel journals and T-shirts). Sporty friends will love Artgang’s baseball caps, with a playful MTL update of a world-famous logo (that also looks great on T-shirts), while Claire Papillon’s silk squares in a variety of designs add that extra touch of flair to an outfit. Dahls’ stylish aprons are fittingly renowned, and their sleek Cabas Bags in camel and black are perfect for the fashion-forward on any to-shop-for list – not to mention the perfect way to stash Dinette Nationale’s hand-made almond and pistachio nougat. Finally, we love FaçadesMTL’s Place Ville Marie Curio, placing one of Montréal’s most known towers (by architect I.M. Pei) under glass.
Hit the hippest boutiques in town
Those with a bit of downtime will also want to check out some of Montréal’s coolest boutiques, stretching across town. La Boutique BAnQ in the city’s main library offers Québec-made products, mostly ranging in price from $5 to $50. Little Italy’s BELANGERMARTIN and arloca specialize in Montréal-made home and fashion items, while fashionistas looking for that something special will love Off the Hook and Boutique Unicorn’s focus on local designs.
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