Holiday Gift Guide: MEC

The holidays bring a sense of tradition where family and friends come together to celebrate this holiday season to spread joy. In the spirit of getting out of the binary and finding new traditions, here’s a list of gifts for them. The awesome ideas below don’t have a gender specified in the label, and they recognize that the retail term unisex isn’t one that reflects complex gender identity.


These copper straws are durable and non-toxic so you can sip your favorite bevvies while reducing your plastic consumption.
  • Laser-engraved evergreen tree graphic.
  • Food-grade protective coating keeps these straws looking shiny for longer.
  • Ideal for use with your favourite frosty beverage – toasty beverages are not recommended.
  • https://www.mec.ca/en/product/5062-045/Adventure-Copper-Straw-Set-%284-Pack%29

A seriously rugged travel toiletry bag. The Base Camp Travel Canister's ballistic nylon fabric provides a tough, protective exterior that's laminated for water resistance – it's the same fabric TNF uses in its expedition duffle bags, so you know it's the real deal. A wide D-shaped opening makes it easy to retrieve your toothbrush, and internal mesh pockets let you see where you've stowed your shampoo. A hook lets you hang the canister high above a wet or dirty floor, at a comfortable height for using the included travel mirror.
  • Made of super-durable 840-denier ballistic nylon with a phthalate-free TPE laminate for waterproofness.
  • Wide D-shaped zippered opening.
  • Twin haul handles on the ends.
  • Hook for hanging and a Velcro® strap to attach the included mini mirror.
  • Internal mesh pockets keep you organized.
  • https://www.mec.ca/en/product/5061-492/Base-Camp-Travel-Canister

Encourage your kids to play with their food. Simple ingredients plus 20 minutes of shaking and rolling equals a pint of delicious home-made ice cream. They get an outlet for their energy, you get to know exactly what they’re eating. Just the thing to put a new spin on a camping trip, barbeque or birthday.
  • Made of food-safe, BPA-free materials.
  • Outer soft shell is comfortable for catching and rolling.
  • Add cream, sugar, and vanilla in one end and ice and rock salt in the other.
  • Includes a recipe booklet.
  • Wide, shallow canister makes it easy to add ingredients and scoop out ice cream.
  • Diameter is 20cm.
  • Makes 475ml (a pint) of ice cream.
  • https://www.mec.ca/en/product/5040-220/Softshell-Ice-Cream-Ball-Pint?org_text=ice%20cream%20ball

Timeless raw copper looks, with a laser-etched graphic.
  • Laser-engraved graphic and text.
  • Food-grade protective coating keeps these mugs looking shiny for longer.
  • Ideal for use with your favourite frosty beverage – toasty beverages are not recommended.
  • https://www.mec.ca/en/product/5060-751/Copper-Mug-14-oz


Pledge to #beplasticwise. These reusable steel straws have removable flex tips for easy washing.
  • Made of dishwasher-safe, food-grade stainless steel and silicone.
  • Electropolished straw interior is easy to clean.
  • Includes 4 two-piece straws and a straw brush.
  • https://www.mec.ca/en/product/5061-623/Multi-Color-Natural-Steel-Straws-%284-Pack%29?colour=MTI03



Climb towards the skyline in these thin, unpadded socks are designed for optimal airflow and cool, dry comfort. They’re ultra-durable, with exceptional wicking ability and air permeability so they're great for long hot rides.
  • Made of nylon, CoolMax® EcoMade and LYCRA®.
  • Cuff is 15cm.
  • https://www.mec.ca/en/product/5047-398/Ridge-Supply-HT-Aireator--Skyline-Edition-Soc




Enjoy café-quality campsite java.
  • Carafe is co-polyester with an insulating nylon wrapped cozy.
  • Insulated mug has a sip-it lid.
  • Split ring plunger keeps grounds out for mud-free brew.
  • Carafe holds 590ml.
  • https://www.mec.ca/en/product/5040-518/Personal-Java-Press


Rich delicious hot chocolate combined with the bright sweetness of maple sugar for a Canadian take on a cold-weather classic. Camino partnered with Citadelle Maple Syrup Producers’ Co-operative in Québec, taking their delicious organic maple syrup and pairing it with fair trade and organic cocoa.
  • Certified fair trade and organic.
  • Ingredients: golden cane sugar, cocoa powder, maple sugar, and maple flavour.
  • May contain soy and milk.
  • For the best taste experience avoid pairing with coconut milk.
  • https://www.mec.ca/en/product/5053-131/Fair-Trade%26-Organic-Instant-Hot-Chocolate%2C-M

There's nothing like a classic toque. Cozy merino wool wraps your head in warmth on chilly winter days. Plus, it's made right here at home.
  • Made with cozy merino wool and acrylic to keep your head warm while looking cool.
  • Made in Canada with mulesing-free merino wool.
  • 1 size fits most.
  • https://www.mec.ca/en/product/5061-138/Jumbled-Made-In-Canada-Toque


MEC is a co-op, owned by the people who shop here. Our members trust us to provide the best products at fair prices, so that’s what we do. Plus, members get access to our rental services, one of the best warranties around and 1% of every sale goes to support the planet.
What do you think of these items from MEC? Aren't they just perfect for the holidays?

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