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Family Gift Guide

Here at RetroFestive.ca, we are very proud to offer a wide variety of nostalgic gift ideas. Whether it is a gag gift for Secret Santa at work, or something sweet for your Grandparents, we truly offer something for everyone on your Christmas list.

Here is an A&W burger-style family gift guide to help with shopping this season!

Baby
Family gift guide

Everyone know that babies are the cutest, but for some reason they do not remember the gifts they receive during their first Christmas. But if they are wearing a cute Santa Baby outfit, there will be lots of family photos to keep the memory alive for years to come.

 

 

 

 

 

Mama
Inspired by National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, The Jelly of the Month Club gift set is the gift that keeps on giving the whole year with 12 jars of delicious jellies and jams made by Greaves Jams and Marmalades in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario.

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 Papa
Your papa will look pretty sharp this season when you give him a Toronto Blue Jays Ugly Sport Jacket, or Winter Wonderland Ugly Christmas Suit!

Teen
Wondering what the shell to get your teen? Well, it’s a historical fact the coolest teenagers that ever lived are the Ninja Turtles. Give your teen this Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles mug and they’ll think you’re totally tubular, dude!

Grandpa
When the kids, and grandkids, are all grown up and out of the house it gives grandparents more time for their hobbies. This Santa’s New Sleigh is a Harley is a great trinket for those who live to ride!

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Uncle
Just like Cousin Eddie, it’s the Uncles in the family that are the jokesters, the clowns, the ones . . . that say something in appropriate at dinner. Consider giving them the “Your Mom Likes My Package” long sleeved tee,  a Jumbo Bacon Flavoured Candy Cane, or a “Merry Christmas – Shitter Was Full” ugly Christmas sweater to suit their sense of humour.

Buddy
Your bestie will love this Buddy the Elf mug,  and these Turtle Dove Friendship Ornaments from Home Alone 2: Lost in New York.

“Turtle doves are a symbol of friendship and love. Keep one, and give the other to a very special person. As long as each of you has your turtle dove, you will be friends forever.”

Double Buddy
If they really are your best buddy, they won’t mind sharing a sweater with you. Get cozy in the 2-person Christmas sweater!

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If these ideas don’t work, just offer to take the whole family out to eat to the Chop Suey Palace like The Parkers, or Denny’s like The Calvins!

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Ugly NHL Jackets and Ties

Just In: Ugly NHL Suit Jackets and Ties

Now you can channel your inner Don Cherry when you suit up in one of our new NHL ugly sport jacket and tie sets.  If wearing grandma’s old yuletide jumper isn’t your jam, but you want to stand out among your buds, you’ll need these dapper duds! Whether you’re attending a cheesy Christmas party or a posh New Years soiree, you’re sure to score while sporting one of these bad boys.

Toronto Maple Leafs Suit Jacket
Get Fugly in our Maple Leafs Suit Jacket and Tie!

Sears Portrait Studio to the Rescue!

What to do when you’re in a pinch and need product photos fast, but don’t know where to turn? That was our predicament when we received our very first batch of ugly NHL suit jackets and ties.The moment they arrived at our warehouse, we thought they were just about the most awesome apparel we’ve ever seen. So naturally we wanted to share them with the Internet tout de suite.

screen-shot-2016-10-19-at-10-23-39-pmThat meant we needed product photos within the hour! Someone suggested we try the Sears Portrait Studio down the street. We all laughed and laughed… and then we called and booked a 5pm appointment. That was easy! But we still needed to find someone to model our fine fashions. What to do? Where to go? The local Goodlife gym, of course. That’s there we found Brandon, a friend of a friend who was happy to work the gig in exchange for free swag (namely, the jacket he’s holding below.)

screen-shot-2016-10-19-at-10-24-12-pmSo we threw Brandon in our truck with a pile of jackets and headed over to Sears Portrait Studio.

img_3572We were greeted by a bemused employee who told us our clever gimmick was a welcome respite between the baby portraits and passport photos that are her stock-in-trade. In fact, we’re quite sure she’s never had so much fun working at Sears!

screen-shot-2016-10-19-at-10-23-54-pmIt was when we took a coffee break in the mall food court that tragedy struck! Just after photographing the Toronto Blue Jays jacket, we headed to Timmies for a double double and found out the Jays had just lost their Championship Series against Cleveland, and were out of the playoffs. Bummer!

img_3603But we are glass-half-full type people, so we said good-bye baseball, hello hockey! We’ve got some really ugly NHL suits for five awesome franchises, meaning fans can dress as loud as they cheer!

And here’s a shout-out to Sears! They were able to get us in and out of there in a flash. And, for the low price of $60, we took home a  CD of six hi-res images, including the rights to publish them anywhere in the world. Score!

By the way, if you’re interested in one of our licensed sports jackets, you’ll need to act fast! We anticipate that they’ll sell out VERY quickly.  So order yours today!

Montreal Canadiens Sport Jacket and Tie
Montreal Canadiens Sport Jacket and Tie

 

Edmonton Oilers Suit Jacket and Tie
Edmonton Oilers Ugly NHL Jacket
Detroit Red Wings Suit Jacket and Tie NHL
Detroit Red Wings Ugly Jacket and Tie
Boston Bruins Jacket and Tie Combo
Boston Bruins Jacket and Tie Combo
Toronto Blue Jays Suit Jacket and Tie
Toronto Blue Jays Suit Jacket and Tie

Head over to RetroFestive.ca to order yours today!

5 Ugly Sweater Alternatives to Rock This Christmas!

If your Grandma’s eggnog-stained jumper isn’t what you want to be seen in at your holiday soirées, we can’t blame you! Even though the traditional Ugly Christmas Sweater is kind of our thing, we can understand why you’d want to kick the originality up a few notches.

Remember: Ugly isn’t one dimensional!Throw some glitter, or a cat graphic on your accessory and you’ll be the most hideous apple this side of the nuthouse!

Here are (just a few) of our products that will have you considering an alternative to the classic patterned pull-over!

Ugly Christmas Tie

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Attending a suit and tie affair? Swap your run-of-the-mill black tie for our super festive (and totally ugly!) Christmas ties. Your fellow party-goers will be jealous.

Ugly Christmas Jammies

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Jump into something different this holiday! These Matching Holiday Onesies are perfect for you, whether you’re flying solo, or have a mister/misses waiting for you under the mistletoe. Who said you can’t wear your PJs to Christmas dinner?

Ugly Christmas Socks

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Warm up your toes in holiday style! We have a large assortment of Ugly Christmas Socks and Knee-highs, including toe socks (of course)!

Ugly “Naughty” and “Nice” Santa Hats

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Speaking of the “Naughty” and “Nice” list… which one are you on? Show off what team you’re on this year with our perfect “Naughty” and “Nice” Santa Hats. Sure, you might be gifted with a little coal, but it will surely be worth it!

Happy Birthday Jesus T-Shirt

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Celebrate two special occasions this Christmas with our blinged-out Happy Birthday Jesus Tee! Your religious relatives will thank you. Don’t miss out on the party.

Ugly Christmas Suit

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Take a page out of Barney Stinson’s book and suit up. Our Ugly Christmas Tree Suit is perfect for classy bros, who still want to enjoy a big cup of holiday cheer. This year, when they talk about the big man in the red suit…make sure that man is you.

 

Ugly Christmas Boxers

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What are you hiding in your under carriage? Wrap your package up good with our Ugly Christmas Boxers. Wear these and you’ll surely be knocked off the “Naughty List”, that is, until Christmas night! Hopefully no one will sneak a peak!

 

Ugly Mistletoe Headband

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You will never be caught solo under the mistletoe again with this amazing invention, our Mistletoe Headband. Stand near your lover, your crush, or Ryan Gosling — Christmas tradition says you gotta pucker up!

 

Ugly Christmas Tree Costume

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Really commit to Christmas this year by embodying a decked out evergreen! This hilarious Christmas Tree Costume suit will surely put everybody in the holiday spirit.

 

Ugly NHL Sweater

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Technically this is still a sweater, but it’s also so much more than that! Root on your favourite sports team with our beloved Ugly NHL Sweaters! Perfect for Christmas, but can be worn with pride year-round.

What do you plan on rocking this Christmas? Let us know in the comments below! And remember, ordering is available at Retrofestive.com year-round, but our store opens this Saturday (October 29), so come on down and give us a visit. Located at 1100 Invicta Drive, Oakville.

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Hockey Sweaters and The Holidays

Hockey is important to many Canadians. We throw on our hockey sweater and tune in weekly to watch our favourite teams whether they delight or disappoint us. I have always found the holidays are a great time to experience our national sport, while spending time with family.

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When I was growing up my entire family would come together in the common room of the Legion Manor, where my grandparents lived in Prince Edward County. The men would eat cashews and talk shop, the women would prepare a giant meal, and the kids would run wildly without consequence, having been allowed to eat more treats in one afternoon than they had all year.

After dinner we would all end up watching hockey together. Sometimes it was the last regular season games of the year, sometimes it was preliminary rounds of the World Juniors, but they all brought us together. It was a time of rest for the weary, a source of entertainment for the socially awkward, and a trial of anticipation for the die-hard fans – especially those with Pro-Line tickets.

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Santa gives the Leafs a piece of his mind. Photo by John C Whitehead

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We would often exchange gifts while watching the game as well, where memorabilia such a hockey sweater, t-shirt, gloves, coffee mug, hat and scarf where given, which were exclusively branded with the Toronto Maple Leafs logo. If you were given something with the Montreal Canadiens on it, you knew you were the butt of a joke.

This was years before the Ugly Christmas Sweater craze, but the NHL Ugly Christmas sweaters and slippers that are available these days would have been gratefully accepted back at the Legion Manor.

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hockey sweaterThe great thing about giving hockey-related gifts at Christmas is that they really are a gift that keeps on giving.

You can wear your NHL Ugly Christmas gear while watching the rest of the
World Junior Championships, or the Winter Classic on New Years Day, and for the rest of the regular season.

 

 

 

Since Santa cannot bring the Stanley Cup to the Toronto Maple Leafs, no matter how good they’ve been, it’s best to take comfort in the fact that hockey is a wonderful holiday tradition we can all enjoy!

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Secret Santa Quirky Gift Guide

The Christmas party season is getting closer by the minute, which means Secret Santa at the office. But what should you get that special someone picked from the hat? And by special we mean that weird someone, that odd someone, that tough-to-buy-for someone. Your boss already has two of everything, or you pulled the name of the Sci-Fi geek you barely speak to. What’s a person to do? Don’t worry, Retro Festive has you covered.

Here is our list of 12 awesome, unique and quirky gift ideas that will make their strange hearts grow at least three sizes bigger! – Written by Maddie Bisson

The HR Cat Lady
Kitty Christmas Carol Clock – Musical!

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We all know someone who loves cats. A lot. So much that a musical cat clock would be totally acceptable in her cat filled office.

 

 

 

The Social Media Addict—I mean Specialist
Selfie Elfie
Or…
Hashtag Christmas Tree Ornament

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#OMG #SelfieWithAnElfie #SoCute #TheresAnElfOnMyShoulder #IHeartChristmas Or… Blow up their phone with a ##ornament.

 

 

The IT Jedi
Stormtrooper Nutcracker

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If you didn’t camp outside with them before the premiere of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, you better redeem yourself.

 

 

 

The Die Hard Leafs Fan
NHL Ugly Christmas Sweater

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There’s one in every company! Through thick and thin (mostly thick) they stand by their team. It’s a perfect “something blue” to wear on game day (instead of that dirty old jersey!).

 

 

The (why aren’t you retired yet?) Secretary
Ugly Sweater Cookie Cutter Decorating Kit

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Ugly Sweaters have been all the rage for the past few years, and while the gaudy irony might be lost on her, she will enjoy making Ugly Sweater cookies for the office!

 

 

The Coffee Addicted Accountant
Tim Hortons China Mug Ornament

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Your accountant’s favourite formula: Work + Caffeine + Canadiana = TIM HORTONS!!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

The Meme Loving Colleagues
Grumpy Cat 8-Pack Holiday Note Cards

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Now you can finally wish your closest co-workers an awful holiday and a crappy New Year with Grumpy Cat’s signature frown.

 

 

The Hanukkah Harry
Happy Hanukkah- Ugly Holiday Sweater

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Christmas isn’t the only reason to rock an Ugly Sweater! Harry will be as happy as those dancing dreidels when he receives this from his Secret Santa!

 

 

The Overly Enthusiastic Intern
Smiling is My Favorite – Coffee Mug

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While drinking the World’s best/crappiest cup of coffee, your intern won’t be able to stop singing, “I love you, I love you, I LOVE YOUUU!”

 

 

 

The Potty Mouth Boss
Toilet Santa- Ugly Christmas Sweater

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Nothing will bring your boss more joy this holiday season than literally wearing a poop joke.

 

 

 

 

The Hostess with the Mostest CEO
Christmas Vacation Advent House Calendar

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This will knock the Santa hats off her Holiday Party guests (and put you on the Nice List) with this show-stopping Griswold Advent House Calendar.

 

 

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The Rival
Bag O’ Coal

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Make the most feared present in the world a reality for your nemesis. Revenge is a dish best served COAL.

 

 

 

 

Maybe Christmas doesn’t come from a store – Maybe Christmas… perhaps… means a bit more!” Not in this case, Grinch!

These quirky gifts can be ordered at RetroFestive.ca, or picked up right before the Secret Santa gift exchange at Toronto’s Union Station Holiday.

 

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