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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
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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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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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I Heart XMAS with Kristian Noel Pedersen

Welcome to the I Heart XMAS Q&A, where Retro Festive asks notable Canadians about their own Christmas traditions and what they would like to find under the tree!

Kristian Noel Pedersen
A Kristian Kinda Christmas
Musician

Kristian Noel Pedersen (his real name!) started recording Christmas music seven years ago, after joking about how his name would be perfect for it.  He writes and records original indie folk songs, with weird synthesizers and drum machines, about Christmas traditions, shopping, and the winter blues.

Kristian Noel PedersenWhat is your favourite holiday movie or TV special?
I’m a sucker for 90’s sit-com Christmas specials. My favourites are Boy Meets World’s called “Santa’s Little Helpers” or Family Matters’ “Miracle on Elm Street“.  In terms of film, The Santa Clause will always be a favourite of mine, and a seasonal must-must watch.

 Does your family have a special or quirky holiday tradition?
The only thing that is quirky is how much we see each-other. My extended family used to have a Christmas brunch that ended around three hours before Christmas dinner. We’d literally all go from one house to another. Only to meet up the next day for boxing day dinner, and New Years day dinner. Lots of dinners.

What is your favourite Christmas song?
“Christmas In A Room” by Sufjan Stevens. A song about finding the magic of Christmas in the ones you love. It gets me every time.

Also, I have to give an honourable mention to “Wonderful Christmastime” by Paul McCartney. Its probably the most avant-garde song to get played in malls and grocery stores. That takes talent.

Which do you prefer: to give or receive?
Absolutely give.

 Ugly Christmas Sweaters?
Not a chance. Christmas sweaters I have a special place for, but I’m not a fan of intentionally ugly ones. Classic knitted patterns for me.

What do you want Santa to bring you this year?
There is a Christmas themed wrestling t-shirt I’ve been really wanting, but haven’t bought it for myself yet. Fingers crossed Santa delivers it.

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Kristian Noel Pedersen’s Christmas seventh record will be released this week! Check it out at http://www.kristiankindachristmas.ca

 

 

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I Heart XMAS with Clara Venice

Welcome to the I Heart XMAS Q&A, where Retro Festive asks notable Canadians about their own Christmas traditions and what they would like to find under the tree!

Clara Venice
Musician
Theremin Space Pop Music for Lovers and Dreamers
@claravenice

Clara Venice
Photo by Katherine Holland

 

What is your favourite holiday movie or TV special? 

That’s so hard – I’d say it’s a toss-up between Home Alone, Elf and Gremlins – with Gremlins coming out on top because Gizmo is just too adorable.

Does your family have a special or quirky holiday tradition?
Yes – my family actually invented our own holiday that we celebrate on December 23rd called “Wondermas”. Each year we create a Wondermas “Tree” usually involving fairy lights, LEDs, tulle, Unicorns, and plexiglass. Then on Wondermas Eve, we are visited by Rollerbear who brings us gifts! We think it’s the most wonder-full holiday of the year.

 Which do you prefer: to give or receive?  

I wish I could say that I genuinely preferred giving to receiving, but let’s be real: they’re both pretty awesome. I do love giving gifts, and I put a lot of thought into what I give people. In the past I would get so stressed out around the holidays to find the “perfect gift” for everyone on my list, so now when I see something that I know a friend would love I just buy it and save it for the holidays. It makes things so much easier, and I feel a lot better about the thoughtfulness of my gifts. I highly recommend this strategy to everyone!

 Which Peanuts character do you think your friends and family would say reminds them of you? (Charlie Brown, Linus, Lucy, Snoopy etc)?
I have to say Schroeder – like him, I’m always lost in lost in my music, and Beethoven is also my favourite composer. Also, I think his artistic philosophy is pretty great (via Wikipedia):

In 1971’s Play It Again, Charlie Brown, Lucy asked if pianists make a lot of money, and Schroeder flew into a rage: “Who cares about money?! This is art, you blockhead! This is great music I’m playing, and playing great music is an art! Do you hear me? An art! Art! Art! Art! Art! Art!” However, when Lucy asks the same question in the movie A Boy Named Charlie Brown, Schroeder admits: “Some do, if they practice real hard, I guess.” 

Personally, I think these are both great answers and I definitely relate.

 What is your favourite Christmas song?
Christmas Don’t Be Late (aka the Chipmunk’s Christmas Song) because it sounds the best on the theremin!

Ugly Christmas Sweaters: Not a Chance – or – The Uglier the Better?
I believe that people should be able to wear whatever they feel like wearing any time of the year, so I fully support anyone’s choice of sweater. Personally, I like cute sparkly sweaters so that is what I wear during the holidays (the more glitter the better.) But I’m sure some people would consider those ugly, so to each her own!

Come down to the Toronto Christmas Market on Saturday, December 19 at 7 and 8pm to see Clara Venice’s magical performance!

 

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I Heart XMAS with Shanelle Kaul

Welcome to the I Heart XMAS Q&A, where Retro Festive asks notable Canadians about their own Christmas traditions and what they would like to find under the tree!

Shanelle Kaul
@shanelle_kaul
Global Regina Morning News Anchor

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What is your favourite Christmas movie or TV special? 

Chuck Jones’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas, with Bailey’s and coffee in hand of course.

 

 

 

Does your family have a special or quirky Christmas tradition?
Growing up, my brother and I were always allowed to open just one present on Christmas Eve. We’d always pick the biggest ones.

Which do you prefer: to give or receive?  

Who doesn’t love getting a great gift! But picking out the perfect present for someone you care about, and watching them unwrap it on Christmas morning is so wonderful.

Which Peanuts character do you think your friends and family would say reminds them of you?
I asked: Woodstock. Thanks friends!

Ugly Christmas Sweaters: Not a Chance – or – The Uglier the Better?
Count me in for any obnoxiously-decorated festive attire. Last year I made this four-person sweater for our Morning News team!

Shanelle Kaul

 

What do you want Santa to bring you this year?
A flight somewhere tropical to escape a prairie winter, but I’ll settle for a new blow-dryer.

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