Sheridan Alumni Gift Guide

Whether you’re on the hunt for stocking stuffers, last-minute presents, or ideas for your next holiday gift exchange, we have thoughtful ideas for everyone on your list.


There’s nothing quite like curling up with a good book over the holidays. Take a break to enjoy Woman World, from Aminder Dhaliwal (Bachelor of Animation ’11). The graphic novel tells the humorous fallout of a world with no men. Budding entrepreneurs can gear up for the New Year with Darrell Keezer’s (Business Administration Marketing ’05) book Pick Up Your Freakin’ Phone. In the book, Keezer gives tips and tricks for successfully launching and managing a business.

Award-winning author and illustrator Jeff Lemire (Illustration ’05) returns to bookshelves with Gideon Falls Volume 1: The Black Barn. Sheridan faculty also had a successful year in print, with Publishing Professor Paul Vermeesch’s Self-Defence for the Brave and Happy: Poems and Creative Writing Professor Thea Lim’s Giller-nominated An Ocean of Minutes.


Sometimes the best gifts are time spent with others. Take an afternoon to visit the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto, where Phil Pritchard (Business Accounting ’84) works as vice-president and curator. Then, grab a bite at Bacon Nation in Kensington Market, owned by Business Administrative Finance grad Andrew Motta (’09). Visit alumni Jenny Le (Advertising and Marketing Communications ’14) at her Mississauga, Ont.-based café, The Cold Pressery, for some delicious vegan treats and eats. For the perfect stocking stuffer, grab a gift card from both eateries.

For the musical theatre lover in your life, Jeigh Madjus (Musical Theatre Performance ’05) will be performing in Moulin Rouge! The Musical on Broadway, while the Tony-Award-winning musical Come From Away continues to receive standing ovations during its Toronto run.


Give the gift of a good book to your little one. Sheridan’s Bachelor of Illustration Coordinator, Joseph Morse, illustrated Wab Kinew’s Go Show the World: A Celebration of Indigenous Heroes. Hedgehog! by Ashlyn Anstee (Bachelor of Animation ’11) tells the story of a selfish hedgehog that won’t share his home with the other animals. Derek Desierto (Bachelor of Animation ’17) teamed with Instagram’s Eva Chen for Juno Valentine and the Magical Shoes, while Graham Annable’s (Classical Animation ’91) illustrations come to life in Peter & Ernesto: A tale of Two Sloths. Finally, Be Prepared, written and illustrated by Vera Brosgol (Animation ’05) tells the story of a young girl’s experience at summer camp.


They say that the best things come in small packages, and these accessories are no exception. Up your neckwear game with the help of Neck Couture, the tie company owned by Kobi Amponsah (Bachelor of Health Science Kinesiology ’16). Shop current designs, or work with Amponsah to create a custom bow tie. Elsewhere, Anu Raina (Craft and Design Fabrics ’10) designs scarves based on her life experiences and childhood in India.

Alison Syer (Craft and Design Fabrics ’10) is known for her vibrant bags and cards. Whether you need a small cardholder, a tote bag, or a clutch, this textile artist will have something for you

Finally, Emma Gerard’s (Craft and Design Glass ’08) glass jewelry is the finishing touch to any outfit. From apples to gummi bears, Gerard’s quirky designs are more than just eye candy.