Priceless Products and Packaging: Canada takes the “old” out of the Common Cold

A Moai tissue holder at the St. Lawrence Market in Toronto, Canada.

A Moai tissue holder at the St. Lawrence Market in Toronto, Canada. You also can order one for $28 online from Upstart Crow, a San Diego company. (http://upstartcrowtrading.com/online-store/novelties/tiki-tissue-holder)

Who wants to retrieve tissue from its original manufacturer’s box? Boring. We haven’t seen many advances lately in the tissue and tissue accessory industries — aside from adding lotion and aloe, which was exciting for probably the first two years after the new product was introduced. While roaming around in the St. Lawrence Market in Toronto, Canada, I came across these far-from-boring tissue keepers.

More Moai tissue keepers. You can actually order one for $28 online from Upstart Crow, a San Diego company. (http://upstartcrowtrading.com/online-store/novelties/tiki-tissue-holder)

More Moai tissue keepers.

Why not, when you’re frequently grabbing a tissue to mop up the results of incessant sneezing or a constantly runny nose, remove one from a Moai, “Easter Island Head,” tissue keeper?

I’m sure the Rapa Nui, the mysterious builders of the Moai, had to battle with sniffles from time to time, so they would probably appreciate that, now, versions of their statues conveniently hold tissues in the nostrils.

If you’d rather have a tissue keeper that has a bit more of a connection to Canada, the polar bear tissue holder, below, fits that role. Rather than having tissue ironically coming out the nostrils, like the Moai keepers, this model sprouts tissue from the polar bear’s somewhat threatening mouth. Surely mucus can be intimidated.

This polar bear tissue keeper, while missing the tissue, has a bit more connection to Canada.

This polar bear tissue keeper, while missing the tissue, has a bit more connection to Canada.

At any rate, these products are available at the St. Lawrence Market, which has unique, practical, delicious and fun items. It’s definitely worth a visit.

The St. Lawrence Market in Toronto Canada has an extensive offering of maple syrup products. Maple syrup chip butter cookies rival Tim Tams, in my opinion, as the best cookies in the world.

The St. Lawrence Market in Toronto Canada has an extensive offering of maple syrup products. Maple syrup chip butter cookies rival Tim Tams, in my opinion, as the best cookies in the world.

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