We’ll admit it, we’re hard to buy for, but this year, we’re easy: nothing would make Torontoist happier for the holidays than our very own inedible, time-travelled Being Erica gingerbread house. We checked, it exists, and not to be pushy or anything, but you only have until 8 p.m. tomorrow evening to snap it up. Hurry!
Made as part of CBC’s Steven and Chris‘s holiday special and now up for auction on ebay.ca, Erica herself (Erin Karpluk) designed a “grandiose homestead…with multiple doors, representing the multiple journeys that Karpluk’s character, Erica, takes on in the hit show Being Erica.” It mostly looks like yogurt-covered pretzels, frosting, and possibly rocks, plus a weird gummy-person figurine scaling the roof and paper cut outs of both Karpluk and co-star Michael Riley, who plays her therapist. Perfect! If that’s too, uh, whimsical for you, we would also settle for George Stroumboulopoulos’s gingerbread “flophouse,” which, with its decor of Wheaties and other CBC personalities, “perfectly reflects the personality of its designer,” or the Mosque that Little Mosque on the Prairie‘s Zaib Shaikh built. Its minimalist stacked-Oreos chimney and tasteful icing outline truly are, as the auction page says, “magnificent.”
Proceeds from each auction go to different charities, and at time of writing, Being Erica‘s SPCA-supporting time-travel palace was in the lead, with Strombo’s Serve! Canada house in second, and Shaikh’s Mosque for the Canadian Council of Muslim Women in third. The sad news is, the houses can’t actually be eaten and will probably get all busted in the mail, but, tis the season?