Give the gift of Toronto quality, design and coolness this holiday season.
Toronto is a one-of-a-kind city — not only when it comes to the people and attractions, but also regarding local shops and businesses. If you’re looking for unique gifts or souvenirs to gift to your nearest and dearest, browse this eclectic selection of items that are locally-made and Toronto-inspired goodies at different price points and for varying interests.
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Books & Stationery
Toronto’s very own independent bookstore has three locations throughout the city, with products also sold online. Among beautiful Toronto-themed stationary, Type Books features both rare and mainstream literature with a focus on local authors. Currently, there are entire sections highlighting Canada’s Indigenous communities and Black Lives Matter.
If you’re on the hunt for that perfect holiday card, that’s also Toronto-themed, The Paperhood is your spot. The shop’s founder Malika, who has a background in graphic design and a love of sustainable materials, creates the stationary herself. Among Toronto-inspired holiday cards, you’ll also find postcards, tote bags, prints and calendars.
Among some of the most unique stationery and hand-printed items you’ll find, Kid Icarus also sells locally-made, high-quality items. Smack in the middle of Kensington Market, the shop is filled with Canadian goods, most of which are from Toronto. They have an entire line of refreshingly creative greeting cards, gift wrapping and other hand-made items to elevate your holiday gifting.
Clothing & Accessories
This holiday season, give your loved ones high-quality cozy-wear. Based in Toronto and locally-made, Muttonhead Apparel is specifically designed for Canadian living. With predominantly unisex pieces, Muttonhead sells chunky knits, toques, gloves, jackets, sweats, quilts and more. Basically, whatever you’d pack for a wintery cottage getaway.
You can never have too many socks, especially when they’re inspired by NASA. Actually. Created with Silver Yarn Technology, SixSox are breathable, high-quality and come in a variety of designs including Toronto-themed, retro, athletic, crew and more. They’re the perfect gift for that person in your life who loves socks and likely has a pair in every colour—yes, we exist.
An Ossington Avenue staple, Peace Collective is quintessential Toronto apparel. An internationally-recognized brand, Peace Collective introduced the world to iconic phrases like Toronto vs Everybody. The brand prides itself on well-designed clothing, representing the city throughout their pieces. Portions of Peace Collective’s profits are donated to Canadian food banks, mental health initiatives and vulnerable refugee populations.
Since fanny packs are all the rage, we bet your stylish family members will love Roncypacks. Especially when they’re upcycled and handmade in Toronto—Roncesvalles to be more specific. This company crafts fanny packs in different sizes for different needs in a variety of materials and colours. Materials used include vegan leather, knit, puffer and more.
Hoi Bo sells simple, classic and well-made apparel. Created in Toronto, the company prides itself on beautifully designed and functional women’s clothing. All pieces are hand-stitched to perfection.
Four Seasons At Home
Toronto’s Four Seasons Hotel recently released a line of luxurious bathrobes. Gift your loved ones nostalgic hotel comfort this year, perfect for a staycation. Shop a wide range of robes for all ages, including other lush goodies like luxury candles, towels, bedding and more.
Sweet & Savoury
With four locations across the city, Craig's Cookies has become a cult-favourite in Toronto—and for a good reason! From classic chocolate chip and shortbread, to the equally mouth-watering maple bacon or peppermint patty cookies, Craig's offers decedent cookies for any taste. If you can't pick just one flavour, order an assorted box and taste test this holiday season.
Toronto’s celebrated chocolate shop crafts delicious chocolate onsite and by hand. Soma also makes its own gelato and cookies. Too bad you can’t gift gelato, right? With two stores located in downtown Toronto, Soma also sells their goodies online with an entire section dedicated to the holiday season. Holiday-themed gift packages include advent calendars, chocolate and truffle boxes, chocolate bars and birch branches.
St. Lawrence Market
The history of Toronto’s St. Lawrence Market goes all the way back to the turn of the 19th century. It’s renowned for its selection of locally-sourced produce, meats and other edible delights such as local favourite, Kozlik’s mustard. The market also features handmade crafts and novelties from home-grown vendors.
Also read: The Must-Eats of Toronto's Historic St. Lawrence Market
Beauty & Cosmetics
Consonant Skin + Care
Consonant Skin + Care is so confident in the effectiveness of their products that they offer lifetime guarantees. The award-winning, Toronto beauty brand creates natural skin products for acne, ageing, dark spots, dry skin and more. They also have a section of gift ideas highlighting best selling treatments, face masks and kits, among other things.
The Abnormal Beauty Company
DECIEM, aka the Abnormal Beauty Company, was founded in Toronto on the principle of providing high-quality skincare at an affordable price. It began in 2013 and now operates more than ten beauty brands. Made with natural ingredients, products include skincare, makeup, body and hair products.
In Sanskrit, Sarisha translates to “charm and elegance,” two qualities the brand is brimming with. Founder Jacqueline Johal launched her mindfully created product line in 2018. She was inspired both by her Indian heritage and her time living in Paris. Natural and vegan, they take on a holistic approach that will speak to the conscious consumer.
Top picks are Green Goddess Glow Oil, Green Superfood Clay Mask, and Nourishing Hair and Scalp Oil. Affordable and travel-friendly, Sarisha will help anyone create their own intentional beauty rituals.
Decor & Appliances
Toronto’s beloved cocktail mecca adds glamour to any home, or more specifically any bar. Cocktail Emporium is a colourful, vintage-inspired dream filled with high-quality bar tools, niche home decor, retro glassware, local bitters, funky cocktail accessories and more. They also sell gift sets.
Gift your loved ones gorgeous pottery, handmade in Toronto. Created in small batches by Eleanor Stainsby, all pieces are lovingly crafted and painted by hand. Products include bowls, planters, platters and more, in a variety of colours. There’s even a collection inspired by David Bowie.
Brighten someone’s holiday season by gifting them their very own neon sign. Fuse Neon, a Toronto-based light studio, sells already-made designs or you can customize your own. Signature signs include the CN Tower, the Toronto skyline and rapper Drake’s prayer hands. Fuse Neon’s LED-based signs are carefully built to resemble authentic neon signs. You wouldn’t know the difference.
One of the most innovative stores in one of Toronto’s most unique neighbourhoods, Bergo Designs in the Distillery Historic District is known for its European-inspired designer housewares and home decor. Explore shiny contraptions that artfully combine functionality with creativity—including contemporary kitchenware, moving alarm clocks and flower vases that look like they stepped out of a Dalí painting.
The first retail offshoot of Toronto’s Spacing magazine, the Spacing Store is nearby Queen West in the fittingly creative shared space of the 401 Richmond building with its industrial bones, wooden ceiling and exposed beams. Toronto-themed merchandise includes cards, ornaments, games, and decor—like peameal bacon-scented candles—among other creative goodies.
Bag of Toronto
Order a custom bag that embodies one of seven participating Toronto neighbourhoods. Each bag is filled with 5 to 7 specialty foods and products unique to your chosen neighbourhood. Neighbourhoods of choice are Bloordale, Ossington, Queen West, Bloorcourt, Kensington Market, Riverside and College Promenade. Participating local businesses include beauty salons and shops, cafes, florists, bars, restaurants and clothing stores.
Drake General Store
This one-of-a-kind shop is chock-full of trendy Canadiana with everything from toques, to engraved flasks, to traditional maple syrup, to iconic Hudson’s Bay blankets. Access the Drake General’s goods online or at their in-person shop across the street from the Drake Hotel on Queen West.
Blue Banana Market
Blue Banana Market is as hip and eccentric as you would expect from a store located in Kensington Market. With two levels overflowing with posters, games, clothing, jewelry, musical instruments and various odds and ends, it’s impossible not to find something here to put under the tree. There aren’t many other stores in Toronto where you can buy a designer dress, a bongo drum and a jar of gourmet hot sauce under the same roof.
AGO Gift Shop
The Frank-Gehry designed gift shop at the Art Gallery of Ontario is arguably as impressive as the museum that houses it. From personal accessories to stylish home decor, to Group of Seven prints, this shop contains everything for the fashionable art lover.
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Gardiner Museum Shop
Creativity is a gift worth giving this holiday season and the Gardiner Museum Shop features some incredibly unique pieces. Explore local artists and their gorgeous handmade works including ceramics, jewellery, accessories and even wood-based decor. Shop online or at the shop itself.