From fashion and accessories to beauty and housewares, these Toronto stores offer green gifts for everyone on your list.
From trendy jewellery to cool clothes and accessories, the city is home to a wide array of eco-friendly shops packed with sustainably made items for everyone on your list. Here’s where to go.
For clean beauty lovers: Detox Market
For green beauty that doesn’t hurt the earth or animals, visit one of Detox Market’s multiple locations, including its flagship downtown store on Spadina Avenue, a short walk to bustling King Street West and Queen Street West.
It’s packed with luxurious and cruelty-free skincare items, body washes and scrubs, hair products and makeup from covetable brands like Three Ships, a female-founded, Certified B Corporation offering plant-based natural skincare.
For vintage fans: Holt Renfrew’s H Project
From boho chic, limited edition vintage sunset choker necklaces made in Canada with reclaimed Venetian and French beads to vegan leather pouches designed with artwork by acclaimed Michif visual artist Christi Belcourt, upscale department store Holt Renfrew’s H Project features unique finds that promote local cultures, minimize environmental impact and support charities.
For every purchase of the ela x Belcourt pouch, for example, a $10 donation is made to Oceana Canada.
For fashion hounds: Horses Atelier
Shop for trendy fits at Horses Atelier, a women-founded and -run shop that creates sustainable clothing in downtown Toronto.
The label’s Belted Field Suit in Black is their top-selling suit and has been worn everywhere from red carpet premieres, weddings, on stage and to protest marches. Or consider their Slipdress in Ruby, made from Japanese acetate, which is perfect for holiday gatherings.
Horses’ social mission includes donations to local non-profits like the Daily Bread Food Bank and Spun Studio, an innovative social enterprise that helps marginalized women gain textile skills.
For accessories addicts: Logan & Finley
Bring a large reusable shopping bag and fill it up with accessories from Logan & Finley. Located in the studio space of a converted factory in boho Parkdale, this eco-conscious retail store offers an alternative to fast fashion. From organic cotton scarves to bamboo socks to recycled plastic mesh totes, over 50 of their brands are made in Canada, with over 20 from Toronto.
For jewellery mavens: Cedar Basket Gift Shop
Support talented Indigenous artists at the Cedar Basket Gift Shop, located inside the Native Canadian Centre of Toronto. Choose from handcrafted and colourful Métis-made dreamcatcher earrings, sparkling amethyst pendants and an elegant eagle sunlight pendant created by talented Tsimshian native artist Bill Helin.
Pro tip: if you’re travelling in a group of 10 or more people, consider booking the Native Canadian Centre’s guided tour, which explores the Indigenous roots of Tkaronto (Toronto) and the Ishpadinaa (Spadina Road) area.
For candle buffs: Stackt Market’s Marketplace
Start your candle-hunting expedition at Missy Rabbit Handcrafted. Its soy candles are non-toxic, cruelty-free and handmade in Toronto. Choose from tempting scents like white rabbit candy, matcha latte and gingerbread house, all perfect for the holidays.
For green housekeepers: Ecotique
Ecotique is a sustainable living boutique in the heart of Westside’s Roncesvalles. The housewares shop showcases items that are made responsibly using sustainable materials and promotes Canadian artists, including Susan Robertson.
The Saskatchewan-based ceramicist creates handmade porcelain mugs and matching tea bag holders that are a fun and creative gift for anyone looking to spruce up their kitchen.
Pro tip: For a peak-Toronto souvenir, opt for Robertson’s raccoon design.
For wanderers: Patagonia
This Houdini Air Jacket is the perfect gift for outdoor lovers. Made in a Fair Trade factory, the durable and ultralightweight jacket has a water-repellent coating minus the chemicals.
Patagonia donates 1% of sales to environmental initiatives and to raise awareness of environmental justice.
For art enthusiasts: Shop AGO
Ojibway artist Jeffrey Red George created a stunning and colourful Indigenous Collection calendar for 2024, and it’s designed and printed in Canada. Other gifts by Indigenous artists include an enchanted owl insulated lunch bag designed by Inuit artist Kenojuak Ashevak.
For new parents: Ava’s Appletree
Shopping for new parents? Or do you have your own wee one to buy for? Ava’s Appletree was started by a parent who noticed a local need for natural parenting products.
This green business stocks its shelves with cloth diapers, bamboo sleep bags and toys made from natural materials, including sustainable wood Ostheimer figures that are carefully carved, hand-painted and perfect for play in fairytale land.
While the up-and-coming Birch Cliff neighbourhood is a bit of a trek from downtown, the community is home to a vibrant mix of housewares shops and eclectic cafés. If you’re driving, plan a trip to the photogenic Guild Park & Gardens while you’re out east.