If you’re like me and want to avoid the malls at all costs during the month of December or you’re determined to find the most unique gifts in Toronto for those on your list (yes, even your office Secret Santa you know nothing about), these four places are for you. Curated to be a one-stop-shop for everyone on your list, these stores will get the creative juices flowing “ and their store owners will be just as thrilled to help you find the perfect gift.
One of a Kind Show
The One of a Kind Show is the place to go for that unique gift you’ve been trying to find for your parents, your in laws or your soon-to-be in laws. It’s that magical time of year where Exhibition Place fills up with high calibre, homemade gifts and you can be sure there will be something here for everyone on your list. While the price point tends to be higher for the true gems (think gorgeous walnut cutting boards and stunning unique jewellery), it’s worth the trip to find a gift for that hard to buy friend on your list.
If you’re looking for interesting stocking stuffers or the ultimate gift for your man, this is your spot. While not the best place to take him if you’re just starting a relationship (there’s a wedding and bridesmaid shop in the back), Loversland has gifts you wouldn’t even think of buying until you spotted them on their shelves. The design is spot on, and features money clips, F. Miller’s fantastic beard oil and lovely shaving kits you wouldn’t mind seeing on your bathroom counter. Not looking for your man? There’s gorgeous gifts for the women in your lives, too. Wonderful smelling candles, cute stationary, unique jewellery and a gorgeous hat selection are but a few gifts that would also impress the ladies.
Drake General Store
The Drake General Store is the ultimate West-end gift destination for anyone in your life, whatever your price point. While prices tend to hover in the $15-$30 area, there are many items below (think quirky stationary, unique mugs and funny Christmas ornaments) and many above (think mountie onesies for the whole fam, gorgeous marble cutting boards and copper bowls). If you’re the kind of shopper that goes in without an itemized list to check off, this is the spot for you (they even have Fuck You Gym soap and Does Eye Rolling Count as Cardio gum to sneak into your co-workers drawers).
Labour of Love
As the name suggests, there’s a perfect curation of gifts here for anyone, and they’re chosen with care. Located in Cabbagetown, Labour of Love‘s store owner, Regina, will help set you up with something special “ whether it’s for the love of your life, a random stranger at secret santa or an old friend. There’s cute baby toys, select lifestyle items, Toronto’s own Sloane teas and even gift worthy bar supplies. Shopping for your man? There’s beard oil, fashionable socks and travel sized shoe shine kits, to name a few. Oh and if you haven’t found the perfect piece of jewellery to compliment your holiday outfit, there’s a perfect selection here from Canadian designers.