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gift guide

Holiday Gift Guide – Souvenirs

Explore Toronto’s fantastic shopping scene to find gifts for friends, family and anyone else on your list.

Toronto subway buttons ($2 each)
Spacing store, 401 Richmond St. W., spacingstore.ca

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2017 Holiday Gift Guide for Kids

Explore Toronto’s fantastic shopping scene to find gifts for friends, family and anyone else on your list.

Raccoon hand puppet ($61.95)
ShopAGO, Art Gallery
of Ontario, 317 Dundas St. W., shop2.ago.net

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2017 Warm & Cosy Holiday Gift Guide

Explore Toronto’s fantastic shopping scene to find gifts for friends, family and anyone else on your list.

Wolf-pompom knit toque ($99)
Simons, Square One Shopping Centre, 100 City Centre Dr.,
Mississauga, m.simons.ca

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The 2017 Holiday Gift Guide

Everyone has their own idea of the perfect holiday. Some like to cook up a storm, others head for the hills. And then there are those for whom holidays mean dressing up and hitting every fabulous party. No matter how you like to wile away the time, our holiday gift guide has you covered.

Party Time

Diamond Earrings at Howard Fine Jewellers, 220 Sparks St.

Sparkle like a red-carpet star with these stunning dangle earrings, which feature round and yellow enhanced diamonds. $19,500.

Dirty Jokes at Stomping Ground, 728 Bank St.

Take your cocktail party banter to a new level with this collection of adult jokes. $11

Ace Face Shoes at John Fluevog Shoes, 61 William St.

These fancy lace-up derbys by the celebrated Canadian designer will ensure that you step out in style. $349.

Appliqué Minaudière Purse at Nordstrom50 Rideau St.

Add texture and shine to an evening outfit with this pint-sized purse. $169.

Silk Ties at E.R. Fisher199 Richmond Rd.

Dion neckwear has been making high-quality silk ties ($95-$135) and pocket rounds ($65) out of Toronto for 40 years.

Cook

Cheese Board at Boogie & Birdie, 256 Elgin St.

Show your national pride with this made-in-Canada bamboo cheese board. $106.

Reusable Bags at terra201304 Wellington St. W.

Be a wise owl and use these cute reusable bags, which come in a package of two. $15.

Japanese Blade at Knifewear, 800 Bank St.

The Mugen Santoku is a multi-purpose knife perfect for slicing, dicing, and mincing vegetables. $500.

Wood Finish at Maker House Company, 987 Wellington St. W.

Enhance and protect your wooden utensils and cutting boards with this all-natural beeswax product. $8.

Food Storage at The Chef’s Paradise1314 Bank St.

This alternative to plastic wrap uses the heat of your hand to create a seal. $30.

Play

Mountaineering Board Game by Family Pastimes

Watch for avalanches, overcome frostbite, and grapple with other challenges in this cooperative, locally-made board game. $21.

Poop Coaster at Maker House Company, 987 Wellington St. W.

This coaster protects furniture — and lets guests know you’re not that uptight. $22. 

Good Gorilla at The Modern Shop, 541 Sussex Dr.

Hanno the gorilla can hold poses and hook onto furniture, bringing a touch of fun to any space. $150.

Snoopy Backpack at Simons, 50 Rideau St.

This Peanuts backpack by Vans features a padded back and adjustable strap. $45.

Phone Case at Boogie & Birdie, 256 Elgin St.

Is it mixed tape or mix tape? Regardless, transform your iPhone into an icon with this throwback case. $36.

Cozy Up

Earmuffs at the Hudson’s Bay Company50 Rideau St.

These faux fur earmuffs from the Canadian Olympic Team Collection feature a cozy knit headband. Also available in red. $30.

Box of Chocolates by Bernard Callebaut314 Richmond Rd.

This collection features handcrafted chocolates, five of which are award winners. $24.

Grand Teapot at Le Creuset517 Sussex Dr.

This teapot has a capacity of four cups — so your reading (or Netflix-binging) time won’t be interrupted by the need to put the kettle on. $60.

Canadian Club 40 YO at the LCBO, various locations

Toast Canada’s 150th with limited-edition Canadian Club Whisky that has been aged for 40 years. $250. 

Wool Blanket at The Opinicon1697 Chaffeys Lock Rd.

Handmade in Canada, this 100 per cent virgin wool blanket is the same one that graces the beds at the historical Opinicon Resort. $195.

Explore

Weatherproof Pad at Lee Valley, 900 Morisson Dr.

The Rite in the Rain notebook will not absorb water, nor will it curl or wrinkle. $9.50.

Craft Beer at the LCBO, various locations

Get adventurous with your tastebuds with beer from Ontario’s Collective Arts and Flying Monkeys. About $3.

Rab Microlight Alpine Jacket at Bushtukah, 203 Richmond Rd.

This lightweight down winter jacket is ideal for when the temperatures drop and weight is a concern. $350.

Eton Grundig Executive Satellite Radio at MEC, 366 Richmond Rd.

This device receives AM, FM, long and shortwave, VHF, marine, and HAM signals. $200.

The Bripe at Equator Coffee Roasters, 412 Churchill Ave. N.

You don’t want to lug a coffee pot to the great outdoors but need a caffeine fix. This copper apparatus and its kit allows the user to brew up an espresso in just a few minutes. $99.

2017 Food and Drink Holiday Gift Guide

Explore Toronto’s fantastic shopping scene to find gifts for friends, family and anyone else on your list.

Nuremberg-style Lebkuchen cookies ($24 and up)
Pusateri’s Fine Foods, 57 Yorkville Ave.; other locations, pusateris.com

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Valentine’s Day Gift Guide: 20 Treats for Your Sweetheart

Valentine's Day Gift Guide

The weather may be chilly, but our hearts grow ever warmer as February 14 approaches. While it should never be required, a thoughtful Valentine’s Day gift—accompanied, perhaps, by a romantic dinner—can go a long way to making the date even more endearing.

For inspiration, check out our Valentine’s Day Gift Guide, featuring a trove of fabulous themed finds from some of Toronto’s best boutiques.

50 Gifts for Travel Lovers

By Carissa Bluestone and Shannon Kelly

Whether your friends and family are jetsetters or armchair travellers, you’re bound to find something on our list of gifts that they’d love. (more…)

The Jet-Setter Gift Guide

Is there a stylish travel lover in your life who has everything?

We’re willing to bet he or she doesn’t have at least one of the 19 items on Toronto Life‘s gift list for glamourous “jet-setters and playboys”. A fox-fur chapka, perhaps? A deck of golden playing cards?

At the very least, you might find something to add to your own wish list!

See all 19 items at TorontoLife.com.

Image by Alessandro Trezzi

Shop the World in Toronto

The globe’s most coveted brands—and our own national favourites—are readily available right here in YYZ. Click any of the slideshow images below to view Where Toronto‘s favourite international items for the holiday season.

Styled images with colour backgrounds photographed by Luis Albuquerque. Off-figure styling by Daniel Onori/Plutino Group.

The Art of Holiday Giving

We scoured the city and found dozens of exceptional presents from home and abroad—
for family, friends and colleagues on your gifting list. Click on the images below for a peek at the products included in our holiday gift guide, and be sure to check out Where Toronto‘s November issue for the full feature.

Calgary Holiday Gift Ideas: $25 and under

A holiday gift guide from shops around Calgary, when you’re on a budget, part I.

By Laura Pellerine

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1. The Mighty Wallet by Dynomighty Designs
Made from 100% recycled polyethylene fibres, the material is tear- and water-resistant. $16 at iAppeal (1109B Kensington Rd NW).

2. Copper Pendant
Handmade with etchings by local artist Marbella Carlos. $19 at Eleven:Eleven (233 – 10 St NW).

3. Make It Yourself Jump Rope by The Pencil Grip, Inc.
Kit contains rubber bands to weave into a skipping rope. $10.95 at InGear.

4. Eclecto Notebooks
Handcrafted notebooks with pages from vintage magazines and books by Calgary designer Janine Vangool. $24 at Uppercase Gallery.

5. Honey Herbal Dog Shampoo Bar
Locally made with honey, beeswax, and pure essential oils. $4 at The BeeHive (311 – 10 St NW).

6. Vintage Garage Signs
Made from tin, with witty sayings and antique auto pics. $24.99 at Lift King’s Dream Garage, CrossIron Mills.

7. The Beatles’ Abbey Road Record
Ranked the 14th greatest album of all time by Rolling Stone Magazine. On this 1969 record you’ll find hits like “Come Together.” Price varies typically between $5 – $25 at Recordland (1208 – 9 Ave SE).

8. Polaroid Pins
Shrunken down Polaroid photographs of regional scenes by Calgary artist Stephen Murphy. $20 at Arts on Atlantic.

Calgary Holiday Gift Ideas: $75 and under

A holiday gift guide from shops around Calgary, when you’re on a budget.

By Laura Pellerine

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1. Behind-the-scenes with the Lions at the Calgary Zoo
An interactive program that includes an informative talk about lions followed by a trip to the lion enclosure, $60, to register call 403-232-9300. Pick it up with a matching stuffed animal, like this lion by Ty, $14.99 at the Calgary Zoo.

2. Lomography Action Sampler Camera, 2.0
Takes four images on one print using four zooms. Comes with a 35 mm roll of film. $38.62 at The Camera Store.

3. Framed NHL Photo
Mounted 8 x 10” glossy action shots of Calgary Flames’ captain Jarome Iginla, and other league favourites like Sidney Crosby. $49.99 at Pro Hockey Life (4916 – 130 Ave SE).

4. Quadrilla Marbel Railway, Basic Set
Made with solid, natural wood, and colourfully painted blocks, the tracks and tunnels are easy to construct in a variety of ways for optimal speed. $69 at Gracie & Gruff.

5. Pylones “Nana” Grater, designed by Créa Créa
Colourful and playful designs for grating cheese, garlic, onion and lemon zest, made in France. $46.95 at Joints.

6. Fydelity Stay-Puft Stereo Backpack
A roomy backpack with a built-in, battery-powered amplifier to hook up to any MP3 player, and two side speakers. $75 at Little Burgandy, Market Mall.

7. Make Your Own Monster Puppet, by Melissa & Doug
Children can create hundreds of varying silly creatures with adjustable body parts. $34.95 at Livingstone & Cavell.

8. Scribble Bead Necklace
One-of-a-kind sterling silver piece designed and handmade by local jewellery designer Kari Woo. $54 at Influx Jewellery Gallery.

9. Laptop Sleeve by Built
A well-fitting sleeve made from neoprene, (typically used for wetsuits) to ensure your Mac or PC is well protected, various colours. $49.99 at The Apple Store at Market Mall.