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Magic Pony

Staff Picks: 10 Stores for Unique Gifts

Whether you’re looking for gag gifts or one-of-a kind collectors pieces, these Toronto stores offer creative solutions for the weary holiday shopper.

The Drake Hotel General Store features a bevy of novel products (photo by Connie Tsang)

Bergo Designs
One of the showcase retailers in the Distillery Historic District, Bergo is a hub for the latest and greatest industrial design products—both functional and decorative—for the home, by designers such as Georg Jensen, Alessi, Brothers Dressler and more. 55 Mill St., 416-861-1821.

Blue Banana Market
This eclectic two-storey space in the Kensington Market neighbourhood features a mix of mass-market and artisan-made wares by more than 200 craftspeople and small retailers. You’re not likely to go home empty-handed—everything from area rugs to gourmet food products to musical instruments is available. 250 Augusta Ave., 416-594-6600.

Bookhou
Blending modern and traditional styles, John Booth and Arounna Khounnoraj’s design boutique features their expertly crafted textiles—like bags, pillows and tea towels—wood pieces and wall art, all of which emphasize natural materials. 798 Dundas St. W., 416-203-2549.

Drake Hotel General Store
A re-imagined version of a hotel gift shop, this general store sells contemporary takes on playful and nostalgic items—think fake moustaches, DIY nesting dolls, retro-styled all-sorts jars and many other quirky items. 1144 Queen St. W., 416-531-5042; 1011 Yonge St., 416-966-0553; 82 Bathurst St., 416-703-6518.

The Guild Shop
Since 1932 this Yorkville gallery-boutique has trafficked in the finest art and jewellery handcrafted by Canadian artists. It’s also the city’s oldest retailer of Inuit and Native art, with numerous carvings, prints and tapestries from communities in Canada’s north. 118 Cumberland St., 416-921-1721.

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