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Gift Guide: For the Big Kid

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Animated merch for fan boys and girls

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DL-W15-kid-carpelibrumIt’s Secret Santa time and you pulled the anime aficionado’s name. Head to mecca: Run by the team behind the Toronto Comics Arts Festival, this hobbit-hole of a store stocks mugs and Ts bedecked with the faces of all-time-favourite fictional characters.

Best Bets: Bookworms can carry their literature with pride in Carpe Librum (“Seize the book”) totes ($20); Cartoonishly bright courier bags by Jump From Paper bring the purses of Betty and Veronica to life (from $110); a porcelain chess set swaps out castles and rooks for intricately sculpted pieces modelled after characters from The Sandman ($300). 789 Yonge St  416 323 9212  Mon-Fri 10-8:30, Sat 9-5, Sun 12-5 torontocomics.com

MORE GOOD STUFF:

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GRAPHIC CONTENT
Curl up with Alison Bechdel’s latest graphic novel and Happy Habitat’s playfully patterned organic cotton Kenichi throw. $185, at Stylegarage

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OH! YOU PRETTY THING
Profess your modern love for David Bowie with this glam Ziggy Stardust tree ornament. $10, at Drake General Store

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TOY STOREYS
Read up on how to use LEGO to recreate buildings from key architecture movements like Brutalism and postmodernism. $35, at Swipe Design

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PERSONAL ASSISTANT
Take a page from an Isaac Asimov story and let this powder-coated steel robot hook do your heavy lifting. $15, at Made

Originally published in our Winter 2015 issue.

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