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Holiday Haul: 4 Seasonal Shopping Destinations

Find unique gifts for everyone on your list at these seasonal markets and craft fairs

By Eric Mutrie

Shown above: reclaimed wool stockings by Woodwater, available at the One of a Kind Show. 

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Merino lap rug by Tania Bridge.

One of a Kind Show | Nov 26-Dec 6

Santa’s elves have nothing on the 800-plus skilled artisans selling Canadian hand-made items at this annual marketplace. Find striped cutting boards sure to charm future dinner-party hosts, patterned ceramic mugs for that caffeine-crazy co-worker and cozy knit blankets perfect for the bookworm in your life. Have a sweet tooth? A special section of the floor is dedicated to gourmet treats. $15, Exhibition Place, 100 Princes’ Blvd


Souvenir | To Dec 24
Last year’s hit holiday pop-up market now has a permanent home on College Street. The storefront is packed with charming gifts and homemade goods by emerging Canadian designers. Limited-edition items made exclusively for the shop are displayed alongside vintage treasures. Free, 1232 College St


Toronto Christmas Market | Nov 20-Dec 20
The Distillery District’s historic grounds provide the back-drop for this European-style winter festival. A 15-metre-tall white spruce dazzles in the central courtyard, while food and gift stalls line the romantic cobblestone streets. Stock up on blown-glass tree ornaments and teacup candles while sipping mulled wine and feasting on roasted turkey legs. Free. Tue-Fri; $5 Sat & Sun, Distillery District, 55 Mill St


Craft Ontario Holiday Pop-Up Shop | Nov 5-Dec 24
Shop charming glassware, ceramics, textiles and jewellery by forty-eight of the province’s most talented makers. One of our favourite gift ideas: Tinsel and Sawdust’s trivets-slash-serving boards. With one side clad in cork and the other in Corian, the heat- and stain-resistant paddles seamlessly from the kitchen to the dining room. Free. Craft Ontario Gallery, 990 Queen St W

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