These local treasures are sure to please the proud Torontonian on your list
What better way to show our love for the city this holiday season than by rounding up some local products inspired by our own backyard. For the visitor, expat or Toronto-born-and-raised on your list, here are 11 Toronto-themed gifts to add to your holiday shopping.
If you’re familiar with Old Toronto Series’ history-focused content on YouTube and social media, it should be no surprise that its annual calendar is at the top of our Toronto-themed gifts list. It boasts a collection of archival photography, maps and illustrations of the city throughout the ages, and makes a collector’s item as much as it does a handy home or office-wall display. $20, at Old Toronto Series.
The Toronto Public Library’s new canvas tote bags are an ideal stocking stuffer that you can feel good about gifting; with a portion of proceeds from every purchase benefitting the Toronto Public Library Foundation. $3, at all Toronto Public Library branches.
Local maker Vigyl is on a mission to expand the way the world engages with candle culture. The brand’s Hanlan’s Candle – inspired by the Toronto island beach – will bring a smile to any beach bum on your list counting down the days ’till summer. $44, at Vigyl.
Inspired by the city we love, Toronto hot sauce maker Smoke & Tears named its latest small-batch, limited-edition lineup after The 6ix. Pulling from the city’s eclectic mix of cuisines – from Koreatown to Little Italy – the collection of six 4- or 8-ounze bottles delivers a crescendo of spicy, smokey, sweet, salty, tart, bitter, and umami flavours unmatched by any other. From $60, at Smoke & Tears.
Toronto is a city of neighbourhoods—each with their own personality and style. Peace Collective’s new line of district crewnecks are the perfect marker of hometown pride and make a comfy staple in any Torontonian’s winter wardrobe. $85, at Peace Collective.
Give the gift of a TTC bus guaranteed to arrive on time. This vintage replica, modelled after those that ran in the 1940s and ’50s, is a tribute to the iconic mid-century design aesthetic. $109, at TTC Shop.
You may recognize this item from the DL home tour of Hollis + Morris founder Mischa Couvrette. The Toronto brand’s Catkin table lamp is a stylish splurge for someone special on your list. $587, at Hollis + Morris.
If a Godzilla-sized Raccoon climbing Toronto’s iconic flatiron building doesn’t quite match anyone on your holiday shopping list, the AGO’s curated online shop has a roster of Canadian-made art to find something that does. But if the city’s unofficial mascot does find a friend on your list, this surreal print by local artist Carlier Morejon is perfect. $40, at shopAGO.
Among Spacing Store’s long list of Toronto-themed gifts, this city puzzle is made of magnetic pieces so they can be assembled on a fridge, table or any metal surface. $14, at Spacing Store.
Designed in collaboration with Wilson, Drake’s fashion label October’s Very Own (OVO) released this limited-edition basketball to celebrate the brand’s growing legacy. $186, at October’s Very Own.
There’s always something new to learn about our city. The 500 Hidden Secrets of Toronto reveals a collection of good-to-know addresses along with hundreds of other secret places and facts about the city. This Toronto-themed gift is an affectionate guide to the city, written by local author Erin FitzGibbon. $33, at Another Story Bookshop.
Need more holiday shopping recommendations? Check our DL’s 2022 Holiday Gift Guide for more ideas.