Holiday Gift Guide: 14 ideas for the Torontonian on your list

Nov 16 2020, 7:00 am

The general consensus is 2020 has been a rough year, to say the least. So holiday cheer is needed now more than ever. And what better way to bring it than with some very Toronto-oriented gifts for your friends, family, and colleagues that love and city but also want to support local businesses. It’s totally a win-win situation.

So if you’re making a list and checking it twice, these are some Toronto-themed and locally made gifts that are very, very nice.

Toronto Raptors Prints

By Lauren P

Buy a Kyle Lowry illustration for any Raptors enthusiast on your shopping list. After taking on the corporate world, Lauren P turned her passion for illustration into a full design company and now she is one of the hottest custom illustrators in the city and can bring your visions of Toronto to life.

Where to buy: By Lauren P
Price: $70

Toronto Raccoon Mug

Main and Local

There’s nothing like a little bit of humour when you go for that morning cup of coffee. You can buy this cute mug for a friend or loved which will definitely give them a pleasant (or unwanted) holiday surprise.

Where to buy: Main and Local
Price: $18.99

Toronto Maple Leaf Jerseys

Courtesy of Real Sports Apparel

Here’s a gift idea perfect for the hockey fanatics on your list courtesy of Real Sports Apparel.

Beginning November 14 to 30, Real Sports Apparel will offer FREE cresting on all Leafs jerseys purchased in-store or online. Fans can choose to add this complimentary personal touch to Home or Away jerseys.

Where to buy: Real Sports Apparel
Price: FREE, limited time offer

Toronto Skyline Coasters

Cocktail Emporium

Now, what better coaster to accompany that raccoon mug, than the Toronto skyline? A perfect gift for any lover of the city.

Where to buy: Cocktail Emporium
Price: $8 each

Home Is Toronto Gear

Peace Collective

These clothing items have become a Toronto staple. A perfect gift for anyone, Peace Collective offers T-shirts, cozy sweaters, sweatpants, loungewear, you name it. Ideal for the pandemic and a perfect way to support local.

Where to buy: Peace Collective
Price: Clothing starts from $35

Toronto Streetcar Candle

Main and Local

Who knew a streetcar could be so much fun? Well in candle form it can be. Buy this cute streetcar candle for those transit lovers.

Where to buy: Main and Local
Price: $9.99

CBC Retro Collection x Retrokid

Retrokid

On November 19th, Retrokid is releasing the first-ever, CBC Retro Collection x Retrokid with officially licensed collections of your most favorite memories from nostalgic Canadian classics such as Mr. Dressup and The Raccoons (for any 80s or 90s baby who fondly remembers these cartoons).

What better way to battle COVID blues with a little bit of nostalgia and reminisce about simpler times?

Where to buy: Retrokid
Price: T-shirts start at $38; hoodies start at $68

ROM Membership

ROM

The ROM Membership is a way to support Canada’s largest museum, which provides funding for ROM research, collections, educational programs, community outreach, and operations.¬†In return, members have unlimited free admission to¬†special exhibitions¬†and galleries, exclusive previews and ‘first access’ opportunities.
The ROM can offer people another way to ‘travel the world’ during the pandemic. Now you can go to England (Winnie-the-Pooh), Egypt (Egyptian Mummies), to India (Cloth that Changed the World).
Where to buy: ROM
Price: Starting at $135

Drake General Store Goods 

Drake General Store

You can’t get more quintessential Toronto than with the Drake General Store. The global super has the shelves stocked with some city gear. Blue Jays fan? This T-shirt might just do the trick.

Where to buy: Drake General Store
Price: $30

Toronto Illustrated Tote Bag

Spacing

Now here is a way to shop local and literally support local by carrying around an illustrated Toronto tote bag. With all the landmarks on the front, it offers a nice personalized gift.

Where to buy: Spacing
Price: $26

Cocktail Essentials

Cocktail Emporium

While the items aren’t noticeably Toronto, these cocktail essentials are from a local store, Cocktail Emporium, so you’d be supporting the local economy!

It offers the perfect gift for a colleague, employer, or someone you know who’s really been meaning to get into cocktail-making.

Where to buy: Cocktail Emporium
Price: $27

TTC Apparel 

TTC shop

Yes, the TTC has apparel. And what better way to really geek out than get station tile ties? You can’t get more transit-oriented than this.

Where to buy: TTC Shop
Price: $70

Toronto Sign Jigsaw Puzzle

Spacing

Look, we can’t always see the Toronto sign in Nathan Philips Square. The city is huge and people live all over! So what better what to bring the sign into people’s homes than with this 1,000 piece puzzle.

Where to buy: Spacing
Price: $20

Gift cards for your local restaurant or gym

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We all know that restaurants and gyms have been hit hard by the pandemic. A thoughtful gift that is not only giving towards your friend or loved one but also allows you to give back to the community.

Give your local business some added love, by providing a gift card as a holiday treat.

With files from Ainsley Smith. 

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