Is anyone else struggling with holiday shopping this year? With so many options in Toronto, I’m finding it challenging to decide where to focus my attention. If you’re anything like me, you want creative gift ideas that don’t break the bank. To help alleviate some of your shopping woes (holiday shopping should be fun, not stressful), I’ve compiled a list of stocking stuffers for everyone on your list.
The Sweet Tooth
One of my main priorities this year has been shopping locally. Toronto is filled with so many local businesses, creators, and makers, so why not support them whenever possible? Sloane Tea is one of my favourite companies. I mean, look at that packaging! Although I’m not a massive tea drinker, lately I’ve been finding myself reaching for a cup of Heavenly Cream instead of my regular afternoon coffee. Bobbette & Belle is another Toronto spot that offers plenty of inspiration for stocking stuffers. The Fleur de Sel caramel corn would fit nicely into a small stocking, and is sure to satisfy even the biggest of cravings. Finally, top it off with a beautifully wrapped box of Ferrero Rocher chocolates. I honestly don’t know anyone who doesn’t love these delicious treats.
Bath bombs and bubble bars make the perfect gift for that hardworking friend on your list. Baths and relaxation go hand-in-hand, so gifting someone this comforting bubble bar from Lush will encourage them to take a break this holiday season. Rose Jam shower gel is back for a limited time, and it smells divine! It’s touted by YouTubers everywhere, so grab it before it sells out! I’m also a fan of Smith’s Strawberry and Rosebud Lip Balms, particularly during the cold, dry months.
While I simply cannot endorse the Toronto Maple Leafs or support purchasing their apparel, Toronto does have a winning team. The Raptors! If you’re looking for something to get the athlete in your life, what about a Raptors hat?
The Urban Explorer
I wrote about Toronto’s new SPACING store a few posts back, and I often find myself returning there for various gifts. I’m especially fond of the Toronto Transit Commission fridge magnets, which would fit perfectly in a stocking! These Smitten Kitten luggage tags (you can collect several Canadian airport codes, including Regina) are available at various independent boutiques, but I picked this one up at The Drake General Store. Books always make lovely presents as far as I’m concerned, and this small paperback is ideal for the traveller. Written by Alain de Botton, A Week At The Airport explores the “non-place” where the author became a writer-in-residence. I want to keep this one for myself!
The Local Lover
Fortunately, Canadian made products aren’t hard to come by in Toronto. Worn Journal released it’s final issue, so now is the perfect time to grab a copy for someone special. Check out this list for a retailer near you. I’ve received so many comments on my matchbook from Likely General. It’s a cute stocking stuffer for anyone who loves lighting candles. One of my favourite West End shops is BYOB Cocktail Emporium. The name says it all: bitters, cocktail mixes, glasses, coasters, books, they really have it all! This Ban.do keychain is a darling little gift for anyone on your list. Bicyclette Boutique is the sweetest shop near Trinity Bellwoods Park, and they have a great assortment of Ban.do products, including agendas, mobile phone cases, and hair accessories!