Get the gizmo of your dreams at these Toronto gadget shops

Ingenious household gadgets don’t quite rank with the discovery of fire or the wheel, but they can make our lives a lot easier. They’re little tools or accessories that speed up tasks and simplify jobs, and these Toronto stores have cherry-picked some of the best.

Play De Record Inc

1
357 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M5B 1S1

Otherwise known as the store where rapper Drake bought his first turntables, this Yonge Street shop has all the gadgets a music aficionado could ever want. They’ve got bags, stands, controllers and mixers for DJs, as well as rack gear, sound cards, wireless light remotes and fog to really put a party over the edge. If you’re just starting out, take advantage of the rental program to see how the gadgets and accessories fit into your life.

Tap Phong Trading

2
1-360 Spadina Ave, Toronto, ON M5T 2G4

Sometimes gadgets need serve no other purpose than to make your life a little more fun. There’s a strong focus on kitchen and food gadgets here, although if you come back often and patiently look through the shelves, you’ll find doohickeys for every purpose. It may not be absolutely necessary to own a set of nine, differently-sized ice cream scoops, but it’s a great conversation starter.

MEC (Mountain Equipment Co-op)

3
400 King St W, Toronto, ON M5V 1K2

Campers, hikers and outdoor lovers know just how important gadgets are to staying safe and travelling light. And if there can only be one store in Toronto that does recreational gizmos, this is the one. Pick up handlebar bags in all sorts of colours, headlamps that use long-lasting LED lights, waterproof camera cases, backpack tethers and everything else that’ll streamline your backpacking or canoe trip.

Gadgets Plus

4
3A-3250 Dufferin St, Toronto, ON M6A 1L7

The name says it all: this store is focused primarily on gadgets to make your life a lot easier. There are some services available, like smartphone repair, but most people shop at this Orfus Road store for the doodads and thingamajigs. Gadget Plus specializes in bargain prices, so bring a big shopping bag.

Lee Valley Tools

5
7261 11 St SE, Calgary, AB T2H 2S1

Gardening, woodworking and outdoor maintenance are hard work, but made easier with the right gadgets. Lee Valley carries a remarkable selection of ingenious gadgets, such as magnetic curtain rod holders, self-watering planters and retractable clotheslines. Many products are imported or exclusive to the store. There’s bound to be something here for everyone on your Christmas list, even if it’s just a tiny can of incredibly useful rare earth magnets.

Henry's

6
330 Steeles Ave W, Thornhill, ON L4J 6W9

Camera buffs use the words gadgets and accessories interchangeably. Whatever your term of reference is, you can bet that Henry’s will not only have it, but carry the best quality in the industry. You might scoff at the idea of photo gloves, but somebody, somewhere thinks they’re indispensable.

Cayne's Super Housewares

7
112 Doncaster Ave, Thornhill, ON L3T 1L3

To say this store is inexpensive is not to confuse it with cheap because the two aren’t the same. Cayne’s offers an affordable selection of kitchen and home gadgets to help you through your daily chores. The massive wall of kitchen accessories and row after row of baking utensils and tableware can be intimidating, so make a list ahead of time. The Thornhill location is north of Steeles, just east of Yonge.

Tiger Direct

8
1800 The Queensway, Etobicoke, ON M9C 5H5

This store has a reputation for budget-friendly electronics. You’ll find gadgets for just about every HDTV, computer and home audio/video purpose you can think of, making it a candy shop for tech lovers. There are also weekly specials and daily deal slashers so if you’re eyeing a particular product but can afford to wait, sit tight and it might be put on sale.

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