Pick up unique wedding gifts at these Toronto shops

When shopping for your soon-to-be-hitched pals, finding a wedding present that’s both thoughtful and unique can be a bit of a challenge. If you want to surprise the bride and groom with something unique, dare to go off the registry at these Toronto gift shops.

Love the Design

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1226 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4T 1W3

You’ll literally fall in love with the designs at this rough-luxe home boutique in Summerhill. Owner Christine Flynn makes the shopping process much easier for uninspired gift givers thanks to her lovingly curated selection of antique decor. The shop’s wares are ever changing and include plenty of reclaimed wood furniture, antique mirrors, industrial light fixtures and one-of-a-kind pieces. Vintage glassware would make a welcome addition to any bar cart while whimsical glass-walled terrariums make the perfect low-maintenance garden for condo-dwellers who crave a backyard.

BYOB Cocktail Emporium

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972 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M6J 1H1

You’re bound to make a splash with handcrafted bar ware and boozy accessories from this West Queen West cocktail emporium. You’ll find Mad Men era old fashioned glasses, Absinthe fountains, engraved flasks, aromatic bitters and plenty of cocktail-focused literature that will have your pals shaking up artisanal libations in no time. Mix and match colourful utensils for a unique bar-inspired gift basket or splurge on a big-ticket item like a Nachtmann Aspen crystal decanter set.

Black Rooster

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1025 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M4M 1K3

Avoid the typical finds at your local big box housewares shop and head east to Leslieville where you’ll discover a glittering array of one-of-a-kind items at this chic boutique. Discerning decor enthusiasts will fall for the trendy-yet-timeless cowhide rugs, sculptural bowls and framed large-scale aerial prints by Gray Malin. If you want to stick with the happily-ever-after theme, opt for a custom made LOVE light fixture by Nashville artist Michael West or a cozy Moroccan wedding blanket sourced from the Beni Ourain Tribe in the Atlas Mountains.

ShopAGO

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317 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M5T 1G4

Beyond the gallery walls you’ll find plenty of inspiration and museum-worthy gifts inside the Frank Gehry designed retail shop at the Art Gallery of Ontario. Art lovers will appreciate the framed Canadian landscape prints by Group of Seven artists Lawren Stewart Harris and Tom Thomson. Looking for something a bit more contemporary? Check out the design-influenced chess sets, cheese boards and sculptural vases. If you can’t find a gift among the gift shop’s wide selection of wares then opt to treat the newlyweds to a dual museum membership for the year.

Mjolk

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2959 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M6P 1Z2

Fans of Japanese and Scandinavian design appreciate the clean lines and simple-yet-stylish decor items at this Junction home boutique. Owners John Baker and Juli Daoust keep the gallery-inspired shop stocked with beautiful and handcrafted artisanal pieces with an emphasis on functionality and timelessness. Couples with an eye for design will adore the white porcelain Sucabaruca coffee pot and funnel, solid copper bookends by Swedish design duo Broberg & Ridderstråle, or a spa-inspired water resistant hinoki cedar bath mat.

Knife

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803 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M6J 1V2

Investing in a high-quality set of kitchen knives is an important step for those entering the next phase of adulthood. Owner Eugene Ong stocks his Dundas West knife emporium with handcrafted blades sourced from Japan. You’ll find about 10 different Japanese brands in store — including Masakage, Sugimoto, Takamura — as well as a selection of kitchen accessories and chef’s tools. If the bride and groom already have a good set of knives, consider paying for their sharpening services for the year or enroll them in a knife skills workshop to help them master the art of slicing and dicing.

Toronto’s constantly changing weather patterns are a great excuse to expand your footwear collection. When your feet are your main mode of transportation, it’s best to dress them up in shoes and boots that are both fashionable and functional. Pay a visit to these shoe boutiques and you’ll be sure to step out in style, just in time for fall.
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Not every day can be casual Friday. Thankfully, Toronto is home to a number of big-name retailers and independent boutiques that carry smart suits and other tasteful wardrobe staples for well-dressed women. Channel your inner working girl and shop for office appropriate attire at these women’s wear stores.
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