Toronto shops selling the hippest gifts

Great gift shops aren’t just for tourists. Toronto offers a diverse collection of boutiques where the shelves are packed with witty delights to handmade finds. These local specialty stores allow you to take a part of the city’s hip personality home.

Swipe Design | Books + Objects

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101-401 Richmond St W, Toronto, ON M5V 3A8

This local hotspot is much more than a bookstore. If coffee table-worthy bound pages are what you’re looking for, Swipe can fill your arms with advertising and design books that are as beautiful as they are informative. When you’re done browsing those, peruse the selection of toys, tea and coffee accessories, kitchenware and more. This unconventional bookshop will keep you distracted as you uncover the colourful gift selection.

Outer Layer

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577 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M5V 2B6

If there were ever a Toronto staple for fun finds like hilarious cards, witty gifts, skincare products, books and more, many will agree that Outer Layer is the place. This boutique always stocks unique finds that evoke bold personality and urban attitude. Speaking of personality, don’t forget to check out the ever-changing message board just outside the front door.

Labour of Love

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223 Carlton St, Toronto, ON M5A 2L2

Find a little love in this cute boutique in the heart of Cabbagetown. This one-stop shop caters to every personality, age group and budget, showcasing handmade jewellery, paper goods, knick-knacks and Canadian gifts that aren't overly obnoxious. Boasting an inspiring space, the perfect gift is waiting to be discovered in the nooks and crannies of this shop. Share a little charm from a genuine Toronto neighbourhood.

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From locally made fashion to custom jewellery, you’ll find what you’re looking for with a stroll down Ossington Avenue – and enough fab stores for a second trip. The strip is city-renowned for being one of the hottest streets for one-off fashion finds and accessories, international designers, and home décor bliss. [Image credit: iStock.com/ozgurcankaya]
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