The best way to show your love for Toronto? Buy local. This city’s seen a serious boom in top-notch, locally made goods — innovative products as well as classic Canadiana with a twist–all wrapped up in beautiful packaging. With the holidays upon us, it’s a good time to remember that home-grown gifts are always a winner, especially for those who don’t live in our fair city. So whether you’re shopping for the kids, the parents, the friends, the sweetheart, or yourself, these local goods are sure to go over well.
Start your day of Toronto shopping with a rich, hot cup of coffee from Sam James, Balzac’s, or Sense Appeal. Toronto’s independent coffee scene keeps growing, and these micro roasters have the best beans around. If you’re getting your coffee from the grocery aisle, you’re doing it wrong. More of a tea person? Sloane Tea has the old world charm of exotic blends and ornamental tins – and you can find it in many coffee shops and gift stores around the city. They have magical flavors like Jasmine Pink Lemonade and Oh My Darjeeling, each dressed in its own cylindrical, aluminum kimono. It’s the perfect gift for a friend who professes to be an alchemist – or one who just loves to collect pretty things.
Next, scrub yourself clean with soaps and oils made right in the city. For men, buy Rebels Refinery‘s Essential Rebels Kit: It makes skincare seem rugged. All the bottles come in a burlap bag for manly, low-maintenance travel. When it comes to oil, the queen is undoubtedly F. Miller. She makes eyedropper concoctions for beards, bodies, hair, and faces. A drop on your skin will feel like a day at the spa.
Ready to dress yourself in true Toronto style? Cozy up in one of the Drake General Store‘s Arborist onesies – probably the one with the Mounties on it – and pop on a YYZ snapback from Get Fresh Company. There’s no better way to show Toronto pride (or how big of a Rush fan you are) than with an airport code hat. And you can chic up any look with some Jenny Bird Jewelry, inspired by classical looks from ancient Rome. Throw on a cool gold and turquoise August Moon necklace to accent your favorite LBD – or buy it for someone who might like to. While you’re at it, an indigo leather bucket bag by Mackage would really set off your new pajamas.