Top 12 Places to Shop Small in Toronto

 

YOUR GUIDE TO SHOPPING HANDMADE THIS SEASON,
PART 3: TORONTO (AREA) SHOPS

Support the makers
this holiday season.

Take that money you were about to drop at big chain stores across the city and invest in the people, the stories, the dreams. Surround yourself with meaning - goods that have been crafted with intention and love. Support the makers this holiday season.

I'm pledging to shop small this year. I'll be honest, I've fallen victim to careless spending around the holidays for too many years, but I'm looking forward to spending consciously this year.

Take some time to discover small businesses and brands you connect with, ask questions, let them know what you're looking for, allow them space to use their expertise. To kickstart your journey to supporting small this season, I've put together a 3-part guide to shopping handmade.

Part 1: The Handmade Pop-Up, Online Market (now closed)

Part 2: Top 16 Holiday Markets in Toronto, 2016

Part 3: Top 12 Places to Shop Small in Toronto


LIKELY GENERAL: 389 Roncesvalles Ave., Toronto Eclectic home decor, handmade goods & edible gifts like honey & preserves in a bright, spare shop.

LIKELY GENERAL389 Roncesvalles Ave., Toronto

Eclectic home decor, handmade goods & edible gifts like honey & preserves in a bright, spare shop.

SCOUT: 405 Roncesvalles Ave., Toronto Scout is an independent gift shop with a focus on handmade, Canadian and independent artisans.

SCOUT405 Roncesvalles Ave., Toronto

Scout is an independent gift shop with a focus on handmade, Canadian and independent artisans.

SOUVENIR: 1232 College St., Toronto Souvenir carries a constantly changing range of products that includes ceramics, home goods, jewellery, accessories, leather goods, textiles, perfumes, candles, skin + body care, stationery, art, books as well as a rotating roster of vintage home goods, rugs and furniture items + travel finds.

SOUVENIR: 1232 College St., Toronto

Souvenir carries a constantly changing range of products that includes ceramics, home goods, jewellery, accessories, leather goods, textiles, perfumes, candles, skin + body care, stationery, art, books as well as a rotating roster of vintage home goods, rugs and furniture items + travel finds.

URBAN GARDENER: 1640 Dupont St., Toronto A garden boutique in Toronto's Junction Triangle neigbourhood catering to urban green thumbs! Specializing in landscaping services & artisan treasures.

URBAN GARDENER: 1640 Dupont St., Toronto

A garden boutique in Toronto's Junction Triangle neigbourhood catering to urban green thumbs! Specializing in landscaping services & artisan treasures.

EASY TIGER GOODS: 1447 Dundas St. West, Toronto Easy Tiger Goods is a lifestyle concept store specializing in carefully designed and well-made products including home décor items, paper goods, leather goods, womenswear, unisex accessories, jewelry and gifts. 

EASY TIGER GOODS1447 Dundas St. West, Toronto

Easy Tiger Goods is a lifestyle concept store specializing in carefully designed and well-made products including home décor items, paper goods, leather goods, womenswear, unisex accessories, jewelry and gifts. 

DRAKE GENERAL STORE:  1151 Queen St. West, Toronto Canadian Gifts curated for Men, Women and Children

DRAKE GENERAL STORE:  1151 Queen St. West, Toronto

Canadian Gifts curated for Men, Women and Children

BRIKA: 642 Queen St. West + 768 Queen St. East + Yorkdale Mall, 3401 Dufferin St., Toronto At BRIKA, we connect highly talented artisans with creative and conscientious consumers through the best in modern craft.

BRIKA: 642 Queen St. West + 768 Queen St. East + Yorkdale Mall, 3401 Dufferin St., Toronto

At BRIKA, we connect highly talented artisans with creative and conscientious consumers through the best in modern craft.

KID ICARUS: 205 Augusta Ave., Toronto Dedicated to finding the best in indie contemporary craft, Kid Icarus takes pride in representing locally made items with the highest quality standards.

KID ICARUS: 205 Augusta Ave., Toronto

Dedicated to finding the best in indie contemporary craft, Kid Icarus takes pride in representing locally made items with the highest quality standards.

LABOUR OF LOVE: 223 Carlton St., Toronto Labour of Love is a boutique located in the heart of Toronto’s historic Cabbagetown neighbourhood. We pride ourselves on being a one-stop shop that can cater to every personality, age group and budget – we love to make each and every customer feel special.

LABOUR OF LOVE: 223 Carlton St., Toronto

Labour of Love is a boutique located in the heart of Toronto’s historic Cabbagetown neighbourhood. We pride ourselves on being a one-stop shop that can cater to every personality, age group and budget – we love to make each and every customer feel special.

SPRUCE: 455 Parliament St., Toronto Spruce is a decor & lifestyle shop located in the heart of Cabbagetown.

SPRUCE: 455 Parliament St., Toronto

Spruce is a decor & lifestyle shop located in the heart of Cabbagetown.

RAWSPACE: 270 Carlaw Ave. #102, Toronto RAWspace features the work of 40+ selected talented Canadian designers in many different industries. 

RAWSPACE270 Carlaw Ave. #102, Toronto

RAWspace features the work of 40+ selected talented Canadian designers in many different industries. 

ROWAN: 2196 Queen St. East, Toronto ROWAN offers a curated selection of organic skincare and folk remedies, alongside bohemian inspired vintage decor, crystals, incense and burnables, local ferments, raw honey, and natural fibers.

ROWAN2196 Queen St. East, Toronto

ROWAN offers a curated selection of organic skincare and folk remedies, alongside bohemian inspired vintage decor, crystals, incense and burnables, local ferments, raw honey, and natural fibers.