It’s officially holiday season, so either you’ve been playing Christmas music since the day after Halloween or you’re in panic mode! In between everyday responsibilities, we know it’s hard to think of the perfect gifts for those people who have everything. We’ve done the thinking for you! As always, we’ve got you covered with a range of gift options for the whole family, best friends, teachers and of course, yourself. Not only is the Toronto Entertainment District crawling with some of the best food in the city, we’re also a hot spot for unique shopping experiences. Here’s a round up of our top 12 gifting ideas, sure to fit someone on your list. TIFF Shop350 King St. W
Keep the Toronto International Film Festival alive all year round for the movie buffs in your life! The TIFF Shop carries all things film related from apparel, coffee table books, stationary and this Holiday Starter Kit. The kit includes a director’s tote bag, stationary and Programme Guide. Membership discounts are also available with this gift! The Detox Market420 King St. W
Some like spa visits and some like DIY pampering. Treat someone with The Detox Market’s range of all-natural beauty and wellness products. Clogged pores and dry skin are inevitable during the cold season, but these clean cosmetics are magic for at-home skincare! Shop brands like ILIA Beauty, Tata Harper, RMS and tons more. Spacing401 Richmond St. W
Any Spacing Magazine fanatics? Walk into Spacing’s Toronto-themed shop in 401 Richmond to find one-of-a-kind trinkets, memorabilia and a huge selection of urban-based books. Yes, that’s a #6ix raccoon snow globe – duh, we’re the raccoon capital of the world! Michaels142 John St.
It’s hard not to shop for yourself when you walk into Michaels! 2019 will be epic for you and your friends, full of new hobbies, home improvements and holiday decorating. If you’ve never shopped at this arts and crafts haven, you’ll find everything from art supplies, frames, planners, decor and every DIY kit you can think of for all ages. Marshall’s126 John St.
Head to Marshall’s to get your shopping done all in one place. It can be expensive staying on top of the latest trends but here you’ll find designer brands for a fraction of the price. Stylish styles, home décor, pet needs and even snacks – you name it, they’ve got it! Linen Chest261 Richmond St. W
Show a token of appreciation to your holiday hosts this year! Pick up anything from festive dinnerware to brand name appliances like Nespresso and Breville, all found at Linen Chest. You’ll be the guest-of-the-year! It’s also the one-stop shop for everything cozy, so you can keep your loved ones warm this winter. Ellie Mae Studios263 Adelaide St. W
Skip the ordinary this year when looking for the perfect holiday attire. Ellie Mae Studios carries ready-to-wear fashion you won’t find anywhere else. The Toronto showroom is only here for a limited time, so get there fast for that little black dress or your New Year’s Eve accessories! Mountain Equipment Co-op400 King St. W
MEC is the holy grail, one-stop shop for everything outdoor adventure related! With a variety of brands and categories, you can get your gear for all beginners and pros. Join the co-op and shop for jackets, packs, snow sport gear, accessories and more. The Second City51 Mercer St.
The Second City, Toronto’s favourite comedy club, is the perfect place to unwind and get your giggles on. Grab a buddy and take them to see a show like The Best is Yet to Come Undone or She the People. Tickets for this month are still available! The CN Tower Edge Walk301 Front St.
Craving to see views of the 6ix? Do it from the CN Tower’s Edge Walk experience. For all you thrill-seekers and adrenaline junkies, let this be at the top of your wish list this year! December dates are still available. Swipe Design401 Richmond St. W
Not only does Swipe Design carry a thoughtful selection of the greatest design reads but all the essential accessories as well! Change someone’s life with the perfect pen from ystudio or Caran d’Ache, designed with simplicity and elegance. The Underground Dance Centre220 Richmond St. W
Bring it on at The Underground Dance Centre. Gift a membership to the #1 voted dance studio in the city and kick off 2019 with Beyoncé and Britney classes! With the Toronto Entertainment District bursting with unique trinkets, trendy retailers and festive houseware destinations, we know you’ll find something for the special people in your life – even if it’s last minute (don’t worry, we won’t tell anyone)!