April showers bring May flowers and often lots of engagement parties, weekends at cottages, baby showers, housewarming parties and more. All happy occasions to bring a cool prezzie for a host. Today we’re sharing a few spots to pick up great gifts.
This is as close as you’re going to get to ‘Ye Old Curiosities Shop’ in Toronto. Drake General Store has a little bit of everything: some Canadiana, select food items (Drake Granola – great gift if you’re an overnight guest), a few body products and some quirky items for the home. If you’re looking for something that no one else will bring to the party, this is your place. If you live outside of Toronto, lucky you, Drake General Store will deliver to wherever you are.
|We all have that one friend who would really appreciate an Earl the Squirrel stacking acorn game/decorative statue.
For the Girliest Girl You Know – Chatelet
|Help your friend create her own little chateau at home.
Having this awesome gift shop just steps from our office has definitely got us out of a few pinches. It’s small, but crammed with fun jewellery, great bath & skincare lines (hello, Consonant in the downtown core!), funny books, cards that will make you blush, and random little items that make you giggle to yourself while also feeling ashamed for laughing at something so inappropriate or childish.
We’ve all been there: visiting the cottage of a friend’s distant relative, going to the shower of the boyfriend’s friend’s girlfriend, a house-warming party for a casual acquaintance… sometimes you just have no idea what the guest of honour likes. For inspiration, check out the gift ideas at Teatro Verde. They have plenty of suggestions for gifts that are tasteful and classy, but still interesting.
For a really special gift, pick up a thoughtful, one-of-a-kind, hand-crafted piece from a local artisan. The two locations are across the street from each other, with the North store specializing in finer jewellery and the South store packed with funky accessories and some really amazing, affordable pieces.
|Love these Bop & Dani Bubbles earrings, made of laser stained wood for $27|
A visit to the Danforth was never complete without a stop at Drysdale & Co. Unfortunately this fun store closed its doors in January, but the same great selection of products is still offered online. Owner Susan Drysdale has an amazing eye for selecting fabulous jewellery, cool accessories and interesting gift items. Plus, you can shop from your couch and still support a local business. Win-win.
|Great gift suggestions under $25.