Know someone who's love for Toronto rivals that of Drake? Why not give them a present that pays homage to our fair city. Whether you're in the gift market for a transit geek or a locally obsessed fashionista, we've got you covered.
Here are 10 holiday gift ideas for the Toronto lover on your list.
Home is Toronto Letterman Jacket
Peace Collective saw sales soar this year when Blue Jays players were seen sporting Toronto vs Everybody sweaters. If you've got a Jays fan on your list, the classic sweater may be a good option. But if you want to skip gifting something with a controversial slogan, opt for the Home is Toronto jacket. The stylish piece will make for the perfect spring coat when the city starts to thaw in 2016.
All the Libraries Toronto Colouring Book
The Gladstone Melody Bar and Artless Hub have hosted many boozy colouring jams this year where adults sipped cocktails while doodling to their heart's content. If someone you know has joined in, this may be the perfect city themed gift to give. Want to throw in something extra? The Toronto Library Passport or United Colours of Kensington Market would make the perfect companion.
Blue Jays Greatest Plays Slate Coasters
Many a Torontonian hopped on the Blue Jays bandwagon this year, celebrating the successes of Bautista, Donaldson, Encarnacion and company. However, tried and true Jays fans still hold the days of WAMCO dear and know the plays that brought the team to fame. For those friends, I suggest gifting these coasters. The set of four includes iconic plays from 2010, 2003, 1993 and 1992.
Then and Now: Toronto Nightlife History
Give your club-hopping friend a bit of a history lesson with this read. The book, written by DJ Denise Benson, explores four decades of Toronto nightlife, looking at 48 of its most well loved venues, clubs and bars. Pair it with your recipient's alcohol of choice and you're good to go.
Pilot & Captain YYZ shirt
Trying to find the perfect gift for a globe-trotting Torontonian? Look no further than this graphic tee. The shirt gives a shout out to Pearson Airport by advertising its transmitter code, YYZ. It's made of a soft poly-blend, so it'll keep your recipient comfortable on his/her next journey to or from the city.
BonValley Neighbourhood Banners
City of Neighbourhoods merch is probably the most well known way to rep a favourite Toronto neighbourhood. Not everyone wants to wear their local pride, though. If someone on your list loves their hood, but wouldn't be caught dead in a snapback or toque, these BonValley banners might be his/her cup of tea. There are currently six neighbourhoods and a Toronto themed style up for sale.
StationToronto Subway Phone Cases
There is rarely a day when you won't see commuters glued to their phones, fiddling with apps, texting or downloading the latest and greatest on iTunes. Well why not merge your commuting comrade's love of technology with the TTC by gifting them a station themed phone case. If you want more transit-themed options, check out the official TTC merch site.
Print of Vintage Rogers Centre Seating Chart
This vintage print of the Rogers Centre is perfect for the Toronto sports lover on your list. Depending on your budget, you can purchase it on photo paper or a canvas. It also comes in a variety of colours, so you can tailor it to mesh with your recipient's home decor.
Spruce Toronto Market Bag
Got a friend who frequents farmers' markets? Gift them a stylish new shopping tote so that they can ditch their garish reusable bags from Sobeys. It's got a waterproof interior and is much more fashion forward than those sold at the supermarket. You'll also be doing some good, as some of the profits go to providing aid to families in need.
Give the gift of home decor with these Toronto signs from Elte Market. They're minimal enough that they suit a range of interior design styles, so you can probably skip including a gift receipt. There are currently 10 styles available: Danforth, Jarvis, Bathurst, Bloor, College, Dufferin, Gerrard, Queen, Yonge and Spadina.
What did I miss? Leave your Toronto themed gift ideas in the comments.
Lead photo via the Peace Collective
by Alice Prendergast via blogTO