New stores for holiday shopping in Toronto will let you give unique gifts your loved ones won't want to return. Grab something from one of these shops and add a little pizazz to the pile of presents sitting beneath the Christmas tree (or Christmukkah bush or Festivus Pole).
Here are the top new stores for holiday shopping in Toronto.
Bite Beauty Lip Lab
At Bite Lip Lab, you can create a personalized lipstick for the beauty lover in your life. Bite's products are all natural (and technically edible too!). And if you're into experiential gifts, take someone here for a relaxing afternoon.
This homegrown brand opened its flagship store this past summer and sells its full line of clothing and accessories as well as Peace Treats and epic milkshakes. You can never go wrong with a Toronto Vs. Everybody tee.
Head to this store on Dundas West to find unique accessories and gifts made by local companies. There are also magazines as well as unisex apparel here.
This Detroit-based retailer has a beautiful shop at the foot of Ossington. From watches to leather goods to bicycles, there's plenty of potential gifts for the design conscious person on your list.
Pearls and Pockets
You might not want to buy that special someone a vintage dress, but this West Queen West store also has a bunch of adorable accessories that are sure to sparkle and delight on Christmas morning.
Geometric terrariums and succulents are all the rage these days, so they naturally make excellent, low maintenance presents that look great even in tiny spaces. Grab one at Crown Flora and try some Greenhouse Juice when you pop in.
Even that friend who has everything will appreciate a vintage book from this store that recently moved into its new Bloorcourt location. If you can't choose something, try your luck at the Biblio-Mat machine, which spits out a random book for a toonie.
Once upon a time, a homemade mixtape was the most romantic gift you could ever give. Recreate that early '90s feeling at the Dupe Shop at get your special someone a unique cassette tape.
Tom & Sawyer
Don't forget your furry friends this holiday season. Pick up some gourmet dog or cat food at Tom & Sawyer and make all their Christmas dreams come true.
Did I miss a store you're excited about? Add your suggestions in the comments.
Photo of Shinola by Jesse Milns.
by Amy Grief via blogTO