Shop Local in Toronto This Holiday Season

shop owner providing local pickup package

Once again, retail stores in Toronto and Peel are facing another lockdown. While their doors may be closed, they are still open for business. With many independent retailers offering services like curbside pickup and local delivery, you can still shop your nearby favorites online and have them in-hand in no time—all while supporting your local economy. 

So whether you’re checking holiday gifts off your list or getting a little something for yourself, explore our roundup of local Toronto businesses you can support today.

Gifts for the stylish

This giftee is your personal style icon. Maybe you constantly ask them “Where’d you get that from?” or “What brand is that?” These retail businesses are the perfect shopping options for the stylish folks in your life. 

Gifts for the homebodies (a.k.a. everyone right now)

With a second lockdown, folks in the GTA are staying home and staying safe. From sustainable to funky, check out these home goods stores that will have you making the most of staying in.  

Gifts for the foodies

It’s no secret that Toronto is a major foodie destination. Have a friend who’s always talking about their sourdough starter? Obsessed with cooking incredible meals at home? These stores offer incredible options to get creative in the kitchen. 

Gifts for the quirky ones

Do you ever come across a completely unique item and think, “I have to have this”? Each of these stores provide beautifully curated collections of one-of-a-kind products for every need. From eclectic stationery and candles, to sustainable gadgets, these general stores will have you buying for friends, family, and yourself. 

  • Likely General - Artist-focused shop, primarily selling work and expressions of women, marginalized, queer, and non-binary artists
  • Easy Tiger Goods - An eclectic array of jewelry, gifts, and paper goods 
  • Loversland - Bridal gifts and accessories 
  • Logan & Finley - Eco-conscious general store
  • Collected Joy - Homegoods, stationery, apothecary, and other gifts
  • Crying Out Loud - Books, apothecary, homegoods, and puzzles

Gifts for the natural beauties

Beauty comes in many forms. For these stores, it comes in many products. For the beauty and skincare obsessed, purchasing from these stores will have you glowing with excitement. 

Gifts for the artsy type

With the holiday season, comes time for rest and relaxation. What better way to embrace a season of magic and wonder, than with a brand new book or record? Cozy up, get comfortable, and unwind with some fantastic options from these independent stores.

  • TYPE Books - Books, stationery, and gifts for every occasion
  • Sonic Boom - Records, CDs, DVDs, books, and gifts 

Gifts for the green thumbs

Plants and flowers make people happy. Not only do they improve air quality in your home, but they can also enhance the appearance of your space. Get the plant lover (or plant newbie) a new friend for their home.

Gifts for the pet lovers

Have that one friend who has an Instagram account for their pet? Look no further. For furry friends of all sizes, check out these local pet stores and delight the pet-obsessed with a new toy, treat, or outfit. 

Still having trouble finding the perfect gift? Consider supporting one of these businesses with a gift card and let your giftee decide!

Want to add to the list? If you'd like to have your favourite Toronto or Peel retail stores listed, mention them in the comments and we’ll get them added! 👇