Every gift-worthy choice at this Dundas West institution — from confetti-painted earthenware to chic puzzles and coffee table-worthy photography books — is meant to brighten up your everyday. If consciously designed clothing calls your name, pop across the street to its sister store Ease which stocks contemporary brands like Lisa Says Gah and Paloma Wool.
1447 Dundas Street West, easytigergoods.com
Joining type books
The written word always makes a thoughtful gift. At Type Books in the Junction, you can browse their shelves carefully stocked with popular publications, top cookbooks, and engaging non-fiction. Don’t know what to select? Try the staff picks or pick up one of their Mystery Bags, a stack of books specially chosen to suit your literary tastes.
2887 Dundas Street West, typebooks.ca
A newer addition to the Roncesvalles gang, Good Neighbor is just that: a well-stocked community store featuring ever-loved items and bobs. You name it, they’ve had it: marbled soap, monogrammed tote, botanical face masks, concrete planters and, best of all, artisan cookie butter chocolate bars.
415 Roncesvalles Avenue, goodnbr.com
You’ll find a wealth of products with minimalist roots at Souvenir (sculptural jewelry, wardrobe basics, simple planners, and more), but owner Danielle Suppa’s bread and butter is artisanal ceramics. Expect large-scale vessels, tiny bud vases and ruffled nesting dishes – all from small designers around the world – that would fit into any tablescape.
1232 Dundas Street West, souvenir-studios.com
At Likely General, owner Brooke Manning curates unconventional (and utterly beautiful) items from independent makers and community artists. The result? A little something for everyone. For types of witches, black cat candles, tarot decks and ethically sourced palo santo; niche perfumes and flora-covered claw clips for the style-obsessed; and a whole slew of unique pieces (think tartan blankets, cottage socks and local zines) that just about anyone will love.
389 Roncesvalles Avenue, presumablygeneral.com
V of V
If your shopping list includes a difficult mother-in-law, bride-to-be, or even someone you don’t know too Well, take a look at V de V, a Montreal-based design boutique that opened its new doors on Dundas West. Here, you’ll find great home accents with modest price tags: pastel-hued glassware, Turkish bath towels, minimalist planters and shapely candlesticks.
797 Dundas Street West, vdevmaison.com