Shop local: the best holiday gifts in Toronto under $30

Here are some great ideas for stocking stuffers and budget-friendly office party Kris Kringle contributions


Fringe Fantasy mask

If we’re going to still be masking up for the foreseeable future, we should at least have a good time doing it. Give this swishy fringe mask from local brand Really, Man? to your most dramatic friend (or the friend who would never let themselves buy something so frivolous) and watch them unleash their inner Orville Peck.

$30, victoireboutique.com

Live at Massey Hall, Vol. 1

The iconic venue has just reopened, but if concert tickets aren’t in your near future there’s always this series of live albums produced in collaboration with record label Arts & Crafts. The first features 10 performances spanning 2014-2017, and includes the Constantines, Emily Haines, Destroyer, Coeur de Pirate and Andy Shauf.

$25, masseyhall.com 

Blue Q This Meeting Is Bullshit socks

The bullshit meeting is far from new – but with the advent of work-from-home, we now get to hear our loved ones complain about said meetings in real time. Gift these socks for the besieged remote worker in your life to wear to their next Zoom call, so they can voice their displeasure safely out of frame.

$13.95, outerlayer.ca

Hathor / SUTIL lube

Support a small Canadian business and give the gift of sex posivity this season with a high-quality water-based lube from this mother-daughter company run out of British Columbia. The lubes are made from botanical ingredients and varieties come pH balanced for the vagina and anus.

$18-$32, thefeltt.com

Little Rose Cookie Gift Box

These are among the best cookies in the Greater Toronto Area. Little Rose’s chewy stuffed cookies come in a variety of flavours, like chocolate chip, Oreo cookies and creme, birthday cake and red velvet, to name a
few. Contact the store for vegan or nut-free arrangements.

$21, littlerosecookieco.com

Christmas-Inspired Bookish Tea

This is the perfect gift for somebody who enjoys cozy reading time with a cup of tea. Etsy seller Beccas Little Boutique offers book-themed tea blends like Christmas At Hogwarts (inspired by Harry Potter), Pride And Prejudice and The Shire (Inspired by The Hobbit).

$13.98, etsy.com

Curling Rock mug

You probably know someone in your life that curls as a hobby, but you might not know why they do because you probably never talk about curling. When you finally break the ice, get them this mug.

$18.99, mainandlocal.com 

Haviah Mighty x Alexis Eke t-shirt

Music sales are largely in the toilet so support local artists by giving the gift of merch. The Polaris Prize-winning Toronto rapper has teamed up with illustrator/designer Alexis Eke to create beautiful poster art and t-shirts, and this one is a standout.

$25, haviahmighty.com

Mini Karaoke microphone

A full home karaoke machine can be very expensive, but this little phone version is a great stocking stuffer. Plug it into your phone or computer, download the app and start singing. Croon along to your favourite songs or just use it as a mic for voice recordings, interviews or TikToks.

$14, shop.ago.ca

The Dreamer Bath Bomb 

Eve & Co’s bath bomb is loaded with THC and CBD and natural lavender and chamomile essential oils to take the holiday edge off.

$21, fireandflower.com

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