888 Queen West, 416-516-9586 Rating: NNNNN
Most people will agree: cool greeting cards are hard to come by. Same goes for a well-organized, big enough yet still stylish wallet, captivating kids' toys, scented candles that don't make you gag and... well, you get the idea.
For all those things and more, like Korres Body Water from Greece, BYO wine bags, Deep Steep bath teas and the very Mr. Potato-esque Zolo stacking animal toy, look to a perfect li'l neighbourhood gift shop called Token. Consider it a mandatory pit stop before you hit any housewarming or dinner party.
Brainchild of clothing designer Karen Sykes , née Uhm (remember her fashion line, Vir-go?), Token came to fruition after she dissolved her up-and-coming fashion house to focus on adding fashion to the house.
Sykes's picks: Animal cards by NYC's Paper + Cup Design, $3.95; Hobo leather clutch/wallet, $118; Zid Zid Kids handmade heirloom wall hangings and children's mini-poufs (made in Morocco), $115, now 25 per cent off.
Look for: 50 per cent off packaged note cards, an e-commerce website launching in the near future and the debut of a signature line designed by Sykes that will range from textile-related items and children's stuff to artwork and decor items.
Store hours: Wednesday noon to 6 pm, Thursday to Friday 11 am to 7 pm, Saturday 11 am to 6 pm, Sunday noon to 5 pm.