Many of us are especially interested in supporting local businesses this year. We want to do our part to help them through this challenging time while finding unique and thoughtful gifts for our loved ones. Thankfully there are a number of wonderful businesses to support close to home, as this list of Scarborough holiday shopping spots will show.
Baby Joy Canada
If there are any little ones in your life, start your shopping for them online at Baby Joy Canada. This store offers unique, personalized gifts for babies and toddlers; their organic offerings are extensive and include clothes, bedding, and toys. You’ll find a wide range of natural, eco-friendly products that are made exclusively of non-toxic ingredients and materials. You can even customize clothing and accessories with text or photos. Moms-to-be and new moms will find lots of clothing and accessory options. You can feel especially good about supporting a store that is 100% Canadian.
If there’s someone on your list you’d like to send a seasonal floral arrangement or potted plant to, try Hazelton’s Canada. They’re known for their gift baskets but they also offer stunning holiday-themed floral arrangements, bouquets, wreaths, flower boxes, centrepieces, poinsettias, and mini tree kits that come with their own decorations. While you’re on the site, be sure to check out their assortment of Christmas gift baskets; you may be able to cross multiple gifts off your list.
Gifts for the home are always a hit and at Nos Natura you’ll find handcrafted wood furniture and accent pieces. The store focuses on eco-luxury furniture and green living, using solid wood in their designs. Their pieces are unique and handmade, with a rustic warmth. Choose a conversation piece, wall art, something for the garden or patio—whatever you find here is bound to be one-of-a-kind.
The holidays are a great time to remember and support our favourite family-owned restaurants, this year more than any other. These Scarborough go-tos may not offer gift certificates, but you can show your support by ordering takeout. Our top picks include Francesca Bakery, where you’ll find all of your favourite Italian dishes and baked goods, Mona’s Roti for its savoury curries and stews, and Hunter’s Family Restaurant for the ultimate in classic Greek comfort food. To ensure the owners reap the full benefit, call the restaurants directly and pick up your order.
Stop 14 Home Décor
This particular store is a little bit more of a destination, located in the southern end of Scarborough, but it’s well worth the trip. Home decor aficionados will love browsing through the curated selection of elegant accents that will brighten anyone’s living space. Stop 14 Home Decor is full of items that have a relaxed, cheerful, and homey feel. A lot of their stock is small-batch and made in Canada; you’ll find upcycled treasures, natural beauty products, linens, soft goods, quilts, art, and pantry items.
We hope this list of Scarborough holiday shopping spots has inspired you to buy local this Christmas. Thanks for reading and don’t forget to follow the Gemterra blog for more great neighbourhood shopping ideas.