So you’ve left your Christmas shopping to the last minute and now you’re in a panic. Well, don’t fear, because one trip to Ossington will solve all of your shopping needs. This street, along with nearby Queen West and Dundas West offer everything from alcohol (the Wine Rack, the LCBO) to gorgeous, high-end vintage goods (I Miss You) to vinyl (LP’s LPs, Grasshopper Records) to tons of restaurant and coffee gift card options (too many to list).
But if you’re really short on time, here are three go-to stores that should cross most people off of your list.
Crywolf (91 Ossington): While there are plenty of clothing stores on and near Ossington, none are as cute or unique as Crywolf. Because it offers stuff for ladies, guys, kids and even pets, at both low and medium price points, you can pick up a lot of gifts here. I recommend the Rob Ford-themed buttons to exchange with your gag-gift giving cousin and any of the adorable tops for your sister or best girl friend.
BYOB (972 Queen): Everyone drinks something and while, as the name suggests, the focus of this store is alcoholic beverages, there’s no reason why you can’t pick up a set of pretty glasses to give to your teetotaling in-laws. And who wouldn’t want a contraption that creates an ice sphere (maybe for your hard-to-buy-for dad). But if you are shopping for someone who enjoys a good cocktail, then the price tag’s the limit in this place.
Shoppers Drug Mart (Ossington & Queen): Yes, it’s a chain but it’s the best chain out there. I love Shoppers because they are always clean, organized and packed with all kinds of great stuff (oh, and Optimum points). There’s perfume and makeup for the girly people on your list; toys for any kids and even electronics for gadget-y people. Plus, there’s a wide selection of candy, magazines and lotto tickets that are all perfect for stocking stuffers.
Oh fine, since you’re still making a face at the Shoppers suggestion, here’s one more: the Ontario Craft Council Store at 990 Queen St. W. It’s not the cheapest place to buy gifts at but if you’re looking for something special for someone who appreciates design and local talent, it’s a good place to check out. Right now, it’s hosting a holiday pop-up show that features everything from bags and scarves to mugs and cutting boards to decorative touches that you won’t find anywhere else.
Happy shopping everyone!