This time of year usually involves some sort of gift exchange no matter what you celebrate. And if you have a foodie in your life to shop for, perhaps finding the perfect gift might seem like a daunting task. In this first edition of Fabulous Foodie Finds, we will explore great shops in Toronto’s Cabbagetown that offer amazing variety and unique finds.
Labour of Love – https://thelabouroflove.ca/
This is one of my favourite stores in Toronto as it offers a ton of unique treasures with warm and friendly smiles. The staff at this store are top notch (as is the owner Regina who always greets me by name), and you always feel like you are being welcomed home and not just walking into another boutique. Often on a day off, I will find myself in Cabbagetown simply to visit Labour of Love and check out at all the amazing products (and usually leaving with a purchase or two). Whether you’re searching for a great greeting card, local art, unique jewelry, gifty pieces, cocktail accessories, decor or, of course food related items, this store seems to have it all.
Labour of Love also has a great variety of cookbooks and, speaking as a foodie, you really can’t go wrong giving a new cookbook as a gift. They have plenty of different types of cookbooks to choose from including ones for vegetarians, pork lovers, cocktail masters or general aspiring chefs. This thoughtful gift would make a great addition to your foodie’s library.
Who says you can’t be fashionable in the kitchen?! Labour of Love offers a great collection of aprons, dish towels and oven mitts. With so many different patterns you are sure to find one that matches the personality of your foodie. It’s a fun and practical gift too!
Very often foodie and host(est) go hand in hand, so why not consider some fun and funky decor and party pieces. From pompom garland, to crackers filled with cookie cutters, to party cups and more, there are plenty of good options to choose from to gift the host(est) with the most(est)!
Just because you are a foodie doesn’t necessarily mean you love to cook yourself. Perhaps the foodie you are shopping for just has a love for all things food related, so buy accordingly. Labour of Love offers some great food inspired gifts including doughnut and sushi socks! These would make great stocking stuffers or a perfect Secret Santa gift.
Spruce on Parliament – http://spruceonparliament.com/
The best way I can describe this store is a work of art. It is clear to see the moment you enter the shop, that the owners have taken great pride in the appearance of their products, which make for beautiful displays. The owners and staff are extremely friendly, creating an inviting space as well as a fun place to shop. It is fun to look around as they offer a mix of antiques and unique current pieces and there is plenty to find for your foodie friend. And, if you are particularly lucky, Grapes (the store owners Dachshund dog that sometimes comes by for a visit) will be there to greet you and show you around.
If your foodie is all about the bar, then Spruce on Parliament is a great place to stop by for a gift! From beautiful decanters, to fun shakers and incredible glasses, there are tons to choose from for the cocktail master.
Tools in the Kitchen
Perhaps your friend or family member is into design and unique pieces to add to their kitchen. Spruce offers incredible tools, dish & prep sets and gadgets both antique and currently produced (be aware that antiques can go pretty quickly) that are sure to wow any foodie design fanatic. Finding something unique really makes the gift extra special!
There are a few actual food items to be found in Spruce, so be sure to keep your eyes peeled for those great fridge additions like hot sauces, dried soups, flavoured salts and more (especially ones that you can’t find at your local grocery store). Why not pair a delicious chocolate orange peel hot chocolate mix with one of their incredibly cute marshmallow mugs! Perfect for a hostess gift or even that special someone in your life.
Custom Gift Boxes
Want to leave the gifting to the experts? Owner Kim will make you up a beautiful box in your budget that will cater to your foodie friend. In fact she will even give you options of what she can put in the box really making it a customized gift. This is perfect for anyone looking to make their holiday shopping quick and easy!
Restaurant Gift Certificate
One of my favourite gifts to both give and receive is a gift certificate to a restaurant. It is a nice treat to be able to go out for a meal to somewhere I either love or a new place.
In Cabbagetown there are plenty of great restaurants to gift, but if you are unfamiliar with the area then feel free to read our review on HOUSE ON PARLIAMENT restaurant.
Or if you are looking for a place outside the neighbourhood then be sure to check out our Restaurant Review page to get some great ideas!