Toronto is a city full of distinct neighborhoods, each possessing a unique vibe and personality characterized by the buildings, restaurants, and shops that line each street. In an effort to seize the best shopping hot spots within each neighborhood, we’ve done our research to identify the retail niche that each community serves. Home to amazing brunch spots, bakeries, and salons, in The Annex you’ll also find plenty of unique art stores, bookstores and novelty shops offering up amazing gift items. Here are the best places to shop in The Annex.

Juxtapose Cards and Gifts 

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We dare you to leave Juxtapose without buying something for yourself or a friend! This unique one-stop-shop is a go-to for gift giving in The Annex. At Juxtapose, you’ll find an array of novelty gift items and playful wrapping supplies for even the most difficult to shop for friend. The product selection at Juxtapose is constantly changing with a huge selection of local designers worth supporting. 430 Bloor St West. 

BMV Books

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At BMV in The Annex, you’ll not only find books, music, and videos but collectibles, calendars, games, and cards. This three-storey discount bookstore is perfect for the bargain shopper looking for a gift on a budget. Canada’s largest bookstore for discounted and pre-loved books is sure to have a gift for anyone on your list with hidden gems starting at just $5. 471 Bloor St West.

Ten Thousand Villages

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Ten Thousand Villages is Canada’s fair trade retailer. New to The Annex, this lovely shop sells artisan-crafted personal accessories, home décor, and gift items from around the world. Ten Thousand Villages features an array of products, each with a unique story about the artisan who made it. Shop from a huge assortment of one-of-a-kind handcrafted gifts from over 29 developing countries around the world. 474 Bloor St West. 

Alternative Arts

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Alternative Arts in The Annex provides custom framing solutions along with fine arts prints and posters. You can get overwhelmed flipping through the discounted posters outside the front of this art store, but don’t forget to step inside for racks of hilarious greeting cards and vintage Toronto photography and maps. Need a gift for your movie buff friend? You must check this place out! 491 Bloor St West.

 

Midoco Art and Office Supplies 

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Not just a shop for students and artists, at Midoco Art and Office Supplies in The Annex you’ll find a ton of great gift items from novelty coffee mugs to adult coloring books. Shop an ever-changing assortment of giftware curated by the owners of this family-run chain. Need a last minute children’s gift? This is the place to go. 555 Bloor St West

*Bonus*

Honest Ed’s

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While Honest Ed’s is considered more of a bargain center for odds and ends than a gift shop, we recommend checking out this Toronto landmark in The Annex before it closes at the end of the year. Stop by before December 31, 2016 to pick up a piece of nostalgia – an iconic Honest Ed’s sign will make a great gift for any Torontonian. 581 Bloor St West. 

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