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10 holiday gift ideas for art lovers in Toronto

Gift ideas for Toronto art lovers vary because let's face it, your artist friend is a very specific person, with a larger than normal imagination and an appreciation for cool things in the city. These presents should keep them entertained, educated and stocked up for at least the first few months of 2017.

Here are my picks for holiday gift ideas for art lovers in Toronto.

Colour by icons

Adult colouring books are kind of last year, but why not get that art lover in your life something a bit more unique with this Canadian-made colouring book of cultural icons from Glad Day Bookshop? It's perfect for their fridge when they're all filled in. Klaus Nomi, Divine and Freddie Mercury are just some of the legends to fill-in.

Adorable posters

Paul Dotey is a local artist who consistently creates very unique and light hearted Toronto pieces. His illustrated tourist map of the city is fantastic. He's always displaying his stuff at City and Craft and on his website. If you contact him directly, you can probably pick up a piece you like. 

A precious piece of art

Caviar20 is a local art seller specializing in gorgeous contemporary pieces. Most of the stuff isn't affordable to the general Torontonian trying to decorate their place, but they often have sales, selling off one-of-a-kind pieces for shockingly low prices.

Is Toronto Burning?

This hardcover collection of artworks from 1970s Toronto speaks to a time when our city's art scene was just getting started. Toronto thought it was prettty important at the time, but it was the more radical, downtown artists and galleries pushing ideas forward that were doing most of the work. It's an art history book that's almost essential reading for any local art lover and it's available at Art Metropol on Dundas West.

The 6ix pencils

Buy your art loving pal an individually named neighbourhood pencil for all their sketching or thought-writing, or buy them the entire pack for $10 at the Spacing Store. It doesn't matter which district they prefer really, the colours are cute and maybe they'll inspire things they never even imagined.

Art mags

Soop Soop on Dundas West is not only a cute clothing store, but its selection of art, style and culture magazines is one of the best in the city. Giant glossy publications in all their glory with hundreds of articles and images would most definitely make your art-loving friend and their coffee table very happy. Just look at this selection!

Graph paper napkins

Above Ground Art Suppliers carries these creative and cute graphic paper cocktail napkins to give complete creative freedom to any artist friend when they're having a drink or a snack. They come in packs of 24 and will run you $8.

Custom packing tape

Why not help spruce up your friend's gift wrapping with these custom Derek Sullivan rolls of tape? It's $20 a roll with the words "Wouldn't it be nice" printed on it. You'll have them singing the Beach Boys at any given moment with this happy-making gift from Mercer Union.

Mountain dishes

California artist and ceremanic maker Pauline Wolstencroft created these beautiful moutain dishes that any aristic friend will drool over. They're beautiful to look at, well made and one-of-a-kind painted dishes that add inspiration to any meal or snack. They're available at the Drake General Store starting at $33.75.

Best year ever calendar

This 2017 wall calendar from Bando features illustrations from nine different female artists with lots of space for writing things on each day. As a bonus, you can keep and frame any of the drawings once the year's over. There's also a sticker page. Find it for $30 from Scout on Roncesvalles.

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