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The Best Stores to Buy Greeting Cards in Toronto

Posted by Sarah Ratchford / August 9, 2013

greeting cards torontoThe best stores to buy greeting cards in Toronto go beyond the typical selection you can find at your local Shoppers Drug Mart. At these stores you can usually find greeting cards that have that almost too-adorable, handmade look (often because they're actually handmade and made by local Toronto artists). These shops are just about guaranteed to have what you're looking for, especially if you need something a little less Happy Birthday thou most special of flowers and a little more Yo, I'm sorry the cat shat on your bed.

As any child will tell you, a greeting card can easily be the most pointless part of a gift. But if you've ever received a handmade, heartfelt little card with thought behind it, you'll know a card can mean everything. These shops allow you to skip the DIY factor and avoid ye olde Hallmark shop, and check out a local solution to your greeting card needs. The best thing about cards from these spots, other than the fact that many of them have a handmade quality, is that they've also got a great sense of humour.

Here are the best stores to buy greeting cards in Toronto.

See also:

The Best Card, Paper and Stationery Shops in Toronto
The Best Places to Buy Unique Gifts in Toronto
Letterpress Printing in Toronto

Kid Icarus

Kid Icarus

Kid Icarus has operated out of Kensington Market for the past 15 years and their Augusta Avenue shop is seriously stocked with unique cards. They're happy to take on custom projects too, but check out the copious ready-made options ($5 to $6) before you go down that road. There's a focus on handmade and letterpress cards, with picks from Sudbury's Papillon Press and Kingston's Everlovin' Press. More »

Blue Banana

Blue Banana

The catch all store that is Blue Banana Market is surprisingly a great spot to pick up greeting cards of any kind. They've got shelves and shelves of them, featuring Canadian artists like Wendy Tamcock, Jules Lamoche and Peace Rev. More »

Labour of Love

Labour of Love

Labour of Love is a Cabbagetown gem selling cards mostly from the U.S. They've got the benefit of being hilarious, though, and their staff will hook you up if you ask for sarcastic cards, which is always a necessity provided the recipient is endowed with humour. Labour of Love is also a good bet if you need to pick up a last minute gift, as its shelves are full of fun knick-knacks and handcrafted jewels. More »

Town

Town

Town is a confusingly named shop in the Bloordale area with some of the cutest cards on this list. "Will you go to the used bookstore with me?" This is pretty much the best proposal I can imagine. Yeah, I would marry the person who gave me that card. What of it? More »

Outer Layer

Outer Layer

Outer Layer, with locations in the Annex and Queen West, has a huge range of cards ranging from sweet to sass. This is a great place to search for cards if you're going to a same-sex wedding, too. The store also sells sometimes-cheesy, sometimes-funny gifts as well. More »

Red Pegasus

Red Pegasus

Red Pegasus is a cutesy gift shop in Little Italy, and they've been selling cards and other treats to the community for about 16 years now. They carry cards from a range of artists, featuring work by the likes of Wendy Tancock, amongst a number of others. Red Pegasus is also a good spot to grab a gift for a lady (or a baby) in your life. More »

Valhalla

Valhalla

If Valhalla's stock were a person, it would be your bitchy frenemy left over from high school. The one you keep around because her scathing humour is just too good to lose. Valhalla has been open on Queen St. near Trinity Bellwoods for about 15 years, and, since the '90s, their cards have all become available online, too (many of them at ($4.50). My favourite is one by number 9 that congratulates a recent divorcee on his or her newfound freedom. More »

Scout

Scout

Scout is a design shop in Roncy, and their prerogative is to offer up handmade cards, whether they're screenprinted, illustrated or made with a letterpress. They sell cards for just about any occasion, with picks from Brockton Village, Greenwich Letterpress and Love, Love Me Do Designs. There are a ton of options from Toronto artists and others throughout Canada. More »

Hanji

Hanji

Hanji's stock includes a huge range of cards and stationery, including stamp sets to make your own cards if you're the crafty or frugal type. This Koreatown mom and pop shop is named for the Korean word for Mulberry paper, and you'll find it well-stocked for your card making (and purchasing) needs. More »

Sweetpea's

Sweetpea's

The defining aspect of cards at Sweetpea's is the cards' sense of humour. Owner Sara Jameson says she immediately falls for any card that's offside, unusual or quirky. There's an 18-foot wall of cards on one side of the shop, and an eight foot wall of them on another. The shelving in this Roncesvalles florist features work from plenty of Toronto artists, as well as some fantastic picks from the US and the UK. They stock over 2,000 different cards at any given time. More »

Keep Me Posted

Keep Me Posted

This store within a store (find it inside EMPIRE by Bullet) is Riverside’s answer to your greeting card needs, and it has an equal number of sweet and sassy cards. Father’s Day, for example, featured cards that said, “Thanks for making it easy to get you a gift on father’s day due to your psychotic love of golf” next to barfy ones that said things like “Dad. A son’s first hero, a daughter’s first love.” More »

Pixel Print

Pixel Print

Alongside Pixel Print's custom printing services, they offer a good selection of Artistry Cards, a self-proclaimed "greeting card company with a conscience." The cards are created and designed by Swati Bhagat, owner and operator of Pixel Print. Cards run at about $4.50 apiece, with deals available depending on how many you buy (four can be had for $10, for example). More »

Discussion

24 Comments

horizoncarrie / August 9, 2013 at 03:36 pm
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Dollarama. Why spend so much for paper that most likely the person youre giving it to will throw it out!
Marc / August 9, 2013 at 03:40 pm
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Um, Papery and Paper Boy at Yonge and St. Clair?

You guys really need to get out of the West End more.
jsus / August 9, 2013 at 04:04 pm
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Wow, scraping the barrel now for "Best Ofs" arent we....

AV / August 9, 2013 at 04:15 pm
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Yea you missed both Papery stores. Thats ok, they've only been around 20+ years. Guess they should have opened 6 months ago on Dundas street to make the list
David / August 10, 2013 at 12:16 pm
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The eponymously named Town is the owner's surname. Shelley is the daughter of Harold Town. He was a member of Painters Eleven a group of abstract artists active in Toronto from 1954-1960. Her shop has some of her father's work for sale.
Sarah / August 10, 2013 at 01:18 pm
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Paperboy at Yonge and St.Clair has an amazing selection of
cards for every occasion, clearly you need to check out the
shops north of Bloor Street
Karen / August 10, 2013 at 05:26 pm
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LAYWINE'S 25 Bellair Street
Yorkville
AMAZING selection of letterpress cards...
Jennsanerd / August 10, 2013 at 08:39 pm
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I got a Father's Day card from Outer Layer this year.
"I love you, Dad," is printed on the outside.
And on the inside, it reads "But I love Mom more."
M / August 11, 2013 at 07:26 am
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People! Top 10's are voted on! BlogTo posts of Poll and usually under each respective category there are 15 different options plus an other where you can add your own suggestion.

Stop complaining about it not being North enough or East enough and get voting! (Same as politics!)

Arrow replying to a comment from M / August 11, 2013 at 11:28 am
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I know that's true, and I've participated in a few votes, but I can't blame the readers for not knowing these lists are voted on. The article doesn't mention it at all. Why not offer some stats around the votes to make it more obvious?
TJ / August 12, 2013 at 08:41 am
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Interesting list but I can't fathom paying any more than $1/card. I've only been to a couple of the stores on the list and thought the cards were pretty cool and innovative but at the same time, they are no cool and innovative enough for me to spend $6-8 after taxes for a card. Sorry. It's a piece of paper.
Bette / August 12, 2013 at 01:24 pm
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BlogTo missed an insane amount of great shops, and though I did vote, I was peeved at the lack of options. It's not quite "voting" when you are given a limited choice of who to vote for. As well, I will say that shops like Scout and Red Pegasus are in dire need of some modernization. Isn't Scout is just a rip-off of Red Pegasus? Why didn't they do her own research instead of ripping off the store they worked for for years.
Colin replying to a comment from horizoncarrie / August 13, 2013 at 05:13 pm
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In that case, you can save even more money by not giving them a card at all and by not wrapping any gifts. In fact, just don't give gifts. Or have friends. WAY cheaper.
Rosie / August 13, 2013 at 11:28 pm
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I actually love making my own using Greeting Island, economical and thoughtful, but when I don't have time for that I always like to buy a pretty one. If you are killing the tree anyway, at least give someone something beautiful. I actually like the selection at Pier 1, they are unique and not too pricey. Papery is also one of my favourite card shops in the city. I used to love the dirty cards at the It Store LOL!
Pam replying to a comment from AV / August 14, 2013 at 12:04 am
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Ohhh Shnikes!!!!
Nelson / August 19, 2013 at 10:26 pm
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BlogTo must be running out of ideas for best of lists. This is lamer than the best tailor list.
Bravo!
Rusty / August 19, 2013 at 10:33 pm
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Awaiting for the best place to buy a cardboard box list.
Gigi Treosei / September 7, 2013 at 07:44 am
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Carlton?
Anniversary Cards / September 12, 2013 at 06:21 pm
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) Electronic means speed up the overall process and cost
nothing. Think how easy it would be to find a personally resonant image when you have the whole of
your photograph collection to look through.
Whatever your reason for sending a greetings card be
it an anniversary, birthday or Christmas be sure to take the time
and choose one that is a little different and has meaning to
the person receiving it. This is the most economical process
of binding and ideal when the number of books
is less. Utilizing the power of technology, however, will allow you to take a shortcut and deliver greetings to people far away
and instantly, and the added bonus is that these greetings, whilst quick and simple, don't need
to be perfunctory in nature. Why not just make your own special card and personalize it with some
deep, insightful poems. The children's cards usually have various popular cartoon characters.
It is not necessary you should look forward to selling your products and
services unless your products really offer useful for holidays.
Many local bakeries will offer you a discount for
buying in bulk so they could cost you as little as 50p each.
Then there are the gifts that accompany these holidays, which
change dramatically each year depending on trends, growths and
ages of the receivers.
Veronica Halfacre / September 28, 2013 at 07:48 am
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Thanks for sharing those awesome stores of greeting cards. Greeting card is merely a tiny bit of paper, but it is still used for the purpose. The Kid Icarus is my choice because they have a custom cards and definitely affordable. InvitationsForLess.com
mace / October 20, 2013 at 09:04 pm
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"just a piece of paper" comments are interesting - you don't care...but you've taken time out of your day to comment? also, hope you don't have any art up around your home, more wasted paper.
mace replying to a comment from Nelson / October 20, 2013 at 09:06 pm
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...you don't care but you've taken time out of your day to comment, negative aren't you. take up a hobby, better use of time.
coop / October 21, 2013 at 05:44 pm
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Wow, so many bitter comments about cards. They are supposed to be fun, a quick note to a friend or family because of an event, or just because. Clearly most of you are Walmart shoppers, bitter about paying money for a card that someone has created. Dollarama really, your friends and family aren't worth some piece of crap made in china. Thank you no.
I think a lot of you really need to go to a real card shop, take a moment and have a laugh and maybe you will understand that it is worth more then the $1 you think. If not, well I am sure glad I don't know you.
Octapus Prime / November 30, 2013 at 06:06 pm
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This list is lacking some of the best paper stores in the city!!! Get out more! Not to mention Rolo in Yorkville! Russel Peters buys his greeting cards there because it's not your average store. If that's not enough to set the the tone for their cards, Rolostore.com for a curated list of their style. BEST gift store in the city in many peoples opinion. Check them out.

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