Gary Taxali Toys

Toronto Gift Guide: Gary Taxali wooden toys

It's day number nine of my quest to find some of the best gifts in Toronto. Today's pick: Gary Taxali wooden toys. While there's nothing Toronto-exclusive about this gift idea (your Aunt in Victoria can get her hands on these just as easily), our city retains bragging rights as home of the seriously successful designer of the line. Toronto-based Taxali has awards up the wazoo for his distinct illustration work. He's recently added Indigo to his impressive list of clients (that includes GQ and MTV), designing an exclusive line of wooden toys following his recent children's book release.

I love that kids' toys are getting back to basics. Classic wood games and toys have longevity, unlike their fad-ish dancing and blinking plastic counterparts. My Dad might be right when he grouchily tells me that "they don't make 'em like they used to". But at least they're trying. These colourful designs definitely have kid-appeal but they'll also inspire kid-at-heart nostalgia. I think that my discerning Dad might even approve.

Additional specs: Six different styles, including Wooden Trapeze Monkey and Whirly, pictured above

Best for: Kids and people who frequently start sentences with "In those days..."

What they'll cost you: $4.95-$12.95

Where to get 'em: Indigo & Chapters stores across Canada.

Photos courtesy Indigo Books and Music Inc., used with permission.


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