Toronto Specialty & Personalized Gifts

Bluestar PPE Store on Queen West

Driving along Queen this week I noticed a brand new PPE store selling face shields and other protective equipment. First brick and mortar store I've seen dedicated to selling face protection items. Sign of the times. It's located in Parkdale Village next to Easy Restaurant, on the south side of Queen. Rosie :)


Made in Canada Beanbag Chairs

I love sharing products with you that are not only gorgeous and high-quality but 100% Canadian, so I had to tell you about these amazing beanbags chairs. I know, when you think "beanbag chair" you don't exactly think chic decor. They sort of invoke images of dorm rooms and unshowered teenagers lying around playing video games. Not so the fabulous squishy bags from I was searching for my son's playroom, because our current ones purchased at the now defunct Target do not have removable covers you can throw in the wash. There is enough unidentifiable food particles hardened on them that they needed to go. A good pile of beanbags chairs are perfect for my little guy and his cousins who enjoy flinging themselves everywhere and expect you to stop and drop at any moment for a big snuggle. The chairs from this Montreal-based company are stylish, high quality and have 100% cotton covers that can be zipped off and machine-washed. I ordered this denim one and having spent a sizable amount of hours in beanbag seats, I can safely say it is the perfect beanbag chair.

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Koya Edibles: Fruit Bouquets in Toronto

Have you ever received an edible fruit bouquet? It is such a lovely gift idea. We all enjoy eating perfect juicy delicious fruit, but no one wants to chop it up. And no one wants to arrange it in a stunning basket that is delightful to look at. This is why it is the perfect gift. A change from flowers, but just as bright and colourful.

Koya Edibles is a local Toronto company that creates personalized fruit gifts for any occasion. Baskets and bouquets start from $30.00 and can be customized for any occasion:


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Not only are these bouquets gorgeous to look at, they are healthy and so delicious. An amazing gift or dessert centerpiece for your next party. For the full range of products visit the Koya Edibles website. Mention you read about this company on My Toronto Scoop and receive 10% off your order. Rosie :)

Fair Grounds Cafe: New Lakeshore & 24th Street Location

One of my favourite coffee shops in the city opened another location! There is now a Fair Grounds Organic Cafe further east on the Lakeshore from the 40th Street main location. It's smaller but still packed with all their amazing coffee and treats.



They also carry the So-Ho-Mish skin cream made by the Honey Bee Store, which sells natural products that have been sourced from both Canadian and international producers that practice sustainable beekeeping.


This Fair Grounds is located at 3261 Lake Shore Blvd. West (east of 24th Street on the south side west of Kipling). It's open everyday from 7am to 7pm. Rosie :)

Pop Goes the Easel Clearance Sale

The Danforth East Community Association (DECA) came up with an awesome idea to revitalize their main strip. The Renew East Danforth initiative works with landlords putting temporary tenants in their empty buildings as pop-up shops. Pop Goes the Easel is one of the nine pop-up shops that have been on two blocks of the Danforth for the month of December. One of the shops, Pop Goes the Easel, is having a clearance sale of their beautiful paintings and prints over the next two days. A fun thing to do and a great part of the city to check out. Rosie :)


Personalized Canvases & Prints By Meringue: Special Offer for Toronto Scoop Readers

Friends of ours have this canvas hanging in their home. Not only is it beautiful, but it is personalized, which makes it extra-special.

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Here it is up close.


There are many design styles available of these family name canvases, which are the creation of Toronto artist Helen Billett. Helen is the founder of Meringue Inc. which offers a stunning selection of giclée prints (fine art digital prints) on fine art paper. The kids personalized prints are an inspired room decoration. Check out this hockey themed print, available in blue, red and pink. The jersey name and number are customized:

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What a great Christmas gift idea. If you get your order in by December 2nd, delivery of your canvas or print is guaranteed for Christmas. There is a special offer just for My Toronto Scoop readers: enter the discount code "scoop10" at checkout to receive 10% off your entire order. These also make really creative and different gifts for new parents: how special would it be to get something this lovely after your baby is born?


Prints start from $40. They are inexpensive to frame as they are sized to fit IKEA frames. Visit the Meringue website to browse all the gorgeous designs. Rosie :)