We all know how much pride Torontonians have for our city. And if you don’t, you’d better start recognizing.
Like New York, Boston and Chicago, we like to think we’ve got it pretty good over here – and we’re always happy to show off where we’re from.
Lucky for us, we no longer have to rely on cheesy tourist trap stores to do this. There are many pop-up shops and designers making items that allow us to celebrate our city in style.
Here are a few of our favourites for the 2014 season, which you might want to put under the tree for your most prideful Torontonian pal this year.
Vintage TTC Posters $25
There’s something beautiful about celebrating Toronto’s history with a poster that shows us what things were like when our home city was just getting started. Pick up the Yonge Line poster for a reminder of where all our TTC woes began.
Subway Buttons $2
The perfect stocking stuffer, these buttons come separately for $2 each, or grab the whole set – every subway station in Toronto – for $45.
Neighbourhood Toques $38
You’ve probably seen these in store windows across the city, and with good reason. We live in a city that requires wearing a toque 5 months out of the year – why not show your pride for your ‘hood while you’re keeping warm?
Lasercut Wood Map of Toronto $180
There’s no shortage of beautifully designed and creative Toronto maps out there, but this one cut from wood just might reign supreme. If you’re looking for something similar but have a tighter budget, try these $40 lasercut Toronto coasters.
Ork Toronto Neighbourhood Poster $22
These posters have become an iconic staple of city pride over the past few years. If you don’t have one yet, what are you waiting for?
Typographic Neighbourhood Map $40
For the font obsessed design nerd in your life, there’s no better gift than a framed print of their home neighbourhood.
Toronto in 1976 Poster $50
If you’re in the mood for a beautifully designed poster for your living room that honours the city’s past, look no further.
Vintage TTC Token Cufflinks $33
Fireflynotes makes this perfect gift for the man in your life. These cufflinks feature the tokens of TTC past – specifically, what our fare chips used to look like way back in the 1970s. Subtle and classy.
Embroidered Mini Neighbourhood Map $125
If you’re looking for something customizable, Casey VonEsteban makes these gorgeous mini neighbourhood maps, allowing you to choose the colour and finish of the wood.
Airport Code Pillow $65
Because sometimes you want to be a little more subtle with your city pride. Your guests visiting from England might ask you what YYZ stands for, and that’s okay.