Gardening was probably the furthest thing from most Torontonians’ minds this weekend. We finally had our first real blast of snowy, Canadian winter, and I’m sure most of the saner residents stayed close to home.
But not this intrepid blogger. There were birthdays and holiday parties to attend, and, on Sunday I was on bridesmaid detail and our mission was floral in nature. So I bundled up and braved the cold to meet my lovely betrothed pal and a couple other members of the bridal party at Coriander Girl, which turned out to be the cutest damned florist I’ve ever encountered.
I was clearly a huge help in making flower decisions as I could not stop wandering around and snapping photos of the sweet antiques and curios that fill every little corner of this treasure trove of a shop.
Luckily, Tellie, the shop’s wedding co-ordinator is clearly a pro (started at age 13!) and had lots of sage (heh) advice to offer.
I sometimes get a little squirmy about wedding industry related consults, but the vibe of the shop and the women working there was really warm and relaxed.
If you’re in the neighbourhood, I definitely recommend popping in to say hello, if only for a little breath of spring in winter.
My family makes a pretty solid attempt to not focus too much on the presents part of the holidays. Especially now that my brother and I are grown, it’s a lot easier to just bask in each other’s company and the warm glow of being home together.
We are also lucky enough to all have work, so when it comes to stuff, there’s not a lot we need (not to mention, none of us live in gigantic places with room for too much excess.
We also try to be mindful of how lucky we are, and we do a fair bit of charitable giving in each other’s names. It’s a habit we developed years ago, and I really love taking some time every year to think about the people our donations to amazing organizations like the City of Joy, the Stephen Lewis Foundation, and of course, the near and dear to my heart, Mother Nature Partnership will help.
That said, I really love wrapping up a few little parcels and squirreling them away under the tree and watching my family open them Christmas morning. I also really love the idea of shopping locally whenever possible, so I’ve been amassing gift ideas that can all be purchased in Toronto to create an up-to-date Toronto holiday gift guide over on Pinterest, and thought I’d share a few here in case any of my fellow Torontonians (or anyone else, really) need some inspiration!
I think my top three have to be these guys:
Check out my pinterest board here for more awesome local gift ideas!
Though nothing’s going to top last year’s Christmas gift to my dad.