Summer in Toronto is all about the parties. Backyard BBQs, pool parties, rooftop cocktails and all weekend cottage parties. Your hard working host and hostesses deserve some love. Show your appreciation with a unique and beautiful gift from any of these specialized Toronto West & Etobicoke stores where you are sure to find that something special!

The Kingsway & Sunnylea – Oleander

Oleander is the go to spot for hostess gifts and florals in The Kingsway and Sunnylea. This beautiful florist had been creating gorgeous urns and custom floral creations in the neighbourhood for years when they saw a niche in the local market and decided to expand their services to include their adorable and much needed gift and home store. Their gift shop is located at the side of their very pretty store front at Bloor & Wendover. The staff are always so friendly in helping to find that perfect high quality and unique gift for every occasion. My personal favourites for hostess gifts include their artisanal soaps, beeswax candles and their cheeky/fun coasters. Head on over to to see what else they have in store..

This store is simply my heaven. At A Changing Nest you will find a mix of curated vintage items and wonderful new items which are still extremely eclectic and stylish. Diana Ross who runs this fairytale feeling store is one of the nicest humans you will ever meet. Her great range of vintage glasses, napkins and silverware would be perfect for any host who appreciates the finer things in life. I’m also suspecting there may be just a few hipster mixologists around who would appreciate her fabulous collection!! đŸ™‚ Diana also stocks a nice range of pashminas, jewellery, elegant hand soaps and hand made cards (these cards are so stunning and such little arts of work that the recipient will want to frame them!).
A word of warning though, you will purchase more than just a hostess gift in this store because there are so many special and unique items to be found. Think fabulous re-finished furniture of every kind, throw pillows in the most luxurious fabrics and mirrors and wall art that you will want to hang on every wall in your home. Also just FYI you may end up renovating your entire home with Diana after just one conversation with her! Head on over to to explore more of her wonderful treasures.
This is one of the prettiest stores in Roncesvalles. Their decorative ceramic flowers and succulents make a great hostess gift. Unique, intricate and the best part is that you don’t need to water them :). They can be used as a table accessory, accent in a bathroom or you can wall-mount many of them together to create a stunning 3D art piece. Home Smith House also keep a lovely selection of coloured candle sticks and holders, when paired they create the perfect little style statement. If you are lucky enough to be invited for a cottage get away you may like to show your appreciation with a larger item such as a Beija Flor mat. These mats are so versatile and would work well in any cottage. Home Smith is one of the only stores in Canada to carry these tile inspired and durable mats which are designed and manufactured in Israel. You may also want to consider a cozy throw, a luxurious turkish bath towel or a special art piece. The choices for a special gift really are endless here

Thorncrest Village – Rizo Lola & Co.

Rizo Lola & Co. is a treasure trove located in Thorncrest Village. The store owner Victoria is a very talented designer who sources a lot of her wares from Europe. If you are looking for artisan items which have been hand made with care and attention then look no further than this local Etobicoke gem. Gorgeous glassware, serving platters, candles and hand painted towels will but a smile on any hostess’s face. Just don’t forget the bottle of wine too!!

Wherever this summer party season takes you I hope you have a happy and safe one and don’t forget to show your hostess with the mostest some love and appreciation with something pretty from one of these fabulous stores! #shoplocal