Folio Gift Guides: 6ix Pride

All illustrations by Augustine Ng.

The holidays are (evidently) upon us. Lake Devo has been converted to an ice rink, the weather outside is finally colder than the Mattamy arena, and the Toronto Christmas Market is in full swing. With that being said, giving gifts is an essential part of the holiday season. So while you may be trying to soak up as much of the nostalgic holiday atmosphere as possible, the time is now to finish your search (read: scramble) for the perfect gifts for friends and family.

Here at Folio, we are Ryerson proud and Toronto trendy. Show off your school spirit and take pride in your city this holiday season with the 6ix Pride Gift Guide.

Ryerson lace-up sweatshirt, $60, Campus Store
Nothing says Rye High like a soft sweater to keep your friends or family warm during these harsh winter months. Seen in the very last display window at the Ryerson Campus Store is a coral pink and grey Ryerson lace up sweatshirt. Yes, this is an expensive suggestion; however, the quality, style, and longevity is worth every penny—not to mention the recipient will be representing Ryerson loud and proud. Perfect for skating on Lake Devo on the warmer days, this cozy sweatshirt would be a perfect gift for a fellow Ram.

Ryerson travel mug, $20, Campus Store 
The campus store offers a variety of blue and gold to go cups that are handy in a student or worker’s busy life. If you’re still on campus, it’s another convenient last-minute gift that no recipient can really fault you for.

Ryerson toque and scarf combo, $30, Campus Store
Another great gift for the cold Toronto winters to keep your friends and family warm and repping Ryerson in this awesome duo. We all know your mom loves talking about your amazing success at university, so give her what she really wants—a wearable excuse to prattle on about it.

Some more Toronto proud gifts for those who want to honour our amazing city of opportunity:

“When Those Sleigh Bells Ring” Drake Hoodie, $29, Amazon.ca
The season would be incomplete without a cheesy holiday sweater. What better way to celebrate our city’s success and culture than through Drake merch? An “ugly Christmas sweater” picturing the father of the 6ix himself doing his iconic Hotline Bling dance is a steal for under $30. Its humorous yet iconic, and will definitely create a buzz at your next gift exchange.

“I Kinda Like It Here” Toronto Coasters, $40 for a set of 4, The National Design Collective
On a more heartwarming note, you can now protect your coffee table from your eggnog with a map of our beloved city. These elegant coasters are a wonderful way to help out your peers and family members with the stresses of holiday get togethers.

Raptors Socks, $18, NBA.com
In Toronto sports pride, a pair of toe-warmers this way comes. Toronto Raptors socks featuring player DeMar DeRozan are affordable for students, fan-favourite for recipients, and representative of The North for everyone. These socks are ideal for the sports savvy local.

Toronto Neighbourhood Toques, $38 each, Tuck Shop Trading Co.
Finally, something every Torontonian can enjoy: Toronto neighbourhood toques. This gift is wonderful for the travelers and natives of our great city, not only keeping us warm in our coldest of days, but also showcasing our love for our own neighbourhoods in Toronto. Neighbourhoods include Bloor West, Davisville, Distillery, The Annex, and Leslieville.