As we head into a 2020 holiday season that’s feeling unlike anything we’ve experienced before, holiday gifting feels a little different too. This year, thoughtful gifts that will help loved ones “winter in place” are where it’s at. From home comforts that up the cozy quotient to creative ways to find a little fun when the snow begins to fly, here are some of our very favourite gift ideas available through our Hamilton Halton Brant partners.
Gifts For Passionate Crafters and Art Lovers
If you know someone who’s taken up knitting to help pass the extra time spent at home these days, stock them up for their winter’s work with a selection of beautiful locally sourced yarns. The gift shop at Alpacas From Eighth and Mud is overflowing with unique yarns and felting supplies, as well as a beautiful selection of clothing, jams and jellies. If you’re shopping for someone who loves a craft more than the crafting of it, spend some time scrolling through the Arts Burlington Online Christmas Sale. Over 90 artisans including photographers, wood carvers, weavers, felters, painters and more are offering beautiful handmade gifts for sale through November 30th. For beautifully crafted gold and silver jewellery and accessories, Sapling & Flint in Six Nations of the Grand River Territory offers a wonderful selection.
Gifts For Kids Who Need A Technology Break
The Mary Maxim Retail Site in Paris offers over 10,000 square feet of fantastic crafting supplies, including a special section overflowing with ideas to keep little hands and minds busy on cold winter days like crafting kits, puzzles and Diamond Dotz. For younger kids, we love Hometown Creative’s sensory play and play dough kits available through Burlington’s The Artisanville. The Art Gallery of Hamilton also has an incredible selection of creative toys and activities for children in their online shop. In addition to available curbside pickup, shipping is free on orders over $100 and all purchases support Art Gallery of Hamilton programming.
Gifts For Lavender Lovers
Transport loved ones back to a sunny summer day with Terre Bleu Lavender Farm’s gorgeous lavender products. In addition to essential oils and bath and body products, Terre Bleu offers a wide range of culinary creations, including lavender shortbread cookies, teas, maple syrup and cheese. Order products directly from their online store and have them shipped to your door or arrange for free curbside pickup paired with the scenic drive to the farm in Milton.
Weir’s Lane Lavender & Apiary in Dundas is another fantastic option when shopping for the lavender lovers on your list. They also offer curbside pickup and shipping for those who would rather shop online.
Gifts For Fresh Air Fiends
The gift of an annual park pass to enjoy a selection of Hamilton Halton Brant’s conservation areas is a great way to encourage outdoor lovers to get out and explore some new trails this winter. A Conservation Halton membership pass offers a year’s worth of access to seven amazing parks, including Rattlesnake Point, Crawford Lake, and Mountsberg. A Hamilton Conservation Authority Membership Pass provides a year’s worth of access to nine different parks and free entry to public programming at Westfield Heritage Village. In addition to access to 11 different parks, the Grand River Parks membership comes with vouchers for exclusive rewards and freebies, including two-for-one paddling and cross country skiing offers. Miles and miles of beautiful trails aren’t the only benefit for Royal Botanical Gardens members. Members also enjoy a range of other perks, including food and gift discounts and special rates on ticketed events.
Gifts For Craft Beer Fans
Creating a customized six-pack for the craft beer lovers in your life is a piece of cake when you follow Hamilton Halton Brant’s True Brew Path. In addition to in-store shopping and sipping, many partner breweries offer curbside pickup and shipping.
Gifts For The Stylish Social Distancer
After months of wearing a mask, who wouldn’t appreciate a little upgrade to increase the style and comfort factor? Our friends at Burlington Downtown have put together a list of retailers with a great selection of masks for sale this season. Favourites include: Joseph Tassoni, The Handmade House and Centro Garden.
Gifts For Foodies
Make all that cooking at home a little more luxurious this winter with a thoughtful selection of artisanal ingredients and time-saving kitchen tools. Head to Springridge Farms’ Barn Market for a wonderful selection of preserves, many of which are also available in their online shop. Can’t-miss foodie favourites in Dundas include Picone Fine Food, The Keeping Room and Cumbrae’s. Hamilton’s The Casual Gourmet boasts one of the most extensive collections of kitchenware in the region. The Market Hall at Paris Wincey Mills is another fantastic option for scoring delicious farm-to-table foodie finds.
Gifts For Tropical Vibe Seekers
While a sunny Caribbean vacation likely isn’t in the cards this year, with a little creativity, you can send loved ones a taste of the tropics. Harper’s Garden Centre in Ancaster has an amazing selection of tropical plants, succulents and cacti. While the garden centre is a beautiful place to visit, they also offer a plant delivery service that will drop off their plants throughout the Greater Toronto Area. Other great area shops that offer endless hits of home and garden inspiration for décor aficionados include Oakville’s Fiori, Georgetown’s Dini & Co., Hamilton’s Nest and Brantford’s Your Home Your Story.
Have these ideas left you inspired to find even more creative gifts for the holidays? Check out these blog posts for even more holiday shopping help.