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Holiday Gift Guide 2017

by Kelly Harris

There is no denying that the holidays are coming and if you’re like us and procrastinating on your shopping, well, there isn’t much time left to procrastinate! So we decided to hit the streets of #BurlON and share some of the great gift ideas we found!

No Christmas is complete without a visit to our friends at Springridge Farm and their beautiful gift barn. So many great things to choose from (and to add to your wish-list) but the Pook line of onesies, hats and mitts caught our eye. The hats and mitts are made from wool socks and are popular with kids of all ages! The hats are $29.99 and mitts retail for $24.99.  And the onesies – how good are those for snuggling up on a cold winter’s night? We’ve added one to our wish list ($64.99 and are available xxs-xl). And the best part is they are all made locally!    No visit to Springridge Farm is complete without picking up some of their lovely preserves, and this year, the Canada 150 jam made our list. It won’t be available past Christmas and to date, Springridge has made 8,000 jars of it featuring their local strawberries and ingredients from across Canada. We picked up a few jars as hostess gifts and stocking stuffers ($6.99 each).

In keeping with the Canada theme in honour of the 150th birthday this year we found a great book; ‘The World Needs More Canada’ by Heather Reisman, at Indigo. How fortunate we are to live in a country like Canada and this book reminds us of that. For only $15, it makes a great gift for teachers, friends or any of those hard to buy for people on your list.   We also visited A Different Drummer Books, an amazing independent bookstore in Downtown Burlington. So many unique books we could browse in here all day.  The one that caught our eye was by E. G. Keenleyside and is called ‘We Were Just Doing Our Bit’, and features stories of 82 Burlington Heroes ($60).

Thinking of the men on our list we stopped in at Scrivener’s in our beautiful downtown. We were introduced to a great local line made in Toronto called Liel & Lentz. The men’s bracelets are all made from semi precious stones and mixed with a variety of materials including wood and precious metals (including sterling silver and gold). The bracelets retail for $98 and they also had cuff links for $138.

We love soup during the winter and we found the cutest soup bowl and spoon sets at Pure Boutique just a couple doors down from Scrivener’s (retail – $34.95). So many great things in Pure but the other item that caught our eye were these lovely fingerless gloves ($19.95). Perfect for a gift exchange with girlfriends!

Thinking of those beer drinkers on our list, we visited the Art Gallery of Burlington Shop and found these great beer glasses. We loved the Canada theme to them and that they are truly one of a kind ($24 each). And of course you can’t give a beer glass without the beer! So we paid Burlington’s own craft brewery, Nickel Brook Brewing a visit. They have a couple special things up their sleeve for the holiday season, but their Cuvee Reserve Ale 2017 sounded amazing to us. It’s a spiced auburn ale brewed with cinnamon, cardamom, vanilla bean, orange peel and more, then aged for a year in Bourbon barrels with wild yeast. Described to us as spicy and funky, and that it pairs beautifully with gingerbread cookies – how do you say no to that? Available at the Bottle Shop at the brewery for $8.95 and at LCBO stores on Dec 4.

One of our fave parts of Christmas Day is the stocking. You can have so much fun with stocking stuffers and we found so many great items!  We stocked up on bath bombs at Burlap & Twine, a great little store downtown that features natural, vegan bath and body products.  The bombs are $6 each or 5 for $25 and we also loved the snowman bomb sets featuring their coffee cake and spice scent ($15.95) and picked up a couple of those for teacher gifts.

No stocking is complete without treats and our friends at Mrs. B’s Gifthouse have that covered for us. One stop there and we were able to stock up on biscotti of all types and flavours and these adorable white chocolate dipped oreos ($4.25 or 3 for $12).

We stopped by Joelle’s and found another great stocking stuffer or hostess gift – champagne infused gummy bears made by Sugar Fina. They retail for $10.95 each and also come in lovely box sets that are $36.95. While in the store a display caught our eye for The Giving Keys. These are necklaces with a key and each key has a different word such as Love, Believe, Hope, Inspire and Faith. The idea is to embrace the word on your necklace and/or pass the necklace on to someone who needs it more than you. We loved this idea of giving back, especially at the holidays and that is exactly what this company represents- every product you purchase supports job creation for individuals transitioning out of homelessness. To date the company has provided 109,356 hours of work for people transitioning out of homelessness. We think that’s pretty fantastic! (Necklaces retail for $58).

Our travels took us to The Feathered Bed on Ontario Street downtown. These gorgeous cotton turkish towels were on display and were added to our own wish list right away. They are hand crafted and made supporting fair trade and are so soft and luxurious to the touch, they felt like a blanket rather than a towel. Hand towels are $40.50 and bath towels are $104.

Our last stop brought us to Christy’s Gourmet Gifts where we found the perfect gift for the family for our Christmas centrepiece. Their smash snowman filled with delicious butter crunch and available in milk or dark chocolate is sure to please everyone around our dinner table. It’s 1.1 kilos and feeds up to 13 people. Orders should be placed in advance so it can be made fresh for you ($55). We can’t wait to dig into this for our Christmas dessert!

We hope this has helped you with some ideas for your own holiday shopping. Try to shop local as much as possible and support the Burlington retailers.  Burlington has so much to offer with unique boutiques and stores,  a great downtown area with free parking all December long (maximum 3 hours on the street) and 2 great malls – Burlington Mall and Mapleview Centre.

Happy Shopping and Happy Holidays!


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