So you’ve waited until the last possible second to do your holiday shopping, for what’s probably the fifth year in a row. Despite your annual vow to be better prepared in the future, you somehow end up in the same bleak situation come December. Don’t stress. With the help of this guide to awesome and 100% local last minute gift ideas, your friends and family will never know what a complete mess you are.
One tip to help you keep your cool this season: avoid Devonshire at all costs. There is absolutely nothing there that you can’t find elsewhere in Windsor. The convenience of getting all your shopping done in one fell swoop might seem tempting at crunch time, but it just isn’t worth enduring the packed parking lot and anxiety-inducing crowds.
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Behind the Wood is a great stop for loading up on stocking stuffers. Bar accessories like bottle openers, whisky stones, recipe books, cocktail kits, flasks and shot glasses are both practical and fun.
The shop also carries a wide array of bitters - an ideal gift option for your favourite whisky drinker. Their selection covers the classics, like orange and cherry, as well as more experimental flavours such as lavender or celery.
Because of how subjective it is, music can be a risky gift to give. But Windsor’s favourite record store, Dr. Disc, boasts a lot more than just a sweet vinyl selection. They also carry memorabilia spanning collectable mugs, quirky toys, and a plethora of rare posters - excellent niche gifts for the right person.
Nothing beats a present you can eat. Edibles practically excuse procrastination because of their short shelf life. Sunrise Bakery is the obvious choice for curating an assortment of award winning treats especially for your foodie friends. We recommend placing a tin of their Instagram-worthy macaroons under the tree. Sunrise’s multiple locations, including one downtown, make this bakery an extra-convenient option.
If you’re aiming to impress a bath enthusiast this holiday season, Scented could be the answer. This brand new family-run business offers artisan soap, sugar scrubs, bath bombs and scented candles. Picking up a few of these handmade wares is a thoughtful alternative to haphazardly grabbing a pre-packaged bath set from the drug store gift eisel.
ShopEco also provides cosmetics and personal care products. If you’re seeking specialty items that are vegan, gluten-free, or that cater to those with sensitive skin, this little shop can provide. Debra Purdy, owner of ShopEco, insists on only selling products they’ve thoroughly tested and researched, so you can purchase with relative confidence.
If you haven’t taken a peek inside Levigator Press yet, you’re missing out on some golden gift giving potential. This Walkerville print studio and gallery includes a small storefront stocked with incredible gifts for your artsy associates. Artist and owner, Jodi Green, prints her own colouring pages and calendars, which are suitable for adults and children alike. They also create an array of notebooks, greeting cards and fabric goods in a striking style that’s all their own.
To satisfy the stoner on your shopping list, you’ll want to make a stop at Pete’s Pipes. Aside from an extensive range of paraphernalia, they line their shelves with magnets, socks and other sundry items which are perfect for padding stockings. Pete’s also carries an impressive amount of incense, including a few festive scents to get you in the mood (Christmas Kiss is pure heaven.) Now with a new location in Tecumseh as well.
81408 Ottawa St., Windsor, Ontario N8X 2G1
Some people, as much as we may love them, are infuriatingly impossible to buy for. Whether they’re the type who already have everything, or are simply super picky, Holland Consignment Shoppe & Auction House on Ottawa is your new secret weapon. Packed with antiques and oddities, this huge vintage warehouse is almost certain to have something for everyone, assuming you’re willing to hunt for it. If you take your time perusing their retro toys, knick knacks and jewelry, you’ll likely uncover a gift that’s truly original.
Once you’ve successfully tackled your shopping, you’re going to need to wrap the spoils. The covered-in-newspaper look is a thrifty, environmentally friendly, and endearing approach to presenting gifts. You can even use this issue once you’ve finished reading it. If you prefer a more polished look, pop into Poppy Paperie. Their unique gift wrap options and clever cards allow you to add a more personal finishing touch.
If a you’re shopping with a comic fiend in mind, Rogues Gallery is your best bet. Their range of quality toys, games and collectibles are certain to please anyone of the nerdy persuasion. Rogues carries plenty of Pop vinyl figures, which work well as super versatile stocking stuffers for members of nearly any fandom and across all age groups.
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