Christmas 2016 – Shop Local Gift Guide for Ottawa, Ontario

Everybody wants to find the perfect Christmas gift and with Christmas only 5 weeks away, I may be a little behind the clock, but better late than never. I have seen a few posts on social media suggesting to shop local this Christmas, but everything stopped short after that. This is a great idea, but where to shop? What does shop local mean?

I think it’s safe to say that “shop local” aims to support the little guy or girl. The small Mom & Pop shop, the Christmas craft sales, the quaint little shop selling handmade clothing and jewelry, but should also include local services like artists, music teachers, dance schools, photographers, etc. Many shops offer gift cards as well, such as your local bakery or coffee shop. I would also like to extend local, to imply Canadian small business with an online presence or the means to support local Ottawa shoppers. I am dedicating the following page to promoting the shop local movement. I will update this page continually, as I find new businesses to add and ask that readers add any businesses to the comments section; I will incorporate them into the body of this page. All I ask is that you please provide contact information in the form of a website, Facebook page, Address / Phone number and perhaps what goods / services they offer.

I will start the ball rolling with my wife’s favorite shop; Doree’s Habit, located in Almonte, which sells clothing and fashion accessories, most of which are made by small designers and artisans.

Books & Collectibles

the Comic Book Shoppe
Ottawa, Ontario

Perfect Books
Ottawa, Ontario

Octopus Books
Ottawa, Ontario

Books on Beechwood
Ottawa, Ontario


Clothing / Fashion Accessories

Doree’s Habit
Almonte, Ontario

Blossom Leggings

Magpie Jewellery
Ottawa, Ontario

Wildtree Jewellery

Scottish & Irish Store
Ottawa, Ontario

Laverty Designs (Pro Sports Jersey Dresses)

My Vintage Retreat (Handmade Jewelry / Décor)
Ottawa, Ontario


Food & Drink

The Scone Witch
Ottawa, Ontario
*Gift certificates available

Barking Barista
Ottawa, Ontario
*Gift certificates available

Voilà Gluten-Free Bakeree
Kanata, Ontario
*Gift certificates available

Our Farm (Lamb, Seasonal Vegetables)
Woodlawn, Ontario
*Gift certificates available

Ottawa Farmers Market
*Market dollars available

Twelve Barrels (Canadian Whisky)

Poco Pazzo
Ottawa, Ontario
*Gift certificates available


Health & Fitness

Kanata Therapeutic Massage
*Gift certificates available

J.D. Lifestyles (Personal Training / Nutrition)
Stittsville, Ontario
*Gift certificates available

Fit Shop (Sports Nutrition / Supplements)
Nepean, Ontario

Canadian Sports Martial Arts (Karate / Kickboxing)
*Gift certificates available

Mount Pakenham Ski Resort
Pakenham, Ontario


House & Home

Grace in the Kitchen (Kitchen store)
Kanata, Ontario
*Free local shipping

Cre8tive Junktion (Interiors & Design, Furniture & Event Stylist)
Gloucester, Ontario

Tin Barn Market (Eclectic, unique, up-cycled décor)
Almonte, Ontario

Wick Witch Candle
Merrickville, Ontario

Zoes Corner (Handmade soaps)
Ottawa, Ontario

Olde Crow Creek
Pakenham, Ontario

Chatterfield Farm (Goat Milk Soaps, Natural body Products, Gifts, Art)
Merrickville, Ontario


Music / Dancing

The Ottawa City Piping College – Westend Studio (Bagpipes)
Kanata, Ontario
*Gift certificates available


Wag (Pet supplies)
Ottawa, Ontario
*Home of Doggin’ It Café



Sarah O’Neill Photography
* Check out the calendar for sale, photographing a recent trip to Masai Mara, Kenya.

Jessica Angel Photography
*Gift certificates available

Galaxy Camera
Ottawa, Ontario


Sporting Goods

Kunstadt Sports
Ottawa, Ontario

Ottawa, Ontario

Sports 4
Ottawa, Ontario


Toys / Games

Tag Along Toys
Kanata, Ontario

Tansy (Handmade dolls)

Thorpe Toys (Wooden Toys)
Waterloo, Ontario


Christmas Trees

Blitzen Estate (Maple Syrup Also Available)
Jasper, Ontario

Richmond Nursery
Ottawa, Ontario

Ian’s Christmas Adventure Park & Tree Farm
Beckwith, Ontario

Thomas Tree Farm
North Gower, Ontario



NextGen Signs (Signs, Posters, Vehicle decals, etc.)
Carleton Place, Ontario
*Gift Certificates available

New Moon Tattoo
Ottawa, Ontario
*Gift certificates available

CDNHost (Cloud Services, Web Hosting)
Ottawa, Ontario
* $199 CDNHost Website and Hosting Deal (1-year website hosting, includes 1 page web development, domain name registration.)
** Valid until December 31, 2016, some restrictions apply. Taxes extra.


Handmade Craft Shows

Mistletoe & Ivy Handmade Market
November 26, 10am – 4pm
Bronson Centre (211 Bronson Avenue)

December 3, 10am – 4pm
Knox Church (corner of Elgin St. and Lisgar St.)

Freewheeling Craft Christmas Market
December 3 & 4, 10am – 4pm
Glebe Community Centre (175 Third Avenue)

Capital Pop-Up Handmade Show
December 17, 10am – 3pm
Glebe Community Centre (175 Third Avenue)


Miscellaneous Events

Tinsel ‘n Tails Annual Howliday Gala
Friday, November 25, 6:30pm – 2am
47 Clarence Street (Red Lion Public House)

Photo’s With Sanata (Pets)
Sunday, December 11, 12pm-4pm
700 Eagleson Road (Global Pet Foods)
*Half of all proceeds to Sit with Me Dog Rescue


Merry Canadian Christmas to all!



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