With the holiday season underway, there are plenty of ways you can support local businesses, and ShopSmallBiz.ca has got you covered. If you're looking for a special gift, heading to a large box store may not feel quite right. You can tick off all of your shopping to-dos, by supporting your local independent businesses. There are a ton of local shops across Canada that offer creative gifts your family and friends will love.
Consider taking the time to shop local this holiday season — not only does it benefit the local economy, but also it gives you more options and personalized service. We’ve rounded up a list of small business gift ideas to help make your gift the best under the tree this year. Here are some of our favorite local places:
You can never go wrong with a one-of-a-kind, eco-friendly, hand-made piece of jewelry! Adorit Boutique, in Ottawa (ON), offers unique hand-made products, showcasing Canadian designs and fair trade products from India, Tibet and Nepal. Adorit has something special for everyone!
- For the music lover
Long & McQuade, in Vancouver, BC has tons of original gifts for musicians. They sell and rent a range of musical instruments, offer music software and print music, and have highly qualified teachers and private instruction for all ages.
Treat yourself or someone special to a delicious local meal at one of ShopSmallBiz.ca‘s many incredible restaurants. If you’re looking for fresh-baked goods, organic, fair trade coffee, latte, cappuccino or other espresso drinks, Humani-T Caf, in Halifax (NS) is just the place for you! For all those hot sauce enthusiasts out there, try Hash’s Hot Organic Pepper Sauce, a unique brand of organic and vegan hot pepper products that are certified to satisfy, delight, and nourish.
- For the “Gamers”
You might not fully understand the lure of videogames, and picking the right gifts for gamers can be a challenge. Check out Air Combat Zone in Mississauga (ON), they offer the unforgettable opportunity to get behind the controls of high performance F/A-18 flight simulators.
We all know someone who needs to slow down, and Harmony Health Massage Therapy, in Charlottetown (PEI), offers therapeutic treatments that will make you feel relaxed. This is a perfect gift for your stressed-out friend, the workaholic who needs to unwind, or for the mom who just needs a break!
- For an Active Lifestyle
Don't sweat it this holiday season —the gift of exercise can promote a healthier lifestyle without breaking your budget. Gym Star in Regina (SK) offers the best athletic clothing available on the market. Inspired and designed by elite athletes, the workout clothes offered by Gym Star is the highest quality.
Book-lovers are pretty easy to buy for — all you really have to do is make contributions to their already-overflowing bookcases. Otter Books Inc., in Nelson (BC), is a locally owned independent bookstore, which features a great selection of books from around the globe. You are sure to find great gift ideas here for book lovers and avid readers.
- For a weekend getaway:
Short romantic breaks away give couples the chance to escape and unwind at a range of picturesque locations, and Manoir sur le cap in Old Quebec (QC) is the perfect spot for a quick getaway.
So, this year instead of hitting the typical chain stores, try adding a personal touch by shopping local, where you can find the perfect gift and help strengthen our community all at the same time!