It’s that time of year again – the holiday craze begins! Sometimes it’s hard to avoid the department store rush of the season but we are huge believers in supporting small and local businesses! We’ve got the list for you of the best artisan and gift shops to find unique, novelty gifts for your loved ones in Ottawa this holiday season.
This lovely shop on Bank Street has been proudly Native run and in operation since 1994. Here you will find handmade goods such as moccasins, beaded earrings and stones and gems. It’s a great place to find Indigenous prints on a variety of items such as scarves and umbrellas.
Looking for a unique Christmas ornament for your friends and family? Check out Tinseltown Christmas Store, where you will find ornaments in the shape of macarons, mermen, peacocks and so much more. The store is broken off into colour schemes such as the traditional green and red or a more modern pastel pink or blue.
If you are on the hunt for a chic gift to accent the home or maybe something for new parents, boogie + birdie offers cute novelties that interior design lovers will be crazy about. The shop offers a lot of gifts that promote self-care such as bath and body supplies, yummy treats, candles and more. That said, you’re bound to find something for everyone here.
The name says it all at Plant and Curio, which is described as “the tiniest shop of plants, handmade accessories and curio for the plant obsessed.” Located in Chinatown, this little shop is totally Instagram-worthy with fresh splashes of green year-round.
Do you have a loved one who loves quirky and cute jewellery? This store is made for the modern hippie with gorgeous healing crystals or comfy, free flowing clothing. This is the place to gift someone a perfect zen moment.
Bonus: Kindred donates proceeds of all cat-related merchandise to the Cat Rescue Network
The Snow Goose is host to a variety of Indigenous art works, including wooden and stone carvings, paintings, sculptures, handmade pewter bowls and prints. Find the perfect handmade art piece for your art collector friends and family here.
This shop features the unique work of makers from across Ontario. You’ll find everything from handcrafted wooden furnishings to neighbourhood themed hats and coasters to cute planters. It’s hard to beat handmade novelty items!
Renowned for their famous winter boots, Manitobah Mukluks is proudly Indigenous owned and sharing and celebrating in Indigenous values. Manitobah Mukluks offers a lot more than boots – grab a chic accessory like a deerskin bag or a pair of fur-trimmed mitts. Check out their collaboration with Pendleton, who offer Indigenous house and home goods as well as women and men’s apparel and accessories.
Where are you shopping for gifts this year? Comment below.
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