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Shop Local Holiday Gift Guide

With December right around the corner, it’s time you got started on your holiday shopping. In fact, why not grab a friend and make an afternoon out of exploring some of the wonderful local businesses in Oshawa? To inspire you, I’ve put together a collection of local and unique gifts that are sure to impress even the grouchiest of Grinches on your list.


For the fashionista…

Literally anything from Fred du Nord. But, since I promised to make recommendations in this post, I strongly encourage you to check out the Winter Pullover Hoodie. These Canadian-made cotton French terry hoodies might just be the most comfortable sweater you’ve ever owned. Also – can someone please forward this post to my partner? (wink)


For the office secret Santa…

Give your colleagues the gift of warm toes this holiday with a pair of Le Bon Shoppe- Cloud Socks from Aide Bodycare. While you’re there, treat yourself to some of their in-house bath and body items. I recommend the Black Cherry Vanilla Soap and Lip Balm gift set – which will leave your hands and lips feeling buttery soft!


For the kiddos…

Adopt an Eco Nation plush animal from Robert and Inkster. Not only are these stuffies ultra snuggly, but they are also made from 100% recycled materials. Yarn and thread used to create these adorable plush toys are crafted from the shreds of plastic bottles.


Need another reason to visit? Roberts & Inkster has a wonderful holiday window display full of lovely and local gift ideas.


For the foodie…

A selection of delicious and international snacks from Snackrite Xotiks. With the weather starting to dip into the negative, a warm cup of Swiss Miss Hot Cocoa mix featuring Lucky Charms Marshmallows will be sure to win some smiles. Be sure to visit them for other fun selections like Fruity Cereal Kit Kat Bars, Rap Snacks Icon O.G. Bar-B-Que Cheddar Snoop Dogg Potato Chips, or Dr. Pepper Cotton Candy!


For the music lover on your list…

Show them that you are paying attention by picking up a vinyl copy of their favourite record at Kops Records. Your music lover will surely appreciate the warmth, richness, and depth that digital music can sometimes miss.


For someone who appreciates the finer things…

Whether you are shopping for your mama, your sister, a friend, or a special someone this delightful A Pocket of Posies – Pressed Flower Locket from Roberts & Inkster will definitely make an impression. Each locket features pressed flowers encapsulated in resin and placed in an exquisite scalloped lace locket.


If all of this shopping has you feeling famished, be sure to stop in at one of these favourite Oshawa restaurants for a bite!

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