13 Stocking Stuffer Gift Ideas in Ottawa
Shop Canadian and shop small this holiday season. Here is a list of both small and inexpensive gift ideas, perfect for stuffing those holiday stockings!
Scrunchies & Headbands
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Sew Much Love – Scrunchies, headbands and recently, ear warmers! Use the code ORL20 for 20% off.
Bows for Days – Scrunchies are only $5 each! Matching baby bows and dog collars also available. Made in the Ottawa Valley.Piccolina Shop - A variety of scrunchies, headbands and bows handmade in Ottawa. Tons of festive styles to choose from.
Small Sized Candles
Bougie Doozy Candle – My absolute favourite candles because they’re long burning, durable, refillable and come in countless fun colours and patterns. The candle ‘chunks’ are perfect to add to a gift or for a first-time burner of Doozy candles. Read a full blog post about these candles HERE.
Capital Region Coffee Guide - The Ottawa region has a full range of coffee roasters, offering fair trade, delicious coffee, in a variety of package sizes and grounds, from dark roasts to light, including blends. 30 brands to choose from on this list!
Francesco’s Coffee – One of my favourite roasters, located in the west end of Ottawa. Choose the type of grounds in a variety of flavours and blends. Use the promotion code OTTAWARIVERLIFESTYLE for 10% off coffee products until December 15, 2020.
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Forget B Knot – From typical wall hangings and shelves to rainbow key chains and cactus hangings, many ‘stocking sized’ pieces are for sale.
The Wandering Knots – Newer maker in the Ottawa region, selling colourful plant hangers, wristlet keychains and car charms.
Knotted River – Wall hangings, ornaments, key chains, plant hangers and more, from the Ottawa Valley. Selling pieces at upcoming Squarelemon Ottawa and Maker Series markets.
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Haico’s Hot Sauce – Distinct flavours and heat levels with peppers grown right in his own yard, here in Ottawa. Find Haico at local farmer’s markets!
Meow That’s Hot – Small batch, fruit- based hot sauces, where flavour comes first. They work with local farms as well as support some local charities.
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Hummingbird Chocolate – Award winning and for good reason – I have seen my parents fight over their salted caramels. They offer festive bars such as peppermint and candied ginger.
Alicja Confections – Their postcard chocolate bars are a great idea for that long distance loved one. They also have flavourful bonbons.
Anna Stubbe Chocolates – Gourmet, European style confections, right here in Kanata, Ottawa. Beautiful as well as delicious.
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Pure Heart Essentials – Skin and hair care, free from artificial scents. Soaps, scrubs, creams, steamers, balms, and shampoo bars made with natural ingredients.
ManSoap – Grooming products and soaps for the man in your life. They are handmade, small batch, and all natural.
Zoe’s Corner – Much more than handmade soap; bath bombs, hair serum, masks, beeswax candles and hand sanitizer!
Good Neighbour Soap – Handmade natural soaps and shampoo bars, as well as facial soaps, oils and masks. Fair trade, plant based and a traditional making process.
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Ginger Snap Handmade – Modern and cozy knitwear, created with quality materials and faux fur pom poms. Made for women and children.
Midnight Knits – Colourful knitted hats, headbands, mitts, coasters and even scrunchies made out of real sheep’s wool. Toques made both with and without pom poms.
Will & Co Knits – Creative products like crocheted stuffed animals and beach bags in addition to cozy knitted beanies, mitts and winter headbands.
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Some local breweries have holiday variety packs that would make a special gift for any beer lover. Check out; Beau’s All Natural Mix Pack, Whiprsnapr Christmas Box, Kichesippi Cheers to the Season Box, and Bicycle Craft Beers n’ Bites Box.
Another fun idea is to fill a stocking with individually wrapped beers. For a list of Ottawa breweries head to the blog, Brews & Views: Ottawa Brewery Guide.
Book / Guide
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For the bookworm in your life, Ottawa has multiple independent bookstores selling both new and used books. Some such stores are Black Squirrel Books, Octopus Books and Perfect Books. Looking for something with more hometown love? These following books and guides are written by Ottawa and Ottawa Valley locals!
Propagated from The Ashes - Kristin of Sweet Life Flora
A Guide to Hiking Trails in Ottawa & Region – Victoria of Girl Gone Good
A Week at the Woods – Rebecca Taylor
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Uptown Sox – Dismissing ordinary fashion with all the colours, patterns and images you could imagine on socks. They create a quality sock with high thread count and reinforced stitching. You can even have a custom pair created!
Pokoloko – This brand is well known for their Turkish Towels but they also have a collection of cotton and alpaca socks. The socks are fair trade and Artisan made in Peru.
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F*ckin’ Delicious – Handcrafted creations such as jellies, jams, pickles and other preservatives, including spice rubs. Find them at various Ottawa markets.
Mom’s Homemade Salsa – Locally made in Ottawa, with mild, medium and hot levels of spice. No added sugar or preservatives.
Top Shelf Preserves – Gourmet pickles and preserves here in Ottawa. A great addition while cooking or creating a cocktail. I highly recommend their red pepper jelly on brie!
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Breeing Creative – Stickers and custom apparel full of festive quotes and colourful cartoons.
Star Joy Studio – Colourful artwork, stickers and stationary. Many different designs and themed sticker sheets available.
Stick to it Co – Stickers in a range of fun patterns and custom artwork, including Ottawa themed stickers.
If you are looking to do some bulk shopping in person, some of my favourite shops full of small gift ideas are Cheerfully Made in Almonte, North Folk Café in Perth, Workshop & Flock Boutique in Ottawa, and Local in Pembroke.
Looking for more local gift ideas? Check out the other blog posts featuring Local Ottawa Shops and Products.