Treat everyone on your nice list to something extra thoughtful this year – picked out just for them and sourced right here in Hamilton.

From the at-home bartender to the Hamilton booster, we’ve got the perfect holiday gift to help you feel extra good about gift-giving this year while supporting local businesses and makers.

For the Bookworm On your List

Hamilton Bookstores

  • Epic Books: has all your favourite Christmas and Hanukkah classics online, curbside or in person at their Locke Street or Sherman Avenue locations.
  • Pickwick Books in Waterdown is shipping ‘mystery boxes’ of gently used books, hand-picked based on your interests.
  • King Street Books & Mixed Media these side by side Westdale shops carry a great selection of bestselling books, “Hamiltonia”, creative gifts and art supplies
  • James Street Bookseller & Gallery specializes in rare and unique books, local artwork and an impressive selection of fountain pens.
  • J.H. Gordon Bookstore has been a downtown fixture for booklovers for nearly a decade and carries a wide selection of everything from historical fiction to fantasy to classic children's books.

For the At-Home Chef on Your List

The Casual Gourmet

Find the perfect culinary tool from cookware to tableware at this lovely shop in the heart of Westdale Village where personal, friendly service is always on the menu.

Sharp Knife Shop

Wow your home chef with something really special from this James Street South shop specializing in handmade Japanese knives and sharpening accessories.

Meal Prep Kits

Let your budding chef recreate the flavours of your favourite Hamilton eateries at home with take-home meal kits from spots like Sasso Pizza, Castelli Cucina, Berkeley North Essentials, Merk’s Snack Bar and The Planted Fork.

Made-in-Hamilton Hot Sauce

Know what makes a great stocking stuffer? How about a bottle of Hamilton's own Dawson Hot Sauce (shouted out on Hot Ones by Charlize Theron and Matthew McConaughey).

For the Kiddo on Your List

Citizen Kid

This neighbourhood toy store on Locke Street offers a unique shopping alternative to big box stores with its quality and sustainable toy selection.

Ainara’s Bookshelf

This 12-year-old book lover from Stoney Creek believes “representation is important” so she launched an Instagram account featuring books whose main characters are Black and people of colour doing both amazing and regular things. Follow for some great gift-giving picks.

For the Hamilton Booster on Your List

True Hamiltonian

You've likely spotted these popular "Hamilton is Home" shirts, sweats and hats by now. Gift one of these to your favourite True Hamiltonian living here or elsewhere – to remind them where they're from.

The Hamilton Store

This online retailer specializes in gifts for “people who love their city” including ornaments featuring Hamilton landmarks include a new pewter ornament of the Robinson Bandshell at Gage Park. Their customizable gift baskets make a great present. Order from the shop's Instagram or Facebook pages.

Neighbourhood Maps from Jelly Bros

From Crown Point to Glanbrook, these talented brothers have a neighbourhood map for you to frame and proudly hang. They've also got prints of Hamilton landmarks, schools and even a colouring book.

HamOnt Doodles

These vibrant 'doodles' capture the many iconic and special corners of the city from the Gage Park bandshell to Capri Pizza.

For the History Buff on Your List

Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum

Impress the aviation buff on your list with an actual flight on a historic warplane at Canada's largest flying museum. Or stay closer to the ground with unique aviation gifts from their impressive gift shop.

Castle Gift Shop at Dundurn Castle

Shop for unique Canadian handmade crafts and souvenirs in the 1870s coach house gift shop at Dundurn Castle.

For the Art Fan on Your List

For the Music Lover on Your List

Local Record Shops

Pick up some of their fave artists on vintage vinyl at a record shop like Dr. Disc, Into the Abyss or Stardust Records.

HamOnt Music Stores

Splurge on an instrument at one of the city's independent music shops like Picks & Sticks or the Acoustic Room.

For the Foodie on Your List

  • We all know local restaurants need a lot of extra support this year. Show some local love by purchasing gift cards for all their fave eateries. Not sure where to start? Try Hometown Hub and search by type and location.
  • Barton Salumeria makes being stuck at home better with their charcuterie boxes, boards tables jam-packed with delicious smoked and pickled things.
  • Got a chocoholic or someone with a serious sweet tooth on your list? Browse our dessert guide for some of Hamilton's sweetest spots to pick up a treat.

For the At-Home Bartender on Your List

  • Pick up at-home cocktail kits from some of your favourite Hamilton bartenders at spots like Bar Sazerac (with coasters and sides like popcorn, housemade pickles, crunchy chickpeas) and MaiPai, who'll send you a taste of the tropics with their at home kits (complete the gift with one of their Tiki mugs).
  • Bottle Shops are open all over the city and waiting for you including all your favourite breweries as well as some newer pop ups including Sunny Corner Bar, Red Church, Brux House, Dundurn Market and Synonym.

For the Outdoor Enthusiast on Your List

For the Sports Fan on Your List

Spectator Sports

Cheer on the return of spectator sports with tickets and seasons passes to the Tiger Cats (and maybe a Grey Cup ticket if you can find one), Hamilton's new Lacrosse team The Rock, The Honey Badgers, OHL's Hamilton Bulldogs and CPL's Forge FC.

It's not too early for the golf fan on your list to start dreaming of their next tee time. Set them up early with passes at one of Hamilton's award winning golf courses.

For the Local Crafts Lover

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Some of our favourite holiday markets are back this year along with brand new ones including Stuffed Hamilton at Westinghouse and the 2SQTBIPOC Holiday Night Market at Side Door.

More Lists and Guides We Love

  • For even more shopping destinations, visit Hamilton's 13 BIAs for full retail and restaurant listings across the city, with most offering free parking during the holiday season.
  • Hometown Hub is one of the city's most comprehensive databases of local businesses and restaurants.
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