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A Made-in-Hamilton Holiday Gift Guide
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Hamilton is a pottery-lovers dream with plenty of studios to choose from including Scott Barnim Pottery (featuring iconic fish motifs). Or purchase some wheel throwing lessons or take home pottery kits at Play with Clay.
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).