Shopping local has never been more important than it is this year. This pandemic has resulted in struggles for small businesses, and they need our support! Retailers and restaurants were restricted to online sales, deliveries and curb-side pickups most of the year, and now, with more restrictions looming over us, local business owners are wondering how they will make ends meet during the winter months.

Christmas is a time where we think about our neighbours, giving back to the community, and spreading love and kindness wherever we can. What better way to show some local love than to buy your Christmas gifts locally this year?

Almaguin has so many great places to shop, and you can find some unique items if you know where to look for them! We have compiled a great list of gifts for everyone on your checklist this year.

  • MomInspire Gifts and Décor has everything you could want for mom! Clothes, home décor, furniture, and gifts, all at great prices! Get mom that beautiful throw pillow to spruce up her living room, or the delightful wall hanging that will fill the blank space you have noticed in the kitchen! She will love whatever you pick out. at ease this year.
  • Dad Algonquin Fine Foods offers a great assortment of quality foods from artisan cheeses, local meats and gourmet sauces. If dad loves to cook or BBQ, you can definitely find the perfect gift for him here! Not much of a cook? Check out their great hoodies, jackets, or ballcaps!
  • SonMagnetawan Home Hardware has something for everyone! If your son is into home repair, tools or making things with their hands, pick up some great building equipment from the building centre! If your son is a bit younger, they also have a great selection of toys for your little guy!
  • Daughter – What little girl isn’t fascinated by crystals, fairies, and all things sparkly?! Crystal Caves has an amazing assortment of jewelry, crystals, and fairy décor. The only downside is your daughter may be disappointed you went to shop for her gift without taking her, because its an experience just going to visit this amazing location!
  • BabyZak’s… Naturally, is a perfect blend of natural foods and fine fashion. What you may not know about this location is they also have some amazing little finds for the youngest one in your life, including books, baby toys, and little outfits. While you are there, you may be able to find something for everyone on your list!
  • Grandpa – You know grandpa would love a little something from Copperhead Distillery! You can find a great selection of locally produced liquors and spirits, as well as some great merchandise. Give your grandpa a taste of Almaguin this year!
  • Grandma – If you are crafty, check out Fibre Chick in Powassan to pick out the perfect fabric and hand-make a gift for grandma! She will appreciate the extra effort you took to make something special for her, like a quilt, personalized bag, or blanket!
  • Mother In-LawAlgonquin Sewing and Design is a great gift idea for that fashionable person in your life. You could get a custom-made piece of clothing, or a gift card so your mother-in-law can have something made or repaired. And for that person who can’t start their day without a fresh cup of coffee, they also sell fire roasted beans from Algonquin Coffee.
  • Father In-Law – You know your father-in-law would appreciate nothing more than to receive a case of their favourite local beer from South River Brewing Co.! With so many flavours to choose from, you can’t go wrong. They also sell merchandise with their new name and logo and have a gift shop in the Brewery to pick up a gift that compliments that case of beer perfectly!
  • Uncle – Did you know The Banger sells gift cards all year long?! The Banger is more than just a sausage cart. Give your uncle the gift of summer memories this year, where he can enjoy lunch on his way to the lake..
  • AuntPowassan Flowers and Country Favourites is the perfect place to pick up a gift for your favourite aunt! Have a floral arrangement made just for her, or a lovely Christmas greenery centerpiece for her Christmas dining table.
  • CousinNorthspring Mercantile has everything from woolly campfire socks to BBQ sauces, to fashionable dresses. You can find something for everyone here, so no doubt you will find the perfect cozy blanket, winter wear, or scented candle for you cousins.
  • Neighbour – Pick up a little something for your neighbour from Krause Farms Food and Feed. More than just a feed store, you can find goods such as local maple syrup, honey, coffee, cheese and baked goods that will be sure to remind everyone of the great neighbour you are!
  • Friend – During the lockdown faze of the pandemic, we all know how desperate everyone was for a haircut! A Little TLC has never been more appreciated, so get your best friend a gift card from White Birch Hair Salon and show them how much you care.
  • Teacher –We all know that teachers are in desperate need of some pampering after this crazy year. At Patricia’s Esthetics, you can find lotions, or other gift items. You could also get them a gift card for a day of relaxation at the spa for a manicure, pedicure or massage.
  • Colleague – Go above and beyond this Christmas and pick up something special for your co-workers from Red Brick Cafe. Treat them to a coffee, latte, cappuccino, or fresh baked goodies.
  • Bus Driver – We can’t forget about our amazing bus drivers who have been taking the kids to and from school safely this year! Find something at The Flower Garden (Burk’s Falls or Sundridge). Find a great assortment of fresh flowers and plants, candles, cards and specialty giftware at The Flower Garden. Put a smile on the faces of those who have helped put your mind at ease this year.

Don’t forget the Stocking Stuffers! At Sundridge Foodland, you can find chocolates, treats, gift items, and small toys perfect as stocking fillers. You may want to pick up something for Christmas dinner while you are there.

Shopping Local is so important this year, and now that we have put together this list, it’s never been easier. There are even more great local places to explore and shop at beyond this list, so be sure to email us a review to of your favourite local business to win a $100, and follow our Facebook page @ShopinAlmaguin for more great contests and local inspiration!