The hustle and bustle of the holiday season has officially hit the city and, with less than a month to go until the big guy gets here, it’s time to start checking names off your list. With beautiful and unique creations from our province’s talented artists and makers, these 9 local spots have your gift-giving covered.
Posie Row and Co
210-214 Water Street
Known for its eclectic vibe, this collective of local independent businesses has items you won’t see anywhere else. It’s not just hats, mitts, and scarves here! Fair trade brands, local limited edition jewelry, handmade felt ornaments, cross stitching kits, hand-dyed and vintage clothing, botanical bath products and much more line Posie Row and Co’s four floors of shops.
In addition to its steady line up of painters, designers, ceramic artists, knitters, woodcarvers and printmakers, this holiday season Quidi Vidi Village Plantation has opened its doors to a rotating line-up of guest vendors. Its weekend Merry Makers Markets are on until December 20th, giving you the opportunity to meet our province’s talented and delightful Merry Makers to find out exactly what makes their handmade products so special.
For loved ones away this Christmas, why not give them a piece of home with locally-inspired gifts? For the foodie in your life, choose from a wide variety of locally made products like jams, sea salt, beer vinegar, and chocolate, as well as traditional NL cookbooks! Meanwhile, rug hooking kits that feature Puffins, Saltbox Houses, and Mummers just may be the perfect gift for the crafter in your life.
Whink is anything but a typical gift shop. Instead, they offer beautiful and unique “art, jewelry, and things” which includes plenty of locally made items. Looking for a row house themed gift? Shop coasters, wine glasses, pins, candles, glass artwork, and even tea cups and pots! Shopping for someone with a sweeth tooth? Chocolate covered jam jams from Aunt Sarah’s Chocolate Shop have been flying off the Whink shelves this year.
Specializing in local craft, knitwear, and clothing, there’s plenty to choose from at this downtown staple. Find distinctive work from Newfoundland artists and artisans, an unexpected collection of clothing and accessories, and a cheeky collection of Newfoundland and Labrador themed holiday cards.
Carrying the work of over 150 juried members, the Craft Council offers a wide selection of traditional and contemporary crafts from local artisans and craftspeople. You’ll find unique ceramic pieces like a “who knit ya” shot glass or a “hard case” beer cup, salt cod tree ornaments, and special wooden pieces like a cod head cutting board made from yellow birch. Their pantry is stocked with local jams, baking mixes, coffee, hot sauce, spices, and more!
A hub for locally-made products that capture the province’s unique history, character and culture, proceeds from these shops support the Historic Sites Association of NL. Alongside a large selection of local books, colourful art pieces, framed watercolour prints, pottery, and hand-knit wares, you’ll find Labradorite and antler jewelry as well as anorthosite and whalebone carvings.
There’s plenty for the music lover (and music maker) in your life at this long-standing family owned business. An impressive collection of CDs, LPs and DVDs boasts plenty of Newfoundland bands and artists. You’ll also find a selection of musical instruments including harmonicas, accordions, Newfoundland spoons and, of course, classic ugly sticks.
Find clothing, footwear and accessories from top Canadian designers along with Newfoundland-designed clothing, accessories, and gifts. For the holiday season, Johnny Ruth is offering a selection of charming holiday gift boxes like their “It’s Ale Good Gift Box” or “Cozy Winter Care Package”. You can also pick up a cool Amy Adams print or greeting card—our favourite is the date squares print.
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