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 gifts from our province’s talented artists and makers, these 12 local spots have your gift-giving covered.
Posie Row and Co
210-214 Duckworth 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, sparkly Christmas brooches, handmade felt ornaments, cross stitching kits, Christmas hook pillows, botanical bath products and much more line Posie Row and Co’s four floors of shops.
This holiday season, in addition to its steady line up of designers, ceramic artists, knitters, leather crafters, textile artists, and printmakers, Quidi Vidi Village Plantation is hosting ten new guest vendors every weekend leading into Christmas. Finish up your holiday shopping at one of the most beautiful settings in the city at their Merry Makers Market. Free admission!
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, and beer vinegar, as well as traditional NL cookbooks! Meanwhile, rug hooking and cross stitching kits that feature icebergs, blue jays, and maple leaves, 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.
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 charming Christmas ornaments. Looking for a gift for the person that has everything? Check out their absolutely stunning handmade holiday fused glass pieces.
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 Raku fired whale tail by Northeastern Folk Art and ceramic fish wine corks by CCNL Clay Studio. Special wooden pieces like raw edge bowls and a cod head shaped cutting board make for unique and gorgeous gifts.
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 stunning hand-made Labradorite jewelry 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 Holiday Gathering gift box or their Sweet Piece of The Rock gift bag. You can also pick up a cool Amy Adams print or greeting card—our favourite is the date squares print.
Adelaide’s Honey Bee, Pollinator, and Wildflower Reserve
274 Back Line
Here’s an idea that’s sure to get them buzzing. Adelaide’s delicious natural local honey is artisanal and micro harvested by low-impact beekeepers. Honey jars come in three sizes: mini, medium, and large. There’s also an even larger honey bear available for those who just can’t get enough! While Adelaide’s honeybee hike runs from June 1 to October 15, the team also teaches beekeeping and is currently offering their “Become a Beekeeper” program!
Looking for something a little different to give this year? Tickets to an amazing local performance, like Penning the Carol or Sea Sick, might just do the trick! Purchase tickets in advance to give as a gift or choose to enjoy the experience together! Another option is to check out LSPU Hall’s recently launched seat campaign. Purchase a seat in the mainstage theatre and have a plaque on the arm of the seat with a dedication of your choice.
It’s easy to check names off your list with the NL Chocolate Company’s Christmas collection. With options like candy cane bark, chocolate gingerbread puffins, and beautiful tree ornaments filled with candy cane hot chocolate, the only trouble will be deciding what to get! The “NL Sayings” and “George Street” bars are perfect for friends and family living away, while their locally inspired Signature Boxed Chocolates are perfect for any chocolate lover.