Shopping & Food

A Guide to Local Christmas Shopping

The holidays are all about twinkly lights and sugar cookies, sweet smelling indulgences and magical snowscapes. Don’t let the panic of not knowing what you’re going to gift that special someone ruin your jolly holiday spirit! Whether you’re shopping for the lovely ladies in your life, the fashion-forward  trendsetters, or that one person who’s impossible to buy for because they have almost everything, we’ve got you covered with some really fab finds from some of the coolest local boutiques across the city.


For the lovely ladies in your life…..


Viens Avec Moi Boutique

Inspired by their beach travels, two besties transformed a cute little spot tucked away in Wellington Village into a house full of cutting edge clothing and accessories. They’re fully stocked for the upcoming holiday season with tons of products from local gal pals like wellness and beauty retailer Envie Company and overnight bags from UASHMAMA Canada which is a gifting company selling washable paper (that feels like leather) handcrafted in Tuscany. And with their very own name-branded tees and totes, you can grab a super trendy gift that she’ll love while showing your support for all things local. If you live on the other side of the river, you’ll be pleased to know that they’re partnering up with Petite Poupees Boutique to open a pop up for the month of December in Les Promenades Gatineau, so you can grab the cutest outfit for your perfect little princess at the same time.

UASHMAMA overnight bag available at VAM Boutique



For the fashion-forward trendsetters……


Haute Bazaar (December 8th 2pm-9pm)

Co-owner of FIGJAM.TO, Canada’s exclusive online boutique for Aussie labels, Sanja Popo is a Torontonian living part-time in Ottawa (where she plans to move permanently). With the hope of “getting to know this cute & cozy community” while simultaneously “connecting to like-minded individuals”, and sharing with you unique Aussie fashion, she launched Haute Bazaar, Ottawa’s exclusive pop up market for local shops. Their next event is the coveted Christmas edition, being held on top of The Grand Pizzeria in The Byward Market. So stop by for some mimosas and shop til you drop – you might just find the perfect gift for that style trailblazer on your list. Bonus: the first 25 guests receive a swag bag!

via Haute Bazaar


For the ones who have (almost) everything…..


Maker House Company

Believing that it’s better to buy from your neighbor, these guys regularly generate sales for more than 100 makers across Canada. Having just recently celebrated their third birthday, they continue to foster this network and provide a space for artists to thrive, businesses to grow, and careers to be made. And, of course, they have tons of really unique, local products to get you in the holiday spirit. From stocking stuffers to ornaments, holiday cards and finds for the kids, all gifts are handmade. Pick up something oh-so Canadian like a Poutine or Olympic Mittens Plush Ornament, or grab a Double Double Candle for the Timmies die-hard in your life. This shop offers up tons of different quirky and cute gift options and it will definitely change the way you think about both the products you buy and the people who make them.

via Maker House Company

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