#HamOnt Holiday Gift Guide

Christmas is just around the corner! After (another) year of Covid restrictions, there could not be a better time to support Hamilton businesses by shopping for your gifts locally. See my gift guides below with ideas for everyone on your list.

Gifts for Food Lovers


  1. Earth to Table Bakes by Bettina Schormann and Erin Schitel of Bread Bar. Available at Bread Bar, Crown Point Market and local booksellers.
  2. Berkeley North’s Island Jerk Marinade (and other great products) can be purchased at Dundurn & Ottawa Markets. 
  3. Dawson’s Hot Sauce  – buy it directly or find your closest retailer with the store locator on their website (you’ll be able to find this product all over the city).
  4. Joshy’s Good Eats offers amazing hand-cured and spiced seafood. Buy directly at the Farmer’s Market or local retailers: Crown Point MarketHammerheads on Ottawa, or The Casual Gourmet.
  5. Vintage Coffee is sure to please the coffee connoisseur in your life. Available in store and online
  6.  Mickey McGuire’s Cheese will help you put together a local selection of cheeses. 

Gifts for Hosts


  1. Collective Arts Gin – not just a great spirit, but a beautiful bottle to display and re-use after all the negronis have been consumed. 
  2. Prints by Rasa Morisson (local illustrator) have a beautiful, cozy feel. Available at Pretty Grit
  3. Christine De Takacsy ceramic mugs and other great local craftwork are available at Store on James.
  4. Made in Hamilton Candles from Pure Home Couture are 100% soy and support Hamilton Food Share. 
  5. Jolly Cut Syrups (pairs well with Collective Arts gin) can be found at Cherry Birch General and The Casual Gourmet.

Gifts for Nature Enthusiasts


  1. An annual Hamilton Conservation Authority Membership gets the recipient access to some of the best trails and beaches in the city. 
  2. Mushroom fans will love some of the nature inspired homeware designs at Girl on the Wing
  3. A Royal Botanical Gardens Membership includes year-round access to cultivated gardens, trails, tickets to the annual Winter Exhibit, and more.
  4. Sibley Birds Backyard Birding Puzzle from King West books is perfect for birders.
  5. Hikers will love the comprehensive Hamilton Hikes guide to area trails. Available at Epic Books, J.H. Gordon Books and other sellers.

Gifts for the Hamilton Fan


  1. Ticats Season Tickets – Get an all access pass for the Ticats fan in your life. 
  2. Forge FC – Soccer fans will love season tickets to this local club.
  3. Gifting a Hamilton Spectator Subscription is a great way to support local journalism. 
  4. Decorate their tree with an ornament from The Hamilton Store
  5. A Jelly Brothers print of the recipient’s neighbourhood or favourite Hamilton landmark.
  6. A Hamilton Pin (along with other Hamilton-themed gifts) can be found at Lulu & Lavigne on Locke.

Gifts for Art & Music Lovers


  1. Artwork from Paul Elia and Gord Leverton can be purchased at the Views of the City holiday show at the Paul Elia Gallery from December 4 – 23, 2021. 
  2. Gift an AGH Membership for year round access to this nationally recognized gallery.
  3. Movie lovers will love a membership to The Playhouse Cinema which will give them discounted prices on show tickets.
  4. Artist in your life? Gift them art supplies from Mixed Media.
  5. Arkells fans will love to receive the latest record on vinyl.

For more ways to support Hamilton’s small businesses check out this page.