Believe it or not, the holiday shopping season is in full swing. This year, shopping local is more important than ever, as businesses everywhere have felt a crunch due to COVID-19. Here’s where Sudburians can find some of the area’s coolest, most creative gifts for their friends and loved ones this year.
Whether you shop their wares online or in-person, hit the mall or a downtown boutique–feel good knowing you're supporting local retailers this holiday season.
For: The camp-bound couple
Wilderness outfitter Ramakko's Source for Adventure has everything for the outdoor-obsessed person on your list this year. This Woolrich blanket, in the brand’s signature buffalo check and made of 100% wool, is a great choice for the couple (or individual!) who plans to spend the winter at camp.
For: The under-two set
From: Jump! The Baby Store
Getting babies bundled up for the winter is a priority for new parents. And while tiny tots themselves might not appreciate a stylish snowsuit, adults will appreciate this fleecy, super-cozy jumper for its ability to keep little ones super warm—and for its adorable, fuzzy bear ears. (Its asymmetrical zipper, which makes diaper-changes easy, is a plus, too.)
Wear the home team colours with pride. While we may not be able to watch our teams live in action this year, show your support with a customized jersey from your Sudbury Wolves and The Sudbury Five.
For: Aspiring Santas
From: Nickel City Beard Blends
Bearded folks on your list might appreciate a little self-care this holiday season, as the cold weather can make facial hair dry and brittle. Just as the hair on top of their head needs a little conditioner now and again, the hair below their noses will benefit from a trio of oils from Nickel City’s beard oil in your choice of six scented blends, including My Lil Cupcake (vanilla) and The Professor (cedarwood and cigars).
For: Restless sleepers
From: True North Made, New Sudbury Centre
The year 2020 has taken a toll on our sleep schedules—and not getting enough sleep can take a toll on your skin. Help someone on your list revive and refresh with this facial cleanser from Canadian brand bbkf. This mango and orange cleanser brightens skin, and its gentle fizzy, foaming action is truly invigorating.
Supporting the arts is tough do to in person this year, so lend your online support to Sudbury's iconic arts festival with some festival merch. Grab one of these classic tees or pick up a crewneck sweatshirt to keep you warm this winter and enjoy rocking some made-in-Sudbury style.
For: The outdoor adventurer
From: Huckleberries Chocolatiers
The only thing better than a long ski in the crisp, bright snow is coming home to a warming cup of hot chocolate. These dark or white chocolate “bombs” from Huckleberries are filled with hot chocolate and marshmallows and explode into delicious, decadent hot cocoa once they’re dropped into warm milk or water. Keep an eye out for the unicorn-themed bombs as well. These white chocolate delights are filled with coloured sprinkles!
You’ll have to do a bit of travelling, but the beer buff on your list will appreciate a mix of beers from these four Sudbury breweries. Not sure where to start? We suggest the Guero, a collaboration with local restaurant Tuco’s Tacos, from 46 North; the spiced Apres Ski from Stack; the Tractor Beam Kolsch from Spacecraft; and Rose Coloured Glasses, a Belgian wit from Optimist. Shop at your local Beer Store, LCBO, or visit the brewery directly.
For: Advanced at-home cooks
The adventurous home gourmand on your list may have a taste for very good olive oil and balsamic vinegar, which can be used in cooking as well as as a dip for fresh, crusty bread. Keep their pantry stocked all year long with a subscription from Adoro, who will deliver a bottle of oil and vinegar to their doorstep every month. (Subscriptions can also be purchased for three- or six-month terms.)
For: Aspiring plant parents
From: Good Luck General Store
Jade plants, which are succulents, are easy to care for, making them perfect for those on your list who’d love to have a house full of greenery, but aren’t sure where to start. At Good Luck, you can buy them in three sizes, from teeny tiny saplings in 3.5-inch pots to Bonsai-like mini jade trees in 8.5-inch pots. The Durham Street shop also sells Good Luck branded gear so pick up a tote or tee to round out the gift!
Skater's Edge has all the essentials for hockey, ringette, baseball and more. Let the expert staff help you pick out the best gear for the athlete in the family.
It wouldn't be a true Sudbury gift guide without a nod to the city's most beloved icon. Full of hope, wisdom, and insight into life as everyone's favourite game show host, this bestselling book The Answer Is…: Reflections on My Life by Alex Trebek is destined to be a classic. Honour the legacy of Sudbury's native son by gifting a copy of his memoir.
Don't forget your stocking stuffers. Stop in at the New Sudbury Centre for the last touch for Christmas morning. Add in Purdy's Candy Cane Truffles, minty dark chocolate ganache in a delicate white chocolate shell. Finished with red candy cane striping for a festive flourish.
Wherever you're shopping this holiday season, remember to stay safe, wear a face covering when you're out in public, and have fun!