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Exceptional Christmas Gifts From Local Retailers That Won't Break the Bank

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Exceptional Christmas Gifts From Local Retailers That Won't Break the Bank

Beat the Christmas Rush

There simple, creative gifts ideas are guaranteed to make your kin and wallet happy.

It's that time of year again. The realization that there is only a few weeks until Christmas has slowly started to seep in and the adrenaline-induced Christmas rush will soon begin. With the weather being deceptively warm so far this winter, there hasn't exactly been a good indicator of yuletide festivities and it's only now becoming apparent to some folks that it may be time to start shopping for gifts.

Pretty soon every outlet mall, boutique, and specialty shop will be packed to the brim with eager customers looking to find the perfect items to get for their loved ones. With every passing year, it seems as though the lists of Christmas-shoppers gets a little bit bigger; inky scribbles naming everything from fashion and accessories to the latest high-tec gadgets. Bigger lists can also mean greater cost and can become a burden on even the most merry of seasonal consumers.

Being that as it may, however, doesn't mean that it's absolutely necessary to empty your wallets for the sake of Christmas cheer. There's a large community of local shops and retailers in Sunset Country, each containing their own unique selection of gifts that are both creative and cost-effective.

We've compiled a short list of ideas to get your well on your way to having a happy Christmas, without the debt. Enjoy!

Farm Men & Women's Polar Mitts

Egli's Sheep Farm

$57 - $68 CND

Eglis Mitts Men

These fantastically warm sheep's wool mittens will be great for the impending winter cold that's bound to happen sooner or later. Available in both men's and women's sizes and in a variety of colours. What better way to show your loved one's you care by spotting them a pair of these Canadian made, cozy hand-preservers.

Purchase it here:

Location: Highway 17 West between Dryden and Vermilion Bay

Lowbrewco Gift Card

Lake of the Woods Brewing Company

$10 - $100 CND

Lowbrewco Giftcard

The craft beer enthusiast. There's one in every family. And in my family, it's me. That being said, I know how much it would mean to that special someone to receive a Lowbrewco gift card. Available with cost in mind, these versatile cards can be purchased in store or online and can be used to purchase locally made beer and swag from the Lake of the Woods Brewing Company retail store. 

See all their merchandise here: lowbrewco.com/shop

Location: 350 Second Street South Kenora, Ontario

Award Winning Original Blueberry Barbecue Sauce

Buster's Barbecue

$8 CND

Busters Barbecue sauce

I know what you're thinking. "Barbecue sauce. For Christmas?" And my answer to that my friends is yes, yes and definitely yes. Available in original, habanero and chipotle, these tiny bottles of goodness make great stocking stuffers and will hardly put a dent in your Christmas budget.

Purchase it here: bustersbbq.com or at local retailers

Men & Women's Manitobah Mukluks and Kenora Dinner Jackets

Season's Gift Shop

$65-180 CND

Seasons Gift Shop

Seasons Gift Shop2

Nothing says fashion while keeping your warm and cozy on those cold winter nights quite like stylish fur moccasins and insulated flannel dinner jackets. Available in men and women sizes and for an exceptionally reasonable cost, these thought-filled gifts will certainly put you on the nice list of all your fashionable friends.

Items available in store: facebook.com/seasonskenora

Location: 130 1/2 Main Street South Kenora, Ontario

1 Litre of Turkey Hill 100% Canadian Maple Syrup

Gill's Trading Post

Price: 33$ CND


For the loveable, perhaps slightly eccentric sweet-fanatic that you adore - What's better than maple syrup? How about giving a massive, 1 litre bottle of pure Canadian maple syrup to the sweet-toothed sweetie close to your heart. Made in Canada, this enormous growler of delicious syrup is sure to sate even the strongest sweet craving.

Purchase it here: gillstradingpost.com/product

See all merchandise here: www.gillstradingpost.com/shop

Location: 5701C Highway 71 Sioux Narrows, Ontario

Want more gift ideas? Follow Sunset Country Shops & Retail on Facebook to find out more about local shops and retailers in the area.

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