We asked three locals to share their picks for gifts from local businesses! Scroll down for some inspiration from our Bay of Quinte Holiday Gift Guide. Besides shopping, you can support local businesses by following them on their socials, signing up for their newsletter and leaving positive reviews!
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Credo’s multi-purpose bags are a practical and environment-friendly gift. These reusable bags can replace single-use plastics on grocery-shopping trips owing to their lightweight design. Easy to unload into your kitchen jars, these bags come in small, medium and large sizes.
Choose between a City of Belleville poster and a handy tote bag, or pick them both! Designed by a local property owner, these Belleville swag items help promote local love while bringing some holiday cheer to your loved ones!
Show your loved ones you care with Care Kits by Indaba. Consisting of handpicked items sourced from around the world, each kit is a themed assortment for various moods.
Pamper your loved ones with these sets of personal care and beauty products by top Canadian beauty brands. Whether you’re looking for a gift for grandma, your significant other or for dad, there’s something for everyone in this collection of gift sets!
Surprise your family with these locally-designed holiday-themed gift-baskets. Pick a treat for someone’s sweet tooth with a basket of assorted chocolates and cookies or pick a basket loaded with personal care goodies. Your friends and family will love these baskets!
Tsiokeriio (Diio) Hagen is a Mohawk bear clan beader, painter, singer and mother from Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory. She focuses on incorporating traditional knowledge and skills into modern art and jewelry, with the mission of bringing a greater understanding and appreciation for Indigenous artwork. Bestsellers are beaded earrings and medallions.
Brenda B Brant Owner and operator of B’s Country Boutique located on Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory. She sells a variety of items to incorporate gifts for the whole family — she even has gifts for pets and our feathered friends. Her bestsellers are here handmade wreaths for every holiday and occasion.
Millside Ceramics is proudly located on Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory and was established by Marleen Murphy in 1998. Every ceramic piece is handcrafted from earthenware clay and moulds. They are kiln-fired and hand-painted by Marleen in her home studio. Much of her collection has 100% soy, sweetgrass-scented candles with cedar wicks.
B au Naturelle, Trenton- Etsy natural health advocate Liz Brown and organic chemist scholar Rachel Berei, create skincare products that naturally deliver effective results! Their serums have become favourites to many, with active ingredients such as stabilized vitamin c and pure hyaluronic acid, rose-hip seed oil. These serums work hard to nourish the skin and bestow a healthy glow!
The Beauty Collective is an exclusive space offering modern beauty treatments and medical aesthetics with fun and luxury at the top of mind! This holiday season, they will be featuring ‘the 12 days of Christmas’ Every day featuring a special promotion or service. Stay tuned on Instagram @beautycollectivebyinjct
Wild Abandon Studio is an online clothing store based out of Belleville. Owner and Creator, Jahlissa Yome, uses second-hand clothing to up-cycle them and add unique designs using screen printing techniques to give them new life while providing sustainable products to customers. Choose from jackets, shirts, crewneck sweaters, and bottoms. Great gift ideas for that individual who is environmentally conscious, adventurous, and artistic. Right now, the best way to order items is to watch their Instagram and check out the Side Hustle Market for their virtual or in-person vendor lists.
Based out of Corbyville, Sweet Sips designs, creates, and sells cute, cheeky, colourful coffee mugs. For those coffee or tea lovers, order one of these special products from Etsy to put under the tree. Fill the mug with a special bag of gourmet coffee (check out Race Pace Coffee Co or Blaq Brew Coffee Roasting Co) or if you’re like me, sneak in a special hot chocolate package, a miniature Bailey’s and some marshmallows before wrapping it up in craft paper and some pretty ribbon.
XXL & Co. is a scrunchie and apparel company based out of Belleville. They’re handmade with love and XXL and Mini scrunchies can be found at several locations across the region. They now also offer worldwide shipping! Tina Nguyen, a designer and mural artist since 2017, started the business in January 2020 after a revelation from a Christmas gift – making her products very fitting for the holiday season. PS, their website offers every pattern imaginable. Perfect stocking stuffers!
Buzz Box Fun Kits are activities, smiles, and fun delivered right to your door… in a pizza box! Myles, CFO (Chief Fun Officer) started Buzz Box in 2020 to provide fun activities for kids and parents to do. Each one is unique, fun and offers an opportunity to problem-solve and be creative. A fantastic option to wrap for those little critters in your family this holiday season.
Located in downtown Brighton, The Quick Brown Fox is an art store that offers a variety of art supplies and craft materials. Choose from quality brushes, sketchbooks and paper, knitting products — plus, this downtown shop is now home to handmade items from local artisans! Stop by the store or follow along on their Facebook page for featured items.
BoQ Team Picks
Kaltum and Shamsa are two sisters ready to change the face of conventional skincare with their nature-based products! All of their products would fit nicely into a stocking, just saying…
There’s a lot that our team has in common, but the biggest is that we LOVE our snacks. Grab a handful of cured meats and nibbles from La Cultura and drop off a basket of goodies on the porch for your family and friends.
Chef Ralph’s Instagram account always has our stomachs rumbling! Reach out to Ralph and pay ahead for a meal for your food-loving family and friends so this local chef can whip them up a cozy, hand-delivered dinner this winter.