BoQ HOLIDAY SHOPPING GUIDE
From Greater Napanee all the way west to Brighton, the BoQ offers shopping options no matter who’s on your list to buy for this year—even your mother-in-law who has everything, your favourite coffee snob cousin or your bookworm niece.
Written by Courtney Evans
Black Barn Co.
Black Barn Co. is well curated with gifts, lifestyle and home decor items that will make any hostess with the mostess very happy. They also offer permanent jewellery by appointment, which is such a nice gift idea for a close friend or family member.
You’re totally in for a treat when you visit Starlet, a mainstay in downtown Greater Napanee. The store offers a selection of trendy women’s clothing, accessories and jewellery, including popular brands like Pink Martini, Free People and Gentle Fawn, plus a small selection of menswear. You might find it hard to leave without getting yourself a little gift too!
Lansing Gifts and Gallery
Lansing Gifts & Gallery carries a wide selection of home decor, kitchenware and local art. You’ll also find a lot of fun festive decor to get your home ready for the holidays. This is definitely your shop for stocking stuffers, teacher gifts and neighbour presents.
TYENDINAGA MOHAWK TERRITORY
At Indigegifts, you’ll find a thoughtfully curated shop with items from Indigenous business owners, both local and from around the country. There’s truly something for everyone on your list here. Some tea for your aunt, a new mug for your sister, and even some treats for your dog.
Wavy is an Indigenous-owned and operated shop and cafe that specializes in wellness and skate products. They offer a fun selection of eco-friendly products and locally-made gifts, plus lots of boards and accessories for skateboard enthusiasts. Trust us when we say not to leave without trying a drink from their holiday menu.
Bazaar Artisan Market
Bazaar Artisan Market is your stop for all things local artisan! This shop is packed with local products; take your pick of candles, jewellery, dog accessories, clothing, artwork—you name it. All artisans receive 100% of the revenue on their products.
Pure Honey Boutique
Pure Honey Boutique is the one-stop shop for the fashionistas in your life. You’ll find all the latest on-trend clothing, accessories, and jewelry. They have a great selection of the coveted Ela handbags—snag one while you can!
At Scalliwag Toys, play is for everyone. They sell educational toys, craft kits and games for all the kids on your list. You can also find a gift for that kid-at-heart grownup in your life, or the perfect game to bring to holiday gatherings.
Dahlia May Flower Farm
A visit to the Dahlia May Flower Farm shop at this time of year will instantly put you in a festive mood. Melanie and her team sell 100% Ontario-grown blooms, supporting other farmers in the process. Pick up a holiday wreath or arrangement for the party hosts, or gift a flower subscription for that person on your list who has everything.
The County Emporium
The County Emporium is a treasure trove of products that update seasonally. Head there with your besties and sip on a glass of wine, browse the latest Smash & Tess, Tofino Towels and huge selection of Yeti. They also have a kids section, food and drink products and body care.
Lighthouse Books is your local shop for all book gifting needs. They are a small but mighty shop, carrying a good selection of new releases, kids’ books and Canadian authors. The staff are super helpful and happy to order in any book they don’t currently have in stock.
Birdhouse Nature Store
As the name implies, the Birdhouse Nature Store has a large selection of birdhouses and supplies, but their selection goes far beyond that. They also offer nature-themed decor, books and artwork perfect for any bird or nature lover.
Willow Lifestyle Boutique
Willow Lifestyle Boutique is a family-owned clothing boutique, with most of its clothing designed and made in Canada. At Willow, you’ll be able to pick out a timeless piece that any mother, aunt or grandmother will love.
THE CARDS THAT DO IT ALL
It’s no secret that a gift card is always a great option for the people who are hard to shop for, but what if there was one gift card that gives them access to dozens of shops, services and restaurants? Enter: the Belleville Downtown District and Downtown Trenton gift cards. Click the links below to purchase an e-gift card and find out what businesses they’re valid at in their respective communities.