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Simcoe County Top 12 Christmas Gift Guide!

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I’ve had the pleasure of meeting many people who love shopping local, and also those who want to, but they either don’t know which companies are out there or there’s so many they aren’t sure where to begin.

To help your spirit of shopping local this Christmas I’ve put together a “Top 12 Favourites” for the Simcoe County area. Hopefully it can help as a starting point. Most of these companies I’ve met through local events and some I’ve come across from good ole social media. Regardless of how we’ve met, their hard work and lovely products speak for themselves.

It was difficult narrowing the list down to twelve, but if I didn’t, it would likely be overwhelmingly long. So, I decided to choose a few categories and work from there. These items from local businesses are made with extra T.L.C and are great gifts for friends, moms, dads, neighbours, co-workers and your kiddos! Here they are!

1. Backwood Design Co. - For the foodie!


Charcuterie Board Georgian Bay Board by Backwood Design

These beautiful handcrafted Georgian Bay Boards are a stunning way to display any kitchen creation! They are an incredible addition to a large event with family and friends, or a quiet cheese and wine night. Don’t forget to also check our their live edge furniture!

2. Wild Jewelry - For the nature lover!


Wild Flower Jewelry with Dried White Flower

These necklaces, bracelets and earrings allow one to carry a little piece of mother nature everywhere they go. Subtle touches of dried flowers and greenery add just the right amount of colour and softness!

3. Wheatfield Knitwear - For the soft and cozy lover!


Knitted White Gloves by Wheatfield Knitwear

We all know someone who loves a soft pair of knitted mitts, a handmade scarf or a cozy winter hat! Winter CAN be cute, especially with these beautiful pieces! Spoil yourself or someone you love!

4. Natasha Woodman - For the relaxation lover!


Natasha Woodman RMT Barrie

The holidays can be hectic with not much quiet time. Have a family member or friend who could use an hour to rest and relax in the new year? Natasha is a certified RMT and offers gift certificates for massages! They will be feeling refreshed, maybe a little sleepy, and definitely relaxed.

5. Oh BeeHive - For the eco-lover!


Beeswax Food Wrap by Oh Beehive

Are your family or friends conscious of their impact on the environment? Oh BeeHive offers a variety of designs and sizes in beeswax food wraps to reduce the use of plastic wrap and single use plastic bags. (The designs are super cute!) Don’t forget to check out their new bumble bags, too!


6. Blondie and the Beard - For the writing lover!

Handcrafted pen blue and yellow designBlondie and the Beard

For those who love a great pen! Your friends and family won’t want these pens to disappear off their desk. Blondie and the Beard creates handcrafted pens with many brilliant designs to choose from, or feel free to place a custom order!

7. Sophia Creek - For the natural skincare lover!

Handmade Soap for MenHandmade essential oil soap heartshaped

Treat your friends and family to these 100% natural botanical, handcrafted products! A beautiful collection from soap bars to relaxing bath bombs, or even beard oil!

Facebook: Sophia Creek
Instagram: @Sophia.Creek

8. Journals of Discovery - For the book and journal lover!

Children's Journal with writing prompts The Making of a Grateful HeartGrandparent Book with writing prompts The Making of a Grandparent

Okay, okay, I’m a little biased because these are my books, but I had to share them. Guided journals for those who love to write and share their stories! And, a sweet, silly rhyming book for the kiddo who loves to read. Pre orders also open for additional guided journals - The Making of a Teacher, The Making of a Strong Woman, The Making of an Entrepreneur & The Making of an Entrepreneur [Boss Babe Edition]
Enjoy 15% off - no discount code required!

9. Asskicker Activewear - For the fitness lover!


Asskicker Activewear

Who doesn’t love a good work out or inspirational words? Asskicker Activewear has combined both of those to help give that extra motivation we all need sometimes! Anyone would be excited to workout in one of these empowering tanks or tee’s!

They have also offered a 15% discount using link below!

10. The Vegan Pantry - For the vegan with a sweet tooth!


Vegan Nanaimo bar by The Vegan Pantry

Heading to a holiday party? Treat the host to a delicious treat they’ll feel good about! The Vegan Pantry is in downtown Barrie and offers 100% vegan, gluten free and refined sugar free items. Don’t forget to check out their full menu and treat list!

11. Barrie Homemade - For the craft lover!

Colourful homemade sock monkeysHomemade crocheted gnomes by Barrie Homemade

These homemade crafts are adorable and range from sock moneys for kids to crocheted gnomes and burgers. The children on your Christmas list will have just as much fun playing with these as Kirsten does making them!

12. Upscaled Utopia - for the jewelry owner!

Custom Jewelry Boxes by Upscaled Utopia

These are not your average jewelry boxes! With custom designs and finishes from mermaids to flowers or personalized lettering, your friends or family members will be thrilled to store their jewelry in these. Check out the full collection!

If you’d like to support all of these local businesses but you’re on a budget, or some don’t personally apply, please read how to support local on a budget for tips on ways you can support them today without spending money! There are also many stores in the area that support and carry products from local artisans.    Happy Local Shopping!

Please share this list with your friends and family to help spread the word.
Thank you for loving local, I know I can speak for all of us when I say it’s greatly appreciated!

All the best, Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays!