Ontario holiday shopping gift guide 2023
Kickstart the holiday season and celebrate Ontario pride with unique gift ideas from talented artists, makers, creators and designers. Many local shops and small businesses pay it forward with ethical, eco-forward products and by supporting causes in their communities.
In addition to visiting some of these craft shows and stores, take advantage of convenient online shopping and direct shipping.
Be sure to confirm free or paid delivery details with each business before ordering. And purchase tickets for craft shows in advance.
Holiday craft shows
Toronto’s favourite craft and artisan marketplace takes place from November 23 to December 3, 2023. Shop from hundreds of the best Canadian artists and makers just in time for the holiday season.
Location: Enercare Centre, 100 Princes’ Boulevard
Browse a wide variety of homemade crafts including seasonal accessories, ornaments, stained glass, handcrafted jewellery and more. Enjoy carolers and holiday treats.
This annual event takes place November 17-19, 2023 at the Markham Fairgrounds.
Location: 10801 McCowan Road, Markham
This boutique market has grown into a popular event hosted by the Niagara Falls Convention Centre and features hand-crafted products created by artisans from across Ontario, Quebec and Canada’s East Coast. This year, the13th edition holiday market will be held November 17-19, 2023.
Location: 6815 Stanley Avenue, Niagara Falls
Découvrez des pièces uniques de plus de 80 artisans dans le bâtiment du Centre universitaire de l'Université de Guelph. Achetez de la nourriture gastronomique, des bijoux, de la mode, de la poterie et bien plus encore. L'entrée est gratuite, du 16 au 19 novembre.
Lieu : 50, chemin Stone Est, Guelph
Discover one-of-a-kind pieces from 80+ artisans at the University Centre building at University of Guelph. Shop for gourmet food, jewellery, fashion, pottery, and more. Admission is free, runs November 16-19.
Location: 50 Stone Road East, Guelph
Find gifts for everyone on your list from the large selection of over 80 local makers and artisans stalls as well as savoury foods, desserts and treats. The 2023 dates are November 24-25.
Location: 1280 Dundas Street West, Oakville
Hosted at the Art Gallery of Burlington on November 25-26, 2023, this event showcases beautiful crafts, sculptures, pottery and fine art.
Location: 1333 Lakeshore Road, Burlington
The Glebe Craft and Artisan Fair celebrates local talent November 25-26, 2023, at the Glebe Community Centre.
Location: 175 Third Avenue, Ottawa
With over 180 exhibits of handmade crafts, paintings, food and gourmet preserves, jewellery, clothing, stuffed animals and more, this is one of the largest Christmas shopping events in London. It takes place at the Western Fair District Agriplex November 30-December 3, 2023.
Location: 845 Florence Street, London
Ottawa’s leading holiday shopping event offers a wide range of crafts from 150 artists, makers and designers at the EY Centre December 6-8, 2023.
Location: 4899 Uplands Drive, Ottawa
Find unique, hand-painted ornaments as well as other seasonal gifts, keepsakes and gourmet holiday baked goods for sale.
Get your Ontario Parks branded favourites like park crest patches and stickers, crest colouring book, mitts, toques and holiday ornaments.
Location: Shop online.
Choose from various types of buttons, tote bags, magnets and games that celebrate the city’s neighbourhoods or gift a book on local architecture and history.
Location: 401 Richmond Street West, Toronto and online
Shop for unique, local and hand-made products.
Learn about the creative makers behind some of these wonderful products and feel great about supporting local artisans and makers.
Location: 1380 Hopkins Street, Unit 5, Whitby and online
From home decor and artwork to bath and beauty items, find unique local and Canadian-made artisan gifts, including zero-waste and refillable products.
Location: 215 St Andrew Street West, Fergus and online
Find hand-crafted decor, apparel and accessories in this charming boutique, including their "man cave" collection, a great selection of meaningful gifts for the men on your list.
Location: 4215 Petrolia Line, Petrolia and online
Markets Ontario is a boutique multi-vendor marketplace, bringing the best of Ontario's handmade products together in one convenient location.
With three locations, Markets features high-quality artisanal home goods, food, clothing and more from 150+ local vendors.
Buy unique eco-friendly products that include activities for children of all ages, baby essentials, environmentally safe products for kitchens, bathrooms and laundry rooms and delicious food to fill pantries.
Location: 268 King Street West, Chatham and online
Located inside a large historical building, The Mutchmor is a mix of cafe and art gallery that brings the local Manitoulin Island community together. Shop for local goods like artsy clothing and antiques and select freshly baked dessert from the restaurant.
Location: 5263 ON-551, Providence Bay and online
Wellness and beauty
In addition to delicious and nutritious pre-made African cuisine, Brands by K offers organic skincare, body blends and Halal beauty products and cosmetics celebrating diversity.
Location: Online shopping only
Legend has it that Cleopatra bathed in raw goat milk for its anti-aging properties. These nutrient-packed, hand-made goat milk skin care products are fit for the queen on your list.
Location: 1166 5th Line, Newtonville and online
Organic bath products with a hint of maple-scented luxury sold by Ottawa’s Fulton’s Farm make for great gifts. The products contain shea butter for ultimate moisturizing during dry winter months.
Location: 399 Sugar Bush Road, Pakenham and online
Choose from over 250 organically made soy candles that are clean-burning for the zen seeker on your shopping list. Photo candles add that personal touch to your gift.
Location: 453 Hume Street, Collingwood and online
Eco-friendly Scented Market creates hand-made products like candles, room sprays and bath salts with quality ingredients with recyclable packaging and jar return and refill program.
During the winter, indulge in the blend of Balsam fir and light citrus with ’Tis The Season candles or the sweet minty scent of peppermint with North Pole candles. Or purchase locally inspired scents such as Oh Canada, Wine Country, Lake Huron Sunset and On the Grand.
Located within an 1800s hand-hewn Manitoulin log cabin, this scenic farm sources products from a trusted network of suppliers in North America and Europe. Shop for gifts and homewares such as quad-milled soaps, cotton linens, natural candles, Scottish wool and Irish sweaters.
Location: 12145 ON-540, Gore Bay and online
Inspired by ancient apothecary, Sarisha Beauty offers quality, modern skincare products designed for sensitive and acne-prone skin. This online small business crafts all its products in-house, creating them with 100% natural and plant-based ingredients.
Location: Online shopping only
Clothing and accessories
Your go-to for ethically and locally made leather accessories, including belts, bags and other fashion items.
Location: 85 Colville Road, North York
Known for its "Toronto vs. Everybody" and "Toronto is Home" apparel, Peace Collective has a collection of gift-worthy clothes like the fan collection showcasing loyalty to the Toronto Raptors, Toronto FC and the Toronto Blue Jays.
Purchases support mental health research.
Location: 7 Trinity Street, Toronto
Over 100 tons of fabric have been rescued from landfills to create vegan eco-chic bags and purses. These hand-made “upcycled” products are the brainchild of two dedicated Bradford-based mompreneurs.
Location: Online shopping only
This Kingston-owned shop, with a full line of men’s and women’s apparel, proudly celebrates the city, its downtown and surrounding neighbourhoods.
Location: 239 Princess Street, Kingston
Strong Ontario roots from Woodstock and Strathroy are steeped in the name Illbury + Goose and its anchored maple leaf logo amplifies their deep Canadian identity. Find stylish knit toques and classic caps or browse their selection of classic T-shirts and tanks.
Location: 884 Dundas Street, London
Choose from a wide assortment of cozy fleece tops and bottoms for those chilly winter days or for lounging around the house.
Adorable sizes are available for infants and don’t forget your furry, four-legged family members. Doggie bandanas are available, with proceeds going to the local Muskoka OSPCA.
Locations: Multiple locations across Ontario
Indulge in some capital chic. Choose from a wide range of stylish women’s clothing, jewellery and accessories for the fashionista on your list.
Location: 45 William Street, Ottawa
Ungalli proves eco-conscious living need not compromise on style and quality. This ethically produced clothing line and home products made from recycled and organic material was developed from a deep love of the environment.
Check out special collections for products that support people in need.
Location: 115 Cumberland Street North, Thunder Bay
Inspired by lazy days of summer on Manitoulin Island, this cottage supply store sells hand-picked goods and gifts, like their super cozy "Island Time" hoodies.
Location: 19 Water Street East #1, Little Current
Born out of a love for Peterborough, PTBO Northern Originals delivers apparel with bold, original designs that showcase the best of the city and its surrounding outdoors.
Location: 383 George Street North, Peterborough
Give comfort and joy when you gift cozy hoodies, sweaters, hats and other apparel with positive messaging.
Owner Ryan Benoit was born with cerebral palsy but that didn’t deter him from channelling his positive outlook on life into motivational messages that promote good in the world. Giving back looks great with their Charity Collection.
Location: 1212 Lasalle Boulevard, Sudbury
Open year-round, this little shop makes a big difference as a portion of sales proceeds for their popular sweater line goes towards the Coastal Centre to protect the Lake Huron coastline.
Make a difference and shop Archies’ extensive offerings of apparel, accessories, drinkware, stickers and more.
Location: 53 Main Street West, Grand Bend
This charming store in Almonte is filled with many unique and handmade products created by Canadian and local artisans. Shop online for a diverse bevy of best-selling products and items with character, such as delightful accessories and clothing for pets or pet parents.
Location: 72 Mill Street, Almonte
Discover a wide variety of men’s, women’s and kids’ clothing available at this trendy store situated east of Toronto’s High Park. You’ll also find household supplies, wellness products and sweet treats.
Location: 415 Roncesvalles Avenue, Toronto
Inspired by Canadian roots, this boho-inspired boutique is owned by three women and features creative, high-quality women’s clothing like dresses, skirts, coats, shoes and more.
For the kids
Simple, soft, comfy basic clothes and accessories for babies and kids made from organic cotton. All clothing is knit, dyed, cut and sewn in Canada.
Location: Online only
Browse a wide variety of kids’ clothes and accessories at this independent gift store owned by a couple fittingly named Jack and Jill. Snug animal-themed mittens make adorable puppets in addition to keeping little hands warm. Reversible toques give little ones the choice to sport different looks.
Location: 55 Byward Market Square, Ottawa
From strollers to Tiny Tims, Hip Kids is one of the best places in Kingston to buy stylish baby clothes and unique baby products. You’ll also find great gift ideas made by “local makers” at this independently-owned family business.
Location: 233 Princess Street, Kingston
Handmade and organic knit baby and toddler wear, including an exclusive Northern Collection line of adorable "I’m a Northern Kid" hats and clothes.
Location: 899 B Kingsway, Greater Sudbury
From outdoor toys to brain builder tools and puzzles, there are countless activities and toys for kids of all ages. There are also a lot of great playful solutions to make road trips enjoyable for kids and parents.
Location: 30 King Street West, Cobourg
Located in Burlington, this store sells quality toys and books that are fun and educational for kids under six. Toys are organized according to the growth and development of children.
Location: 2178 Mountain Grove Avenue, Burlington
Packed with a cute selection of baby and toddler clothing, accessories and nursery accents, August Kinn is the perfect place to find gifts for any little ones in your family.
Location: 1374 Danforth Avenue, Toronto
Ontario Science Centre (OSC) and The Maker Bean Café have collaborated on books that answer many profound questions that kids ask. They're the perfect gift for curious young minds who always ask, “Why?” If kids have even more questions, gift them an OSC membership.
Location: 770 Don Mills Road, North York
Representing local artisans and makers in the Windsor Essex area, W.E. Made It produces unique, local goods and gifts ranging from wellness products to handmade art.
Location: Windsor Essex
Beautiful and functional wooden furniture, boards and lifestyle products are created in a modest North Bay workshop. Order a hand-crafted cheese board with premium waterproof finishing for the charcuterie board enthusiast or a unique bar tap or growler caddy for the beer lover.
Location: Online shopping only
Specializing in farmhouse decor, this creative vintage studio is your go-to for friends or family who love the rustic chic look.
Location: 26 Brock Street West, Uxbridge
There’s no shortage of unique, upcycled, locally-made gifts and furniture at this hidden Ottawa gem. The curated collections include a broad range of DIY kits for the crafty people on your list.
When you shop at Maker House, part of the profits goes towards local community groups through its #CraftChange movement.
Location: 987 Wellington Street West, Ottawa
Discover an eclectic array of homespun jewellery, clothing, knickknacks and more at the Pinecone. This quaint Westport shop is great for those who love collecting unique objects for the cottage, home and garden.
Location: 23 Church Street, Westport
Located in the Waterloo Region, this Indigenous-owned business, inspired by Montessori methods, produces early language learning games and activities that connect to the traditional dialects of First Nations, Inuit and Métis languages. You can also request to have existing products customized.
Location: Shop online or in-person by appointment only
Choose from among a wide selection of intricately detailed Indigenous arts and crafts, including hand-crafted pottery, birchbark and porcupine boxes, jewellery, carvings and an assortment of warm and comfortable moccasins.
Location: 43 James Street, Parry Sound
Talented Anishinaabe Thunder Bay artist, Janelle Wawia, has received numerous accolades for her work.
Location: Shop online only, contact Janelle about custom orders
Discover an extensive selection of authentic, high-quality First Nations crafts and supplies, including handcrafted blankets, jewellery and artwork.
Location: 6312 Indian Lane, Lambton Shores
Explore a wide variety of Indigenous art, crafts and gifts from sculptures, paintings and prints to pottery and accessories at this store located near Peterborough.
Location: 875 Mississauga Street, Curve Lake
Shop for unique pieces of art, craft, jewellery and more and help support Indigenous small businesses, artists and artisans. Shop in-store or online.
Location: 4420 West Hunt Club Road, Nepean
Located inside the Native Canadian Centre of Toronto, The Cedar Basket is Toronto’s only Indigenous-owned and operated store. Browse through a variety of handcrafted First Nations, Métis and Inuit jewellery, carvings, basketry, beadwork, moccasins and original art.
Location: 16 Spadina Road, Toronto
Find more Indigenous-made gift ideas.
Give the gift of experience
The most precious gift is often time spent together. Gift a Resorts of Ontario Gift Certificate and plan a memorable getaway in Ontario.
Ontario’s museums and cultural galleries span an incredible breadth and depth of education and entertainment. And with new exhibits and events throughout the year, there’s always something more to discover.
Treat your loved ones to the magic of Ontario’s museums with annual passes and memberships.
Last updated: November 30, 2023