Last year we outlined our shop local gift guide. This year, we’re at it again! Christmas is fast approaching with less than a month to go, and we want to help you find the perfect gift locally! London is full of unique shops and businesses so let’s take a look at our 2022 edition!
For the One Who is Hard to Buy For:
Meet us at The Market at Western Fair District in the heart of Old East Village! They are open Saturday & Sunday mornings until early afternoon. You can find something for just about anyone here. There are locally made clothes, delicious food and treats, artisanal cheese for your holiday gathering, stunning art, and beautiful baby items – just to name a few. https://themarketwfd.com/
A Market (WFD) alumnus, and now located in Wortley Village, Locally Made Marketplace is the ultimate local-lover destination! This unique shop is bursting with quality merchandise, handmade from local vendors. A regular favourite gift shop stop for Emily and Karen, Locally Made Marketplace hosts over 65 local makers in their space! https://www.locallymademarketplace.ca/
Our friends at Mohr Living have an extensive selection of home décor and vintage accessories! Check out their website for a beautiful, unique gift. https://www.mohr-living.com/
For the Athletic One:
Forge Fitness Studio – owned and operated by Personal Trainer, Mandy Rust – offers a semi-private studio in south London for your athletic loved one to train. They offer flexible monthly session packages and high-end equipment! Check them out on Instagram – @forge.fitnessstudio – to find out how you can share the gift of fitness with your loved one!
Kaizen Personal Training embodies continuous small changes resulting in major improvements. Whether your friends and family want to try a drop-in class, or a 10-session package at this gym in Byron, Kaizen has options for you. https://kaizenpersonaltraining.com/
For the Food Lover:
There are so many fabulous restaurants in London and surrounding area. So, what do you get for your favourite foodie? Gift cards!
Mamasim offers both meal support and catering for holiday gatherings or any other occasion. Check out their Instagram for the most mouth-watering meal options! A Mamasim gift certificate is on some of our loved ones’ lists this year! https://mamasim.ca/
Artisan Bakery has the most delectable fresh-baked bread and pastries! Visit their café in Old East Village and stop in for a cup of tea or coffee. They also have a booth located in the Western Fair Market! Convenient shopping at two locations.
Willie’s Café is another Old East Village gem! They have recently renovated in their Somerville 630 home. Whether you’re stopping by for a sandwich, soup, or a treat – they’ve got you covered.
For the Little Ones:
Happy Wear located in Covent Garden Market offers handmade, colourful clothing for little ones as well as a variety of toys, books, and activities to suit a range of ages. Check them out at the market, or online. The child in your life will thank you! https://happywear.ca/
Evelynn by Nicole Snobelen has an exclusive selection of children’s clothing for the little one in your life! (And the not so little ones, too!) Check out her selection of original pieces, and thrifty flips! https://www.evelynnbns.ca/
For the Creative One:
Westmount Fiber Co. offers handcrafted wooden décor and gifts. Whether you have a great idea for a custom piece or are interested in shopping from their website – they’ve got something for everyone (including your kids!) https://www.westmountfiber.co
Good Apparel Co. is one of Emily’s personal favourite local businesses! They offer empowering and positive clothing and have a broad range of stickers and colouring pages for the creative in your life! https://www.goodapparel.ca/
For the One Who Could Use a Little Pampering:
One of Karen’s favourite jewelry designers is Lori Schmidke of Klas squared. Her designs are unique, high quality and expertly made. This gift will be sure to make the woman on your list feel joyful, feminine, and powerful. They even offer gift certificates! https://shop.klassquared.com/
Sandy Weatherhead is an RMT in nearby Komoka. She takes a human-centred approach to massage and is ready to relieve your loved one’s achy muscles. Check out her Facebook page for details on how to book.
Let your loved one relax with the gift of freshly cut and styled hair. Our friends at Christina’s Hair and Esthetics (soon to be Revel Studio!) are ready with gift cards! Check out their Facebook page for all the details!
For Your Furry Family Members:
Nook and Cranny Pet Supplies is a new shop in south London is a must-visit! They offer high quality food and toys as well as expert advice! You can find them on Facebook and Instagram or browse their products before you stop by – www.ncpet.ca
Shopping local is something that is near and dear to our hearts at MYOB. We strive to support the local businesses around us whenever possible. Wishing you and yours a very merry Christmas!