Ding-dong, ding-dong, the bells are chiming and the log fires are coming to light. The holiday season is upon us once again and as you begin to prepare, don’t forget to get something special for the people in your life. Finding that perfect gift can be stressful, so we gathered ideas from some of the great spots throughout our region.
The Perfect Getaway
The holiday season can be a stressful time of year. Between family events, shopping and more, there’s often not a lot of time to relax. Give the gift of a getaway to that person in your life you know needs a simple time away. From special offers to unique accommodations like Elm Hurst Inn & Spa, Retro Suites Hotel, and The Grove Hotel, Ontario’s Southwest is the home to staycations that are sure to wow.
Buy Local, Support Local
Whatever your gifting needs are, don’t forget to support the local businesses that truly make Ontario’s Southwest unique. From Shop Elgin, to the Cider Keg Holiday Market, you’ll be able to give a gift that really speaks to those on your list while supporting small businesses. With a new treasure around every corner, from unique items like lavender jelly to handmade crafts, take the time to discover local. Treat yourself and those around you this holiday season.
Whether it’s sharp and aged or soft and fresh, make sure you include local cheeses in your holiday plans. This is a great gift for the perfect host or even a creative home cook. With an array to choose from your biggest worry will be how many to buy! Grab a selection from the Oxford County Cheese Trail or Jensen Cheese in Norfolk County. This is sure to be a gift to make hearts melt.
A Tour or Two
Want to show off all the amazing experiences Ontario’s Southwest has to offer? Give the gift of our region through great tours that give you the opportunity to smell, taste and live wonderful parts of southwest Ontario. Make your way through Norfolk’s vineyards with Ride the Bine, taste the most delicious eats with Windsoreats or get some fresh air on your way to Essex County’s top wineries with Farm Dog Cycles.
Wine is an extremely popular and well-liked gift during the holiday season, but finding the perfect bottle can be a chore. This year chose a bottle of Ontario’s Southwest’s finest from the great wineries from around the region. From Norfolk County, to Windsor-Essex, up to Sarnia-Lambton, each winery has a different take on classic flavours and is sure to wow your taste buds.
Once you have the wine, you need to have the dine. Home to Next Stop: Taste, Ontario’s Southwest is a top culinary hub, home to savory sensations and delectable delights. Want to add an extra special experience to a perfect meal? Book a Chef’s Table and get up close to the artists at work. Don’t forget about the amazing sweet treats made from our amazing chocolatiers like Chocolatea, Habitual Chocolate, Windells Chocolates, and Old Dutch Guys Chocolate.
See a Show
Thinking of something different? Give that special someone the opportunity to be swept away by a magical performance in one of our local theatre houses. From hobby actors to professional productions, each performance will move and excite, creating long lasting memories for everyone involved. Don’t forget to get yourself a set of tickets - you won’t want to miss this opportunity.
With this growing trend becoming a lifestyle, show someone you care by getting them delicious craft beers from around our region! Get a pack from their favourite brewery, merchandise they can show off or make a creative gift pack so they can taste-travel through our region from the comfort of their own home. Not sure what flavor is their favourite? The friendly staff at each location will be happy to help and sure to provide some great suggestions.