Santa may live in the North Pole, but his elves are located all over Ontario’s Southwest! Yes, you read that correctly, Santa’s elves have been working hard in their local workshops to create pottery, paintings, chocolate, lavender teas, dog treats, and hand sanitizer.
Here is Santa’s list of locally made stockings stuffers for every person on his list. Please note that many of these locations offer online shopping and shipping so that you can shop local from the comfort of your home.
Pottery collectors value sentimentality. They love stocking stuffers that are unique, hand-made, and often come with a story.
Santa knows this and has elves stationed at the Pinecroft in Alymer, London Clay Arts Centre, Raging Bowl Pottery in Windham Centre, and Patina’s in Ingersoll to create beautiful works of art for the pottery collector’s stockings.
Local Art Locator
Local art locators appreciate the finer things in life. They don’t care if their stocking stuffers can’t actually fit in their stocking. The best artists break the rules and push boundaries. They think outside of the box and their gifts sit outside of their stockings.
Santa saves the glass creations from elves at the Lake Life Studio in Camlachie, and the hand made gifts from local artisan elves at the Fresh Market Kitchen’s Local Artisan Market in Selkirk for local art locators. For stocking stuffers for the local art locators that love paintings, there is the Ingersoll Creative Arts Center, Heather Verplanke Art from Port Dover, and Carolyn Hardy Surrealist Artist in Kingsville. Carolyn is offering online sales and shipping of her art.
Photo courtesy of Cottage North Soapworks' Facebook page.
Soap stars always have the softest hands, the most radiant skin, and always look their best. This is because they take their skin care routine seriously so that they can continue to look young and rested.
Santa loves soap stars and has his elves making premium soaps out of local ingredients to fill their stockings. The Cottage North Soapworks workshop is in Port Dover, Ocean Bottom Soap Company workshop is in Tecumseh, and From the Meadow workshop is in Harrietsville. Both Ocean Bottom Soap Company and From the Meadow offer online shopping.
Lavender lovers are hard workers and Santa thinks they’ve earned a break. They are the ones up at the crack of dawn helping the rest of the household get ready. Since they are constantly on the go their stocking stuffers should include the sweet aroma of lavender products to help them relax.
They are the ones that would love the teas from Bonnieheath in Waterford, the body butter from Serenity Lavender Farm in Colchester, the essential oils from Purple Haven Lavender in Canfield, or the gift sets from Steed & Company Lavender in Aylmer. Many locations offer online orders and shipping or curb side pick up.
Photo courtesy of For Your Fur Kids' Facebook page.
Dog parents would be thrilled to receive stocking stuffers for their best friends. And since all dogs are obviously on the nice list, their humans are as well.
Locally Produced Hand Sanitizer
This year, Santa thinks that everyone needs locally produced hand sanitizer. It doesn’t matter if you are a pottery collector, lavender lover, or chocolate enthusiast, hand sanitizer is something that everyone needs right now.
No matter where you live in Ontario’s Southwest, there are elves creating locally produced hand sanitizer for you. From online shopping at the Wolfhead Distillery in Amherstburg, to Union Ten Distillery in London, then back to Bayside Brewing Company in Erieau, to Bootlegger Distillery in Bothwell, and Sons of Kent in Chatham have all created local hand sanitizer to keep people safe over the holidays.
Chocolate enthusiasts are so sweet and always on the nice list. They will notice the time and care that local chocolatiers put into their craft. That’s why we’ve created a blog post for them that is all about the chocolate makers in Ontario’s Southwest!
For more local gifting inspiration, check out our Stand Out and Gift Something Unique blog post by clicking the name.
To learn more about what you can expect when shopping in Ontario’s Southwest and how businesses are trying to keep you safe and following government guidelines, click here.