Shopping local has many great benefits. Not only do you support small businesses and boost the local economy, you also discover unique items you won’t find elsewhere.Surprise the people on your list and gift them something unique this holiday season.
These are some of the local business across Ontario’s Southwest, that can help you surprise your friends and family without you having to go searching far and wide.
Murals in Metal - Lucan
It doesn’t get more unique than the hand-crafted metal designs at Murals in Metal. You’ll find art, murals, signs, fire pit rings, privacy screens, and much more at this Lucan business. They can even do custom orders, be sure to check their availability for the busy holiday season.
One-of-a-Kind Antique Mall – Woodstock
With one of a kind in the name, you know there are going to be plenty of unique items available at Canada’s largest antiques and collectibles market. Located in Woodstock, One-of-a-Kind is home to three floors of small retailers offering antiques and collectibles from decades past and from across the world. There’s also plenty of brand-new items too including furniture, art, and more.
Haldimand House Antiques & Boutiques – Caledonia
Speaking of antiques, you find unique pieces at Haldimand House in Caledonia, with some even available online. Additionally, this marketplace is home to local vendors with their own unique boutiques featuring items like candles, fashion, home décor, and items specifically for bikers. If you know someone with a need for speed, head to the online Toronto Motorsports Park shop to buy them a racing experience in an exotic car on a race track!
Sloths and Molasses – Simcoe
From housewares, pet, bath & body to apparel, jewellery, art, and games, you will be spoiled for choice at Sloths and Molasses. Most of the inventory is crafted by artisans across Norfolk County this shop has so many great items to choose from. And they have online shopping too.
916 Galleria – St. Thomas
A market that is home to multiple crafters and artisans, 916 Galleria offers locally made items all in one place. Choose from beautiful wood pieces, botanicals, crafts, art, quilts, soaps, and more. You can support multiple artisans all in one place.
Sparta Country Candles – Sparta
Located in the historical village of Sparta in Elgin County, this quaint store has been a popular destination for thanks to their own brand of candles. Shop from 25+ different scents including seasonal varieties such as Santa’s Bake Shop, Snowy Cedar and Festive Memories. Best of all, all candles are available online with shipping Canada-wide! If you head to the store, try their line of tasty fudge!
Birdie's Nest – Chatham
The inventory you will find at Birdie’s Nest is unique to their stores. They personally source the products directly from the craftsmen who make them. The online store has a great collection of hand crafted items, keepsakes, fashion, home décor, and more; all of which can ship across Canada. When you visit the store in Chatham, or the second location in London, you’ll have access to an even bigger inventory of uniqueness.
Soffi Studio – Windsor
The free blown, vibrant and colourful glass items from Soffi Studio make for a stunning gift. Since each piece is free blown, no two pieces are the same. You can choose from so many different shapes like bottles, cells, drops, and leaves to wall installations and completely custom designs. Shop their vast catalogue of products online, they have shipping!
Forest Glen Herb Farm – Lambton Shores
In gardens cared for with old-fashioned farming practices, Forest Glen Herb Farm grows culinary and fragrant herbs, dried flowers and herb products that you won’t find elsewhere. Shop their home-grown extensive product line, plus teas, spices, honey, and more in the main barn at the farm. You can place an order by phone and have them shipped as well.
Uber Cool Stuff – London
If you are on the lookout for a funky gift, Uber Cool Stuff in London should be your first stop. They have an extensive collection of toys, games, quirky art, gadgets, and more. If you aren’t in the London area, don’t worry, their online store is fully stocked with their unique product lineup.
We could have made this list infinitely long, but no one would read such a long article, so we pulled together some unique choices. To find a more extensive list of shopping options across our region, visit here to our list of regional partners that have put together inventories of local businesses in their areas for you to browse.
To learn more about what you can expect when exploring Ontario’s Southwest and to see how businesses are trying to help you stay safe by following government and health guidelines, click here.