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Shop Local for the Holidays

The holiday season is upon us and that means it's time for all thing festive--like shopping for everyone on your list! 

This year, I tried to keep my shopping local so I could help support businesses in Ottawa that have struggled during the pandemic with numerous lockdowns. I was on Daytime Ottawa to talk about some great gift ideas from local  businesses, and you can watch the entire segment here to get some great ideas for shopping local this season. 

Here are some great shopping ideas for those on your list this season:


Check out Blush and Rose Beauty Bar, where you can pick up a gift card for a facial, pedicure, or manicure. This new salon in Ottawa's south end is so cute, and the service is excellent. I was lucky to enjoy a pedicure over the holidays, complete a glass of bubbly. You can also stock up on great Aveda products, candles, beauty essentials, and more. 

In need of a massage? Check out Innes Massage Therapy in Ottawa's east end for excellent service, in a tranquil, clean, and lovely environment. You can also buy gift cards to gift to those who need some TLC, as well as at-home spa products, like bath salts, bath bombs, and more. 


Manhattan West Boutique is a stylish boutique in Ottawa's Westboro neighborhood where you can stock up on your seasonal wardrobe--from sweaters to pleather pants and coats (like Mackage) this boutique carries it all, including accessories, boots, and jewelry. I love the many festive styles available at this store, and it's a great place to shop for the fashionable people on your shopping list. 


No party is complete without some delicious tequila and I love Cada Dia Tequila--a premium crafted tequila created by a local Ottawa couple, and made in Mexico. You can find this tequila at your local LCBO. 

A great gift for the host is a kit from Wine Bar from Afar. You can receive a charcuterie box and a bottle of wine to gift. They also have DIY drink kits, from Bar From Afar--always a great option for people who love special cocktails!


Rose Gold Jewelry sells beautiful fine gold jewelry, including necklaces, bracelets, rings, and earrings. I love the wide variety of pieces Rose Garden Jewelry sells, like their evil eye pieces. The delicate designs are beautiful and can be worn for any occasion, and make a great gift to give this holiday season. 

Happy holiday shopping--I hope you find some local inspiration!