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Cozy gifts for the home include plant holders like this one. Photo: Chelsea Rose Ceramics.

#Support613 Gift Guide: Ideas for a cozy home this winter

By Aileen Duncan and Alison Larabie Chase on December 10, 2020

Part 15 of our local holiday gift guide can help you hygge things up for people’s homes.

Alright, so we are tired of staying at home. But we still need to, and so the perfect holiday gift for your loved ones this year might be something that will spark joy at home. Check out these cozy and comforting gifts.

Light up the darkness

December is a dark time, especially in the weeks leading up to the Winter Solstice on December 21, which is the shortest day of the year. There are many gift ideas that can bring light to your loved ones, and most are in the lower budget range (but can be combined to make the deluxe gift basket of our dreams).

Candles

Kind Candles has new candles and also offer a refilling service where you can provide the container. This could be a special container or simply a favourite candle holder that is now empty.

The Royal Ottawa and Retreat Candles are collaborating to make a fundraising candle which supports mental health. 100% of the net proceeds of this special candle go to youth mental health programs at the Royal.

Husht Designs  is an Ottawa-based scented candle company that uses coconut and soy wax. Their wares are available in glass jars, metal tins, or even concrete crocks. Oh, and did I mention they sell candle sweaters? The cutest! The coziest!

 

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This sweetgrass candle by Indigenous entrepreneur Ondarez is “inspired by the Anishnabek way of life.”

You can also pick up some beeswax candles from many of the honey vendors at the Ottawa Farmers Market at Lansdowne.

Light bulbs, lamps, and light fixtures

Edison bulbs are vintage and trendy, and they can spruce up an ordinary lamp to look just like something you’d see in your local cocktail bar or other trendy establishment. You can get these bulbs at Maker House. You can also get fun lamps, either handmade in Ottawa, vintage, or thrifted. Again, Maker House is a great choice for handmade ones.

Salt lamps are another fun alternative that cast a beautiful pink glow – check out wellness stores for these, and there’s a cute store in Old Ottawa south called the Garden of Light where the salt lamps shine out from the window.


Kitchen things

For more coziness in the kitchen, pick them up some new trays for fancy ice cubes. These aren’t expensive and they upgrade every drink, alcoholic or not.

Bitters are a great addition to any mixologist’s palette. A home bar cannot have too many flavour options! There are great selections at Kitchenalia in Westboro, Pot & Pantry downtown, or La Bottega in the Market.

Know someone who’s super keen to reduce their waste? Get them a stylish worm bin from The Box of Life to make their own compost using vegetable scraps and coffee grounds from their kitchen! This business is owned and operated in Ottawa by Akil Mesiwala.

 

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Ceramics also make lovely cozy gifts for the home! We are lucky to have tons of great ceramicists in Ottawa. Here are just a few to get you started:

Art House Café just launched a virtual 3D tour of their place, and all the artworks are for sale! Take a look to see if anything is of interest. You can also check out our gift guide about visual artists in Ottawa.

More sources for home gifts

Highjinx is a social enterprise that sells beautiful vintage home items to raise funds for their supportive community work. Drop in and have a browse - you may find some treasures for that person on your list!

A Curated Nest in Hintonburg offers loads of vintage and upcycled objects for the home, if you need extra inspiration.

Check out our gift guide for plant lovers on your list!


Did we miss some great cozy gifts for the home? Let us know in the comments.