Part 14 of Apt613’s gift guide has a bunch of ideas for the little treats we all love to pull from our stockings while sipping a hot beverage.
If you’re anything like me, there are always a bunch of tiny bits and bobs that would be perfect to gift, but not worth the effort of wrapping up and putting under the tree. Conveniently, for those items, we have stockings. Stocking stuffers are one of the best parts of the holidays; it’s always a joy to watch someone pull a bunch of tiny surprises from a giant sock. If you’re looking for some great ideas to stuff those stockings this year, look no further. We’ve got recommendations for your favourite local stores, handmade treats, and one-of-a-kind items.
Odds & Sods
The Gifted Type: Located on Elgin Street in Centretown, the Gifted Type is full of great ideas, from interesting magazines to pins, keychains, journals, agendas, and fun little gadgets – this place is a one-stop-shop. You’ll find enough to fill up in a single trip.
Boogie and Birdie: Only a hop, skip, and a jump away from The Gifted Type is Boogie and Birdie. This little shop is packed to the brim with tiny treasures. Whether it be a new piece of jewellery, essential self-care items, a cute new coffee mug, or some scrumptiously scented candles, you will find all sorts of curated items.
The Odds & Sods Shoppe: Owner Mike Pilkington recalls why he first opened the shop. “My British dad had this box of miscellaneous stuff in the garage labelled ‘Odds & Sods’ (a bit of everything). My plan was to open a store a bit like that box: a place where people who love music, movies, and pop culture could escape and get caught up in a store packed full of stuff they’d get excited about.”
JV Studios: As mentioned in our #Support613 Gift Guide: Jewellery by local artisans, Jasmine Virani is a local jewellery designer with her own little shop. There you will find her jewellery as well as stock from several other Canadian designers. A new pair of earrings or a great stacking ring make perfect stocking stuffers, but so do a number of other items you will find at JV Studios, like quirky socks, candles, mugs, natural nail polish, stickers, magnets, and more.
Pokoloko: The running joke is that no one wants to get socks for Christmas. That changes when we are talking about Peruvian alpaca socks. Give the gift of cozy feet during these cold months with a pair of socks someone will be delighted to receive.
Maker House Co: Maker House is full of fun things made by Canadian makers. While their storefront is not open at the moment, you can shop online and have things shipped to your home or arrange a time to pick them up. These folks have also made it easy for us and have included a handy staff picks list with all sorts of goodies that make great stocking stuffer ideas from ornaments to DIY kits or tasty spreads and honeys.
Kindred Shop and Studio: Kindred is a cute little shop in Wellington West run by Tamara Steinborn. A jewellery designer herself, you will find Steinborn’s work in store, as well as the works of numerous other makers. Pick out a new ornament for the Christmas tree and choose your favourite trinkets, be it a mug, jewellery, or any of the other wonderful things you may happen upon that would be perfect for that special someone.
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Pot & Pantry: Mentioned in our #Support613 Gift Guide: For people who like to cook, Pot & Pantry should not be overlooked when it comes to stocking stuffers. While definitely a great spot to get some of those big-ticket items, there are plenty of great little trinkets to help fill those stockings up. They carry Split Tree Cocktail Co, the cutest tea bag holders and spoon rests, and a wide selection of kitchen gadgets that will make any aspiring chef smile.
Orbliss is a Kanata company making zero-waste products like beeswax wraps for food, reusable dish sponges, “unpaper towels”, produce bags and more. If you know someone who’s trying to cut down on kitchen waste, check them out and pick up a couple of useful small items.
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While several of the places below have previously been spoken about in our #Support613 Gift Guide: For people who like to eat, they are worthy of a second mention as they make the perfect addition to a stocking for those who love to stuff themselves full of delicious things.
Michael’s Dolce: In addition to their larger jars of delicious spreads, you can also snag some of Michael’s Dolce’s favourites in the cutest miniature jam jars, conveniently sized so you can pick up a few and toss them in.
Top Shelf Preserves: Top Shelf Preserves makes a slew of tasty things pickled and preserved. With so many stellar items, it can be hard to choose. I’d recommend anything pickled – especially the spicy pickled carrots – or any of their marmalades. A big hit over the holidays, without fail, is their whiskey orange marmalade.
Mrs. McGarrigle’s: Mustard connoisseurs will appreciate one of the fine flavours from Mrs. McGarrigle’s in Merrickville. Some recommendations, although you can’t really go wrong, are the classic wholegrain, dark & stormy mustard, and lemon dill. If you have trouble deciding (we know it can be hard), you can pick out a pack of tiny sample jars for 4$ each. There are also a whole lot of other things to be found on the shelves of this Merrickville store (or online), so if you’re shopping for someone who likes to eat, be sure to stop in here.
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Coffee Shops: There are also some great local roasters, if those on your list live to start their mornings off with a great cuppa coffee. These roasters have already been mentioned in our gift guide for those who like to eat, so we won’t go into any further detail, but Happy Goat Coffee Company, Little Victories Coffee Roasters, and Equator Coffee Roasters will have a great bag of beans to add a bit of magic to their mornings.
Alicja Confections: Located in the Glebe, Alicja Confections mixes unique chocolate flavours in a postcard package. As an added bonus, you can write a special message on the postcard for those you are gifting them to. They also make the most beautiful bonbons, which are a delicious treat, if you can get over eating something so stunning.
Herb and Spice Food and Wellness Shop: In addition to being a great spot to get your groceries, the Herb and Spice Food and Wellness Shop on Bank Street in Centretown has a bunch of great sock-sized gifts to pick up while you are there. They have some delightful chocolate bars, an entire wall of teas, and a ton of wellness items located in their Wellness Shop at the back of the store.
Saaboon: Saaboon is a one-man soap-making machine, crafting handmade vegan soaps and other bath and body items. The retail shop on Gladstone is closed due to COVID-19, but you can order online and pop by the shop during one of their scheduled pickup times. While the soaps are lovely, both the Nude and Peppermint lip balm come highly recommended.
Zoe’s Corner: Tucked away in a more industrial part of town, you will find Zoe’s Corner at 1010 Polytek Street, unit 38. She makes some incredible handmade soaps, beeswax candles, bath bombs, and lip balms. If you can’t make the trip out to Polytek, you will also find Zoe’s soaps and wellness products at various shops around town.
Purple Urchin: If you’re looking for a super scrumptious-smelling soap bar, Purple Urchin has plenty. In addition to beautiful bars of soap, they also make bath bombs and bath salts. Grapefruit Grenade is definitely a favourite, as is their Mojito scent.
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Retreat Candle Co: What better addition to any bath than the light from a candle? This holiday season, support children’s mental health at the Royal with the Ottawa Candle. This super-local candle features a label designed by local artist Robbie Lariviere, and 100% of the proceeds will be donated to the Royal Ottawa Foundation. The perfect stocking stuffer item, you can give the gift of doing good while feeling good this holiday season.
Feline Cafe: if you have a cat lover in your family, you’ll want to check out the Feline Cafe for some unique stocking stuffer items. There you will find a ton of cat themed goodies including mugs, tote bags, calendars, stir spoons, stickers, water bottles, pins, and more. You can even pick up some catnip toys and cat grass for feline friends.
What do you love to stuff in your stockings? Tell us in the comments.