• Kathleen Barr

Last Minute Local Gifts To Check Off Your List

The week of Christmas is always one of the craziest times of the year. This week is no exception as we have found ourselves in the middle of a global pandemic. For those of you still picking up loose ends, I wanted to highlight some of my favourite local places to find unique gifts for your loved ones. With the upcoming lockdown, I cannot stress enough about the importance of shopping locally. Despite 2020 keeping us apart, our communities are still finding ways to join together and support one another. Here is my last-minute Ottawa Valley gift guide for Christmas 2020.

For The Small People On Your List

Valley Child Clothing

This amazing local shop provides customers with handmade eco-friendly clothing and accessories for kids. Everything is made with quality bamboo, linen, and organic cotton.

Ottawa Valley Bowtique

At this shop, you can find adorable handmade bows suitable for any occasion.

For The Home Owners On Your List

The Plaid Jacket

The Plaid Jacket is owned by one of my oldest friends Catherine Gutknecht. She is so creative and makes sustainable one of a kind pieces that will look amazing in anyone’s



This shop is located in Pembroke and you can find some seriously amazing gifts for your loved ones. Local empowers women with their “women for women” motto. Here you can support local and support women at the same time. We seriously need more of that these days.

For The Beauty Lovers On Your List

Carrot Top Soap Shop

Here you can find bath and skincare products that are made in small batches with your skin in mind. There is something for everyone on your list as all products are made with fun colours and scents.

Opeongo Soaps

At Opeongo soaps you can find all-natural handmade soaps and body care products. All soaps contain goat’s milk from local area herders or Rainwater that they collect. Every bar of soap is hand-cut, and polished to make a nice smooth, beautiful-looking, wonderful smelling bar of soap.

For The Sweet Tooth On Your List

J&J’s Chocolate Sensations

This is the perfect shop for any chocolate lovers on your list. (So basically everyone on your list lol). All chocolates are handmade with the highest quality ingredients. Milk, dark, white, or even no sugar added, there is a type of chocolate for everyone.

Sweet Tooth’s

This adorable shop has all of the candy you could possibly be looking for. From retro, novelty, nostalgic, soft, hard, sweet, or sour, there is something from everyone. They also offer unique and specialized gift baskets for your loved ones.

Paradisio Bees

A jar of honey would make the perfect stalking stuffer. It is also so nice to send to your loved ones who don’t live in the area who need a little taste of the Valley. All of the honey is hand-poured and sustainably sourced.

For The Fashionista On Your List

Pick-It Fence Renfrew

If you're in Renfrew, you need to check out Pick It Fence. You will absolutely love this boutique that offers trendy clothing, unique home decor, and gifts. Some of my favorite outfits are from this local store.

Shop D Holley

Delaney has a wide selection of custom lifestyle creations. She is one of the most creative people I know and this definitely shows in her products. She has sweaters for every personality and for every occasion. You definitely want to check out her online shop to find unique gifts for your loved ones.

Destig Clothing

Destig is a clothing company based out of Pembroke that works towards ending the stigma attached to mental health. They offer a wide variety of clothing that promotes their message and all of the proceeds go towards mental health initiatives.


If you’re looking for seriously sweet stocking stuffers Barbay’s is the place for you. Barbay’s designs handmade scrunchies for every hair type. Each scrunchie is handmade and they have so many different colours and patterns.

Generation Communication (Me lol)

A little shameless self-promotion never hurt anyone right? If you’re looking for custom-made sweaters, shirts, and glasses I’m your girl. Message me for a gift that is created specifically for your loved ones.

For The Musician On Your List

Mill Music

You can’t miss this big yellow silo in Downtown Renfrew. With over 800 guitars in stock at all times, combined with many other instruments, Mill’s prides themselves on their selection, price, and the small-town welcome that everyone deserves.

Bob’s Music Plus

Bob's Music is a full-service music store offering much more than just great products. They offer some of the finest musical instruments available, from Gibson to Tama to Yamaha so you can be sure we'll have something to fit everyone's needs or budgets.

For The Person Who Wants Something Stronger On Your List

Ottawa Valley Roast House

This roast house was derived and built entirely around a passion and love for coffee. You definitely want to check out their online shop to find the perfect blend for those coffee lovers on your list.

Whitewater Brewery

You can tell how much I love this place as this isn’t the first time I’ve talked about the Brewery in my blogs. Shop here for locally crafted beer that will complete any gift.

Calabogie Brewing Company

Calabogie Brewing Company is an award-winning craft brewery located in Calabogie, Ontario. They make a large selection of beer styles that will.

Madawaska Coffee Co

Located in Barry's Bay, this small independent roastery produces top-quality coffee of unparalleled freshness. Madawaska Coffee Co offers seven different roasts for you to choose from.

It is important that we continue to shop locally as so many businesses are struggling during these difficult times. Local businesses put so much into our community so let’s show them how appreciative we. Shop local not just this Christmas season, but always.

Wishing you all a safe, happy, and healthy holiday.


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