8 Places to Shop in Hamilton

We're less than a week away from Christmas now - are you panicking yet? I am. I had a moment last week where I was up until 4am, mind reeling with to-dos!

If you still have some last-minute shopping to do and are finding that most online shops can no longer guarantee delivery for Dec. 25th, have no fear - you don't have to brave the overcrowded malls just yet.

Local independent shops and boutiques can fill the gaps in your list with unique, personal gifts. We spend so much over the holidays, wouldn't you rather put your money back into your community than a big box store?

If you live in the Hamilton area, here are some of my favourite places to shop for gifts.

1. White Elephant / 133 James St. N. / I've mentioned many times in this blog and in person, that this is my absolute favourite store in Hamilton, and not just because they kindly sell some Dear Edna items. This store is so full of one-of-a-kind handmade goodies and vintage treasures, you won't know where to look first. And, if you're like me, you will like so much that you won't be able to decide either!

2. Mixed Media / 154 James St. N./ This is Hamilton's only independent art shop and so naturally they specialize in art and printmaking supplies, but I go there for the locally made gift items, greeting cards, books and magazines.

3. AGH Shop / 123 King St. W. / Take a little time to smell the holly. Browse the gallery, then grab a cup of coffee at the cafe and head into the gift shop. From jewellery and accessories to pottery and prints, you may be surprised at what you find here.

4. Lulu & Lavigne / 228 Locke St. S. / A fantastic little home decor store. A great choice for hostess gifts.

5. Pure / 174 Locke St. S. / Guys, want to know what women want? Everything in Pure.

6. Citizen Kid / 188 Locke St. S. / The go-to place for children's gifts, this toy store carries only "natural toys of quality, integrity, and lasting value ... with an emphasis on toys that are Canadian made, eco-friendly and fair-trade."

7. The Farmer's Market / 2 King St. W. / Do you have someone difficult to shop for on your list? Have you thought of putting together a gift basket of meats, cheeses and preserves? Everyone loves food and food chosen with their tastes in mind is even better! Choose locally produced goods for extra bonus points.

8. Ottawa St. / Antique shops are a fantastic source for gifts that are often overlooked and this street is packed with them. A first edition of their favourite book, a crystal perfume bottle, a diamond ring - put your thinking cap on and gift outside the box.

Image via stacey met a possum

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