Our local holiday buyers guide brings you a mixture of items made by local, national, and international brands—all made of quality materials, all made ethically, and all deserving to be featured here. These are items readily available within Ottawa and the surrounding region. We encourage you to support local businesses, makers, designers, and curators. Avoid the big box stores this season, give gifts with meaning and uniqueness, and earn extra points for it, to boot!
Bespoke Frames by Central Art Garage
66 B Lebreton St North / centralartgarage.com
This line of locally milled maple, walnut, and cherry moulding comes in a wide variety of colours and finishes. Clean, contemporary designs developed with the goal of delivering a stronger, more beautiful picture frame. Unique splined joints and hand applied custom finishes ensures seamless corners. Have an artist in your family? Perhaps you have something special that needs framing? This line of frames will meet your high standards, as well as the high standards of any gallery, artist, or art collector. A truly unique gift for the art enthusiast.
Price available upon request.
White Paws Dog Biscuits by Cricket & Co.
21 Murray Street / cricketandcompany.ca
Grain-free treats made in Perth, Ontario that boast a line-up of luxurious flavours (roast lamb with mint, wild hare, country pumpkin and honey, the list continues). If only they were for people, too.
Oval Druzy Quartz by Strut Jewelry
Dress it up or dress it down, this necklace radiates the beauty of simplicity. The crystal pendant is paired with an 18-inch 14k gold-fill chain and is handmade right here in Ottawa by Alyssa Spaxman.
Infinity Scarf by Tangente Clothing
Made with bamboo jersey, this casual scarf is handmade and made-to-order in Ottawa. Also available in other colour combinations!
Classic Wool Sweater by Friends Made
We truly wish this was the kind of sweater our grandparents gave us every year at Christmas. This is a unisex and limited run series. There are only 20 made, as displayed on the tag of each garment with its appropriate run count (1/20, 2/20, etc). A cozy yet stylish sweater made of wool with a cotton blend on the shoulders, cuffs, and waist for comfort. Be one of the very few to own this incredible garment!
Alternate pattern available, sizes S to XL.
A1 Lamp by LOG Creative Bureau
The A1 is a cantilevered floor lamp created out of a desire for simplicity and quality, while solving the challenge of manufacturing at a reasonable price point. The lamp is made in Ottawa by hand from a minimal amount of sustainably sourced eastern white cedar, along with a vacuum-formed plastic shade, brass hardware, and solid steel foot-caps. The legs conveniently slide under tables, chairs, sofas, and beds.