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Kitchener-Waterloo Local Gift Giving Guide

Here’s something you can feel good about this holiday season: giving great gifts and supporting local businesses. You can easily check off your gift list in Kitchener-Waterloo and spend some time browsing amazing small businesses. Not only will you be able to find lots of unique products, but you will be able to enjoy the hard work our local business owners have put into their shops to create amazing festive atmospheres.

Here are some great gift ideas from KW businesses for some people who might be on your nice list:

  • Foodie
  • Movie Buff
  • New to KW
  • Homebody
  • Beer & Cocktail Lover
  • Sweet Tooth
  • Bookworm

Local Gifts for A Foodie

Local Gifts for A Movie Buff

  • Appolo Cinema merchandise like their Neon 90’s shirt. They also sell buttons, pins, mugs and more. Or grab a gift card!
  • Princess Cinema – Sponsor a seat for the movie lover in your life. You can dedicate a name and a message that will go on a brass-plated plaque.
  • Gifted carries stylish movie posters by Concepción Studios that will fit any home’s aesthetic.

Local Gifts for Someone New To Town

Local Gifts for A Homebody

Local Gifts for A Beer & Cocktail Lover

  • Cocktail Simple Syrups UpMarket. Pair it with some of their beautiful glassware and bar accessories.
  • Give the gift of the Purple Teeth Thirsty Wine Club. Choose from a selection of frequencies, types of wine or packs.
  • Descendants Beer with some unique beer merch (buttons, candles, and bath bombs). You can even make your order a gift and they’ll wrap it and add a card.
  • A TWB Coop glass and their favourite beer to go with it.
  • Bottles, cans, merch and clothing from Counterpoint Brewing Co.
  • Short Finger Brewing Co. (Kitchener’s only Sci-Fi Punk Brewery) shirt, hat, toque, or other merchandise along with a bottle or two.

Local Gifts for Someone With A Sweet Tooth

Local Gifts for A Bookworm

  • Best the best fiction of the season, local author picks, 2022 biographies, travel books and beyond at Wordsworth Books.
  • Grab a preloved book for the reader in your life from KW Bookstore
  • Pair a book from a local bookstore with Bookish Things from Gifted (bookmarks, book-themed socks, pins, pizzles, mugs, and more)

Happy Gift Giving!

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The Best Desserts To Pick Up From Kitchener-Waterloo Businesses

If you have a sweet tooth, then chance are you know some great local spot to stop by for a delicious treat (or two). From cool, creamy cones, to doughnuts and beyond, there are lots of local Kitchener-Waterloo businesses baking up goodies.

We’re sure you have your go-to places when you get a craving for something sweet, and we do as well! We put our heads together to make a list of our favourite desserts in town.

Not really craving something sweet? That’s okay. These businesses are great to keep in mind when you want to drop off a gift to friends, family or neighbours. Think holidays, housewarming, birthdays, or just because!

Sweet Caroline’s Ice Cream & Treats

Website: sweetcarolinesicecreamandtreats.com

Location: 2057 Unit 1 Victoria St, N. Breslau

If you’re craving some ice cream and cinnamon buns, the only place I go is Sweet Caroline’s! With over 50 flavours of ice cream, fresh baked cinnamon buns, and a million other treats, there’s something for everyone!

Krista MacKay
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Sweet & Savoury Pie Company

Website: justlovepie.ca

263 Northfield Dr. East, Waterloo
94 King Street South, Waterloo

Whenever I’m in charge of dessert (or have a craving for something sweet), I always grab butter tarts from Sweet & Savoury Pie Co. They have the BEST pie crust.”

Debbie Stefan

Gluten Free By Suzie

Website: glutenfreebysuzie.ca

 Location: 5 The Boardwalk #235, Kitchener

It’s a small place in The Boardwalk plaza and they have fantastic desserts that are ready, plus cookies and breads. But you can also order special pies and cakes, breads, etc. They do have specials for Thanksgiving including gluten free stuffing that you can order to pick up. Everything I have gotten from there was fantastic and guests are always pleased!

Linda Cooper
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Seven Shores

Website: sevenshores.ca

Location: 10 Regina St N, Waterloo

I would recommend Seven Shores in Waterloo. It’s a cooperatively owned Bakery Cafe with local breakfast, lunch, a patio and wifi!

Renee Martin

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