The festive season is here and while our holiday celebrations may look a little different in 2020, there are still plenty of ways to deck the halls and make spirits bright! Below are a few gift ideas that we think are the perfect way to spread some cheer with friends and family this season. The best part? By purchasing any of our suggested gifts below, you are helping to support a small business or local arts organization in our community!

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The Hamilton Store

This stunning treble clef keepsake pewter ornament from The Hamilton Store is the perfect gift for any music lover celebrating the holidays. While The Hamilton Store no longer has a physical location, they regularly post items for sale on their Facebook page. This ornament was created by Robert Hall Design, one of Canada’s foremost pewter artisans.

Hendry’s Barbershop

Nothing made us appreciate a professional hair cut more than trying to cut our own hair during lockdown. Why not give the gift of that clean-shaven feeling?

KaKau Chocolate Company

Chocolate — perfect for kids from one to 92. Elevate this holiday favourite with a custom gift basket or even a chocolate castle!

Pale Blue Dot

Looking for a gift that’s good for the planet? The Pale Blue Dot offers high quality and ethically sourced kitchen and home goods that promote sustainable living. Pick out that one-of-a-kind find in their vintage decor and clothing section.

Playhouse Cinema and Epic Books

The Playhouse Cinema and Epic Books have teamed up for a fun combo package that includes four movie passes and a $25 Epic Books gift card!

Pretty Grit

From the perfect ornament to dishware, pillows or throws, Pretty Grit offers home decor that adds a pop to any home. They are also known for carrying Kusmi tea in their iconic colourful tins.

Pure Home Couture

Treat the special people in your life with beautiful candles, soaps, diffusers and more.

Relay Coffee Roasters

Is there a coffee lover on your list? Relay Coffee Roasters has you covered with gift sets, ground and whole bean coffee, brewing equipment and more!

True Hamiltonian

There’s no better way to show Hamilton pride than a classic “Hamilton is Home” shirt or sweater.

Gift Unforgettable Experiences

Royal Botanical Gardens 

The Royal Botanical Gardens offers a beautiful nature escape with five cultivated gardens and 27km of outdoor trails, just a short distance from downtown Hamilton. Purchase a membership for the nature-enthusiast on your list to explore the gardens and trails with complimentary parking for an entire year!

Art Gallery of Hamilton

The Art Gallery of Hamilton offers one and two-year memberships giving the recipient unlimited admission to their exhibits and other exclusive perks!

HPO Gift of Music

Give your friends and family a musical gift with three times the cheer! The HPO Gift of Music package includes online access to three of our broadcast concerts streaming in the 20-21 Season with 10% savings at the box office.

HPO Gift Certificate

Want to share a slice of the HPO with someone on your list? Purchase an HPO gift card for one or two concerts allowing your recipient to plan a special musical night (or two!).

Gift Card to Local Restaurants

There are so many styles of cuisine to choose from in Hamilton! With take out and curbside pick up options, our restaurant partners add that special something to the holidays and new year.

Nellie James: A blackboard menu of locally driven and seasonally sourced gourmet food.

ODDs by The Other Bird: A bar for sports fans, food fans and good-time fans.

La Piazza Allegra: A seasonal menu of modern Italian fare.

The Express Italian Eatery: Fresh, classical Italian dishes.