‘Tis the season for the most magical time of the year. The Christmas tree is sparkling and the lights are twinkling, and while this year’s holiday may look a little different than what we’re accustomed to, the spirit of giving is very much alive and thriving. For us to be able to give the perfect gift for our loved ones, why not shop local and support our small businesses that have been impacted from the pandemic for over six months? Gift cards to mom and dad’s favourite local restaurant, or the adorable toy shop in the heart of the city, there’s something for everyone this holiday spirit that can also benefit our local businesses.
Here are 15 ideas that are great stocking stuffers, can be placed under the tree or can be electronically sent to brighten someone’s holidays, near and far.
Salumi Tassoni is ready to bring you some holiday cheer with a beautiful Italian charcuterie presentation and delicious aged cheese. These charcuterie boards are made with locally sourced or imported from Italy meats, including pancetta, capricollo, prosciuttino just to name a few. In addition, Salumi Tassoni has prepared a variety of beautifully arranged gift baskets filled with pastas, truffles, cheeses and salty salumis. Available for delivery and pick up for a wide range of regions, this Laval-based company is definitely worth centerstage on your Christmas table and for those you love.
Sandwicherie Café Chez Ta Mere
There’s really no better comfort food than a warm sandwich filled with marinated shredded chicken or a heartwarming maple syrup glazed smoked salmon bagels to serve for Christmas brunch.
Ordering online has made it easier for us to connect our souls with their delicious sandwiches during this pandemic, and pick up is also available which makes it that much easier to pick up a gift card for Sandwicherie Café Chez Ta Mere for your college children who are studying online this semester, or to say thank you to your favorite nurse or essential worker for all they’ve done for us this year!
Regine & Janine
Nothing fills the dessert table quite like some pastries from Regine & Janine. Their creative menus are divided by Regine, the savoury brunch must-haves, and Janine, her sweet elegant platters of desserts, there’s something for everyone.
Regine & Janine are currently accepting orders online for pick up or delivery, they also have gift cards available which are perfect stocking stuffers for you or your favorite person.
Do you miss the stunning view of L'Avenue’s most iconic dining room? The suspended car pairs so elegantly with a refreshing mimosa, we know how you feel. But bringing their unique French toasts and brunch menu items has never been easier.
If you do plan on having a safe holiday gathering, there’s nothing like adding their delicious La Normande Gourmande dish to your evening menu.
Au Festin de Babette
Fall in love with the best hot chocolate in Quebec. Au Festin de Babette has been melting chocolate to nourish the hearts of everyone who enters their restaurant for over 20 years. With an astonishing twelve varieties of hot chocolate, this delicatessen restaurant offers a classic brunch menu, but their dessert really takes the cake.
Blending new and old fusions to traditional French cuisine, this Au Festin de Babette is known around the world for their unique hot chocolates and old fashioned ice creams.
For the book lover in the family, Montreal’s very own Librarie l’Echange is where it’s at. Located in the heart of Mont-Royal Avenue, this hidden gem is a magical realm for book lovers and music enthusiasts. One of the very fewest music outlets that still buys and sells old records, these classic gifts are perfect for music lovers of all eras and genres.
Librarie l’Echange also has an online section so for those who are looking to stay indoors while supporting local businesses, here is your sign telling you that you need a new book for your bookshelf.
Looking for refreshingly unique graphic creations to be screenprinter on literally… whatever! TREMBZ is a Montreal-based screen printing and apparel brand that has partnered with Indigenous artists and supplies in order to create custom items for everyone, while supporting Indigenous communities and achieving the lowest costs.
Although new to the apparel game, TREMBZ has been a heavily demanded item for the Christmas holidays.
The Flower Pot
Opened since 1965, The Flower Pot has been decorating tables, homes and special occasions for decades. This year, enjoy their holiday collection with stunning centerpieces, some with special boxes of chocolates attached. Everyone loves the gift of chocolates but they also love a beautiful presentation of flowers and plants.
Available for pick up, delivery and online ordering, The Flower Pot is an absolute must have this holiday season.
Treat yourself and those you love with the gift of organic and locally sourced skincare. The BKind brand is made with natural, vegan and eco-friendly products that come in adorable packaging and smell delicious. When you purchase through BKind, you are also supporting Refuge Pageau, a wild animal sanctuary in Abitibi-Témiscamingue.
Choose from a variety of skincare products, body and nail care, and hair care including their famous shampoo bars. Online shopping is available (just to make things easier!)
It’s to give, but it’s even easier to BKind.
Calling all men and women who are looking to reinvent their looks and glam into 2021 like a boss! If you’re looking to freshen up your current look or go bold and go for a whole new look, the professionals at Salon Drake are waiting to transform and make you feel like your best self.
Whether you’re looking for haircare to wrap and under the tree, or gift cards to stock in stockings and holiday cards, there’s something for everyone.
WowMoms World Montreal
After a year like we’ve had, nothing screams “We Love You Mom” like some time for herself, and for new moms, this may even be a great opportunity to learn more about Baby & Me classes. WowMoms World Montreal opened a few short months before the pandemic began, but for the months they were open, it was glorious.
Complete with yoga and fitness centres to accommodate both mommy and baby, this enchanting baby dreamland also includes one-on-one swim classes and flotation therapy for smaller babies.
Best of all, WowMoms World Montreal also has a generous play area for kids, while mom gets pampered at the spa, hair salon or to meet up with a friend at the cafe.
Say “thank you” to the special mom in your life whether she’s a sister, a friend, a colleague, or an essential worker!
Travel & Adventure
Illumi par Cavalia
While Illumi by Cavalia is not a small business, it is a stunning experience that can brighten someone’s day and felt it was important to share during this holiday season. Stepping into a mystical Christmas Wonderland, families remain in their vehicles and drive the experience, complete with lit up reindeers, sleigh rides and the big jolly old man himself, Santa!