I had so much fun creating a gift-giving blog that highlighted amazing and committed local businesses. Being able to go to all of these places and talk to business owners was eye-opening, and I know it will help me make more conscious decisions when I’m shopping. I hope it was able to spark something in you, too. If you didn’t get a chance to read the blogs or need a reminder, and are in a pinch for holiday gifts, here they are again for some ideas. As a reminder, all of these places source either some or all of their product locally, or use other sustainability practices. Living Fresh – gift boxes, plants, flowers, pottery, and chocolate. Framing and Art Centre – custom framing, handmade product, or a piece from their Square Foot Show. Seven Shores Urban Market and Cafe – Coffee or gift certificates. Gifted – city prints, accessories, home decor, and cards. Cocoon Apothecary – Natural and vegan skincare for men and women. Eco-Coffee – Coffee silos to keep coffee fresh, coffee, coffee accessories such as drippers and french presses, and flavoured syrup. Thrift on Kent – The inventory is constantly changing, but you can often find new or almost new product for a really discounted price. This is also great for pieces of DIY projects. The Working Centre – “Rosemerry” Trees and handmade goodies from the Joseph Schneider Haus’ Christkindlsmarkt.