The holidays are fast approaching, so I took a stroll down James St North to find some gift ideas for family and friends. From scented candles to cheeky notebooks, there is something for everyone in our James Street North gift guide. Remember, there is still another Art Crawl before Christmas, leaving just enough time to peruse the shops and find the perfect gifts! Take a look and get inspired: you know where to find these treasures. (Don’t forget to check out our Locke Street Gift Guide too!)
For the Festive Friend
Top: These Christmas tree ornaments are great for any foodie. Who doesn’t want a juicy burger hanging from their tree? Pretty Grit, $15
Bottom: A Campy candle that smells like The Holidays? Whatever that is, (I imagine warm and fuzzy) I’ll take it! Pretty Grit, $16
Left: Tree Candle Holders $9.95, Middle: Star Candle Holder $4.50, Right: Birch Ornaments $4, All from Vintage Charm
For the Chocolate Lover
Bottom: A box of truffles make for a great stocking stuffer while the hanging box can attach to a bottle of vino for an extra indulgent touch. Chocolat on James, $5.95 for four pack
For the Sweetheart
Top: Pick up some delicious treats for the sweet tooth in the group. Choose from cinnamon sugar biscotti, peanut butter cake pops, and other treats. Hotti Biscotti, price based on order
For your honey, pick up a jar of the good stuff, made by McMaster University students and student Brandi MacDonald. The Hamilton Store.
For the Proud Hamiltonian
The Hamilton Store is the obvious go-to gift shop for anyone who loves their city.
Left: Hamilton Brick Candles $34.95, Middle: Steel City Crate Beer and Condiment Carrier $37.95, Right: pillow $72
For the Crafter
Above: Hand-knit bootie slippers, Vintage Charm $79
Below: Hats and mitts made by the Women’s Collective in Peru (with a portion of sales going back to them) Hand Knit Yarn Studio, gloves $35
For the glamour goddess, you’ll find some glitzy wares at Hawk and Sparrow, perfect for a New Year’s celebration or gift-to-self (those are important too!). Bag $65, belt $40, shirt $60, dress $100
Top: When it’s time to slip out of a dress into something more comfy, slip into this stylish lingerie from Canadian designer Mary Young. La Bichette, $48
Above: Bath bombs make for the perfect stocking stuffer (for him, too!) and there is no shortage of scents! Burlap and Twine, $5 each or 5 for $20
Below: These cool geometric necklaces are a statement piece any jewellery-lover would be happy to add to their collection White Elephant, $70-110
Above: Perk Naturals all natural body scrub is made by Hamilton’s Emily Stencel. La Bichette, $15 for small coffee scrub ($23 for large), $18 for large citrus
Below: Ontario-made Diane Rodger’s necklaces come in silver, rose gold, or tri-tone La Bichette $60-$85
Left: My favourite of the three, notebook $23. Middle, stocking $68. Right: Spiffy patterned bow ties, $60. All from O’s Clothes
We know we’re missing tons of great gift ideas from our James St North shops and other neighbourhoods in the city – these are just some of our favourites. If you have found any cool holiday gift ideas in Hamilton, please share them in the comments below.