For the last-minute shoppers, I thought it might be helpful to give you a bunch of ideas so you can wrap things up and settle down with a cup of cocoa by tonight. There are plenty of shopping options right here in South Georgian Bay with no need to go far:
How about a coupon for knitting classes or, some Fair Trade Coffees or Teas or, unique baubles or maybe a fresh flower arrangement for the table? You can find them all in Collingwood. The Downtown BIA website has even put together a handy list of affordable gift ideas that are sure to inspire you at least a little. While you are visiting the site, have a look at the slide presentation explaining the downtown revitalization project.
For stocking stuffers, the best dollar store in the area has to be in Wasaga Beach and the Giant Tiger store has plenty of options too. For a big ticket item, how about an electric bike?
Oo-la-la, you can find some gorgeous French bath products, delectable chocolates, fancy sunglasses and even a gift for Rover in one of the 25 or so shops at the Village at Blue.
You can swoon over sweet treats, one-of-a-kind art works, rare books or pick up a designer scarf in some of Thornbury’s 60 unique shops and boutiques.
While you are “out west,” don’t forget to drop in and see Meaford’s lovely new downtown with over 55 shops. You can find everything from candles and jewelry to collectibles and toys. There are also about 28 restaurants or café’s where you can power up for the rest of your journey.
Stayner’s downtown is more than just a place to drive through. I LOVE dropping in to the Hardware store on the south side where time seems to have stood still. Then of course there is Billy Hill Pine for reasonably priced home accents or, Aardens Chocolates where I highly recommend the hand-rolled and creamy truffles!
Christmas just doesn’t seem complete with heading down to the enchanting village of Creemore where you can pick up exquisite sculpture, a case of Creemore Springs, a gorgeous Gift Basket from the 100 mile market store or even buy a family pass to an old fashioned arcade.
For the environmentally conscious, there are many options that now exist. How about some earth-friendly grooming products from the Environment Network Shoppe? The active person on your list would covet a SIGG Water Bottle from EcoInhabit in Meaford. For the writer, may I suggest some Elephant Poo Paper from the Elephant Thoughts Science Store on Country Road 124 in Nottawa? This also has to be the best place to find unusual stocking stuffers such as chocolate covered bugs, tree=growing kits, wooden airplanes and fake snow.
Finally, don’t forget to check out the ShopCity online sites for lots of ideas. Just type in the town name first… http://www.shopcollingwood.com/ or www.ShopThornbury.com and so on. Please, shop local today and every day.
Marg Scheben-Edey is a Broker with RE/MAX four seasons realty limited, Brokerage in beautiful Collingwood, ON. With three decades of experience, Marg is a leader in the local real estate marketplace and is ready to help guide both Buyers and Sellers in achieving their real estate goals. Email Marg