Holiday shopping in the ‘Hood

By Allana Giesbrecht

Just like Santa, you’ll probably soon be making your list and checking it twice. Shopping for holiday gifts can be stressful, but the Mainstreeter is here to help. We’re happy to report that neighbourhood stores in Old Ottawa East offer something for a variety of people on your list — whether they’re naughty or nice!

The Interior Design Lover

Find It @ Three Trees

Find It @ Three Trees

The Emporium on 47 Main Street has a beautiful collection of solid wood furniture, but don’t panic if bed frames and bookshelves are beyond your budget, the shop also carries cushions and bedding, pottery, lamps, and art prints.

At 3 Trees (202 Main St.), you can find dishes, pillows, and beautiful blankets among a potpourri of decorative treasures from faraway lands.

If you’re hunting for high-end antiques, look no further than Donohue and Bousquet at 27 Hawthorne Ave. This tiny shop is filled with silverware and also has a selection of furniture, figurines, and trinkets.

The Fashionista

Find It @ Phat Moose

Find It @ Phat Moose

Put the flair in local fare by clothes-shopping at 3 Trees, where you can scoop up something bright and colourful or soft and subdued. Dresses, tunics, tops and skirts are in abundance, as are soft and cozy nightgowns. The store also stocks men’s clothing, and has a handful of winter coats. Don’t forget the tuques, scarves, mittens, wool socks, and undies!

Shawls and ponchos can be found two doors down at Singing Pebble at 206 Main St., along with funny socks.

While Phat Moose on 98 Hawthorne Ave. mainly carries cycling clothes, we spotted a plaid shirt that would look great both on and off the trails!

If it’s jewellery you’re seeking, Singing Pebble has silver bracelets and stone pendants, and 3 Trees has a huge selection of rings, necklaces and bracelets made from various stones and semiprecious gems.

The Kids

Find It @ Watson's

Find It @ Watson’s

If you have any children in your life, they may have already pointed you toward Watson’s Pharmacy, where the display of Ty’s Beanie Boos has caught the eye of many a wee passerby. Watson’s also has an assortment of Melissa and Doug games, toys, activity books, and crafts.They also carry Springbok puzzles and Bloco foam building kits.

Singing Pebble has many children’s books to choose from, as well as stickers, tattoos, colouring books and science kits. Imagine their fun growing a crystal “Giant Sequoia” or crystal reef! The bookshop also sells Folkman puppets—perhaps a platypus or pelican?

The One Who Needs Pampering

Indulge your loved ones with the gift of TLC. If a manicure or pedicure is their thing, gift certificates for Only You Esthetics on 94 Hawthorne Ave., or for the new Love Your Skin Beauty Lounge at 97 Main St. are in order. Both spas offer facials, skin treatments and makeup services. You can also buy makeup and skincare products to use at home.

For the gentleman on your list, Prim Barber Shop (91 Main St.) delivers cool haircuts and straight razor shaves, and sells men’s grooming products.

The Caffeine-fiend

Find It @ Café qui pense

Find It @ Café qui pense

You can find gifts for your favourite coffee- or tea-lover right here in the neighbourhood. Pop into Café Qui Pense at 204 Main St. to stock up on beans from Almonte’s Equator Coffee Roasters.

Right next door at Singing Pebble you can grab a felted French Press cozy, or choose from one of many cute and clever mugs. And next door on your left, 3 Trees has lovely travel mugs, gorgeous tea sets, and even a selection of loose leaf tea.

The Athlete

Take a deep breath and say Ommmmm. Great gifts for the Yogi in your life are available at Singing Pebble: a variety of mats, blocks, books, water bottles, and Yoga DVDs are available.

If you’re shopping for that special cyclist in your life, check out Phat Moose. The shop specializes in custom and winter bikes, but offers other items a cyclist could want, from parts to accessories to clothing.

Just down the street at 5 Hawthorne Ave., Cycos has a range of bikes, accessories, seats, and tires. They also sell skates and snowshoes, just in time for winter holidays!

The Artsy One

Find It @ Singing Pebble

Find It @ Singing Pebble

Provide inspiration with a set of pencil crayons and a grown-up colouring book from Singing Pebble. Blank notebooks or guided journals are also great gifts for those who are always doodling or jotting down deep thoughts.

Crafty friends and family might also appreciate a handful of carved buttons from 3 Trees.

The Soul-Seeker

Maybe your best friend is getting into Tarot or your mom is a budding Buddhist. Singing Pebble and 3 Trees have got you covered. Our local bookstore has a terrific selection of spiritual items including Tarot cards, candles, smudging bundles, meditation mats, crystals, and more. A couple of doors down, 3 Trees provides incense and essential oils, diffusers, Buddhist and Hindu statues, stones, and singing bowls.

Art at the Emporium. If you know any Doodle-loving, beer drinkers with some free wall space... we've found the gift for them.

Art at the Emporium. If you know any Doodle-loving, beer drinkers with some free wall space… we’ve found the gift for them.

The Teacher/Daycare provider

Anyone who works with children all day might need a good coffee mug. We’re particularly fond of the “You are doing a freaking great job” one we spotted at Singing Pebble! These folks might also love some of the hilarious buttons and magnets from the bookstore, or perhaps a unique holiday ornament from 3 Trees.

The Host(ess) with the Most(ess)

Be a great guest and bring your holiday host some Rogers Chocolates or Stonewall Kitchen goodies from Watson’s Pharmacy. Holiday ornaments from Watson’s or 3 Trees are another great idea. Your host would surely be delighted by a sweet or savoury loaf from the Green Door (198 Main St.). You can also pre-order special holiday baking or bring a ready-to-bake dish from the restaurant’s freezer.

Happy shopping!

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