We’re so excited to release our annual gift guide! We know that our readers love finding cool and unique gifts that support local businesses at the same time. As a result, we’ve compiled a list of spots offering the perfect products and experiences! This is also the perfect time to send some hints to your loved ones about what you’d like this season. So let’s take a look at the ultimate 2022 Ottawa holiday gift guide, shall we?
1. Delicious Eats and Treats
First up on our list are the incredible cookies from Jav’s Cookie CO. One look at the Instagram page will have you drooling and placing an order. We also can’t help but love that Jav has consistently donated to important causes from cookie sales this year!!
Order: DM @javscookieco on Instagram to order
Ottawa Fantasy Treats is a one stop shop for beautiful treats. They can make anything from chocolate covered apples and strawberries, to hot chocolate bombs, and even smashable hearts. Smashable hearts looks so fun and we think they would make a wonderful holiday gift for that person in your life that is a huge sweet-tooth.
Order: DM @ottawafantasytreats on Instagram for pricing or e-mail them at firstname.lastname@example.org
Give the gift of a custom charcuterie board this year from the spectacular Zeitouna Kitchen! Send your loved ones (or yourself) a cheese-stacked box to enjoy from the comfort of home. Sounds like the perfect evening for a busy family or couple.
Order: DM @zeitounakitchen on Instagram for orders/inquiries
2. Hot and Cold Sips
Chantal launched Wax and Wane Coffee in 2020 during the pandemic. Wax + Wane is an online Canadian coffee company based out of Ottawa. They deliver fresh roast-to-order coffee beans. So if you have a coffee-lover in your life, consider supporting this local gem and give that individual the gift of happiness in a cup.
Looking for the perfect gift for your cocktail-loving friends, family & loved ones? Bar From Afar provides complete cocktail kits, except glassware, to make speakeasy quality cocktails at home. Their kits include the alcohol, juices, seasonings, garnishes, and detailed, easy-to-follow instructions. Perfect for the cocktail aficionado in your life!
Cada Dia Tequila was created by Ottawa-based couple Sandeep and Riti Gupta. Here at datenight we know that our readers all have a tequila-loving individual in their lives. Whether that special someone enjoys sipping on tequila, or making margaritas, we think they would truly enjoy this gift.
Montgomery Scotch Lounge offers a unique gift experience for the Scotch lover in your life! Their custom, take-home Scotch flights are expertly prepared with 4 different (but complimentary) Scotches for a full-on tasting experience. You also also have the option to loan Glencairn glasses to help savour the taste and complexity of fine whisky.
Shop: Come during their opening hours from 5 p.m. to midnight (Wednesday to Sunday), or daily from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. when Oat Couture Oatmeal Cafe operates in the same space (750 Gladstone Avenue, Ottawa). Click here for more details.
3. All Things Cozy
There is nothing more cozy than a handmade blanket. Cozy Creation By Lex makes the most beautiful, soft, and chunky knit blankets around. The wide variety of colours and sizes means that you can order the perfect custom blanket for that special someone.
Shop: DM @cozycreationsbylex to order
The Valley Candle Co. makes eco conscious candles celebrating the spirit of the Ottawa valley. The candles are hand-poured by the owner who loves Ottawa, as can be seen by the product range. The beautiful candles that come in vintage glassware are among our favourite items. They would make such a beautiful and cozy addition to anyone’s home.
White Buffalo Vintage offers handpicked vintage farmhouse décor and have the most beautiful selection of unique furniture! If you are shopping for a home décor enthusiast, we are confident that you will find the perfect gift at White Buffalo Vintage.
4. Jewelry For Everyone
True Bijoux is a local staple in the Ottawa community. Owner Lindsay is one of the kindest and most knowledgeable business owners we have ever interacted with. The shop has a HUGE collection of items (both vintage and new). You will definitely find the perfect gift at this jewelry store.
Hailey Jane Jewelry is yet another amazing Ottawa-based company that makes jewelry and watches. Hailey’s work focuses on both sentiment and style. She makes romantic pieces for the playful and modern woman. If you are shopping for a playful and modern woman you should consider supporting Hailey Jane Jewelry this holiday season!
5. Oh What Fun!
It’s no surprise that we recommend the datenight Game as the perfect stocking stuffer this year. This game is fantastic whether you’re talking, dating, seeing where it goes, not labelling it, or are madly in love. We made sure to include questions and conversation starters you’ve never thought to ask before. Don’t worry though, the questions aren’t too intense!
Have you heard of The GOOD Challenge before? They’re gamifying doing GOOD with epic adventures that give back to charity. This Canadian-based company prompts ‘players’ to choose their challenge, find their cause, win cool prizes, and lastly nominate others! There are many challenge packs, including an Ottawa edition one! This would make the perfect gift for the adventure seeker in your life!
6. Personalized gifts
Crated Local offers locally curated, quality artisan gift crates full of goodies perfect for family, friends, or your significant other. Whether you are buying for a foodie, plant lover, wine lover, or more, they’ve got you covered! Their “Crated Romance” crate is perfect for a pizza date night in and includes a customizable pizza board, a bottle of local Kin wine, and other local goodies. Supporting local never came so easy!
Looking for the perfect customized gift this holiday season? Design by Dodo offers beautiful dried floral glass ornaments, fully personalized acrylic ornaments, personalized travel jewelry organizers, personalized champagne flutes, and more! Each item is carefully handcrafted in Ottawa with love.
Order: DM @designbydodo on Instagram for orders/inquiries
We hope you enjoyed the ultimate 2022 Ottawa holiday gift guide we put together! Let us know what other wonderful local companies you would like to see featured on this list down below in the comments. We will be happy to add them!! Wishing you all a safe and happy holiday season this year.
PS. Check out other amazing DateNight articles for more date ideas in the nation’s capital!