Holiday Shopping Made Easy: W.E. Made It Gift Guide

his holiday season, we encourage you to shop local and explore what Windsor-Essex has to offer. The Windsor Essex Holiday Gift Guide allows you to create the perfect shopping list for that special someone in your life!

The 2020 Windsor Essex Holiday Gift Guide features locally crafted and curated products that would make a perfect gift for someone that you care about this holiday season. This resource was created by Tourism Windsor Essex Pelee Island in partnership with the WindsorEssex Small Business Centre, the Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce, the Ontario Greenhouse & Vegetable Growers Association and the W.E. Made It Program.

When you give a locally made gift during the holidays you’re giving something that’s unique and original. Get inspired – when you buy local, your money goes back to our community. There are so many unique items available in Windsor-Essex, and your purchases will help keep more money in our region this holiday season. Read on if you’re looking for more ways to support local businesses.

5 Ways to bring holiday joy to small businesses

Small independent businesses are the driving force in our local economy and contribute immensely to the vibrancy of our neighbourhoods. We all play a part in their survival, especially during challenging economic times. Here are a few ways you can support small businesses in your community during the holiday season and beyond.

Spread the word: Let others know about your favourite businesses by leaving a positive review or testimonial on their website, or like and share their content on social media. Word of mouth referrals are a great way to drum up support for small businesses.

Commit to purchasing gifts locally: Attend local artisan fairs, shop at main street businesses or on their e-commerce websites. Not sure what to buy someone? Purchasing a gift card is a great way to ensure your loved ones can pick out a unique local product.

Reach out: Connect with local independent businesses by subscribing to businesses’ social media, emails and newsletters. Keeping abreast of sales and new product offerings means you’re more likely to shop at those businesses.

Order takeout: Even if you’re not keen on dining indoors right now, ordering takeout from your favourite local restaurant or caterer is a great way to continue supporting food and beverage businesses. Third party delivery apps provide convenience but often charge high fees to restaurants, so consider ordering direct from the restaurant if you can.

Discover unique experiences: Many businesses offer workshops and classes such as creative art studios, music lessons, cooking and nutrition lessons, fitness classes, and more. Participating in events and workshops helps you stay connected to these businesses and build a community around their services.

Looking for local gift ideas? See some suggestions from the Small Business Centre: 

5 Gifts for Foodies

Hawksview Honey Honey Jar (375 mL) $9 | Grape Leaves Garlic Sauce (16 oz) $7 | The Cheese Bar Charcuterie & Cheese DIY Kit $44 | Dressed by an Olive 6-Pack Olive Oil/Vinegar $30 | Little Foot Foods Mix n’ Match Pierogi (4 packs) $35

Vegan Gift Ideas

Lee & Maria’s Market Sprout Bin Delivery Box $34 | The Vegan Gardiners Garlic Dippin’ Sauce $10 | La Belle Fromage Charcuterie Tray $45 | Plant Joy Decadent Donut $6 |nooch. a vegan eatery Gift Cards

5 Gifts for Mom

Teacups & Crowns Tea & Scones Bundle | Pottery Cupboard Teapot | Shop Eco The Cider Made Me Do It Reed Diffuser | Aloraflora Jewelry Crystal Bezel Necklace | The Hook Pusher Adult Pom Beenie

Sweet Ideas for the One on the Go

Dutch Boys Chocolate Classic Truffle Collection | Sweetness Chocolate Lemon Buttermilk Chess Pie Chocolate | Little Food Foods Classic Cheddar Pierogis | Thyme To-Go Gift Card | Macro Foods Meals to Go | Green Heart Kitchen Gift Card

5 Gifts for Dad

Dave’s Woodworking Welcome Sign | Halo Heats Hot Sauce | Wolfhead Distillery Banana Caramel Vodka (750ml) | Michael Difazio Reclaim Artistry Charcuterie Board | BB Branded Win City Tee

For the Coffee Lover

I Luv Coffee Roasters Gord’s Chai Latte Mix $11 | Red Lantern Coffee Co. Colombian Las Mantanas Huila – Medium Roast $15 | Chance Coffee Heart Eyes Monthly Subscription $40 | Green Bean Cafe Green Bean Coffee $15 | Anchor Coffee Anchor Keep Cup $28

5 Gifts Under $20

Walkerville Candles Black Cherry Candle | Ocean Bottom Soap Company Goat’s Milk & Honey | Sweet Revenge Bake Shop Macaron box (6) | Pawsitively A Dog Thing Apple Carrot Barkscotti | Pretzel King 6 pack of Pretzels