Locally sourced gifts that keep giving

Small independent businesses are the driving force in our local economy and contribute immensely to the vibrancy of our neighbourhoods. The Small Business & Entrepreneurship Centre (SBEC) supports our local businesses year-round, and you too can show your appreciation by shopping local this holiday season.  

Supporting local businesses is beneficial for the whole community. You can feel good knowing that shopping locally will produce a positive impact. 

Since 1992, SBEC has assisted local entrepreneurs with establishing their businesses and we strongly believe that Windsor-Essex has a wealth of talented and energetic entrepreneurs who are poised to make your holiday gift giving easier. 

SBEC is a proud sponsoring partner of the 5th annual Windsor Essex Holiday Gift Guide from Tourism Windsor Essex Pelee Island. You’ll notice that within the guide, as in years past, we provide noteson our top picks. Each page is pleasantly laid out to feature one-of-a-kind gifts to appeal to a wide audience.  

With our expert recommendations below, you can feel confident in the gifts you purchase this year. For even more suggestions, read our full list of gift ideas online

Windsor-Essex holiday gift ideas: 

If you’re searching for healthful gifts to make you and the recipient feel good all over, look no further than Gruppo Nutrition and their ever-popular fitness recovery and refuelling beverage mix, JOE. This is a fully functional cold-brew that is not only great for fitness enthusiasts but will help power anyone’s day and get through those early morning start times and afternoon meetings. 

What would pair well with JOE other than some Pak’d Pancakes?  This protein packed mix comes in a variety of tempting flavours that are sure to please. 

Another way to feel good all over aside from exercising right is to indulge in a little self-care. Treat a loved one or yourself to a mini spa day with Purple Vixen Beauty

There’s no need to search high and low for gifts to delight the senses when it can all be found locally. For those on your list who enjoy snuggling up to a book by a roaring fire, you can’t beat Biblioasis. For the artists in your life, you’re sure to find just the right gift at Beatnik Art Supplies. If you’re truly undecided, both shops offer gift certificates. 

Do the people on your list like to keep things spicy? Hot sauces from Halo Heats and JP Smitty Sauce will not only turn up the heat but also the flavour! 

Some people on your list may be more into the warm and cozy vibes. For them, we recommend candles fromMill Creek Candle Co.and Berryline Candles.Another way to feel cozy and warm all over is with the gift of locally roasted coffee from Red Lantern Coffee Co., Monteneros Coffee Corp. and Chance Coffee

Windsor-Essex has such an outstanding variety of retailers to choose from and we cannot possibly list them all, but we encourage you to find a copy of the holiday gift guide, or you can view it online. You’re sure to be delighted and inspired.