We try to support local businesses as much as possible year round, but wanted to make this year the year for keeping it local. We’re sharing our Manitoulin Holiday Gift Guide!
Gifts for the foodies in your life
Manitoulin Island has something for all the foodies on your list! Some of our Manitoulin Holiday Gift Guide favourites include:
New Grain Bread has delectable treats for all. Whether it’s savoury or sweet that you are craving, New Grain has just what you need. Everything we have ever ordered from New Grain has been excellent. We’ve had their bagels, focaccia, brioche, Lox Box, Mediterranian Box, and more. If I were to ask for something for Christmas, it would definitely be something from New Grain! Just saying!
One of my absolute favourite local shops is Finnia Chocolate.
Finnia Chocolate has Special Edition Flavoured Chocolate like Manitoulin Mint, Buttermilk Gianduja, Sweet and Salty Canadian, Split Rail Oat Stout Dark Chocolate, and more. They also have Single Origin Bean-to-Bar Chocolate (Buttermilk 48%, Honduras 70%, etc). They also have gift items, Cocoa Bean Tea, Hot Chocolate Bombs, Truffles, and more.
Main Street Cafe in Kagawong serves some epic meals and we love the layers of flavour in all their menu items. If you’re thinking of gifting some baking to a loved one, Jean’s Million Dollar Shortbread is a definite winner! She has
The Saucy Apple at JD’s Garden Centre has delicious homemade meals and baked goods. Generous portions and so much flavour. For gift items, The Saucy Apple has a variety of pickles, condiments, preserves, jams, and other goodies.
Manitoulin Chocolate Works is famous for their chocolate treats on (and off) Manitoulin. Whenever I want to pick up a few special items for gifts or stocking stuffers, Manitoulin Chocolate Works chocolate is perfect. They make great teachers’ gifts too!
The Garden’s Gate Restaurant has oven ready meals, baked goods, desserts, and gift items available.
The Cedar Chalet Country Diner in Manitowaning has some delectable treats that your loved ones will enjoy. Wes is an incredible baker! Pulla for Christmas Place your order for December 17th (order by Dec.15) or December 23rd pickup.Delivery available to Espanola Dec.19th. Place order by Dec. 15
I know that as a busy mom, dinners that I don’t have to cook (or clean up after) are very much appreciated. Why not give the gift of a cooking-free dinner to a special mom in your life? Ordering a meal from The Anchor Inn, Elliott’s, Mum’s, The Grill and Chill, 3 Cows and a Cone, RC’s Diner, Manitoulin Conference Centre’s Restaurant (North46) and other dining establishments on the island would be the perfect gift!
Make someone’s day with flowers and greenery!
I’m not going to lie. I love having a bouquet of fresh flowers in the house. Flowers make me happy. They just brighten up my day. I’m also obsessed with houseplants. One can never have too many plants, right?
E’s Flowers in Mindemoya has a variety of gift items available for the season. They have beautiful gift baskets as well as cut flowers and fresh evergreens for centerpieces and decor! They are also offering delivery throughout December leading up to Christmas, making it the perfect way to spread some cheer when you can’t be there in person.
JD’s Manitoulin Garden Centre in Tehkummah has a variety of gifts for the plant lover in your life. From house plants to festive arrangements, decor, and more, JD’s has something for everyone.
The Flower Hutch in Gore Bay has a beautiful selection of floral arrangements and holiday gift items. If you’re looking for centrepieces, flower arrangements, or seasonal gifts, you can find them at the Flower Hutch.
Clothing for your favourite people
Of course, what Manitoulin Family Gift Guide doesn’t include clothing on the list? Find hoodies, sweaters, and other apparel for every member of the family at Turners of Little Current, Boarderline Board Shop, Island Home Outfitters, Rylan’s Clothing, Dreamer’s Cove, Outpost General, and other fine shops on Manitoulin.
Fun gifts for all!
Hannah Hawthorne Art creates fun and whimsical items like Manitoulin Mud Dolls, rag dolls, crochet items, and her most popular item this season, F-Bombs!
Beam Paints are some of my favourite paints. Made on Manitoulin (in M’Chigeeng First Nation), the high quality pigments also come in plastic-free packaging. Beam Paints are the perfect gift for any artist on your list.
Whether you’re looking for art prints, Christmas ornaments, art supplies, original paintings, cards and stickers, or art classes, Heirloom Island is a favourite of mine. I own a few prints (one day I will own an original!) and I have taken a painting workshop online during the pandemic. I absolutely love Heirloom Island.
Craig Jackson Images has beautiful landscape, wildlife, and sunset and sunrise photos. For those who live on the island or those who would love to have part of Manitoulin with them while they’re off-island, a beautiful Prints and custom canvas options are also available.
Peter Baumgarten Creative Island Photography has captures such stunning moments in nature. Give the gift of Peter’s photography to loved ones this year. Available in Fine Art Prints, Canvas Wrap, Photo Boards.All of Peter’s images can be ordered in a variety of sizes and on a variety of media. Check out his gallery, Facebook or Instagram.
When it comes to gifts, one of my favourite gifts has to be a family photo session. Capture the real, raw and true moments. Check out J. Casson Photos (Manitoulin Island Photography)
These are just some of the incredible local gift ideas I have to share with you for this year’s installment of our Manitoulin Holiday Gift Guide!