Supporting Small Business - Your LOCAL Holiday Shopping Guide

Thursday Dec 03rd, 2020


Supporting Local - Your Holiday Shopping Guide

During the last 8 months, the world has faced challenges unlike any other. Everyone has been affected in some way, shape, or form by the Coronavirus pandemic, from our front-line workers, right through to the families working from home. One of the largest groups who have seen the most impact is the small businesses throughout Canada. From stay-at-home orders to full lockdowns, the number of business owners who have been forced to close their doors is staggering - and we are not through the pandemic yet. 

The Holiday Season is coming up, and everyone has the ability to make a difference this year, not just in the lives of loved ones but in the lives of those small business owners who are struggling to stay open. While it may seem easy or convenient to shop online through sites like Amazon, you could help a friend, loved one, or neighbour, who have built their business from the ground up, by shopping local this year. 

To help, we've compiled a list of small businesses in Ottawa and the Surrounding area where you can do your holiday shopping. While this list is not exhaustive, there are plenty of options listed here to help inspire you and find the perfect gift for everyone on your list!


Fashion, Accessories, Jewellery, and Footwear


Adorit is a clothing and accessory store located in the Byward Market since 2007. Inspired by fair trade products made in India, Tibet, and       Nepal,    their products are stylish, sustainable, and best of all, created here by Canadian Fashion designers!

Online Ordering: Yes 

Shipping: Yes


                            Kiddytown is a family-owned business that has been a leader in the Canadian baby and children's retail market since 1945. They sell everything from car seats and furniture to apparel and toys.

Online Ordering: No

Delivery/Shipping: Yes



BASKK Jewellery specializes in fun and versatile handcrafted jewellery, made from sterling silver right here in Ottawa. They pride themselves as wearable art, with thoughtfulness and humour in each piece. 

Online Ordering: Yes - Through ETSY

Delivery/Shipping: Yes



Other Fashion, Jewellery, and Accessories

Milkshop - Clothing, Accessories, Home/Body

Boogie and Birdie - Clothing, Accessories, Home/Body

Workshop Boutique - Clothing, Accessories, Home/Body

Sloth Pants - Clothing (pants), Accessories

Flamingo Boutique - Clothing, Accessories, Gifts

Karuna Natural Wears - Nepali/Tibetan tradition and cultural fashion/accessories

Stomping Ground - Men's Clothing, Accessories

Three Wild Women - Women's Clothing

Ebb & Flo - Women's Clothing

Rikochet Resale - Women's Clothing/Consignment

Mini Geeks - Children's Clothing

Kiddie Kobbler St. Laurent - Children's Clothing, Accessories

Pretty Fly Girls Consignment Boutique - Girl's Clothing/Consignment

JV Studios - Jewellery, Gifts

Bob Thompson Jeweller's - Jewellery

Strut Jewellery - Jewellery

Flourish Stonewear - Jewellery

Lapai Art Jewellery - Jewellery, Gallery

Devine Fine Jewellery - Jewellery

Indigenous/First Nations

The Snow Goose

The Snow Goose first opened doors in 1963, with a focus on the art of the Inuit and First Nations people. They take pride in the knowledgeable presentation of First Peoples art from all across Canada. 

Online Ordering: Yes

Delivery: Yes


Kokom Scrunchies

Meet the young and talented entrepreneur, Mya. This 9-year-old hand creates scrunchies made from authentic Kokom scarves. What started out as a simple idea has taken Mya on a path of bringing her art to everyone!

Online Ordering: Yes

Delivery: Yes


Home Decor

Green Wall Vintage

Green Wall Vintage is a small, family-run shop operating out of their home that specializes in vintage furniture and prices you won't find anywhere else. They have pieces that suit every budget, so whether you are a student on a budget or are looking for designer pieces, you'll find something here.

Online Shopping: Yes

Delivery: Yes

Malenka Originals

Not only do the people at Malenka Originals transform unwanted or outdated furniture into beautiful, one-of-a-kind works of art, but they are also passionate about teaching others to do the same. With a unique combination of store and workshop, this is a place to learn, share, and get inspired. Classes are designed for children, teens, and adults alike. 

Online Shopping: Yes

Delivery: Yes

Pot & Pantry

Pot & Pantry was established in 2016 by a local Ottawa foodie. The store is packed with cookware, utensils, linens, and gourmet goodies - many being Canadian made or locally sourced. If you have a foodie on your list, this is a great spot to look for the perfect gift!

Online Shopping: Yes

Delivery: Yes

Other Home Decor

A Curated Nest - Vintage/Repurposed Furniture, Home/Lifestyle, Art

West of Main - Furniture, Home/Lifestyle, Art

MakerHouse - Canadian made Furniture, Home Decor, Gifts 

Kitchenalia Westboro - Kitchen Supplies, Gourmet Food

Colourlux - Paint Store

Hampton Paints - Paint Store, Blinds/Shutters

Books, Greeting Cards, and Stationary

Singing Pebble Books

Singing Pebble Books carries a wide selection of books on varying topics, including books on health and healing, women's studies, philosophy, self-help, fiction, children's books, and more! They also carry stationery, cards, and even yoga supplies. 

Online Shopping: Yes

Delivery: Yes

The Village Quire

The Village Quire is your first stop for greeting cards for all occasions. They also carry stationery and party supplies. With brands and lines from both Canada and imported, you're guaranteed to find what you need here. 

Online Shopping: Yes

Delivery: Yes

The Papery

The Papery is an all-purpose greeting card and stationery shop located in the Glebe. With a large selection of cards, gift wrap, tissue paper, and calligraphy supplies, they bring colour and beauty to all of your stationery needs!

Online Shopping: Yes

Delivery: Yes

Other Books, Greeting Cards, and Stationery

Black Squirrel Books - Bookstore

Perfect Books - Bookstore


Sporting Goods

Top of the World

Top of the World is Ottawa's oldest and largest independent skate and snowboard shop. Since 1990 they have been supporting the local community and providing access to top-quality skateboards, snowboards, footwear, and related clothing.  

Online Shopping: Yes

Delivery: Yes


Other Sporting Goods

On Deck Skateboard Shop

Trailhead Paddle Shack


Chocolatiers, Confectionary, Food


Stubbe Chocolate was first established in 1845, in the city of Meppen Germany. In 1989 the family decided to start a new chapter in their journey and moved the company to Canada. Today, the family continues to run the shop from Ottawa, working hand in hand with the young chefs from Le Cordon Bleu Ottawa Culinary Arts Institute to create a selection of gourmet truffles, tortes, pastries, and other kinds of sweets. 

Online Shopping: Yes

Delivery: Yes

Aurelius Food Company

Aurelius Food Company was started by Mike George while serving in the military. He started from the bottom, with small pop-up stands at bakeries and local markets, and eventually was able to start selling to some top restaurants in Ottawa. In 2018 he was able to retire from the military and open his own retail tasting boutique. All products sold are personally imported and sourced, and the authentic, small-batch and artisanal products have gained a strong reputation within the circle of Ottawa's most elite chefs and critical foodies. 

Online Shopping: Yes

Delivery: Yes


Chocolatiers, Confectionary, and Food

JoJo CoCo - Chocolates

World of Tea - Tea shop

Warm Wishes Gifts - Gift baskets




Scrim's Flowers and Plants began in 1874 as a small shop located in downtown Ottawa. Since opening, they have created beautiful arrangements and become the florist of choice for some of the city's most influential people. To this day they continue to create elegant flower designs for many occasions. 

Online Shopping: Yes

Delivery: Yes

Langdon's Flowers

Now a second-generation, family-owned and operated flower shop, Langdon's Flowers started with their first shop in the Billings Bridge Mall in 1975. Since then they have built their reputation and expanded into a large location in Ottawa's south end. There they continue to grow, design, and sell their flowers for any and all occasions. 

Online Shopping: No

Delivery: Yes


Other Florists




Toys on Fire

Toys On Fire is a unique and fun toy store, aiming to bring cutting edge toys and games to children and collectors alike. With a wide range of products, they pride themselves on being competitive with their prices and strive to provide the best and most entertaining products available. 

Online Shopping: Yes

Delivery: Yes


Other Toys/Games

Tag Along Toys

The Extraordinary Baby Shoppe


Miscellaneous Gifts/Hobbies

The Gifted Type

The people at The Gifted Type take fun seriously and aim to bring humour and imagination into everyone's daily lives. With products ranging from accessories and books, to plush and games, they are guaranteed to have something for everyone.

Online Shopping: Yes

Delivery: Yes

The Hobby Centre

The Hobby Centre is a full time hobby store, specializing in having a small quantity of a large range of items. They specialize in scale models, but also offer model trains, model rockets, and Diecasts. It is the perfect place to find a gift for the hobbyist or collector on your list.

Online Shopping: Yes

Delivery: Yes


Other Miscellaneous Gifts/Hobbies

Made in Canada Gifts

Wool N’ Things

Yarns Ewe’ll Love

Wabi Sabi - Yarns

Lasting Impressions Gifts


We hope that this list of various small businesses in Ottawa and the Surrounding Area helps you with your holiday shopping. Let’s work together to help our economy thrive!

Do you know of a small business that should be on this list? Let us know about it, and we will be sure to add it!

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