Christmas is just around the corner – so if you haven’t started your holiday shopping yet, we’ve got your back. Give your Amazon account a break, and get some extra cred for buying local wares from these incredibly talented Winnipeg artisans, shops and designers. Best of all – you can find these products in and around the Exchange District, within walking distance from our character-filled conversion lofts at District Condos (which would also be a really great gift – who wouldn’t love a new condo for Christmas?).
We’ve tailored this guide to things for the home because they’re universally loved, and they’re items we can picture getting cozy with in a StreetSide condo.
So, put on a chunky knit scarf, grab yourself something hot and caffeinated at Forth, and get ready to be known as the best gift-giver ever.
Coal and Canary A local gift guide wouldn’t be complete without including the Winnipeg rockstar candle-making duo of Coal and Canary. Join the likes of celebrities and international candle aficionados and gift some of the best quality, tastiest-smelling candles around (you also can’t top their candle names and packaging). Find them stocked all over the city (check this list), but a few great places to check out in the area (where you can do even more shopping/indulging) are the Forks Trading Company, Hilary Druxman and Bronuts.
mud + stone For someone at the top of your nice list, anything from mud + stone is sure to impress. We’re loving these hanging plant pots that made an appearance at the recent Third+Bird market, but their unique cityscape mug ($30), or any mud+stone mug for that matter, is also a perfect gift. Visit mud + stone at 290 McDermot Ave. (4th Floor) – Open Thurs- Sat 11:30-5 and Sunday 12-4.
Tiny Feast You really can’t go wrong with anything from Tiny Feast – this impeccably curated shop of stationery and gifts is a Christmas shoppers’ haven. Our pick for this year? The Winnipeg graphic city map collaboration they did with Point Two Design ($25) – a fool-proof gift for the city-proud person on your list. Visit 217 McDermot Ave.
Oak and Oar In a limited run before Christmas, Oak and Oak made its popular “White House” design into a print after the tees quickly sold out. A great keepsake and gift for the hockey lover on your list, this old Winnipeg arena print is $45, or free when you spend $250 in-store. Find them on the main floor of the Johnston Terminal building at The Forks Market beside the Winnipeg Art Gallery space.
Kal Barteski It’s nearly impossible to gallivant around Winnipeg without running across this famous local’s work. You can find Kal Barteski's gorgeous script everywhere from Starbucks to Lululemon and in homes around the world. While you just missed her final custom pop-up for the season at The Forks, her prints make a great gift and are available online (yes, we made an exception to our Exchange District gift guide because we love her so much). That said, she usually makes an appearance at The Forks in other ways, stroking the skating ice with her beautiful brush, so make sure to add that to your must-see list. For gifting (or keeping!), we love this print ($36) featuring an inspiring retelling of an age-old story.