Every newspaper and magazine right now has gift giving ideas for everyone on your list, but what about those of you who wish to shop locally? Sure, there are many flyers and newspaper ads that are showcasing the latest sales going on in town, but what about some creative ideas? In Carleton Place over the past couple of years, there has been much said about trying to shop downtown, or at least, locally to support our businesses. With so many people working in the city, it can be easier to shop there. And shopping online is becoming more popular. So, are there really any great places to shop in Carleton Place?
Like many of us, if you are planning on spending a bit less this year, you might want to be more creative with your gift giving to really make the most of those presents. If you need to buy for family members, friends, or even neighbours, maybe you’ll get a few ideas here.
#1. How about a subscription to The Carleton Place Canadian? It is only $1.00 an issue when you buy it each week at the store, but you can also get a yearly rate and have it delivered right to your door. This would be a great idea for an elderly person who might not get out much, or even for your university student who might like some news from home.
#2. Gift cards are really popular right now for all ages. They allow your gift recipient to purchase whatever they like. There are some great places to get a wide variety of gift cards in town and one of the best places is Price Chopper! Yes, while you shop for your weekly groceries, you can pick up a few gift cards for your grandchildren to shop at iTunes, Roots, or even Old Navy. They have a really extensive collection of cards for a variety of prices and places to shop. Shoppers Drugmart also carries a wide line of cards, so take a look on your way out of the store.
#3. How about buying someone a haircut? If you know their local hairdresser, many local stylists have gift certificates for their services, such as cuts, colour, and even manicures and eyebrow waxing! How nice would it be to give this little gift to someone who just might enjoy being pampered?
#4. The Carleton Place Cinemas have great weekly movies at really low prices. You might want to pick up some gift certificates for movie tickets and popcorn and treat your mailman to a night out, or as a great gift for your child’s teacher. They also host International Movie Night once a month, which might be interesting for that discerning movie-watcher on your list. These are always great movies and a yearly subscription of $40 gets you into all of these films.
#5. How about treating someone to a nice lunch? Pretty much all of the great eateries downtown have gift certificates so that you can give someone a break this winter. Maybe pop the certificate into an envelope along with a movie certificate so they can do dinner and a movie right in town! Of course, there are a wide variety of restaurants in town from Mexican to Chinese and even a new steakhouse. Walk down Bridge Street and buy up all your gifts in one go!
#6. Coffee lovers have it all now in Carleton Place. You can get pre-paid cards for that double-double coffeeholic on your list at either Tim Horton’s, or why not let them try out Starbucks with a gift card? (Starbucks also has great little gifts for those stockings like chocolate covered coffee beans and beautiful bamboo-boxed tea sets.) While you’re there doing your Christmas shopping, take a few minutes and relax with an Egg Nog Latte. Yum!
#7. Canadian Tire always has some wonderful gifts for everyone on your list. Right now, they also have some great incentives with coupons available near the entrance. You can buy that new rice-cooker for that chef on your list, and pick up some hockey equipment for your son. Or how about an original gift for Christmas…….Christmas decorations! Pick up a basket and fill it with new energy-saving lights for the tree, twinkling new ornaments or a new wreath for the door. Your gift recipient will be thrilled to add someone new to their home. Don’t forget, you can bring along the kids while you shop and let them stop by the popcorn machine for some munchies while you look around.
#8. Speaking of Christmas decorations, how about the Carleton Place Nursery? They have wonderful trees for your home, gorgeous fresh wreaths for the front door and a Christmas store that smells like cinnamon which is filled with beautiful ornaments and gifts. How nice would it be to show up at a neighbour’s home with a fresh fir wreath for their front door?
#9. Looking for some easy gifts to keep around in case people show up unexpectedly? The Bulk Barn has great glass jars that you could fill with buttered pecans or maple walnuts. Just tie a pretty ribbon around the lid and you have an instant gift. Make a few of these ahead of time and keep them in case someone drops by with a gift for you. If you don’t use them, they’re great to put out over the holidays for people to munch on while sipping hot chocolate.
#10. I couldn’t have a Christmas Gift list without mentioning the library! At the Carleton Place Public Library, we have a fantastic Christmas Book Sale going the whole month of December. Visit our gift table for wonderful new and almost-new books at unbelievable prices and find something for everyone on your list! We have all kinds of books set aside for the sale from biographies to decorating books to quick-read paperbacks from the latest authors. Our table will change constantly, so keep coming in to have a look.
I hope you found a few ideas from this list. Even if you can’t get to Carleton Place, you can use these ideas to help make your shopping list a bit shorter.