Half the fun of Christmas shopping is looking for great stocking stuffers—especially when you want to spread some Ottawa cheer. This year more than ever, you can help the local community at the same time by choosing local items like attraction passes, fun experiences and unique products. Here are our top 10 Ottawa-themed stocking stuffers that are sure to bring holiday joy to everyone on your list.
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For the person who loves…
1. Overnight getaways
Who doesn’t like to get away, especially when they’ve been home more than usual? Get that special someone a stay at an Ottawa hotel, a bed & breakfast or even a campground. Check out our It’s still on us promotion to save on accommodations.
2. Beautiful art
Even the harshest art critic can find eye candy at the many galleries and art boutiques in Canada’s capital. Take your art-lover to the National Gallery of Canada, the always-free Ottawa Art Gallery, or Ottawa’s independent galleries to admire Canadian, Indigenous, regional and international works of art. Or, get them art-related gifts in the gallery boutiques.
3. Museums and attractions
Give the gift of fun to families, couples and individuals who love exploring the region’s various attractions. Offer them a gift card to one of Ottawa’s seven national museums, local and regional museums, as well as amusement sites like escape rooms, activity farms and sugarbushes.
4. Local products
Find unique, locally produced, handcrafted items—including food and crafts—from vendors at the ByWard Market, the Ottawa Farmers’ Market at Lansdowne, and even virtual events. Or let your giftee choose anything they want—from wellness products to jewelry to furniture—with a gift card from independent shops that carry local products for all ages.
5. Tour experiences
Memorable experiences make great gifts. Whether your loved one is into food, beer, outdoors or history, there’s an Ottawa tour option—and gift certificates—to match.
6. Great food
Who doesn’t appreciate eating out (or eating in with takeout) from great local restaurants? Get a gift certificate to their favourite brunch spot, a legendary lunch staple, or a new hot eatery they should discover.
7. Craft beer
With dozens of craft breweries throughout the city, beer afficionados might be the easiest people to buy for this holiday season. Gather a few of their favourite brews and some trendy swag to match.
8. Quality coffee
For that person who can’t live without their daily jolt of caffeine, nothing beats locally-roasted, quality beans from one of Ottawa’s many coffee roasters.
9. Baked treats
Edible gifts, including fresh baked goods decorated for the holidays, are a sweet option. Get a gift card to one of the many bakeries throughout the city that specialize in delicious doughnuts, cupcakes, cookies, bread, bagels, croissants and many other decadent treats.
10. The outdoors
Give the outdoor enthusiast in your life access to some of the best fresh air activities in the Ottawa region. Take them for a memorable outing or give them a gift certificate to local ski resorts, wildlife parks, activity centres, cycling tours and much more.