We all have someone who’s difficult to buy for at Christmas. Maybe you’re that person! Either way, I’ve come across some unique gift options that just might suit their fancy and yours.

The most unique gift is a memorable experience. There are so many take-aways from Jennifer Wolfe’s jewellery making course.

“I’ve been offering very small jewellery workshops in the Barrie and surrounding areas since April.  These hands-on workshops give folks the opportunity to try their hand at beginner metalsmithing classes as well as beginner lapidary classes. Giving a gift experience can be so much more rewarding. My workshops are incredibly fulfilling as people see themselves create something out of nothing and leave with something very tangible that they’ve made with their own two hands,” says Wolfe, Owner of Bliss Jewellery in Barrie.

Seventeen-year-old Dan Borg is a young entrepreneur who works out of his own shop in Sharon, East Gwillimbury, where he makes candleholders. “My unique candleholders feature reclaimed horseshoes at each end. They’re all individually distressed and stained to appeal to many tastes. While most of them have two votives and candles, I can create custom orders with any amount you choose. These candleholders would make a beautiful addition to anyone’s table or mantle.”

This is probably my favourite unique gift. Ruby chocolate is the newest exotic sweet to come to Canada, making its debut in the summer of this year. It’s actually made from the Ruby cocoa bean and has no added colouring or flavouring. The fermentation process makes the chocolate have a pink hue and fruity taste.

“Most people will not have heard of it let alone had a chance yet to try this incredible and complex chocolate,” says Sylvie Bauer, Owner of Sylvie’s Kitchen. You can find Sylvie’s Ruby chocolate at some local shops such as Country Produce in Orillia, Cheese Gallery in Thornbury, and the 100 Mile Store in Creemore.

“This would make a great hostess gift, stocking stuffer, or something to share after dinner with friends,” suggests Bauer.

For an artistic style gift, you can get Jim Clay, Artist & Instructor for Funky Glassworx in Orillia, to create a serving platter, coasters, rustic lanterns, or something more authentic.

“This gift is perfect for someone who’s looking for affordable one-of-a-kind pieces of art,” says Clay.

A family portrait makes a fabulous gift for extended family members, particularly grandparents. Buy a gift card for a photo shoot with Samantha Burt Photography in Barrie, then frame it with a rustic frame designed by Keith Tribe, Owner and Craftsman of Rustic Works in Barrie who uses locally sourced barn board or hardwood.

“We all have something in our home, whether it’s a treasured photo, a piece of art, or something more unique like a family quilt. Having it preserved in a stunning, hand-made frame from local wood that’s a century old is a timeless way of showcasing it. Mirrors are also a beautiful way of opening up a room or space. Barn board can fit into any design space, modern, or rustic!” says Tribe.

Happy shopping!


Rustic Works, Barrie

Funky Glassworx, Orillia

Sylvie’s Kitchen

Bliss Jewellery, Barrie

Samantha Burtt Photography, Barrie

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