The holiday season is here, and it’s time to dust off that box of festive decor and create a little winter magic inside your home. It’s also a great excuse to go shopping for high-quality, locally-made holiday decor—after all, these pieces often become family heirlooms that bring back memories year after year. So, don’t be a Scrooge—shop local, build your own collection of sentimental pieces and let your home sparkle with holiday joy. Here are some suggestions to help get you started.
Trim your tree
Ornaments can be passed on from generation to generation, so don’t be afraid to invest in a few (or a few dozen) you really love. You may be drawn to classic Santa or snowman pieces, elegant gold and silver accessories, one-of-a-kind crafty ornaments, or quirky bobbles that make you laugh (we’re talking about you, naughty ornaments, and festive pickles). You may want wooden garland, family-friendly cloth ornaments, religious symbols, or something that complements your home’s colour palette. Anything goes—let yourself explore and find out what you’re drawn to. Your Christmas tree doesn’t necessarily need to look like it belongs on the cover of a magazine—it just has to feel right. We recommend starting at a local shop like Sweet Time Bake Shoppe in Orillia. This bakery is offering a holiday vendor market where you can find beautiful handmade ornaments (some of which can be made custom). If you’re looking to add a sweet touch with some festive gnomes, then The Pebble Tree in Midland is a great place to stop. They have a wide selection of adorable stuffed gnomes (along with gnome ornaments), plus wreaths, mugs, snow globes, and other holiday accessories.
Magic on the mantle
If you’re lucky enough to have a classic fireplace mantle, make the most of it! And if not, mimic the same look using a console table, the top of an upright piano, or even a floating shelf. Consider using some greenery like garland from The OC Emporium in Orillia, along with some candles, festive tabletop accessories, and beautiful holiday decorations. Vintage Rustic Décor in Innisfil is another great spot. You’ll find rustic and farmhouse-inspired holiday décor, including festive signs, adorable barnyard ornaments, birch-wrapped candles, mini trees – and so much more!
Spruce up your tableware
A holiday cocktail tastes even better in gorgeous glassware and The Pebble Tree in Midland has some excellent choices, including hammered finish and confetti wine glasses. Look for beveled, smoked, coloured, or even novelty glassware that brings you joy while impressing any guest. A decanter will look beautiful on your table and make any wine feel just that much fancier (even if it came from a box). Add some ceramic mugs from Our House in Barrie for those booze-infused evening coffees or hot chocolate, and you’ll be ready to let those sleigh bells ring.
For A Family with a Sense of Humor
The best play to spread holiday cheer is by adding one-of-a-kind novelty décor. In addition to heirloom pieces, The Artisan Boutique in Barrie carries novelty items like front door mats and cheeky holiday cards. While at The Christmas Villager in Coldwater, you can find silicon holiday spatulas, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation snow village accessories, and adorable salt and pepper salt shakers (in the shape of a snowman). It’s these types of items that add a playful and memorable touch to the holiday season. And while Santa toilet paper may not become an heirloom, it may just become a family tradition. You never know what will be passed down for generations.
Sweet Time Bake Shop, Orillia
The Pebble Tree, Midland
248 King St.
The OC Emporium, Orillia
Vintage Rustic Decor, Innisfil
Our House, Barrie
The Artisan Boutique, Barrie
The Christmas Villager, Coldwater