Welcome to the Windsor Essex Holiday Gift Guide – your way to buy local this holiday season. You can use it a wish list for yourself, or as a shopping list for that special someone in your life!  We’re sure we have enough on this list to cover everyone you need to buy for – naughty or nice!

As of 12am on Monday December 14th the Windsor Essex Region is in the ‘Grey – Lockdown’ phase of the provinces COVID-19 response framework. To learn more click here. This impacts your shopping experience in the following manner:

  • Events and social gatherings are not permitted indoors and restricted to 10 people for outdoor events
  • Face coverings required indoors at all work and public spaces
  • Physical distancing must be maintained
  • Permitted to be open for curbside pick-up or delivery, except for supermarkets, grocery stores, convenience stores, hardware stores, other retailers selling groceries, beer and wine and liquor stores, pharmacies, safety supply stores and pet supply stores permitted to be open for in-person shopping

You can still support local! 

Contact the local small business you are looking to buy from in advance – most are offering delivery or curbside pick up during the lockdown phase. Explore the guide – each listing has a website or phone number to reach the business and confirm their current services.

Download our 2020 Holiday Gift Guide
to see our featured gifts for this season! 

This holiday season we want you to #ShopYQG – and keep your dollars local for all the gifts you need to be!

Our 2020 Holiday Gift Guide features ideas that are locally crafted and curated items that would make a perfect gift for someone that you care about this holiday season. We’ve designed this resource in partnership with the Windsor-Essex Small Business Centre, the Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce, the Ontario Greenhouse & Vegetable Growers Association and our W.E. Made It Program, to make it easier for you to find local gift inspirations for everyone on your list! Get inspired –  when you buy local, your money goes back to our community. There are so many unique items available locally, and your purchases help keep more money in our region this holiday season.


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enter our “40 days of giveaways” contest

Thank you for everyone who played along for our 40 Days of Giveaways. Between November 9th and December 18th we gave away over $4,000 in prizes – all prizes that are featured in our 2020 Holiday Gift Guide.

Our contest is over – but you can still shop and support small businesses featured in our 2020 Holiday Gift Guide. To see a full list of winners please click here or check out the list below.

 

EXPLORE OUR DISTRICTS

Take the opportunity this holiday season to explore the unique districts in each town – filled with boutique shops, artisans, and major retail partners employing local residents. Remember for every $100 you spend at locally owned businesses, $68 will stay in our community. Resist the urge of the major online distributors and head right into the store and say hi (behind your mask) to one of your neighbours #ShopYQG

Pelee Island

If shopping for one-of-a-kind finds is your thing, you can find island apparel and unique island gifts at one of the island’s boutiques or at the Pelee Art Works arts and crafts center, where you are sure to find that special piece you have been searching for.

Discover Pelee Island

Amherstburg

From eclectic antique shops like Dusty Loft Antiques and Collectibles and stylish clothing boutiques, to the weekly The Amherstburg Farmers Market where you’ll find local produce each Saturday. There may not be a shopping mall here but you will certainly find something for everyone.

Discover Amherstburg

Essex

Essex is home to two distinct urban areas with many friendly faces to greet you. Vibrant downtown cores in Essex and Harrow Centre offer a world of opportunity for shoppers. Meander along County Road 50 and discover everything from Serenity Lavender Farm to unique artisan shops.

Discover Essex

Kingsville

Main Street Kingsville serves up exactly what you picture a small-town shopping experience to be. Boutique shops line the streets and offer an assortment of unique clothing, Dutch Boys hand-crafted chocolates, gifts, home decor and gardening essentials, and so much more. Pop into one of the three craft breweries, bakeries or produce markets and get a taste of local.

Discover Kingsville

Leamington

Shop handcrafted items, vintage clothing and antiques along Leamington’s newly reinvented Mill Street. If you have a taste for the authentic ensure to stop in to one of the area’s diverse cultural markets, bakeries or local butcher shops like Bradt’s Butcher Block and Lakeside Bakery & Deli.

Discover Leamington

LaSalle

From outlet shopping at Windsor Crossing Premium Outlets with an amazing selection of retail stores to smaller, locally owned and operated retail stores in Malden Centre and along Front Road. Stop in to one of LaSalle’s lavish boutiques, decor or gift shops and be greeted by a friendly face.

Discover LaSalle

Windsor

There are many ways to shop across the city of Windsor. From up-scale shopping centres filled with much loved brands to unique neighbourhood districts such as Walkerville District, Old Riverside and Pillette Village where each offers stylish boutiques, gift shops, antique & vintage finds alongside handmade decor, and local goods. Filled with foodie delights, a day in our neighbourhoods can fill your stomachs and your shopping bag.

Discover Windsor

Tecumseh

Tecumseh is home to a large selection of small town boutiques which cater to everything from home decor to cycling needs, spa treatments, organic skin care, shoes, clothing and more. You will find it all in this picturesque and welcoming town.

Discover Tecumseh

Lakeshore

Be sure to check out the many unique shops in all of Lakeshore’s communities. Between catch-all boutiques and local markets and foodie favourites like The Cheese Bar, you are sure to find all things gift-worth such as homemade jewellery, clothing, artisan cheeses and the freshest local produce.

Discover Lakeshore

 

LIGHT FESTIVALS

Watch out Grizwolds! Windsor Essex has some beautiful and unique light displays & installations full of holiday cheer!

HOLIDAY BLOGS

Discover how others have explored Windsor Essex over past holiday seasons and get ideas for your perfect itinerary!

HOLIDAY RECIPES

Create something delightful for your family and friends this holiday season using locally grown fruits and vegetables.

The 2020 Holiday Gift Guide is sponsored by:

The products and partners listed in the W.E. Made It gift guide were selected from applications from partners participating in the Tourism Windsor Essex Pelee Island ‘W.E. Made It’ Program and engaged partners with the Windsor Essex Small Business Centre. It is free to participate in the W.E. Made It Program – click yqgmade.ca for more details, or contact Jason Toner at socialmedia@tourismwindsoressex.com.

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