Holiday Shopping in Uptown Waterloo

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Holiday Shopping in Uptown Waterloo

Snow is in the air, and while it may not be the official start of winter, it sure feels like it in Waterloo Ontario. With this sudden change in temperature, we are reminded of the upcoming holiday season. There is baking to do, parties to attend, and gifts to purchase. While your December schedule may be filling up quickly, we can help you get a head start on your shopping. With a wide range of retailers calling Uptown Waterloo home, these shops are the perfect place to find truly unique gifts for your loved ones.

For the creative on your list, consider purchasing an artistic gift. The Artstore of Waterloo offers a wide selection of art supplies appropriate for budding and seasoned artists alike. If you prefer a finished product, the Canadian Clay and Glass Museum, Hand and Fire Pottery and Gifts, and Paint by Munzy, are must-visit destinations. Numerous studios also offer gift certificates for classes, such as pottery at Sculption, ceramics at The Art Studios, or jewelry crafting at Cynosure Jewelry Design Studio.

The gift of pampering is always appreciated. Whether it is a certificate for one of Uptown’s wonderful spas, e.g. Capri Salon and Spas, Gina’s Spa, or The Water’s, or a luxurious beauty product, these gifts always hit the mark. For the natural-beauty aficionado, be sure pay a visit to The Thymeless Apothecary, Pure and Simple, and The Truth Beauty Company.

Pick up a scarf, or a bauble or two at one of the many fashion retailers in Waterloo. For the stylish male, there is Channer’s Men’s Apparel and Shoes, David Findlay, Paul Puncher, and Mark Nunes. For the ladies on your list, options are truly endless. The best accessories can be found at Sass Wardrobe Essentials, Patina Vintage, and Fab Accessory Boutique. For clothing, check out the vintage at Meow Boutique, and the new garments at Andie’s or Unique Boutique.

Beautifully packaged desserts and baked goods are a staple of the holiday season. So, whether you’re craving German baked specialities or delicious shortbread, there is a bakery for you. Not only are tasty treats delicious, they also make excellent host and hostess gifts. It’s always worth a visit to Sablétine Fine Pastries, Nougat Bakery, and Honey Bake Shop to see what they’ve created. Remember, nothing goes better with a delectable dessert than the gift of fine tea (or coffee) from David’s Tea, or Ten Thousand Villages.

If the right gift for your beloved is not yet clear, why not explore shops that offer a variety of goods, such as Occasion’s Gifts and Cards, the Cobblestone Gallery and Not Just For the Garden. You may also find that inspiration strikes when you least expect it, while listening to the vintage vinyl at Orange Monkey Music or reading a favourite passage at Words Worth Books.

The holiday season has just begun, so no need to fret. Make your shopping a little easier this season by relying on our local experts to help you narrow in on the perfect gift. The retailers in Uptown Waterloo offer customers a superior shopping experience free from the mall madness. Keep your sanity and shop local this holiday season. You and your loved ones will be glad you did.

Guest Post By Christina Proctor, Waterloo Region’s Fashion Blogger at

An avid reader, tea drinker and reality TV buff, Christina Proctor loves Waterloo Region. A community champion by day and fashion blogger by night, Christina is focused on making a difference through her work at Strong Start and her shop local blog, Struck by a bad case of wanderlust, Christina daydreams about her next big travel adventure. Stay tuned!


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