Downtown Winnipeg holiday gift guide 2021

Celebrate small businesses while finding the perfect gifts for everyone on your list. You can do it all when you #FindItDowntown!

For the fabulous foodie

Foodie fan favourite Julia Child said, “People who love to eat are always the best people.” She also said, “Every woman should have a blowtorch,” like, for cooking. Whether the foodie on your list loves to cook, bake or just eat, these downtown spots will help you butter them up (you know, because Julia Child also loved butter).

Downtown’s very own boutique bodega, Mottola Grocery is innovating the grocery shopping experience. The foodie who has everything probably doesn’t yet have the Smeg Dolce & Gabbana Stand mixer. For a gift that won’t break the bank, try one of Mottola Grocery’s gift packs or for a fantastic foodie stocking stuffer, try the Provisions parmesan & rosemary shortbreads (these will blow your tastebuds to new heights!).

Gotta get some gochujang? Can’t find kombu? Swing by Chinatown and visit Sun Wah Supermarket. They don’t have a website so we can’t point you to any specific products but trust us. They are the go-to spot for any spices, condiments, ingredients and cooking vessels for a variety of recipes. Did you know they have a whole aisle full of noodles?

Sun Wah Supermarket

For the stylish homebody

We’ve all been spending more time at home. Find something for the person on your list who is staying home and likes it that way. For this lineup, we’ve got two internationally acclaimed local retail heroes.

Nestled beside Thom Bargen Coffee & Tea on Kennedy, you’ll find an Instagram-worthy, Mediterranean-inspired, stunningly designed room-within-a-room specialty store called June Home Supply. The curated collection of home and lifestyle products offers pieces that are both functional and beautiful. If you’re looking for a truly unique showstopper, check out the brass pepper mill or reach for classic and cozy with the Nordic design striped quilt, both available from June Home Supply.

A home that looks nice, needs to smell nice too. Coal and Canary creates playful, cheeky candles that look great and smell even better. Don’t take our word for it, Forbes magazine called Coal and Canary “Canada’s favourite artisan candle”. Go big or and go home with one of Coal and Canary’s biggest hits, Chunky Knit Sweater, now available in XL with a beautiful copper metallic vessel!

June Home Supply

For the sweet tooth

Find the perfect sugar rush at downtown sweets shops.

Teeyah’s has all your favourite childhood sodas, candies from across the pond, and an array of novelty treats. Get the YouTube famous Kracie kitchen hamburger kit or browse the chocolate section for limited release M & M’s, Kit Kat and Reese’s flavours.

Maxim Bakery has been serving sweet treats to the Winnipeg community for 37 years. You probably don’t want to wrap up a coconut bun or a custard tart to sit under the tree for weeks so get a gift card. Go prepared — they only take cash — but their gift cards are probably the most beautifully designed in the city.

For the fashionable hipster

You may not understand the year-round toque wearing or the endless amount of plaid so we’re here to help. Rather, we asked one of our hipster staff to help, so here you go.

Livestock brings in some of the biggest names you’ve never heard of, and some of the hottest limited release kicks the sneakerheads on your list will love. Scope this cap by Brain Dead, this Manastash sweater or these fly Suicoke low-cut boots. Confused? It’s ok. You can head in-store and get them a gift card.

Sk8 Skates has been grinding the scene since 1987 and it’s one of the longest rolling skateboard shops in Canada. This is Winnipeg’s premier skateboard and snowboard shop. For fashions, check this Brixton Bowery lined jacket or the always-in-style Vans waffle beanie. Also, every Winnipegger should own a Sk8 Skates hoodie. There. We said it.


For the sports fan

Winnipeggers are famous for their fandom. No matter where the Winnipeg Jets take the ice, we will be there, decked out in our gear. Whenever the Roughriders hit Manitoba soil, we’ll be there, decked out in our gear. Help the sports fan on your list show up for the team.

Uptown Sports is your one-stop-shop for gear — they’ve got you covered. Visit them on any Jets game day and get a deal on anything in the store. New Team Canada jerseys? They’ve got ‘em!

Have you seen how good the Manitoba Moose are doing? Get in on the action with the Holiday Hat Trick gift pack. You’ll get $122 worth of stuff for only $65! There’s no dirty dangling around what a good deal that is!

For the coffee aficionado

This person on your list really gets it when it comes to coffee. They have ways to vacuum, press, drip and pour over the sacred dark liquid at home, but they still want more.

Find stylish and functional pieces to enjoy your cuppa at home at Modern Electric Lunch. Just look at this YIELD pour over carafe (photo by Kiandra Jefferey). Beautiful, superior drip control and it’s easy to clean!

Harrisons Coffee has subscriptions that guarantee fresh coffee and give you exclusive first tastes. Check out all the Harrisons coffee subscription perks.

The holiday coffee is out now at Thom Bargen. These beans from Bella Harmona, Guatemala have notes of chocolate, hazelnut, fudge, and red apple.

Photo by Kiandra Jefferey. YIELD pour over carafe from Modern Electric Lunch

For the kids (and the fur babies!)

We’ve heard it said that the holidays are for the kids. Some kids have fur and four legs. Here are some must-haves for whatever your babes look like.

They give you unconditional love, you give them scraps from your dinner plate. Isn’t it time for a treat? Molly’s Pet Boutique has premium fur baby gifts that are cat and dog approved. Grab some microwaveable cheese puffs (a.k.a. pup corn) for the doggos and some Feline Frenzy Shrimp Purritos for the kitteh of the house.

Find all the toys you wish you had as a child at Kite and Kaboodle. They’re brimming with Melissa & Doug, Brio, Playmobil, Lego, Calico Critters and Ravenburger puzzles. Why not get them something that’s active and fun for the family? Try this roll-up table curling game or the stomp rocket launcher for hours of family fun.

For the bookworm

When Marie Kondo asked if that overflowing bookshelf sparks joy, this person on your list replied “Of course it does. How dare you insist otherwise.”

Has your bookish pal been talking non-stop about that one, hard to find original edition? Do they always have the coolest looking books, not just the newest editions? Head to Bison Books. Their constantly evolving stock is 20,000 meticulously-curated antiquarian and good used books.

Bison Books

For the comic buff

If you have a comic buff on your list, it’s best to check in with what they like. You probably wouldn’t buy any old book for the book lover on your list, so don’t try to pick a random comic for someone if this is out of your realm. Here are a couple of great spots to pick up what they are asking for:

Head to Comic Factory IV for Funko Pops, figurines, comic books and magazines. This store is stacked with all sorts of graphic novels, action figures and more – you’ll easily become the hero of gift-giving by shopping here. Hint: this is a great place to snag Star Wars collectibles.

Book Fair Comics has an immense selection of new, brand new and used comic books for every taste. Hit them up for things like trading cards, posters and, of course, those clear plastic bags every collector needs to keep their comics clean and safe.

For the person who needs some pampering

Remember when we couldn’t get haircuts? That’s like, so last year – and we never want to go there again. Give the gift of self-care and help strike that memory from the record. Both spots have gift cards:

At Ambience Hair Salon “it’s not just a look, it’s an attitude!” They specialize in everything hair – cuts, colours, relaxing, extensions, and waxing are just a few of the services they expertly provide.

Face Bar doesn’t see skincare as a luxury – they see it as self-care. Choose from a range of facials and injectables that help skin peel, purge, lift and glow.

Ambience Hair Salon

For the dapper dresser

Is there anything finer than a beautifully tailored, stylish suit? Downtown’s got you and that dapper cousin on your shopping list covered.

Aldo Formal Wear has been creating luxurious designs for over 30 years. The custom tailoring shop caters to all genders, with a focus on confident and fashion-forward attire. Try adding this gold lapel brooch to any suit jacket to make it pop or showcase your style with the Sartorial Funk high waisted trouser.

Exclusive European formalwear tailored to fit free-of-charge — Hanford Drewitt has been bringing high fashion to Winnipeg since 1948. Check out the stunning Swedish craftsmanship and attention to detail in the fun and modern Eton cocktail print shirt or go for a bold look with the Eton floral shirt.

Still can’t decide?

Get the gift that is sure to please anyone on your list – the gift of choice. Downtown Winnipeg Gift Cards are just like a mall gift card, except for downtown. One gift card, a bunch of businesses. Downtown Winnipeg Gift Cards will be available early December.