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Shop Local: Thoughtful Gifts For Your Office Secret Santa, Teacher, Babysitter, New In-Laws, and All Those Important People You Want To Give a Little Something Special To

The holidays are right around the corner, and we’re so excited to be kicking off our holiday gift guides today! We’ll be launching three more over the next couple weeks, covering everybody on your list.

The Exchange District is full of local retailers that are happy to help you find the perfect gift. Whether you’re taking a walk on your lunch break or doing some post-brunch weekend shopping (with two hours of free parking on Saturdays!), we have all sorts of gift inspiration for every budget and every person on your list.

First up, for those hard-to-buy-for people that deserve a little something special this holiday season:

A variety of chocolate bars from Generation Green.

Locally handmade artisanal chocolates to stash in your desk for those afternoon munchies, Generation Green has a huge variety, including vegan options, because we don’t always buy ourselves the fancy stuff.

A Small ceramic vase.

A small ceramic vessel to hold their pens and pencils, house plants, make up brushes, or anything else that needs a home, we love Lot.15 and pepo ceramics, made right here in The Exchange District.

Bags and tins of coffee beans from Costa Rica.

Locally roasted coffee, or fine herbal teas to help them get through early mornings. Parlour or Dogwood has you covered for coffee, and check out Amsterdam Tea Room for tea.

Various cup cozies to keep your mug warm, knitted.

For those chilly recess duties, show your teacher you care with a cute cup cozy.

Cinematheque journals, publications, black and white.

Treat your in-laws to dinner and a movie in The Exchange. Catch a thought-provoking documentary or the new Scorsese film, The Irishman, at Cinematheque, because they really just want to hang out with you.

An ornament that doubles as an air freshener, for artificial trees that could use a scent-sational boost! From Portage and Main to polar bears, The Manitoba Museum Shop have a huge selection for the Manitoba lover on your list.

Body butter tubs, moisturizer

Luxurious, hand-crafted body butters with scents like vanilla and rose for hardworking hands during our Winnipeg winter.

Stay tuned for another gift guide next week!