As the holiday season arrives, we are reminded of the importance of shopping locally. The Exchange is well-known for its plethora of independently owned shops, each with a unique array of items sure enough to elevate your Secret Santa game…
In this holiday gift guide, you’ll find hand-picked items from some of the Exchange District’s hidden gems. From artist studios tucked away in historic buildings to locally made workshop operations nestled on upper floors, the Exchange is full of unseen treasures that are creative, independent businesses. Uncover the magic tucked away in the lesser-known corners of the Exchange!
Get inspired by this charming collection of unique finds from locally owned and operated businesses in the Exchange District.
Keep it simple with the perfect basic cotton tee. Canadian-made, this shirt features organic cotton yarns that are spun, dyed and knit in Montreal, sewn in Mississauga and custom-designed by CMFG in Winnipeg. Made in partnership with the folks at Peros Garment Factory, this tee features a double-needle shoulder tape and a topstitched neckline.
290 McDermot, Ave 4th floor
The team at Kami Goertz believes you’re never too old for a stuffed character, and we have to agree! Embrace childlike wonder and pick up a cute plush character from Kami’s mushroom collection. Each plush is made with vintage, reclaimed, high-quality materials and plenty of love! If mushrooms aren’t your style, you’ll find many other characters in ecology, fibre and food!
75 Albert St #200
Create-Your-Own Candle $14-79
Lotti Studios offers a highly customizable gift-giving experience with their ‘build your own candle’ option. Choose a vessel, a scent, wax colour, packaging, and other cute add-ons to create a unique item tailored to your loved one.
89 Arthur St, 2nd floor
The Outdoor Research Griddle Toque is excellent for outdoor enthusiasts or casual winter wanderers. It’s got it all — a thick cuff, fun patterns, a big pom, and all-over warmth. This toque is made with 50% performance wool and will help you stay warm while looking cool.
91 Albert St, Lower Level
Freya Turtleneck $98
Simone’s Rose is committed to sustainable, ethically created fashion. Their Freya turtleneck is made with love in Canada from a soft bamboo jersey. It is certified by STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX®, which means it’s free from harmful substances and stands for customer confidence and high product safety. Plus, it looks cute on its own or as a layering piece!
Opening soon at 75 Albert, for now, you can shop online.
Souvenir Handmade creates jewelry inspired by vintage objects and modern shapes. Using natural stones and materials from flea markets, they make unique pieces that are romantic and nostalgic. Check out their small-batch necklaces with warm brass, sterling silver, or gold fill.
75 Albert St, 3rd floor
stephanie smith clothing
Day Coat $130
Stephanie Smith clothing (formerly made by Josephine) is about creating simple, effortless clothing made from locally sourced deadstock and natural and vintage fabrics. Designed and produced in Winnipeg, the items are handmade with love. We can’t get enough of the stunning Day Coats made in various beautiful fabrics!
75 Albert St, 3rd Floor
The Pottery Bug Studio
Wheel-Throwing Class $40-60
Give the gift of time together with a pottery class at The Pottery Bug Studio. Choose from a hand-building or wheel-throwing class and learn the basics of making your own pottery pieces. You’ll give the gift of an experience and a handmade piece of art!
290 McDermot Ave
Five Pocket Tote $135
Wilder Goods offers handmade products made in small batches with incredible attention to detail. The Five Pocket Tote, their most popular bag, has a duck canvas body, full-grain leather handles, a snap closure, and five exterior pockets. It’s perfect for anyone with places to go and stuff to bring!
75 Albert St #201
Stay tuned for more great gift suggestions from other extraordinary local stores. This holiday season, remember to Shop Local, Shop the Exchange.