BEST PLACES TO SHOP FOR THE HOLIDAYS IN MUSKOKA & COTTAGE COUNTRY

Dated: November 7 2023

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Unique Muskoka Bracebridge Shopping

Photo Courtesy of Unique Muskoka

There’s certainly no better way to celebrate the season than by choosing thoughful gifts for your best friends and loved ones. As strong believers in supporting local, and with a view to helping you check off your gift giving list with ease, we asked our loyal client community for their favourite places to gift shop. 

From artisan crafts to gourmet delights, the following businesses embody the spirit of Muskoka and other cottage towns, making your gift giving as unforgettable as the places themselves.

Unique Muskoka

Located in Bracebridge

Number #1 mention and a favourite in our community, Unique Muskoka offers a great selection. Everything is carefully chosen to reflect quality and the majority of items are either from local or Canadian sources. You can also find wonderful Irish and Scottish wool clothing. Diana tells us they also do fabulous Christmas baskets that they will arrange to deliver - local or otherwise! Unique Muskoka

The Creative Cook

Located in Bracebridge

Treat foodies in your life to gourmet gadgets and more! Lovely, low pressure sales in this store - they care most about listening to what you are looking for and finding the right match. Offer high-quality brands like Wusthof, global chefs knives, Le Creuset, Good Grips and more. Want to gift an experience?  Treat someone you know to cooking classes? https://thecreativecook.ca

McMaster’s Muskoka Fine Foods

Located in Bracebridge

Stacked with the highest quality meats, seafood, produce and luxury food items, Janet and Bill suggest  treating your family and friends to a delicious prepared meal-or their personal favourite "Two Can Dine". This butcher shop is a favourite of many exceptional private family chefs and those who aspire to be. https://shop.muskokafinefoods.ca 

Kind Cactus

Located in Bracebridge

Someone on your Santa list stressed or in pain? Treat them to the gift of self-care from the Kind Cactus. Contact Kimberly and the team, in person or online, to purchase a massage therapy gift card. https://kindcactusmassage.com 

Poppa Jim’s Honey

Located in Ufford

Delicious, creamed Muskoka wildflower honey remains a Benson family favourite. Available at Muskoka Farmers’ Markets, local Christmas markets (tag events listing page here) or by contacting Jim Smith and his team of tiny worker bees directly. 705-645-7112

Bigley Shoes & Clothing

Located in Bobcaygeon

There’s a reason this spot makes our list each year – there’s simply no shopping experience like it. With over 40,000 pairs of shoes, 25,000 swimsuits plus clothing and household items, it’s easy to find something perfect for everyone including you! Just ask Leslie, Paige, Kate, …..Shop in-store or online. https://www.bigleyshoes.com 

Need more ideas? Here are some additional recommendations from our local friends: 

Music for Young Children 

Located in Ullswater

Give the gift of music to any age with world renowned teacher of music for adults and children. Two members of our client network take lessons and can attest to how inspiring this gift is for lovers of music.

Muskoka Chairs by Woodmill

Photo Courtesy of Woodmill of Muskoka

Woodmill of Muskoka

Located on Hwy 11, Gravenhurst

Have a loved one looking for the ultimate Muskoka chair or a patio makeover ? The Woodmill is a go-to spot for unique, ethically made products. We’ve had our two red chairs for 10 years with no colour fade! 705-687-5959 | orders@thewoodmill.ca | https://www.thewoodmill.ca 

Muskoka Bear Wear

Located in Bracebridge

Multiple mentions for this one. Great quality products made in Canada and easy to shop on line too. https://muskokabearwear.com/

Great Shopping at the Britton Gallery in Muskoka

Photo courtesy of Britton Gallery

Britton Gallery

Located in Bracebridge

Small, lovely gallery with quality pieces at a variety of price points. Includes historical and contemporary paintings ranging from original Group of Seven pieces to the newest works by some of Muskoka’s finest artists. Owned and operated by father and daughter team, Ted and Miranda Britton. Suggested by many in our network!  https://www.brittongallery.ca/

Richhill Candles Bracebridge Shopping

Photo Courtesy Rich Hill Candles

Rich Hill Candles

Located in Bracebridge

Hand poured candles and a staple of Muskoka gift giving for over 52 years. Excellent service. Great quality. https://richhillcandles.com/

Henrietta's Bakery

Locations in Dwight and Huntsville.

Outrageously delicious Bear and Moose Cookies ideal stocking stuffers. WARNING: So good they will likely never make it to the intended recipient. We know from experience. And for those who watch Coronation Street this Bakery also make delicious Eccles Cakes. https://henriettaspinebakery.ca/

Big River Baking Company

Located in Bracebridge

A number of our friends including Sue and Rob who mentioned "incredible bread" so we checked it out. Indeed - the bread is incredible. Perfect gift to add to any holiday meal. Be sure to get there early as the most popular breads don't last long!  https://www.bigriverbakingco.com/

Kitchen’s Butter Tarts

Located in Bracebridge

Rob says, “Not cheap but fabulous”.  https://kitchensbuttertarts.com/

The Gravenhurst Bakery

Located in....you guessed it....Gravenhurst

Around for 60+ years and, says Leanne, "it’s simply the best". Terrific assortment of butter tarts, breads, cookies and ....the most delicious sticky buns.

Algonquin Outfitters

Locations in Haliburton and throughout Muskoka

Ideal shop to pick out a gift for anyone who loves the outdoors. Not sure what you’re looking for? Everyone  is incredibly helpful so don’t be afraid to ask for ideas! https://algonquinoutfitters.com

Martin’s Framing: Excellent framing work, nice gallery in the store - and great service too.

Have we missed a great gift giving option that delivers great service? Let us know and we will add it to our list!

Copyright Mark and Susan Benson 2023

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