Last Minute Shopping – Local (Hamilton, Ontario) Shops to Check off the Last Things on Your List!

Hey there,

Two weeks to go until Christmas (and also Hanukkah!) and I bet you’re still looking for that last little something that’s unique and perfect for that hard-to-shop-for person on your list — am I right!? Well, for my Hamiltonians (or GTA-ers), here are the best last-minute stops in the city to make sure you’ve checked off that list with some real awesome goods!

James Street Bookseller


Do I really need to talk about this store, again? Book lovers – or those buying for book lovers – rejoice! Here’s the perfect city stop to buy a really unique used book for that special someone on your list. Go in there without expectation and you’ll end up walking out with something really special and thoughtful for that hard-to-shop-for person on your list.

Pure Home Couture


My favourite little French shop, located on Locke street. They make their fragranced products in-house so you know you’re getting locally made, small batch, high-quality stuff! Their perfumes are so divine, their candles are the best you’ll find (PERIOD), and let’s not forget that they have such unique pieces of home decor and decorations available. Get something Parisian and beautiful smelling for a special lady (or man!) in your life!

Kaza Wood Furniture

Who doesn’t like that natural wood look? Whether you’re looking for a piece of furniture or a wooden accent to make a bathroom, kitchen, dining room or living room truly stand out, or to have that talking-piece at the dinner table, Marcus Melo’s pieces are perfect. All wood is sustainably sourced and you know you’re getting a product that has a lot of time and love put into it. Kaza Wood Furniture pieces can be found at James North General Store (even their sign is made by them!) or you can contact Marcus directly through @kazawoodfurniture!

Nelle Stelle


Located in the basement below Augusta Cafe, this local-artist general store has something for everyone on your list. Supporting Hamilton artists, as well as artists from the GTA, this store has jewellery, plants, pillows, candles… everything! A great one-stop shop for some unique pieces, in the city.


We all have those not-so-local products that we can’t help but love, only it’s a bit too late for shipping them over in time for Christmas… I can help you, in that department!


Love Obvious States literary designs? Find their products at  Indigo/Chapters (prints can be found here), or the Penguin Toronto (more can be found here!) store that just opened up!

Love Out of Print Clothing but can’t handle those expensive conversion rates and crazy shipping prices? Find some of their amazing sweaters, t-shirts, socks and totes at Girl on the Wing in Hamilton! While you’re there, check out some of their amazing feminist wares and truly unique vintage pieces!

I hope my suggestions help you find that perfect little something for the special someone on your Christmas list!

Happy shopping!



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