Tired of scrolling endlessly through Amazon or shopping at the same old places for Christmas? Barrie is full of local shops with tons of gift ideas that will surprise even the toughest person on your list.
The 400 Market
Open Saturdays and Sundays from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM, The 400 Market offers up a unique shopping experience that you really can’t find anywhere else. Browse hundreds of vendors and talk one on one with business owners to find the item (and price) that works for you. Take your time, grab some lunch, and start checking off names from your list.
Power Up Gaming
If you have a geek on your list, Power Up Gaming will definitely have something unique for them. They have a massive selection of classic video games and consoles along with collectibles, accessories, cards, and tons of other nerd swag. If your geek lives somewhere farther away, Power Up Gaming even delivers products anywhere in Canada and the United States.
Stuff is a second-hand retailer with two locations in Barrie that has everything from clothing and accessories to home decor and electronics. They have a very cozy atmosphere and affordable pricing so its easy to find a unique treasure to wrap up and put under the tree (or to decorate your own house).
Tee 2 Green
If you know someone who lives on the fairway (or even in the rough), Tee 2 Green has everything a golfing fanatic could need like clubs, apparel, bags, balls, and more. This is also the perfect store if you’re shopping for a Montreal Canadians player because they will definitely be golfing come April.
This one is for the bookworms on your list. Rivendell Books have an enormous assortment of books from every genre including true crime, westerns, thrillers, poetry, and more. They also have craft and cookbooks, collectibles, games, and specialize in older, hard to find books.
The Artisan Boutique
The Artisan Boutique
The Artisan Boutique is now open in downtown Barrie and it’s a must if you’re hunting for that unique, one-of-a-kind, handcrafted gift.Posted by Barrie 360 on Thursday, June 20, 2019
The Artisan Boutique specializes in handmade products made by local artisans. Some of these local products include eco-friendly bags from Echos In The Attic, fountain and ballpoint pens from Turn Write, and bath and body products from Embody Nature (and that’s just the tip of the iceberg).
If you know someone who prefers experiences to physical gifts, why not buy them tickets to a live theatre performance? Talk Is Free Theatre (TIFT) has a number of productions planned in 2020 like Herringbone, The Yalta Game, and Plural Of She. Also, keep an eye on Theatre By The Bay for updates on their 2020 season.
Sir Games-A-Lot has a new employee. Damn he’s tall.Posted by Sir Games-A-Lot on Wednesday, June 26, 2019
Sir-Games-A-Lot is a gaming and hobby store that is absolutely loaded with toys, action figures, board games, and more. If you’re looking for a hard to find collectible, chances are, Sir-Games-A-Lot has it. Lifesize stormtrooper statue anyone?
Another fantastic experience to give for Christmas is a gift certificate to the Creative Cafe. They offer pottery and canvas painting, mosaics, clay hand building, and more. No experience is necessary and all ages are welcome to unleash their creative side.
This one is for the Cinefile on your list. Cinema 1 is the place to go to find any movie or tv show you can think of, from classics like Battleship Potemkin all the way up to brand new releases like It: Chapter Two. Pick them up something new or help them update their collection to blu-ray or even 4K resolution.
Simcoe Sew & Quilt
Simcoe Sew & Quilt has been operating for over 22 years and offers top quality sewing machines, fabrics, and materials. They also have workshops, classes, and even do repairs too.
Big B Comics
If you have someone on your list who lives and breaths comics, Big B Comics should be on your shopping itinerary. They have back issue comics, kids comics, and even a free subscription service to ensure the person on your list always gets the latest issue from their favorite publisher.
The Barrie Basket Boutique
This home-based business has been creating affordable gift baskets for years and is perfect for any occasion, especially Christmas. The Barrie Basket Boutique offers pre-made and custom baskets in a variety of price ranges. Just call them with a theme like ‘chocolate lover’ or ‘wine connoisseur’ and a price and they will take care of the rest.