Looking for some unique gift ideas, or how you can support more locally in Burford, Brantford and Brant County? There is a lot of businesses and ways you can support local, but here are 12 of my personal favourite businesses in the area:
CDJH Custom Apparel
CDJH Custom Apparel & more is your one stop shop for custom gifts. From mugs, t-shirts, sweatshirts, birthday banners, tutus, and hats you can customize basically anything. All you need to do is bring your idea to Courtney, and she can create it for you. Quality that will last, affordable prices and perfect custom Christmas gifts. Courtney is always the first person I approach when I am looking for personalized apparel. You can follow her on instagram @cdjhcustomapparelmore1
Brantford Finders Keepers
Brantford Finders Keepers is your destination for unique handmade items, fusion mineral paint and home decor. Located at 196 King George Rd, Brantford – this is your one stop shop to support tons of local businesses, offering a variety of fun and adorable gifts. From homemade signs, ornaments, mugs and tumblers, macrame, growth charts, candles – the list doesn’t end. They have something for everyone. If you prefer to shop at home in your pajamas, you can always join in on their live Facebook event every Tuesday at 6:30pm. Make sure you go ahead and follow them on Instagram @brantfordfinderskeepers or Facebook.
Miles Flowers is a family owned/operated florist located at 120 King St in Burford. The perfect place to get your floral arrangements, outdoor planters, and more where you won’t be disappointed in the quality. Do you have a plant lover on your shopping list? They always have unique plants at affordable prices. Stocked with Reids Chocolate, Ontario Cheeses and homemade gifts, you can get edible baskets done for the snacker in the family. Personally, my favourite gift they offer is the monthly subscription boxes. Boxes vary with the seasons and availability, filled with plants, chocolate, candies, flowers & more – it’s the gift that keeps on giving. Every month that special someone will receive something that will make them smile. With locally delivery offered, all you need to do is call them or go to their website to place your Christmas floral arrangement. Follow them on Instagram @milesflowersburford, or Facebook.
Hidden Potential Staging
Not only is this my favourite home staging company, it is now my favourite personalized gift business. Support tons of local businesses when you hire Jenn – she will plan, shop & put together your next gift basket! Anything from birthdays, Christmas, home baskets & more. Jenn works within your budget and supports many local businesses in the process. She knows how to make your idea come to life with ease. With a quick turn around time, beautifully done baskets & wrapping – you won’t be disappointed to use her for your next gift. Hidden Potential Staging also offers your next market ready consultation, occupied or vacant staging, redesign & residential move management. She is your go to person for anything home design. Follow her on insta @hiddenpotentialpropertystaging
Jessi May Photography
Jessi May Photography is your go to photographer for capturing those genuine moments & the magic of childhood. She specializes in couples, families, newborn and lifestyle photos. Jessi makes you come out of your shell in from the camera, and is able to make you shine your real smile. She is able to make getting your photo actually a fun experience. Check out her work on her insta @jessi.may.photography and give the gift that keeps on giving – a gift certificate for your next family photoshoot for memories that will last a lifetime!
Penny Lane Dermal Solutions
Penny Lane Dermal Solutions thrives on helping men and women with their best self always! Offering a wide variety of services, Penny Lane is your one stop for permanent makeup and medical aesthetics. Located in Paris, Pennylane uses only the best products and has over 30 certifications. Penny is dedicated to her craft and is constantly striving to be at the forefront of the permanent makeup community. With her team of educated professionals, you can get anything done from; permanent makeup, brows & lashes, facials, micro needling, injectables, laser treatments, waxing & more. Treat that person in your life who could use some relaxing time, and get them a gift certificate to Pennylane! Make sure you go ahead and follow their account on Insta @pennylanedermalsolutions.
Looking for something for that sweet tooth? With 2 easy locations (Paris and Ancaster) Chocolate Sensations is definitely the place to go! Whether you are looking for something for a gift for someone, or just something for yourself, you will find everything you are looking for. Using Callebaut chocolate for all their items, you know that the quality of taste is there. Chocolate is loved by everyone, making the gift boxes an easy present options for anyone! My personal favourites are the chocolate covered Oreos, and the supreme PB cups! But honestly, it’s so hard to pick your favourites here. Check out Chocolate Sensations for easy gift giving options, and make sure you get yourself a little treat while you’re there. Check them out on Instagram @chocolatesensations_, or Facebook
Experience, knowledge and passion creating supreme vegan soap, bath & body products since 1994. Wylde Rose has the largest selection in Canada and they are located right here in Brantford! When you shop in store, you will be greeted by the friendliest staff and their help of over 120 varieties of soaps and body products. Bath salts, body and hand soap, bath bombs, sugar scrubs, roller balls, candles and so much more – you need time to really take in what this store has to offer. I know my family is always excited to see new bars of soaps with their gifts! Check them out on Instagram @wylderose or Facebook.
Bell City Balloon
Time to party it up with Brantford’s #1 luxury balloon decor & event rental company, Bell City Balloon! My absolute favourite local balloon girl, Michelle will make your ideas come to life. Offering everything from small helium bouquets to luxury balloon garlands, if you can dream it they can create it. Order a custom colour scheme, or give them all the creativity say – you won’t be disappointed in the quality of the balloons and overall beauty. With rental options for backdrops, letters, etc. Bell City Balloon is truly your one stop shop for upgrading the look of your next party. Check out @bellcityballoonbar on Instagram or Fb for all things party related coming up, and up your overall decor look.
Wixtree Massage strives to improve the overall wellbeing of our community through massage as well as using orthopaedic physical assessments, a detailed case history and providing home care exercises. They provide a treatment plan and treatment that will help achieve and maintain goals for all their clients. Andrea is always creating a relaxing and safe space for my massages. It is my time to lay there and relax from all the hustle and bustle. Offering deep tissue massage, hot stone massage, pregnancy massage, therapeutic massage and temporo-mandibular joint massage, there is something for everyone! Check out Wixtree message for a gift certificate this and give the gift of relaxation. Follow them on Insta @wixtreemassage, and FB.
Crème Brûlée & Bouquets
Crème Brûlée & Bouquets is the cutest shop in downtown Waterford. With floral design, plants, and home decor this is the place to step up the details in your home. The friendliest and knowledgeable staff, every time you step foot in this store it’s like you’re shopping with your best friend. Cremebruleeandbouquets is your one stop shop for the plant lover in your life. With tons of plants, pots, and accessories – you can definitely find the perfect gift. They also offer a variety of other small businesses in store; such as The Bare Home’s line of soaps and cleaners, Inspiration Clothing, and K’Pure body products. You can also get your next bouquet, or centre piece for the next gatherine. This is my favourite store to keep my plants thriving, and adding to my huge collection. Check out them out on Instagram or Fb @cremebruleeandbouquets.
The final day of my 12 days of local business, I definitely saved a good one! Joosie Sweets is the GO to place for your next homemade donut. I promise you, if you bring these donuts to the next party you are invited to, it will be the talk of the night. Jess is a small business owner, cooking all her donuts in a licensed and health inspected kitchen. The quality and love she puts into each order speaks volumes. You can place your order right on Instagram, with the option of classics, specialities, filled or apple fritters in regular or mini sizes. Every time we have ordered from Joosiesweets, we are fighting over which flavours we want to try. Some of my personal favourites are the coffee crisp, Reeses pieces and skor cheesecake – but honestly, I don’t think I could pick a favourite! If you aren’t ready to order, give the gift that keeps on giving and pick up a few gift certificates to use the next time you are craving the most delicious homemade treat. Check her out in Insta @joosiesweets