Tired of the hustle and bustle of holiday shopping in the city? Come to Lanark County, where country Christmas is trending, and you can easily give the gift of love with delicious delicacies and artisanal gifts – all made with love in Lanark County.
Shopping in Lanark County during the holidays is a magical experience: Imagine strolling through historic and charming downtowns, where the trees sparkle with Christmas lights and a soft covering of snow blankets the scene. In the communities of Mississippi Mills, Carleton Place, Drummond/North Elmsley, Perth, Montague, Beckwith, Lanark Highlands, or Tay Valley, you’ll find handmade treasures and artisanal gifts like locally made pottery, woodworking, art, jewellery, baked goods, chocolates, sweet treats, and more.
For the uninitiated to the joys of small-town shopping, spending time in Lanark County will put you in the holiday spirit faster than you can say “Merry Christmas!” Why not plan your holiday shopping to take in a concert or performance – from contemporary folk music, to classic choir hymns, fiddle music, or old-fashioned caroling, you’ll find it here. Visit www.lanarkcountytourism.ca to get the scoop on what’s playing, and when.
Read on for fantastic artisanal gift ideas, made right here in Lanark County.
- Small-batch brews and liquors
Sampling small-batch, artisanal brews and distilled spirits is a perfectly delicious way to find the perfect bottle of craft beer or liquor to gift this Christmas, and Lanark County is home to so many breweries and distilleries you’ll have plenty to choose from! Sample the one-of-a-kind Vodkow at Dairy Distillery in Almonte, visit Crooked Mile Brewing in Almonte or Cartwright Springs in Pakenham to pick up a six-pack (or two). In Carleton Place, choose between the German-inspired Braumeister Brewing Co. and fun and funky Stalwart Brewing Co., or visit both and find something for every discerning palate on your list. In Perth, Top Shelf Distillers is concocting fantastic small-batch liquors, while Perth Brewery has been helping to make Christmas a little brighter for more than 25 years!
- Maple Goodness
As the Maple Syrup Capital of Ontario, Lanark County has plenty of maple goodness to share! Visit the online Maple Shoppe at Fulton’s Pancake House & Sugarbush and see how many maple-themed delights are available for purchase – the perfect stocking stuffers. Local maple syrup is a common find at retail outlets throughout Lanark County. For the hard-to-buy-for people, the perfect Christmas gift could very well be a gift certificate to enjoy a pancake breakfast or brunch at Temple’s Sugarbush or Wheelers’ Pancake House & Sugarcamp. Mmmmaple!
- Artisanal and One-of-a-kind
It goes without saying that the best of artisanal, handmade, and artistic products are made in Lanark County. A few local favourites are soft and fuzzy wool slippers from The Real Wool Shop in Carleton Place, and spectacular local art at Riverguild in Perth, Sivarulrasa Gallery, Cheerfully Madeor Threadwork in Almonte. Look for locally made items in downtown shoppes for gifts that will hold a special place in your heart and your home.
- Sweet Treats
Find something to satisfy every sweet tooth on your lists with sweet nothings, made with love in Lanark County. Enjoy homemade fudge from Penny’s Fudge Factory in Pakenham, or The Cheddar Stop in Carleton Place. For chocolate lovers, we have three renowned chocolateries from which to choose: Village Treats in Lanark Village; Perth Chocolate Works in Perth; or the award-winning Hummingbird Chocolate Factory, in Almonte. Remember, life is like a box of chocolates – make sure yours is made in Lanark County!
- Holiday Baking
Nothing says I love you like homemade goodies – squares, cakes, pies, pastries, cookies, and more! Drop by Sunflower Bake Shop in Perth to pick up something special for gifts or to complement your own holiday fare. Perth Pie Co., located in the same community, is a storefront dedicated to one of the most delicious baked goods ever – pies! For the gluten-intolerant, Purest Bakery in Perth has sweet treats that taste as good as those made with wheat. If you want to take a break from cooking, contact Beckwith Kitchen in Beckwith and place an order for homemade fresh and frozen meals and desserts, prepared using locally sourced ingredients. They also take orders for baked goods, including holiday treats!
- Farm Fresh
Fill your holiday table with farm-fresh fare, grown in Lanark County. You can find artisanal and farm-fresh products at Coutts Country Flavours, where you’ll find local maple syrup, baked treats, locally sourced meats and cheeses, and more. For something different, look for Milkhouse Farm & Dairy sheep cheese, made in Montague Township, and found at Foodsmiths in Perth.