Give the gift of local with artisanal gifts made with love in Lanark County
Shopping to for the holidays in Lanark County is a magical experience. Picture charming heritage downtowns dusted with snow and twinkling with holiday lights as you browse boutique shops crammed with unique gifts that are as much a joy to give as to receive.
Here you’ll find handmade treasures and artisanal gifts like locally made pottery, woodworking, art, jewellery, baked goods, chocolates, sweet treats, and more. This holiday season give the gift that not only means so much more to the giftee but helps support local business.
Read on for fantastic artisanal gift ideas, made right here in Lanark County.
Small-batch brews and liquors
Small-batch, artisanal brews and distilled spirits are a perfectly delicious gift – find the perfect bottle of craft beer or liquor to give this year, 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 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, Laketown Beer Co.. appeals to the inspired beer lovers, and the popular Perth Brewery has been helping to make the holidays a little brighter for more than 25 years! If you’re into cider, try a bottle of traditionally crafted wild cider from Ugly Apple in Lanark Highlands!
Single-origin Maple delights
As the Maple Syrup Capital of Ontario, Lanark County has plenty of maple goodness to share! Visit the online Maple Shoppe at Fulton’s Sugarbush & Maple Shop, Wheelers’ Pancake House, or Temple’s Sugar Bush and see how many maple-themed delights are available for purchase – perfect for the sweetest people in your life.
Artisanal and One-of-a-kind
It goes without saying that some of the best artisanal, handmade, and artistic products are made in Lanark County. A few local favourites are soft and fuzzy blankets to handy woolen dryer balls, you’ll find sheepskins and everything yarn at The Real Wool Shop in Carleton Place. Exceptional local artwork is on display at the Sivarulrasa Gallery in Almonte and Riverguild Fine Crafts in Perth has handmade pottery, textiles, arts and more to choose from.
Sweet Fudge and Chocolatey Treats
Find something to satisfy every sweet tooth on your lists with sweet nothings. Enjoy homemade fudge from 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 chocolate marker, Hummingbird Chocolate Maker, in Almonte. Remember, life is like a box of chocolates – make sure yours is made in Lanark County!
Home Baked Goodness
Nothing says I love you like homemade goodies – squares, cakes, pies, pastries, cookies, and more! Order online and pick up one of Perth Pie Co.’s handmade pies, including a pecan pie that will make you the favourite at any occasion! For the gluten-intolerant, Purest Bakery in Perth has sweet treats that taste as good as those made with wheat, including pancake mix or hot mexican cocoa, or you may want to try 3 Apples Bakery in Pakenham, who are making sourdough gluten free breads and other delicious baked goods.
In Almonte, Baker Bob boasts some of the best fresh bagels in the County, or you can visit Healthy Food Technologies for incredible half-the-fat doughnuts. The bakery at 1840s General Store, known for their sticky-buns, will knock your socks off. Blackfly Grub Hub in Perth, or Maverick’s Donuts and Holey Confections in Carleton Place offer unique takes on donut treats.
If you want to take a break from cooking, contact the Beckwith Kitchen in Carleton Place 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!