Gifts say as much about the giver as the receiver. If you want to give thoughtful gifts that also support the local Oakville community, look no further than our list—because we don’t just build homes in Oakville, we live and shop here, too! Here are five of our favourites.
Ten Thousand Villages
226 Lakeshore Rd. E.
Perfect gift for: The person who wants to make a statement with both style and substance.
What’s in store: Home décor, jewellery, scarves, ornaments and gift baskets are popular items, and every single item is handcrafted and fairly traded. Manager Esther Tchando saw the impact of the store’s work in The Congo back in 2003, where artisans working with Ten Thousand Villages were able to feed their families and share with others at a time when eating once a day was a luxury for most.
Hot item for the season: Fair trade chocolates
My Back Shed
2359 Lakeshore Rd. W.
Perfect gift for: The romantic who loves shabby chic and French country
What’s in store: A mix of old and new, including painted furniture, home décor items, beautiful candles, soaps and jewelry, with a focus on Canadian-made and handcrafted. Put your own stamp on your gift by choosing a furniture item from the warehouse side of the store and having it painted. Or bring in your own item to create an heirloom they’ll treasure.
Hot item for the season: Felt mice
Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts
130 Navy St.
Perfect gift for: Anyone looking for experiences, not stuff
What’s in store: What could be better than the gift of memories? Oakville’s only world-class performing arts venue hosts more than 50 professional and 200 community performances each year. The top pick for the New Year, courtesy of Ronnie Brown, Coordinator of Marketing and Development, is Los Lobos on February 1. “They’re one of the best live bands on the planet. Who doesn’t love La Bamba?”
Hot item for the season: A gift certificate. You choose the amount—they choose the show!
To Set a Table
182 Lakeshore Rd. E.
Perfect gift for: The discriminating chef and discerning host
What’s in store: With 10,000 items, To Set a Table has everything for cooking and entertaining, from linens and tableware to bakeware and kitchen gadgets. Don’t miss Stinson Studio’s handcrafted wooden salad bowls and serving boards, made in Tamworth, Ontario, and fine French culinary porcelain from Pillivuyt.
Hot item for the season: Barrick candles
Oakville Art Society
50 Bronte Rd
Perfect gift for: Budding artists of all ages
What’s in store: The Oakville Art Society was founded in 1965 and offers a variety of inspiring workshops and classes to the local community. Learn everything from drawing and jewellery-making to pottery and photography from instructors who are specialists in their fields.
Hot item for the season: An annual membership
DiCenzo Homes is proud to build in Oakville and keen to share our love of the community with residents and visitors alike. Let us introduce you to our latest lakefront project, The Gardens of Edgemere, which promises to put the luxury and views of the East Oakville waterfront within reach.