Forget elbowing your way through the big box stores attempting to pick out generic gifts this holiday season – instead, find the perfect holiday present for whoever is on your ‘nice’ list this year by shopping and supporting local stores. With so many options for local shopping in Regina, I guarantee you’ll be able to find tailored and unique gifts for even those hard to buy for loved ones. Plus, you’ll be keeping the money in the pockets of the community who work hard to showcase goods that can’t be bought in the Walmarts or the Best Buys. From ethically made local items to home furnishings, writing materials, designer goods, jewelry, antiques and more, these shops will give you one thing: choice! So without further adieu, here is where you could spend some dollars sourcing this year's gifts. Gifts for all – loved ones, friends, teachers and more Mortise and Tenon – M & T supports local artists and has tons to offer! Head there for Regina and Sask inspired garb, ethically produced items like art and handmade jewelry, hair and body products like the Glorious Bastards beard line, and much, much more. Bonus: order online and they will even ship for free within the city! Anex Interiors – Have someone on your list who loves home décor? Rugs, home furnishings, knick-knacks and more, can be found at Anex Interiors where their claim, “We shop the world for you” makes it easy to find something unique, and perhaps even, worldly. Paper Umbrella – If there’s someone in your life who still enjoys the fine art of writing, stock up on pens, paper and more at Paper Umbrella. For the traveller or journaler, check out the Midori Traveler’s Notebook. Crocus and Ivy – When I think of Crocus and Ivy, I think of variety – and finding items that aren’t found elsewhere in the city. Whether it is for him, her, children or friends, the range of items is extensive. Bodhi Tree Yoga and Boutique – Have a yogi on your shopping list? Hit up Bodhi Tree Yoga as gift cards for classes are sure to be a hit. Also consider buying some cozy clothing (sweatshop free, of course!) or a locally made bolster, mat or block from their boutique; it will surely bring a smile to your flexible one’s face! Schoolhaus Culinary Arts – Love going on dates or have a foodie in your life? Purchase gift cards for Schoolhaus where playing with food has never been more fun! May I recommend trying to book in for a Holiday Wines and Spirits or Winter Comfort cooking class? Mmmm, sounds like a great way to escape the cold, spend time with a loved one, and learn a little. Blush Beauty Bar – The gift of pampering is never a bad idea. For top notch men’s or women’s grooming services and items hit up this “luxury beauty boutique”. Handmade treasures Hawk & Aspen – You may not have heard of Hawk & Aspen yet, and that’s OK as it’s a new shop on the scene. However, you’ll want to check out the upcoming pop-up shop. There you will find one-of-a-kind handmade items like metal jewelry that feature handmade natural stone, 100% cotton modern macrame and ethically sourced home decor from Africa and Latin America. It’s all going down at 33 1/3 – Malty National (pick up some coffee and beer too!) from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.   Traditions Hand Craft Gallery – It’s safe to say that one may able to conduct all their holiday shopping along 13th Avenue in the Cathedral neighbourhood. One stop to satisfy the art lovers on the list is Traditions. Who doesn’t love getting a hand-thrown ceramic coffee mug as a present? (This is a hint. The answer is: I do! Wink, wink.) Beyond usable (and sculptural) ceramics, the store offers a huge variety of art truly showcasing the incredible talents of local artists. Megan Hazel Studio & Gallery – Local jewelry designer Megan Hazel has been creating and repurposing her wonderful works of art for some time now. However, if you are hoping to purchase something new from her line this year, make it a piece of wearable history. Utilizing pieces of old and new copper sources from the Legislative Building, Hazel has created earrings, lapel pins and pendants ranging from $79-$200. Get your hands on one of these numbered pieces! Folk and Fan - Local shops don’t only exist in brick and mortar storefronts. There are several online shops worth spending cash on that don’t require you even leaving the comfort of your own house. Check out the talents of Julia Dima, an artistan who knits, paints, does wood burning and pretty much makes beautiful things that make fantastic gifts. For the kids in your life 306 SHOP – My kids always need to burn off excess energy and one easy way that also brings them a lot of joy, is with a visit to 306 SHOP. Featuring apparel, clothing, shoes, pro-scooters, skate decks and more, 306 is the perfect (read: cool for kids) hangout for kids to get their skate on whether that be via skateboards or scooters. Zippity Zoom Toys – A staple gift shop for kids, Zippity Zoom has something for every kid. Lego lover, check, budding scientist or artist, check, board game enthusiast, check – seriously if you can’t find something here for the little ones on the list, I’d be very surprised. Dessart Sweets – This will come as no surprise to you: kids love candy. So, why not fulfil their sugary wishes with some delectable treats from Dessart? Just be sure to also throw a toothbrush and floss in the stocking, too! Groovy Mama – For the very new arrivals or the mamas to be, Groovy Mama has been and remains a staple stop for all of the items that make the precious first years of life both easy and fun. For those with designer tastes Dean Renwick Design Studio and Amaranth Designs – How cool is it that we have such awesome and accessible designers in Regina? You can’t go wrong with supporting the talents of longstanding Regina designer Dean Renwick, or Rea Faber, who creates delightful designs, via their respective businesses. Both offer beautiful ready-made items and gift certificates so you can give your loved ones the gift of chic custom-made clothing. Zöes Shoes – Fluevogs, Campers, and Vince Camuto, oh my! Zöes is a store for the serious shoe lover. But beyond an amazing selection of shoes, you’ll also find a strong contention of independent Canadian clothing designers, hats and jewelry. Seed Sustainable Style – My favourite clothing store in the city, Seed, showcases local designers and offers modern, gorgeous, innovative and sustainable clothing that goes beyond looking good – it all feels good too! For the fashionista on your list, include a gift card for this lovely store, the brainchild of local designer, Lisa Wicklund. Don’t forget the furbabies Pets deserve the best. The Cathedral Pet Stop or Metro Pet Market are both great choices to spoil the furbabies in your life! Choose from delicious treats, top of the line toys or even spring for a new leash or bed! You know they’ll be forever grateful!