Thunder Bay Gift Guide: 2018

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My gift guide this year is a little different.

While I’ve still included a few products, I’ve focused more on experiences. Last year my mom got my grandma, aunt and myself a Paint Night for our Christmas present and it really inspired us this year to all gift each other experiences we can enjoy together. Experiences are the gift that keeps giving:

  1. You get excited when you open it and learn what you’ll be doing

  2. You get the anticipation of looking forward to it

  3. You get to enjoy the experiences itself (bonus if it’s an experience that you get to do together!)

    Gifting experiences also creates a unique bond between the giver and receiver.

  Time   This is one of the best gifts you can give someone and in my opinion time is our most valuable resource. For the new mom in your life, that could be a cleaning service so they can spend more time with their new baby. For the busy professional that could be a meal delivery service (check out  Breakfast, Lunch & Deener ). For your friends with kids maybe that’s committing to babysit so they can have a night out! Get creative!  Studies  show that spending money on time promotes more happiness than spending money on material posessions!

Time

This is one of the best gifts you can give someone and in my opinion time is our most valuable resource. For the new mom in your life, that could be a cleaning service so they can spend more time with their new baby. For the busy professional that could be a meal delivery service (check out Breakfast, Lunch & Deener). For your friends with kids maybe that’s committing to babysit so they can have a night out! Get creative! Studies show that spending money on time promotes more happiness than spending money on material posessions!

  Pottery Classes with Dog Paw Pottery   I signed up for Meg’s grounding in clay classes last winter and they were incredible. Getting your hands dirty and doing something creative is such a great way to relax and take your mind off of everything else. There’s something special about spinning clay on the wheel (and sometimes infuriating) but with Meg’s guidance you get to practice non-attachment while still coming out with some great pieces!  Check her out:  http://www.dogpawpottery.ca/

Pottery Classes with Dog Paw Pottery

I signed up for Meg’s grounding in clay classes last winter and they were incredible. Getting your hands dirty and doing something creative is such a great way to relax and take your mind off of everything else. There’s something special about spinning clay on the wheel (and sometimes infuriating) but with Meg’s guidance you get to practice non-attachment while still coming out with some great pieces!

Check her out: http://www.dogpawpottery.ca/

  Painting with Dee   If you haven’t met Dee or checked out her new beautiful space  The Creative  yet, add it to your list! Her classes are so much fun and even beginners come out with works of art. Dee’s personality and teaching style make these classes a truly unique experience!  Check her out:  https://www.facebook.com/paintingwithdee/

Painting with Dee

If you haven’t met Dee or checked out her new beautiful space The Creative yet, add it to your list! Her classes are so much fun and even beginners come out with works of art. Dee’s personality and teaching style make these classes a truly unique experience!

Check her out: https://www.facebook.com/paintingwithdee/

  Afloat   For the person on your list who needs to slow down and enjoy a little R & R! I was really nervous about feeling trapped the first time I did this but the tanks are huge, you can leave the lid open AND you have a whole room to yourself so you can get out at any time.  Check them out:  http://www.afloatcanada.com/

Afloat

For the person on your list who needs to slow down and enjoy a little R & R! I was really nervous about feeling trapped the first time I did this but the tanks are huge, you can leave the lid open AND you have a whole room to yourself so you can get out at any time.

Check them out: http://www.afloatcanada.com/

  Boulder Bear Climbing   This is such a fun gift to give the adventure-er on your list or to anyone looking to mix up their activity! They have all the equipment that you need and you can go solo and use their auto-belay systems or go with a friend.  Check them out:  http://boulderbearclimbing.com/

Boulder Bear Climbing

This is such a fun gift to give the adventure-er on your list or to anyone looking to mix up their activity! They have all the equipment that you need and you can go solo and use their auto-belay systems or go with a friend.

Check them out: http://boulderbearclimbing.com/

  Tomlin Dinner   A unique Thunder Bay dinning experience is always at the top of my list! I love that Tomlin features local ingredients and products and an ever changing menu. Their dishes are always unique with surprising flavour combinations and cooking styles. And their cocktails are next level!  Check them out  http://www.tomlinrestaurant.com/

Tomlin Dinner

A unique Thunder Bay dinning experience is always at the top of my list! I love that Tomlin features local ingredients and products and an ever changing menu. Their dishes are always unique with surprising flavour combinations and cooking styles. And their cocktails are next level!

Check them out http://www.tomlinrestaurant.com/

  A Show   Whether it’s a concert, the Symphony Orchestra, a ballet or a play a show at the Auditorium is a great night out!  Check out the up-coming events:  http://www.tbca.com

A Show

Whether it’s a concert, the Symphony Orchestra, a ballet or a play a show at the Auditorium is a great night out!

Check out the up-coming events: http://www.tbca.com

  Axe Throwing   I haven’t tried this one yet but my grandma (she’s amazing) suggested we do it this year. They recently moved into Wacky Wings so you can enjoy their food & arcade as well.  Check them out here:  https://northernaxperts.com/

Axe Throwing

I haven’t tried this one yet but my grandma (she’s amazing) suggested we do it this year. They recently moved into Wacky Wings so you can enjoy their food & arcade as well.

Check them out here: https://northernaxperts.com/

  Thermea in Winnipeg   The ultimate girl’s trip! I had the pleasure of checking out Thermea this fall and it was unbelievable. For between $50-$60 you can spend the entire day using their saunas, hot tubs, cold plunges, waterfalls, steam rooms, hammocks, indoor relaxation areas and more. There’s also a great restaurant where you can eat in your robe and fire pits for making s’mores!  Check them out:  https://www.thermea.ca/

Thermea in Winnipeg

The ultimate girl’s trip! I had the pleasure of checking out Thermea this fall and it was unbelievable. For between $50-$60 you can spend the entire day using their saunas, hot tubs, cold plunges, waterfalls, steam rooms, hammocks, indoor relaxation areas and more. There’s also a great restaurant where you can eat in your robe and fire pits for making s’mores!

Check them out: https://www.thermea.ca/

  Noorden Massage   Ahhh who wouldn’t want a massage after a busy Christmas month!? The girls at Noorden provide therapeutic massage in a gorgeous location above St. Paul’s Roastery.  Check them out:  https://noordenmassagetherapy.janeapp.com/

Noorden Massage

Ahhh who wouldn’t want a massage after a busy Christmas month!? The girls at Noorden provide therapeutic massage in a gorgeous location above St. Paul’s Roastery.

Check them out: https://noordenmassagetherapy.janeapp.com/

  Terrarium Workshop or a Plant from Thuja   This store is a dream! The plants, flower arrangements and vases are gorgeous and it’s obvious the love and attention that goes into every detail. I’m excited to try the Terrarium making workshops - part experience gift!  Check them out:  https://thujafloraldesign.ca/

Terrarium Workshop or a Plant from Thuja

This store is a dream! The plants, flower arrangements and vases are gorgeous and it’s obvious the love and attention that goes into every detail. I’m excited to try the Terrarium making workshops - part experience gift!

Check them out: https://thujafloraldesign.ca/

objects can also be experiences, if they’re chosen well

  Custom Stained Glass   For the pet lover in your life - a custom stained glass piece. Kim Cunningham created one for my puppy and I’ve commissioned gifts for friends. They’re always incredible whether they’re large pieces or small ornaments!  Check her out:  https://www.facebook.com/kimcunninghamcustomstainedglass

Custom Stained Glass

For the pet lover in your life - a custom stained glass piece. Kim Cunningham created one for my puppy and I’ve commissioned gifts for friends. They’re always incredible whether they’re large pieces or small ornaments!

Check her out: https://www.facebook.com/kimcunninghamcustomstainedglass

  Beeswax Candles from Hygge Loft   This cute little store on Bay St has carefully curated home goods and I fell in love with these black beeswax candles (made locally!)  Check them out:  http://hyggeloft.ca/

Beeswax Candles from Hygge Loft

This cute little store on Bay St has carefully curated home goods and I fell in love with these black beeswax candles (made locally!)

Check them out: http://hyggeloft.ca/

  Pure Hydration Water Bottles   Give the gift of hydration. My favourite water bottles are back in stock at Take 2 Boutique’s new location. My clients know I always have this bottle on hand and rave about it. I’ve bought 5 so far and keep them everywhere. They keep cold drinks cold, hot drinks hot and have filters for loose leaf teas or infusions.  Check them out here:  http://pure-hydration.com  or buy at  https://www.facebook.com/take2boutique.takeahike/

Pure Hydration Water Bottles

Give the gift of hydration. My favourite water bottles are back in stock at Take 2 Boutique’s new location. My clients know I always have this bottle on hand and rave about it. I’ve bought 5 so far and keep them everywhere. They keep cold drinks cold, hot drinks hot and have filters for loose leaf teas or infusions.

Check them out here: http://pure-hydration.com or buy at https://www.facebook.com/take2boutique.takeahike/

  Heartbeat Hot Sauce   Locally made hot sauce + blueberries. Enough said.  Check them out:  https://www.heartbeathotsauce.com/

Heartbeat Hot Sauce

Locally made hot sauce + blueberries. Enough said.

Check them out: https://www.heartbeathotsauce.com/

  St. Paul Roastery   The gift of great coffee. The downtown coffee shop knows their stuff and have coffee and appliances for the coffee lover in your life. I’m a huge fan of the Chemex glass pour overs and the Keep Cup reusable cups!  Check them out:  https://www.facebook.com/stpaulroastery

St. Paul Roastery

The gift of great coffee. The downtown coffee shop knows their stuff and have coffee and appliances for the coffee lover in your life. I’m a huge fan of the Chemex glass pour overs and the Keep Cup reusable cups!

Check them out: https://www.facebook.com/stpaulroastery


Not Local, But Still Great

  TruLocal Meat & Fish Boxes   I always say, you are what you eat, eats. When it comes to high quality animal products TruLocal has you covered. I’ve been ordering from them for 2 years now and have gifted their boxes to others. The company values and service are incredible and BONUS their shipping is free!  Use code NUTRITIONBYAMY at checkout for $25 off  https://trulocal.ca/

TruLocal Meat & Fish Boxes

I always say, you are what you eat, eats. When it comes to high quality animal products TruLocal has you covered. I’ve been ordering from them for 2 years now and have gifted their boxes to others. The company values and service are incredible and BONUS their shipping is free!

Use code NUTRITIONBYAMY at checkout for $25 off https://trulocal.ca/

  Glass Divided Containers   These containers are a game changer! I love using glass for food storage and the divided sections are awesome for bring lunch to work.  Check them out:  https://www.amazon.ca/Compartment-Containers-Airtight-Tupperware-BPA-Free/dp/B075CTKZW8/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1544389779&sr=8-4&keywords=glass+tupperware

Glass Divided Containers

These containers are a game changer! I love using glass for food storage and the divided sections are awesome for bring lunch to work.

Check them out: https://www.amazon.ca/Compartment-Containers-Airtight-Tupperware-BPA-Free/dp/B075CTKZW8/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1544389779&sr=8-4&keywords=glass+tupperware

  Stainless Straws   Move over plastic straws, stainless is in! I love that these keep my cool drinks cool and are easy to clean with the cleaning brush. This pack has different shapes and sizes (the wide one is perfect for smoothies) and a storage bag if you want to bring them to restaurants/bars that no longer carry straws.  Check them out:  https://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B074S2TXZK/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o02_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Stainless Straws

Move over plastic straws, stainless is in! I love that these keep my cool drinks cool and are easy to clean with the cleaning brush. This pack has different shapes and sizes (the wide one is perfect for smoothies) and a storage bag if you want to bring them to restaurants/bars that no longer carry straws.

Check them out: https://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B074S2TXZK/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o02_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

  Audible   Audiobooks! These are great to listen to while you’re driving, doing dishes or going for a walk. I’ve also always used audiobooks (they used to be cassettes) to help me fall asleep at night. A great way to “read” without reading.  Check them out:  https://www.audible.ca

Audible

Audiobooks! These are great to listen to while you’re driving, doing dishes or going for a walk. I’ve also always used audiobooks (they used to be cassettes) to help me fall asleep at night. A great way to “read” without reading.

Check them out: https://www.audible.ca

  Passion Planner   For the entrepreneur in your life - I looooove these planners! They separate personal and work to do lists, have sheets for monthly goal setting and reflections, include motivational quotes and more Did I mention the covers are BEAUTIFUL!? These planners keep me organized year round.  Check them out:  https://passionplanner.com

Passion Planner

For the entrepreneur in your life - I looooove these planners! They separate personal and work to do lists, have sheets for monthly goal setting and reflections, include motivational quotes and more Did I mention the covers are BEAUTIFUL!? These planners keep me organized year round.

Check them out: https://passionplanner.com

Merry Christmas

I hope you found something on this list you can enjoy or share with others. Wishing you a joyful holiday season and time to relax and enjoy our beautiful winter wonderland.

Amy xo