Part of the excitement of the holidays is picking out Christmas gifts for others. Not only is shopping fun, but it brings joy to see the expression on the recipient’s face as they open what you thoughtfully selected for them. But what do you get for the folks on your list? Of course, we suggest shopping at the Merry Makers Market at Glow Christmas Toronto. Not only can you find one-of-a-kind items, but you can shop at your leisure and then look at lights or listen to live entertainment. Here are a few suggestions, inspired by the activities at Glow Christmas, to help get the ideas flowing as you try to check folks off of your holiday gift-giving list.
For the Kids
Giving gifts that foster creativity is essential, and parents probably don’t need yet another toy taking up space. This year, consider giving kids something related to the arts. Go beyond the typical crayons, markers, and colouring books, and delve into something different depending on the child’s age and abilities.
Head to your local art store, such as Gwartzman’s Art Supplies, or shop online at Blick (international shipping), where you can find everything from art-centric items for preschoolers to artist-quality paints and clay for older kids. The Art Studio for Children in Toronto even offers classes appropriate for different ages. Coming to Glow Christmas may inspire your child as they look at all the lights, help Mrs. Claus make cookies, and see how creatively they’re displayed.
For the Teens
Teens love music, whether they’re into the most current tunes or enjoy playing an instrument for their school band—or both! Encourage your teen to dive deeper into the musical realm beyond just streaming music or getting them a new pair of cordless headphones (although those are pretty cool, too).
This year, consider getting them an online Masterclass where they can learn songwriting from Alicia Keys or drumming from Ringo Starr. Not only will they be starstruck, but you’ll also give them one of the most unique gifts they’ll remember. Or purchase classes for them at The Oscar Peterson School of Music so they can learn to play an instrument. To further satiate their love for music, be sure to stop by Glow Christmas and listen to the live entertainment. It will get you in a festive mood while seeing others perform holiday music.
For the Men
Guys are some of the most challenging folks to buy for, but it doesn’t have to be that way if you think about getting them consumable items. Banish the thought of giving your dad or uncle yet another tie or pair of socks, and get them something to eat or drink instead. Plus, this is a category where you can really get creative.
Instead of having something to open only on December 25th or a day of Hanukkah, get him a year’s worth of gifts through a subscription box. If he loves to eat, consider SaulGood, where a themed package will arrive filled with Canadian goodies. If he’s always heading to Radical Road Brewing Co., consider a subscription to The Hops Collective, where he can try brews from all over Canada and beyond. Of course, while you’re at Glow Christmas, there are plenty of opportunities to get delicious food and winter-themed drinks, so be sure to fill up!
For the Women
If there’s one thing that speaks to the heart of most women, it’s something picked out uniquely for them. And that’s where something handmade or personalised can come in. Although we could direct you to an online resource like Etsy, there is no substitute for being able to touch an item and chat with the artisan like you can at Glow Christmas Toronto’s Merry Makers Market.
From locally made items for the home—think candles and decor items—to handmade jewelry, take time to peruse the market to find something special just for her. The vendors can probably help you find the perfect things to cross all of the ladies off your gift list. We’re sure you’ll find something at the Merry Makers Market for the men and kids on your list, too!
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