The holidays are just around the corner... Do you have all your gifts ready to go?
If you're anything like us you want to make sure the gifts you give this year are just right and also support local businesses. We've put together a list of locally sourced gifts we know will be perfect for all the book lovers in your life.
1. Traditional Christmas Afternoon Tea
From the The Old Curiosity Tea Shop
If there's one thing that pair perfectly, it's a hot cup of tea and a good book!
Give the book lover in your life the gift of a Victorian Christmas! Located at 91 Main Street N. in Markham, The Old Curiosity Tea Shop is offering a "Traditional Christmas Afternoon Tea" available for take out or by reservation. This magical meal boasts delicious seasonal sandwiches such as orange cranberry, pineapple ham, and a Christmas Pilkey - red pepper with walnuts and celery on cinnamon raisin bread, and is capped off with the very best holiday sweets.
2. Give the Gift of Holiday Hilarity with a Board Game!
From Three Kingdoms Games
There's a game for all of us!
Give the book lover in your life the gift that combines reading and playing!
Located at 112 Main St N. in Markham, Three Kingdoms Games is offering online ordering and curb-side pickup. If you're looking for that perfect gift and have questions about a board game you can speak to a member of their friendly staff during regular business hours by calling 905-554-6854.
3. Spruce Up the Season with Succulents!
From Valley View Gardens
You had us at aloe. This year, make someone's Christmas su-CUTE-lent!
What's better than curling up with a good book? Curling up with a good book surrounded by succulents! Give the book lover in your life a gift that prickles their fancy!
Located at 8636 Reesor Rd. in Markham, Valley View Gardens has a garden centre and nursery that's overflowing with a wide selection of high-quality plants that make up a selection of gifts perfect to grow into. They also offer delivery! Small or large, they can deliver your order straight to your door.
4. Have a Crafty Christmas!
From Crafty Pots
An afternoon of reading with a hot beverage wouldn't be complete without the perfect mug!
Give the book lover in your life a gift that sparks their natural creativity. Located at 126 Main St. N. in Markham, Crafty Pots has all the DIY activity options you'll ever want for creating your very own mugs, plates, figurines, and more!
Take advantage of discounted bundles when you order online and get your package quick with next day contactless delivery within Markham. can deliver your order straight to your door.
From Pretty Thingz
What do book love almost as much as a good read? Staying cozy!
Help the book lover in your life create the perfect cozy reading experience. Located at 178 Main St. in Unionville, Pretty Thingz has coziness covered! Send warm wishes and holiday cheer with cozy reading accessories that will have the book lover in your life feeling as snug as a bug in a rug.
PSST! They also offer delivery anywhere in Canada, so you can give the gift of coziness from afar while still shopping local!
6. Fall in Love with Fa-La-La-La-Flowers!
From Tim Clark's Flowers
What's a great way to brighten up a cold day? Reading... and flowers!
Give the book lover in your life a gift that adds a bit of beauty to their reading nook. Located at 97 Main St. N. in Markham, Tim Clark's Flowers has everything from festive holiday centre pieces, to gift expertly curated gift baskets, luxuriant silk flowers, you can't go wrong!
Order online and they'll deliver your gift anywhere in the GTA!
7. Crafting Your Own Community!
Give a gift that will help the book lover in your life connect virtually with other creative members of their community!
Located at 11 Church St. in Markham, The Markham Guild of Village Crafts is host to a vibrant crafting community. Giving the gift of a membership is perfect for anyone interested in craft classes, crafting socials, and the development of arts and crafts. A membership also has the perks of reduced fees for classes, monthly virtual meetings featuring guest speakers and discussion, access to their library full of craft books and patterns, and more!
8. Be a Holiday Hero!
From Heroes World
This year, be the superhero the book lover in your life needs!
Located at 8601 Warden Ave. in Markham, Heroes World has everything from collectibles to new comics fresh off the presses. From Aquaman to Superman, they're sure to have the perfect gift for the book lover in your life open up.
They're open for curbside service Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Let them know what you need via e-mail, opens a new window, calling the shop or send them a message on Facebook, opens a new window or Instagram, opens a new window!
9. Make Holiday Magic with Music!
From The School of Rock
What's better than reading? Reading along to your very own soundtrack!
Give the gift of music this holiday season! Located at 150 Bullock Dr. in Markham, The School of Rock is offering an online, one-on-one music education program that allows students to take music lessons remotely. This is a great gift that prioritizes safety through physical distancing.
Take advantage of a 20% discount for your first month of lessons by registering before December 31st 2020!
10. Send the Cutest Card—A Library Card!
What's the absolute perfect gift for someone who loves to sink their teeth into a good book? A library card, of course!
Give the book lover in your life a gift that gives them endless opportunities to explore the ever growing world of literature! Located across Markham (and online!) Markham Public Library is your go to for everything from books, to online learning opportunities, to STEAM activities, and more!
Add some excitement to your holiday with a little help from you local public library.