Find easy holiday gift ideas at Kingston area businesses

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Holiday shopping is in full swing – or it should be, for those who give gifts during the holiday season. Whether you’re looking for interesting products or experience-style gifts, local merchants are ready to help you find something for everyone on your list!

Shop local this year, and gift meals, consumables, and experiences that can be shared with family and friends. These local businesses are ready to help you find a quick and easy gift for everyone on your list!


Give waste free at The Keep Refillery Kingston! They have everything you need to give the gift of sustainability this year, all for under $30!

They’ve made gift-giving easy with “Pre-Packed Stocking Stuffers.” These come complete with a bath bomb, eucalyptus shower steamer, a bar of handmade, all-natural soap, and a jar of lotion! The packages are perfect for that special someone’s stocking. Or consider them as a gift for that amazing teacher, your favourite co-worker, or your secret Santa! These are only available for purchase in-store.

For easy online (and in-store) shopping, you can’t go wrong with The Keep’s Soap Bundles. Inside a cute burlap sack, you’ll find a small batch, handmade Soap Bar of your choice and an Agave Soap Pouch. Not only is the pouch a great exfoliator, it’s compostable and helps you use every last bit of your soap bar!

Visit The Keep at 206 Princess Street from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. seven days a week, and until 8 p.m. on Festive Fridays, or online at thekeeprefillery.com. To order ahead, call 613-531-9699.


This holiday season, gift your friends or family a bespoke dining experience on Kingston’s waterfront with a gift card from AquaTerra.

For a limited time, when you purchase $100 or more in AquaTerra gift cards, you’ll receive a complimentary $25 voucher. This special offer is available until December 31, 2023. Gift cards and vouchers can be used for in-person dining or take-out.

Join AquaTerra over the holidays and indulge in their Christmas Day festive prix fixe, featuring mouthwatering turchetta – sous vide turkey breast with savoury stuffing, natural reduction, cranberry compote and local veggies; prime rib; pomegranate salmon; vegan options; and new signature holiday cocktails: Naughty & Spice Eggnog, Mistletoe & Holly, Sleigh All Day, and Santagria.

Explore the menu, including a $55 three-course prix fixe option featuring beef tenderloin, and make a reservation at aquaterrakingston.com or by calling 613-549-6243.


Concert tickets are a great experience gift idea. Doghouse Studios, a family-owned venue and event space in Napanee, has an excellent concert series this winter, with something for every music lover on your list.

“We have a pretty great series of artists lined up to suit all kinds of musical tastes,” the studio shared. “The line-up includes many award-winning artists, some of whom are hometown favourites, as well as others who we’ve been lucky to bring to town as part of their national or international tours.”

Check out the ‘Winter in the Doghouse’ concert lineup and order tickets here.


Gift your loved ones a new experience from Breaking Brad Smash Room.

“Anger can stem from a sense of helplessness and lack of control. Smashing items is a great way to channel that anger to help reclaim and explore emotions. It’s a safe, controlled and judgment-free way to ‘let it all out’ whether solo or with some company,” said Deanna Mustard, Smash Room owner.

“The experience can be great for bonding with friends, your partner, family, or coworkers. Break the ice, let go of what has been causing stress in your life, or just make some fun memories.”

Give the gift of enhanced peace and self-control with a gift certificate (for those 13 and older), or stop by during the holiday season to try it for yourself.

Breaking Brad Smash Room is located at 1187 Princess Street, Unit 14. Visit their Facebook Page, and get in touch with them over email at [email protected] or by calling 343-989-7669.

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