Find clutter-free gifts at local merchants this holiday season

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The holiday season is practically here, and finding the perfect gift is on everyone’s mind. This year, clutter-free gifting is trending — not only for the environmental impact (or lack thereof), but also as a mindful way to spend quality time with those we love.

Consider shopping local and gifting meals, consumables, and experiences that can be shared with family and friends.

These local businesses are ready to help you find the perfect clutter-free gift for everyone on your list!

Doghouse Studio

Image provided by Doghouse Studio.

Concert tickets are a perfect clutter-free gift. Doghouse Studio 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.


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. 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 or New Year’s Eve tasting menu, featuring mouthwatering beef tenderloin, pan-seared salmon, vegan options, and more. Explore these menus and make a reservation at or by calling 613-549-6243.

Smash Studio Co.

Smash Studio Company is a Kingston-based art space designed to create help and healing for stressed-out groups and individuals. They offer community members the opportunity to “Art it Out” by smashing paint-covered plates against an art canvas, a process that invites them to reclaim their power by turning anger into beautiful art.

Owner Sarah-Chastity Johnson explores the human condition from the perspective of a woman who has experienced and survived multiple sexual assaults and domestic abuse. Chas paints her story as both a self-healing journey for herself, and as a therapeutic guide for others who have encountered personal trauma of all types.

Help someone you care about “Art it Out” this holiday season by purchasing a gift certificate online, or visit their table at the Harbour Holiday Market on Friday, Dec. 2,, 2022, from 3 to 7 p.m. at 53 Yonge Street. 

Sherlock’s Escapes

Enjoy an escape room with family and friends this holiday season. Image provided by Sherlock’s Escapes.

Need a way to connect with friends and family over the holidays? Sherlock’s Escapes offers three challenging escape rooms right in the heart of downtown Kingston! 

Prefer to spend the night in? Order one of their unsolved mysteries and play from home, or hop on zoom to play one of their virtual escape rooms, a perfect option for a long-distance virtual games night!

No matter which adventure you choose, Sherlock’s Escapes is here to provide a fun and challenging experience – great for sleuths of all ages! Unsure which game is right for your team? Gift certificates are available on their website.

The Keep Refillery

The Keep Refillery on Princess Street has all the sustainable, consumable goodies you need this holiday season. From eucalyptus shower steams and bath salts, to hand soaps and lotion, their products are all refillable and are all-natural, biodegradable, and micro-plastic free!

Gift-giving season is hard on the planet, so every plastic-free gift you buy is also a gift to Mother Nature! Shop on-line at or in-store at 206 Princess Street in downtown Kingston.

The Keep Refillery is open seven days a week: Monday to Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m and Sundays, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The businesses above paid a fee to be included in this article. If you would like to be approached for opportunities of this nature, email [email protected].

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