Gift Guide: Aric's Favourite Things to Give

The holidays are oh so close; give a local gift that’s grandiose!

To help you, the contributors of City and Dale have put together gift ideas you’ll love to give (or receive) this year!  Starting today, we’ll be sharing some favourites from all the City and Dale contributors. To start the series, here are a few favourite things from Aric Johnson…(he typically writes about really great things like craft beer!)

p.s. You’ll notice a little ‘I Shop Local’ theme throughout!

1. Coffee
It’s not everyone’s cup of tea, but for those who appreciate it, or need it to make it through a Monday morning, you can’t go wrong with a French Press and some fantastic coffee to go with it. Check out the selections at Credo, Transcend or Café Haven.

2. / 3. Chocolate
If you have yet to try chocolates from Jacek, you’re missing out. Fantastic chocolates with equally fantastic packaging, they are the perfect gift for any chocolate lover. Another local favourite is Kerstin’s Chocolates. Check out their Dark Chocolate Box or their Grand Chocolate Lover's Box.

4. Gift cards
Some people say gift cards are too easy, even going as far as calling it lazy gift buying. I say why not give the recipient the gift of choice. It will be appreciated and loved and won’t be subject to a “tackiest gift you have ever received” story. Yeah, yeah, I know what you’re thinking; it’s the thought that counts. Favourites to give: mall, spa or restaurant.
Must attend event:
I have to go with two: A Christmas Carol at the Citadel Theatre and a tour of Candy Cane Lane with family and friends (bring coffee or hot chocolate!).

Happy holidays everyone!