Upgrade Your Gift Card Giving Game

Posted on January 4, 2021

Gift cards have become a huge part of gift giving. This year, instead of giving loved ones credit to the same old place, consider surprising them with a gift card to a local store where they can select something that’s one of a kind. In addition to showing you put a little extra thought into their gift, purchasing a gift card from a local business is a great way to support small businesses during a time of great need. Visit your favourite store’s website to learn about their hours of operation, on-line shopping options as well pick up and delivery information.

Here are some of our recommendations for local, creative gift ideas.

Give The Gift Of Future Fun

Who isn’t dreaming of a day when we can get out and enjoy more live performances, sports and hands-on activities? Gift certificates to the First Ontario Performing Arts Centre are available in a variety of values and can be redeemed for future ticket purchases. The Niagara Ice Dogs also offer online purchases of gift certificates. Niagara Segway offers gift cards with a value of your choice and no expiration date for their Welland Canal, Port Dalhousie, and winery Segway Tours.  For kids, great gift card options for hands-on fun include Crock A Doodle Pottery Painting4Cats Art StudioSky Zone Trampoline Park and Gravity Climbing Gym.


Give The Gift Of A Great Meal

St. Catharines’ culinary scene is red hot right now, and gift cards to area restaurants are a perfect way to share the talents of some of the city’s best chefs with your loved ones. More restaurants than ever are offering multiple options, which means the recipient can choose between safe and convenient take out, curbside pickup or delivery.  PickUp St. Catharines offers a fantastic directory of local restaurants with links to their websites and menus.


Give The Gift Of Tasty Baking

St. Catharines is home to a phenomenal collection of bakers. Anyone with a sweet tooth on your shopping list will adore the gift of looking forward to future tasty treats from St. Joseph Bakery13th Street Bakery or Caffé Gatti.


Give The Gift Of A Relaxing Massage

A gift card for a massage is a perfect way to help loved ones relax and unwind from a stressful 2020. Local massage clinics and spas offering gift cards include Medi Massage and Massage Addict.


Give The Gift Of A Great Book

A gift card for a new read from a local book shop offers the promise of a cozy winter escape. Someday Books offers gift cards in any denomination. The Book Outlet, Canada’s largest bargain bookstore, also offers online gift cards for purchase.

Give The Gift Of Sensational Local Sipping

Gift certificates and Wine Club subscriptions to local wineries and craft breweries are a great way to introduce family and friends to the fantastic wines and beers that are being made in your backyard. 13th Street Winery and Rockway Vineyards offer gift cards in their online shops. Lock Street Brewing Company’s $50 Growler Club Card is a great gift idea and comes with a complimentary four-pack of beer for the gift giver to enjoy!


Give The Gift Of Style

Locally owned clothing retailers offer carefully curated collections of the latest styles and personalized service to help shoppers find that perfect outfit. Great local clothing retailers offering gift cards include Honeys FashionsCitrus BtqGary WatersQueen Fashion Must Haves and Lousje and Bean.


Give The Gift Of A Fresh New Hairstyle

After the year we’ve had everyone appreciates a good hair cut so much more! Treat someone to an awesome cut with a gift card to a great area salon or barber like Storm Hair GroupFrontier Barbers & CompanyValvano or Alessandro Salon.


Give The Gift Of A Pampered Pet

If there is a passionate pet lover on your shopping list, they’ll love a gift card that will let them treat their furry friend right in the months ahead. Great locally owned pet store options for gift cards include Little Chief & Co.Endless Pawzabilities, and The Bone & Biscuit Co.

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