10 local stores to shop for the perfect gift this season
November 23, 2022
| Author Kit Muir
Shopping at these 10 Manitoba stores means there's no need for returns, regrets or extravagant shipping fees.
In the season of snow and shopping, it's easy to turn to a computer to search for an easy gift. But there's something special about walking into a locally owned business, being greeted like an old friend, holding that perfect gift in your hand and knowing the gift-getter is going to love it.
Manitobah flagship store
Founded in 1997 in Winnipeg, the Manitobah brand started small but grew into an international brand while never losing its local roots. This past fall, their first permanent store opened on the second floor of The Forks, where you can get the comfy and beautiful mukluks, moccasins, slippers and accessories that the company is known for. The flagship store will be more than just a shop, with workshops, beading circles and activations planned for the future in the space.
Though Mainly Manitoba's main shop in Wasagaming is closed for the winter season, you can still shop local at their location in Brandon's Shoppers Mall. With a wide range of locally made products including candles, toys, soaps, home decor, clothing and more, something is sure to catch your eye.
The Arctic Trading Company
Thompson and Churchill
Picture an old-fashioned trading post with wood beams and creaky floors. This is the experience shopping at the Arctic Trading Company for Indigenous art and handicrafts from Canada’s North. Caribou hair tufting art, Inuit wall hangings and fur trappers hats are just a few authentic items for sale.
HP Tergesen & Sons
Top fashion and footwear brands, unique kitchen gadgets and a great book selection make this 120-year old merchant a must stop when visiting the Gimli area. HP Tergesen & Sons, a designated historic site, is the heart of the community.
The Village at Pineridge Hollow in Birds Hill, at The Forks and in St. Vital Mall in Winnipeg
After operating for years at The Forks, Teekca's has recently opened their newest location at The Village in Pineridge Hollow and its worth the visit. This Indigenous-owned business is known for handmade moccasin and mukluks, and a selection of art, housewares and fashion.
Both The Village at Pineridge Hollow and The Forks are home to many other shops that sell locally made goods. So after shopping at Teecka's Boutique, stay a while and browse the other shops as well.
Copper and Sparrow
Inside a sleek, modern space on Winkler's Main Street, Copper and Sparrow offers shoppers fabulous fashions and fun gift items. The shop is the dream come true of the mother-daughter duo who own the shop and carefully handpick all the seasonal fashions and accessories.
Wishme stocks cute lines of gift and home decor items, with a strong commitment to locally made items. The shop is a social enterprise owned by Inclusion Selkirk to provide retail training for adults with intellectual disabilities. This shopping experience is a wonderful way to support community in multiple ways.
The Gallery Shop at the Winnipeg Art Gallery
The beautiful, glass-front store in the Winnipeg Art Gallery sells art in all its forms. The shop features a wide selection of prints and drawings, jewelry, contemporary crafts, books and more. Since the opening of Qaumajuq, the shop has expanded to include more products, including an even wider range of Inuit art.
All Things Hanna
Located in a former mid-century church, the beautiful shop sells sustainably-minded women’s fashion brands, as well as vintage finds for the home from Canada and Europe. It also features an artist's studio space and a bar where you can enjoy a complimentary hot or cold beverage while you shop. For an extra special experience, book a private shopping session (complete with food and drinks) for you and your friends.
Lady of the Lake
Peruse this 5,000 sq. ft. destination shop and its wonderful displays of shabby chic furniture and home decor, along with vintage-inspired women’s fashion and accessories. With both local and international products, there's certain to be something here for everyone on your holiday gift list. Make an afternoon of your shopping experience at Lady of the Lake by grabbing a hot beverage or a light lunch from the in-store cafe.
About The Author
Hi! I'm Kit, a Franco-Manitobaine from the Interlake and a champion of the phrase "there's no place like home." If you see me out exploring the province, say hi! Or reach out at firstname.lastname@example.org.