Thunder Bay’s Best: 5 Complete Gift Guides

Merry Christmas Everyone!!

Okay… maybe we’re not quite there yet – but I’ve had my *trees* (yes, plural) up since November 1st so I’ve been ready!   

As festive and holly-jolly as the holidays are, this time of year can end up being really stressful if you’re not prepared. Shopping during the holiday rush is hard enough, but finding the perfect gift that someone is actually going to love is a whole different story… and don’t even get me started on online shopping – the stress of “is it going to be here on time?!” is enough to drive anyone crazy. This year I wanted to help you get a jump on things and make your lives much easier, so I’ve created a few gift guides (even checked them twice!) for the special people in your lives. I’ve also kept it local and included all of my Thunder Bay favorites (and in my opinion, a few of the best places to shop this season) so you can shop at your convenience. The earlier you start shopping the less rushed you are, making it way more fun – plus you’ll have extra time to enjoy all the Holiday Festivities with the people you love. So let’s get started!


First up – The Men! The boss man, the drinker, the griller, the hunter/outdoors-man, the tech savvy guy and the bearded guy – it’s all here! Shopping for the men in your life can be tricky, especially when they don’t give you very many hints! If I hear “I’ll like whatever you get me” from my husband one more time my head is going to explode. That’s why this list has something for everyone! I got you covered! My husbands personal favorite from this list are his Trekz Air headphones from Lowery’s! The headphones are a new revolutionary breed of headphones and are designed to keep your ears completely free. So while you can hear your music or podcast loud and clear – you can hear everything else around you too!

  1. Trekz Air Headphones – Lowery’s
  2. Beard Balm – Ritual Skin Co.
  3. Mascow Mule Mug – The Kitchen Nook
  4. Ray-ban Sunglasses – Urban Eyewear
  5. Iphone – Touch Unwired
  6. Yeti Rambler 36 oz. Bottle – Gear Up For Outdoors
  7. Marmot Men’s Anderson Flannel – Gear Up For Outdoors
  8. Dolce Coffee House


Next up – For Her! Still keeping it local, I picked some items that were fun and girly, but also weather and season related! I am loving rose gold and pink right now so I incorporated that into this list! These are all items that I already have, or absolutely love and want! My favorite’s are the Tiffany & Co. Sunglasses from Urban Eyewear and a coffee card from Dolce Coffee House! The atmosphere alone is amazing and it’s the perfect afternoon escape! These gifts are perfect for sister, mom, mother in law, aunt, girlfriends, yourself… (you gotta treat yourself too!) all of the women in your life!

  1. Tiffany & Co. Sunglasses – Urban Eyewear
  2. London Fog Body Whip – Ritual Skin Co.
  3. Baffin Chloe Winter Boots – Gear Up For Outdoors
  4. Dolce Coffee House
  5. Iphone – Touch Unwired
  6. Yeti Mug – Gear Up For Outdoors
  7. North Face Jacket – Gear Up For Outdoors
  8. Terra Nova Salon & Day Spa


Next! The Foodie! This time of year is for celebrating and entertaining! I put together a list of all my favorites from The Kitchen Nook that are sure to be a hit for anyone whose kitchen is the heart of the home!


The Northerner! This one was a must! Thunder Bay is full of so many beautiful places to explore not only during the summer months but the winter months too! Between spending time out on the lake, hiking, camping and snowshoeing, Gear Up For Outdoors has you completely covered – and even if you’re not outdoorsy, I’m sure we could all use a set of ICEtrekkers just to walk to our cars!


Last but not least – The person who has everything! This is where the gift cards and small things come into play! Making this list was way too difficult because a simple gift guide graphic can’t fit all the amazing places our city has to offer! Instead, below I have inserted all of the Instagram accounts of each place shared in the gift guides above, as well as a few of my other personal favorites!

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