The holidays are here and if you’re looking for a last-minute gift with a bit of hometown flair, Hamilton has plenty to offer.
CBC News asked readers for Hamilton-themed ideas. Here, in no particular order, are their suggestions for gifts that should put a smile on the face of even the steeliest of Steeltowners this holiday season.
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Based on actual historical designs, this handmade pennant would make a great item to hang in the home, office, car, dorm room ... or to wave at a Ticats game.
Available from: Mixed Media, 154 James Street N.
If the view out your friend’s window leaves something to be desired, give them a piece of Hamilton’s best scenery. These cityscape photos capture some of the city’s most beautiful and notable vistas.
Price: $700 to $2,600 framed
Available From: Art Gallery of Hamilton Design Annex, 118 James St. N.
DVD of local history
Looking for something for a Hamilton history buff? Filmmaker Gary Kaulback's On The Mountain: The Story Of The Hamilton Escarpment, is a film about the history of Hamilton Mountain. He has also created a new 54-minute film about Hamilton harbour, narrated by Mayor Bob Bratina, called On the Bay: the Port of Hamilton.
Available at: Bryan Prince Bookseller, 1060 King St. W., Hamilton. 905-528-4508 or princebooks.net
Chapters. In Burlington at 3315 Fairview St., 905-681-2410. In Meadowlands at the Meadowland Regional Centre, 737 Golf Links Road, Ancaster, 905-648-7155.
Indigo Books, Stoney Creek, 1783 Stone Church Rd E., Hamilton. 905-578-3658.
The Mountain Bookstore, 560 Concession Street (near East 22nd. St.), on the Mountain in Hamilton. 905-385-6082.
Stickers and buttons
Need a stocking-stuffer or a little something extra? These Hamilton stickers and buttons are pretty without being pricey.
Price: 50 cents to $2.50
Available from: Mixed Media, 154 James St. N.
Bicycle tire earrings
For the environmentalist, cyclist or quirky artistic type on your list, pick up a pair of earrings made in Hamilton from recycled bicycle tires. They’re unique, made by local artist Bonnie Dokuchie, and keep those bike tires from landing in our Hamilton landfills. Win-win-win.
Price: $6 to $16
Available from: Humblepie, 142 James St. N.
Art crawl tote bags
Give this bright tote as a gift itself or use it as a fun alternative to gift wrap — stuffed full of goodies from Hamilton's Art Crawl, of course.
Price: $10 (for the bags pictured, prices vary for others)
Available from: 173 James St. N.
A Child's Christmas in Hamilton
Local author Ryan Moran has compiled A Child’s Christmas in Hamilton, a 20-page mini-memoir of his Christmas experiences growing up in the city in the 1980s. Published by local design firm factor[e] and illustrated by Hamilton artist Chelsea Robinson, the book is truly a community endeavour. Illustrations from the book have also been turned into Christmas cards. All the proceeds will go to City Kidz, which provides community activities for local children in need.
Price: $7 (book)
Available from: Locations on Locke South, James North, and Ottawa Street in Hamilton, including: Beach Road Meats; Bitten; Bread Bar; Bryan Prince Book Sellers; Cake and Loaf; Citizen Kid; Epic Books; FranjiPani; Green Smoothie Bar; HIStory + HERitage; Johnny's Coffee; Kabuki Spa; La Jardinère; Locke Street Bakery; LuLu & Lavigne; Mixed Media; Neo Hairstyling; Olive's Oddments; Ottawa Street BIA; Picks and Sticks; RE/MAX Escarpment Realty Inc.
Directly from factor[e], 162 Locke St. South, Hamilton. 905-522-7894
Support Hamilton's young artists and show your hometown pride with a tee designed as part of the Centre3 youth program. The shirt pictured, designed and printed by Damian Bruce, is punchy and fun for the young and old on your list.
Price: $20 to $25
Available from: Centre3, 173 James St. N.
If you’re looking for a throw pillow, t-shirt, stationery, notebook, or just about anything else with a Hamilton theme to it, check out local artist Matt Jelly’s work. You’re bound to find something that’s a fit for for your list — and if not, he might just make what you need if you ask.
Price: Varies by the item
Available from: Handmade holiday art show or contact the artist at email@example.com