Trendy brands and designers
Opened next to the Cathcart in the Place Ville Marie Gallery, M.A.D. SHOPPE pop-up features various trendy products. With nearly 30 brands available, it's a great place to look for some stylish holiday gifts.
The ultra-loveable dolls from Raplapla are cuddly, original and full of personality. They’re lovingly handmade in the brand’s Mile End workshop (which also offers repair services at its in-house “hospital” for all fabric toys in need of TLC).
© The House of Beers
Raise a pint to Montréal with a selection of beers from La Maison des Bières, where there are 450 choices from microbreweries in Québec and the world.
Sign a lucky Montrealer up to receive the floral bouquet of the week, comprised of local and seasonal blossoms, from Oursin fleurs.
Inspired by global travel and artisans, Palma boutique offers limited-edition Montréal-designed jewellery with an earthy, hand-wrought feel.
© Pierre Guzzo, photographe
The Empreinte Coop is a one-stop shop for Montréal-made goods, featuring pottery, toys, art objects or jewellery by dozens and dozens of local artists and artisans.
© m0851, Cindy Boyce
Make that special person in your life REALLY happy with a beautiful bag from local brand m0851. Their versatile pouches in different shapes and sizes are perfect for stashing everything from lipstick to electronics accessories.
© Christian Poulain - Espace Verre
Add some magic to your holiday tree with a handblown glass ball from Espace Verre, Montréal’s foremost glassblowing studio, where you can both learn and shop year-round.
Made in Montréal from 100% natural ingredients, the tonics, syrups and shrubs from Les Charlatans will enliven any holiday drink menu. Great for gifting and for stocking at home!
Offer a dramatic yet delicate lamp from Montréal’s Atelier Cocotte. Their hand-crafted fixtures feature strong organic lines shaped from gently curved wood veneer.
© Harricana par Mariouche
Recycled fur accessories
Harricana is a unique fashion house in Quebec that takes second-hand furs and refashions them into recycles coats, hats, mitts and more.
© Jamais assez
Looking for amazing homeware? Jamais Assez is THE shop for inventively designed chairs, lamps, bowls, cushions, throws, bed linens, tablewear and more.
Come stock up on Montréal goodies at Le Petit Dep, purveyors of local treats and sweets including the gorgeously packaged Avanaa chocolates. They even have delightful gift boxes to choose from.
© Les Glaceurs
Seasonal baked goodies
Bakery Les Glaceurs makes gift-worthy cupcakes all year round, but their Christmas themed cakes add seasonal wow to any table.
Every year Quebec gummy candy company KandJu produces a collection of seasonal gummies (like cute gnomes!) that you can mix-and-match to make a bucket tailored exactly to your tastes.
Sweets for your sweets
Juliette & Chocolat is a perennial purveyor of sweet treats, but the Holidays are a great opportunity to gift their jars of sweet caramel spread or homemade chocolate sauce.
The simple, sturdy, leather and canvas aprons from Montréal atelier Dahls¨ are built to last. It’s no wonder they’re favoured in professional kitchens around the world—you’ll want to offer one to every home cook, grill master and crafter on your list.
The First Nations brand Yawinonh makes beautifully scented products designed to assist women with their cycles according to natural medicine. Their signature kits, creams and soaps make for very pretty gifts.
It took the founders of Maison Lavande a decade to finesse the delicately scented creams of their Clémentine & Lavande collection, designed to be hypoallergenic (even for delicate baby skin).
© PAC / Alain Vandal
Montréal’s museum boutiques
Get artsy and find some of the city’s most unique gifts or souvenirs at the boutiques of the Montréal Museum of Fine Arts, the McCord Stewart Museum and the Pointe-à-Callière, Canadian Centre for Architecture. They’re packed with everything from precious, one-of-a-kind jewelry to unique fashion, objects, coffee-table books and more.
Janine Hopkinson moved to Montréal 25 years ago and has been in love with the city ever since. She mostly works, writes and hangs out in Mile End, and credits all her best ideas to her daily hikes in Mount Royal Park.