6 UpTown Last Minute Shopping Ideas

Tick tock goes the holiday clock!

If you're looking for some last minute local gift ideas, look no further. Uptown Waterloo has something for everyone on your holiday list. Here are six amazing independent businesses to check out this holiday season.

1. Cobblestone Gallery

33 Erb St. W, Waterloo

Being Canadian and supporting artisans and craftspeople are two very important but simple criteria for this store! Whether you are in need of a wedding gift, decorating your space (be it home or cottage) or to simply treat yourself after a job well done, visiting the Cobblestone Gallery will ensure that you find something unique. For 25 years they have been supporting the Waterloo community and region and they are planning to be around for many more years to come!




2. Words Worth Books

96 King St. S, Waterloo

Considered the heart of vibrant uptown Waterloo for over 30 years, Words Worth Books is champion of the printed word and is curated for any type of reader. They offer a dedicated stock of the best new Canadian and international fiction, cookbooks, DVDs, interesting non-fiction along with a carefully considered backlist of titles in which they boast a top-notch mystery section. For children, they promote an enchanting reading corner featuring charming picture books and young-adult novels. If you are looking for a book that is not on one of their extensive shelves, they are happy to help you find it or special-order it even if its “out-of-print”.




3. Truth Beauty Company

46 King St. N, Waterloo

A one stop shop for a first rate selection of natural and organic skincare, hair care and cosmetic brands, the Truth Beauty Company is founded on raising awareness about harmful chemicals for the environment as well as for our bodies. They believe that efficiency and luxury should not be sacrificed for beauty at the expense of one’s health and the planet’s. TBC is certified through various campaigns as well as Bcorp in order to highlight their commitment to the environment and their community. Moreover, they support many local brands in order to prioritize Canadian made products.





4. Button Factory Arts

25 Regina St. S, Waterloo

In need of that special gift or do you want to treat yourself to something new? Don’t worry, Button Factory Arts has got you covered! Situated in downtown Waterloo, they stock one of a kind art, handmade soaps and lotions, tote bags, wearables, cards, jewelry and many more unique items all made by local Canadian artists and artisans.


5. Princess Cafe 

46 King St N, Waterloo

I love getting friends & family a gift card for dinner and a movie at Princess Cinema/Cafe.

For $24.50 (including tax), This awesome gift idea will get your loved one a panini with side, dessert, a drink, and admission to a film at either Princess Cinema.


6. Kultrun Market

8 Regina St. N, Waterloo

At Kultrún Market, every gift has a story. They offer a selection of local and global ethical goods and pride themselves in supporting co-ops, artisans, producers and clothing designers. Looking for a tasty treat or a neat gift? Kultrún Market has it!


Paint by Munzy 

32 King St. N, Waterloo

And you are always welcome to stop by our Paint By Munzy Art Gallery! We have lots of beautiful signed prints, mugs, greeting cards, colouring books and more all for $30 and under.


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