7 original places to find your gifts

There are so many hidden gems in the Eastern Townships—including precious stores packed with perfect present ideas. Shop these top spots for locally made gifts that are sure to delight everyone your list.

Gourmet Shops

You can never, ever go wrong with a food gift—especially not a gourmet, small-batch treat made in the Eastern Townships. Whether you go sweet (chocolate, candies, pastries, cider) or savoury (cheese, charcuterie, coffee), make sure you buy some extra for yourself, too!

Nature Autochtone (Austin)

This quaint Aboriginal-themed boutique is stocked with hundreds of 100% gift-worthy finds. Jewellery, animal pelts, dream catchers, home items, clothing, wooden sculptures… From stocking stuffers to splurge-y presents, you’re sure to find something beautiful and unique to delight loved ones.

L’Est Passe-temps (Piopolis)

Have an antique lover on your list? Shop lovely relics from the past that evoke beauty, intrigue and history at L’Est Passe-Temps. You’ll be smitten by both this shop’s inherent charm and its selection of throwback treasures. Christmas morning smiles guaranteed!

Ô Taberna! (Magog), Tite Frette (Granby) and Vent du Nord (Sherbrooke)

With nearly twenty microbreweries within its boundaries, the Eastern Townships is a hotbed of craft beer. And good news: The offering keeps growing as new breweries pop up and established ones get better with time and experience. For a gift that will please even the most discerning palates, pop in to any of these speciality shops. Cheers!

Boutique Joséphine (Sherbrooke)

We kind of want to keep this gem a secret but in the spirit of the season, we’re sharing all the deets on the delightful store. Have an impossible to shop for person on your list? Make Joséphine your first (and only) stop. Stocked with beautiful home items, notebooks, pens and pencils, canvases, and luxe paper products, you’re sure to score something they’ll love—no matter your budget.

Emporium (North Hatley)

Consider yourself warned: Step into this shop and you may never want to leave! Indeed, its shelves are fully stocked with treats to indulge all the senses—you’ll want to wrap everything up! Take the time to peruse the antique offering and adjoining gift shop and you’re sure to score that wow gift.

The boutique at l’Asinerie Les Ânes en culotte (Sainte-Anne-de-la-Rochelle)

No, you can’t buy an actual beast at this donkey farm’s gift shop (well actually you can, but you might want to think twice before gifting someone a donkey!). A better idea? Products made from donkey milk, known for its fountain-of-youth-esque qualities. From face and body creams to cleansing milks and soaps, it’s the ideal place to find a beauty lover’s new favourite product.



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