Welcome to the fourth post of our Home for the Holidays Series! We hope you’ve checked our other blogs in the series, Community Events for Families, Activities at Home and Home Décor Tips. Next up, we asked our employees for their favourite shop local spots in the KW Region… and we’ve got the deets! Discover the best spots to shop for the home décor lover, the foodie, the eco-warrior and more! Support these businesses online, visit their shops or purchase a gift card this holiday gift-giving season. Let’s support small businesses and shop local!

You can even follow along with our extensive map highlighting local businesses in Kitchener, Waterloo and Cambridge. Download here!

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For the home décor lover:

The one who can’t get enough of decorative throw pillows, chunky blankets, scented candles and knick-knacks for the home! Check out our round-up of places to shop for the home décor lover in your life!

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For the kids (and those young at heart):

The ones that love new games, vintage games, superheroes and comic books! Check out our round-up of places to shop for kids (and those young at heart).


For the foodie in your life:

The one that loves all things food & drink. Check out our round-up of local distilleries, breweries, chocolate and cheese… what more could you want in life?

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For the one with too many plants:

The one who has way too many plants, but always wants more (we don’t judge). Check out these local spots for the plant lover in your life!


For your eco-warrior:

The one who loves consignment stores, vintage clothing and zero-waste products. Our eco-friendly round-up is sure to please!


For someone special:

Who doesn’t love a little extra sparkle during the holidays? Check out our round-up of local spots for that special person on your list!


For the fitness lover:

The one who loves to be on the move! Check out these local fitness studios to purchase a gift card, personal training session or membership for the fitness lover in your life.

film buff

For the film buff:

The one that loves all movies, new and old! Support these local cinemas by purchasing tickets for virtual screenings, or buy some merch!

  • Apollo Cinema the best in contemporary, classic, and cult films
  • Princess Cinemas –  a true Canadian independent cinema, owner-operated and owner-programmed

Get social with us

Do you plan on supporting one of these small businesses during the holidays? We want to hear from you! Follow and tag @builtbyactiva on Instagram or Facebook for a chance to be featured on our social pages!


Happy Shopping!