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Winter Giving : Think Outside the Box

Sometimes the perfect gift isn’t a ‘thing’, it’s an experience. 

This list will be especially helpful for that person in your life who seems to have everything. It’s also a great opportunity to get closer, and experience a part of the province’s food, craft beer of wine scene that you may not have before. Eat, drink, learn, and happy holidays!


Go on a food tour, or better yet, a food adventure. Check out the Culinary Adventure Co. to see what’s on their winter calendar, you’ll find opportunities to go dog sledding, ice fishing, or to tour around different Toronto neighbourhoods. Gift certificates are available for future adventures as well!

Go away overnight. Stay overnight in Niagara after a holiday dinner in a turn of the century farmhouse, with Jamie Kennedy. Or spend Christmas at Langdon Hall, complete with carollers, sleigh-rides, and Jason Bangerter.

Go off menu. Pass The Table is a platform that helps restaurants curate unique, off-menu dining experiences. Sit at the chefs table, learn more about where your food comes from, and enjoy an experience created just for you. We’ve partnered with them to do a series of events called #FeastON Nights, and we highly suggest our collection as a place to start.


Go to the brewery. For that person in your life who won’t stop talking about beer, give them the gift of a brewery tour! Many breweries offer tours, including Steamwhistle, Wellington Brewery, or Beau’s (Bonus, often these tours are FREE!). Better yet, send them to Brew Camp.

Hit the trail. The Victorian Christmas Trail, to be exact! Presented by Stratford Tourism Alliance, local shops offer distinctive presents for Christmas Trail shoppers inspiring holiday gift ideas.

Ring in the New Year. Whether it’s with a four-course meal, dancing, and bubbles at Viamede Resort in Kawartha Lakes, with dinner (and wine!) at Ravine Vineyard, or with a Winemaker’s Dinner and stay at Elmhirst’s Resort, start your year off with a bang! Unless you’re the quiet type, in which case we suggest you check out this New Year’s Yoga Retreat, at Northern Edge Algonquin.