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2023 Oxford Holiday Gift Guide Family Edition

This year, give the gift of Oxford to the kiddos in your life. Have you heard of the 4 Gift Rule for kids? Something they want, need, to wear and to read. It's all about focusing on quality, meaningful gifts and focusing on what the holidays are truly about. To us, that's time together. We're sharing some gifts, mini and major, using this theme PLUS an Experience Gift suggestion for each age group.

Special thanks to the Oxford County Library for their 'To Read' picks for each age group. Explore their events and programming here.

Baby & Toddlers

A Want:

Patina’s Gifts of Art and Craft | Dragon, Bunny, Unicorn Snugglers + more

What little one doesn't want to snuggle up with a cute little character? Choose from many different options from mythical creatures to cuddly animals. Patina's is filled with other toys, puzzles of all kinds, and adorable knit sweaters that will become your kiddo's favourite little thing.

A Need:

The Hen House | Teething Rings and Rattles, Little Oak Tree Bambo Pajamas

Every parent knows how essential a good teething ring and rattle can be when baby starts to drool and fuss. Shop these along with Little Oak Tree Bamboo Pajamas, crochet stuffies, picture books, and more.

To Wear:

Ellephanti | Playful & Durable Fashions for Toddlers

Shop for fashionable daywear and pajamas that can stand up against everything your toddler gets into. Ellephanti is all about quality, European inspired pieces for toddlers and kids.

To Read:

Suggestions from Oxford County Library:

Good Morning, Snowplow! By Deborah Bruss

Winter is Here by Kevin Henkes

To Experience:

Woodstock Art Gallery | Start with Art

This caregiver and child program allows you to come together with the guidance of a professional arts educator. They provide the materials and guide you through art fundamentals, techniques, and share the benefits of mindful creative practice.



A Want:

The Learning Hive | Felt Toys and Accessories

Sometimes the simplest toys can lead to the most imaginative play. You can feel good about gifting these felt toys and accessories, created by brands that are sustainably-focused and eliminating single-use plastics.

Betty’s Marketplace | Sister Slime Factory, Amazing DIY Slime Kits

Contain the chaos that making slime can entail with these DIY Slime kits created by young entrepreneurs, Sister Slime Factory. Shop their products and hundreds of locally made gifts for all ages at Betty's Marketplace.

A Need:

Ingersoll Music Academy | Instrument Accessories

Have a lil' drummer boy in the household? An aspiring popstar? Ingersoll Music Academy has the instrument accessories and upgrades they've been needing. With the help of their experienced and expert team, shop for instruments as big as a guitar and small as an ocarina.

To Wear:

On Trend | Special Occasion Outfits and Accessories

What's more fun than wearing a special new bow or outfit to the family festivities? Gift the kids a special outfit or pick up an accessory to bring new life to a favourite piece.

To Read:

Suggestions from Oxford County Library:

Go, Sled! Go! by James Yang

Hiders Seekers Finders Keepers: How Animals Adapt to Winter by Jessica Kulekjian

To Experience:

Reel Treats | Gift Certificate for a Shopping Trip and Milkshake at the Sweet Spot

Grab a gift certificate from Reel Treats and gift the kids a special shopping trip to Woodstock's largest, retro candy store. Stay awhile to play some board games in The Sweet Spot while munching on freshly popped popcorn. Sit at the stools and sip on a milkshake in what looks like a 50s diner, right out of Grease. 



A Want:

Heavenly Sweets | Harry Potter Chocolate Frog

Your young potterheads will be delighted to find a chocolate frog from their favourite book and movie series. These ones aren't made with croakoa, but your kids will forgive you.

Coyle’s Country Store | Hockey Wall Art, Inspiration Quote Wall Art

Is your tween graduating from their 'kid room'? Allow Coyle's country store to help! They have lots of wall art to suit all interests and plenty of other home decor items to elevate their space. Not sure the direction to go? Grab a gift card and some homemade fudge, then plan an outing so they can have a say and pick their own pieces.

A Need:

Loading Screen | Retro Game Console Accessories

Has your tween's tiktok scrolling lead to pulling out your retro game consoles? Get the cords, consoles, and games they've been in search of to make the most of their new hobby. Visit Record Works, just 40 minutes away, to shop more retro games and consoles.

Fair/Square | Cloud Mug

Your little hot chocolate-chugging pal will love the Bloom Cloud Mugs available at Fair/Square. These giant mugs leave plenty of space for marshmallows and come in multiple pastel shades.

To Wear:

The Learning Hive | Holiday Themed Friendship Bracelets

Perfect for the stocking or as a special little gift, your swifty will love these holiday themed friendship bracelets available at The Learning Hive. Trade messages of festive cheer with adorable characters and coloured beads.

To Read:

Suggestions from Oxford County Library:

Swim Team by Johnnie Christmas

The Bellwoods Game by Celia Krampien

The Wild Robot by Peter Brown

To Experience:

Udderly Ridiculous Farm Life | Alpaca Walks

Meet the zany group of alpacas at Udderly Ridiculous Farm Life and set out on a country walk together (available all seasons and weather). Animal lovers over the age of 10, with the ability to remain calm and follow farm rules, are welcome to participate. Children over the age of 16 may lead the Alpaca.



A Want:

Dande Vintage | 70s Inspired Car Accessories

16 and licensed to drive? They'll loved Dande Vintage's 70s inspired car accessories including funky keychains, rear view mirror decals, and the coolest air fresheners you've ever seen. Shop these and other retro-inspired new and used items. Looking for other vintage items and thrift shops? Check out our blog, Antique Admiration: Give the Gift of Previously Loved Goodness.

A Need:

Wild Comfort Body Care | Personal Care with Natural Products

Have a teen dealing with a 5 o'clock shadow for the first time? Wild Comfort's Beard Oil and Shave Soap are great natural products for the shaving routine. Skincare routine more of a focus? Consider Wild Comfort's Facial Care Gift Pack.

To Wear:

Ponyback Hat | Baseball Caps and Beanies

These locally made baseball caps gained popularity on Dragon's Den before taking off across Canada and adding a truly Canadian addition to their product line—Winter Beanies. So what made the dragons interested and this a growing brand? The sleekly designed slit that allows your ponytail wag, without adjusting your 'do.

To Read:

Suggestions from Oxford County Library:

Once Upon a Broken Heart (#1 in series) by Stephanie Garber

Highly Suspicious and Unfairly Cute by Talia Hibbert

Project Nought by Chelsey Furedi

To Experience:

Fore Oxford Indoor Golf | Gift Certificate for the Young Golfer

Gift your young golfer the opportunity to keep on swinging the clubs throughout the winter. Fore Oxford Indoor Golf has golf simulators that allow you to play over 80 courses around the world and order in from some delicious neighbouring restaurants.