Ontario Beer Lover’s Gift Guide 2020

A macrame beer holder, sudsy leggings, and a baby bottle shaped like a beer bottle — these are hilariously terrible gifts for craft beer lovers. See the worst of them here, but please, don’t buy them. 

Instead, support Ontario artisans who actually make beer-related gifts that are unbelievably beautiful and make a thoughtful gift for the craft beer lover in your life. This pandemic holiday season, with hundreds of Christmas markets closed, it’s more important than ever to support local artisans who rely on our season of giving to make a living.

Here’s what to buy:

That cute beer sweatshirt

Super cute, kinda sexy Brewbies T-shirts and sweatshirts from Smiles Apparel in Guelph, Ontario make the perfect fit for beer fan girls in your circle. Not your style? Smiles’ Etsy shop has plenty of cute and clever Ontario-made T’s, totes and undies for any caffeine or beer freak in your life.  

Beer chains we can lock into 

craft beer jewellery

Ontario jewelry designer, Hilary Pennie, channels her passion for craft beer into her craft. We own her hop necklace, which is easy to layer with your favourite necklaces, or the axe pendant for the lumberjack in your life.  

The ultimate Ontario craft beer glass 

ontario beer glass

The shape is simple, the catchphrase? Nerdy cool. Get yours from Bearface Designs, run by Jon Johnson, a screenprinter and graphic designer with a quirky line of enamel pins, badges and T-shirts on Etsy. Or add beer to the mix and buy the gift pack he collaborated on with Short Finger Brewing (limited quantities).

Feel-good artisan & beer gift boxes 

mystery beer box subscription

Two of our favourite female-run beer societies are offering gift boxes that feature both craft beer and artisan-made goods, and they all put some of the funds towards charities. Check out Queen of Craft’s two Hug-in-a-Box offerings, the Cuddle Box and the Snuggle Box, with $15 from each box going to Guelph Wellington Women in Crisis. Or order a specially curated box from Society of Beer Drinking Ladies with craft drinks (beers, ciders, kombuchas and more!), artisan goods from womxn-owned businesses & SOBDL exclusive swag with a portion of sales to Black Women in Motion.

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