Holiday Gift Guide

Saturday, December 23rd, 2017

The holiday season has a tendency to sneak up on us. One day, it’s Thanksgiving and then suddenly, without warning, holiday bells are ringing and your gift list is growing longer by the second! Residents of the Barrel Yards needn’t worry, however, because UpTown Waterloo offers gifts for everyone on your list. Residents also have access to exclusive discounts, which means their holiday shopping just got cheaper. Welcome to the Barrel Yards 2017 holiday gift guide!

River House Bare Tree 36″w x 24″h

Art from Paint by Munzy

Sometimes, the best gifts are those that you wouldn’t buy for yourself but would love to receive. For that special person on your list that already has their essentials covered, consider some beautiful Canadian art by Jonathan Munz. The Uptown Waterloo studio is filled with beautiful original paintings, prints, and ceramics, with something at every price point. They also offer gift cards, and residents of The Barrel Yards are treated to a 10% discount!

Cooking Classes at Relish Cooking Studio

Your foodie friends and family will be delighted to find vouchers for cooking classes under the holiday tree! Located just a few blocks from The Barrel Yards, Relish Cooking Studio offers a calendar of classes full of variety to suit every taste. Learn how to make anything from traditional breadmaking to vegan comfort foods. Relish also offers a plethora of premium pots, pans and cooking utensils, and residents of The Barrel Yards enjoy 10% off kitchenware.

Coffee, Chocolate, or Crafts from Ten Thousand Villages Waterloo

The perfect gift for the loved one that’s always jetting off to exotic destinations or volunteering overseas is definitely to be found at Ten Thousand Villages Waterloo. Everything in the store is fairtrade, and according to their website “Every purchase improves the lives of makers by supporting their craft and providing a fair, stable income.” (Source). Giving good feels good, and the Waterloo location has sweetened the deal with 10% off craft and food items for Barrel Yards residents.

A Spa Package from UpTown Beauty Lounge

For the friend who could use a little pampering, vouchers for services at Uptown Beauty Lounge are a perfect gift! So many of us spend most of our time helping others, but it’s equally important to incorporate self-care into our routines.. For someone that gives most of their time away to others, the gift of some rest and relaxation won’t go unnoticed. Barrel Yards residents also enjoy a discount of 15%.


There are lots of other great businesses in UpTown Waterloo for ticking off your gift list by shopping local. Residents of The Barrel Yards receive discounts on many Uptown Waterloo businesses, so be sure to check out the full range of discounts available on the website.

Now, throw on a scarf and take a walk down to Aroma Cafe, grab a coffee or hot chocolate, and sip as you enjoy the holiday season.