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Want to shop local for the holidays? Here are 6 ideas

From calendars, to local history books, here are some gift ideas that are unique to Bradford West Gwillimbury
Local books, calendars and crafts make unique gifts for the holidays. Miriam King/Bradford Today

Looking for a holiday gift, hostess present or stocking stuffer, with a local angle? Here are some suggestions that won’t break the bank.

What about unique, one-of-a-kind crafts? Check out this Saturday’s Craft Sale and Bake Sale at the Royal Canadian Legion, 115 Back St., in Bradford. There are at least 22 vendors and crafters who have signed up for the show and sale, which takes place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Legion Hall. Food and refreshments will be available.

For those who love old-school… What about a colourful calendar? The Bond Head Women’s Institute has put together a calendar  with photos of historic churches in Bradford West Gwillimbury – churches that were founded in the 1800s, and continued in use until now. Some of those churches are now closed, but the calendar is a record of those cultural centres and is filled with historical information. To get a copy, contact Leila Lloyd at or stop by The Bradford Print Shoppe at 170 Artesian Industrial Parkway.

Prefer cash? The Rotary Ca$h Calendar is now available at the Helping Hand Food Bank. Distributed by the Barrie-Huronia Rotary Club, the $20 calendars offer recipients the chance to win daily cash prizes – totalling $25,000 over the course of a year. Best of all, the calendars benefit a number of charities and non-profit groups – including the Helping Hand Food Bank, located at 123 Moore St. in Bradford

History buff on your list? There are still a few copies of the two-volume set Governor Simcoe Slept Here: The Legacy of West Gwillimbury, put together by WEGWHIST and the late George Jackson, a local historian. Ask at Borrower Services at the BWG Public Library, or contact Bill Marks at 905-775-6179. The cost? $55.

Another book by a local author that would make a great gift for anyone interested in BWG’s past is The Big Scheme, George Jackson’s history of the drainage of the Holland Marsh. It is available to buy at The Bradford Print Shoppe, 170 Artesian Industrial Parkway.

And then there’s Magnificent Millie, a heartfelt book about little ‘heart warrior’ Millie Grace Robertson, for children and families facing critical illness. The story is by Bradford West Gwillimbury author Stefanie Patterson, with touching illustrations by Caroline Robertson, Millie’s mom. Royalties from the book go to support its distribution to palliative care centres and cardiac units across North America. Visit to order a copy.