Academy Road: 2017 Holiday Wish List

It’s holiday time again, we’re checking our naughty and nice lists, and the gift giving is in full-swing. You want to find some new and exciting items this year, but you don’t know where to look. Many of our readers are focused on buying local and supporting small businesses and we wholeheartedly agree. Worry no more–everything you need is on Academy Road.

SAVE THE DATE: Saturday, December 2 Academy Road Biz member shops and services will have all kinds of special offers and promotions for one day only.

If you miss December or can’t make it, no worries. We picked our favourites and there is plenty of time to get to the shop you love on Academy Road this month.

Fly London Footwear

Every woman needs an everyday boot. These boots are sturdy, reliable, and fabulous. They’re an investment you can count on. Their rubber sole gives you the traction you need for a Winnipeg winter and the flexible heel keeps your feet happy all day long. They come in different colours, materials, and styles. An added bonus is they’re 30% off (while supplies last) giving you a great deal on a great shoe. Priced between $200-$300 and available at Cha Cha Palace at 580A Academy Road.


Nooks Design Handmade Baby Shoes

Now that we have mom’s feet taken care of, it’s time to care for baby’s feet. These shoes are special in more ways than one. All the fabric used to create these tiny treasures is either vintage or up-cycled, which means you’re getting a one of a kind pair of shoes on top of helping the planet. These shoes are also handmade, so you know time and dedication went into each pair. They’ll keep tiny toes warm and looking beautiful. Priced between $45-$50 and available at Bump Maternity at 542B Academy Road.

Margot + Maude Lifestyle Boutique Handbags

Don’t need shoes? No problem. These handbags are the perfect holiday party accessory. They come in a variety of outfit-matching colours and they’re made of a velvet so soft you won’t want to put them down. The size lets you carry your wallet, makeup, and anything else you might need for a night out. Priced at $48 and available at Margot + Maude Lifestyle Boutique at 580B Academy Road.


All Natural Bath Products

Tiber River is one of the best places in Winnipeg to find natural eco-friendly bath products. This year they have many delicious scents to choose from. If Kris Kringle Orange Mingle isn’t your style, maybe you’ll find your favourite in Gingerbread, Frosty’s Frozen Snow Berries, or Let’s Get Ready To Rum Ball. Each scent is available as a hand/body lotion, foaming hand soap, body butter, shower gel, lip silk, and (our personal favourite) bath bombs. Priced from $8-$15 and available at Tiber River Naturals at 408 Academy Road.


Home Décor to Die For

Everyone wants their house looking gorgeous for holiday parties. Blue Hills Design makes it easy for you. They have many accessories from which to choose the perfect gift. With everything from Christmas ornaments to salt and pepper shakers, you won’t have a hard time finding something you love, but you will have a hard time picking just one. Not to mention they have a 25% off sale going on right now. They have an adorable couch cushion that’s stylish, punny, and perfect for lounging all year round. Priced at $59.95 and available at Blue Hills Design at 444 Academy Road.


Sweet Tooth Stocking Stuffers

Visions of sugarplums and rosée gummy bears? Yes, you can have these in your holiday stocking. When first introduced this product flew off the shelves. Your candy wishes just got a lot more delicious (and a lot more adorable) with these bears infused with real Rosé. Rosé all day®? Yes please.  Available at G. J. Andrews at 384 Academy Road.

Just For Him

Created from the finest of natural ingredients, Pré de Provence products are meticulously fashioned in Provence by French artisans following traditions established generations ago. This sophisticated gift set will pamper his skin especially if he went full-on Movember and his olfactory senses with their refreshing and natural scents. Available at Grace & Co. Ltd. at 556 Academy Road.



Sleigh rides, winter walks, office potlucks, snowball fights with the kids, and mistletoe. Sometimes we just need that effortless outfit we can put on no matter what the occasion and feel polished. We love this look featuring JAG Jeans (a division of local company Wester Glove Works, by the way) which are stylish, comfortable and flattering all in a pull-on pant. There are a variety of styles and colours to choose from so #treatyoself to a few! Available at Lake Life at 440 Academy Road.

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