Holiday Gift Ideas from Merritt’s Mercantile

If you’re like me and you’re not such a great gift-er (sorry for those terrible socks, Mom), and you find holiday shopping extremely stressful, you probably appreciate a little assistance at this time of year.

Well, we at Merritt’s Mercantile are ready! We can help you go from this:


To this:


Never fear! Merritt’s Mercantile is here, and ready for your holiday shopping needs!

Can you feel the excitement?

Here’s some ideas for your holiday shopping:

For the Reader

We have a great selection of Canadian and local history books to choose from for the reader in your life, including;


Vimy: the Battle and the Legend (2017) by Tim Cook; $38.00
The Refugee (1856) by Benjamin Drew; $29.99
Original Highways (2017) by Roy MacGregor; $36.00
They Called Her Canada: the War Diaries of Nursing Sister Bessie Beyer by Elizabeth Hirst (2015); $35.00
Alone Against the North by Adam Shoalts (2015); $22.00

We also have a few copies of some of the great Canadian novels from our Books & Brews book club series including;


The Illegal by Lawrence Hill (2015); $12.50
Emancipation Day by Wayne Grady (2013); $17.95
The Danger Tree by David MacFarlane (2014); $18.99
Three Day Road by Joseph Boyden (2005); $22.00
Volkswagen Blues by Jacques Poulin (1984); $19.95
In the Skin of a Lion by Micheal Ondaatje (1987); $21.00
The Diviners by Margaret Laurence (1974); $22.00

Not sure what novel is right for you or your gift-ee? Check out our Museum Chat Live! podcast for some Books & Brews episodes where we discuss historical connections and our own thoughts about the book.


If you’re like me and you only want chocolate in your stocking, and you only want to give chocolate in your stocking so you can mooch from your gift-ee, then maybe scroll to the next section. Here are some super stocking-stuffer ideas!


Microwave Heating Pads (IN THE SHAPE OF A CAT!); $19.95
Bee By the Sea Lotion products; $9.95-$29.95
Dirty Pig Lotion products (with both Men’s and Women’s lines); $16.95-22.95
Tea; (souvenir bag: $5.95; souvenir box: $9.95)
Genuine Leather Goods made by Tilley Canada; $9.95-$12.95

For Kids

You can’t go wrong with our wide variety of toys, games, and books for kids. You’ll definitely be the best gifter in their eyes.


Stuffies (moose, bears, chipmunks, sock monkeys, and more); $9.95-$19.95
Heritage Toys (Jacks, Lucet, First Crochet Set, Whirly Gig, and more); $3.95-$16.95
Metal Pencil Sharpeners (Helicoper, Jet Plane, Tractor, and more); $6.95
Magic Tricks; $3.95
Canada Winter Hat (WITH POM-POMS! #win); $12.95
Periscope; $2.65
Wood Canada Train Set; $15.95
Book: Blue Nose Adventure by Jacqueline Halsey (2013); $16.95 (hardcover)
Book: So Much Snow! by Robert Munsch (2016); $15.95 (softcover)


For that special someone who has everything, get them something that connects them to their community.


Book: The Report of the Loyal and Patriotic Society of Upper Canada 1817 edited by Brian Narhi; $19.95 (this item is currently 75% off)
Book: Divers Guide to the Welland Canal by Colin K. Duquemin; $10.95
Book: Niagara, St. Catharines, & Toronto Railway by John M. Mills;$20.00
Great Lakes Ships T-Shirt: $29.95
St. Catharines T-Shirt: $11.95
Wine Set; $19.95
St. Catharines Souvenir Bell; $9.95
Blue Canada Mug: $11.95
“Where the Heck is St. Catharines?” Mug: $5.95
St. Catharines Museum & Welland Canals Centre Mug: $9.95
St. Catharines Museum & Welland Canals Centre Shot Glass: $4.95
Fire Insurance Plan Prints (presented in partnership with Craft Arts Market. Check out our blog post about the prints to find out more); $20.00

Little Tree of Little Angels and the Mitten Tree

In addition to all of this holiday spirit, we also ask you to remember those in our community who may find themselves in need this winter. We have two initiatives that you can help support:


The first is the Tree of Little Angels, in which you can anonymously buy a gift for a child in the community. Just select a tag with a child’s age and gender, and then bring in an unwrapped gift. Details on this campaign can be found on the City of St. Catharines website.


The second is the Museum’s annual Mitten Tree Campaign in which we collect winter clothing for those in need through Community Care of St. Catharines and Thorold, and Start Me Up Niagara’s program Out of the Cold. Donations are collected from November 25 through to January 7.

For more information, please call the Museum at 905-984-8880.

That’s it! 

Happy Holidays from us at the St. Catharines Museum & Welland Canals Centre! We hope we were able to get you from:

We don’t actually know how many days there are until Christmas…but it’s not many. We believe in you! You can do it!

To this:

Not just Christmas, but all sorts of holiday cheer!

Merritt’s Mercantile and the St. Catharines Museum & Welland Canals Centre is open daily from 9am-5pm; except holiday closures on December 25, December 26, and January 1. 

Adrian Petry is the Visitor Services Coordinator at the St. Catharines Museum & Welland Canals Centre.

One comment

  1. Totally agree with your genius tips.And the images are so colourful.
    anyway, thank you for your hard work! I have a son and a daughter.Hope it will be working for my sweet daughter.Thanks again!!

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