Just 45 minutes from Toronto, Hamilton is home to waterfalls, forested skating trails, and a thriving food and drink scene. It’s so good, that regardless of whether you’re Hamilton-born, Hamilton-bound, or even just Hamilton-curious, you might just want a to bring home a souvenir.
We’ve rounded up the most distinctly Hamiltonian apparel, gift shops and makers to check out in Steeltown.
With the cold weather fast approaching, it’s time to dig out your winter hat — and there are none cooler than Canoe’s exclusive Hamilton toques, created in partnership with Tuck Shop Trading Co, to show your hometown pride. The shop also carries decor for the home and cabin, bags, grooming products, apparel, and jewelry — plus 10% of sales go to The Bruce Trail – Iroquoia Bruce Trail Club.
Address: 233 Locke Street South, Hamilton
For someone with an edgy side, a gift from Steeltown Garage Co. — a new Canadian motorcycle lifestyle brand with a retail store and espresso bar on Hamilton’s gritty Barton Street — would be a great fit.
Here you’ll find organic and fair trade Steeltown Garage Co. premium coffee beans, Death Before Decaf mugs, and other unique gift ideas ranging from Steeltown Beanies and Graphic Tees, to premium grooming products, locally-crafted leather goods and, retro-styled motorcycle gear.
Address: 8 Barton Street East, Hamilton
You may recognize the famous Hamilton is Home and True Hamiltonian branded t-shirts popping up around the city and beyond. Pick up Hamilton gear from True Hamiltonian’s store locations at Ottawa Street and King Street East in the International Village and wear it proudly. There is apparel for men, women, and kids — plus Ti-Cats wear as part of their partnership. The #unity150 collection celebrates the city’s diversity with “Hamilton is Home” shirts in different languages.
Address: 186 Ottawa Street North, Hamilton
Address: 249 King Street East, Hamilton
Trim the tree with The Hamilton Store’s annual Hamilton-themed ornament, this year, in the shape of the Gore Park Fountain. Or perhaps the stemless wine glass with Hamilton lettering by artist Jaime Drayer is the perfect fit.
Home to conversation pieces and nostalgic images, find posters, prints, books about Hamilton, souvenirs, gourmet foods, local honey and maple treats, and more at this gift shop celebrating all things Hamilton.
Address: 165 James Street North, Hamilton
You can never have too many cheeky mugs, socks, or signs to make you smile. For fans of all things handmade, Canadian products are the theme at Studio 205, most of which are from local makers. A one-stop shop for holiday gifts like ties, headbands and hats, greeting cards, candles, stationary, succulents, tea towels, and more, there are products for the whole family here.
Address: 205 King Street East, Hamilton
If you’re seeking something more sophisticated and handmade, Ottawa Street’s All Sorts Gallery is part-gift shop, part-gallery, featuring work from over 25 local artisans. Discover special finds of pottery, ceramics, glass, and wood, plus jewellery, textiles, fine art, accessories and other local gift ideas.
Address: 181 Ottawa Street North, Hamilton
There’s nothing like the scent of a handmade candle to comfort you on a cold day, especially when it’s hand-poured with locally made essential oils and premium quality fragrance oils like the ones from Chandler Wes Fletcher. The candlemaker has been in the business for over 25 years and his candles including rustic, hand-etched birch bark candles, Hamilton Bricks, and Christmas tree-shaped candles are sold throughout Canada.
Address: 203 Ottawa Street North, Hamilton