21 Dec 2021
Last update: Dec 21th, 2021
Another holiday under the restrictions of Covid! No need to fret though – in the spirit of keeping the magic alive, treating our neighbours, and saving our businesses, we’ve opted for gift cards! If it’s closed, it will reopen. And if it’s open, it may deliver. So using gift cards at this time will let us be there for each other and benefit at the same time!
Relaxation During the End-of-Year Season - Le Scandinave Spa, Bota Bota, and William Gray Spa
Baths and spas are closed, but personal care services are still offered. And who couldn’t use a massage in these current times? Le Scandinave Spa Vieux-Montréal, which is offering customizable gift cards from $50 to $500! You won’t even have to leave your house: just buy it online and you’ll get your gift card in the mail. Just like that! Then you can put it in a nice greeting card (see below for our favourites) and that Christmas gift is taken care of!
Bota Bota is also accepting clients in their massage rooms, and while the bridge is no longer accessible, at least you have the porthole view and the massage therapist’s knowhow, making for a very welcoming port of call. Their gift cards are almost a promise of a trip in and of themselves…
Finally, Spa William Gray and its upscale urban setting also proposes a range of massages, very welcome in this stressful holiday period, and giving the option of a gift card gives everyone the agency to pick what they like best. Spend a few moments outside the passage of time, inside the historic halls of a building that has welcomed so many others over all these years.
Namasté to All – Luna Yoga
The discipline of yoga allows one to find and maintain one’s interior well-being, and that’s exactly what you will find at Luna Yoga, even with their at-home courses! If you can think of someone who could use a little more inner peace in the coming new year, this is a more than perfect gift for those you love, whether you spring for one of their bundle offers or just give one of their gift cards.
An Exciting Discovery Activity! – Guidatour
For your loved ones that enjoy moving and learning, Guidatour gift certificates are the ideal present! With this gift certificate, your loved one will be able to choose a guided tour through Montreal, or the popular Legends and Montreal Ghosts circuit. Pick the cultural or historical outing and time that works best for you!
If in Doubt, Give the Gift of Choice! – Experience Old Montreal
Do you want to spoil your mom or mother-in-law, but you’re scared of picking the wrong thing? Give the gift card that gives the choice of 20 different places: 10 restaurants (BEVO Bar + Pizzeria, Brasserie 701, Jacopo, Kyo Bar Japonais, Maggie Oakes, Méchant Bœuf, Modavie, Taverne Gaspar, Verses, and Vieux-Port Steakhouse), 5 hotels (Auberge du Vieux-Port, Hôtel Nelligan, Hôtel Place D’Armes, Le Petit Hôtel, and William Gray), 1 spa (Spa William Gray), and 5 terraces (Perché, Terrasse Nelligan, Terrasse Place D’Armes, Terrasse sur l’Auberge, and Terrasse William Gray). This gift of choice will gain you favour with even the hardest to please!
The Comfort of Home, the Excellence of a Restaurant!
Many restaurants had to close their doors to the public, but some still offer take-out options (so you can indulge during your winter break) or gift cards (to support our neighbourhood food stops while waiting for them to reopen). Among them, we want to highlight Ikanos and its well thought out gift card options for either wine and food tastings for two or selectable dollar amounts. We also love the idea of the gift certificate from Gibbys, a veritable Old Montreal institution. For the refined palates who treasure the spice and the sea flavours of Spanish cuisine, Barroco offers their own gift card as well, and you can even choose “for me/as a gift”. Both options are equally tempting!
Certain businesses also propose branded items to gift that you can discover on their web store. You could fall back on this option. Or, giving their chef’s cookbooks as a gift is always a great idea!
Art That Is As Good As Gold — Hangart
Art gallery Le Hangart sells gift cards between $100 to $500. It’s a a great way to encourage artists and a local gallery, redo the background of your office for teleworking, and in short, is a winning idea in every way!
Home Décor Is Beautiful at Boho Lab
We’ve fallen in love with the warm, original décor from the wonderful, Maroccan-inspired boutique Boho Lab. Poufs, rugs, pillows, throws, everything is beautiful. But since it’s difficult to choose, give a really unique gift card!
© Photo Credit: Scandinave Spa; Expérience Vieux-Montréal; Geneviève Giguère