It usually happens when I have a hot drink in hand and the cold crisp air pinches my cheeks – that warm and tingly feeling awakens my holiday spirit.

We hope this issue awakens your holiday spirit, too.

Urbanicity searched for the best gifts made by Hamiltonians and packed as much as possible into our first annual Holiday Guide. After reaching out and chatting with local business throughout the city we compiled a huge list to help with your local holiday shopping experience. From #HamOntForHim and #HamOntForHer boxes by Stocked In Hamilton , T-shirts in every language of the world from True Hamiltonian , classic Ti-Cats gear and perfect stocking stuffers gift ideas from Crown Point Candles, Graham & Brooks, Nest on Locke, and more, we’ve created a holiday spread with some of our favourite Hamiltonians to help you support our beautiful city.

December is all about being kind, generous, and helping those in need. It’s time to lend a hand, volunteer a few hours of your time, donate to a worthy cause, and spend time with family and friends. Spread peace, love, joy, and happiness! Read “A Child Christmas Story in Hamilton,” exclusively online at Urbanicity.ca by donating $2, which goes to the Good Shepherd in Hamilton to help them to continue to supply food, clothing, and hot meals to those in need.

We hope you enjoy the most wonderful time of the year and wish you all Happy Holidays!

Andrea Fernandes