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5 Clutter Free Gift Ideas in Barrie

5 Clutter Free Gift Ideas in Barrie


There is a great joy to watching your loved ones tear open their gifts on Christmas morning. Seeing them revel in the gifts you picked is rewarding and fun.

And yet…the copious amount of paper waste that Xmas generates can weigh on your conscious.

But it doesn’t have to be all shiny wrappers and bows!

Consider these reduced materials ideas that you can right here in Barrie to cut the clutter.


5 Clutter Free Gift Ideas in Barrie




The Barrie area has a full slate of shows coming to town in 2020, including Theory of a Dead Man, Jeff Dunham and Tokyo Police Club. Any live music fans on your list would be happy to score passes to a gig or two.



More of a hockey fan to buy for? The Colts have over 20 home games still to come before the end of the season.



Both the Barrie Film Festival and both Cineplex locations have gift cards for purchase if you want to give the gift the big screen.

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For the cinema lover in your life! ⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ Give the gift of film this holiday season with a BFF Screen One Season Pass! ⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ Our Screen One Film Series takes place the first Wednesday and Thursday of the month, January through to December. The Pass contains access to 12 individual films in the Screen One series, for a year from the date of purchase.⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ $90 (includes HST)⁠⠀ Buy In person – at Barrie Uptown Theatre⁠⠀ 55 Dunlop Street West⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ In December, our box office at the Uptown Theatre will be open this week for our Screen One program,⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ Dec 5, 3pm – 7:30pm ⁠⠀ Dec 12, 6pm – 7:30pm⁠⠀ Dec 19, 3pm – 7:30pm⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ BuyOnline >>⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ Pick up at the box office at the dates/times noted above. ⁠⠀ *The recipient can also pick up on Jan 8/9 during our first Screen One of 2020⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ On Screen One Monthly screening night, pass holders can head straight to the ticket-holders line and show it to one our our Volunteers at the door to scan. 12 chances to see some of the best independent films from Canada and around the world. ⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ Gift certificates are also available!

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Barrie’s recreation centres offer gift cards that can be preloaded and applied to swimming, workouts or any number of leagues and classes.



Take advantage of the dozens of great eateries in town and grab some gift cards for a night out.

The Farmhouse, Barnstormer’s, Limoncello and 147 Dunlop are just a few of the locally owned joints that offer passes. And great grub.

What did you think of our 5 Clutter Free Gift Ideas in Barrie? Let us know if we missed any spots or experiences! 

The Uncovered Holiday Movie Guide

Last week, we asked all of you for your favourite holiday flicks.

Every year, the TV powers that be (we’re looking at you Hallmark) curate a selection of Christmas movies for families to enjoy over the holidays. Alot of your selections matched up with those.

And yet, there are a plethora of alt-Christmas movies out there. Films set in the Holiday universe… but decidedly contrary to the traditional warm and fuzzies we expect from festive cinema.

So we’ve compiled the best of both worlds! A Traditional and Uncovered Holiday Film Guide; with picks from either side of the aisle.

Spice up your holiday viewing with selections from both categories this year. (Just check the ratings beforehand)




In what must be the most watched claymation movie ever, the well known tale details Rudolph’s quest  to overcome intolerance and a perceived deformity to rescue Christmas. And helps an Elf become a dentist.




In Tim Burton’s quasi monster movie, similar themes of tolerance and acceptance are explored, as Edward tries and fails to assimilate into American suburbia. The movie culminates in a Christmas Day showdown involving an angelic ice sculpture where, like Rudolph’s nose, Edward’s perceived impediment wins the day.




Featuring every working actor in the UK, this now classic rom-com weaves together a series of overlapping stories and interrelated characters navigating obstacles on the way to a Happy Christmas. Also, Hugh Grant dancing.



Doug Liman’s 1999 cult movie tells a similar set of intertwining plots and cross story characters. Although instead of a school play, GO culminates in an ecstasy-fueled Christmas rave gone awry.



We can only assume that James Stewart’s iconic role as the self pitying George Bailey is by now legally mandated watching in North America. His journey from suicidal to spirited is bridged by a guardian angel showing him alternate universes devoid of his good deeds, leading to a renewed lease on life. And every time a bell rings…




Yes, we found a way to insert geek culture into this list! Like Bailey, in Iron Man 3 Tony Stark is forced to confront his past and recognize what’s important in life. He is aided by a pseudo guardian angel (in the form of a smirking side kick kid). And by the end of the movie he gets a literal renewed lease on life through an operation to repair his heart.



Whoville’s resident super villain pulls off the ultimate holiday heist, but is charmed to the good side by his victim’s purity of souls.



In this Christmas heist story, Ben Affleck follows a similar Grinch like path from hardened criminal to loved holiday bringer. Although in this case, he’s robbing Casino owners instead of innocent townfolk. But you get the idea.




Warm and Cozy Tricks to Avoid Holiday Hustle and Bustle

Avoid Holiday Hustle and Bustle

Warm and Cozy Tricks to Avoid Holiday Hustle and Bustle

It’s Here!

It’s the greatest time of year! For those who love the holiday spirit anyways, maybe not so much for those who strongly dislike the snow and cold weather but that’s besides the point!

Holiday cheer, ugly sweaters and onesies, and of course photos with the man in red himself are in full swing! But haven’t you worn that same ugly sweeter to a party for the past 6 years in a row? Or you have one onsie that you wear in every single Christmas photo taken on Christmas Day? It’s time to get some new holiday gear friends, I mean after all, this is the last holiday season of the decade!

Avoid Holiday Hustle and Bustle:

Where To Look

Of course there are tons of places in the Georgian mall you could go to, but what if you’re a part of the wide percentage in Barrie who absolutely despises shopping at the mall this time of year? Large crowds, long walks in the cold from your car parked 4 light years away from the entrance, we get it. That’s why we’re here to offer three different solutions.

Solution one: Stick with a store


Okay okay, still a store I know, but at least at this one you can sell them your old gear and buy new for yourself, and you don’t have to face that huge mall crowd! Plato’s Closet Barrie located at 21 Commerce park drive is the perfect, inexpensive way to stock up on all things comfy and cozy for this holiday season!

They have onesies from pink all the way to holiday sweaters from under armour. It’s worth the check out for sure!

Solution two: Host a home clothing party (women)

Perhaps you and your closest friends need some new Christmas party outfits. Outfits that don’t include freezing while walking in a small dress in a blizzard. You could have a girls night, Christmas tree up, tunes playing, wine pouring in your pjs kinda party while Nygard style direct expertise Charlene Quesnel pieces  a classy yet warm outfit for your big work event! You can connect with her via Facebook messenger or call/text 705-770-5937! If you’re really feeling eager, you can look ahead at some options at her website !

Solution three: Order

Order. Just you, yourself and….. yourself. There is lots of your local community members  who are rocking their own Instagram and Facebook business.  Thats Sew Crafty By Lexi is one of them! She offers custom made signs,  clothing and more! Be sure to give her a follow and place your order!

Just like that we have it folks, three solutions to avoid the hustle and bustle of holiday shopping in Barrie, while staying warm, comfy and cozy!

What did you think of our Avoid Holiday Hustle and Bustle blog? Did we miss any great places in Barrie? Let us know in the comments! 


Help Us Spread The Cheer This Year


It’s the most wonderful time of the year…although for many of us it can be a difficult and even depressing few months.

Fortunately, Barrie has always been a beacon of support for those in need during Christmas and the holidays. Many businesses, stores and local companies routinely provide donations or host fundraisers for the many causes geared toward lifting up those in need.

We want to help! If you are partnering with a charity/cause, run a charity/cause or have an event coming up that in some way contributes, let us know! We can post it to our events calendar and share it through our social channels.

By spreading the word, we can help these events reach a few more eyeballs. And even one or two more people can make a difference.

So get on it! Send the deets to [email protected], [email protected] or through a PM on FB.