50 gifts to buy a cottager

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Cottagers can be a difficult demographic to shop for, especially around the holiday season. They’re outdoorsy, but they also like curling up indoors next to a warm fire. They tackle numerous DIY projects, but also treat cocktail hour and relaxing on the dock with reverence. So, how do you pin down the perfect gift? Rather than take a stab at guessing, we’ve assembled a list of 50 gifts that any cottager would be thrilled to receive.

Gifts under $30

1. How to Make Coffee Guide

Some cottagers are up at the crack of dawn, tinkering away, while others may roll out of bed closer to noon. Either way, help your cottager get an energized start to their day with this guide to making their own coffee.

2. Exploding Kittens Card Game

We swear no kittens are actually harmed during the playing of this game. But we can’t guarantee all the players will be on speaking terms by the end—competitive spirits will run high. This card game is easy to learn and our pick to play on a cold cottage night.

3. Wine to Go Bag

For the wine connoisseur who doesn’t want to lug around the bottle, this to-go bag is easy to carry and store on hikes or while camping. Plus, it comes with two silicone cups.

4. Pizza Cutter

For the cottager who likes to spends equal time in the workshop and in the kitchen, this circular-saw shaped pizza cutter is an easy way to slice up pizza, no matter how thick the crust.

5. Summer Cocktails Guide

Summer may be over, but that doesn’t mean you can’t start prepping for next year. This guide teaches the reader how to make the best cocktails, from margaritas to mint juleps.

6. Scratch the World Travel Map

While the pandemic has forced travel to a standstill, it can still be fun to chart out where you’ve been and where you plan to go next. This map of the world lets you scratch off all of the travel locations on your list.

7. Wood Cheese Board

Photo courtesy of Indigo

There may not be a chance for much hosting this holiday season, but a good cheese board is always essential. Includes a bell knife and cheese fork. Buy at Indigo.

8. Personal Library Kit

One of the great pleasures for a book lover is sharing a favourite read. Now the book lover in your life can make sure they get that book back with this novelty library kit that revives the old-fashioned library circulation techniques.

9. Wine Wars Trivia Game

Cottagers know wine pretty well, if we do say so ourselves. In fact, it’s hard to find a cottager without a glass in hand after 5 p.m. Test a cottager’s wine knowledge with this trivia game.

10. DIY Wood Pallet Projects Guide

Everyone’s got some left over wood lying around at the cottage. Why not put it to good use with one of these do-it-yourself projects? Your cottager can create the rustic look that covers design mood boards without spending a fortune.

11. Snail-shaped Tea Bag Holders

Tea on a cool morning is a cottage staple. With these snail-shaped tea bag holders, the cottager in your life won’t have to worry about fishing out their bag from a hot cup—keeping tea time relaxed.

12. Dogs and their People

Dogs and cottagers go together like peanut butter and jelly. This book is filled with cute dog photos and remarkable stories of rescued pets. It’s a gift any cottager will love.

Gifts under $50

13. Santa Treats

For the chocolate lover, indulge them this holiday with milk chocolate marshmallow snacks in the shape of Santa Claus.

14. Carry-on Cocktail Kit

Crafting the perfect cocktail is an art form. With this Moscow mule kit, the cottager in your life will look like a pro. This kit includes a recipe card, bar spoon, half ounce jigger, ginger syrup, and a linen coaster.

15. Gourmet Sea Salt Gift Pack

For the cottager who likes to amp up their dishes, gift this pack of gourmet salts. This six jar set includes truffle and salt, fennel and salt, saffron and salt, fiori and salt, porcini and salt, and herb and salt.

16. A Promised Land

A Promised Land
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Politics has been a polarizing subject lately, but it’s hard to feel polarized about Barack Obama’s hotly anticipated memoir: A Promised Land. Buy at Indigo.

17. Plant Vases

With the weather cooling and plants dying off, bring a little greenery into your cottager’s life with these geometric plant vases.

18. Mr. and Mrs. Wine Glasses

Looking to gift a cottage couple? These stenciled wine glasses are a great way to enjoy an evening while making sure Mr. isn’t taking any extra sips from the Mrs.

19. Operation

This classic board game has entertained kids and families for generations. It’s easy enough to learn and play for almost any age. Just make sure you don’t get shocked!

20. Baker and Tea Towel Set

Baker and Tea Towel Set
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If your cottager loves to bake, this glazed stoneware loaf pan and accompanying cotton tea towels are a perfect kitchen addition. Buy at Indigo.

21. Smart Phone Projector

If you know a cottager loves showing off their photos, check out this smart phone projector. It magnifies your phone screen up to eight times its normal size and projects the image so everyone can enjoy.

22. Notes from the Upside Down

If your cottager was as spooked/pumped about the Netflix series Stranger Things as we were, this book is for them. It gives an in-depth look into the hit TV series while you wait for the next season.

23. Knit Slippers

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These indoor knit slippers will keep any cottager’s feet warm and cozy even on the coolest of mornings. Buy at Indigo.

24. The National Parks

Cottagers love the outdoors, and it doesn’t get more outdoorsy than a look at the National Parks. Gift this book all about the legacy of the U.S. National Parks, including stunning photos.

25. Beam Paints

Beam Paints
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We may not all have the talents of the Group of Seven, but there’s something satisfying about painting the cottage landscape. These paints come in a pine palette with a beeswax finish and include cherry magenta, morning peach, bread, and yellow ochre. Buy at Indigo.

Gifts under $100

26. Garden Salad Server Set

The days of summer salads have come to an end, but this elegant server set will keep any cottager eating their greens well into the winter months.

27. Ladder Toss

Test out your cottager’s hand-eye coordination with this ladder toss game. It can be played both indoors and outdoors.

28. Tea Tumbler and Travel Flask

For cottagers who spend their mornings on the go, this tumbler is a great way to take your tea with you, keeping it warm for hours. It even includes a removable strainer and infuser basket.

29. Whiskey Stones

These natural granite stones keep whiskey cool without diluting the taste. This set comes with everything you need for a great drink: the stones, two crystal tumblers, and a pinewood box for storing.

30. Rock Covers

If you know a cottager who is a music lover, they’ll want to relive the greatest rock albums of all time. The book includes album art and short descriptions covering bands like Pink Floyd and the Beatles.

31. Wooden Dominoes

This is one of the classics that every cottagers needs. Even if they already have a set, they’ll appreciate this game that is hand-made from wood.

32. Knit Throw Blanket

Knit Throw Blanket
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Winter’s at the cottage are about staying cozy. Whether you’re cuddling up on the couch or outside gazing at the stars, this knit blanket is sure to keep any cottager toasty. Buy at Indigo.

33. Wine Bottle Labels

Finding the right gift for a new cottage owner can be difficult, but these personalized wine bottle labels will help them feel right at home.

34. Wooden Cooking Utensil Set

For a cottager looking to give their kitchen a rustic feel, this crock comes with a wooden spatula, a mixing spoon, and a salad spoon and fork.

35. Record Player

The music aficionado in your life can dust off their vinyls with this wooden record player. It has built-in speakers and allows you to play MP3s using a USB key.

36. Resistance Weights

Resistance Weights
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For the fitness buff who can’t sit still at the cottage, these one pound weights add some extra resistance to any activity: a walk, a run, or climbing up the stairs from the dock. Buy at Indigo.

37. Desktop Punching Ball

Does you know a cottager who works too hard? This punching ball is a fun way to relieve stress during the work day. It’s easy to install right on a desk.

Gifts over $100

38. Coca Cola Hot Dog Roller

If your cottager is always talking about the good ol’ days, they’ll love the nostalgic trip of this Coca Cola hot dog warmer. It can cook up to eight hot dogs at a time and warm six buns.

39. Wine Rack

It’s a rare privilege to have a wine cellar at the cottage, but without one, wine bottles tend to clutter counters. This wine rack presents an affordable solution. Easy to assemble, it can hold up to 12 bottles.

40. Inflatable Two-person Kayak

This is one of the more expensive items on the list, but it will bring joy to any outdoor-loving cottager. This lightweight, two-person kayak is easy to transport and great for exploring. Plus, it barely takes up any room in the boat house.

41. Giant Yard Pong

Think beer pong, then blow it up. This yard game is a blast to play outside. It comes with 12 giant buckets and two plastic balls. See how your cottagers jump shot is holding up.  And no, the buckets don’t have to be filled with beer.

42. Ceramic Cookware Set

Ceramic Cookware Set
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Caraway’s coated ceramic cookware is designed to keep your cooking non-toxic. For a cottager looking to up their kitchen game, this set is well worth it. Buy at Indigo.

43. Instant Print Digital Camera

This digital camera is a great gift for any budding photographers who can’t wait to see the results of their photo shoot. Use the viewfinder touchscreen to frame and shoot anything. The photo will print from the camera instantly. No computer needed.

44. Candle Gift Set

These candles will give any cottage a warm, cozy ambiance. There are 12 scents in total, and they come in a metallic embossed box.

45. Vinyl Record Storage Carrying Case

Vinyl is back! But now that you’ve gotten all those records out of storage, where do you put them? This carrying case comes with a convenient handle and can store up to 30 records.

46. Linen Duvet Set

Linen Duvet Set
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Just because they’re a cottager doesn’t mean they should be roughing it. This queen-sized linen duvet set will keep sleepers warm at night while the outside of the duvet stays cool and airy to the touch. Buy at Indigo.

47. Clue: Game of Thrones Edition

The classic mystery board game gets a new spin as it partners with hit TV series Game of Thrones. Play as characters from the show, visiting unique locations as you try to uncover who did it.

48. Kindle Paperwhite E-reader

You can get some of the best reading done at the cottage. But it can be annoying lugging piles of books back and forth on the commute. The Kindle E-reader makes it simple. Easy to transport and it can store a cottager’s favourite reads.

49. Instant Pot

The instant pot can do it all: it’s a pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, and steamer. It can even make yogurt. And it comes with a recipe booklet. Give your cottager the gift of easy cooking this holiday season.

50. Folding Compact Workbench

Work at the cottage never stops, especially if your cottager is tackling that long list of DIY projects. Give them a hand with this folding workbench. It’s lightweight and compact for storage.