Holiday gift buying at Niagara College: Books, jams, fuzzy mini Basils, poinsettias, and more


The weather isn’t frightful – yet – but with Christmas only weeks away, why not take a leisurely stroll to one of Niagara College’s Learning Enterprises and purchase an NC Christmas gift.

From stocking stuffers – including fluffy little stuffed replicas of Basil-the-Greenhouse-Cat, to a membership in the NC Teaching Winery club, a day of luxury at the NC Waters spa, or a book to tuck into on a chilly day, you need search no further for that perfect gift.

NC Wine Visitor and Education Centre

Wine Club Membership: Take home a two-bottle package to put under the tree as soon as you sign up. Six month membership costs $45 per month and provides benefits for the wine lover on your list while supporting education.

Vidal and Cabernet Franc Ice Syrup, Limited Edition NC branded bottles highlighting the Junior Culinary Olympic Team in beautiful boxed packaging ($39.95 or two bottles for $75).

Local Gourmet Honey: Large assortment of unpasteurized organic honey ranging from traditional to honey with royal jelly, added spices and herbs ($15-55).

Great Canadian Masters: A cookbook celebrating Canada’s 150th anniversary in 2017 and featuring lavish photos of Canadian art surrounded by winning recipes from Canadian chefs, including NC’s own Culinary Olympic Team ($30).

Stocking Stuffers: Local wine jellies ($5-9), local fruit pastes and condiments ideal to complement cheese boards ($7.50); made in Canada chocolate for wine-tasting: single bars to three-packs, ice wine truffles with gorgeous packaging ($2.90-7.50); NC cork keychains, jazzy beading and branded cork stopper shape ($4); and, flute brushes, an ideal way to clean stemware ($5.95).

NC Teaching Spa

Personalize a gift for that special person in your life: Visit for a full list of services offered  and purchase a gift card today for a special service to start 2017 off on the right feet (or painted toes!)

Gift cards may be purchased for the holidays until December 19 by emailing

Benchmark Restaurant

A terrific dining experience in NC’s flagship teaching restaurant is only a gift card away. Book yours now at: 905-641-2252 x 4619 or visit

NC Greenhouse

Student grown plants and luscious green arrangements: poinsettias in more than 20 colours (including polar bear white), ranging from the minis ($3.50) to 10-inch pots ($10); and, student created dish gardens ($10-$20), perfect for display on a desk or dining room table. Would also make a great Christmas ‘tree’ with a bauble or two.

Swing by Benchmarket (attached to the NC Greenhouse, near the Brewery entrance) for special features from NC graduates/entrepreneurs including: Roots and Radicles soaps, lotions and other natural plant based products ($7.50 – $20); Wiarton Tea Company, herbal teas ($7.50 small bags or $15 for large); Polar Tea Co., specialty mixed tea recipes ($4-$10); and Mojo Hydrotherapy bath bombs ($5).

Basil-the-greenhouse cat key chains ($6) with proceeds going to NC student bursaries.

NC Teaching Brewery

The Ontario Craft Beer Guide, an educational book for beginner beer lovers or aficionados of the higher caliber, this book features Ontario’s breweries, providing taste notes and ratings for nearly 1,000 beers. One of the authors, Jordan St. John, was an NC Brewmaster student in 2011. ($16.99).

150 Years of Canadian Beer Labels, a book celebrating Canada’s 150th anniversary in 2017, showcasing beer labels, starting from 1870 and featuring NC’s own Butler’s Bitter ($29.95).

Stocking Stuffers: Tracy’s Beer Jellies – created with Beer 101 stout, IPA, wheat and cherry ($5.50); classic NC bottle openers ($2.50); and a beer glass for every occasion: ranging from $3.50 to $4.95: as the Brewery staff say, “whether you are sampling several specialty brews or enjoying a pint of your favourite beer: we’ve got a glass for that!”

And, watch for this year’s timely seasonal beer offerings: as this gift guide goes to press, brewery students, like you-know-whose elves, were busy labelling Oyster Gose, Cranberry Bock and Dunkel Weizen.

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