Ready to be the most thoughtful person to your future self? We’ve carefully crafted this list of local products and purchases that you’ll want to buy now so that when the time strikes, you have them ready and on hand. Especially nowadays when popping out to grab something isn’t as easy or as quick as it used to be, it’s always great to have things that you’ll eventually need or want on hand already. Support local businesses and be a thoughtful person for your future self with these items.
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Here are 18 local purchases that future you will thank you for making.
For Your Future BBQ
The Hot Sauce Co is a local company that makes small-batch, handmade hot sauces. Their sauce Pickles and Peppers is the perfect condiment for all things bbq. Next time the sun is shining and you want to throw burgers or hot dogs on the grill you’ll be thanking your past self for thinking ahead and buying this hot sauce. It brings the perfect sour, tangy, spicy bite to your grilled delights.
For Your Future Sweet Tooth
When the pastry cravings hit, there is little that will satisfy as much as freshly made fritters. The Fritter Shop is a local company that makes 11 fresh flavours of fritters, including apple, peach, blueberry, and cherry cheesecake. When the cravings hit, future-you will be so impressed with past you for planning ahead and getting this coupon code.
For When You Forget To Thaw Your Dinner Plans
When you forget to take that lasagne or roast out of the freezer in time, don’t panic. Past-you was brilliant and bought this gift card. You’ll get to enjoy delicious, fresh tacos from Dos Tacos and will be the dinner hero! Mental high-five from past you to future you.
For When Beach Days And Dockside Drinks Hit
This Muskoka Tumbler keeps your drinks nice and cold while you’re living it up in the sun. Plus, the spill-proof top forgoes social faux pas when you’re a little too deep into the chardonnay. Be prepared for those summer adventures by planning ahead now. Future you will thank you.
For When Your Facemask Breaks Or Gets Dirty And You Need A Backup
Things happen. Masks can break or get accidentally dropped in a dirty puddle when you pull your keys out of your pocket. Now what? Good thing past-you was so smart and bought this awesome face mask from 519 Clothing as a backup! Now you’ll get to rock this stylish mask that reps this beautiful city that you live in. There are multiple colours and styles to choose from. It has a metal nose frame for a proper and adjustable fit. Plus, 10% of proceeds are donated to help support mental health initiatives at the London Health Sciences Centre.
For When Camping Season Starts Up Again
When camping season hits and you’re packing up the car you’ll be so happy that you thought ahead and bought this awesome camping mug. It’ll keep your drinks nice and hot and even has a spill-proof top! Sit by the campfire and sip on coffee or hot cocoa and tell ghost stories. Doesn’t that sound good?
For That Future Date Night
When date night hits and you can’t possibly stand another night of Netflix and Chill with a side of takeout, shake yourself out of your rut with a night out at London’s only “speakeasy”. The MockingBird gives Londoners a 1920 prohibition-style cocktail bar experience. To get into the bar, you need to enter through a cabinet that is located in Whistling Dick’s Barber Shop. If the shop is closed, head around back and look for a glowing red light and a black door. Once inside, you’ll enjoy delicious classic cocktails, music, and light food fare. Your date night will never be the same again.
For Every Future Morning
A day without a hot cup of coffee to start things off is not a day that I want to see. It’s always awful when you go to make your first cup of joe and realize, to your true horror, that you’re out of coffee. Never let that happen again when you sign up for a coffee subscription with BumbleBean. BumbleBean is a company that has organic, direct trade coffee beans and roasts their beans locally. Their coffee is so delicious and you can have it delivered to your home every month so that you never miss a drop of yum.
For Your Future Distressed Tummy
Bloating? Gas? Constipation? Digestion issues? This tea is made with ingredients that are supposed to help settle your stomach and help to relieve those issues.
For Stylish And Convenient Travel When Things Open Up Again
This stunning carry-on bag is made from buffalo leather. It has padded compartments for laptops or tablets and has multiple pockets for organization. When travel becomes safe again you’ll be so happy to have this bag ready to go.
For When The Summer Sun Dries Out Your Lips
After a winter of being closed indoors, the summer sun will probably have us all staying outdoors all day long. If the harsh sun dries out your lips, you’ll be so glad that you thought ahead and bought this hydrating and restoring lip repair!
For That Night When You Just Can’t Get To Sleep
Tossing and turning? Mind busy racing? This all-natural sleep roller has chamomile and lavender that help to promote relaxation, tranquillity and settle your mind so that you can get a good, deep night’s sleep.
For Future Patio and Back Deck Drinks
The warmer weather is on its way and when a beautiful day hits and all you want is to enjoy a cold one on your back deck, you’ll thank yourself for being so thoughtful to have bought this Forked River gift card already!
For When Hunger Hits On The Go
Kosuma Foods creates delicious energy bars that are packed full of good-for-you natural ingredients that nourish your body with protein, fibre, and iron! These bars are all vegan and gluten-free and taste SO good. Grab this mix ‘N match variety pack now so that later when you’re on the go or have a busy day and need something to get you through you’ll have something yummy and nutritious to eat!
For That Impulse Garden Centre Purchase
Garden Centers will start popping up soon. When you can’t resist that plant that you see when you’re walking by, you’ll have this stunning planter at home, waiting for you to re-pot your beautiful new purchase and you’ll be so happy that you bought it.
For When Those Sunny Adventures
When the weather is beautiful and you want to hit the beach, go for a hike, or spend the day at the park, you don’t want to have to first make a stop at a store to grab a pair of sunglasses. Grab a pair of these now and protect your eyes later when the sunny adventures are calling. Plus, with every pair of sunglasses you buy from 2050, you’ll protect an acre of the rainforest!!
For When You Forgot That Your Dinner Guest Is Vegan
If you’ve ever had that moment where you realize that your soon-to-arrive dinner guest is vegan and you totally forgot, you know what true panic feels like. Rather than running to the grocery store and trying to whip up something that you can serve them alongside the totally-not-vegan dish that you already made, your future self can simply take this gift card and get something really yummy with no stress and no fuss!
For When That Birthday Totally Slipped Your Mind
Having emergency gifts on hand for when you forgot about someone’s birthday is such a great idea. You want something beautiful and thoughtful that doesn’t say “I just grabbed this at a drugstore on the way to see you”. That something is this stunning bracelet from HEN+Bear. Honestly, it’s so beautiful you might as well buy two and keep one for yourself. It has frosted onyx, amazonite and lava rock.