Friday, December 1, 2017

City Daily Photo Theme Day: Gift

The first day of each month is a theme day for members of City Daily Photo, and for December, that theme is most appropriate: Gift. You can see how others are interpreting this theme here.

I took these first shots last December. The storefront window for a comic shop was decorated in a way suited for Christmas and the shop itself, with comic book themed wrapping and clothing.

Wrapped boxes were beneath this tree in the lobby at Mercury Court in the Byward Market.

And there was a Christmas arrangement set up in City Hall at the time. Note the nearly buried lion sculpture outside in the snow.

I took the rest of these shots in late November, as I thought gift ideas would also be appropriate for the theme. This is the front window at Boogie & Birdie. The shop sells items for home decor, among other things, and their front window display often rotates thematically with the in-store set of stuffed animals taking turns.

Up on Sparks Street, the Swatch store has a number of windows displaying some of their merchandise. A lot of what's in here would rate as tourist items, some of it with a good sense of humour.

And close by on Sparks Street is The Snow Goose, which sells art and sculptures with a Far North emphasis.


  1. It's that time, isn't it? I should have taken a shot of the piles of presents accumulating around the house, all awaiting wrap and mailing boxes. But it's not a pretty sight.

  2. It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas,
    from the looks of those wrapped gifts.

  3. ...tis the season to over spend.

  4. Hello, I love the tree and the sleigh. The store selling things for the home and the Snow Goose shop sounds like they would be my favorites. Happy Friday, enjoy your day and weekend!

  5. @Kay: no doubt it is chaos.

    @Marianne: many!

    @Janis: it is indeed.

    @Tom: quite true.

    @Francisco: thanks!

    @Eileen: they're good shops.

  6. Wonderful post for the theme! You are reminding me that I need to start my Christmas shopping.

  7. You found some great store window decorations. Ottawa must have some great downtown stores where window displays are used.

  8. Ditto what Lois said William, I have 14 children in the family to buy pressies for and not a one bought yet, you have inspired me to get cracking 😀

  9. Lots of pretty presents and lots of gifts to choose from. Tis the season!!

  10. I like the Christmas decoration at City Hall. Looks lovely!

  11. A nice series of "gift" shots. Sometimes I think you are gifted!

  12. I love taking pictures of Christmas windows, especially since I no longer have so many beautifully wrapped presents at home. Well done, William!

  13. It is certainly the season for stores to make money!

  14. @Lois: thanks!

    @Red: we've got quite a bit.

    @Grace: get at it!

    @Sharon: so it is!

    @Tamago: I imagine it's decorated again by now. I haven't been in there for three or four weeks.

    @Lowell: thank you!

    @Susan: thanks!

    @RedPat: true!

    @Marleen: thank you.

    @Jim: thanks!

  15. Okay, okay! I get it. It's time to get a tree. :-)

  16. i love the comic book paper ... never seen 1 similar ... usual we really use the paper as wrapping paper. way cool!! ( ;
    i love Peanuts or Snoopy.

  17. Perfect for the theme William!

  18. The festive season is here and time to shop for gifts!

  19. There seems to be an abundance of gifts from which to choose!

  20. Wonderful series of Holiday shop window displays ~ lovely.

    Happy Weekend to you,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  21. Neat! Thank you for the window shopping on a blog

  22. I love how pretty wrapped gift, look.

  23. It's the time for gifts indeed. We are celebrating 'Sinterklaas' next Tuesday.
    I specially like the first 6 of today's photos.

  24. There is something about a secne of humour, if you are dressing windows, that is necessary! My fave are the flying cats at Bayshore!!!

  25. @Revrunner: it is!

    @Beth: thanks!

    @Bill: thank you!

    @Nancy: it certainly is.

    @Mari: I agree.

    @Kate: true!

    @Carol: thanks!

    @Maywyn: thanks!

    @Whisk: these do.

    @Jan: I remember growing up with Sinterklaas mentioned.

    @Cloudia: thank you!

    @Jennifer: I didn't know about that store! I wonder if it's done every year.

  26. Lovely shadow on the bridge ~

    Happy Weekend to you,
    A ShutterBug Explores
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  27. Thoroughly enjoyed looking through all your photographs, just right for the time of year!

    Happy December Wishes

    All the best Jan

  28. Love the comic book wrapping paper!

  29. @Carol: thanks!

    @Mari: quite so.

    @Jan: thank you!

    @Norma: so did I.

    @Klara: definitely!