Trenton’s Always Present Gifts and Cards

A visit to Always Present Gifts and Cards is like an always pleasant tour of a cozy pavilion of colourful quality notions. It is virtually a home for eclectic solutions to the problem of what to get that special someone, irrespective of relation, occasion and season.

Owner Vicki Watson opened the doors to Trenton’s sparkling gift shop in 2015:

“I saw a need in Trenton,” said Watson, “for a unique gift and card shop. I tour different gift shows, and keep on top of what is hot. I caringly select my items as the kind of things that I would like to buy at a good price. I pride myself on great personalized service, and try to help my customers find what they are looking for in the store. And if it is not here, I will go out of my way to get it for them. Our regulars appreciate our service and the prices are right.

One word to describe what is in the store, may very well be “everything.”

The store is divided into smart, neat sections celebrating every occasion from anniversaries and birthdays to weddings – frames, message jars, scrolls, wine glasses to name a just a few unique things – to babies’ first tooth and curls. There is even a rack dedicated to man caves with unique notions like a Harley-Davidson model motorcycle clock and catchy signs and sports themes.

For collectors, the emporium displays such respected brands as Bradford Exchange and Willow Tree (angels.) and Cobbler Hill (puzzles.) And as the name suggests, Watson has a comprehensive offering of unique cards for all occasions, the kind you will not find in a big box store.


The “good stuff” inside Always Present Gifts and Cards is constantly changing as Watson’s searches continue. New displays are always going up depending on the season.

Upon entering the store, one is struck by the eclectic charm of scarves and ponchos, mugs and jewellery, tote bags and Naturally Upper Canada body lotions.

Some items just grab your attention like a floor mat that says, We are a hockey family or a clock in the form of a camouflaged helicopter.

But the best way to appreciate Always Present Gifts and Card is to visit and see for yourself at 225 Dundas St E in Trenton. Or call and ask for Vicki at (613) 955-0404.