It's officially December and we're 100% in the holiday spirit. This time of the year brings with it traditions, parties and lots of treats but sometimes gift giving can bring on a whole new level of stress. While we can't turn back the clock to give you more shopping time, we can give you a great list of options for every person on your list. Shop small this holiday season and help us support Canadian makers by picking up unique gifts that are sure to surprise and delight.
For the fashionista:
Headbands are so in right now! With collections that are handmade by newcomers to Canada and sustainable/environmentally friendly practices, Femme Faire is the epitome of ethical fashion and their headbands are totally swoon-worthy. Top knot styles are available in a variety of fabrics like vegan leather and velvet. Plus her newest braided styles are on their way to the shop as we speak and you won't want to miss them.
As for scrunchies.....we can't get enough of them, and apparently you can't either! With new collections arriving multiple times each season, we've always got a great selection of colours, fabrics and patterns to choose from. Luxurious velvet scrunchies are great for dressing up your outfit and satin scrunchies are great for damaged hair. These little guys make the perfect stocking stuffer or gift for your bestie!
For the bath addict: Bathorium
For real though, who doesn't love a hot bath after a crazy busy day of adulting? We've got a beautiful collection of Ontario made products that are the perfect gift for anyone on your list who loves a good bath. Whether it's a Coco Creamer bath bomb, a Eucalyptus crush to relieve sore muscles, sleepy-time tea to sip on while you chill or one of our limited edition crush gift sets, we have lots of options to choose from in store and online.
For the art collector: Birch & Bliss
Give the gift of unique Canadian art this holiday season and pick up one of our beautiful prints from Birch & Bliss in Nova Scotia.
For the little ones: Toymaker of Lunenburg
Ditch the plastic and buy the little ones in your life a beautiful wooden toy that's durable, eco-friendly and sustainably made in Nova Scotia. Whether you're looking for something small like a wooden animal or something more elaborate like a wooden wagon with blocks, we have you covered. Looking for something a bit more mature? We've also got wooden cat & mouse games and neuroblaster puzzles!
For the glamorous: Birch Jewellery
You can never go wrong gifting a beautiful piece of jewellery and the nature-inspired pieces from Birch are no exception. Whether you want a bigger statement piece like a gold maple leaf or something smaller and simple like a silver pine cone, there's a style for everyone on your list.
For the young at heart: Witch & Whimsy
Whether you're looking for play food, rattles or stuffed animals, we have an awesome selection of locally made critters that make great gifts for the young or young at heart. Ice cream cones, donuts, birds, winter animals, maple leaves, woodland creatures just to name a few.
For the local lover: RARE Apparel
Rep your city and your neighbourhood with a sweater or t-shirt from RARE Apparel. 100% made in Canada, these super cozy threads are available in slim fit or unisex styles in sizes XS-XXL. Ethical fashion has never looked so cool!
For the eco-conscious: Beekeeper Food Wraps
Give the gift of a cleaner, brighter future with a package of locally made Beekeeper Food Wraps. The perfect alternative to ziplock bags and saran wrap, these brightly patterned wraps can be used to cover bowls, bread, vegetables, cheese and even turned into snack baggies to carry your favourite treats with you wherever you go.
Available in a variety of patterns and sizes, you can pick up a single wrap for a small gift or a whole package for something a bit more generous. They typically last one year and are easily washable with cool water and a mild soap.
For the astrology fanatic: Aloraflora Jewelry
Who doesn't want to show off their sign?! Pick up a beautiful constellation necklace and give the astrology lover in your life a chance to flaunt their sign on a regular basis. Delicate and dainty, these necklaces are as beautiful as they are functional.
For the foodie: Alicja Confections
Who doesn't love chocolate? If you're shopping for a foodie, we've got you covered with our post card chocolate bars from Alicja Confections in Ottawa. From basic flavours like chocolate peanut butter and dark chocolate mint to super fun options like milk chocolate ramen noodle, ruby red chocolate and dark chocolate wasabi, we have 34 different options in store including some limited edition holiday flavours like gingerbread, champagne and cinnamon sugar.
These post card chocolate bars are perfect for gifting to friends, family, teachers, hostesses and clients whether they're near or far. We even have a small selection of taster sets for the holidays that include sample sizes of 25 different flavours.
For the bookworm: Penguin Random House Books
Books make fantastic gifts.....especially when they're written by Canadian authors! We have a great selection of books for kids, teenagers, home cooks, short story lovers, patriots, cocktail aficionados and fiction readers. Plus you can pick up a cute Canadian-made bookmark to go with it from Miss Pippa Jayne or The Woodlot!
For the coffee/tea lover: Pottery Cupboard | Tease Tea | Transcend Coffee
The colder it gets, the more we all want to cozy up with a warm drink so why not gift that experience this year? Our Great Lakes mugs, travel mugs and colourful tumblers from Pottery Cupboard pair perfectly with fresh coffee from Transcend in Alberta or locally roasted beans from Chance.
We also have a great selection of tea from Tease Tea in Toronto. With blends like Pumpkin Spice, Maple Sugar Shack and Turmeric Tonic, you won't want to give them away! Plus, Tease uses only compostable, plastic-free tea bags so you don't have to worry about consuming micro-particles every time you brew a tea.
For the list-maker: Pocket Squares
Give the gift of organization this year with a checklist, planner, notepad or notebook from local maker Pocket Squares. Wine/beer journals, accomplish note-pads, yearly planners and gratitude journals all make thoughtful and functional presents for any stationary lover on your list.
For the card giver: Koko Cards | Badger & Burke | Paper Hearts
We have the cutest holiday cards from coast to coast thanks to makers from Vancouver, Ontario and Nova Scotia. Whether you're looking for something funny, cute, sentimental or serious, we've got plenty of styles and designs to choose from in both singles and boxed sets.
For the patriot: Under One Roof
These tiny pins and brooches make such a big impact as gifts! Not only are they made with the old copper roof from the Canadian Parliament buildings (between 1918 to 1996) in Ottawa, but they also give back in a big way. Under One Roof is a project of the Ottawa-Carleton Association for Persons with Developmental Disabilities and all proceeds from the project directly benefit the Association's developmentally disabled clients.
For the person who has everything: Low Poly Crafts
We all have at least one person on our list who seems to have everything and can make gift-giving a bit of a tedious job. Luckily, we've got the perfect solution! DIY kits from Low Poly Crafts are the unique gift you're looking for. These paper crafting kits come in small packages with a tester kit included and are assembled using craft glue to create beautiful pieces of art for the home or office. We have a variety of options to choose from including adorable woodland creatures, quirky pineapples and Canadian wildlife. Inspire them to create something cool this holiday season!