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16 Local Gifts That Are Truly Excellent
Our favourite Canadian brands and businesses to support during the season of giving.
by : Meredith Hardie- Oct 27th, 2023
We all know by now that the best kind of present during the holidays is spending time with those you love. But, ahem, gifts are nice too, especially when they’re designed, made or founded right here in Canada. What The Great North lacks in above-freezing temperatures, it makes up for in talent, craftsmanship and creativity. Here are 15 gifts from Canadian brands and businesses that will guarantee you nice-list status for the new year.
Baseball Hat, UNO x Province of Canada
Gift the gamer in your life this super nostalgic UNO-themed cotton twill baseball hat, made right here in Canada. Plus, any purchase from the limited edition collection includes a mini UNO x Province of Canada card game—consider your stocking sorted.
Candles, MMANN Candles
Price: from $12
Brighten up any holiday tablescape with these kitschy-cute handmade candles. From pastel swirls to deceiving fried chicken drumsticks to the dreamy bubble squares that kickstarted this small Toronto business, MMANN candles are pure, lighthearted fun. Burning (wax) food never looked so good.
Natalie Czerwinski Illustration, Natalie Czerwinski
Price: from $16
What do you get for the person who has everything? A portrait of their fave places or things, of course. Toronto-based illustrator Natalie Czerwinski creates charming ink and watercolour prints of beloved Canadian storefronts, landmarks and raccoons (naturally). You can also order custom family or pet portraits.
Charcuterie Board, Just Be Woodsy
Instead of witnessing fallen Toronto trees go to the chipper, Just Be Woodsy had the brilliant idea of transforming them into statement pieces in their Urban Forest home collection. A festive feast isn’t complete without their smooth black walnut or red maple charcuterie board — laser engraved with the tree’s coordinates.
Harmony Lipgloss, Cheekbone Beauty
Give the gift of glossy lips with this lightweight vegan gloss from Indigenous-owned and St. Catharines-based beauty company Cheekbone Beauty. The eco-conscious formula keeps lips moisturized and shiny without that sticky feeling, and it comes in a variety of shades, from subtle ‘Birch’ to red hot ‘Fire’.
Vitamin C Serum, All Natural Advice
If you want to be a holiday hero, tie a bow around this Canadian cult-fave Vitamin C Serum. Its all-natural ingredients pack an antioxidant-rich punch that will leave winter-stressed skin looking radiant and refreshed. Psst, we won’t tell if you stuff your own stocking with one.
Queen Parka, Wuxly
Wuxly coats are made in Canada, so they know a thing or two about frigid winters. Get this stylish and sustainable Queen Parka for the extra-nice queen on your list. The water-repellent outer is made from recycled plastic bottles, and they use an alternative vegan fill instead of down.
Cobble Bucket Hat, Moose Knuckles
We refuse to let go of the bucket hat trend just because it’s freezing outside. Made out of plushy and soft recycled sherpa, this Cobble Bucket Hat from Canadian brand Moose Knuckles will keep the fashion lover in your life warm without losing their cool factor.
Cypress Puffer Vest, Canada Goose
Everyone needs a statement vest…right? This puffer is small enough to fit inside a stocking when you pack it into its inside left pocket and lightweight enough for all-season wear. Plus, it’s made (in Canada) with responsibly sourced duck down.
Metro Weekender, Monos
This water-resistant, vegan-leather weekender bag will have the jet setter in your life booking their next winter escape ASAP. Designed in British Columbia, the Metro Weekender has everything you need in a getaway bag: laptop holder, a separate lower compartment for laundry, and ample space for snacks or shoes.
Shay Romper in Holly Red, JH X SMASH + TESS
In between all the festive fun and party fits, sometimes we just want to settle into a holly jolly jumpsuit, OK? This romper is made-in-Canada comfort that’s ideal for lounging, especially during the last week of December when you have no idea what day it is.
Alchemical Coat, Horses Atelier
A coat sewn in downtown Toronto that literary legend Margaret Atwood also wears? Consider it done. The oversized fit with dropped shoulders and structured collar give major main character energy.
Cable Sweater, Kotn
All we need is a lake and maybe a cozy cabin to match this luxe fishing sweater designed in Toronto and ethically made in Portugal. It’s crafted with extra-fine lambswool for extra softness that won’t give you the itch.
Earrings, Lesley Hampton
It’s not a party without a little sparkle. These limited-time beauties from Anishinaabe designer Lesley Hampton are the perfect glittery addition to any holiday outfit (including pyjamas). Made with 24K gold-plated beads, they’ll shine brighter than the tree.
Advent Calendar, Olaeda
Count down the days with Olaeda’s 24 Days of Jewellery Advent Calendar, packed with sterling silver, solid gold and gold-filled pieces crafted by Toronto artisans. One day, you could pull a shiny tennis bracelet, the next stacking rings or dainty huggie earrings. ‘Tis the season for some bling.
This splurge-worthy watch will elevate any holiday look. Vieren was founded by Toronto watch-maker Jess Chow, and their gorgeous watches are designed by Project Runway Canada winner Sunny Fong. Handcrafted in Switzerland over a period of six months, this sleek, gender-neutral timepiece features a stainless steel bracelet and 18K gold accents.
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