The Ultimate Canadian Gift Guide

This year, gift giving will be very different from other years. For one, the pandemic has forced most of us to enjoy the holidays in smaller groups and for that reason, many gifts might be mailed or dropped off instead of the delight watching our family members open presents. One thing that’s most important this year to remember, is that small businesses rely heavily on the Christmas holiday season for the bulk of their sales for the year. Unfortunately, many businesses haven’t survived this year, and some are just hanging on. It’s for that reason that we want to highlight companies out there that are selling great products where you can help entrepreneurs and small business owners across the country. 


We have compiled a list of Canadian small businesses with your next gift, stocking stuffer, and holiday card. The list includes a wide variety of local stores and online shops; to Etsy businesses looking to inspire, change and motivate their clients. Supporting small businesses is more important than anything this year. This holiday season, sharing and gifting are sweet. 

 


 

 

Susthira Jewels, by Jasmine Puthoor, is a sustainable jewelry business that designs a lightweight alternative to the traditional heavy, statement piece earrings. Their earrings are handcrafted and made entirely of paper! Although lightweight, they still provide that bold and beautiful look you get from a statement piece. From pastel to vibrant colours, their vast array of options will let you find something for everyone this holiday season! 


Site: https://www.instagram.com/susthirajewels/?hl=en

 

 

Anice Jewelry

 
 By utilizing vintage parts, Anice Jewelry creates one of a kind treasures. You will find the perfect piece for your loved ones this holiday season among their many jewelry collections. You can even customize jewelry from metal to colours. Book a consultation today to find the perfect match! 

Site: https://www.anicejewellery.com/


 

Hailey Gerrits

Hailey Gerrits’ jewelry collections are 100% made from repurposed materials. Their pieces are inspired by vintage jewelry but add a modern flare. By featuring aged brass and hand-cut gemstones, their jewelry is unique and elegant. By respecting our earth and its customers, they have created sustainable collections perfect for every occasion. 


Site: https://haileygerrits.com/


 

Rustling Pine

 

Rustling Pine creates handmade indigenous beading collections, pouring their energy and medicine into each piece. The artisan, Kole, was given the name Rustling Pine by a Two-Spirit elder. They started their journey after they inherited their grandmother’s beading supplies. This holiday season, gift the gift of passion and health to your loved ones with one of Rustling Pines pieces. 


Site: https://www.rustlingpine.com/

 

 

Cuchara

 

Cuchara is a Toronto based jewelry brand created and designed by Edi Canedo. Inspired by her humble West Coast upbringing as well as the diverse culture that Toronto provides - Edi utilizes various shapes, chains and charms, which result in easy-to-wear, edgy pieces. Cuchara is driven by sustainability and ethical production. With their customizable jewelry, you will find the perfect piece for your loved ones. 


Site: https://www.cuchara.ca/


 

Pacha Beauty

Pacha Beauty is a family-owned business featuring indigenous art collections. Their pieces are not only stunning but also have historical value. You can learn the story behind the artist or the piece you are buying, making it even more special. Show your loved ones you care with their personalized pieces. 

 

Site: https://pachaarts.com/


 

Tish Jewelry

 

Tish Jewelry by Lateisha Brown is crafted to accent and enhance your inner beauty. Their elegant pieces utilize both precious stones, thread, gold and silver to create elegant pieces. Their holiday collection features rhinestone jewelry from Swarovski crystals to gems. Your loved ones will love their Tish Jewelry. 

 
 
 

Simply Made by Bekah

 

Simply Made by Bekah curates earrings for every occasion and style. Their designs feature polymer clay creating simple and minimally elegant earrings. More often than not, we worry about sizing when buying gifts. When it comes to earrings, you can’t go wrong! Check out their collection and find the perfect pair.

 


Tala Design Co

 

Tala Design Co provides elegant handmade jewelry. Their pieces feature hand-picked gemstones and crystals to provide the highest quality. They craft their jewelry over the course of 3 days to curate unique and raw details. The process involves patience and love. This holiday season, show your friends and family how much you love them with these one of a kind pieces. 

 



 

Lam Prints

 

Lam Prints is a family-owned nail business. These four sisters have always been passionate about nail art! Amidst the pandemic, these girls noticed many others no longer went to nail salons and decided to launch their brand in July. Their press-on nails are both affordable, unique and durable! Add Lam Prints to your shopping list this year and gift the perfect set!

 
 
 

Tribal Eye Toronto

Tribal Eye is your neighbourhood skincare & beauty products central. They are dedicated to providing high-quality, all-natural beauty products. They promote organic and unrefined ingredients to find the solution for clear, healthy and protected skin. Their skincare products are made with the intention of drawing out the benefits of all-natural ingredients while still being gentle enough to use on all skin types. 


Site: https://www.tribaleye.net/

 
 

Cheek Bone Beauty

This indigenous-owned cosmetics brand was established in 2016. Check Bone Beauty is known for creating high quality, cruelty-free beauty and makeup products! This year, their collection SUSTAIN launched featuring zero waste lipsticks. Their moisturizing products will leave all skin types feeling their best. If you have a makeup lover on your shopping list, definitely check this 

brand out!


Site: https://cheekbonebeauty.ca/


 

Valhalla Beard Care

 

Valhalla Beard Care offers the finest beard and grooming care sets for all hair types. Their products not only maintain your hair but also take care of the skin underneath. Their Norseman gift set will make the perfect gift for beard aficionado in your life.


Site: https://feedyourbeard.ca/


 

Cause Box

 

Cause box is putting the kind back in humankind. Each box is made of the most beautiful, useful, and high-quality products. By subscribing to their boxes, every month you will receive a box full of ethically sourced products. You can even customize every box!


Site: https://causebox.com/impact 



  

 

Lisa Aviva


 

Lisa Aviva is an emerging luxury brand for sustainably-minded women sizes 10+. Their materials utilize natural fibres such as wool, cashmere, linens and cotton. Given their high-quality fabrics, their clothes will last your giftee for years to come for any occasion. 


Site: https://www.lisaaviva.com/



Encircled

 

It’s no secret that loungewear has become the new normal for many of us during this pandemic. Thankfully, encircled is both stylish and sustainable with their home fashion. Their wonderful quality fabrics are sustainable and ethically created! Buy your loved one of their styles to make the holidays a little cozier. 


Site:  https://www.encircled.ca/ 

 
 

Atelier False Holly

 

Let’s face it, it's a struggle to look fantastic while dressing to meet the extreme northern elements. Atelier False Holly extravagant knitwear fashion line gives you a customized experience at every step, ensuring you look your best while staying cozy. This includes colour consultations and designs made to your measurements and style advice.  When you choose one of their pieces, you're giving your loved one their next go-to clothing for the days they need that special pick-me-up.

 

Site: https://www.falseholly.com/

 

Eco Industrees

 

ECOi is your organic and sustainable lifestyle products center! Every product of ECOi helps minimize our carbon footprint. They make it easier for people in Canada to go eco-friendly with style. Their values prioritize People and Planet over Profit and are visible in all their handmade products and directly support the artisans in Himalayan villages. This Christmas, let's help the environment by reducing toxic materials and spread smiles in less privileged corners of the world. 

 

Site: https://www.ecoindustrees.com/

 

Pipa & Peach

 

Based in Niagara Falls, Pipa & Peach strives to give women comfortable and stylish clothing. Their sustainably made clothing lines are designed to leave the individual feeling confident and empowered. There is no better time for comfy clothes to be worn than the holidays and a pandemic. Your family will love this gift! 

 

Site: https://www.pippaandpeach.com/

 
 

By the Namesake

 

By the Namesake creates fashion to answer your need for individuality and personal edge in design, as in other aspects of your life. Every item of clothing has a story to tell, to show off your personality. You can create the perfect custom jacket that will speak to your friends and family this holiday season. Book a consultation to find the perfect fit! 

 

Site: https://www.bythenamesake.com/



Toronto Stores

 

There is nothing better than a personalized gift and Toronto Stores has you covered. They specialize in leather wallet personalization. They have the best selection of dark to light wallets for everyone.


Site: https://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/TorontoStore?ref=simple-shop-header-name&listing_id=739896767

 

SHAREMRKT have a really cool pop-up shop for the holidays with artisan gift bags supporting small businesses and 50% of proceeds benefiting 3 nonprofits. Find a feel good gift for everyone you love. 

 
 
 
 
 

Ecomariko 

 

Mariko Uda is the author/illustrator of the delightful picture book "Where does it all come from? Where does it all go? Toronto's water, energy & waste systems." In a big city, it’s easy to live disconnected from the environment that supports us each day. This Toronto-specific book shows us how we are connected to the environment in a simple and fun way. Parents & toddlers can read it together, ten-year-olds can read it independently, and adults can use it as a reference/coffee table book. An excellent gift for the “green” or curious kid/adult in your life!

 
 

Mini Mioche

 

Mini Mioche has the best selection of kid’s clothes made up of super soft and organic premium fabrics. They also utilize non-toxic, low impact dyes that are naturally sourced! Your kids will love any item of clothing from Mini Mioche.  

 

Site: https://www.minimioche.com/

 

JR Toy Company

 

Based in Burlington, JR Toy Company offers the most innovative toys for your kids! They have a wide range of educational toys with the latest learning toys. Let your kids satisfy their curiosity and imagination with toys from JR Toy Company.  

 

Site: https://www.jrtoycanada.ca/

 
 

Samko and Miko Toy Warehouse

 

 

It's no joke that our kids are getting bored during quarantine. Samko and Miko Toy Warehouse has all of the educational and mentally stimulating toys for your kids to stay mentally active. Their toys challenge curiosity and awaken imaginations. Pick yourself up one of their toys today!

 

 

Jordan’s Handmade

 

There’s nothing more personal than a custom plush toy. Jordan’s Handmade stuffies are knitted stuffed animals using vibrant yarn. They also make baby blankets, hats and more! Give your little one this cozy gift. 


Site:https://www.instagram.com/jors.handmade/

 

 

Pantillo

 

If you and your family are looking for new quarantine activities, check out Pantillo! They sell paint by numbers sets for people of all artist skills. They can transform any of your pictures into an accurate paint by numbers. Celebrate and create this holiday season.

 

Site: https://paintillio.com/?utm_source=VancouverIsAwesome&utm_medium=Referral&utm_campaign=via_home



Cocktail emporium

 

Cocktail emporium is all things mixology. This holiday season, gift one of their cocktail gift boxes personalized to your or someone else's taste. Each one will include ingredients, tools, and or glassware. They even have a selection of non-alcoholic drinks for those mocktail lovers. 


Site: https://www.cocktailemporium.com/


 

Black Lab Brewery

 

The perfect mix of puppy swag and beer for your furry & human friend. They also provide GTA delivery to make the holidays a little easier. Their selection of beers are inspired by different dog breeds and have won many awards over the years. 


Site: https://blacklab.beer/


 

Toronto Farmers Market Collective

 

Toronto Farmers Market Collective is a group of southern Ontario farmers, food artisans, and chefs from farmer markets. They are collaborating to provide local food pick-ups in neighbourhoods across the city. Together they help each other while strengthening the relationship between producers and you. Their Holiday gift boxes will come in 2 sizes for pickup only. They are a collaboration of all their strengths resulting in a delicious local food collection perfect for gifting or enjoying at home. 


Site: http://farmersmarketcollective.ca/



Craig’s Cookies

 

Sugar, spice and everything nice is kneaded into the best cookies in town! Craig’s Cookies are perfect for you if you have someone with a sweet tooth on your shopping list. With over 100 mouth-watering flavours, their cookies are just like how mom used to make. This holiday season, have a cookie gift box set delivered to your loved ones. Ps. We recommend the banana bread cookie. 


 Site:https://craigscookies.com/

 
 

Kensington Brewery Co

 

If you live in Toronto or Vaughn and have a beer connoisseur on your shopping list, check out this brewery. During this pandemic, getting gifts to where they need to be might become challenging when you don’t have a sleigh & reindeers. Thankfully, they provide local delivery of their craft beer. Send your friends a pint or three of their selection. 


Site: https://www.kensingtonbrewingcompany.com/

 
 

Bunner’s

 

Bunner’s has you covered for holiday sweets. The best part is that they are all vegan and gluten-free. Their selection of baked goods gives your traditional sweets a modern flair. For the holiday season, they are even offering hot meals! Whether you will be in quarantine or with your immediate family this holiday, get yourself some Bunner’s for some spice. 


Site: https://bunners.ca


 

Blooming Flowers

 

Blooming Flower Bar is Cabbagetown's neighbourhood flower shop. In what neighbours have dubbed 'the happy place,’ you'll find a wide assortment of fresh-cut flowers sold by the stem. Either pick flowers from our DIY flower bar or allow Blooming's friendly staff to put together a wondrous custom bouquet. As the pandemic has shifted the way we gift, consider using their delivery service to send your loved ones a bouquet this holiday season. 


Site: https://www.bloomingflowerbar.com/


 

Foli

 

Foli is your potted plant delivery service. Not everyone loves a bouquet of flowers, instead, opt for a plant! Potted plants will warm up your family’s home for the holidays. You can even customize the pot you send the plant in. Their delivery service allows you to send these plants directly to their house. 


Site: https://foli.ca/ 


 

Mika Fleur

 

From plants to pottery, Mika Fleur has you covered. Their goal is to spread tranquillity through greenery. They offer perfectly aesthetic plant sets that will light up any home. For the holidays, perhaps try out one of their gift baskets, which includes skincare products as well. 


Site:www.mikafleur.com



Rook & Rose

Rook & Rose is your local lifestyle store. Their products will accent any home and give that minimal feel we all love. Uniquely, they provide fresh and dried flower arrangements that will make all of your loved ones smile. 


Site: https://www.rookandrose.com/

 
 

Botaniste Florals

 

Working from Vancouver, this florist specializes in contemporary art inspired flowers. Their flower arrangements are so elegant and luxurious, they elevate any room they are in. During the holidays, deck the halls, with one of their wreaths! 


Site:https://www.botanisteflorals.com/




 

Aangen

 

Aagen creates empowerment and breaks the cycle of poverty. They are dedicated to providing sustainable, solution-based responses to social injustices locally and globally. This year they are putting together holiday gift baskets with locally sourced foods! The basket includes maple syrup, Aagen honey, apple syrup or butter and homemade pancake mix (with a gluten-free option). With every basket, they will donate $40 to a family in need.   

 

Site: www.aangen.com

 

Creation Crate

 

Subscription boxes are great ways to keep on giving throughout the year. Do you have someone who loves a challenge? Creation Crate prepares you for the jobs of the future while helping you learn how to build and program electronic projects. Choose up to 18 crates of awesome projects for that creator in your family. Beginner to Expert projects available and their projects come with online instructions, tutorials and troubleshooting support. 


Site: https://www.creationcrate.com/



Soul Good Gift Co

Soul Good GIft Co is everything gift baskets! You can never go wrong with gifting a medley of someone’s favourite treats and gizmos. Their boxes are made up of ultra-gourmet, handmade and locally sourced goodies for your loved ones to enjoy this holiday season. 


Sitehttps://www.itsaulgood.com/gift-baskets-toronto.htm

 

Caribou Gifts

 

Caribou Gifts is a family-owned business that strives to provide ethically sourced high-quality gift baskets. They cater to all age groups and have niche baskets for everyone’s taste. The issue with traditional gift baskets is that they are filled with ten things but only one of which your friend will actually like. With Caribou Gifts, you can customize a basket to find the perfect gifts for them!


Sitehttps://caribougifts.ca


 

Grey Willow Gifts

 

Grey Willow Gifts mix sustainable packaging and locally sourced goods. What is unique about their products is its personalization aspect. They are not your typical branded swag bags; they create memorable gifts curated to your taste. You can pick the exact product mix you’d like or opt for one of their pre-selected boxes. 


Site: https://greywillowgifts.ca/




One Wild Home

 

With One Wild Home accents your home with minimal pieces. Their most popular items are their pillows. They come with written text to add a personalized feel to your home. Their wall hangings are also super cute and will add a pop of colour to any space. 


Site: https://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/onewildhome?ref=shop_sugg&awc=6939_1606577006_ca1c84377b1cfc1faac9b7666b7fc7af&utm_source=affiliate_window&utm_medium=affiliate&utm_campaign=ca_location_buyer&utm_content=136348&utm_term=139715&section_id=30157163



Salt Wreck

This Etsy shop will fill anyone’s house with pictures of the home. Maps of cities, states and provinces are in style now. They add a dash of nostalgia and meaning to your walls. Most prints are black and white, giving that minimalist look we all love. Give back a piece of home this holiday season. 


Site: https://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/saltwreck?ref=simple-shop-header-name&listing_id=572345624


 

Ralph’s Hardware

 

Ralph’s hardware is filled with vintage and thrifted hardware and home items. Their pieces will light up any space this holiday season. Actually, their holiday collection was just released and their pieces are getting sold quickly. Make sure to secure your hardware before they run out!


Site: https://www.instagram.com/ralphshardware

 
 

Ziggy’s at Home

 

Ziggy’s at Home wants to fill up your home with unique, illuminating and beautiful pieces. They feature a selection of glassware, soaps, candles, accessories and contemporary furniture from around the world. They have something for everyone!


Site: https://ziggysathome.com/



Love your Mother Boutique

 

 

Love your mother boutique provides locally sourced, eco-friendly and sustainable goods. Their products rejuvenate our environment without compromising quality. Their pottery collection makes for the perfect holiday gift. If you are undecided, opt for one of their bundles or gift baskets! 


Site: https://loveyourmotherboutique.com/



Jazmin Sarai

 

By connecting scent, sound and culture, Jazmin Sarai raises awareness of the unappreciated and under-represented. They tell the stories of artists, people of colour, and multi-cultural narratives, swapping the euro-centric lens for one sharper in its nuance. Their perfumes are handcrafted and utilize as many biodegradable ingredients as possible while leveraging fantastic quality. 


Site: https://www.jazminsarai.com/


 

Mala the Brand

 

Mala the Brand has all things candles and scents! Their candles strive to create relaxing and inspiring environments. The best part is that with every candle, Mala the Brand will plant a tree! Their products are also made from the simplest ingredients and utilize sustainable materials. You can never go wrong with a beautiful aroma. 


Site: https://www.malathebrand.com/



The Green Jar

 

The green jar is here to help you embrace eco-friendly living, one small step at a time. From personal care to baby products, they have a green alternative to so many everyday essentials. This holiday consider the gift that keeps on giving: sustainability. 


Site: https://www.thegreenjarshop.com/



State Goods

 

Art with a hint of nostalgia, State Goods has a collection of prints and art customized for you. Images are the perfect way to spice up your home this winter and every season after that. You can also find the print that best speaks to your friends and family’s soul. This holiday season, give your loved ones the gift of nostalgia. 


Site: https://stategoods.myshopify.com/


 

Scout 

 

Filled with artisan and handmade Canadian goods, Scout has all of your holiday essentials, including the cutest ornaments. Amidst the pandemic, Holiday parties will go MIA this year. Thankfully, Scout also has all of your favourite family fun night games. Whether you shop for gifts or your holiday plans, make sure to add Scout to your list. 


Site: https://www.iheartscout.com/

 
 

Rose City Good

 

Rose City Goods is a lifestyle brand focused on providing a specially curated selection of ethically sourced goods for everyday living. They believe in supporting independent designers and artisans while being kind to our planet. By bridging their love for the earth with our passion for art, decor and thoughtful design; they hope to bring a unique assortment of handmade, artisanal goods to Toronto. From cards to gifts, Rose City Goods has all of your holiday shopping in one spot. 

 

Site: https://rosecitygoods.com/

 


Mel and Mike Designs

Mel and Mike Designs craft the cutest cards for this holiday season. They use minimalist images and soft tones to create their designs. Since its beginnings in 2018, this Etsy shop has become very popular and receives terrific reviews. You can never go wrong with one of their cards. 


Site: https://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/MelandMikedesigns?ref=simple-shop-header-name&listing_id=738154582


Station Service

Based in Montreal, Station Service has all of your holiday accessories covered. Their Holiday cards will pair so well with your gifts this holiday season. Their Montreal and Quebec inspired artisan work speaks volumes to their history. Make your gift stand out with their classic pieces. 


Site: https://stationservice.co/

 
 

Fat Cat Greetings

 

Fat Cat Greetings is an Etsy shop with witty and cute cards for all occasions. They use memes and millennial culture to create the funniest handmade cards. They also accept custom cards if you had a specific vision in mind. Whether premade or custom, their cards will definitely add some laughs to your holidays.  


Site: https://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/FatCatGreetings?ref=shop_sugg&awc=6939_1606574466_0977485356edc835cad60cf7f75ee960&utm_source=affiliate_window&utm_medium=affiliate&utm_campaign=ca_location_buyer&utm_content=136348&utm_term=139715&sort_order=date_desc

 
 

Kid Icarus

 

Kid Icarus has everything from prints to cards that’ll complement every gift. You can also find fantastic stocking stuffers for all ages. The best part is that they are striving towards sustainability. Their print sleeves are made of plant-based materials, and their paper is 100% FSC. 


Site: https://kidicarus.ca/

 
 

Raindance Toronto

 

Raindance caters to Filmmakers and Film Lovers through workshops, networking and a membership program. They run online courses in everything from Cinema studies to screenwriting to post-production. They work to help and promote independent filmmakers. If you have a cinema aficionado on your shopping list, be sure to check out their website. 


Site: https://www.raindance.org/toronto/


 

Juxtapose


Juxtapose is your neighbourhood gift shop! From cards to gifts to stocking stuffers, they have every gadget and gizmo imaginable. The best part is that their collection features unique and timeless items your friends and family will just love. This year’s holiday collection is absolutely stunning with diffusers, soaps, socks, and so much more!


Site: https://www.juxtaposeannex.com/

 
 

Likely General

 

Likely General is an artist-focused shop, primarily selling the work and expressions of women, marginalized, queer, and non-binary folks first. They host workshops, readings, book launches, and events, as well as monthly exhibitions in their Likely General Gallery space. They are motivated by responsible consumerism, empathy, and transparency. They found their beginnings in 2003 with a deep desire to grow a multi-functional space connecting artists to the public in an organic, ethical, and approachable way. With their monthly donation goal and budget, they distribute these funds to Foodshare, Sistering, Nellies Shelter, Toronto Prisoners Project, Toronto Rape Crisis Centre, Wet'suwet'en Legal fund, Ocama Collective, Black Lives Matter, Black Legal Action Centre, and the community of KI. They also donate on an ongoing monthly basis to Ubuntu Learning Village and SisteringTo.


Site: https://likelygeneral.com/

 
 

Sole Energy Foot Massage & Reflexology

 

Since 2012, Sole Energy Foot Massage & Reflexology provides foot reflexology to Torontonians. Treat your family and friends’ feet with a unique massage experience rooted in ancient Eastern medicine, Swedish massage and foot reflexology. 


Site: http://www.sole-energy.com/



Common People Shop

Common People is your neighbourhood general store with everything from self-care to stocking stuffers. They cater to book lovers, those with furry friends, candle enthusiasts and everyone in between. You can never go wrong with a uniquely crafted item from Common People Shop. 


Site: https://commonpeopleshop.com/

 
 

TOWN

TOWN has all of your card and gift card needs. They showcase all of your “essential non-essentials” at an affordable price. Go to TOWN with their holiday collection! They feature an array of cards, puzzles, notebooks, and so much more. They also offer free local delivery for orders over $25. 


Site: www.townthestore.com

 

The Beautiful Project 

This Vancouver based Etsy has cards with personality. They sell a variety of paper products to deck your gifts! They have the cutest gift tag which comes with a matching string. Currently, they are offering card sets where you can mix and match cards in one set. If you’re feeling bold, try their surprise card box.  


Site: https://www.etsy.com/shop/thebeautifulproject/?section_id=12203162

 

Uncommon Goods

Uncommon Goods has your stocking stuffers and gifts covered! With a wide array of knickknacks, you will find something for everyone. They have cups, masks and everything in between. As the name suggests, you will find unique and uncommon goods to wrap up this year. 

 

Site: https://www.uncommongoods.com/