With so many AMAZING local Canadian companies out there, I wanted to highlight them for you this Christmas with some great gift ideas for you before you start your shopping! Supporting local is so important, especially at this time of year. For 8 years I owned a small business that made children’s accessories. I remember the holiday shopping season and how important it was for my business. With the downturn in the economy, so many small businesses and entrepreneurs have been feeling the pinch in 2019. This year more than ever I hope we can support a friend, family member or local small business during the holidays by purchasing from them!
My Shop Canadian Christmas Gift Guide highlights gift ideas with a variety of price points and items for everyone on your list. From hostess gifts to jewelry, even something for Fido, everything in my gift guide comes from a wonderful Canadian company! These items are available in stores and online making your shopping easier than ever this year.
I’ve spent hours selecting each item in this guide and I personally love each one! Some of them captivated me with their story, and some of them with a product, but all of them are simply amazing Canadian companies. I’m so excited to share this years gift guide with you! Happy shopping!
Pura Botanicals is a local Edmonton Alberta based company that has evolved from a wellness collection to an extensive line of high performance skincare, baby care and botanical perfumes. They are all about supporting other like-minded entrepreneurs, ethical growers and community leaders which is something that I love about their brand. Pura Botanicals is committed to sustainability, safety, and creating the most advanced green beauty care.
The Overnight Mask Trio makes a great gift for a friend or loved one this Christmas. The gift set includes 3 of their beloved signature masks including: the Overnight Watermelon Mask, Overnight Garden Mask, and Overnight Mango Mask. The trio set is also travel and carry on friendly. Take advantage of their free shipping on online orders of $100 or more.
Tiny Zen Memory
Tiny Zen Memory is an Alberta based jewelry company that offers a creative spin to the traditional necklace you might think of getting your mom/wife/sister/friend this holiday season. Their necklace designs are like no other, offering completely customizable styles for a unique personalized touch. Each piece is designed with your story in mind, with the creative process being an opportunity for you to connect with a loved one. I love the idea of preserving memories in a piece of jewelry, i’ve never seen anything like it before myself. Your personalized piece of jewelry is customized and handcrafted to uniquely express sentiments from loved ones with designs including:
Mimio & Co is my favourite pet accessory brand, our pup Bandit has an extensive collection of their bandanas! I love the hip styles, reversible designs and durability of them! Everywhere we go people ask me about his bandanas, the designs definitely stand out! I met Adrienne, the founder about a year ago and fell in love with her story. She started making bandanas for dogs in memory of her mom, who had a passion for sewing. With her pup Obie by her side, she dusted off her sewing machine and began to design and sew her first bandana is 2018. From there she has grown the company to where it is today!
From Hip Santas to Rap Legends, you can find a cool bandana for your pet. Find them Online or at the upcoming Make It Show from November 21st-24th in Edmonton.
Fiasco Gelato is one of my favourite Canadian businesses with an amazing success story after many hardships over the years. I recently toured their facility in Calgary and shared their story on the blog which is worth a read! Our family loves gelato, growing up in Winnipeg there was always lots of places to indulge but in Edmonton it wasn’t easy to find until we discovered Fiasco Gelato! I love to bring their gelato to a dinner party or serve as dessert at this time of year, its a nice light option that’s not too sweet after a heavy meal. Pick up some mini waffle bowls to serve them in as well! The salted caramel is my personal fave, the perfect mix of salty and sweet! Find Fiasco Gelato at a local store near you!
Poppy Barley is a Canadian luxury brand that launched in Edmonton Alberta in 2012 by sisters Kendall and Justine Barber. By thinking outside the box, they created a unique business model that designs and produces beautiful footwear and accessories for modern life. From the moment you step into their Edmonton store, it is an experience like no other. The beautiful design of the store, the clean placement of the products on the shelf, everything stands out from the crowd which is what I love about this brand. I’m always seeking something different, and they offer exactly that!
Tis the season to sparkle, and I love that about the holidays! I picked up the 3-in-1 Wristlet for the busy party season in the Gold Sand colour. It’s perfect for a night out and holds all the essentials like your phone, cash, lipgloss, cards and a few other small items. It has a removable shoulder strap option as well as a wristlet and is available in 4 colour options. Check out their holiday Gift Guide for other great gift options for that special guy or gal on your list. They have free shipping when you shop online with a purchase of $250 plus free returns!
Tis the season for cocktails, oh so many cocktails! Hansen Distillery is an Edmonton-based AND family-run craft distillery that prides itself on producing quality products using ingredients sourced from Alberta. There’s something about local that just makes it taste better! Book yourself a tour or pop by to pick up some bottles, you can craft some amazing holiday cocktails for your guests this season! Here are few recipes to try with their Mulled Cranberry Moonshine, released just in time for Christmas! Find them at 17412 111 Ave NW in Edmonton, Alberta.
Red Tail – After dinner cocktail
1.5oz Hansen’s Mulled Cranberry Moonshine
0.75oz Hansen’s Barn Owl Gold Vodka
0.75oz Dry Vermouth
Add all ingredients to a mixing glass and stir with ice.
Strain into a chilled cocktail glass and express a lemon swath overtop.
Snowed In – Dessert cocktail
1.5 oz Hansen’s Mulled Cranberry Moonshine
0.5 oz Cognac or Brandy
0.5 oz Simple Syrup
1 oz Cream
Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker and shake with ice.
Strain into a cocktail glass and top with freshly grated nutmeg.
Walton Wood Farm
Walton Wood Farm is a Canadian based company committed to making high-quality products made with sustainable ingredients that help to protect the environment for future generations. They craft all products based on providing the consumer with benefits of essential oils, butters, and oils to keep your skin feeling soft, especially in our harsh Canadian winters. Our family has been using their products for over a year now and absolutely love everything we have tried, especially the lip balm and hand balm.
I love their gift sets, they are a great price point and make the perfect present for under the tree! My two favourites this year are Winter’s A B*TCH for HER which includes hand rescue, sugar scrub and bath salt in a peppermint buttercream scent. A great way to help mom relax after a busy Christmas season! The Refined Gentleman Box is perfect for HIM and includes power shower gel, hand rescue and a solid cologne within a gift box. Shop online and receive free shipping within North America when you spend $49.95.
Jacek Chocolate Couture
Jacek Chocolate Couture was founded in Sherwood Park, Alberta in 2009 by Jacqueline Jacek. She has one of the coolest jobs ever as a chocolate designer extraordinaire, some of her chocolate designs are almost too pretty to eat! This Christmas you can entertain your guests with a Dark Chocolate Tasting Kit, an educational AND tasty chocolate experience with chocolate and supplies for up to 6 people which is available in stores or online. Free shipping is available for online orders with purchases over $125. The kit includes:
• Single origin dark chocolate bars
• Roasted cocoa beans
• Cocoa butter
• Tasting guide
• Tasting note pad
• Tent cards
• Online discount codes
• Access to a virtual tour behind the scenes with Jacqueline Jacek
The popularity of the subscription box is on the rise, but I have yet to see one for furry friends…until NOW! Woof Pack delivers natural treats, fun and engaging toys, delicious chews and cool accessories to your door. Every month, they build a pack around a new and unique theme. You’ll always receive two toys; one plush and one rubber, two all-natural Canadian made treats (only 100% natural Canadian treats) and either a tasty chew or accessory for your pup!
Give a Box this Christmas to your favourite pup with the option of 1, 3, 6, 12 month subscription. Bandit LOVED his Woof Pack when it arrived, it was the cutest thing ever to watch him sniff his way through the package and see what was inside. I love that the box changes every month offering them variety as well! They offer free shipping across Canada and the USA and all boxes are the same price, regardless of size. You can also change sizes at any time!
I Love Us is a sentiment that I cherish about our family. I truly love this saying and I have this sign hanging in our master bedroom. Everyday I look at it I smile because I just love it so much! Williamrae Designs makes amazing wood signs with the best inspirational quotes and sayings on them. I discovered them years ago and have been buying their signs ever since. I love the rustic wood design, you will find them throughout my house scattered within my decor! This year they launched their new gray frame option which I LOVE, be sure to check it out in the drop down menu when choosing frames! Free Shipping is now available on all orders through their website!
This blog post was written in partnership with the companies featured. Views expressed are my own. Giveaway includes items from each company but may not be exactly the same items as pictured.