Cheers to the holidays! We’re rounding up the must-have items to shop from Canadian businesses across the country, so you can support local this season.
Supporting local businesses is the gift that keeps on giving! Check out HOLR’s local gift guide below to shop and support some of our go-to Canadian businesses.
We love that the bottom layer also features natural rubber with no harmful PVC or phthalates. Plus, the top layer is made with natural cork which is harvested sustainably from regenerational oak bark (no trees are cut down and the cork regenerates). This is a must-have for any fitness practice because this yoga mat is antibacterial, smooth on the skin, and becomes grippy-er with moisture – making it the perfect accessory for a hot yoga class or sweaty workout session.
Faux Fur Handmuff, $69.99 CAD
It’s time to elevate your winter wardrobe with this super cozy Faux Fur Handmuff from Zenchies! It’s functional, chic, and oh-so warm meaning you can skip the gloves, and protect your hands in style with Zenchies signature aspen faux fur. This accessory was inspired by classic European fashion and includes innovative features that make this hand muff practical for everyday wear. For instance, it’s designed with a detachable gold chain to wear around your neck, has an external slip pocket for small items, and is lined with organic cotton (with Thinsulate inside) to ensure added warmth and comfort.
Get ready to bring on a whole new level of sophistication for any occasion this season!
Galerie au Chocolat
This Gingerbread man-shaped bar from Canadian-made Galerie au Chocolat is crafted with ultra-premium, rich, Belgian milk chocolate, and crisped rice. The brand is Canada’s best-kept secret for chocolate lovers since 1985, and is known for producing high-quality and decadent chocolate made with a very high ratio of cocoa butter in the recipe- this helps create a rich, smooth, and satisfying chocolate. This year, the brand is adding indulgence to the holiday season with a new, luxurious assortment of chocolate- all of which are offerings from its Artisan, Fairtrade, and Liesse Sugar-Free lines.
Jordana’s Rainbows x Jennifer Reed Designs
“Tutti i Colori” Sweater, $175 (tax icl.)
We love the Jordana’s Rainbows x Jennifer Reed Designs “Tutti i Colori” sweater (Italian for “all the colours”) because it’s hand-embroidered with love in Toronto. This fashion find is the perfect gift to give this holiday season plus each sweater comes with the option to hand-sew a monogram on the cuff- making each piece 100% unique! It’s also available in sizes S-XXL in grey or black for $175, in which 20% of each sale is donated to The Jordana’s Rainbows Foundation. This is a not-for-profit charitable organization that was created to honour the late Jordana Fiorini, and raise awareness and funds for vital DIPG (Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma) research (to find a cure for this childhood disease that currently has a 0% survival rate).
Small Box 12-Pack, from $36 CAD
If you have a foodie on your list, they’ll love receiving this 12-pack of assorted Happy Pops (you can choose their faves!) just in time to celebrate the holiday season. The Canadian brand was featured on Dragon’s Den and sells ice pops that are handcrafted, all-natural, and made in small batches in Toronto. They’re also vegan and gluten-free making them the perfect gift for anyone on your list. Plus, we’re obsessed with all of the different flavours you can choose from- there’s even one called Truly Canadian!
*Note: this product only ships for local delivery in Ontario
Holiday Bundle, $65 CAD
Blume is Vancouver’s leading superfood latte brand that locally makes products with 100% natural and all organic ingredients- such as turmeric and reishi! This year, surprise the wellness lover on your list with the brand’s must-try limited-edition holiday bundle. Blume’s holiday bundle contains three festive flavours (all of which are super delicious); Nut Nog Blend (NEW!), Mint Cocoa Blend, and Gingerbread Blend.
Soho Hoops, $17 CAD
A classic pair of hoops are a staple accessory to dress up any look this holiday season, and this pair from EVRY Jewels is available in both 14K gold or silver plated. The Canadian-based jewellery brand has a vast selection of everyday must-have pieces from necklaces to bracelets to rings- to everything in between- and we’re obsessed with it all. The jewellery lover on your list will love these hoops, which happen to be one of the brand’s bestsellers!
Everly Bestseller Bundle, $95 CAD
Everly is Canada’s newest candle refill system. The brand is reimagining the industry by making zero-waste the standard, so if you’re looking for sustainable- yet practical- gifts to give this holiday season Everly will be your one-stop shop! Can’t decide which scent to gift? The brand’s Bestseller bundle is the perfect way to experience Everly because it features the following top-selling scents; Santo, Tierra, and Magia.
Main and Local
Toronto Streetcar Socks, $12.99 CAD
Show the 6ix some love by wearing these socks from Main and Local! Now, you can ride the streetcar in style. because these unisex socks feature a one size fits most fit, and are made from 75% Cotton/22% Polyester/3% Spandex. They’re a stylish addition to any wardrobe and are the perfect local gift to give this season.
Barrel Aged Bourbon Maple Syrup, $13 (100 mL)
WABANAKI is a 100% Indigenous female-owned company that specializes in creating a twist on a traditional culture. The brand’s signature line of barrel-aged maple syrup products is a blend of pure natural flavours, and comes in bourbon, whiskey, and toasted oak. These are a local treat that make for the perfect holiday gift because they can be used to sweeten up everything this season, from a stack of pancakes to hot beverages.
The Zip Hoodie/Espresso, $160 CAD
Snuggle up this season in this ultra-cozy zip-up hoodie from Toronto brand, 437. As outlined on the website, this Zip Hoodie features a cropped design with a flattering hood, kangaroo pockets, and a fleece interior. The luxury ready-to-wear clothing brand features swimwear, activewear, and cozy essentials that are perfect for celebrating the season in style. Plus, Espresso is one of the hottest colours of the year so this piece is both functional and fashionable!
This Canadian brand has indigenous roots and is sustainable in nature. Just in time for the holiday season, this gift set features a lightweight, vegan lip shimmer that will ensure your lips look and feel ultra-luminous and hydrated all day long. You and anyone on your list- will love this set from Cheekbone Beauty because it includes the Moonlight Lip Shimmer, which is a sheer, universal neutral shimmer gloss that contains responsibly sourced mica.
The Bali Black Carry-On, $269.99 CAD
If you have a jet-setter on your list they’ll love and appreciate all of the thoughtful details put into Lambert’s latest carry-on design. Lambert bags and accessories are PETA certified and designed for people who refuse to choose between values, durability, elegance, and function. In an exciting new announcement, the Canadian brand recently introduced a lineup of luggage to its evergrowing collection, and we’re obsessed with the super sleek style of this carry-on. It features 2 large main compartments and is roomy enough to carry your 15″ laptop thanks to the versatile front pocket design.
XXL & Co.
LEYAH, $22.99 CAD
XXL & Co. is a Canadian-based accessory brand and THE home of the XXL Scrunchie! This super fun scrunchie is not only functional in design but fashionable in style- plus this Champagne Pink colourway matches any look. Even though this product is ideal for any hair type if there’s someone on your list with long, thick, or curly hair they will absolutely adore this accessory because of its super stretchy, XXL design.
Flowerink is known for its handcrafted greeting cards and paper goods that are embedded with wildflower seeds and herbs. If you’re looking to give a thoughtful-yet sustainable- gift his holiday season look no further than Flowerink’s stationery. The brand is dedicated to promoting stationery items that are environmentally friendly in nature and functional in design (This brand is also one of many featured in Intuit QuickBooks Canada’s Small Business Holiday Gift Guide)!
The wooden jewelry and accessory brand from Guelph, Ontario features pieces that are mindfully made for the eco-conscious consumer. These bold and beautiful large Walnut circles are perfect for the trendsetter on your list and are sure to make a statement at any holiday get together. They’re also super versatile for everyday wear and can be worn in multiple ways!
Essentials Beanie, $32 CAD
Stay warm and cozy this season with this super soft beanie from local brand MES AMIES. It’s made from a soft, acrylic knit yarn and features the brand’s MES AMIES embroidered logo patch. This is a staple gift for anyone on your holiday list because MES AMIES specializes in creating everyday pieces that bridge the gap between comfort and sexy sophistication.
Monte & Coe
Stay stylish and organized with Toronto’s Monte & Coe slim leather wallet. This piece has been handcrafted in Toronto and Montreal from vegetable-tanned leather so it’s functional and fashionable to tote on the go. It also features four slim pockets that can hold up to 16 cards, as well as a gold-plated money clip for your cash. It’s ethically made and features a high-quality design that will stand the test of time, making it the perfect gift to give your loved one this holiday season!
SaltSpring Kitchen Co.
One of the brand’s bestsellers, this signature spread is the product that started it all for the British Columbia-based company. It brings together fresh ginger, onions, jalapeños, and a little heat which makes for the perfect condiment to add to any cook’s collection. Plus, it goes with virtually everything from charcuterie faves (aged Cheddar, Brie, Camembert, smoked Gouda) to grilled cheese, avocado toast, and burgers!
Image Credit: The Indigenous Box
‘Rejuvenate’ Bath and Body Box, $100 CAD
Published by HOLR Magazine.