With the holidays on the horizon, Canadians are looking towards home — and not just for the promise of family feasting. We’re also embodying holiday cheer by supporting homegrown businesses and adding their uniquely Canadian gift ideas to our wish lists.
Long, cold woodsy walks (cue the scent of pine sap in the air) are a staple of the holiday season. Commemorate our country’s diverse woodlands with Leaves of Canada’s trifecta of three made-in-Canada provincial tree prints of your choice.
Triptych, Leaves of Canada, starting at $80.
In the Throws
As the sun sets later and temperatures drop, our need for cozy throws, warm blankets and other cuddle-with-me textiles rises. Everyday Joy’s founder Jochebed Essel works with local Canadian artisans to design and source homewares, curating soft seasonal statement pieces.
Throws, Everyday Joy, starting at $39.
A sweet spot to park jewellery, keys or stationary, each handmade-in-Ontario YFL ring dish is one of a kind. There are a number of eye-catching designs, including a made-to-order monogram design for a personalized Canadian gift idea.
Gold Feather Ring Dish, YFL Art & Home Decor, $26.
Canoe for You
Modern in its design and ancient in its utility, this eye-catching canoe paddle is an iconic symbol of Canada’s Aboriginal peoples. Onquata Native Paddle owner Lara Siouï is a master at blending on-trend design sensibilities with her Indigenous and Quebecois heritage.
La Guerrière, Onquata Native Paddle, $90.
By the Light of the Moon
Inspired by elemental patterns, this stunningly simple Dibiki-Giizis linen pillow (Dibiki-Giizis means moon in Anishinaabemowin) is handprinted in Winnipeg. Destiny Seymour, designer and owner of Indigo Arrows, was inspired by her Anishinaabe ancestors and uses ancient elk-antler-bone printing techniques.
Dibiki-Giizis (Moon) Pillow, Indigo Arrows, $98.
The Bee’s Knees
Not only are these charming, all-natural beeswax wraps an amazing ecofriendly clingfilm alternative but they also use local Canadian beeswax. Each Goldilocks Goods wrap is handmade by owner Amy Hall and her Victoria-based team from the start to the finish.
Beeswax Food Wraps Bundles, Goldilocks Goods, $99.
When searching for Canadian gift ideas, look to StumpCraft, a puzzle company that partners with Canadian artists, museums and galleries. This colourful animal-filled landscape is by Sam Millard from Kimberly, B.C., with each heirloom piece laser-cut at StumpCraft in Calgary.
Noah’s Ark Puzzle by Sam Millard, StumpCraft, $85.
Hooked On You
Canadians are quite crafty so we’re adding this cheeky Hook, Line & Tinker kit to our top Canadian gift ideas. Each kit comes with everything you need to complete the design, with instructions in both English and en français.
Sardines Complete Embroidery Kit, Hook, Line & Tinker, $34.
Gifting original Canadian art not only guarantees your present will be unique, but it will also support homegrown artists. B.C.-based Melissa Critchlow’s smaller West Coast acrylic landscapes are $75-$90, making them perfect for our under-$100 Canadian gift ideas.
Misty Sasamat Lake, Melissa Critchlow, $75.
You don’t need to be on Chesterman Beach in Tofino to enjoy a luxurious Tofino Towel Co. velour cotton towel. These super-soft signature beach towels can be used at the cottage, the sauna or simply after a morning shower.
The Dunes Beach Towel, Tofino Towel Co., $70.
Pick a city from anywhere in the world, and it’s likely iLikeMaps will have a customizable poster to match it. Launched by map-mad Montreal artist Olivier Gratton-Gagné in 2012, iLikeMaps has sold over 5,000 pieces, all with a lifetime warranty.
Quebec City Map Poster (framed), iLikeMaps, $91.
Light It Up
Using simple ingredients and phthalate-free fragrance and essential oils, a team of Vancouver-based women makers hand pours each Mala candle. They’re also committed to sustainability — for every candle sold, a tree is planted, with more than 56,110 already growing globally.
Mala Minis: Set of 4, Mala, $79.
The Little Shop Box is a Canadian subscription box service curating and delivering luxurious goods from small businesses and makers. With their Holiday Drop, you can customize your gift box with products such as a handmade planter or cotton napkins.
Seasonal box, The Little Box Shop, $1.
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