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.
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.
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.
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.
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.