Made-in-Canada Gifts Designed to Bring Joy
Supporting local businesses and buying Canadian-made products is important every year, but especially now as many businesses recover from the pandemic. Whether you’re looking for cosy sweats, timeless jewellery or tasty snacks, this made-in-Canada gift guide includes some of the best goodies you’ll find across the country.
Chances are your loved ones’ WFH sweats could use an upgrade. Province of Canada’s unisex half-zip fleece sweatshirt is the perfect blend of style and comfort; you can wear it on Zoom calls and still look presentable.
Half-Zip Fleece Sweatshirt, $116, provinceofcanada.com
Gold hoop earrings
These made-in-Canada gold hoops are ideal for everyday wear. They’re 14k gold plated, and have a dainty butterfly post so they’ll stay on nice and secure.
Baby Hoops, $50, orijingold.com
Soft meditation or sleep mask
Help your loved ones relax with this made-in-Montreal meditation and sleep mask. The unisex, adjustable mask is made from 100 per cent extra-fine merino wool and a bamboo blend, and is available in various colours.
Volprivé meditation mask, $60, volprive.ca
Let’s face it: Many winter boots are not attractive. These, however, are stylish and warm. Quebec-based footwear brand Maguire makes these winter-proof boots in Montreal, crafted with leather and lined with cosy sheepskin. A sturdy side zipper makes getting them on and off a breeze.
Rachel black leather boot, $360, maguireboutique.com
The ultimate cheese board
Give the gift of cheese with this curated board featuring five hard and soft cheeses, crackers and spreads. The board serves six to seven people, but no judgement if you’d rather enjoy it all yourself.
Nibbl Ultimate Board, $115, nibblcheese.com
Leather makeup bag
The perfect gift for the cosmetic lover in your life, this leather makeup bag is made in Saskatoon by female Indigenous crafters. It’s the ideal size for packing the essentials for a weekend getaway.
Iskwêw Boxy Makeup bag, $150, shenative.com
This award-winning whisky is made in Alberta and starts off sweet—think hints of fruits, chocolate and nutmeg—then progresses to a slightly nutty finish. It’s one of the popular liquors from Turner Valley’s Eau Claire Distillery.
Rupert’s Exceptional Canadian Whisky, $36, eauclairedistillery.ca
Natural skincare gift set
Our skin can use a little love during cold and dry winter months. Toronto-based Wildcraft makes 100 per cent natural products in small batches designed to create a no-stress skincare routine. This gift set includes a face serum, face cream and oil cleanser. Each gift is wrapped in an eco-friendly package.
Beauty Basics Gift Set, $93, wildcraftcare.ca
Men’s winter boots
These waterproof Italian suede boots are a winter wardrobe staple. Handmade in Canada, Anfibio’s winter boots are wool lined and crafted to last year after year and available in three colours: brown, green or black.
Lukas.2 winter boots, $340, anfibioboots.com
Scents can lift the spirit and freshen up any room. This candle, hand-poured in Vancouver, smells of fig, vetiver and cedar—perfect notes for the holiday season.
Vita single-wick candle, $48, vancouvercandleco.com
Spiced rum gift set
For the craft-cocktail lover in your life, surprise them with a holiday-spiced rum cocktail set. The kit, from Toronto company Bar From Afar, includes all the ingredients you need to create a seasonal drink: spiced rum, fresh mixes and garnishes. Kit options include materials for four, eight or 16 cocktails.
Holiday spiced rum kit, $70, barfromafar.com