Tis the season where the shopping malls become bombarded with holiday shoppers and the music that makes us all go a little bit crazy. This year, skip the big box chains and support Canadian entrepreneurs and their businesses by shopping local. Need some inspiration? We’ve compiled a list of some must-have gifts this holiday season below from some of our Futurpreneur entrepreneurs.
For the fashion lover in your life
Cozy Aztec Cardigan from NorthBabes.com
Hot Red on Red Amelia Handcrafted Pump from Zvelle
As part of the #ZvellexEarhart collection which was inspired by aviation pioneers and stylish trailblazer Amelia Earhart, a percentage of sales from these pumps will go towards the Fly with Amelia Foundation, which offers flight-training scholarships to young women.
Custom Dress Shirts from Eph Apparel
Starting at $49.99 CDN
Every man deserves a shirt that fits, and thanks to Eph Apparel, now they can have one without breaking the bank! Eph Apparel in Winnipeg is offering custom-made premium dress shirts for only $49.99 (reg. $84.99). Choose the fabric, customize it with your favorite cuff, collar, and personal monogramming, and receive your perfect-fitting shirt in four weeks. Not in Winnipeg? Order some of Eph Apparel’s other great dress shirts online.
Citizen Eco-Drive Watch from WatchIt!
This exclusive watch is only available at WatchIt! Combine Citizen’s eco-drive technology with atomic timekeeping, and you get the most accurate watch in the world. Shown in a stainless steel bracelet with black ion plating, black polyurethane strap with stainless steel accent and blue dial and packaged in a special box.
Blanket Scarves from In Pursuit Mobile Boutique
Blanket scarves are the must-have cold weather accessory this season! In Pursuit has them available in many different varieties from plaid to a rainbow of colours. If you’re searching for the perfect gift for someone whose size and preferences you don’t know, or if you just want to bring a little something to the hostess with the mostest, a blanket scarf is the perfect fit!
For the person that has everything
Starting at $18/month CDN
Fragrance is the perfect accessory and always a thoughtful gift, but buying a fragrance for that special someone can be daunting. Scent Trunk is a gift subscription that helps you discover the world of luxury, niche fragrances in either a three or 12-month subscription. Let your special someone set up their personalized scent profile and Scent Trunk will curate a collection of niche fragrances for the receiver.
Stained Glass Feather Pendant from Camrose Stained Glass
These stained glass pendants from Camrose Stained Glass make beautiful and unique gifts and are guaranteed to be one of a kind and made with a lead free solder.
Compass Clock from Inkwell Boutique
A compass that keeps time! This gorgeous nautical clock is letterpress printed by hand and assembled with love. This clock makes the perfect addition to any room, whether at the cottage, in the house or on the boat.
Mariner Lamp from Fleet Objects
Starting at $100.00 CDN
The Mariner lamp collection is cast by hand in Fleet’s Vancouver studio with shapes drawn from fishing floats. Pieces from the Mariner lamp collection contrast warm glowing porcelain with a sharp, bright pool of light beaming through their mouths.
Cat-io Keyboard Scratcher from The Gifted
This precious device will have your feline tickling the ivories and will have you laughing for hours. Gift your cat this holiday season with the 15 minutes of fame that they’ve been after for so long!
Hand Stamped Gold Initial Necklace from Style Bar
Starting at $66.00 CDN
These necklaces are made to order, and are personalized with an initial that is close to your heart, it could be a significant others, child’s or even your dog’s initial. You can get one initial per disc, but add additional discs if you would like more than one. The necklace is 17″ with a spring clasp.
Commuter Garment Bike Bag from Two Wheel Gear
This Canadian designed bike bag is a must-have for the veteran or aspiring commuter cycling to work. The Classic 2.0 Garment Pannier takes professional clothing wrinkle-free in a hybrid travel garment bag that works with any rear bicycle rack. Built for the active commuter or business traveler in any family!
Lanparte HHG-01 Camera Stabilizer from Coastline Robotics
This product is a must have for those who would like to say bye to shaky, awful videos and switch to professional quality videos using a GoPro or a smartphone.
Charred Oak Barrel from Sips
Starting at $50.00 CDN
This is the perfect gift for the cocktail lover! These charred-oak barrels take your favourite spirit from ordinary to exceptional in just a few weeks. If you want to make this an extra special gift for someone, fill and age their favourite cocktail in the barrel for them to enjoy upon opening. Aging the first batch only takes two weeks. Barrels come in three sizes to choose from: 1L, 2L and 5L.
Monthly Razor Subscription Box from RazorCompany.com
Starting at $4.48/month CDN
RazorCompany.com offers products for shaving for both men and women such as razors, natural shaving creams and soaps, aftershaves and pre-shave oils. RazorCompany.com offers its members the option to do a onetime buy or sign-up for a recurring subscription option which makes sure they are never without the supplies they need.
LSTN Reclaimed Wood Headphones from Experience Headphones
Starting at $189.00 CDN
The perfect holiday gift. Each pair of hand crafted LSTN headphones features a unique woodgrain—no two pairs will ever be the same. All headphones are made with reclaimed wood, and each pair sold helps to restore the hearing of a child in need through the Starkey Hearing Foundation.
For the socially responsible person in your life
Colchâlet Eco-Sweater from OneLove
This super soft fleece is made in Canada by OOM Ethikwear. Stay warm and act green wearing GOTS certified organic cotton and fleece from recycled PET plastic bottles. This is the ideal après-ski attire.
Zipper Beaded Cuff from Fair Day
Add some colour and shine to your holiday with this colourful zipper beaded cuff from Fair Day. Everything at Fair Day is made by amazing fair trade artisans, organizations and co-ops from developing communities around the world.
All Natural, Fair Trade Facial Care Travel Set from Fable Naturals
Fable Naturals bestselling minis are ready for the holidays in this facial care gift set. These natural products feature organic and fair trade certified ingredients that are concentrated to give your skin the nourishment it needs during the winter season. This set features minis of everyday favourites that are great for all skin types: chamomile + shea moisturizer, rosehip + olive facial oil, lemon + petitgrain cleansing balm and quinoa + almond exfoliate.
A Beaded Angel from Open Wings
Open Wings is a sustainable social enterprise and proud supporter of The Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. The beaded angel project employs and empowers a group of talented indigenous Guatemalan women. The handmade angels feature the pink ribbon and come complete with a handy clasp which allows them to be easily attached to any bag, zipper or rear view mirror. The angels are showcased on an attractive product card describing the commitment to The Foundation and Guatemalan partners.
Organic Everyday Cami from Azura Bay
This cozy, holiday tank top is perfect for layering, and is breathable and stretchy enough to wear from work to yoga. It’s from a line that’s certified fair trade and also made from organic cotton.
Stocking stuffers and fun stuff
Garage Printed Boxers Briefs from The BriefCase Co.
Men are the hardest to buy for. Lucky for you, The BriefCase Co. has you covered, literally. Check out these garage boxer briefs from Clever. Perfect for the style-savvy, these underwear are fun, comfortable and have an incredible body defining fit.
Star Wars Candy from Gummi Boutique
This Christmas show your loved ones you care with a collection of the most sought-after gifts on the planet… Star Wars candy! The new Star Wars collection is coming out December 18th and who doesn’t want to celebrate its release by filling a Pez dispenser with popping candy and chasing it with a sour candy in the shape of Darth Vader?
Homemade Jams from My Bakery Shop
Starting at $6.00 CDN
A product to tickle your taste buds—carrot cake, apple pie and cherry pie jams made with real sugar (not corn syrup). The perfect complement to our bread made with fresh-ground flour.
Customized Chocolate from The Sweet Side
Starting at $9.95 CDN
A thoughtful alternative to a greeting card for associates, teachers, family, and friends! Print your message, along with family photos, themed images, or pictures drawn by your children for their teachers. Available in a variety of flavours!
Zipper Pull by Ms. Dress Up
Ms. Dress Up’s Zipper Pull helps solve one of women’s greatest struggles, getting dressed. Before putting on your dress, simply hook the zipper pull extension into the zipper, step into your dress and pull it up with ease—perfect for all high-back dresses with hard to reach zippers. Afterward, remove and wear as a necklace or bracelet.
Plaid Boxers from Koalalogic
Starting at $24.99 CDN
MyPakage Men’s Underwear is one of Koalalogic’s top sellers for Christmas. It’s the perfect stocking stuffer or holiday gift for any guy on your Christmas list. It’s available in various styles, colours, and sizes, as well as in long underwear to help you keep warm for winter.
Forest Green Sapin Hat from Arcticdive Winnipeg
The first piece created in Arcticdive’s fall/winter 2015 collection. The Sapin Hat is made from rib knit acrylic yarn paired with oak-colour leather patch. The fine stitches are intentionally sewn in an embossed border creating a pronounced enclosure to the brand name. Cozy yet breathable, this item is crafted with durability and fit for frequent wear.
For the kids (or parents) in your life
“Half of all T.rexes Were Girls” t-shirt from Jill and Jack Kids
Whoa! We all think of T.rexes as male because they were ferocious reptiles, but of course half of all T.rexes were girls. Inspire the kids in your life to see the power in each of us this holiday season. This and other designs come in a variety of styles and colors for babies, kids, teens and adults.
Silicone Teething Necklace from Tiny Teethers
This grey silicone teething necklace from the Bluegrass is a definite must-have for all mom’s with teething baby’s this holiday season. Get it in grey to match almost any outfit and you’ll be thanking yourself as your baby happily teethes away!
Munch Mitt from Branching Out
The Munch Mitt® Teether is a “handy” teething solution that prevents the constant dropping of teething toys. It provides easy access to pain relief for teething babies who are still learning consistent grip and direction, and it protects the hands from irritation due to chewing. Even better, the Munch Mitt is made with BPA and phthalate-free, food grade silicone and soft, breathable, water resistant fabric and it meets or exceeds all federal safety standards.
Winter Outfits from Joined at the Hip
Starting at $28.99 CDN
Have a little one in your life? Joined at the Hip Babywear has the perfect gift this holiday season. Joined at the Hip designs one-piece baby outfits that look like separates—they’re onesies but you would never know it! Available in sizes up to 24 months.