This holiday season we’d love to point shoppers towards some of the best small businesses across Canada. It’s our small way of saluting some of the hardworking business owners and their staff that are helping to support their local economies while making sure the rest of us are able to send gifts to our family and friends.
Over the next few weeks, we’ll be showcasing some of the best in class of Canadian products; everything from beauty products to beer and everything in between. We’re starting off with a gift guide of sorts to make sure your holiday shopping a little easier.
This Canadian skincare brand went from spa to shelves after years of stellar customer service in the Toronto area. Each hair, body and face product is sourced with northern botanicals. You’ll find no shortage of gifts here.
Gift Idea: The Best Seller Kit
Based in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, COCOCO are award-winning artisanal chocolatier. You might also know them as the company behind the Chocolaterie Bernard Callebaut® brand. If you’re looking for white Christmas, a dark Christmas or a sweet Christmas you can check out their stocking filler section.
Gift Idea: 2020 Advent Calendar
The Big Carrot
The Big Carrot is a worker-owned natural food market that has been committed to local, organic, non-GMO and sustainable food systems since 1983. It’s not just organic food products that you will find in store, there’s also a full range of all-natural, organic beauty products.
Gift Idea: Sukin, Love Your Skin Kit
Golden Ears Cheese Crafters
If there was ever a cheesy story that we can get behind it’s the two sisters behind Golden Ears Cheese Crafters. A passion project, a small business, a purveyor of fine cheeses, Lactose free cheeses, cheddar cheese curds to help you make the perfect poutine, and every cheese in between.
Gift Idea: Quark Cranberry Cheese
Poppa Bean Coffee Roastery
The Poppa Bean Coffee Roastery is the brainchild of Paul Foster (with the help of his always supportive wife Sarah. The company originated from a coffee club, to Paul supplying his own coffee and roasting it in a hot-air popcorn popper, which gave him both the beginning and name of Poppa Bean. Now consumers across Canada can enjoy the perfect beans.
Gift Idea: Dark Chocolate Espresso Beans
Homeware & Clothing
Crockery at an affordable price with quirky styles that everyone can enjoy. Prints, coasters and bamboo tableware await those who are looking to freshen up their kitchen space for the new year.
Gift Idea: Mixed Side Plate Set
This Canadian success story is spreading by word of mouth more and more every day. Suetables prides itself on “hand stamp meaningful high-quality jewelry”, selling in-house branded original jewelry designs and product collaborations. They might just have that last minute piece for someone special that you think might make the holiday season special.
Gift Idea: Herringbone Bracelet
Beer & Cider
Fernie Brewing Company
This Brewery in Fernie BC isn’t just great for stocking up on craft beer for the cold months, they also sell beanie hats, t-shirts and a whole heap of stocking fillers.
Gift idea: Double Insulated Can Chiller
Tatamagouche Brewing Company
What do you get the craft brew fan that has everything? Chocolate malt stout of course! It might not be easy to say the name of the brewery after a few delicious pints, but from the look of the taphouse it’s well worth a visit post lockdown, but for now enjoy some curbside pickup or home delivery.
Gift Idea: Chocolate Stout
Shale Ridge Hard cider
If you’re lucky enough to live near a Shale Ridge Cider location, then your cider needs are likely met for the year. If you’re putting together some holiday hampers to give to your near or dear, have a look at the different flavor combinations.
Home delivered cans, glassware and merch can all be ordered from this popular Ontario brewery. Aspiring brewmasters should check out their website to see how a brewery and bru pub evolves from a dream to a successful business.
Gift Idea: Granite Growlers
Hinterland Wine Company Ltd.
Even if your occasion is going to be small this year, the vineyards and winery located in Hillier, Prince Edward County will help you celebrate those that are most important to you. The lovely bottle designs would also make a great candle holder later.
Gift Idea: L’imparfait Négociant Famille Pinot
Located in the historic town of Niagara-on-the-Lake, Stratus Vineyards is a gravity flow winery. Gravity flow means the winery production takes place on at least two different floors or levels. Join their wine club and learn everything there Is to know about wine production.
Gift Idea: Red and White Christmas Duo