It's a Wrap: 2020 Holiday Gift Guide
Well, that’s (almost!) a wrap for 2020 and we are SOOO thankful for that. For months, we have been ready to say farewell to the longest shortest year of our lives. And while the holidays are looking a little different this year, the spirit of giving is still in the air. Small businesses have suffered immensely, with many local faves closing their doors permanently as a result of the pandemic. And so, for your last minute stocking stuffers, secret santa presents and more, a little something from the GTA will make an extra special impact. As a Toronto-based social media agency, we’re always looking to support local as much as possible and hope you’ll join us on this quest this holiday season! Are you ready to get shopping?
* Prices are in CDN unless otherwise marked
FOR THE FLAVOURFUL FOODIE
True North Spice Company inspires the casual cook and distinguished foodie alike to spice up their holidays with premium, small batch spice mixes. With products that are preservative, additive and filler-free, it’s a delicious addition to the gift giving game that you can feel good about!
Take a much needed taste-cation, without even leaving the kitchen with this must-have pantry item. We guarantee it will wow your guests at your next dinner party ($29.99). FOR THE CULTURED ART + FASHION LOVER IN YOUR LIFE
Contrary Company was founded by Anishinaabe-Metis artist, Fallon Simard from Couchiching First Nation in Treaty #3 Territory who wanted to share more of his culture with the world through fashion. Stay Contrary Dad Hat
The Contrary Figure is a role that goes against the norms inherent in cultural practices. In designing the figure and adding the text, “Stay Contrary”, the Dad Hat urges the wearer to create rebellion in permanence ($67.50).
FOR THE SENTIMENTAL SALLY IN YOUR FRIEND GROUP
Stockyard Stationery creates handmade, handwritten (not digitized) calligraphy cards, tags, and ornaments! Each piece is made-to-order and customizable, too. And who doesn’t love a unique, one-of-a-kind gift that conveys a special message to its recipients? Customizable Wood Slice Ornaments
While the tree may have been trimmed long, long ago (we decorated ours in November this year!) this beautiful handmade wooden ornament is a keepsake for years to come. With customization + calligraphy, you can't go wrong ($12.00+).
FOR THE PERSON LOOKING FOR A LITTLE BOOST
Good Morrow Coffee serves up epically + ethically sourced, organic coffee in compostable bags. The coffee is delivered, personally, to doorsteps across the GTA and 10% of all proceeds go to a rotating charity!
We love this ethically-sourced, local bag of coffee as a stocking stuffer. Wake up right on Christmas morning and the lazy days afterwards between Christmas and New Years when time all but stops. A cup of joe with this java does the trick.
FOR THE GIFTER THAT NEEDS TO GIVE THE PERFECT GIFT
Created for those who want to be unbothered while relaxing at home on a cozy Sunday afternoon. This gift box has everything required for the recipient to achieve maximum luxurious chill vibes. ($115)
Sunday Gifting believes that gifts are an important part of human interaction, fostering connection and bringing people together. Its passion for creating timeless gifts with a focus on fine details is reflected in its curated collection of gift boxes, all of which offer a simplistic approach to intentional gift giving. It also focuses on sourcing high quality products from around the globe and oftentimes, these are Canadian-made goods. If you want to take the guess work out of giving, this is a good place to start.
This signature box was devised for those that crave an unbothered Sunday afternoon at home. As the brand itself says, "luxurious chill vibes await" ($115).
FOR THE CONSCIOUS CONSUMER... AND RECIPIENT
Nathalie-Roze is a Canadian eco-accessories designer of handmade products with heart in Toronto from reclaimed, hand-treated & or vintage fabrics, knits & notions. Instead of clogging a closet or ending up in a landfill, they're repurposed for wear. Black Cashmere Beanie with Doily/Toque/Slouchy Hat (upcycled)
We all need some ethical gear to keep us feeling snuggly and warm over the winter and this sweater-toque is a must-have. Hand-cut from a 100% cashmere upcycled sweater, its slouchy fleece-lined look is accented with a cream vintage doily. Cute, flattering and practical ($51.96). FOR THOSE THAT LOVE TO MAKE A (NATURAL) STATEMENT
Birds & Beads is the creator of limited edition, one-of-a-kind pieces inspired by the present moment. With a focus on 'wearability,' items can be dressed up or down depending on the occasion. For the designer, making jewelry is a labour of love as she displays good vibes through her craft. Onyx and Labradorite Earrings
The perfect colour to make a statement this holiday season, these intricate handmade Onyx and Labradonite Earrings have it going on. The teardrop shape finds itself suspended on a delicate 14K gold-filled chain, hung from gold plated kidney earring hooks. This accessory is versatile enough to wear anytime, anywhere.
FOR SOMEONE PASSIONATE ABOUT ZERO WASTE ‘ERRTHANG
Amanita Designs offers small-scale, eco-friendly items made right here in Toronto. Sustainability and reusability is the name of the game for this local retailer who felt called to reduce single-use items and reduce waste.
Self-care is more important than ever and this carefully crafted limited-edition, zero-waste kit made with 100% certified organic cotton offers a little extra love to a sustainable beauty routine. It includes a set of eight reusable cotton pads, wash cloth, scrunchie and a mesh bag to tote it all. A bonus? Everything is recyclable, including the kit and complimentary gift wrapping, too ($45.00). FOR THE JAVA LOVER THAT COULD USE ANOTHER CUP OF JOE
Coffee Tree Roastery prioritizes environment, economics and social justice in Canada and worldwide. All of its baked goods are local and its Fair Trade, Direct Trade and UTZ/Rainforest Alliance coffees have been roasted responsibly in house for over 32 years. Signature Coffee Collection
The coffee lover in your life is guaranteed to love this collection that's a little taster of everything delicious. It's a sneak peek into the world of Coffee Tree Roastery and what makes it extra special! FOR YOUR FAVOURITE FRONTLINE WORKER
Masks and Scrub Caps was founded by SewForTO co-founder Michelle Oliveira, a non-profit organization that supplied over 26,000 non-PPE masks, caps and ear savers in just three months.
Bring a stylish, personalized touch to that healthcare workers wardrobe with a pretty-in-pink scrub cap that fits just right ($25.00). FOR THE HOLISTIC HOMEBODY
Ardent Earth is the product of two Toronto vegan environmentalists that take the guesswork out of sustainable shopping.
Bring a cleansing powerhouse to your kitchen that's tough on grime and grease but gentle on hands. It doubles as a cleaning agent for the rest of your home, too. Because we're all about being a little cleaner these days.. ($17.50)
FOR THE MOM THAT GIVES HER KIDS THE WORLD
Megan McGuire Learning offers virtual play-based learning and tutoring for children in kindergarten to grade six with classes centred around individualized educational games and activities. Play-Based Learning and Tutoring
Play-based, individualized and virtual classes are what it’s all about. Because in a time where children are being challenged more than ever, it’s important to prepare them for the future with engaging and accessible at-home learning support.
Wherever you plan to celebrate, we wish a beautiful holiday season for you + your family.