This time of year we are all in the gift giving spirit and nothing is more joyful than giving a gift that is unique & locally made. I've pulled together some of my favourite makers and there is something for everyone on your list in this Gift Guide.


ace art studio

Ace Arte Studio

This gem is located in Orleans and is the perfect idea if you are looking to gift an experience. I took my niece and nephews to make a mug in a private ceramics class last year and we had so much fun. Steffi, owner/ceramist, is the perfect teacher; she is patient, clearly lays out the steps and gives her students the space to get creative. You can learn more about her and the two companies she has built in her Femme Stories Blog Post.  

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botanic homemade

Botanic Handmade

Imagine showing up to a Secret Santa or White Elephant Party with this stunning floral vase, it will be the must steal gift. Specifically designed to help propagate your plants, this vase is beautiful all on its own or growing your new plant baby.  

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the county bounty naturally flavoured soda

The County Bounty

I love a clutter free gift. Whether its a hostess gift or someone I don't know their style as well, I like to give something consumable rather than an item that takes up more space in their life. County Bounty offers unique farm-to-glass artisan soda. They are perfect on their own or mixed as a cocktail, plus they bring us a touch of Summer during the holiday season. 

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pitstop one of a kind custom dog sweaters

Pitstop & Co. 

You might remember that this brand has been featured in my Thrift Shop Guide & my Maker Chat series. Recently they dropped their custom pet cardigans and the word STUNNING falls short to describe this beautiful wearable ode to our 4 legged friends. You have an option for a cardigan or wall hanging to pay homage to your pet. A truly one-of-a-kind gift and something that will be cherished forever. 

Right now this a custom only gift so to inquire about your order email Amanda at

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morai travel bag

Morai Home

This 'Everday Bag' will hold everything in your life. Stylish and functional, it is great for your toiletries, hair products, diapers and wipes and anything else. It makes a chic gift on its own, or stuff it with all the essentials to treat that special someone in your life.  

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just a bit knotty, art made from wood scraps

Just a Bit Knotty

Artwork is such a meaningful gift and this company works exclusively with wood to create mosaics, mountains and landscapes. The texture and colour is striking, making this a perfect gift for someone who loves the outdoors or for a family cottage. 

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fingernails are pretty press on nails

Fingernails are Pretty

Determined to give a fun gift, this is it! These elaborately hand painted press on nails are gorgeous. Such a cute and glamourous gift, plus there are lots of colour options. Everything from mix and match, to solid colours, and patterns that will make it look like you spent hours at the nail salon, plus you can choose your nail shape option. 

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doodle hoodie from copious


The Doodle Hoodie is my latest upcycling project, and a must have for any Copious fan. Surprise them with my hand embroidered doodles and feel good about gifting sustainable fashion. 

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flourish stonewear jewellery

Flourish Stoneware

This is not your average jewellery. Each piece mixes the beauty of jewellery making and ceramics. Gorgeous shapes, designs and colours shine brightly in each piece. Any of these designs would make a phenomenal gift that would be cherished.  

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damn fine maple syrup print

Damn Fine Prints

The holidays can be hard if you are away from the people you love. Sending them a piece of Canadiana, especially in this mod pop up style would be a piece of home. Each Damn Fine Print pays tribute to our beautiful country, from our national parks, institutions and favourite foods, all done in a modern style with a touch of vintage.  

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Written by Carissa McCaig

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