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    Valentine's Day Gift Guide

    When we think of February, people will picture heart candies, flowers, chocolate; we think of love and friendship and celebrating that. Whenever we are gifting we should always look to our local makers first. 

    No matter what your stye for Valentine's Day, I have you covered, from thrifted ideas, to baked goods, to heart themed pieces, if it's locally made it's extra special!

    Valentine's Day Gift Ideas, Thrifted finds, Inspiring Olivia Baked Goods, Conscious Heart Sweater, Glass Sun Catchers and ripple Splash Studio patches, stickers and pins

    1.  BOHO BRASS T.O. has an incredible curated collection. You can shop their instagram, but move quick, their pieces are coveted and sell out quick. 

    2.  INSPIRING OLIVIA has a yummy Valentine's Day Gift Box full of delicious gluten free treats, the perfect way to say I miss you, I love you, or both! 

    3.  COPIOUS has you covered with the classic heart sweater that will be great for Valentine's Day and every day after that.

    4.  SLIM CHANCE GLASS offers a wide range of unique and chic sun catchers. 

    5.  RIPPLE SPLASH STUDIO has cool patches, stickers and pins, all perfect gifts to ship to that special person farther away.  

    No matter how you celebrate this day, when you gift local you are supporting someones dream, making that gift extra special! 

    Holiday Gift Guide

    You want to know my favourite holiday tradition? SHOPPING LOCAL.

    It's the best way to make sure you are getting truly unique gifts for everyone on your list. This curated Gift Guide will help you get ideas and jump start your holiday shopping. 

    Mini Tipi Blankets, DYP Refillery, WithNini Wire Art

    #1. Mini Tipi has developed a unique line of goods that are as practical and useful as they are stylish and beautiful. Each print is designed by an Indigenous artist and all products are cut and and sewn in Quebec.

    #2. DYP Refillery is supplying ways to live consciously and sustainably. They offer as many minimal waste household, bath, body, travel and daily-used products as they can!

    #3. With Nini wire art is a gorgeous addition to any home. What starts as quick doodle by Jennifer, is cleaned up and transformed into a minimal single line design that utilizes loops, bends, twists and lots of white space.

    toiletry bag, clare poncho, ski day and jewelry

    #4. Samatia Art and Design makes gorgeous leather travel bags that are very high quality. Additionally there is an option to personalize your gift which I always love, making the item extra special.

    #5. The Copious Clare Poncho is a fan favourite this time of year. It is perfect for all your activities from Fall and apple picking to Summer and camp fire vibes. 

    #6. Gift an Experience!  Each Christmas I come up with an experience for my nieces and nephews. Last year we went skiing and they adored it. I highly recommend putting money towards a day they will remember forever.

    #7. Namaste Jewelry is made for the modern minimalist, who loves everything simple and chic. Each piece is more beautiful than the last, you will have a hard time choosing which piece to give and which one to buy for yourself. 

    Wolf Den Indigenous Art Puzzles, DG Vintage Clothing, Mini Geek Kids Clothing

    #8. Wolf Den are the perfect family gift. Keep busy with these beautiful jigsaw puzzles featuring images by iconic Indigenous artists.

    #9. DG Vintage is the perfect place to shop for that thrifted fashion lover on your list. You can shop in person or online and Dayna has a great eye for high quality unisex pieces. From Tees, to Sweaters, to Jeans and Accessories, you can pull a whole outfit together for a great price. 

    #10. Mini Geeks quirky goods are perfect for you favourite mini humans. From superheroes to space, anime to video games, their prints spark nostalgia for your inner nerd. 


    Don't forget this Holiday Season when you Shop Local you supporting someone's dream!

    Under $30 Gift Guide

    A lot of my blog posts have become traditions, but this one will always be my favourite. Today I am sharing table gifts that my family received last Christmas, a little tradition my Grandma started years ago. I have the best memories of sitting down to eat dinner and realizing we had one more gift to open, our table gifts. She always kept them small and they were always special.

    Now that the next generation is here, I love seeing that same look on their faces. I am lucky to have nieces and nephews who appreciate thoughtful, well made gifts. My Gran and I have so much fun prepping, but seeing the looks on our family's face will always be the best!

    Whether it is a table gift, or just a fun under $30 gift you need, this guide will help you get started!

    kinsip flavoured bitters, pancake house candle, trim the wick, hummingbird chocolate

    #1. Gift for your favourite COCKTAIL MAKER, Kinsip Flavoured Bitters.

    #2. Gift for that CANDLE COLLECTOR, Trim the Wick Pancake House Candle.

    #3. Gift for that SWEET TOOTH, Hummingbird Chocolate.

    strawberry rhubarb jam, top shelf preserves, whiskey barrel aged maple syrup, kinsip, naked bath salts, matter company hand cream

    #4. Gift for that PRESERVES FEIN, Top Shelf Preserves.

    #5. Gift for your favourite PANCAKE MAKER or EATER, Kinsip Whiskey Barrel Aged Maple Syrup.

    #6. Gift for that SELF CARE FANATIC, Buck Naked Soap Company Bath Salts.

    #7. Gift for someone who DESERVES TO BE PAMPERED, Matter Company Hand Creme.

    Canadian Stitchery DIY Holiday Ornaments

    #8. Gift for that CRAFTER, Canadian Stitchery DIY Holiday Ornaments.


    Happy Shopping & don't forget, Canada Post cut off is Dec. 11th, so get your orders in ASAP. 




    Father's Day Gift Guide

    Father's Day is coming up and if you need some help sparking an idea for dad, or better yet, an idea that also support a local business, check out my gift guide to get an idea that works for your dad! 
    Q&A Design, Third Son Tailor, Two Raptors Gift Box and The Candi Factory
    Farinella Pizza, Fugazzi Pizza, North of Brooklyn, Greta Jane Paper co. Thompson Maple CompanyBarber Shop & Shave, Studio 50 and Bodega Wellness
    5. Pizza Party:
    8. Hair Cut & Shave:

    Galentine's Gift Guide

    These next couple months are always slow for retailers, but Galentine's Day is the perfect time to shower yourself or friends with locally made gifts.
    I put together My Top 5 picks and don't worry even if you are on a budget,
    I have gifts that range from FREE-$89. 
    greta jane paper co. la pimbeche montreal, copious denim patchwork heart sweaters, playlist, armure beauty

    1. The smallest gesture can mean the most, like getting a card in the mail that not only makes your day, but also makes you laugh! Greta Jane Paper Co. has you covered, plus she has the BEST stickers that would be perfect to send as well. 

    2. I love a good graphic tee, and this Fierce like Frida one is perfect for any Gal to rock. La Pimbêche has graphic tees, sweaters, patches and other accessories all celebrating being an intersectional feminist.

    3. The Conscious Heart Sweater is the perfect sweater to give and this limited edition patchwork heart is extra special. Each heart is made from saved scrap denim, sewn together to create this beautiful textured patchwork heart. 

    4. This year is unlike others and if you are on a budget giving the gift of a thoughtful playlist is super thoughtful, but its also FREE! My BFF sends me playlists all the time and it is 100% appreciated. She has introduced me to new music and brought old favourites back into my life. Whichever platform you use, it just takes a little time to curate a great playlist. This is the latest playlist she sent, feel free to use it! 

    5. Is there anything better than the gift of self care? Armure Beauty has so many options, from bath salts to oils and serums, all made locally and with natural ingredients. They even have kits if you want to gift an experience to yourself or your BFF who needs some pampering.

    However you celebrate, make sure to celebrate with locally made gifts.