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    News — Gift Guide

    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:

    Vintage & Secondhand Shop Guide

    For as long as I can remember, secondhand clothing has influenced my style. It helped me learn that menswear is made WAY better than womenswear and can last longer, every time I step into a thrift store I head right to the men’s section. It taught me that jackets made before the 2000’s are impeccable and I continue to buy more even though I own 20+. Sometimes I will just find a truly unique style and get it to rip it apart and see how it was made. Most importantly it has showed me how much clothing is out there, endless and endless amounts, SO many incredible pieces are just waiting to be yours. Now if you aren’t down for the hunt, I get that, so I have compiled 12 businesses that are doing the hunting to bring you the best of the best thrifted finds.
     
    Each one has their own unique style and brand, so you just need to find which one best suits your style and follow them. The other thing that I love about thrifting is that it is all about timing. That moment you walk into the store, or check your Instagram and your fav shop has listed an epic piece, and you snag it. I feel all my favourite thrifted pieces were destined to be with me, making them extra special.
    Thrifted by Taylor, With Nini, Thrifted Collective Co. Weft & Whorl
    darling vintage shop, the gene denim, dg vintage, eh plus vintage, secondhand clothing retailers
    vintage vintage shop, vintageous rags, gales vintage clothing collective, mama loves vintage

    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.

    Last Minute Gift Needs? Shop Local!

    The made local movement is stronger than ever, but as we get closer to Christmas there is that tendency to hop over to Amazon or a Big Box Store to shop somewhere that can provide faster service. Don’t feel bad, we all do it, even me! But this year I have made a point of stopping myself and seeking out somewhere local to buy a gift and I figured you might need help with that too.
     
    This is the last week to shop before Christmas and I have A LOT of shops to help you out. No matter where you are in Ontario, there are a lot of shops to help you keep supporting local leading up to the Holidays.
     

    MERRICKVILLE

    Wick Witch Candles - Small Batch Apothecary

    OTTAWA

    Flock/Workshop – Clothing, Jewelry, Accessories, Paper Goods
    Maker House Co. - Local, Handmade Furniture, homewares & gifts, know the story of your stuff, meet the makers and craft change with each sale.
    Boogie & Birdie - Creature Comforts for your home and life, locally and Canadian Made.
    Two Raptors Designs Co. – a humble little Canadian gifting company, for all the little (and big) moments.
    cheerfully made shop, almonte, flock boutique, ottawa

    ALMONTE

    Cheerfully Made – Home & Living, Bath & Body, Clothing, Jewelry, Accessories, Paper Goods
    Doree’s Habit - Clothing and Accessories for Men and Women
     

    PORT CREDIT

    Zest - One stop shop for unique accessories, cards, gifts & home décor


    BOMANVILLE

    Markets by Day Dream - A group of artisans all under one roof. They even have boxes for everyone in your life, all filled with items made locally.
    Petit Nordique Boutique - Mama Operated, ethically made, high quality baby/kids clothing and accessories.
     
    shopping local @ local boutiques

    TORONTO

    Easy Tiger – Apothecary, Art & Posters, Clothing & Accessories, Food & Drink, Homeware, Jewelry, Kids & Toys, Paper Goods, Publications, Smoking Accessories
    Coal Miner’s Daughter - Clothing, Jewelry, Stationary, Knitwear
    Labour of Love - Tea, Kitchen Bar, Gifts, Wellness, Beauty, Jewellery, Slow Fashion & Greeting Cards
    Erietta Boutique - Clothing & Accessories Made in Canada
    Scout - Intentional + thoughtful cards & gifts sourced with love.
     

    HAMILTON

    Lulu & Lavigne Home Studio - A Collection of new and vintage décor lifestyle products and gifts
    Studio205- Locally Made Gifts 

     

    GRIMSBY

    Copper and Twine Artisan Boutique - Fashion, Bath and Body, Eco Conscious Products, Jewellery, Candles and Home 

     

    CALEDONIA

    Bella and Coop - Clothing, Home Décor, Gifts and Cards
     labour of love boutique & easy tiger, shop in Toronto

    OAKVILLE

    Dove and Arrow - A lifestyle shop featuring clothing, home décor and unique local goods.
     

    GUELPH

    The Lovely Co. - Apparel, Accessories & gifts all locally made. 
    Gilded Cage Boutique - Help change the world by supporting ethically made, sustainable, luxurious fashion
    Rug and Weave - Rugs, Pillow, Furniture, Décor, Kids, Gifts & More!
     

    CAMBRIDGE

    The Sharing Squirrel - New and nearly new Clothing, Toys and Gear for babies, tots and moms to be 

    FERGUS

    One and Only - Unique and handmade products from over 100 Canadian Artisans. 

    ANCASTER

    Black & Smith - Fine craft gallery featuring Canadian art and pottery.

     CATHERINES

    Craft Art Market - Kitchen, Jewellery, Home and a Café Espresso Bar

     shop local, locally shop black and smith

    COLLINGWOOD

    Coriander - Clothing & Accessories 
    Homme Femme - men’s + women’s fashion lifestyle store
     

    THORNBURY

    The Georgian Artisan Shop - Canadian Made Gifts from ceramics, jewelry, stationary, art & more

    ELMVALE

    The Tiny Art Shack - Accessories, Gifts and Holiday Décor, all Canadian Made.

     FENELON FALLS

    The Kawartha Store - Women’s and Men’s Clothing + Gifts, with their focus being Canadian Made 

    MINDEN

    Up River Trading Co. – Cottage Country inspired Gifts & Accessories

    SUDBURY

    Stitch & Stone - Clothing, Accessories, Home Décor, Bath & Body

    coraiander shop in collingwood, the georgian trading company, shop local HALIFAX

    Duly Noted Stationary - Candles, Puzzles, Embroidery, Wall Art and Cards. They will even mail one for you!

    Even though we are coming up on Christmas and we are needing our gifts ASAP, we can still shop and support local. All of these places carry locally made items and you will be supporting someone within your community 

     

    Under $30 Holiday Gift Guide

    Since I was a little kid, my Grandma has done table gifts for our Christmas Dinner. We would have all the excitement of Christmas with yummy snacks, present opening and then when we sat down for dinner, before we would eat we would get one last gift. With the next generation coming into the world, we buy less and less for each other as adults, so our table gifts have become even more special.

    In recent years I have started to help GG buy the table gifts, so I have become an expert at finding locally made gifts for under $30. Now of course I can't share what I bought for everyone this year, I don't want to ruin the surprise, but I can share what I bought for everyone last year. 

    34 oz cocktail mix, judi meyer Christmas ornaments, alicja confections

    #1 Gift for your FAVOURITE MIXOLOGIST, 34 oz cocktail mix

    #2 Gift for the person who LOVES CHRISTMAS, Judi Myers globe ornaments & Jenny Rijke white and blue ceramic ornaments. 

     #3 Gift for that CHOCOLATE LOVER, Alijca Confections Postcard Bars.

    chip and sparrow mini loom, so hot sauce, quai des bulles lavender bath salts, the good soy headache relief, critters and co stickers

    #4 Gift for the CRAFTER, Chip and Sparrow mini loom. 

    #5 Gift for that HOT SAUCE LOVER, So Hot, After Glow Hot Sauce is perfect. 

    #6 Gift for those HARD WORKERS who love relaxing, Quai Des Bulles lavender salt is perfection & The Good Soy ache relief roller is great to keep at work.

    #7 Gift for that ARTIST on your list, The Critter Co. has the most beautiful hand painted stickers.

    top shelf preserves, fletch robbins clothing, leeloodles tshirts, revenant fx

    #8 Gift for that CHARCUTERIE BOARD BUILDER, Top Shelf Preserves are the best!  

    #9 Gift for all those KIDDOS on your list, Fletch Robbins and Leeloodles makes gorgeous tees and onesies that are hand drawn and silk screened. 

    #10 Gift for that HALLOWEEN FAN, Revenant Fx has gorgeous statues and ornaments. 

     

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