Let’s be real — It’s getting harder and harder to shop for our friends and family since everyone seems to have everything imaginable already. Unless you want to drop a ton of cash on something that’ll really wow that special someone, you may feel like you’re out of ideas.
This Christmas, why not think outside of the box and give thoughtful gifts that won’t break the bank? If you haven’t discovered Etsy yet, it’s a great source of handmade gifts (to fit all budgets!) and you can shop exclusively Canadian made to give your gifts that extra special touch.
We’ve rounded up some of our favorite Canadian Etsy shops for your browsing pleasure. Let us know in the comments what your favorite shops are, if you have some!
Show someone how much you care by keeping their toes warm all winter season long. These moccasins from 8th Fire Designs are an extra special gift for your sister, your dad, or your BFF. These are 100% hand sewn with traditional materials, created specifically for you in any colour and design you want. Also, a portion of the profits from each pair of moccasins are donated to support Indigenous youth in education and at home, keeping both your feet and your heart warm this winter.
New to Etsy, these absolutely adorable baby booties from Pax and Bo are absolutely to die for. They’re the cutest things we’ve seen on the Internet this month (aside from that kitten video that’s going around on Facebook…) and they’re perfect for that new baby in your life. Each bootie, headband, or bandana is, of course, hand made by proud Canadian momma of Paxton and Bohdi, the inspiration behind all of the products. How does it get more adorable than that? Right now, it’s best to order from the Pax and Bo Facebook Page as the Etsy shop is still in the making.
For the design obsessed
These glass creations are stunning and the perfect gift to wow anyone in your social circle. Shop Alicia Ann does all the glass and soldering work herself to make these gorgeous geometric pieces. Ranging from small table pieces to hanging prisms, you can put jewelry in them or even a plant. We can’t get over how absolutely beautiful each piece is! She even takes custom orders if you want something specific or want to work with her on your creative vision.
This winter, it’s all about the man beard. Beard accessories are a huge craze this winter and why not jump on the bandwagon and get your furry man friend a gift he can show off and use every day. Big Red Beard Combs are strong, well made, hand crafted combs made with the TLC every man deserves. Also, that beard will stay tame as the materials provide a no static finish. They also make awesome beard oils too! If the man in your life is extra lucky, the shop offers beard kits as well so you can get the whole shebang.
Get your girlfriend, sister, or mom something she’ll love (and actually wear). Birch Street Studio, is a BC based handmade jewelry shop that makes unique wood- and metal-based items. The geometric earrings, necklaces, and even hand crafted rings are like nothing you’ll find anywhere else. Also, the prices are incredibly affordable! We’re in love.
Supporting Canadian artists, designers, and jewelry makers is the best way to not just give great gifts, but a way to give a gift that truly keeps on giving. We have so many talented people right here in Canada to shop from! Hopefully this list has helped make your holiday to-do list that much shorter.