Anyone who knows me knows that I am always touting the importance of shopping local, and buying for Christmas is no different. Shopping local puts money directly back into your economy, the quality and customer service is often better, and as a shopper, you have a special opportunity to actually see and meet the person you are directly supporting by buying from them. Another perk is that your new product is much more unique than buying from a chain store! So I have put together a list of great Canadian businesses to buy from this Christmas.
Berg + Betts is a watch and accessory company based out of Edmonton, Alberta. They feature beautiful handmade watches and tassel necklaces made from scrap leather from other designers, which means that the company is also very focused on sustainability. Berg + Betts also recently launched a unisex line – my favourite is the round gold face and brown leather duo – so there is a growing variety of watches on their site for anyone on your list.
CoutuKitsch is another incredible accessories company, based out of Calgary. They focus on trendy, glitzy, and geometric jewellery. CoutuKitsch has been in the jewellery business for about five years, and was founded by a sales and design duo, Dorian and Kofi. I love the on-trend clear quartz necklaces, as well as the linear gold earrings. They have incredible designs from simple to glamorous, and are a great company to buy from for any lady on your list.
For the person on your list who loves pampering themselves, look no further. Om Organics is another great company based in Canada, focusing on handmade organic skin, hair, bath and body products. The ingredients they use are all raw and organic, and they also include vitamins, antioxidants, and plant extracts. I am especially interested in their perfecting serum, it sounds amazing for the cold winter season! Skip the beauty products made with chemicals, and spoil your friends and family with good-for-you bath and body goodness!
Axis Mundi is the place to go for a completely unique gift for the person on your list who loves foliage. This company specializes in low-maintenance terrariums and plant decor that will brighten up any room in the house. They are long lasting (I have had one for over a year!) and ideal for the person with or without a green thumb, as they require little water and attention – perfect! Each piece is handmade, and often features vintage or kitschy items which make every arrangement an incredible gift.
Nooks Design is the place to shop for the little one on your list – or for the parent of a little one, as the apparel and accessories are so completely adorable that anyone will enjoy them. Nooks Design focuses on vintage inspired, cutesy, and handmade pants, dresses, onesies and felt booties for newborns to five year olds. I personally love the Christmas Arrowhead Dress, it’s way too adorable. If I had nieces or nephews, this is definitely the first place I would be looking for a gift!
Cinder + Smoke is a clothing and accessories company, again based out of Edmonton, with a cutesy vintage flair to every handmade piece. Their garments are flattering to every figure, comfortable, practical, and yet remain adorable. My favourite piece would have to be the Elsa Dress in all its forms – a completely cute and wearable piece for every occasion. This is definitely the go-to for the lucky vintage loving gal on your list.
Christmas shopping can be daunting, but you’re sure to find some amazing gifts from these local artisans, and while you’re at it, help out your local economy too!