• Marika Mousseau

GIFT GUIDE: Canadian Gifts for Everyone on Your List

2021 has gone by in a flash and it is already time to start the holiday shopping for everyone, including the ‘’Mr. I have everything’’ and the ‘’Ms. I don’t need anything’’ of your entourage. Find unique gifts for everyone on your list and support local brands this holiday season. Below you will find all the gift-giving ideas for your loved ones.



The Maya Backpack by DIOSA is designed to help you carry confidence throughout your day. Perfect for everyday travel, to and from school, the office or even the gym, its various compartments and pockets will keep things organized. Seriously, we’re not joking - the inside contains a padded laptop/tablet sleeve, bottle holder and USB charging port. Not to mention, included in each backpack is a cosmetics bag that can double as a clutch or crossbody purse. This elegant backpack is made from vegan leather and the silky lining is created from recycled water bottles. Not only are they ethically made, but they’re also donating 1% of sales to the Canadian Cancer Society. Give the gift of luxury and sustainability. Learn more about The Maya here.


FOR THE BEAUTY ENTHUSIAST - SAPPHO New Paradigm’s Speaks Volume Lip Glosses

Canadian-made SAPPHO New Paradigm offers a vegan/cruelty-free and organic colour cosmetic line, free of known carcinogens and endocrine disruptors. Designed with all skin types in mind, the Speak Volume lip gloss collection provides luxurious moisture using richly-toned minerals suspended in organic oils and butters, finished with a light touch of stevia and lemongrass for sweetness and flavour. It comes in five different shades, including: Amy (a dark spiced peach tone), Christine (a light peach tone), Hazey (a soft pink tone, slightly blue undertone), Rita (a muted merlot tone) and their Limited Edition gloss (a rich luscious vegan red). SAPPHO’s Limited Edition gloss is here only for the holiday season with net proceeds going directly to the Kílala Lelum Indigenous Health and Healing Cooperative in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside. Packaged using lightweight metal, biodegradable plastic and recyclable glass, give the gift of diverse and inclusive beauty. Learn more about the collection here.


FOR THE FOODIE - truLOCAL’s curated box

The holidays are all about coming together and gathering for meals with loved ones. truLOCAL marketplace is an online shop where you can support your local butchers, farmers and producers within your province. This online meat delivery system with its distinctive network of breeders, has grown to become one of Canada’s leading alternatives to grocery store shopping. truLOCAL ships products door-to-door on dry ice, ensuring the goods stay frozen in transit. All subscription plans are commitment-free so you can easily skip, pause or cancel your order at any time. Boxes can be customized with all of your favourite local meat and fish. Whether it’s 100% grass-fed and finished beef, wild-caught salmon, or boneless skinless chicken breasts raised without antibiotics, truLOCAL have got you covered! Give the gift of food and time spent around the dinner table. Learn more about curated delivery boxes here.


FOR THE HEALTH-CONSCIOUS - Evive’s Subscription Box

Switching gears from the meat-lover, Evive is perfect for the vegan friends and family in your life! Evive is a plant-based meal company that has created blender-free smoothies and frozen meals made to help you make healthier food choices with convenience. Evive’s smoothies and meals are vegan-friendly, gluten-free, sugar-free, non-GMO and made with whole fruits, vegetables, superfoods and plant-based protein — providing you with quick meal suggestions. Fan-favourites include, Mac Squash, Bam Chili meals or Passion Mango and Cashew Mocha smoothies (to name a few). Give the gift of healthy eating, that is also quick, convenient and delivered to your doorstep. Learn more here.


FOR THE DAIRY-FREE FOLX - Oat Canada’s Sugar free and keto friendly Oat M*lk

Dairy alternatives are essential these days and it's important to cater to all dietary needs. Even Santa may be changing up his preferences this year! There are lots of dairy-free and lactose-free milk options in stores, however the packaging can often be misleading. Oat Canada is committed to being the first in the nation to offer a zero-sugar oat milk. It means what it says on it’s label, making it easier for people to make an informed choice when walking down the aisles of the supermarket. The product is vegan certified, Kosher, diabetic and keto friendly and non-GMO. It’s creamy texture also makes it a great alternative milk product for holiday cooking and baking. Available in Costco and various supermarkets across Canada, you can learn more here.



Support and bring awareness to perinatal, child loss, and the mental health of parents with Iris & Sol’s timeless, handmade, custom pieces from Canadian sourced materials as a symbol of those we love. Commemorate current and lost loved ones by keeping a piece of them close to the heart. Each necklace can be ordered in sparkling sterling silver or 14kt gold to complement every skin tone. A portion of each pendant sale from Iris & Sol is donated to the Perinatal Mental Health clinic at The Ottawa Hospital. Available across Canada, you can learn more about Iris & Sol’s gorgeous jewellery, here.

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