The holidays hit a little bit differently this year. With so much uncertainty for all of us, and facing an uncertain future for so many small businesses and restaurants, the push towards shopping small is a bright light.
This year’s gift guide is focused on inspiring self-care, embracing the at-home cozy and showing some love to local small businesses. While most of the shops are GTA-based, you’ll find a few from other parts of Canada as well. I hope you love this year’s selection as much as I do!
Local Holiday Gift Guide 2020
- Give the gift of gorgeous design with a handmade, one-of-a-kind catchall by Toronto’s Mary Ratcliffe Studio. At home in any spot in your space, these catchalls are the chicest way to corral your favourite baubles and bits. Mary Ratcliffe Studio Catchall, $118
- Buff your way to glowing, hydrated skin. LOVEFRESH’s exfoliating scrub is newly repackaged in glass but has the same intoxicating pear scent you’ve been lusting over for years. Lovefresh Sugar Scrub, $28.
- The daintiest way to keep your favourite bottle of red fresh until your next Zoom date. This 14k gold-edged bottle stopper from Montreal-based ceramist is the prettiest gift they didn’t know they needed. Available in white/gold or blush. Goye Artiste Ceramiste Ceramic Bottle Stopper, $20.
- Luxe merino wool topped with a hand-dyed fox fur pom is the perfect addition to your outdoor wardrobe. Cozy and chic, this hat from Vancouver-based Olilia is perfect for mom & mini matching. Olilia Single Pom Hat, $70.
- Spending all your time in the kitchen just got a little more fun. This sponge cloth & dish towel set in a sunny lemon print is eco-friendly and brightens up any room. Each sponge cloth replaces up to 17 rolls of paper towel! Ten & Co Citrus Lemon Gift Set, $28.
- Cozy up in the perfect robe, made of 100% French Terry material, just like your favourite sweatshirt. Featuring a sewn-in waist tie, this robe is the perfect weight, drapes beautifully and is perfect for lounging. An inspirational message is hidden on the sleeve for when you need it most. All You Are Robe, $140.
- Burn bright all season long with a hand-poured, eco-friendly soy candle from this sustainable Vancouver-based shop. The wooden wick is FSC-certified and burns with a satisfying crackle, upping the hygge vibes. Mala The Brand Candle, from $20.
- Gift a box of seasonal cheer with a customizable holiday kit from Toronto’s Penny Paper Co. Take your pick of decor, sweets, nostalgic treats and more and they’ll ship it off to your favourite people in time for the big day. Penny Paper Co. Build-A-Gift, prices vary.
- Inspire the busy go-getter in your life with a beautiful, gold-embossed guided journal for the mindfulness practice they keep meaning to start. Questions rooted in the pillars of a happy life – health, career, spirit and relationships – set the stage for decreased stress, enhanced well-being and a fresh start in 2021. Plus, a percentage of each journal sold goes to supporting global mental health organizations, including Toronto’s CAMH. The Human Being Journal, $48.
- What’s a 2020 gift guide without a chic pandemic accessory? Keep their mask within reach with fashion-forward mask chains from this sustainable Toronto-based brand. ai Toronto Seoul mask chains, from $35.
- Hometown glory, gilded. Hand-painted on glass, gilded with 23 karat gold leaf and framed, bring the 6ix into your home with made-to-order art. Looking for something a little different? Kerbel Design also offers commissions. Toronto Glass Sign, $795.
- Perpetual pandemic top knots deserve a bit of luxe, too. Handmade scrunchies in Rifle Paper Co. fabric make for the perfect stocking stuffer, new mom gift or just-because addition. Rifle Paper Co. Scrunchie, $20.
- Inspire an attitude of gratitude for the new year – and upgrade your cozy style – with a luxury hoodie from King-based brand IDOYOGA&. Rib trim at the cuffs & hem and a double-layered hood make this hoodie feel ultra-luxe. Also on offer: adorable matching options for your mini yogi-in-training. IDOYOGA& Gratitude Hoodie, $98.
Looking for something a little different? Why not try…
- A curbside concert with a local Toronto musician, like vocalist Laurel Tubman
- A holiday gift box of foodie must-haves from Italian eatery Giulietta
- A Christmas hamper packed with curated treats from Toronto’s Nadia&Co
- The ultimate 2020 memento: a tongue-in-cheek storybook for adults about The Sh*tstorm That Was 2020 by Canadian storyteller Jon Sinden.
- Gift cards to your favourite small retailer, local restaurant or personal service provider
A quick note – while everything in this guide is available online, I encourage you to spread your holiday dollars to the local bricks & mortar shops in your community as well. Many are available for curbside pickup and will appreciate your support.
Happy gifting! xo