I don't know about you, but I've personally tried to support local or Canadian owned businesses as much as possible this year. You may have even seen the meme "Buy Local or Bye Local" and that hits hard. With that said, I wanted to create a Canadian Christmas Wish List. Maybe you are shopping for a friend, a partner, sibling, daughter, or even yourself but here are a few of my favourite Canadian Small Shop* things cue Julie Andrews in the sound of music.
For the Cozy Fashion Lover
I can very happily confirm that these are the coziest pair of boots I have ever owned! First and foremost they are from the Indigenous owned company, Manitobah Mukluks - based in Winnipeg, MB, so they definitely know a thing or two about harsh winters. These traditional Mukluks are waterproof and weather rated up to -32 degrees Celsius, that is freaking cold. You can choose a variety of colours but I went with a classic black as these will be my everyday boot during the dreary months of snow.
I will say that this is the most "Heather" sweater I have ever seen. A cropped, funnel neck, lavender, fleece sweater... All of these things scream me, and if they (or you) like being cute and cozy (who doesn't) it likely screams them too. Coming from one of my favourite Canadian Shops, Birch Hill Studio, this polar fleece is 100% made in Canada. If you aren't already following the hilarious and sweet Instagram stories of the owner, Sierra, you are missing out. I can't gush enough about this woman owned shop and I'll continue doing it in my new fleece. (They also have other colours and styles of polar fleece if a subtle crop isn't your thing.)
I can say that I have officially found my new favourite Canadian jewelry company. Mejuri! Based in Toronto, ON their commitment to creating quality fine jewelry for fair pricing goes beyond just the craftmanship, they also focus on ensure fair labor practices, safe working conditions and transparent communication for their production partners. For my 30th birthday my husband and best friend gave me a beautiful ring from Mejuri, which I wear everyday, so for Christmas I asked for an Aries zodiac necklace in gold vermeil and white sapphire. Fingers crossed it comes from Santa.
For the Foodie (and wine-o)
Now this could be a little too Carol Baskin of me but I officially love this wine glass. Even though I think you can never have too many cats, having two in the house definitely has amped up the crazy and fun times in our home and I wouldn't have it any other way. If you (or the person you are gifting for) is more of a dog person, not to worry, Whink has you covered there too. Whink is actually one of my favourite female owned stores located in my new home town, St. John's, NL.
What first started out as a jokey anniversary present turned into one of our favourite food items. I purchased this mini bundle set from Wabanaki Maple because my husband is from a small farming town, Elmira, ON, that also recognized in the Guinness Book Of Records for hosting the World's Largest Single Day Maple Syrup Festival. Needless to say, he loves maple syrup. When I found this indigenous brand through the owner of Birch Hill Studio, I jumped online and purchased a full bottle of the traditional syrup and the bundle set. Both are truly delicious. Pour them over crepes or French toast or dip a McDonalds sausage McMuffin in it. No matter your taste or taste level this syrup is the real deal!
My top secret homemade appetizer is also a not so secret recipe. The Epicure Extraordinary Cheese Dip is my go to for getting a MILLION compliments no matter where I bring it. It all starts with Canadian and woman owned Epicure trio of seasonings, which make great recipes on their own. For an added bit of decadence I add canned crab to the dip. You could also include this very cute cookware set and apron from Chapters for an added touch.
For the Arts & Crafter
This may seem a bit unconventional, but I'm sure you know exactly who you would give this to. A person who would think this middle finger embroidery kit is both hilarious and awesome. I personally bought it for myself after watching too many embroidery TikToks one night and actually found the whole thing very therapeutic to do. I would say it's a relatively easy craft, and that's coming from someone who had never embroidered before.
If you know someone who is a tad bit crass and also has a good sense of humour these these mugs are for them. Of course this local pottery studio also offers sweet Newfoundland sayings or terms of endearment but the more brazen cups are really what shine for me.
I first found Some Good Prints at a local bakery, that features Newfoundland and Canadian artists, they also make the best ginger molasses cookies ever. When decorating our home here I wanted it to be an ode to Newfoundland and these prints made it so. Though they feature a lot of NL imagery they are great for any home. Here are a few prints we purchased and have throughout our home: Quidi Vidi Art Deco, Salt Box One, Salt Box Two, and Signal Hill.
Ultimately no matter what you gift to someone this holiday season, I hope the above list inspires you to shop small and local as much as possible.