If you need a gift for your anniversary, this blog post is perfect for you. I put together a gift guide featuring Canadian small businesses with products that are perfect for your significant other!
Today, I’m featuring MKreations Home Decor’s ribbon art, The Craft and Tea Box’s craft subscription service, Monphie’s Place’s custom drinkware, Clay Tulips by C’s silver jewellery and Thoughtfully Handmade’s handmade cards!
Keep reading to gift more thoughtfully!
1. Craft Subscription Box
Does your partner love crafting, DIY or art? If so, a craft subscription box is the perfect anniversary gift for them! Sam from The Craft and Tea Box creates monthly subscription boxes that pair different craft projects with loose leaf teas. This would be a super unique gift to give!
Sam started her business to encourage women to take time for themselves. But, honestly? It’s great for any creative person, no matter their gender identity! I’m a firm believer in using craft (cardmaking for me) to relieve stress. This subscription box service is the perfect chance to escape for a bit and forget about life.
I love how Sam sources the products in the box from Canadian small businesses! Each month includes a unique craft project with only the supplies you need, so there’s no waste. It doesn’t matter if they’ve never done the craft before either because detailed instructions are included! There’s also a bag of tea that will make up to 30 cups so you won’t run out while crafting. I really appreciate the cute door hanger inside, so your partner won’t be disturbed!
If you don’t want to commit to a full-year subscription for your partner yet, Sam offers 1-month, 3-month and 6-month options with the flexibility to skip a month. She also provides one-time boxes! There are 3 different kits: Macrame Feather, Mandala Dot Art and Embroidery. So, what are you waiting for? Go to The Craft and Tea Box’s website to place your order right now! And if you want to, say hi to Sam on Instagram!
2. Ribbon Art
Soooo maybe your partner loves art, design and home decor but NOT DIY. I totally get it! If I just described your partner, I think MKreations Home Decor is the shop for you.
The creator, Mohini, started doing needlework when she was 9 years old! This led to an interest in hand embroidery and painting throughout her life. Over the years, Mohini has experimented with multiple mediums, including watercolour, oil painting and tie-dye. All of this culminated in her combining paintings with ribbon and thread.
Mohini makes each unique, handmade piece with love. She’s deeply inspired by the beauty of Mother Nature which I especially love! Her works are stunning and one-of-a-kind! I especially love the tactile elements of her art that the ribbon and thread bring.
Mohini can even customize a piece to suit your home’s aesthetic! This would be a remarkable anniversary gift that your partner will never find anywhere else. Have I convinced you yet? If so, head to MKreations Home Decor’s Etsy Shop to buy one. If you want a custom order, send Mohini a DM on Instagram!
3. Custom Drinkware
Honestly, I think everyone drinks one of three things: tea, coffee or alcohol. Why not make the drinking experience more special for your partner with custom drinkware? Monica from Monphie’s Place will customize wine glasses, shot glasses and ceramic mugs with anything you desire!
I personally got my mom a monogrammed wine glass from Monica, and she loves it! The quality is fantastic, and you don’t have to worry about the design falling off after a could washes (as long as you hand wash), unlike some stores we know. I’m looking at you, Dollarama and Walmart! Monica started Monphie’s Place during lockdowns in November 2020 after being laid off. She wanted to put her creative talents to use. So, after making a couple custom designs for her family and friends, she began her small business!
Also, Monica and I have pretty similar passions- crafting, paperwork and providing excellent customer service. I’ve finally found another weirdo who loves admin stuff! But, all jokes aside, Monica’s products are of the highest quality because she sourced high-quality supplies from Canadian businesses. Her techniques of using vinyl, heat transfer vinyl and infusible ink ensure a pretty and long-lasting design.
So, suppose you’re really struggling with a gift idea because you’ve given your partner everything under the sun. In that case, I highly recommend customizing a wine glass or mug with a quote from your partner’s favourite movie, TV show or author. You could also add a photo from your shared favourite memories and add an inside joke to make it even more personalized. Even if Monica can’t do it, she’ll provide you with many alternatives to choose from! Visit Monphie’s Place’s Etsy Shop to place your order! You can ask Monica any questions via Instagram DM.
4. Silver Jewellery
This wouldn’t be a proper anniversary gift guide without including jewellery of some sort! I think jewellery is always the go-to gift, but even that can be made with more meaning! Cheryl from Clay Tulips by C started her business in 2015 after her youngest son started school full-time and studied silversmithing. Eventually, she learned about metal clay and thus, Clay Tulips by C was born! I love how Cheryl turned her stress-reliever and hobby into a business.
I really appreciate how eco-conscious Cheryl is. She mainly uses pure silver with the occasional sterling silver for small components such as chains and ear wires. Her medium (metal clay) is sourced from recycled silver. She donates a portion of her profits to the World Wildlife Fund Canada too.
Since each piece is crafted individually, each one is unique. Cheryl is inspired by the intricate designs found in flowers and plants near her home and travels abroad (before pandemic times, of course)! She uses plants and flowers to create moulds to cast the pieces, giving her designs a rustic, earthy feel.
Cheryl will also create custom pieces, so you can make them as sentimental and personal as you want! I think that’s the hallmark of a fantastic anniversary gift! To purchase, head to Clay Tulips by C’s website. Make sure to check out Cheryl’s Instagram for fun behind-the-scenes content!
5. Handmade Cards
Want to give the perfect anniversary gift? A handmade card is your solution! I have many cards fit for all aesthetics. Just get them a card they’ll love and pair it with any gift from this guide. That way, you can write a thoughtful message inside to make the gift even more special!
Handmade by me, intended for you to give, all of my cards are meant to spread joy to whoever receives them. I started Thoughtfully Handmade with a mission to help others spread positivity.
Giving a handmade card is a small gesture that can bring a lot of happiness to people’s lives! My products are unique, and I only produce 6-8 cards for each design. By purchasing something from me, you’re also donating ten cents to Toronto Environmental Alliance. They are a non-profit organization that strives to build a greener Toronto.
To purchase a card, you can click on a photo above with the design that you like or visit the “Shop” page on my website. Don’t forget to subscribe to my newsletter, Yandy’s Chronicles, for fun behind-the-scenes content and DM me on Instagram if you want something custom!
I hope you were inspired by my suggestions in this gift guide! Buying gifts for partners is hard- especially if you’ve been together for a while. My goal is to make the gift-giving process easier for you with these suggestions. Even if you don’t purchase anything, you can still support us by following us on our social media and engaging with us!