Have an athlete who has an upcoming birthday? If you’re stuck on what to get them, you need to check out this athlete gift guide featuring 5 Canadian small businesses!
JAM Designs Boutique, In at the Mill Design Co, Trias Bracelet, The Urbivore, and Thoughtfully Handmade have you covered. From handmade bracelets, scrunchies and birthday cards to helpful essential oil products and beautiful yoga mats, it’ll be a great gift!
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1. Yoga Mats
If your friend is an athlete, then they definitely need a yoga mat! The ones made by The Urbivore are my go-to! The Urbivore was started by Emily and Rebekah, two eco-warriors on a mission to improve the health and wellness of their hOMies and planet. That’s why The Urbivore offers yoga classes online and yoga accessories- to help you change the world and protect our planet.
Now, you might be wondering, what’s so special about their yoga mat? Well, The Urbivore mats are made from cork, making it eco-friendly, free of harmful chemicals (like PVC’s) and non-slip! Plus, cork also has antimicrobial, antibacterial and anti-fungal properties, which prevent smelly odours and disinfecting your mat super easy.
Emily and Rebekah recommend using their mats for all types of yoga, especially hot yoga classes! I like to use one while stretching, and which athlete doesn’t need to stretch?!? I also love how with every purchase, The Urbivore will plant one tree in collaboration with One Tree Planted.
With how cute these designs are and all of the other amazing benefits that I just mentioned, their yoga mats make for a great gift! To purchase, head to The Urbivore’s website. Don’t forget to follow them on Instagram to see cool behind the scenes content!
2. Handmade Bracelets
It’s a well-known fact that an athlete’s physical performance depends on their mental performance. That’s why a bracelet from Trias Bracelets is another great gift option! Alvia, the owner, designs pieces that are minimal and versatile to accessorize any outfit.
Every design also incorporates a gemstone that has beneficial healing properties to help keep your mental game strong! Alvia began making her own charm bracelets because she couldn’t find one that fit her wrist. That’s why she offers custom sizing, so it will definitely fit!
After making several for herself, she began selling her creations on Etsy. During her creative process, Alvia keeps one’s Trias in mind. Trias is Latin for “triad,” which Alvia redefines as the trinity of mind, body and soul. Each bracelet is meant to help maintain the balance of each component.
I love how Alvia also sources all of her materials from local bead stores in Ontario! She also offers free shipping within Canada, which is excellent! To order a bracelet for your friend, head to Trias Bracelets’ Etsy shop. You should also follow Alvia on Instagram to receive sales and new product alerts!
3. Handmade Scrunchies
Does your sporty friend have long hair? If so, I promise you that they can always use another scrunchie! I highly recommend In at the Mill Design Co. for all of your hair accessory needs.
The owners, Maddie and Peggy, are a mother-daughter team who share a love for arts and crafts. Building In at the Mill Design Co. provided them with the perfect excuse to spend more time together while doing what they love!
They’ve worked hard to perfect the scrunchie experience while doing it with the prettiest fabrics. I have to hold myself back every time because their patterns are totally my aesthetic! In at the Mill Design Co. releases new patterns frequently, so you will definitely find one that your friend will love.
If your friend has short hair, Maddie and Peggy also make headbands! To order, send them a DM on In at the Mill Design Co.’s Instagram page!
4. Essential Oil Products
Focus, a good night’s sleep and relaxation are all essential parts of the athlete lifestyle. Help your friend maintain all three aspects with a gift from JAM Designs Boutique! The founders, Jacqueline, Alycia and Melanie, started JAM Designs Boutique because they enjoy bringing people the best aromatherapy essentials.
These three founders have expanded their team, which consists of three generations of jewellery and aromatherapy makers. They offer back to school essentials (like sanitizer and focus oil blends), adult and children aromatherapy jewellery, essential oil rollerballs, diffusers and their own brand of essential oils and blends called Jewel of the Lotus Blends.
All of their products are also Health Canada certified, so you know they have the best quality! This means Health Canada frequently inspects their facilities, and their processes and products are tested. JAM Designs Boutique wants to ensure you get beneficial products that are safe and affordable!
To place your order, head to JAM Designs Boutique’s website! If you prefer shopping in-person, you can also find them at various small shops and pop-up markets across Canada. Don’t forget to visit them on Instagram to be notified of their next pop-up!
5. Handmade Birthday Cards
Have a friend who is an athlete with an upcoming birthday, but you don’t know know what to get them? Wish them a happy birthday by sending them a thoughtfully handmade card with a personal message inside, especially since birthday parties can’t happen in person right now!
You can also pair one of my cards with any gift from this gift 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 it. 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!
When you give a handmade card, the hours of hard work that I put into every single one shows. The recipient is less likely to throw it away after receiving it because a handmade card will always have more sentimental value than a mass-produced one! My cards 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.
For an athlete, the birthday cards featured here are perfect! To purchase a card, you can click on a photo above with the design 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 to visit me on Instagram to connect!
Unfortunately, birthdays this year have to be celebrated differently. However, quarantine is no excuse to slack on the birthday gifts! I’m sure gifts this year will be even more meaningful. Were you inspired by any of these gift suggestions?