Is your anniversary coming up? Maybe it’s your boyfriend’s birthday soon. If you’re stuck on what to get him, you need to check out this gift guide featuring Canadian small businesses!
Deep Roots Candles, Kraywoods, Pathway to Peppermint, Whalley Finch, and Thoughtfully Handmade have you covered. From hand-poured candles, sunglasses and handmade cards to personal care products and unique socks, it’ll be a great gift!
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1. Wood Glasses & Sunglasses
Everyone could use a pair of sunglasses, right? Blue light glasses are also in trend right now. That’s why a pair of glasses or sunglasses from Kraywoods would be the perfect gift for your boyfriend! Rayhan started Kraywoods in 2016 with a mission to combine fashion with sustainability.
Every pair of eyewear begins as unaltered, sustainably sourced, natural wood. After the wood is inspected, Kraywoods chisels, stains and treats every frame with an attention to detail in mind. I love how all of their sunglasses have lightweight, 100% UV protection polarized lenses. The best part is, they have multiple tint options, so you can match your frames!
All of their products include wood in some way and are inspired by nature. All Kraywoods eyewear is designed and assembled in Montreal with care and love. I really appreciate how Kraywoods plants a tree for every pair of eyewear they sell. It really shows their commitment to sustainability and making the planet a better place!
Kraywoods also does prescription glasses and sunglasses. Full disclaimer- I actually have a pair of Kraywoods glasses, and I love them! To buy your boyfriend a pair of quality eyewear, head to Kraywoods’ website! Don’t forget to visit them on Instagram if you have questions.
2. Hand-poured Candles
I think candles are the most challenging gifts to give because you have to pick the perfect scent. Don’t worry, because Lisa from Deep Roots Candles has many scents for you to choose from!
Lisa started Deep Roost Candles because she’s a candle lover herself. While researching the benefits of candles and how they’re made, she realized how most traditional candles are made with paraffins and toxic chemicals. There’s no way I’d want to breathe that in!
That’s why Lisa began making her own candles with 100% natural soy wax and premium oils free from carcinogens and phthalates. I really appreciate how Lisa purchases her supplies from other Canadian businesses. We love it when small businesses support other small businesses!
Lisa carries some really unique scents like mandarin chilli peppers and coconut milk nectarine. All of her candles are created in small batches to ensure the best quality. To get a candle for your boyfriend, to go Deep Roots Candles’ website! If you want a custom scent or candles for special events, send Lisa a DM on Instagram.
3. Unique Socks
What’s one aspect of our outfits we don’t think about? Socks! But, with Whalley Finch’s unique socks, I think it’s time to make socks the main feature. The owner, Al, wanted to offer stand-out men’s socks and accessories while being socially conscious.
Their bright-coloured socks are curated in Italy and Shanghai using the highest quality cotton lisle (super high-quality cotton) and combed cotton blends. I think we can all agree that Whalley Finch socks are stylish, but they’re even comfier.
Every pair has reinforced heels, 2-inch non-slip cuffs and hand-linked seamless toes because Al pays attention to the minute details. Since he uses cotton combined with nylon and spandex, the socks are super soft while keeping their shape.
I really admire how Whalley Finch is a family-run business that prioritizes their customers and uses the power of business to help their community. They donate a pair of socks to individuals in need for each pair that you purchase! Go to Whalley Finch’s website to buy a pair (or two). Make sure to check their Instagram for any special promos!
4. Personal Care Products
I know skincare is often seen as a “girl thing.” But why can’t men take care of their skin too? If your boyfriend has skin sensitivities, I recommend giving him something from Pathway to Peppermint.
Kaitlyn started Pathway to Peppermint due to necessity. Her children have super sensitive skin, and the store-bought products often had hidden chemicals. And the ones without those chemicals were overpriced or unavailable in her small town. So, Kaitlyn decided to do some research and make her own! This started her journey with Pathway to Peppermint.
I appreciate Kaitlyn’s commitment to using quality, natural ingredients in her products. She researches each ingredient to learn how to solve common skin ailments and sources those components locally as much as possible. I love her minimalistic approach to her products because she uses eco-friendly packaging.
I also love Kaitlyn’s focus on freshness. Every product is made in small batches and scented with pure essential oils, fresh herbs and spices, dried flowers and plants. Kaitlyn also offers unscented options for people like me with scent sensitivities. Gift your boyfriend some excellent personal care products by going to Pathway to Peppermint’s website. Make sure to visit their Instagram page for shop alerts!
5. Handmade Cards
Want to be extra thoughtful for your boyfriend’s birthday? Maybe you want a perfect anniversary gift. A handmade card is your solution! I have many cards fit for all aesthetics. Just get him a card he’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 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 guys 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 something from everyone featured, please go over to our social media and engage with us!