Stuck on what to give for Christmas? This blog post is perfect for you! I put together a gift guide featuring Canadian small businesses with products that are perfect for anyone on your list!
Today, I’m featuring HastShilp’s handmade pottery, Peruvian Nuna’s ethical wool apparel, Joy’ N’ Janine’s handcrafted notebooks, Hockley Valley Crafting Co’s handmade candles and accessories, and Thoughtfully Handmade’s handmade Christmas cards!
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1. Handmade candles and Accessories
Whenever I think of a cozy winter evening, I think of curling up in front of the fireplace with hot chocolate, a good book and a warm blanket. But, not everyone has a fireplace. That’s why candles are such a great Christmas gift idea. They simulate that experience! Plus, you can get them in any scent.
Sophia from Hockley Valley Crafting Co has some unique candle scents inspired by and celebrate Sophia’s community and environment, which has a lot of evergreens. Her candles are made from soy wax and have a wood wick, which makes a crackling sound (just like a fireplace) when it’s lit!
Sophia started Hockley Valley Crafting Co to make and donate handmade face masks to her community at the beginning of the pandemic. Since then, she has expanded her business to candles, wood decor and hand-knit items. I love how Sophia is still donation and community focused though! She donates a portion of her proceeds from select items to local causes or charities.
I really appreciate how Sophia sources her soy wax, candle jars and wicks for her candles from local Canadian businesses. I also can’t believe that the wood for her decor items comes from her own backyard! If it’s not from her backyard, it’s reclaimed. How fantastic! Hockley Valley Crafting Co’s website is down until November 25th, 2021, but you can definitely order after that! Plus, Sophia does a lot of markets on the weekend, so you can visit Sophia in person. For market details and inquiries about custom orders, visit her Instagram page!
2. Handmade Pottery
Speaking of hot chocolate, why not give handmade mugs for Christmas? Or, even better, some handmade plates for Santa cookies! Either way, HastShilp is the place to go.
Bornela creates functional and art pottery for everyday use and display. Her designs on mugs and plates are beautifully intricate. Since each piece is crafted by hand, they’re all unique. Bornela started HastShilp because of her love of pottery making. I love how her hobby turned into a business!
Bornela puts love and care into each piece she moulds. Sometimes, it can take 4-5 weeks to complete one project! I like how all the clay she uses is sourced from Toronto retailers. Plus, all the glazes on the pottery are lead-free and food-safe, so you don’t have to worry about chemicals in the recipient’s hot cocoa.
Thank goodness Bornela’s pottery is dishwasher and microwave safe too. So convenient to use and take care of! She also creates seasonal designs. For Christmas, there are luminaries and gnomes- how festive! While HastShilp doesn’t have a website, you can shop from their Facebook page, Instagram account, or visit Markets by Dream Day to shop in person!
3. Handmade Notebooks
Have a stationery lover on your list? Paulette from Joy’ N’ Janine has you covered! Paulette started Joy’ N’ Janine because of her own love for paper goods. She makes journals, jotters and note pads that are customizable to different interests and occasions!
Sometimes, aesthetics can complicate planning and make people feel inadequate to start. With no fuss or frills, Paulette’s paper goods encourage simplicity and joy when putting pen to paper. She wants customers to be confident in planning and organizing their day.
The journals are meant to manage all the thoughts in our brains by providing a space to brain dump. They’re spiral bound and have many covers to choose from! The jotters emulate a bullet journal experience and are great to throw into your bag. Paulette also offers note pads, desk-pad planners, cards and bookmarks!
I love how these notebooks aren’t imported. Paulette binds each one hand. To order, head to Joy’ N’ Janine’s website. Paulette also does Freebie Friday on her Instagram page, so make sure to head there too!
4. Ethical Wool Apparel
I think wool knits are always a good Christmas gift idea- especially luxurious and ethically made ones from Peruvian Nuna! Cynthia started Peruvian Nuna because she grew up in Peru with beautiful and colourful handmade textiles.
Inspired by her home country, Cynthia wanted to create a Canadian business that empowers small Peruvian communities while exposing Canadians to Peruvian-made textiles. With Peruvian Nuna, she highlights Peru’s vibrant culture and helps those small communities earn sustainable wages using traditional skills.
Unlike fast fashion, Peruvian Nuna’s items are made with longevity in mind. The baby alpaca wool, Pima cotton, sheep wool, recycled wood and metals are sourced from family-based artisan projects. Each piece is carefully crafted by Peruvian artists using a mix of ancient and modern techniques. These artists are currently located in 5 different areas in Peru, but Cynthia is always happy to expand!
I really love how Cynthia keeps ethics, sustainability and the environment at the forefront of her business model. She donates a portion of her proceeds to One Tree Planted. They are an organization dedicated to rebuilding global forests. Want to place an order? Head to Peruvian Nuna’s website! For shop updates, check out Cynthia’s Instagram page.
5. Handmade Cards
Part of a Secret Santa and not sure what to get? A handmade card is your solution! I have many cards fit for all aesthetics, so you can’t go wrong. Want to give the perfect Christmas gift? Just get them a card they’ll love and pair it with any gift idea 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 limited numbers of 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 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 Christmas is hard, especially when you have a lot of people on your list. 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!