If you need a gift for Father’s Day, this blog post is perfect for you! I put together a gift guide featuring Canadian small businesses that have products perfect for the occasion.
Today, I’m featuring Chili Boss’ chilli oil, RedBox Pens’ handmade pens, Note Zero Co’s candles, Wabanaki Maple’s maple syrup and Thoughtfully Handmade’s handmade Father’s Day cards!
To read this year’s edition, keep scrolling!
1. Chilli Oil
Is your dad a foodie? Look no further because your dad NEEDS to try Chili Boss’ chilli oil!
Natasha started this small business last October in downtown Toronto. Her chilli oil uses fresh ingredients to ensure an enticing aroma and its sweet and spicy flavour!
Made from shallots, garlic, ginger, red pepper flakes and a hint of cinnamon, the chilli oil has no added sugar, salt, nor MSG. It’s also vegan!
2. Handmade Pens
If your dad loves stationery as much as I do, then RedBox Pens is your destination. Mike and Michelle started this business to help you embrace simplicity and reconnect with your story.
Their slogan, “Every RedBox Pen has a story ready to be written,” is the backbone of their business. It drives them to make a durable pen that helps you write your narrative. Mike makes every pen by hand, and Michelle sources the fun stationery that goes with the pen.
I love how Mike and Michelle try to source their woods from local woodworking businesses by purchasing their cut-offs. Whether your dad likes bold and fiery or soft and sophisticated pens, RedBox Pens has you covered with their wide range of resin designs.
3. Handmade Candles
Does your dad love candles? If so, Note Zero Co. is the place to go! Mae started her shop because paraffin candles gave her headaches.
After doing some research, she realized how unhealthy paraffin is. But soy candles were expensive. So, Mae created her own! All of her candles are made with either soy or coconut wax and wood wicks that are locally sourced.
I appreciate how Mae uses concrete containers for her candles because they break down easily in the trash! Note Zero Co. also offers handmade notebooks and free Canada-wide shipping on orders over $100.
4. Maple Syrup
Is your dad a bourbon or whiskey drinker? Why not get him a unique gift that he will love in the form of maple syrup? Maple syrup has been a staple of First Nations Peoples for centuries because it has healing and nourishing powers. It was one of the gifts shared with early settlers.
Jolene started Wabanaki Maple to give back to her community, to help other Indigenous communities thrive and preserve our environment. Wabanaki Maple is a 100% female-owned maple syrup company that puts a twist on traditional syrup.
Her barrel-aged maple syrups come in bourbon, whiskey and toasted oak flavours. They are harvested, boiled and refined with techniques passed down through generations. I love how Wabanaki Maple strives to use eco-friendly packaging and continues to improve as a sustainable business.
5. Handmade Father’s Day Cards
Want to be extra thoughtful this Father’s Day? A handmade birthday 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 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 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 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 DM me on Instagram if you want something custom!
Even though I only mentioned dads in my gift guide, I want to note that Father’s Day is also to celebrate grandfathers, uncles, brothers, step-fathers, or any other male role model in your life! If you still aren’t inspired by these gift ideas, I have another Father’s Day gift guide from two years ago that you can read.