5 Things to Give: Girlfriend Edition


5 Things to Give: Girlfriend Edition | Thoughtfully Handmade

If you need a gift for your girlfriend, this blog post is perfect for you! I put together a gift guide featuring Canadian small businesses that have products perfect for her birthday or your anniversary. ⁣⁣

Today, I'm featuring Be You Boutique's faux leather earrings, Forest + Fauna's wood home decor and jewelry, Dadirri Naturals' handmade skincare products, Sugar Free Love Jewelry's handmade jewelry and Thoughtfully Handmade's handmade cards!

If you're ready to gift thoughtfully, just keep scrolling!

1. Home Decor

Forest + Fauna | Handmade Wood Home Decor and Jewelry | 5 Things to Give: Girlfriend Edition | Thoughtfully Handmade

Have a girlfriend who's into nature or the outdoors? If you answered yes, you need to check out Forest + Fauna! Michelle started this business in 2017, focusing on creating high-quality but sustainable products that are made to last.

Forest + Fauna | Handmade Wood Home Decor and Jewelry | 5 Things to Give: Girlfriend Edition | Thoughtfully Handmade

Because wood is biodegradable at the end of its life cycle, she sources reclaimed or locally sourced wood to create her home decor and jewelry. I love how Michelle doesn't waste material in her creation process. Off-cuts from a project are used in another!

Forest + Fauna | Handmade Wood Home Decor and Jewelry | 5 Things to Give: Girlfriend Edition | Thoughtfully Handmade

I also appreciate how Michelle uses natural finishes. So the finished product is non-toxic and has no petroleum by-products, plasticizers or other hidden ingredients that are dangerous to humans and the environment. Forest + Fauna is also plastic-free and uses minimal packaging and post-consumer goods. They also give back to Canadian wildlife with every purchase!

Forest + Fauna | Handmade Wood Home Decor and Jewelry | 5 Things to Give: Girlfriend Edition | Thoughtfully Handmade

So if your girlfriend loves anything wood or nature, is environmentally conscious and needs home decor or jewelry, purchase something now on Forest + Fauna's website. Don't forget to visit Michelle on Instagram for shop updates!

2. Faux-Leather Accessories

Be You Boutique | Handmade Vegan Faux Leather Accessories | 5 Things to Give: Girlfriend Edition | Thoughtfully Handmade

If your girlfriend is looking for vegan faux-leather earrings, why not get her a pair from Be You Boutique? Amanda started this small biz as a creative outlet and to share her love of earrings.

Be You Boutique | Handmade Vegan Faux Leather Accessories | 5 Things to Give: Girlfriend Edition | Thoughtfully Handmade

She also makes the cutest faux leather bows! I really appreciate how Amanda sources her vegan leather from another small Canadian shop. We love it when creatives support other creatives!

Be You Boutique | Handmade Vegan Faux Leather Accessories | 5 Things to Give: Girlfriend Edition | Thoughtfully Handmade

Also, Amanda only uses stainless steel hooks for her earrings, so you don't have to worry. Want a custom colour or pattern? Amanda can help you create it to suit your girlfriend's aesthetic! Amanda takes pride in putting together everything by hand to ensure everything is perfect.

Be You Boutique | Handmade Vegan Faux Leather Accessories | 5 Things to Give: Girlfriend Edition | Thoughtfully Handmade

She also offers local pick-up if you don't want to pay for shipping! To get a pair today, visit Be You Boutique's Etsy shop and place your order. Make sure to say hi to Amanda on Instagram after your purchase!

3. Handmade Skincare

Dadirri Naturals | Handmade Natural Skincare | 5 Things to Give: Girlfriend Edition | Thoughtfully Handmade

If your girlfriend loves skincare as much as I do, you need to get her something from Dadirri Naturals. The owner, Ashley, carefully sources all of her materials from reputable suppliers in Canada.

Dadirri Naturals | Handmade Natural Skincare | 5 Things to Give: Girlfriend Edition | Thoughtfully Handmade

Everything but the beeswax is plant-based, and all of the products are naturally scented with essential oils. This is perfect for anyone looking to avoid harsh chemicals in their skincare routine!

Dadirri Naturals | Handmade Natural Skincare | 5 Things to Give: Girlfriend Edition | Thoughtfully Handmade

Ashley actually went to school in Australia and the UK for aromatherapy and natural products, which informs her decision-making process at Dadirri Naturals. So, all of her products smell amazing and have incredible health benefits. I love how all of Ashley's products are inspired by locations in Canada.

Dadirri Naturals | Handmade Natural Skincare | 5 Things to Give: Girlfriend Edition | Thoughtfully Handmade

This would be a great birthday or anniversary gift for your girlfriend because who doesn't use skincare products nowadays? Head to Dadirri Naturals' website to purchase! Remember to check out their Instagram page for behind-the-scenes fun and shop updates.

4. Handmade Jewelry

Sugar Free Love Jewelry | Handmade Jewelry | 5 Things to Give: Girlfriend Edition | Thoughtfully Handmade

Is your girlfriend more into dainty and elegant jewelry? Don't worry. Sugar Free Love Jewelry has you covered! The owner, Natalia, has always had a passion for creating jewelry in different forms.

Sugar Free Love Jewelry | Handmade Jewelry | 5 Things to Give: Girlfriend Edition | Thoughtfully Handmade

She is a silversmith who loves making things with her hands and exploring different techniques. Recently, she has focused on silver filigree, which is delicate metalwork. Again, I love how she sources her silver, gold, copper and natural stones from Canadian vendors online.

Sugar Free Love Jewelry | Handmade Jewelry | 5 Things to Give: Girlfriend Edition | Thoughtfully Handmade

So what makes Natalia's pieces unique? Well, she is Colombian, and they have a long-standing tradition for making silver filigree. However, Natalia is putting a contemporary spin on this traditional jewelry-making method, and the results are gorgeous!

Sugar Free Love Jewelry | Handmade Jewelry | 5 Things to Give: Girlfriend Edition | Thoughtfully Handmade

Place your order right now by going to Sugar Free Love Jewelry's website. You can also talk to Natalia on Instagram if you have any questions!

5. Handmade Cards

Birthday Bonanza | Handmade Birthday Card | 5 Things to Give: Girlfriend Edition | Thoughtfully Handmade

Want to be extra thoughtful for your girlfriend's birthday or your anniversary? A handmade card is your solution! I have many cards fit for all aesthetics. Just get her a card she'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!

Anniversary Cheers | Handmade Anniversary Card | 5 Things to Give: Girlfriend Edition | Thoughtfully Handmade

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.

Birthday Joy | Handmade Birthday Card | 5 Things to Give: Girlfriend Edition | Thoughtfully Handmade

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.

Anniversary Bonanza | Handmade Anniversary Card | 5 Things to Give: Girlfriend Edition | Thoughtfully Handmade

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! My goal is to make the gift-giving process easier for you. Even if you don't end up purchasing something from everyone featured, please go over to our social media and engage with us!

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