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
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.
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!
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!
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
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.
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!
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.
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
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.
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!
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.
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
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.
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.
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!
5. Handmade Cards
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!
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! 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!