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Holiday gift guide for Canadians: 13 sites for online shopping [2019 edition]

When the weather outside is frightful, online shopping is so delightful. We've put together a list of creative gift ideas made by Canadians, for Canadians.
By Erin Hutchison
Content Marketing and Social Media Specialist

It’s back! If you need help with holiday shopping, and like to keep it Canadian, we’ve put together a list of unique, creative gift ideas made by Canadians, for Canadians. Most of these great .CA businesses offer online shopping so you can stay out of the cold and avoid the crowds this holiday season.

For the friend with bare walls |

These prints by Ottawa artist Colin White are certain to add some colour and local charm to any space! You can order urban sketch prints featuring iconic locations in Ottawa, Toronto and more or purchase some beautiful wintery holiday cards.

For the East-Coaster that misses home |

Give a little piece of Nova Scotia! The folks at Fundy Treasures collect agate (Nova Scotia’s official gemstone) from the shore and incorporate it into various products like candles and guitar picks.

For the sweet tooth |

Templeman’s, from Port Perry, Ontario sells award-winning buttercrunch toffee. .CA team taste-tested and approved!

For the even sweeter tooth |

This family-owned business from Winnipeg, sells a customizable monthly subscription box of high-quality candy from Canada, the U.S. and around the world.

For the happy glamper |

Cute mugs and decorations are available at Kept Shop, a family-run boutique in Dartmouth, N.S.

For your worldly friend |

Ten Thousand Villages creates opportunities for artisans in developing countries to earn income by bringing their products and stories to our markets through long-term, fair trading relationships. We had several people recommend this website to include in our 2019 guide!

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For the foodie |

Treat someone you love to a fancy dinner in Vancouver with a restaurant gift card or to one of Vij’s books like A chef’s one-way ticket to Canada with Indian spices in his suitcase.

For the accessorizer |

Mariclaro makes bags and accessories from repurposed materials – focusing on vintage automotive interiors and aviation materials. Who doesn’t want a bag with a neat story behind it?

For the friend who always has funkier socks than you |

Sign your friend up for sock of the month club from this proudly Canadian company based in Toronto!

For the makeup lover |

SAPPHO New Paradigm is a clean, conscious and vegan makeup brand made in Canada, founded by an Emmy-nominated makeup artist out of Vancouver.

For the skincare addict |

Friends and co-founders Elise and Joanne found inspiration amidst the luminous trunks of boreal birch in the Yukon for their line of skincare products.

For your eco-conscious friend |

This Calgary-based gift shop stocks a wide variety of products made from recycled or upcycled materials. Get a one-of-a-kind gift for someone special!

For your bearded buddy |

Choose from over 50+ premium hair, skin, beard and body care products inspired by nature.

About the author
Erin Hutchison

Erin brings to CIRA a background of marketing experience in higher education and the not-for-profit sector. In 2015, she participated in ISOC’s Youth@IGF Programme and traveled to Guadalajara, Mexico to attend the IGF. She has a Bachelor of International Business from Carleton University.