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Tips on supporting local for the holidays

  1. Stay safe - follow all public health guidelines if you're shopping in person or picking up items.
  2. Read shipping details - like where places ship from and to,  deadlines, etc. Many sites have a dedicated shipping info page especially due to changes from the pandemic.
  3. Research how and where products are made - if purchasing Canadian-made goods is important to you, always be sure to read product details.
  4. Read "About Us" pages - learn the story behind how and why the business started, who's running it and what causes they support.

Coffee

Coffee, honey, a candle and other assorted items for a holiday gift package

neighbourhoodcoffee.ca

Neighbourhood Coffee sells their own small-batch, quality beans (with subscriptions available) and have collaborated with other GTA businesses to put together holiday gift boxes.

Read about this family-run, community-oriented business that launched at the beginning of the pandemic in our .CA showcase.

transcendcoffee.ca

Edmonton-based Transcend Coffee offers free shipping in Alberta on orders of coffee products over $40 (and for the rest of Canada over $57). Try a coffee subscription which ships free within Canada.

yegcoffeeclub.ca

Every month subscribers from all over the world can enjoy coffee and goodies from YEG (that's a Canadian trendy airport code name for Edmonton) roasters and food producers.

lvcoffee.ca

Visit Little Victories' online shop to purchase coffee from their featured collection, brew gear,  t-shirts and more to support this Ottawa-based business.

beanaroundtownathome.ca

Eastern Canada’s top gourmet coffee subscription service claims that "we bring you the coffee. Order it, send it as a gift, or treat yourself to an ongoing subscription so you never run out." Check their Home Delivery Schedule to see rates for Ottawa, Ontario, and Canada wide.

Candles

thecopperbell.ca

Bad puns on great candles; a perfect gift for your friend who's been "workin' pine to five". Creator Katrina from Guelph has created a soy candle collection, having found that paraffin wax candles gave her headaches.

geekycandles.ca

Candles made in Calgary for every type of nerd: book nerds, cinema nerds and gaming nerds.

beeswaxworks.ca

Artisanal candles hand-crafted in the Pacific Northwest, using only pure, wild Canadian beeswax, a natural, renewable resource, sourced from apiaries throughout British Columbia and Alberta. 

joyfulhome.ca

Get candles made in Sudbury that smell as delicious as the desserts created for Diana's family recipe blog - just don't eat them! You can find candles that smell like cinnamon sticks, candy canes, or gingerbread cookies in their Christmas collection.

Snacks

ravenrising.ca

Raven Rising makes and sells chocolates and pastries with a focus on traditional ingredients sourced, wherever possible, from Indigenous people in Canada and throughout the world. They offer a variety of boxes and even several tiers of chocolate memberships.

Our support team member Matt very generously helped do some important research for this gift guide by ordering and testing out a box. His review: "Absolutely wonderfully delicious." 

smartsweets.ca

Wildly successful Vancouver-based Smart Sweets sells colourful candy with a lot less sugar.

reallyluxegifts.ca

High-quality gourmet delicacies, in a basket, shipped across Canada. After noticing the popularity of online shopping and following social distancing policies and restrictions amid COVID-19, a growing trend in online shopping, Valentina Payton launched Really Luxe. 

palmbites.ca

Gourmet dark chocolate covered dates, filled and coated in nuts. Free shipping on orders $30+.

templemans.ca

Award-winning buttercrunch toffee from Port Perry.

Potent potables: Craft beer, wine, and more

Beer o'clock at CIRA

Here's our list of Canadian breweries, wineries and more, for those of legal drinking age. 

Merchandise like t-shirts, hats, glassware and koozies make great gifts too - we've included a link directly to online stores for your convenience. 

Website Based out of

Direct link to merch/

gift ideas

beaus.ca Vankleek Hill, ON Glass & Barware
bicyclecraftbrewery.ca Ottawa, ON Glassware
bretonbrewing.ca Cape Breton, NS Shop
brothersbrewingcompany.ca Guelph, ON Shop
btpshop.ca Ottawa, ON Apparel

coldgarden.ca

Calgary, AB Merch
crookedmile.ca Almonte, ON Swag
dillons.ca Beamsville, ON Store
dominioncity.ca Ottawa, ON Merch
florahallbrewing.ca Ottawa, ON Merch
flyingmonkeys.ca Barrie, ON Shop
kbeer.ca Ottawa, ON Merch
kinsip.ca Bloomsfield, ON Gift sets
leftfieldbrewery.ca Toronto, ON Apparel
quidividibrewery.ca Quidi Vidi, NL Merch
revelcider.ca Guelph, ON Merch
wallerst.ca Ottawa, ON Merch

Home

potandpantry.ca

A curated kitchenware boutique, featuring Canadian-made housewares and gourmet grocery shipped Canada-wide or available for contactless pickup at their location in Ottawa.

muskokawoodworking.ca

Cutting boards, butchers blocks, cheeseboards, trays and more, made in Muskoka.

mycustomsportschair.ca

Your favourite sports team logo on an Adirondack chair proudly made in Stoney Creek ON. Can it get more Canadian than that? Use discount code “CHRISTMAS” to receive free shipping.

saltshop.ca

Canadian made and designed home accessories and art, inspired by the ocean in B.C.

thenooks.ca

The Nooks showcases Canadian makers and artisans from all across the country. Shop by province or by category for home decor, art and health and beauty products.

cheerfetti.ca

Cheerful gift boxes for all occasions, with a large selection of products made in Canada.

inkwellboutique.ca

Modern, handmade gifts from Halifax.Read the .CA showcase to learn more about this shop that sells its own prints and creations, along with handmade products from artists around the world.

Clothing and accessories

emilygill.ca

Bespoke rings, earrings and necklaces from Montreal designer Emily Gill.

smashtess.ca

Vancouver-designed, North American made, and globally inspired chic and cozy clothing. 

wearecdn.ca

Hats, hoodies and t-shirts that are fashionable and proudly Canadian.

shop.chayle.ca

Chayle jewellery is handcrafted in Ottawa, using only sustainable sources of silver and gold, fair-trade gemstones and Canadian diamonds.

gracedesign.ca

Each Grace Design bag is handmade on Vancouver Island, incorporating textiles from around the globe. 

jenny-bird.ca

Modern jewelry designed by Jenny Bird, originally from Elora.

canadianfrost.ca

Products handmade by a team of seamstresses, knitters & crocheters from the Okanagan Valley. 

purplemoosesocks.ca

Check out their Actually Made in Canada sock collection created in Ontario on vintage production machines from the mid-1900s. 

retrokid.ca

T-shirts and hoodies featuring staples from your childhood like Pokeroo and Mr. Dressup.

mariclaro.ca

Mariclaro makes bags and accessories in Snow Road Station, Ontario from repurposed materials - focusing on vintage automotive interiors and aviation materials. 

For kids

Canada map puzzle from Toy Maker of Lunenburg.

toymakeroflunenburg.ca

Canadian-made toys, games and brainteasers that inspire imaginations and creativity.

oledesign.ca

 Adorable baby apparel and accessories. Products are designed in Canada and handcrafted using premium quality fabrics in Europe and Canada. 

woodwoodtoys.ca

Wood Wood Toys, based out of Toronto, sells a collection of wooden toys from around the world, with a special focus on gently used, previously loved wooden toys. Be sure to check out their Canadian collection!

For pets

northernbiscuit.ca

Northern Biscuit Bakery has grown from selling one dog biscuit recipe at St. Jacob's farmers' market in 1992 to 18 recipes today, all using fresh, local ingredients from Canadian food growers.

woofpacks.ca

Subscription box of toys, natural treats and tasty chews.

todogswear.ca

Shop dog leggings, belly bibs, coats and more.  Tynk Outdoor Dogswear is focused on environmentally friendly and sustainable business practices and is a run by a mother-daughter duo.

millymepetproducts.ca

Handcrafted pet products like natural cat treats and cute bandanas, made in B.C.

 

Art

damnfineprints.ca

Vintage-inspired prints of Canada designed by a local Ottawa artist.

artwrk.ca

Online exhibition and e-commerce solution for temporary shows

yukonart.ca

North End Gallery showcases Yukon artwork, First Nations art and crafts, and fine gifts produced by Canadian artisans.

colinwhite.ca

Colourful prints of Ottawa, Toronto and other locations around the world.

Check out damnfineprints.ca which points directly to an Etsy store!

Books

verycanadianbooks.ca

Hundreds of books, old and new, by Canadian authors. There are books for all interests, including Flavours of New Brunswick and From Wall St. to Bay St.

typebooks.ca

A Toronto-based book store: shop a collection of books, puzzles, or fill out a brief questionnaire to get a mystery bag of books selected by staff.

octopusbooks.ca

A bookstore in Ottawa featuring a large selection of children's books in their webstore.

presslandgeneral.ca

Pressland General has many unique gift ideas including a Schitt's Creek colouring book and The Growler: B.C. Craft Beer and Cider Guide.

About this guide

As the .CA domain registry for Canada, we are proud to support and share the stories of the Canadian businesses who have chosen .CA to represent their brand.

For the past few years, we've been putting together a holiday gift guide for Canadians, listing .CA websites that either sell Canadian-made products or unique gift ideas for Canadians. This year, we wanted the gift guide to be bigger and better, because it has never been more important to support local, independent businesses over "the big guys". With the anticipated increase in online shopping due to the pandemic, we wanted to share a variety of unique and creative businesses across the country.

Know of a .CA business (or own one) that should be on this list? Please share it with us!

CIRA is a not-for-profit organization and proceeds from .CA registrations and renewals give back to the Canadian internet community - learn more.