Whether you’re in the “it’s Holiday go-time, let’s do this!” or “ugh, it’s the Holidays and I am already so overwhelmed” camp (honestly I’m fluctuating between these two every day) – it’s always nice to scroll through gift guides! So grab a cuppa something … preferably warm … and take a few minutes to peruse through some amazing goodies I’ve rounded up.
This year I’ve made three gift guides based on feedback from last year – For Her, For Kids, and (new this year) For Bookworms. I spend hours … hours … researching the corners of the web starting sometime in August to create these lists, so I hope you enjoy and get some inspiration for your own gift giving game! Wherever you are, I truly hope the upcoming season is restful and joyful for you and yours.
Frida Kahlo Mug
The Quirky Cup Collective – $35 USD
I am obsessed with the celestial amazing-ness that is The Quirky Cup Collective and her brilliant, joyful designs. My hubby surprised me with this set earlier this fall and I love them. This Frida mug is so bright and colourful, celebrating an amazing woman of history. The quote from Frida on the reverse side sums up 2020 so brilliantly: “At the end of the day we can endure much more than we think we can.”
You can find it here: The Quirky Cup Collective
Unicorn’s Garden Long Sleep Set
printfresh – $132 USD
I stumbled upon Print Fresh Pjs this summer when I saw this Bagheera Short Set and fell in love with the bold patterns and designs of this California based company. Aside from the amazingly quirky prints available, you can mix and match separate pieces to fit your personal tastes and made with 100% cotton, these breathable sets mean sweet dreams are guaranteed.
You can find it here: printfresh
Open Heart Ring in Silver
Lorraine West – $95 USD
I’m big on stacking jewelry, especially rings, and am always on the lookout for good quality, affordable pieces that will fit into my collection. Each piece of jewelry by this amazing Black Owned business is handmade, ensuring you have a unique creation just for you! This ring would look great on any finger, alone or layered.
You can find it here: Lorraine West
Mind and Body Bundle
Tease Tea – $35 CDN
I discovered this women-run Canadian tea company after they were featured in a Causebox and really fell in love with the quality and pure taste of their Midnight Mint tea. Free from dairy, wheat, GMOs, and developed with all natural flavours – this is truly high quality, flavourful tea that supports a great organization, who in turn support numerous women led businesses across the globe through their Founders Fund. I’m always on the lookout for companies that further good in the world; a great way for us to promote change with our dollars.
You can find it here: Tease Tea
Boyfriend Fit Flannel Shirt
Lands’ End – $54.95 USD
My family and I adore – and practically live in – Lands’ End flannel. So very soft and available in numerous patterns, everyone can use a new favourite comfy shirt this year to lounge away all our hours at home!
You can find it here: Lands’ End
Mason Jar Baking Mixes
Salt n’ Sprinkles – $19 USD
This fantastic Black Owned, women lead bake shop produces delicious sounding treats that are also Vegan and Gluten Free! If you follow along with me, you know I have a whole host of food allergies – gluten, eggs, and dairy – and am always seeking recipes for new, delicious Vegan/GF baked goods. These jars of pre-made cookie mixes would make an excellent gift this holiday for any cookie lover on your list … the problem will be which flavour to choose! (I’m thinking Birthday Cake because anything with sprinkles just sparks joy, amiright??)
You can find it here: Salt n’ Sprinkles
Friends Peephole Picture Frame
Urban Outfitters – $24 CDN
Any fan of the series is going to want this pronto! I mean, it’s iconic!
You can find it here: Urban Outfitters
Holiday Hair Fix Kit
Olaplex – $80 CDN
Beauty products always make it on my wishlist every year and I think there is no better gift for 2020 than this hair care kit from Olaplex. Since most of us haven’t been able to visit salons for haircuts, let alone treatments, this set will definitely please the beauty guru on your list! My salon uses Olaplex products because of their environmental regulations & Clean Beauty stance – my hair always feels very nourished and healthy with these products.
You can find it here: Olaplex
Ezcaray Matisse Scarf
Goodee – $100 USD
I know, it’s a scarf. Scarves get a bad rap of being boring and uninspiring …. but not this one. These beautiful scarves are handmade in Spain with 100% natural materials – mohair and wool. Founded in 1930, Ezcaray continues to be standard bearers for artisanal craftsmanship – working with local artisans, each piece is handmade with supreme wool fibres resulting in heirloom quality pieces. This scarf is fun, yet timeless, and purchasing this item through Goodee – a certified B, Black owned, Canadian company – ensures your dollars are fuelling good in the world.
You can find it here: Goodee
Dessert Stand Carrier
Anthropologie – $28 USD
I am obsessed with anything and everything Anthropologie … but especially their homeware/bakeware section. Anyone who has ever had to transport iced cupcakes, cakes, cookies or squares knows how useful a good baked good carrier is! What I love especially about this one is that it is a stand/display and cover all-in-one, making for quick set up, cover up and transport. As useful hosting as it is bringing to a party – a great host/hostess gift option.
You can find it here: Anthropologie
Laundry Love Wool Dryer Ball Set
Saje – $24 CDN
I’m new to this resoundingly popular natural oil, Canadian company and am super excited by this item! I’m always looking for ways to replace unnecessarily environmentally wasteful products – like cotton balls, plastic wrap, make up removing clothes and dryer sheets! Replace nasty dryer sheets (bad for you and the environment) with these woollen dryer balls + Tranquility Diffuser Oil set. Simply add 5-10 drops of diffuser oil to the woollen balls and toss into your dryer and voila! (Wool dryer balls are made from ethically sourced, cruelty free New Zealand Wool).
You can find it here: Saje
Bling Bunny Ring Holder
Modcloth – $23 CAD
Who doesn’t need an adorable bunny ring holder in their stocking or under the tree? Pair with the stunning Lorraine West Open Heart Ring and you have a super-stellar gift!!
You can find it here: Modcloth
Milk Jar Candles
Milk Jar Candle Company – $27 CAD
I love this local candle company, that is another female founded, philanthropic business. These amazing woodwick candles are made with clean burning coconut wax and all natural oils, resulting in a clean burning candle that is good for you and the environment. Additionally, with every candle purchased, a portion is donated to local charities AND they run a jar reuse program! A single candle, or a full membership, this would be a fabulous gift for the candle lover on your list!
You can find it here: Milk Jar Candle Company
Positive Vibes Only Wall Art
Urban Outfitters – $24 CDN
I love wall art from Urban Outfitters because you can buy just the print or add on a frame (in a numerous plethora of colours) for the perfect fit in your home. I think the sentiment of this piece is something we all need more of in 2020.
You can find it here: Urban Outfitters
Bite Beauty Gift Set
Bite Beauty – $30 CDN
As someone who is sensitive to gluten and eggs, its surprising how often those ingredients wind up in beauty products. I love that Bite Beauty clearly states what products are in their lip treatments and commits to making Vegan, high quality products. This 3 piece gift set is a great intro to the cult favourite brand.
You can find it here: Sephora