Holiday Gift Guide

As a small business owner myself, I know the importance of shopping local. Last year, when I was living in Ottawa, I started my Shop Local Holiday Gift Guide and this year I am back with my second annual installment. This year, I’m featuring some great local shops from the GTA that have unique, affordable and high-quality gift ideas to help you finish up your holiday shopping.

Holiday Gift Guide

Winona Spice Company – Winona Spice Company creates delicious seasonings that don’t contain any MSG, salt, or any additives while still having amazing flavour! Currently there are five delicious blends available: Italian Seasoning, Tex Mex, Herbs de Provence, Pizza Seasoning and Garlic Seasoning. All spices are $5 each, but as a holiday special if you purchase all five spice blends for $25 you will receive complimentary wrapping as well as two baggies of spices as a little gift for yourself.  Purchase three or more gift sets and receive a free Italian Seasoning. Spices can be ordered by contacting Winona Spice Company via their Facebook Page.

8th Fire Designs –  8th Fire Designs is the brainchild of artist Christa Potter. Using her artist background and love and respect for First Nations art and culture, Christa creates beautiful, unique, handmade Cree moccasins. 8th Fire Designs moccasins passionately and intricately honour the craft of Canada’s Aboriginals in support of local indigenous young people. Moccasins can be purchased via 8th Fire Designs’ Etsy Shop and Facebook Page. A custom, hand-stitched, pair of moccasins make the perfect gift for anyone on your list.

Canoe – Canoe is a lifestyle shop dedicated to offering a curated collection of unique quality goods from local makers and authentic brands for men, women and the home. Canoe is committed to constantly seek out the very best in unique, small batch, quality and authentically made goods and to only offer products that are crafted with care and made to last. Shop Canoe in store at 233 Locke Street South in Hamilton or online at

Perfect Bite Bake Shoppe – In addition to presents, the holiday time means sweets, sweets and more sweets. No time to bake a dozen cookies for your staff holiday lunch or your family’s Christmas Eve party? Summer has your back. Summer, the owner and baker behind Perfect Bite Bake Shoppe, sells everything from gluten free and vegan protein bars, cookies, muffins and donuts to unique, beautiful layer cakes and beautifully decorated sugar cookies. Making sure that you get everything you want in a way that makes your eyes AND your tummy happy is what makes her happy. It’s all about the perfect bite. Contact Summer to get your holiday treats at or on her Facebook Page.

Chrysalis Yoga – You may have remembered last month’s post where I tried yoga for the first time at Chrysalis Yoga. After experiencing yoga, I can see why people love it and why this relaxing, healing and powerful practice would make the perfect gift. For $40, you can purchase 30 days of unlimited yoga and barre classes – the perfect gift for the yoga enthusiast or newbie on your list.

Refluff – I was first exposed to Refluff at the Toronto Veg Fest. I purchased a few of Adrienne’s drool bibs for some gifts for new mom friends of mine. After checking out her Etsy shop, I knew I had to feature Refluff on my gift guide. Adrienne’s use of fun, unique fabrics, as well as her commitment to having her products contain at least 50% upcycled content, makes Refluff a great place to pick up a unique and eco-friendly gift.

Giant Tiger – I bet a lot of you didn’t know that Giant Tiger is a Canadian company, with its head office in Ottawa! GT is the perfect spot to pick up some really affordable gifts, like a 2015 holiday mug for only 99 cents, or a monogrammed stocking for $12. Check out their Comfy Cozy Christmas Store for all your holiday shopping and décor needs.

Arbonne – Why not get the person you love a gift that is botanically based, safe and made without harmful chemicals or preservatives? With over 400 products, there is truly something for everyone. An easy gift everyone will love? Our ultra hydrating hand crème paired with set of gloves. Bonus: if you live locally, I will gift wrap and hand deliver your purchases. Easy, peasy Christmas shopping and you never need to leave your house.

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Written by Tracey