I love everything about the holidays – sparkly decorations, gingerbread cookies, that radio station that plays Christmas music 24/7, Christmas trees, and those really predictable but heart-warming made-for-tv movies. What I also love is the challenge of finding the perfect gift for friends and family and this year my goal was to find Canadian-made options from small businesses doing great things. Below is my 2017 Holiday Gift Guide and the culmination of my search for some of the most amazing items made by incredible businesses.

Beauty & Personal Care Products

  • Bkind nail polish
    • Origin – Montreal, QC
    • Benefits
      • 7-free (free of the following toxic ingredients)
        • Toluene
        • Formaldehyde
        • Formaldehyde resins
        • Synthetic camphor
        • Dibutyl phthalate (DBP)
        • Xylene
        • Parabens
      • Vegan
      • Cruelty-free
      • Stunning colours
  • Fitglow Beauty Redness Rescue Cream
    • Origin – Niagara, ON
    • Benefits
      • Non-toxic
      • Vegan
      • Cruelty free
      • Immediately reduces redness of the skin
      • Soothes sensitive skin
  • Graydon Skincare Matcha Mint Shampoo
    • Origin – Toronto, ON
    • Benefits
      • Cruelty free
      • Vegan
      • Non-toxic
      • Leaves the hair soft, strong and hydrated
      • Smells delicious, like vanilla mint (reminiscent of the French Mint chocolates from Laura Secord)
  • Nova Scotia Fisherman Candy Cane Lip Balm
    • Origin – New Minas, NS
    • Benefits
      • Non-toxic
      • Cruelty free
      • Handmade
      • Petroleum free
      • Paraben free
      • Gluten free
      • Nourishes the lips
    • Grab it soon because it’s a limited edition!
  • Zyderma HS Clarifying Cream
    • Origin – Toronto, ON
    • Benefits
      • Non-toxic
      • Cruelty free
      • Vegan
      • Prevents growth of acne causing bacteria
      • Maintains the natural healthy microbiome of the skin
      • Broad spectrum antimicrobial
      • This product is great for teens as an alternative to harsh conventional acne treatments

Apparel & Accessories

  • My Home Apparel Sweatshirts
    • Origin – Truro, NS
    • Benefits
      • Canadian made garments
      • Hand printed
      • 5% of all profits are donated to homelessness initiatives across Canada
  • Goodluck Socks
    • Origin – Edmonton, AB
    • Benefits
      • So many funky and fun designs
      • Great quality
  • North Standard Trading Post Clothing
    • Origin – Toronto, ON
    • Benefits
      • Cozy sweaters
      • Good quality caps and toques
  • Spirit Rocks Jewelry
    • Origin – Burlington, ON
    • Benefits
      • Gorgeous natural crystal jewelry
      • A percentage of all purchases support the new beginnings of women, their children & rescue animals

Home Décor & Food

  • Coal and Canary Candles
    • Origin – Winnipeg, MB
    • Benefits
      • Soot and smoke free burning
      • Made with soy and vegetable wax
      • Handcrafted
      • Smell incredible
      • Quirky, fun names
  • Abeego Beeswax Food Wrap
    • Origin – Victoria, BC
    • Benefits
      • Beeswax wrap protects food from air and moisture
      • All natural
      • Reduces waste
  • Light & Paper Lasercut Decor (I am a huge fan of the laser cute brain and uterus)
    • Origin – Toronto, ON
    • Benefits
      • Unique and detailed designs
      • Cute Toronto themed ornaments
  • Split Tree Cocktail Co. Tonics
    • Origin – Ottawa, ON
    • Benefits
      • Made with natural ingredients
      • Can be mixed with soda water to make non-alcoholic beverages
      • Easy way to enjoy fun cocktails
  • Envy Pillow
    • Origin – Toronto, ON
    • Benefits
      • Provides ergonomic neck and spine support
      • Prevents the development of lines and wrinkles while you sleep
      • Reduces TMJ pain

I would love to see any of these items under the tree on Christmas Day. Another great gift for those you love is the gift of health – gift cards are available at the Integrative Health Institute for Naturopathic Medicine and Skin Health Treatments.

Have a beautiful day!

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