Shop Local Series: Ontario Gift Ideas

Kickstart the holiday season and celebrate Ontario pride with unique gift ideas from local makers, creators and designers. Many local shops pay it forward with ethical, eco-forward products and by supporting causes in their communities, including support for frontline workers, making your gift all the more meaningful.

Take advantage of convenient online shopping, direct shipping or contactless pick-up, so you can check off everyone on your gift giving list while staying safe and practicing physical distancing. Ontario encourages everyone to travel safe during this time and follow public health guidelines. It is important to practice physical distancing, frequent hand washing and wearing a non-medical face covering where required or where physical distancing is a challenge. Learn more about Ontario’s COVID-19-related health and safety measures at Ontario.ca/coronavirus.

CLOTHING AND ACCESSORIES

A boy wearing a ‘Home is Toronto’ sweatshirt

Photo credit: Peace Collective

Peace Collective, Toronto
Known for its ‘Toronto vs. Everybody’ and ‘Toronto is Home’ apparel, Peace Collective has a collection of gift-worthy clothes, like the fan collection showcasing loyalty to the Toronto Raptors, Toronto FC and the Toronto Blue Jays. Your purchase supports local food banks in the fight against COVID-19.
Get a free face mask and shipping on orders over $100.

Echoes in the Attic, Bradford
Over 100 tons of fabric have been rescued from landfills to create vegan eco-chic bags and purses. These hand-made “upcycled” products are the brainchild of two dedicated Bradford-based ‘mompreneurs’. The Tomboy line, inspired by letter carrier bags, or stylish weekender bags make great gifts.
Shop online and spread the love to family, friends and the good earth.

Whit Kingston, Kingston
This Kingston-owned shop, with a full line of Men’s and women’s apparel, proudly celebrates the city, its downtown and surrounding neighbourhoods.
Free delivery in Kingston.

Illbury + Goose, London
Strong Ontario roots from Woodstock and Strathroy are steeped in the name Illbury + Goose, and its anchored maple leaf logo amplifies their deep Canadian identity. Find stylish knit toques and classic caps, or browse their selection of classic t-shirts and tanks.
Shipping and in-store pick-up available.

A dog wearing a bandana cuddles with its owner

Photo credit: Muskoka Bear Wear

Muskoka Bear Wear, Bracebridge
Choose from a wide assortment of colours of cozy fleece tops and bottoms for those chilly winter days or for lounging around the house. Adorable sizes are available for infants, so even the smallest ones can sport Muskoka pride with style. Don’t forget your furry, four-legged family members. Doggie bandanas are available with proceeds going to local Muskoka OSPCA.
Free shipping on all orders within Canada for purchases over $49 before tax. Curbside pick-up also available for local online orders.

MILK Shop, Ottawa
Indulge in some capital chic. Choose from a wide range of stylish women’s clothing, jewellery and accessories for the fashionista on your list.
Make an appointment to reserve a shopping session in person, or order online to pick up or ship.

Ungalli Clothing Co, Thunder Bay
Ungalli proves eco-conscious living does not compromise on style and quality. These sisters have championed their love of the environment into an ethically produced clothing line and home products made out of recycled and organic material since 2014. Check out the ‘See You Soon’ charity collection for products that support people in need.
Orders are shipped via Canada Post.

Outpost General, Little Current
Inspired by lazy days of summer on Manitoulin Island, this cottage supply store sells hand-picked goods and gifts, like their super cozy ‘Island Time’ hoodies.
Shipping calculated at checkout.

PTBO Northern Originals, Peterborough
Born out of love for Peterborough, PTBO Northern Originals delivers apparel with bold, original designs that showcase the best of the city and its surrounding outdoors. Currently, a portion of proceeds from The Solidarity PTBO t-shirts go towards investing in hospitals and helping frontline workers.
Shipping is free for orders of $100 or more.

The Positive Inception, Sudbury
Give comfort and joy when you gift cozy hoodies, sweaters, hats and other apparel with positive messaging. Owner Ryan Benoit was born with cerebral palsy, but that didn’t deter him from channeling his positive outlook on life into motivational messages that promote good in the world. The ‘Frontline Hero’ line donates a portion of the profits to the COVID-19 support fund at Health Sciences North.
Add a gift note to your online purchase at checkout.

STOCKING STUFFERS

Four pairs of fun socks

Photo credit: The Spacing Store

The Spacing Store, Toronto
Toronto-centric gift ideas for the Toronto urban patriots on your list. Choose from various types of buttons, tote bags, magnets and games that celebrate the city’s neighbourhoods, or gift a book on local architecture and history. For the lighthearted, there are also various products that proudly feature images of raccoons, the unofficial mascot of Toronto.
Free shipping in Canada on purchases over $80, use promo code Over80 at checkout.

Too Good General Store, Unionville
Now exclusively an online shopping experience, discover a treasure trove of Canadian made goods and gifts virtually. Stock up on adorable, practical, and unique stocking stuffers this season that will score you big points with everyone on your shopping list.
Gifts can be delivered to multiple locations at checkout.

One and Only, Fergus
From home décor and artwork to bath and beauty items, find unique local and Canadian made artisan gifts, including zero waste and refillable products.
Shipping available across Canada.

One Of a Kind Show, Toronto
Toronto’s favourite craft and artisan marketplace is exclusively online this year. Register for free and shop over 700 of the best Canadian artists and makers.
Digital event runs October 22 – December 20.

WELLNESS AND BEAUTY

A sprig of lavender with lavender soaps

Photo credit: Steed & Co. Lavender Farm

Steed & Co. Lavender Farm, Aylmer
Give the gift of serenity in a basket featuring lavender soaps, lotions and lip balm. Lavender enthusiasts will appreciate the personal care taken to harvest the different types of lavender from Ontario’s top lavender farm in Elgin County.
Shipping costs vary by location.

Haute Goat, Port Hope
Legend has it that Cleopatra bathed in raw goat milk for its anti-aging properties. These nutrient packed, hand-made goat milk skin care products are fit for the queen on your list.  
Shipping is free on orders of $100 or more in Ontario (cannot be combined with any discount).

Fulton’s Farm, Ottawa
Organic bath products with a hint of maple-scented luxury sold by Ottawa’s Fulton’s Farm make for great gifts. The products contain shea butter for ultimate moisturizing during dry winter months.
Shop by appointment or online for delivery or pick-up.

The Maker’s Hub, Whitby
Artisans are connected with buyers online. Learn about the creative makers behind some of these wonderful products, like the Healthy Glow Eco Shaving Kit designed for eco conscious men and women.
Purchase online for pick-up at the store.

A candle surrounded by tea, apples, cookies and a notebook

Photo credit: Serendipity Candle

Serendipity Soy Candles, Collingwood
Choose from over 175 organically made soy candles that are clean burning for the zen seeker on your shopping list. Photo candles add that personal touch to your gift.
Shipping costs calculated at checkout.

Shea Organics, Collingwood
Shea Organics specializes in organic skin care and makeup that is vegan and cruelty-free. Create a personal gift bag with skin products like the Face Food facial mist, an essential skin quencher during the dry winter season, or create a gift bag featuring available mini bottles of skin care.
Free samples included with every purchase.

FOR THE KIDS

A set of blue mitts, scarf and hat

Photo credit: Mini Mioche

Mini Mioche, Toronto
Simple, soft, comfy basic clothes and accessories for babies and kids made from organic cotton. All clothing knit, dyed, cut and sewn in Canada.
Free shipping on orders over $100 in Canada.

Tickled Pink, Ottawa
We love the variety of great kids’ clothes and accessories at this independent gift store owned by a couple fittingly named Jack and Jill, like the snug animal-themed mittens that make adorable puppets or the reversible toques so your little one can sport a beaver hat one day and switch to a moose hat the next day. Grown up stuff is also available.
Free shipping in Canada for purchases over $50 and free local delivery for over $25.

Hip Kids, Kingston
From stroller to Tiny Tims, Hip Kids has everything you want or need for your baby.
Free local delivery.

August Kinn, Toronto
Your go-to for all things over-the-top cute for babies and toddlers.
Free shipping on online orders over $75 (some exclusions).

Sprout Baby, Sudbury
Handmade and organic knit baby and toddler wear, including an exclusive Northern Collection line of adorable ‘I’m a Northern Kid’ hats and clothes.
Select either Canada Post shipping or pick-up at checkout.

RUSTIC GIFTS

4 painted paddles

Photo credit: Onquata Padddles at Maker House Co.

Chuck and Wood, North Bay
Beautiful and functional wooden furniture, boards and lifestyle products are created in a modest North Bay workshop. Get a handsome handcrafted charcuterie board for the foodie on your list.
Free local delivery and curbside pick-up available.

The Lemonade Stand, Uxbridge
Specializing in farmhouse décor, this creative vintage studio is your go-to for friends or family who love the rustic chic look.
Choose from ship or pick-up at online checkout.

Maker House Company, Ottawa
There’s no shortage of unique, locally-made gifts at this Ottawa gem that is dedicated to #CraftChange in the community. The curated collection includes a broad range of DIY kits for the crafty people on your list.
Free shipping for orders over $99, curbside pick-up is also available.

INDIGENOUS INNOVATIONS

Indigenous art

Wolf Den, Parry Sound
Choose among a wide selection of intricately detailed Indigenous arts and crafts, including hand crafted pottery, birchbark and porcupine boxes, jewellery, carvings and an assorted variety of warm and comfortable moccasins.
Shipping options include tracking and insurance.

Janelle Wawia, Thunder Bay
Talented Anishinaabe Thunder Bay artist, Janelle Wawia has received numerous accolades for her work.
A limited inventory is available online, including earrings and pillows. Contact Janelle about custom orders.

The Snow Goose Gallery, Ottawa
Specializing in Indigenous arts and crafts for over 50 years, including sculptures, drawings, carvings and moccasins.
Shipping costs calculated at checkout.

Note: Please confirm delivery details with each business before ordering as options may change.

Main image photo credit: Too Good General Store

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