The beginning of autumn means one thing – the holidays are fast approaching. And there’s a lot of shopping to get done.
It comes as no surprise that online shopping has boomed in popularity, largely fuelled by coronavirus restrictions and lockdowns. It also comes as no surprise that the shipping services have been absolutely slammed for the last 18 months as a result.
What does this all mean? It means you want to start shopping early to ensure you can cross everybody off your holiday list without worrying about delayed orders.
If you’re looking for new businesses to support this holiday season, this list has you covered.
1. Acid League
For many, this holiday is the first that hosting people is back in season – and the return to hosting makes Acid League a perfect gift (both for others and as a gift for yourself!). Their product line includes wine proxies (the sampling kit makes an amazing gift!), apple cider vinegars, gourmet vinegar and vinaigrette, and more. Break out their vinaigrettes to prepare mouth watering dishes for guests, or offer proxies as a hostess gift.
2. Pretty By Her
Looking for a gift with a little more ‘tude to it? Look no further than Pretty By Her. Pretty By Her takes the classic gifts (like wine, candles, and notepads) and infuses them with an attitude that would make anybody laugh out loud – candles scented like Spruce Willis should be at the top of your list this year. They even have a thrifted section, if you ant to find something beautiful to give a second life to.
3. Canada Pooch
Odds are that you know somebody who got a dog in the last year and a half, if you didn’t get one yourself. That’s exactly why Canada Pooch is a great option for some holiday shopping, whether it’s for a friend’s pup or your own. You can find the cutest dog sweaters, coats, and rain jackets – plus accessories for humans!
4. Ferris Wheel Press
Ferris Wheel Press is the perfect gift for the writer in your life. Every tool a writer could read to turn their words into art is available through this luxury brand, including writing instruments, fountain ink pens, ink, notebooks and sketchbooks, and other accessories. Writers will be feeling creative in no time!
There’s no denying that holiday shopping gets expensive. But if you’re looking for affordable clothing to give somebody as a gift, with all the brand names, PlentySave is the place for you. The goal of PlentySave is to bring high quality brands to customers at a significant discount, and they hit that goal every time! When you get the best brand names for less, you can affordably be a holiday hero.
Looking for a wunderful gift for the little ones in your life? Look no further than Wunderkids! Founded by the parents of two young boys, the focus of this company is products for kids that are good for their development and the environment. When you purchase from Wunderkids, you know the products are mindfully sourced and being mindful of a bright future for the generation that you’re gifting to!
7. Makers Cabinet
If you want a gift that you know will be good quality and the recipient can enjoy for years to come, Makers Cabinet is an online store you’ll want to check out. What started with dissatisfaction with the disposal nature of stationary and a reimagined pencil sharpener turned into a range of quality tools that elevate the drawing and writing experience.
8. Ever & Ivy
Nice jewelry is a go-to gift because it’s always a hit and timeless – no doubt you’ll see the gift recipient wearing it for years to come! That’s why Ever & Ivy is a great place to help you cross any jewelry-wearers off your holiday gift list. When you shop with them, you know you’re buying a high-quality piece of jewelry that can be worn for any of life’s moments.
9. Drake General
Drake General Store has something for everybody on your holiday list – from baby blankets, onesies, and toys for the little ones to apparel and home decor items for the not-as-little ones. One standout product from Drake General Store is their family bundle onesies that let you get matching pajamas for the entire family, including any four-legged canine members.
10. Silk and Snow
What better gift is there to give your loved ones than a better night’s rest? Silk and Snow can help you do just that. With gifts that fit into any budget, you’ll be able to give people the gifts they need for a restful recovery after a busy holiday season at any price point.
If you’re looking for jewelry that is designed in Canada, Mejuri is a great place to look. With tasteful jewelry for every budget (and every jewelry-lover in your life) you’ll be able to cross a good piece of your shopping list off with their online store!
12. Collective Arts Brewing
Collective Arts Brewing is a great go-to for the craft beer lovers in your life. Their solid online presence also makes it easy to pick the perfect brew for loved ones while bundled up on the couch with a hot cocoa (with a bit of Baileys, if you want!).
13. Dispatch Coffee
Coffee is always a hit gift, and Dispatch Coffee helps you give a loved one the gift that keeps on giving. This Canadian company creates subscriptions of ethically-sourced and responsibly-traded coffee delivered right to your gift recipient’s door. It really is a holiday gift that gives all year round!
14. Peace Collective
Leisurewear is so in. Canadian businesses are also so in. And supporting businesses that give back? The most in. Cue Peace Collective, the Toronto-based apparel brand that produces high quality products with a purpose. Their collections are inspired by everything from Toronto-pride (a whole TTC line!) to childhood nostalgia (hello, Powerpuff Girls and Sesame Street collections), and ethically produced while giving back to Canadian causes.
15. The Give and Grow
So many people developed a green thumb during the last two years, and The Give and Grow makes it easy to elevate your green thumb with a passion for basketball. Their homemade planters are made so your plant sits in a basketball, creating the ultimate statement piece for sports and plant fans. If you want to get your hands on one of these, you’ll have to regularly check for their restocks. This product sells out fast!
With things starting to open back up, the new parents in your life are looking for new ways to adventure with little ones. This is where MiniMeis comes in. The shoulder carriers make it easy for parents that are on the go to comfortably (and stylishly) bring their kids with them, from six months to five years old! Kids get the best view in the house, and parents have two free hands. Win win!
16. The Rug Collective
The Rug Collective lets you give a gift of a rug that stays fresh no matter what. Rugs from them are kid-and-pet-mess friendly and machine washable! The best part is, with their nanoWipe technology, liquids simply roll off and wipe away – goodbye coffee stains!
While the holiday season isn't all about gifts, the shopping is still a fun part of it! Who doesn't love landing the perfect gift?
And when you shop ecommerce, you can land the perfect gift right from the comfort of home.
Happy celebrating – and shopping!