Holiday Gift Guide
Here we go again, it’s the holiday season, but of course this won’t be like any other holiday season. I have put a lot of thought into this gift guide to include unique ideas, COVID friendly, some local, some never fails. While I am not going to preach to only shop small, because I know that is not feasible for all and I know it’s hard to pass up those matching family PJs from Old Navy, I encourage you to consider incorporating more small businesses into your shopping and consider buying less and more sustainable too.
Toronto Market Co – Good for Teachers, Friends, Co-workers – ANYONE!
I just discovered the Toronto Market Co and holy cannoli it is brilliant. It is basically every amazing food market you have attended but online. I love that you can buy from several vendors and get it all delivered for $15 (within Toronto), $25-$30 outside Toronto, or you can pick up for free from their Dupont location. I just ordered myself a cheese box, meat pie and gourmet cookies. I am just testing them for gifts of course!
Ketzel Baby – Personalized Gifts for Babies & Kids
This local Hamilton mom has a shop dedicated to personalized baby and kid gear ! I think a personalized sherpa blanket may be just the gift for baby’s first Christmas or a personalized backpack for a child starting daycare.
Pics by Mi – Personalized Gifts for Anyone!
Personalized gifts with your name! This local mom takes photos of real street signs across the city with your name and she can put it on anything from cards, socks, blankets and more! She has over 500 names and even found my son’s name which is a really unique one!
Never Fail Gifts – One for you, your Sister, your Mom etc.
Eco & Amour is Toronto’s Top Sustainable Living Boutique where you can purchase refillable beauty products and cleaning supplies. You can bring your own dry and clean containers to fill and you pay by weight. They also sell various other sustainable products such as reusable nursing pads to silicone straws. Eco & Amour was founded by two mamas!
Gifts that Give Back
Sockfootage – Good for Anyone you are Not Sure what to Gift
Did you know that socks are the most needed but least donated items at homeless shelters? This Toronto social entrepreneur recognized this need and created a one for one program for every pair of socks you buy, you get another pair to donate or Sockfootage can donate on your behalf. Perfect stocking stuffer or 1 of 8 Hannukah gifts. #Payitfootward
Cooks Who Feed – Good for Foodies and Chefs in your Life
Another Toronto social startup, Cooks Who Feed produce ethical aprons with locally sourced, recycled, and natural fabrics in Delhi, India. The aprons are made by women who live in poverty in Delhi and provide them with a safe work environment, paid training, a fair wage, and income security. For every apron sold 100 meals are also donated via partnerships with charitable organizations that rescue surplus food to provide immediate hunger relief. This apron is the ultimate gift for the cook in your life and it continues to give.
Q for Quinn – for the Matchy Family Type
This Toronto based business was created by a mom who needed some socks for her eczema laden kid. Q for Quinn started as a sock business, but now includes masks, pyjamas for babies and kids plus matching sock for the whole family. All products are made with organic cotton, are free from harsh chemicals and for every purchase a school meal is donated to a child in need through Mary’s Meals.
My Kindness Calendar – for the Family that want to Build New Traditions
My Kindness Advent Calendar could be your family’s new holiday tradition! It’s like a traditional Advent calendar but instead of getting a chocolate or toy, each day is an opportunity to give an act of kindness. Choose an act of kindness daily, from December 1 to December 25, from the reusable Kindness Decals included with your calendar or by adding your own ideas to the customizable decals. Use code ‘FORMYFRIENDS’ to get 10% off!
Good Food for Good – for the Condiment Lovers
Another Toronto start-up and Dragon’s Den alum, developed by a mom who wanted better products (specifically ketchup) for her kids. Good Food for Good creates organic ketchups, BBQ sauces, Mexican sauces and Indian sauces – all sweetened with dates. Every time you buy a product, they donate a meal to fight world hunger through their partnerships with Food Banks Canada, LA Food Bank and the Akshaya Patra Foundation. I personally love consumable gifts and gift a lot of them!
Experience Gifts – Gifts to Tell your Partner to Buy for you!
I love taking annual photos with the kids especially when the kids are soooo cute and little! Check out some of the GTA’s top photographers here! While we may not be able to take photos right now, a purchase for future photos means you’ll actually do it plus you’ll be supporting a small business! You could also include a gift card to a photo book printing to take it to the next level!
Dance & Fitness
A perfect gift for me is 10 pack class to my favourite dance studio or classes with my favourite fitness class, not just because it involved fitness, but also because it is guaranteed meeeeeee time! Lots of great options for virtual programs and eventually in person programs here.
Pre-pandemic, Culinary Adventure Co. delivered food tours around the city, I personally did their Canoe Paddle + Dining tour and it was AHmazing, so amazing that I bought another for my husband’s birthday in 2020, but we’ll be waiting to use it in 2021 (I hope!). While some tours are still being offered (post lockdown of course), they very swiftly pivoted to offer themed food Tours in a Box which includes top products from across the city and even Winnipeg as a recent special edition box. Move quickly to get their special Christmas market box.
Knix Lounge Wear – Comfy Gifts for all the Women in your Life
Loungewear is COVID’s hottest by-product and Knix just launched a new collection that looks pretty slick! The new collection is called Cozzzy cause it’s just that comfy! Knix also has soft pyjamas, bras, leakproof underwear, but I think one of their best-kept secrets is their Dream Short (see my full review here)! While underwear may not be a gift you give, the Cozzzy collection is perfect for your Mother-in-law! Use code Leagueofmoms10 to $10 off your order!
A Gift of Kindness – A Gift you Just Give
If you have the time, consider donating blood, you can do this any time of year of course, but since you are in a giving mood, get on it! Blood is always in high demand.
Home Dining Gifts – Good for Friends, In-Laws, Yourself!
Such an easy way to support your local restaurant and save yourself or your gift recipient a night of cooking – a gift card from a local restaurant. You can gift tired parents meals from The Kid’s Table for their kids, while you get something a little fancier for the adults. That might be the best gift for parents with young kids (just say’n). My kids got to try the meals from The Kid’s Table so we can attest that they are awesome!
Gifts for Kids (that don’t include more stuff in your house)
I am a fan of experience gifts whether it be an experience like a show, music class, call with a beloved character because you know your kids don’t need more stuff! Also activity boxes like KiwiCo, KoloKidz or Lovevery. Educational boxes like BYUS (toolkit for raising anti-racist and inclusive kids) and super affordable craft kits from J and J Crafts. Learn more about all my favourite subscription boxes for kids here
League of Moms / 11/25/2020