By Lucie Huang
As December rolls in and the holiday season starts to sneak up on us, the stress of gift-giving can start to become overwhelming. But, there are ways to make it less daunting and even enjoyable.
With more and more big corporations dominating shopping culture, many small businesses are at risk of losing jobs and profit. Just by purchasing at a local business, you are supporting the livelihoods of community members, making new connections with entrepreneurs, and changing the norms around shopping (not to mention the fact that small businesses are able to provide more unique and high quality products!). They’re much more likely to source their materials from local providers, so you can rest assured you’re getting high value for every dollar. Offering you a better shopping experience overall, they are definitely an overlooked resource when it comes to buying quality, thoughtful gifts.
But don’t take our word for it, check them out for yourself! Below are just a few local businesses to hit up in the Toronto area this winter. Get that perfect gift quicker, and maybe even find something for yourself, from these inspiring, mindful brands.
Led by Sarah and Laura, Eco+Amour is a beauty company that specializes in zero-waste and eco-conscious skincare. Sourcing all their ingredients ethically, the company also collaborates with several sustainable brands. With refillable products and clean packaging, this is a great spot to pick up some skincare sets and products to give to friends and family. You can find them in several locations in the GTA, but also on their website.
Evio Beauty is a brand that focuses on social activism, sustainability and quality, led by a team of BIPOC women. All about beauty that is good for you and good for the world, their products are vegan, clean and affordable. A large share of their profits are donated to local charities and non-profit organizations, and almost all of their products are under $35. Check out their best-selling colour sticks and lipsticks or pick up one of their beauty sets at their website.
A Canadian, female-run business that features Canadian artists and entrepreneurs, Rose City Goods is a place to find unique, trendy and affordable home decors and accessories. The variety of handmade and vintage goods offers thoughtful and sustainable gift choices that can’t be easily found elsewhere. Drop by their Toronto location to check out their collections or buy from them online.
Last but not least, Anice Jewellery is a small company with two locations in the Ossington and Wellington areas that creates beautiful, affordable and customizable jewellery. Hand-designed by founder Britt Hopkins, their works are simplistic and elegant, with customizable features such as engravings, materials and gems. Stop by their shops to design a piece for a loved one, or as a treat to yourself.
Be sure to bookmark this page to refer back to when you’re searching for that perfect gift this year! Stay tuned to our blog for more holiday content and inspiration for the new year.