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2021 Gifts & Shops List: Ethical, Local, Eco-Friendly & Interesting in Canada

**Updated for December 2nd 2021 to include Québec local shops

There are so many wonderful independent shops to buy from this year. Please consider them. I myself, am trying very hard to NOT buy from big box stores and retailers and to support smaller businesses. Plus, their stuff is awesome.

Please note a few things:

  • I have only shopped at the places I put a * at
  • Not all shops fit into one category  so browse!- some are clothing & home, some are accessories & home, etc.
  • This is by no means comprehensive, I will add them as I think of more places, etc.

GENERAL MARKETPLACES

*Not Amazon.co: Literally not Amazon, a listing of local companies by city, Montreal is not on there 🙁

*Etsy: Another fabulous local marketplace, just click on FILTER BY: CANADA and you will find all Canadians

INDIGEOUS-OWNED

Warren Steven Scott: I have 4 of his earrings. The metallic ones are amazing.

Tochtliwear: Clothing and accessories

Indicity: Earrings

Savage Rose: Earrings

mîkisikahtak creations: Earrings

HOME

*Topsy Farms: Stella Ontario farm – Wool blankets, wool toys, mittens, etc. I own their wool stripe blanket and it’s cosy.

*Signé Locale: A lovely shop full of Québec artisans, from food to the best toys and jewellery

*Dans le sac: We own many of their bread & baguette carrying / storage bags and so on.

Cheerfully Made: A marketplace for all sorts of things from home to decor to clothing to food

Maker House: Canadian gifts – food, home decor

Doe a Deer Design: Home decor

Made for the Lake: Cottage-wear, items, etc

Atelier C.U.B.: Very cool woodwork, stuff for adults like furniture but also toys you can put on the fridge for you or your kids to play with like a magnetic rolling wooden play set

Ceramik b.: Beautiful ceramic pieces

Coop Etabli: Handmade furniture. Minimalist and sleek.

Louie George: Wood furniture in cool shapes and design ideas, like a hamoock ladder seat

DECOR (ART + VASES)

ANML: Beautiful earth-toned watercolours

Janna Yotte: If you want anatomical art and other such medical-related oddities (think if Salvador Dalí was a doctor), this is your stop.

Goye: Ceramic plates, cups and so on

CYRC. Design: Cool organic shapes for vases and bowls

Atelier C.U.B.: Very cool woodwork, stuff for adults like furniture but also toys you can put on the fridge for you or your kids to play with

Mie Kim: Gorgeous organic shapes for ceramic bowls and rough edges.

Maison Lacombe: Artwork in bright colours, rugs and beautiful pieces

Poterie Victor: Carafes, vases, bowls, and cups

Ceramik b.: Beautiful ceramic pieces

Veronique Buist: Beautiful textural, handmade art

Mérida Anderson Ceramics: As it says – pretty ceramics, they look like spotted eggs!

Low Poly Paper Kids: DIY animal paper sculptural art. You must be patient to do them, in my opinion.

CLOTHING & ACCESSORIES

*From Jess & Jules: Candles, Clothing, Hat, Accessories. I bought their picnic blanket, and velvet robes.

*Luxe B Pampas: They sell grass as decor, but they have hats and other fun home items

*The Arterego: Adina is my friend who sells her upcycled creations on IG. I bought two necklaces from her and I am waiting for some earrings now!

*Signé Locale: A lovely shop full of Québec artisans, from food to the best toys and jewellery

*Coal Miner’s Daughter: One of my favourite Toronto haunts for clothing, accessories and home decor

*Nastasy: Etsy boutique for feather earrings

*Body Bag by Jude: Cool minimalist Montreal designer of clothing. I have a dress and tee from her, very cute.

*Hailey Gerrits: I have a few of her necklaces, they’re great boho + minimalist pieces for layering

*Flourish Stoneware: Ceramic jewellery – their earrings are GORGEOUS, I have 3 of them.

*This Ilk: I own a whole collection of her vintage, recycled lace jewellery.

*Workshop / Flock boutique: Independent Canadian designers for jewellery, clothing and things in Ottawa.

*Seven Prairie: Gorgeous long fringe beaded earrings.

Milk Shop: Clothing & accessories

Cheerfully Made: A marketplace for all sorts of things from home to decor to clothing to food

Kindred: Clothing and accessories

Silk Laundry: Shop in Montreal but is an Australian brand I think. A lot of high-end silk stuff, v. pricey, you have been warned.

Elisa C-Rossow: Luxury eco-conscious clothing for women, you have been warned again because her stuff is incredible including the vegan apple leather bag she is making

Ora-C: Gorgeous floral and other interesting jewellery that is organic and natural

Marianne Harvey: Silk scarves

Esser Studio: Clothing, bedding and the like

457 Anew: Recycled women’s and men’s plastic outerwear

Atelier Hotel Motel: Sneakers and sneaker accessories

Caribou Boutique: Hats, winter gear, and loungewear

Fermé Shop: Minimalist basic clothing for women and men

LLY Atelier: Minimalist, fluid organic jewellery

Nina Janvier: Organic fluid shapes for jewellery

Gabrielle Desmarais: Minimalist, architectural jewellery

Partoem: Classic, minimalist, boxy, structural leather goods

FOOD

*Signé Locale: A lovely shop full of Québec artisans, from food to the best toys and jewellery

*Délice d’érables: Maple syrup goodies of all kinds. I made a huge gift box for someone once.

*YVR Stuffed Cookies: I love their SKOR cookie the best.

Craig’s Cookies: Cookies are seriously having a moment.

Qantu: Artisanal chocolate made in Québec from bean to bar

Nos cabanes: Local Québec maple syrup and flavoured syrup

O Sirop: Syrups to make mocktails and drinks

Zoe Ford: Baking mixes to make delicious baked goods at home

Cheerfully Made: A marketplace for all sorts of things from home to decor to clothing to food

Allo Simonne: Spreadable deliciousness, like Nutella but way better with no palm oil etc.

La pincée: Spice blends made in Québec

Les Filles Fattoush: Syrian spice blends, and products

COFFEE + TEA

*Gourmet Tea Boutique: Their website leaves a lot to be desired, but they’re the only place I can find my luxury tea

94 Celcius: Artisanal coffee

Café Pista: More artisanal coffee and goods

SKINCARE

*Signé Locale: A lovely shop full of Québec artisans, from food to the best toys and jewellery

*Audre Skincare: Local Montreal store. I love their Savasana lotion.

Palo by Aimée and Mia: The most amazing smelling handsoaps and facial care items sold in GLASS bottles, not plastic

Apprenti Ôr’ganik: Artisanal handmade body washes, and cleansers, creams, and lotions

Embody apothecary: Masks, serums, skin oils and the like

BottleNone: Shampoo & Conditioner bars

Among the flowers: Candles and skin care

The Daily Essentials: Skin oils

Lou La Belle Skincare: Skincare

Garden City Essentials: Skincare

Cheerfully Made: A marketplace for all sorts of things from home to decor to clothing to food

CHILDREN’S CLOTHING & TOYS

*Signé Locale: A lovely shop full of Québec artisans, from food to the best toys and jewellery

*Raplapla: Little Bun LOVES this store. He has Stuffies from here. All slowly made in Montreal.

*Mini Mioche: Children’s clothing. Little Bun’s fave striped pants came from here until he wore it into shreds. If they made it for larger kids now, I’d snap one up in a heartbeat.

Kid’s Things (Trucs d’enfants): All clothing for children – hats, shirts, pants, etc

Couscous Clothing: Little rompers and sets for children

Atelier C.U.B.: Very cool woodwork, stuff for adults like furniture but also toys you can put on the fridge for you or your kids to play with

Brownstone Playhouse: Soft dolls and toys made of various colours (YES! DIVERSITY!), and are heirloom, handmade pieces with stunning detail

Blass Boutique: Clothing for kids made in Montreal

Comme des géants: Locally produced, BEAUTIFUL books in French for kids

Monsieur Ed: More locally produced, GORGEOUS books in French for children

Cheerfully Made: A marketplace for all sorts of things from home to decor to clothing to food

Just Peachy Boutique: Kids toys, clothing, and fun items for families.

Peanut & Bumble: Children’s clothing

Growing.Co: Children’s clothing

MONEY-RELATED

100 Day Financial Planner – Via Alyssa of Mixed Up Money also available on Amazon

Like a Boss Books – Shameless self plug, these are my ebooks, also all available on Amazon in paperback!

The Wealth Building Budgeting Tool – All net proceeds go to charity, also sold on Etsy here

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