Local Love 10: The Great Canadian Gift Guide

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Nothing says you care quite like supporting Canadian brands. Everyone knows how important it is to support local businesses now more than ever, and the good news is, there’s no reason to look outside our borders when we’ve got all the best home goods, decor, and gifts right in our backyard.

From succulent handmade bar soaps to cozy streetwear, we’ve rounded up the top gift picks from our favourite Canadian makers across the country to show our appreciation for their hard work and unique contributions.

Check out the best homegrown gifts that you’ll be itching to give, no matter the occasion or holiday. Best of all, you can find everything on this list in Calgary or online!

Om Organics

Go ahead, pamper your loved ones. This BC-based organic skincare brand is making its mark on the green beauty industry, refusing to take parabens, sulphates, or toxic formulas for answers – and it doesn’t come with a high price tag.

Begin with their Vanilla Moon Bath Soak, follow up with a body scrub, and top it off with a whipped body butter to get that luminous glow. This Invermere gem makes its totally pure, plant-based skincare in small batches with high-performance ingredients.

Sold at this Calgary location: The Livery Shop (#100 – 1119 10 Ave SE) 

Blume

Know someone who could use a little more “me time”? Self-care for the go-getter never tasted so delicious, thanks to Blume’s organic elixirs. Simply add these plant-based superfoods to your cup, mug, smoothie, oatmeal bowl, or baked goods to help you power through life.

Unwind with their antioxidant-rich Blue Lavendar Blend, which supports a healthy sleep cycle and boosts your immune system. Or choose from a curated selection of elixirs based on need, from stamina and recovery, detox and focus, heal and revive, energy and detox, and immunity and strength. Shop this Vancouver brand online, through Boujee Box, or at your local Indigo.

Sold at this Calgary location: Kricket’s (318 Garrison Gate SW)

Matt & Nat

This Montreal-based lifestyle and accessory brand experiments with recycled materials such as nylons, cardboard, rubber, and cork to produce none other than their signature vegan leather handbags.

With over 9 million (yep, you read right) recycled plastic bottles a year, Matt & Nat is crushing the eco-friendly, sustainable fashion game with their bags alone. They manufacture the inner lining of every handbag, purse, and backpack with 100% recycled plastic bottles, and that plastic count doesn’t even account for their apparel, shoes, and accessories. Shop Matt & Natt online through their website or Indigo.

Sold at these Calgary locations: Matt & Natt (#167 – 6455 Macleod Trail SW), Nordstrom (6455 Macleod Trail SW), and Twisted Goods (2635 Shaganappi Trail NW and 100 Anderson Rd SE).

Fable

Food is part of anyone’s story. Fable is the top choice for premium tableware for everyday dining, from breakfast cereal to an elaborate homemade pasta night. This Vancouver-based brand specializes in hand-finished stoneware plates and bowls whose shelf life is timeless. Gift a dining set to friends and family to make every meal at home feel special.

The cherry on top? They’re a zero-waste company that partners with creators to design responsibly-made products. The packaging that arrives at your door is 100% recyclable and compostable. Not to mention, every purchase from Fable directly donates a meal to a youth in need through Mealshare.

Shop Fable online.

Do Good Paper Co.

Give the gift of productivity – in the form of beautiful stationery and notebooks. As its name suggests, Do Good does some real good for that person in your life who appreciates a touch of order. There’s no better feeling than getting organized and having a clear idea of what you need to tackle day-to-day, and Do Good’s paper products help even the most frenzied minds get settled.

Get inspired by writing down everyday tasks, to-do lists, or journaling down your musings. Do Good makes eco-friendly choices with recycled paper and soy ink. They also donate a portion of their proceeds from online sales to 10,000 Trees.

Shop Do Good Paper Co. online.

Mejuri

Who says fine jewelry can’t be worn every day? Toronto-based Mejuri begs to differ. This Canadian fan favourite jewelry brand gives new meaning to the term luxury. Perfect for the everyday hustle, Mejuri’s outstanding collection of gold, sterling silver, and diamond accessories can elevate any outfit and awaken a newfound sense of confidence.

Plus, each of their pieces can be traced back from mine to market. Mejuri’s craftsmanship is built on the principles of social and environmentally conscious behaviour and equal respect for human rights, health, and safety.

Shop Mejuri online.

KOTN

When in doubt, sock it out. Join the crew of stylish and practical fashion for your feet with Kotn. Their plush, cloud-like socks are padded for extra comfort and warmth yet breathable enough for year-round wear. Kotn’s basics are sourced from raw ingredients through direct trade in Egypt and Portugal, with fair labour practices and community collaboration.

Unlike fast fashion, Kotn’s products are built to last from the finest natural fibres, and proceeds go towards building and operating new schools in rural areas of Egypt. From bedding to menswear and women’s apparel, their products are 100% certified organic and lead the charge on the future of cotton.

Sold at these Calgary locations: The Livery Shop (#100 – 1119 10 Ave SE), Holt Renfrew (510 8 Ave SW), and Nordstrom (6455 Macleod Trail SW).

Field Kit

Mixed and poured in Inglewood, Calgary, Field Kit’s candles pack unforgettable scents. Whiff in beautiful combinations like fig and basil, pine and pepper, and amber and nutmeg to stir up inspired sensations and invite romantic moments by candlelight.

Field Kit reimagines everyday objects, so they strike a balance between being thoughtful and practical, minimal and impactful in design. Beauty meets utility in these reusable glass jars and gold tins, and each candle is made with 100% soy wax, fine fragrance oils, a clean cotton wick, and touts a 50+ hour burn time.

Sold at these Calgary locations:

Mumgry

Take the guesswork out of snacking with Mumgry’s all-natural nut butters. These delicious plant-based snacks use only the good stuff and were born from the dietary needs to prioritize every stage of motherhood, from pre-pregnancy, pregnancy, postpartum, and beyond.

Handcrafted and ethically sourced, Mumgry is low in sugar and high in protein, iron, and calcium. Whether you’re picking out a gift for a mom or not, these make the healthiest tasting treats. Try their bestseller, the Pistachio Chocolate Almond Butter.

Shop Vancouver-based Mumgry online.

Herschel Supply Co.

A Canadian classic, Herschel celebrates the everyday journey of people. Whether you’ve got places to go, people to see, or work to do, this Vancouver-based brand is travel-inspired and design-driven to encompass the human spirit of creativity and exploration.

Best known for its timeless toques and backpacks, Herschel makes the perfect gift for somebody in your life who craves constant adventure.

Sold at these Calgary locations:

  • Little Burgundy (6455 Macleod Trail SW, 317 7 Ave SW, and 3625 Shaganappi Trail NW)
  • Urban Outfitters (6455 Macleod Trail SW)
  • Sporting Life (3625 Shaganappi Trail NW and 100 Anderson Rd SE)
  • Nordstrom (6455 Macleod Trail SW)
  • Boathouse (6455 Macleod Trail SW, 3625 Shaganappi Trail NW, and 2525 36 St NE)
  • Zumiez (6455 Macleod Trail SW and 3625 Shaganappi Trail NW)

The homegrown advantage 

And there we have it – the power of shopping local. Canadian-made talent holds a special place in our hearts at Locate Local, and we’re sure that everything on our gift guide will be a hit with everyone on your shopping list.

Locate Local is a socially driven marketplace and community that matches people’s social interests and values-based shopping with local vendors to make supporting local that much more rewarding. Join our waitlist to be the first to connect with local vendors on what matters to you most.