Online retailer gift guide: games, hobbies, tech

Still need to fill holiday wish lists? Canada’s small and specialty online retailers could have what you need

 
Gift inspiration can be hard to find. So how can you get everyone on your list something they’ll love? Don’t forget about Canada’s small and specialty retailers.
 
In our four-part online retailer gift guide, we invite you to check out our past and present Canada Post E-commerce Innovation Awards small business winners and finalists. When it comes to Games/Hobbies/Tech, Style, Home & Lifestyle or Outdoor Apparel – they have you covered.
 
Games / hobbies / tech
 
Snakes and Lattes
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With two Toronto locations, this busy café woos customers with its massive game board library. For the game aficionados on your list, just go online to access its even bigger virtual catalogue, with titles like Fury of Dracula and One Night Ultimate Werewolf.
 
Products are available online at snakesandlattes.com and at three locations in Toronto: its two west end cafes, as well as a holiday pop-up, which runs until January 8.
 
Nerd Block
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Its monthly subscription boxes are filled with pop culture paraphernalia – with themes like sci fi, horror, or the new Limited Edition Stan Lee Block. Customers can now also buy items anytime for home, office or on-the-go.
 
Products available online at nerdblock.com.
 
Big Al’s
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For animal lovers, this franchise offers everything for your finned, scaled or furry pet to thrive, from aquariums to grooming supplies to toys – along with all the online tips and support you could ask for.
 
Products available at 15 franchise locations across Ontario and Alberta, and online at bigalspets.ca.
 
Thalmic Labs
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For the ultra tech enthusiast, the Myo Gesture Control Arm Band lets you control technology hands free, by reading your arm gestures and converting them to action. No wonder this pioneer of wearable technology won our Most Exciting Start-up Award in 2015.
 
The Myo Gesture Control Arm Band is available online at Myo.com, as well as at select retailers including Amazon, Best Buy Canada and Newegg.
 
dbrand
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Phones, tablets, and computers are necessary gadgets, but they get scuffed and look the same. Their high-quality, durable skins solve both problems by offering protection, a ton of styles and amazing customization.
 
Products are available online at dbrand.com.
 
Canada Robotix
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It offers robotics parts and supplies, helping people build motorized games and toys, or more serious items like home monitoring systems. With Starter Kits under $75, they’re perfect for budding engineers of all ages.
 
Products are available online at canadarobotix.com, and in-store at its Markham, Ont., location.
 
PUSH

 
Catering to pro athletes, coaches and the amateurs among us, this retailer offers fitness tracking devices on a whole other level. Strap the Push Band around your forearm to measure your jump height and reaction time, or pull on the Push Waist Belt for analytics on your squat power. Everything syncs to phones and tablets.
 
Products are available online at trainwithpush.com.
 

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