Canada’s specialty retailers offer expertly sourced and mindfully curated food and home products for any personality, from chocoholics to cat lovers
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.
Home & lifestyle
Mix and match 24 vibrant colours of 100% cotton sheets and covers to create personalized looks for your bed. New artist collaborations are upping this retailer’s creative factor even more.
Products are available online at bedface.ca.
Learn more from Brad Westerop, co-founder of bedface, which was featured as a pop-up shop at the launch of Canada Post’s innovative new post office in Vancouver.
Usher in the light with made-in-Canada candles of all shapes, scents, and colours. Besides individual tapers and pillars, boxes of tea lights and votives, you’ll also find oil diffusers and room sprays.
Products are available online at yummicandles.com, or in-store at its location in Mississauga, Ont., or its new store on Queen Street West in Toronto. Get a visual tour of Yummi Candles products below.
Food and drink items always make great gifts! Check out these options:
Fresh ingredients, sustainable practices, chocolaty goodness. Choosing local ingredients whenever possible, this retailer is known for one thing: delicious quality.
Products are available at purdys.com as well as in-store at locations across Ontario, Alberta and B.C.
Tao Tea Leaf
It offers a collection of 180 teas and blends, including 53 certified organic selections – and it sources traditional teas directly from growers and tea masters around the world, especially China. Teaware and gift sets are available too. Its digital gift certificates are super convenient.
Products are available online at taotealeaf.com, in-store at its downtown Toronto location, and through various retailers including Staples Canada and Amazon.ca.
It aims to find the best quality green coffee in the world, and bring it to Canadians. You can also find premium equipment for coffee lovers who want to up their brewing game.
Products are available online at transcendcoffee.ca, as well as at its three Edmonton-based cafe.
Monthly subscription boxes allow you to keep giving all year. Here are five great options that are available to order online:
Yes, the gift of cured meat. Faux wood boxes are filled with four to six cured meats from global charcuterie artisans. Christmas specials are available – but get your orders in by December 18 to ensure the gift arrives before the big day.
The Roasters Pack
Three different packs of artisanal roasted coffee beans are delivered every month. Tasting notes and stories about the artisans complete the experience for this former Consumer Champion winner.
Its global wines seek to broaden the palate, along with tasting notes, background info, and tips on food pairing tips and etiquette. For the holidays: 15 subscription packages available for a range of budgets.
Healthy, natural and simple ingredients go into their breakfast products so you can start the day right. An array of wholesome holiday gift packages are available.
These cat lovers curate every monthly box to make your cat happy. Each shipment contains a mix of unique toys, quality goodies and of course… the cat-friendly box. With every meowbox a can of food is donated to a shelter cat. Gift subscriptions are available.