From pop culture tees to personalized jewellery, these E-commerce Innovation Award small business winners and finalists offer great gift options
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.
Affordable, high-quality made-to-measure menswear. With your measurements on file, you can shop in-store or online for custom shirts, pants, jackets and suits. You can also choose from ready-to-wear accessories like ties, cuff links and overshoes. For a great stocking stuffer, check out the TIE UP against Prostate Cancer 2016 tie and pocket square, with proceeds going to support prostate cancer research. Gift cards are also available.
Products are available online at surmesur.com and in-person at eight locations across Quebec and Ontario, as well as at two U.S. locations in Chicago and Pittsburgh. Customers in Toronto and Quebec City can also book services for their home or office.
Hear more from owners Vincent and François Thériault about how Surmesur works, and their six-year campaign to support prostate cancer research.
Ethically made fashionable leather shoes and boots, with added sizes for foot and calf widths, make for a perfect fit. Exquisite made-to-measure options are also offered. Gift cards are available – use online, or wait for one of their cross-country pop-up shops to come your way.
Products are available online at poppybarley.com as well as in-person at its flagship store in Edmonton, along with regular pop-ups in Toronto, Calgary and Vancouver, where it also operates a permanent store-within-a-store. Information on locations are available on its website.
Choose from its incredible selection of moccasins and mukluks, which feel like traditional footwear yet have soles designed to handle urban wear-and-tear. Or opt for a one-of-a-kind Storyboot hand-crafted by indigenous artisans who receive 100% of the proceeds. Gift cards available.
Products are available at manitobah.ca, and at a variety of retailers across Canada. Information on retailer locations is available at the website.
At this this socially and environmentally conscious apparel retailer, ten trees are planted for every item you buy. You can register your trees to follow your impact. At the time of posting: 9.97 million trees planted, and counting.
Products are available at tentree.ca, and at a variety of retailers across Canada. Information on retailer locations is available at the website.
For limited edition pop-culture-themed clothing, check out this web site every day. Why? The fun selection of tees, baseball caps, and toys changes every 24 hours, and new daily deals are added.
Products are available online at shirtpunch.com.
Its outrageous all-over-print designs (from astronaut cats to an ice cream invasion) can be put on leggings, sweaters, socks and more. All designs are created to achieve one thing: to make you smile. Choose from ready-to-ship items, or wait a little longer to create a custom look.
Products are available online at shelfies.com.
It offers customized rings, pendants, bracelets and more. Just choose the metal, stones and style, then add names, dates, and even personal messages to make your feelings clear. Gift cards available.
Products are available online at jewlr.ca.
Nail Polish Canada
Stamps, decals, stencils…there’s more to nail care than polish, and for manicure devotees, a well-stocked home salon is a boon. The latest colours and collections, treatments and tools have earned this former Consumer Champion winner a loyal fanbase.
Products are available online at nailpolishcanada.com.
Keep giving well past the holidays with luxe brand name make-up, skincare and hair care. Buy a gift subscription that will deliver a box of personalized beauty samples, every month, for year-round delight.
Products are available online at topbox.ca.
This growing retailer offers handmade frames and professionally-fitted lenses that deliver fantastic function and fashion-forward form. Use its virtual try-on and face shape tools online, or book an in-store appointment for the perfect look.
Products are available online at bonlook.ca and in-person at eight stores and boutiques across Quebec and Ontario, including its recently opened location at the CF Toronto Eaton Centre.
This family-run business focuses on babies and kids, but the aesthetic will please parents, too. The bedroom furniture, bedding and décor items, along with clothing for the junior set, is stylish and practical.
Products are available online at clement.ca and in-person at locations across Quebec.
Top & Derby
Tired of cold, dull-looking healthcare products? This company aims to challenge the preconceptions of disability by offering canes, walking sticks and compression socks that are high quality and super stylish.
Products are available online at topandderby.com and through various Canadian and international retailers, in-store and online. Information is available on its website.