I’m releasing this Gift Guide just ahead of Black Friday for a reason. If you go into Black Friday with a plan – with a list of things you actually want to give or need for yourself, it might just help you buy less crap you don’t need, to put it bluntly. Now that that’s out of the way… I have some AMAZING gift ideas and small businesses to share with you!
Some of these might look familiar if you read last year’s guide, but they’ve got some exciting new things that I couldn’t help but give them some more Green at Home love. Some of these are Toronto-centric, but there are plenty with online offerings as well.
Without further ado, here are my picks, with something for the healthy and green living enthusiast on your list.
Healthy Moms Discount Card
This is a repeat from last year, but the card is now permanent! It offers savings at hundreds of amazing healthy and green businesses, with no expiry. This makes the perfect stocking stuffer and is truly the gift that keeps on giving. Currently available in Toronto and Vancouver for local and online businesses (including Green at Home and many of the other businesses listed below, by the way!). Get the card here.
Green Zebra Kitchen Meal Delivery
This one is only for those in Toronto, but it’s a service I’ve turned to during some hectic times in my life, including post partum, returning back to work, and just when life throws its curve balls. They have delicious, vegan, gluten free meals – and no, that’s not an oxymoron! A gift certificate for dinners I don’t have to cook myself? Yes please! Order one here.
Non-Toxic Skincare from Maria Velve
Maria Velve – Green Beauty Expert recently launched her online shop with her favourite healthy and Canadian make-up and skincare. Maria always goes above and beyond with her Toronto-based in-person consultations, and she doesn’t cut any corners with her shop either. Each product comes with a detailed description on the benefits and how to use the products. Book a consultation or purchase products here (you can also ask her for a gift certificate).
The Good Seed
Know someone (in Toronto) who wants to grow their own food, but thinks they have a brown thumb? The Good Seed can help turn that around! They offer lawn conversion and container garden services to help grow food at home. Check them out here.
Hip Mommies Gift Bundles
Hip Mommies carefully curates ethically- and well-made products for kids and pets, and they’ve made gifting products you can feel good about even easier with their new bundles. From newborn to toddler, parents will love getting these as much as the kiddos will enjoy using them (even if they don’t really know what’s going on yet). Check out the bundles here. And an added bonus, many of them include one of my favourite baby care brands, The Green Beaver Company, too!
Logan & Finley
This is perfect for the person who has it all. It’s no secret that Logan & Finley is one of my favourite place in Toronto, and with a new online shop it’s even easier to give some locally-made jewelry and clothing, zero waste essentials like coffee mugs and beeswax wrap, and healthy housewares and supplies. Plus, owner Julie has curated a unique collection of books that make a nice addition to any gift. Browse the online shop here.
It can be harder than you might think to find healthy bedding and housewares. Organic Lifestyle offers luxurious sheets, non-toxic (and super comfortable) natural rubber pillows, non-toxic housewares, and more. Browse the online shop here.
I can thank this online gently used clothing store for outfitting my kids for years. My now 7 and 4 year olds don’t know the clothes are used, and they certainly love the fancy dresses and superhero themed outfits we’ve picked up for special occasions (and yes, they have VERY different views on “dressy” clothes). Shop here.
Although the ideas above are focused on practical things that are not only fun to receive, but also super practical, many of us have too much stuff as it is. Experiences over stuff is one of my go-tos when coming up with my own gift lists. I created a list of ideas a couple years ago, which you can check out here.
That rounds off this year’s list! I hope you found it helpful. And, as always, I encourage you to shop small business, support local, and buy consciously this holiday season! Less is more, as they say.
Happy holidays to you and yours,
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