Ethical & Sustainable Canadian Gift Guide

Although the holidays are a wonderful time of gifting, it’s also a great time to think about the impact your purchases have, too.

Using your dollar to support ethical businesses will further help to reduce environmental impact as well as waste, while also helping to support fair trade practices and scoring you products made with clean, recognizable ingredients and materials. 

Here are some of our favourite products no matter who you’re shopping for this year.

Plus, they’re all Canadian-based brands, meaning that you’re supporting local businesses doing amazing things.

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Beauty & Wellness

Cocoon Apothecary Rose Ritual Gift Bag

For the recipient who you want to give the gift of slowing down and taking a moment to themselves, we recommend Cocoon Apothecary’s Rose Ritual Gift Bag. The set includes Rosy Cheeks, a super moisturizing facial serum that contains restorative rose extracts and nourishing oils, plus a jade roller to uplift the skin and better allow it to absorb all the benefits of the product.  Plus, it all comes in a travel bag so no wrapping is required!

Routine Golden Slumber Face Oil

Handcrafted in Calgary, Routine is well-known for their incredibly effective natural deodorants.  But, Routine has also recently expanded into face oils, which makes an incredibly luxe gift for beauty lovers.  Golden Slumber is a balancing blend of lavender, neroli, and rose, which is perfect for your giftee to add to their bedtime routine.

Rocky Mountain Soap Co. Vanilla Candy Cane Gift Set

Vanilla Candy Cane is something that Rocky Mountain Soap Co. lovers wait around all year for – and we see why!  The pairing of vanilla with peppermint is fresh and winter-y and this 100% natural skincare company also doesn’t test on animals.  In fact, they’re so proud of the ingredients they use that you can even take a tour of their Canmore, Alberta based facility. This gift set contains a sampling of the line, including body wash, bar soap, lip balm, body butter, and a bath bomb.

Buck Naked Soap Co. Beard Things Essential Collection

Created out of a desire for natural, vegan products, Buck Naked Soap Co.’s handcrafted bath and body products are free of chemicals and toxic ingredients.  Plus, they have a collaboration with WE Charity, meaning that products purchased from this line support the initiative of providing clean drinking water.  The Beard Things collection includes a bergamot and black pepper balm, as well as two beard oils, one for moisturizing, and one for growth.

Basd Invigorating Mint Holiday Bundle

Toronto-based Basd focuses on pure and organic ingredients, creating bath and body products that are safe and Leaping Bunny Certified.  Their Invigorating Mint Holiday Bundle is an energizing blend of coffee body scrub, body wash, and body lotion.

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Home & Lifestyle

Anupaya Kootenay Blanket

Based out of Ontario, Anypaya’s mission is to leave natural places even better than they found them.  Which is why they have a one pound promise, meaning that they’re committed to cleaning up our natural landscape by removing one pound of waste for every product sold.  This beautiful blanket is made from 100% recycled wool and is perfect for cozying up with this winter season.

Frank + Oak Boucle Beanie

Frank + Oak is committed to reinventing the fashion market by using sustainable materials and production methods, as well as partnering with organizations within the community in order to give back and empower Canadians.  This cozy and warm hat is perfect for Canadian winters.

BKIND Plantable Card

Opting for eco-friendly cards is always a nice touch, but this option truly takes things up a notch!  The beautiful card is 100% compostable and biodegradable and embedded with wildflower seeds, which means it can be planted to create something beautiful once the holiday season is through. 

Woodlot Cinder Candle

Made with organic coconut wax and non-GMO soy wax, this candle has scents of cedar, cinnamon, sweet orange, and vetiver.  Developed in Vancouver, British Columbia, Woodlot creates plant-based home and body products, and chooses clean ingredients that are safe to have in your home.

Hart + Stone Mountain Necklace

Handcrafted on Salt Spring Island, British Columbia, Hart + Stone’s pieces use recycled silver and gold whenever possible, and use only raw materials sourced from areas that use ethical mining and working practices.  This piece is beautifully minimalistic, and perfect for the outdoor lover, and is available in gold filled, sterling silver, and solid gold.

Bambi and Birdie Classic Thermal PJ’s

Both designed and manufactured in Canada, Bambi and Birdie offers super cozy PJ’s for the entire family! All of their offerings are made with bamboo, which is one of the top sustainable fabrics, and is soft and breathable, which helps with regulating body temperature as you sleep. 

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Food & Drinks

Hippie Snacks Vanilla Almond Granola

Made in B.C., this granola is both gluten-free and vegan, making it a great option no matter what diet your giftee might be on. This makes a great hostess gift, and, because it’s so nutrient dense, is a great way to ensure you’re getting what your body needs when you might be indulging a little more over the holidays.

Fiasco Gelato Gelato Club Subscription

For someone who has a sweet tooth, this is a great gift that keeps on giving throughout the year.  Each month, your gift recipient will receive 4 of Fiasco’s seasonal flavours. As a certified B Corp, Calgary-based Fiasco Gelato is committed to social and environmental ethics and transparency. 

JusTea Purple Chocolate Tin

Grown organically, purple tea is loaded with antioxidants that help support your health, but we love JusTea even more as they directly employ Kenyan farmers. This variety blends Kenyan purple tea with cacao and rose petals, and comes with a hand-carved Kenyan tea spoon for perfect gifting.

 

Zimt Chocolates The Chambray Six

Not only does Vancouver-based Zimt make delicious vegan chocolates, but they’ve also got great ethics. 1% from all sales goes back to charity, and the packaging is completely biodegradable. These rich and satisfying chocolate truffles make the perfect gift. 

Ethical Bean Whole Bean 6-Pack

Because you can choose your own variety of blends, this 6-pack is a great way to get your gifting done all at once (we won’t tell if you keep one for yourself!). Plus, each bag features a scannable QR code, so you can read about the journey your coffee beans took to get to you. Short on time? Grab an Ethical Bean Coffee Gift Card so your recipient can choose their favourite blend.

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