Are you looking to gift your loved ones with something more meaningful this holiday season? If so, then check out the items that we’ve rounded up below because the Canadian companies selling them are not only making some great stuff, they’re also supporting some great causes.
Canadian gifts that give back to people
Strathcona is a Vancouver, BC, company offering heirloom, non-GMO seeds. Proceeds from the sale of their products go towards sustainable food programs and helping to create jobs in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside.
ME to WE
Founded in Ontario in 2008, ME to WE is a not-for-profit that works to create sustainable change around the globe through their charitable contributions. Their gift catalogue boasts a wide variety of artisanal products for him, for her, and for little ones too, with each one supporting a specific cause. Our top gift picks are the #GirlLove Rafiki bracelets (made in collab with Canadian YouTuber Lilly Singh), and ME to WE chocolate and coffee.
Tradeworks’ Women in Trades Workshop offers Vancouver women with barriers to employment the opportunity to learn carpentry, life, and employment skills. Each of Tradeworks’ Christmas tree ornaments is handmade by a graduate of the program.
Glitter Gift Baskets
Glitter Gift Baskets is a Quebec company that offers free gift basket delivery across Canada. This holiday season, a portion of proceeds from their Canadian-Sensation treat basket and Kaloo Cutie Pie Baby Bear Basket (for baby) will be going to The Big Brothers and Sisters of Canada.
Cuddle + Kind
Founded by a Canadian family, Cuddle + Kind sells ethically-made dolls that are hand-knit by artisans in Peru. With each doll purchased, the company provides meals for children around the world through their Giving Partners, one of which is the Breakfast Club of Canada.
The SOCAN Foundation
SOCAN is a Canadian foundation that fosters and promotes Canadian Music through grant and awards programs. All proceeds from the sales of their apparel (available in English or French text) go to the Unison Benevolent Fund, which provides emergency relief services to the Canadian music community. We’re loving their “Music Loves Everybody” socks.
Joa Bath and Body
Joa Bath and Body is a Canadian company that makes their products with skin sensitivities in mind. Throughout the months of November and December, Joa Bath and Body will give back by donating one bar of bath soap to a women’s shelter for every bar sold.
Obakki is a Vancouver, BC-based luxury fashion brand that absorbs the administrative costs of their sister charity, the Obakki Foundation. Proceeds from the sale of their “Foundation Products”, contribute to Obakki Foundation projects. We’re eying The Bidi Bidi Bandana Scarf for her, and for the kids, The Obakki foundation Makes Me Happy coffee table book.
Canadian gifts that give back to animals and the environment
World Wildlife Fund Canada
WWF-Canada is an environmental organization that works to conserve biodiversity for future generations. Your gift of a wildlife adoption comes with an Adoption Kit that includes either a plushie or a card representative of the species that you’ve chosen to adopt. There are 30 species to choose from, and we’re loving the whole Canadian collection.
Happy Spritz is a Vancouver-based aromatherapy company that donates partial proceed from the sale of their products to animal rescue initiatives. We’re loving the sound of their Sweet Dreams Darling relaxation spray, said to be safe for kids and pets too.
Canadian Wildlife Federation (CWF)
The Canadian Wildlife Federation works to educate Canadians about the value of wildlife and healthy ecosystems. When you purchase items like the Holiday Bundle, which includes a one-year digital magazine subscription, or an Adopt-an-Animal kit, 100% of the proceeds go towards CWF conservation programs in Canada.
There are a few Canadian companies offering symbolic adoptions, and we’re having a hard time choosing a favourite between them! When you Aquadopt an animal from the Vancouver aquarium, the proceeds from your purchase help to cover the cost of the animal’s care and fund the aquarium’s many programs.
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