It’s an understatement to say 2020 has been a challenging year. So many have lost so very much and our hearts go out to each one of you. This year really highlighted the importance of aligning with projects that reflect our core values and ensuring we build those into the work we put out and the partnerships we take on. Well, we are pretty proud Canadians, who believe in living with a spirit of generosity and kindness and keeping our family values central to all we do. And, so, for the FOURTH year now (welp!), we’ve put together a little labour of love I’m proud to share with you all – our Holiday GIVE Guide (4th Edition). Our guide is comprised of socially-conscious Canadian businesses who build good will into their business models – partners with heart who inspire us to do better. It’s been an exceptionally challenging 8 months for all, and this project has even deeper meaning for us this year. Of all years, this is the one for values-driven companies with heart to shine! Many shops who were part of last year’s edition have remained a part of this special collaboration and there are also some fabulous new additions!
On the heels of the biggest shopping week of the year, where feeds will flood with door-crasher deals + gift guides (which, no doubt we love and certainly some of those delights will make their way under our tree), we love sharing more than just top trends and must-haves, but some fantastic gift ideas for the whole family you may not have thought of, that not only support Canadian shops but have a portion of proceeds going to support important causes and initiatives that make a positive impact on the lives of others. Gifts that, essentially, make the holidays count for more. Purposeful gifting not only uplifts the receiver but has a ripple effect of touching lives through the causes they support captures the true spirit of the season.
So, here it is, our 2020 Holiday GIVE Guide of products proudly made in or founded in Canada that give back by values-driven entities , including the stories behind the companies that sell them. And to make your holiday shopping simpler & lighter, all of the shops listed here are offering our readers the chance to WIN product to check a few ticks off your list, and some gift codes to shop the whole season through (GIVEAWAY below – our biggest EVER with over $1200 in product to be WON!) – an exceptionally kind gesture given the business challenges they’ve faced this year! HUGE thanks to them & our way of expressing our deepest appreciate of the support you all give this blog of ours!
How this works…
Browse the list of shops/brands below & ENTER TO WIN the “gift” they’re offering by following the social channel corresponding to the shop in the Rafflecopter tool at the very end of the guide. Enter/Follow 1, all or some! It’s up to you 🙂 Good luck & may the joy of the season lift your spirits!
Canada’s Holiday GIVE Guide 2020
COOKS WHO FEED
Cooks Who Feed is uniting food lovers to create a movement to end hunger. 1 APRON = 100 MEALS – They produce handcrafted chef aprons and for every apron sold, 100 meals are provided to the hungry. Cooks Who Feed does this by sharing their profits with their charity partners around the globe that recover surplus food to protect the environment and provide hunger relief. All of their aprons are handmade in India where they provide safe and fair work to marginalized women.
Cooks Who Feed is generously gifting one of their life-changing aprons for the foodie in your life – your choice of style! Enter below to WIN! (Value: $75 CAD).
Encircled makes trendless designs that are comfortable, high-quality, stylish, and sustainable at fair prices. Encircled is committed to ethical manufacturing with 100% of their clothing sewn locally in Toronto, Canada. Their mission is to empower women to live a more conscious life through their closets.
One lucky reader will be gifted a pair of Encircled’s best-selling Dressy Sweatpants! Enter below to WIN! (Value: $162 CAD).
Fill it Forward – The Always Giving Collection
Due to the impact of COVID-19, communities around the world, and right in our backyards, need urgent access to clean Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) programs. With the holiday season approaching, consumers have an opportunity to utilize their gifting for good. Fill it Forward has launched its Always Giving Collection — a giftable Collection of reusable, sustainability made water bottles featuring water project locations from around the world. In Ontario, those living in First Nations communities are in need of funding for training programs to provide safe and clean drinking water for future generations. $5 from each purchase helps fund project elements like water quality monitoring, the implementation of hand-washing stations, increasing the supply of safe piped water, training programs, and more. Gifting this sustainable, beautifully simple collection to a loved one means you’ll also give so many what we take for granted, especially amidst this pandemic — clean water. The free Fill it Forward app experience also allows users to track their environmental impact and support meaningful charity projects every time they reuse.
Enter below to WIN a 5x pack of the Always Giving Collection! (Value: $100 CAD)
Foxy Originals is proud to produce their line of delightful and fun jewelry in Toronto. A team of skilled craftspeople work to make each piece special including hand dipping the gold and silver finishes. As a local manufacturer, Foxy Originals cares about fashion’s impact on the environment. They keep production close to home to reduce the company’s carbon footprint and offer an innovative recycling program.
“One day at a time” may be THE mantra of 2020. The One Day at a Time necklace reminds you that it’s ok to just be you. One day at a time. Foxy Originals is kindly gifting this lovely statement piece to one lucky reader. Enter below to WIN (Value: $30 CAD).
Happiness is Inc.
Happiness Is Inc. is a casual clothing company with a mission to inspire gratitude, connection, and happiness. They use sustainable fabrics and products are locally manufactured in Canada. Happiness is Inc. is also a member of Ontario Made program.
Notable give backs in 2020 – their “pay it forward” program in support of front-line health care workers & launch of their Youth Council shirt “Happiness is…Our Planet”, where $10 from the sale of every shirt goes to Nature Conservancy of Canada – an ongoing initiative.
We’re so proud to have Happiness is Inc a part of this guide for the 4th year, and once again, they’re offering our readers the gift of ANY adult sweatshirt or hoodie. Enter below to WIN! (Value: $89.95 CAD).
HATLEY/LITTLE BLUE HOUSE
What started as the “Little Blue House (la Petite maison bleue) small gift shop in Quebec’s cottage country, Hatley has today become an international gift and apparel business loved the world over. Hatley is driven by social/environmental ethics and ongoing initiatives that give back. The company operates from the same principles on which it was first founded: FAMILY, thoughtful designs, made-to-last quality & a sense of humour.
Hatley is generously gifting our readers an e-voucher to shop their spring collection this holiday season. Enter below to WIN! (Value: $100 CAD promo code).
Jill Yoga is local Canadian run lifestyle athleisure brand offering girls and women trendy, comfortable, everyday active gear. Jill Yoga strongly believes in quality – quality in their product and quality of life. The importance of good health, confidence and active living is the Jill Yoga mission. With their call to action of “Be Bold, Be Active, Be YOU”, Jill yoga promotes an active, self-aware lifestyle through fashion. The company designs products with every girl in mind – every girl that loves fashion and wants to make a colorful statement, and every girl that chooses to be herself and no one else! Jill Yoga offer’s mothers and daughter a unique opportunity to co-ordinate their gear and get active together!
Jill Yoga is gifting our readers the opportunity to shop from their empowering collection. Enter below to WIN a $50 CAD Gift Card to shop online or in-store.
Kid Food Nation – YTV.ca
The Kid Food Nation program is a national partnership among Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada, President’s Choice Children’s Charity and Corus Entertainment, and funded by the Government of Canada. The nationwide movement teaches kids cooking skills, gets them excited about healthy food, and gives them the tools to live a healthier and happier life. Learn more about Kid Food Nation by visiting their website, https://kidfoodnation.ytv.com/
To foster a love of culinary life skills learning for kids, Kid Food Nation is generously gifting (3) readers a kids’ cooking prize pack filled with all the cooking essentials – aprons, oven mitts, measuring cups, food containers PLUS the brand-new Kid Food Nation cookbook! Enter below to WIN! (Value: ~ $75 CAD)
LOVE SQUARED KIDS
Love Squared is based in Ontario Canada and was established in 2013. LSK prides themselves on quality craftsmanship & premium fabrics. They have hip accessories for the whole family – baby to adult. Check our their online shop at www.shoplsk.ca This year, a portion of sales from LSKs #LoveMore collection will be donated to the Love Organization.
Enter below to WIN one of LSKs original CREW #LOVEMORE sweatshirts in size of your choosing S-XXL. (Value: $75 CAD)
Magic Bag hot/cold compresses are proudly made in Canada and provide a natural, relaxing way to relieve your aches and pains. Both Classic and Limited-Edition Magic Bag compresses are manufactured locally, and the company takes pride in supporting our economy. Magic Bag commits to using only high-quality organic grains from farms across Canada in their line of products,. Magic Bags are designed, sewn and assembled in Anjou, Quebec, in a controlled environment that complies with the highest standards of safety and cleanliness. All of their packaging is also designed and printed in Montreal. Magic Bag is committed to supporting charitable organizations to make real contributions to the well-being of local communities. Each year, a percentage of profits from sales of its Warmy children’s line are donated to the Make-A-Wish® Foundation to help bring the wishes of sick children to life.
Magic Bag is offering one lucky reader the gift of relaxation, pain relief & comfort this holiday season with a Magic Bag prize pack. Enter below to WIN. (Value: $67 CAD).
Moving Mountains is a collection of inspirational and custom engraved necklaces made in Canada. For every purchase made, they contribute to accessible education for a girl in a developing country. Moving Mountains doesn’t think a necklace can change the world, but they do believe the woman wearing it can! Beautiful!
To shop their gorgeous collection, Moving Mountains has kindly offered our readers a gift voucher to select any item from their inspirational or custom engraved jewelery. Enter below to WIN (Value: $50 CAD).
Moving Mountains is also offering 10% off your purchase from now until Dec 25th. Use code “kerrs10” at checkout.
Paper Label is a luxury loungewear brand, created and led by women, for women. All of Paper Label’s pieces are comfortable, stylish, and ethically conscious. Paper Label also donates 2% of every online purchase to a non-for-profit organization, selected by the customer at checkout.
To make shopping for that lovely lady in your life who may have everything, or is a proud homebody, Paper Label is generously offering a Gift Card to one lucky reader. Enter below to WIN! (Value: $100 CDN).
Penny Paper Co + First Book Canada Tote
This adorable, limited edition tote is from a recent collaboration between First Book Canada & The Penny Paper Co. Designed by artist Lindsey Stephenson, the tote celebrates the joy of reading and the important work First Book Canada does every day to provide educational essentials to children in need. Since 2009, First Book Canada has distributed more than seven million books and educational resources to children from low-income families across Canada. A limited number of additional totes are available for purchase at pennypaperco.ca, with all proceeds going to First Book Canada.
To tick a check off your holiday list for the Bookworm in your life, First Book Canada & The Penny Paper Co. are gifting one lucky reader their limited-edition Tote that celebrates a love of reading while improving access to education for children. Enter below to WIN! (Value: $25 CAD).
Once again this Christmas, Purdys is supporting children’s hospitals across Canada with their Dear Santa Collection. Each purchase helps local hospitals provide the best care to patients and their families from supporting new state-of-art facilities to life-saving treatment. In Ontario, $2 from every purchase of a Dear Santa Bar will go directly towards SickKids Foundation to support their ongoing efforts to help deliver the best care and support to kids and their families. You can shop the Dear Santa collection online or in-store & choose which partnering hospital foundation you would like to support.
To help you shop for gifts that not only feel good, but TASTE good, Purdys is generously offering our readers an e-gift card to check some ticks off your holiday list! Enter below to WIN below! (Value: $100 CAD)
REVIVAL BY MARTIN & CO
We adore this family-run watch company’s mission to get wearers of their timepieces to live with intention & make time count. Their values are deep & genuine and reflected in the way they show love to important initiatives by donating 25% of proceeds from each watch to either Sick Kids Toronto or WaterAid Canada.
Revival by Martin & Co is committed to making a difference in the World and believes in responsible, sustainable actions that positively impact the world we live in. Not only that, their watches are gorgeous, and would make a great gift for Christmas, Hanukah, Birthdays, Anniversaries, Weddings & more. Their newest release is their Intention line – beautiful healing timepieces for mindful women.
They’re generously offering our winner an e-voucher to shop Revival by Martin & Co.’s regularly priced timepiece collection for Men & Women. Enter to WIN below. (Value: $100 CAD).
Through the Never Miss Lunch™ program, Subway® is committed to providing children in communities across Canada access to wholesome lunches so they can reach their full potential. With every purchase of a KIDS’ PAK® Kids meal, Subway® will donate 15 cents to Food Banks Canada.
Given the additional challenges Covid-19 presented for food banks and those in need, Subway upped its support this year by donating an additional 1 million meals to Food Banks Canada programming that works to place fresh food into the hands of children facing food insecurity.
To help tick a gift off your list or make feeding your family during the holiday season a lot easier, Subway Canada has generously offered one lucky reader the chance to win a gift card. Enter to WIN below! (Value: $100 CAD)
TOQUES FROM THE HEART
Toques From The Heart is a Canadian small business started by three McMaster University Business students who wanted to use their knowledge to create a positive change in their communities. They sell unique hockey sock style toques that when purchased allow them to donate toque made out of repurposed hockey socks. Their goal is to get a toque to every Canadian experiencing homelessness and they cannot wait to get as many toques given away as possible to ensure that more people can stay warm this winter by having a toque from the heart of their own.
If you’re looking for ways to help support keeping the homeless community warm this Winter & beyond, find out how you can get involved HERE. An incredible opportunity for hockey teams & families to participate just by collecting those old wool hockey socks!
TFTH is kindly gifting one of our readers one of their toques – your choice from their classic or team collections. Enter to WIN below! (Value: ~ $34.99 CAD).
WORLD VISION CANADA ARTISAN GIFT
World Vision Canada is a global relief, development and advocacy organization empowering children, families and their communities in underdeveloped regions of the world to overcome poverty and injustice. As the pandemic has exacerbated devastating circumstances in vulnerable areas around the globe, supporting their work even more needed & significant.
We’ve been proud partners of WVC for their women & child initiatives & “Love Can Give” holiday campaign. When you purchase a gift from their holiday gift catalogue, you’re making a difference in the lives of vulnerable children, their families and surrounding communities.
Enter below to win a ‘LOVE Necklace’ handmade by artists in Kenya and stamped with LOVE. A perfect gift to show how much you care. *Proceeds from the purchase of Artisan gifts go to providing help where most needed* (Value $65 CDN)
We have no doubt you will find something special for everyone on your list from these shops/brands while feeling good about giving gifts that have a lasting impact! We’re so inspired by entrepreneurs/businesses who spread some light in their endeavours and hope you are too. This is the Human Holiday Season, and gifts that can change lives mean so very much.
Sincere thanks to our partners with heart for their generosity in offering you all a chance to WIN the items listed above (over $1300 CDN worth!). Contest open to Canadian residents only and will close at 11:59 p.m. EST December 1, 2020.
HOW TO ENTER: Follow the social channel corresponding to the prize(s) you’d like to win & share this post on social for BONUS entries!
We appreciate any and all support you’ve sent our way this year so very much, especially because we know how difficult it’s been, and your time juggling all of it limited. We hope in some small way this helps make spirits bright & take a bit of the holiday load off your shoulders.
Love & light to you and yours for a beautiful holiday season.