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Unique holiday gift ideas

DSCN5497Finding it difficult to buy quality gifts in the last-minute rush for stocking stuffers? Is hindsight always 20-20 this time of year (next year I’ll start earlier!).  Panic no more. These six one-stop shops will save Christmas!

Natural Health:  Saje Natural Wellness

If you live in Ontario, the most unique gift you could give this season would have to be anything from Saje Natural Wellness. I say “unique” since Saje only arrived in Ontario this fall, so chances are slim that your gift recipients already have this. Unless, of course, they’re crazy like me and have been ordering their essential oil products online, scent un-sniffed.

Saje Natural Wellness from Vancouver, B.C.

Saje Natural Wellness from Vancouver, B.C.

I normally like to give Saje kits (pictured above), as these are not only adorable but a great introduction to the product line. But my favourite gift idea this season is the new aromatherapy necklace (also above)! I’ve tried various aromatherapy necklaces and am so glad that Saje has come out with one of their own! (Stay tuned for my aromatherapy necklace review in the weeks to come).

Home Decor: Spruce Home Decor Inc

Spruce Home Decor Inc in Cabbagetown.

Spruce Home Decor Inc in Cabbagetown.

If you like buying locally and ethically-made products, you’ll be a kid in a candy store at Spruce Home Decor Inc. I knew it was a good sign when Hugo Didier’s handmade ceramics greeted me at the door.  From great stocking stuffers like Daneson flavoured toothpicks (Ontario) for only $6 to other unique gifts such as DIY Cheese Kits (Portland, Oregon) for $38, you’ll be sure to find something for everyone on your list.

Men’s Clothing and Accessories: Lost & Found

Lost & Found on Ossington.

Lost & Found on Ossington.

If you’re looking for the perfect prezzie for the man in your life, look no further. From clothing to watches to personal care products, Lost & Found features quality goods for men, made locally where possible. Be sure to grab a cup of coffee while you browse! Or, better yet, grab a quick haircut in the back.

From $25 Harry’s the Truman shave sets made in Germany to $605 Shinola watches made in the US, there’s something for every budget.

New Year’s Resolutions: Greenhouse Juice Co.


Greenhouse Juice Co.’s new Uptown location.


Get a kick start on new year’s resolutions with a Greenhouse Juice Co gift certificate. These are more than a gift of good health but a gift of a good deal: gift cards are currently 10% off. (Simply amazing for a juice that never goes on sale.) Merry Christmas to me!

Handmade Jewelry: Bluboho Jewelry


Bluboho Jewelry in Uptown Toronto.

There’s a diamond for every occasion — diamond rings for engagements and diamond earrings for Christmas? At least that’s what the ads this season would suggest. If you’re thinking of jewelry, why not get something handmade at Bluboho Jewelry instead. This local shop features unique handmade pieces by artists in Canada, the US and  UK.

Gifts with a Conscience: Me To We Shop


Me to We shop in Cabbagetown.

These gifts pay it forward more than most, as 50% of sales go towards Free the Children. As mentioned in yesterday’s post, Me to We products include a tracking number so that you can trace your impact online, which makes it even more fun to give. The Me To We Shop features goods ethically made in developing countries and elsewhere, including this super soft 100% organic cotton t-shirt ethically made in Canada!

For those of you who participate in the weekly photo challenge, spot my “mellow yellow” shot in today’s entry! I’ll give you a hint…we all need some pampering over the holiday season.

All content and photography by me.

This entry was published on December 24, 2014 at 7:13 am. It’s filed under Essential Oils, Made in Canada, Made in Toronto, Weekly Photo Challenge, Weekly Writing Challenge and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

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