Note: We're currently working on a 2019 Holiday Gift Guide. Help Canadians shop local this holiday by nominating a Canadian business with a .CA domain name! Send us your nominations on Twitter or DM us on Instagram.
We know that Canadians prefer shopping at .CA websites—they provide the convenience of shopping in Canadian dollars, the peace of mind of not worrying about shipping hassles and the pride in supporting Canadian business.
While there are thousands of .CA businesses to choose from, we decided to put our elves to work to make your holiday shopping a little easier. There's no doubt that shopping in your pajamas in front of the fireplace beats braving snowstorms and mall crowds any day. So, here are a few unique and creative gift ideas to kick-start your holiday shopping and support a Canadian business.
Perfect gift for: The person who has everything.
Built out of frustration from trying to buy items online that were only available to ship to U.S. addresses, Sock Box was born in 2014.
It might be too late this year for their sock advent calendar, but if you know someone who loves getting new socks, a sock subscription box is a great option.
Perfect gift for: Your best bud.
If you're looking for a unique gift on trend for 2018, The Cannibomb is it.
“For fans of cannabis this bomb smells exactly as such and turn your bath into a lovely green hue. Peace and love is what it's all about and this bomb captures that,” says the product description on the Naturally Vain website.
Perfect gift for: Kids, dog owners, runners, your friend who wears a camo winter jacket.
Noktillu (nokt: nocturnal and illu: illuminate) are reflective iron-on designs you can apply to your everyday clothing. Helpful for when you're out for a midnight, or 5:30 p.m., stroll.
Perfect gift for: The hipster homeowner.
For the ultimate cocktail party conversation piece, this paper moose sculpture says, “I'm Canadian, I'm ironic, and no animal was harmed in the making of this home decoration.”
Perfect gift for: The sweet tooth.
Real Treat, a Cochrane, Alberta business sells flavourful cookies made with clean ingredients. They have beautiful gift boxes to items in their Real Treat Pantry line like Brown Sugar Shortbread. Yum!
Perfect gift for: Your significant other.
Onesies were so 2017, this year it's all about the twosie: it's a gift for your significant other, and yourself at the same time. This nutcracker twosie is available online from Retro Festive, which specializes in kitschy holiday gifts.
The company was created in 2007 when Tyler and Jordie Schwartz from Oakville, Ontaroi were shocked to discover that full-size leg lamps (as seen in A Christmas Story) weren't for sale in Canada.
Perfect gift for: The person who is always tired.
A business originally from London, UK, the Shelley family brought Neal's Yard Remedies to Canada in 2014, first to Calgary and is now their products are sold at more than 15 retailers across Canada.
Neal's Yard Remedies has a ton of great gift ideas on their site, including award-winning natural, organic and ethically-produced health and beauty products (not to mention some really beautiful packaging).
Everyone has a coworker that complains about not getting enough sleep. If you end up with this person for your gift exchange, subtly give them with Neal's Yard Remedies Prepare for Bed Night Time Gift.
Perfect gift for: The trendy kid.
The perfect gift for your patriotic kid who likes to relax with a mug of hot chocolate, this Arborist kid's onesie from Drake General Store is cute, comfortable and guaranteed to play up a storm.
Perfect gift for: The entertainer.
LOVE MY LOCAL cheeseboards are made in Canada, in the shape of Canada. Or in the shape of British Columbia. Or Newfoundland. These cheeseboards are the perfect gift for someone who likes to bring people together to share a meal.
Our cheeseboards are a unique and fun way to celebrate the places you love the most. But, perhaps most importantly, I hope these boards will inspire you to discover your own traditions, gather loved ones together, share food and beautiful moments.
Perfect gift for: The beer-lover.
On Canada Craft Club's website you can get someone the gift that keeps on giving: a monthly beer subscription. Members receive new beers to try out, with tasting cards, history and food pairing suggestions.
Perfect gift for: The one that's picky.
If you can't find the perfect gift to get someone, why not get them all the things? Hazleton's gift baskets are so full of goodies that there surely has to be something in the basket they'll like.
CIRA's only Canadian businesses and individuals can get register a .CA domain name, so it's kind of our own exclusive club online.
A .CA can indicate to a website visitor better shipping options, no customs or duty charges and no sticker shock with pricing in Canadian dollars. What a relief when dealing with other holiday hassles!
When a business opts for a .CA domain name, you know you're supporting a Canadian business while you're shopping online this holiday season.
Have fun shopping and happiest of holidays from the team here at CIRA!