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Top Local Gifting Ideas of 2019 {Made Local with Love}

Top Local Gifting Ideas 2019
Top Local Gifting Ideas 2019

Looking for the perfect gift for the holiday season? This year, we’ve asked local businesses to share a little bit about themselves and their top gifted products. Check out the list below for some fantastic gifting ideas!


Top Local Gifting Ideas of 2019 {Made Local with Love} - BATHISSERIE

Bath Bombs by BATHISSERIE

1. What do you do? 

I make the best bath and body products.

2. What is your top gifted item?

Bath bombs, followed by my body butter scrubs.

3. Who is it ideal for?

That’s the beauty of my creations – they’re for anybody who needs some TLC. Perfect for a self care session in the bathtub or in the shower. A much needed break after a long day at the office or running around with the kids.

4. What makes it a great gift?

Giving the gift of relaxation it’s a very unique experience! It really shows you care about the other person’s well-being. Let your senses bring you back into joy. A scent can calm you or energize, besides the fact of feeling very luxurious while caring for your precious skin.


Top Local Gifting Ideas of 2019 {Made Local with Love} - Diesel Clay

Mug Membership by Diesel Clay

1. What do you do? 

I design and make sophisticated yet approachable pottery.

2. What is your top gifted item?

A great gift this season from Diesel Clay is a Mug Membership, offered in 2, 4 or 6 month options.

3. Who is it ideal for?

A mug membership is an ideal gift for coffee, tea or pottery enthusiasts who are interested in building an eclectic mug collection that is unique to them.

4. What makes it a great gift?

It’s a great gift because you get a different mug each month, including some exclusive designs and some popular favourites.


Top Local Gifting Ideas of 2019 {Made Local with Love} - Hop & Flop

Congrats on your Precious lil’ Perogy Card by Hop & Flop

1. What do you do? 

Hop & Flop is a design and illustration studio that focuses on bringing to life our illustrations in paper goods, artwork, prints and various accessories. It’s what we call a cabinet of curiosity because each illustration has their own characteristics and is meant to bring joy to people’s lives in various formats. 

2. What is your top gifted item?

It seems from our baby greeting card collection, the “Congrats on your Precious lil’ Perogy” is a huge hit.

3. Who is it ideal for?

It’s the perfect card for new moms or dads, especially for those that connect with the Ukrainian heritage of perogies.

4. What makes it a great gift?

I think when people are finding gifts for expectant moms or dads, the greeting card is what ties the whole gift together. It’s where you put your personal thoughts down when you want to cherish the special moment. Plus it’s a greeting card with a real cultural connection.


Top Local Gifting Ideas of 2019 {Made Local with Love} - Lamb's Soapworks

Coconut Milk Bath Soak with Rosewood & Vanilla by Lamb’s Soapworks

1. What do you do? 

My name is Lara Lamb. I am the founder, owner, and creator at Lamb’s Soapworks, a southern Alberta based business whose mission is to provide the best hand-crafted artisan soaps and natural bath and body products with a commitment to cruelty free products, the environment, and giving back within our community.

2. What is your top gifted item?

Our top gifted item is the Coconut Milk Bath Soak with Rosewood & Vanilla

3. Who is it ideal for?

Ideal for anyone who loves a bit of self-care time in the tub. This soak is the perfect little bit of luxurious indulgence after a hard day. 

4. What makes it a great gift?

It’s the ideal gift from a friend or loved one who knows you deserve a little bit of “me time” and don’t always have the chance to take it. 


Top Local Gifting Ideas of 2019 {Made Local with Love} - Lia & Brie

Greeting Cards by Lia & Brie Quilled Arts

1. What do you do? 

I create handmade greeting cards and art using the ancient art form called quilling or paper filigree.

Quilling or paper filigree is an art form that involves the use of strips of paper that are rolled, shaped, and glued together to create decorative designs. The paper is rolled, looped, curled, twisted and otherwise manipulated to create shapes which make up designs. 

My paper quilled art works can be framed as a keepsake to be treasured forever.

2. What is your top gifted item?  

Greeting cards

3. Who is it ideal for?

Everyone who loves unique twist on everyday items

4. What makes it a great gift?

My creations can be framed and kept as keepsakes. Or hung up on the wall. 


Top Local Gifting Ideas of 2019 {Made Local with Love} - ReWorks Upcycle Shop

Beeswax Food Covers at ReWorks Upcycle Shop

1. What do you do? 

My name is Solita and I am an eco-retailer. I sell local made recycled, upcycled, eco-friendly and zero-waste gifts and more in my shop conveniently located in Victoria Park

2. What is your top gifted item?  

Beeswax Food Covers

3. Who is it ideal for?

Ideal for anyone trying to reduce waste. These handy bowl covers eliminate the need for plastic wrap. 

4. What makes it a great gift?

Bowl covers make great gifts for aspiring chefs, bakers or event party hosts.


Top Local Gifting Ideas of 2019 {Made Local with Love} - Serrano Studios

Round Tree of Life Crib Board by Serrano Studios

1. What do you do? 

I am a maker of wooden board games

2. What is your top gifted item?  

My most popular item is the round crib board with the tree of life carved into it.

3. Who is it ideal for?

It is ideal for anyone who enjoys the real life interaction of several people gathered to play a game.

4. What makes it a great gift?

What makes it a great gift is that it is a visually appealing and distinctly handmade product that looks great even when not in use.


Top Local Gifting Ideas of 2019 {Made Local with Love} - Tearrific

Bags of Loose Leaf Tea by Tearrific

1. What do you do? 

I’m Sam and I create loose leaf tea blends with no artificial ingredients!

2. What is your top gifted item?  

Our advent calendar is number one but closer to Christmas it is usually bags of loose leaf tea. They are a great size for stocking stuffers.

3. Who is it ideal for?

Anyone who loves tea!

4. What makes it a great gift?

Most of our teas are around $10, so they’re good as small gifts for friends or colleagues when you’re on a budget. They’re perfectly paired with a mug or a cute tea infuser. They also make a great addition to a gift basket.


Top Local Gifting Ideas of 2019 {Made Local with Love} - Wire Expressions

Personalized Ornament Hooks by Wire Expressions

1. What do you do? 

I am a Wire Work Artisan. I make sterling silver jewellery, and unique gift items with wire and I specialize in wire writing.

2.    What is your top gifted item?

Personalized Ornament Hooks. They have a hook on both ends so you can hang a regular ornament from the bottom of it and hang it on your tree.

3.    Who is it ideal for?

Anyone who has a name! But…they are especially great for people with uncommon names, or for marking special occasions like a wedding or the birth of a baby.

4.    What makes it a great gift?

  1. They are unique
  2. They take up almost no room in a suitcase for anyone who has to travel or they can be mailed away in an envelope (who doesn’t love cheap postage!)
  3. It’s the kind of gift you don’t have to wonder if they are using. Every year, it will come out at Christmas and get hung on their tree. (and if they really love it, they just might hang it in their window or somewhere like that)

Top Local Gifting Ideas of 2019 {Made Local with Love} - YYC Beeswax

Reusable Beeswax Food Wraps by YYC Beeswax

1. What do you do? 

We mind your beeswax! We specialize in creating beautiful products made from and inspired by nature and bees.

2.    What is your top gifted item?

Reusable beeswax food wraps

3.    Who is it ideal for?

Anyone looking for an eco-friendly way to reduce single use plastics in daily life.

4.    What makes it a great gift?

Food wraps make excellent gifts because they are extremely versatile – they make great hostess gifts, as part of a gift, a gift on their own, and as stocking stuffers to name a few. They are also something not everyone will buy for themselves. Food wraps also have a long history of use going all the way back to the Vikings, who would use a version made with hemp cloth and beeswax for their food storage.

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Eco-Friendly Gift Wrap: Furoshiki

I’m not certain when I first learned about the traditional Japanese wrapping cloth, but I have made much use of the versatility of furoshiki. Today, I’m going to share one way of using a square piece of fabric to wrap a simple gift – two jars of honey!

What you’ll need:

  • Square fabric (mine measures ~32″ square)
  • 2 small bottles or jars of similar size

Instructions:

  1. Lay the fabric flat with one of the points close to you.
Flat fabric

2. Place your jars beside each other near the corner of the fabric closest to you.

Jars beside each other
Top view of jars beside each other

3. Tip the jars on the side leaving the footprint of where they were standing open.

Tipped jars

4. Fold the corner of the cloth over the jars.

Corner folded over jars

5. Roll the jars and fabric carefully until you reach the end of the fabric. Try not to move the jars closer or further away from each other.

Roll the jars in the fabric
Jars completely rolled

6. Tip the jars back upright.

Jars upright

7. Tie the long ends of the fabric in a square knot as close to the tops of the jars as possible.

Square knot

8. To create an carrying handle, tie another square knot with the ends of the fabric you just tied.

Top view of second square knot
Front view of wrapped package with carrying handle
Side view of wrapped package with carrying handle

That’s it! Your package is ready for gifting. 

This is not the only way you can wrap a gift using furoshiki. Check out this handy chart if you have a gift of a different shape or size.

Happy eco-wrapping!

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Stocking Stuffers. Made Local with Love.

We get to meet a TON of amazing makers every market day. We’re sharing the love with you today with a highlight of some local makers to help with your holiday stocking stuffer shopping. Enjoy!

Tearrific


You’re My Cup of Tea Tin, $4.99

Tell someone you’re thinking of them with this adorable You’re My Cup of Tea tin. This tin of loose leaf tea is a wonderful alternative to chocolate and you can choose the tea flavour you think your recipient would like best!

These tins are small enough to tuck into a lunch kit, pocket, or purse for a little surprise for that special someone in your life.

Each tin contains 3-5 servings of premium loose leaf tea. 

Buy

Wire Expressions

Tea Bag Steeper, $7-35

A consistent best seller! It clips onto any tea bag, so you don’t have to dig it out with your fingers! Perfect to close loose leaf tea bags or for using on tea bags without strings. They make great stocking stuffers, office gifts, teacher gifts or little friendship gifts. They also fit in a bubble envelope and can be mailed as an oversized letter! 

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Sweet As Candy

Neon Bubble Gum Bombs, $12

These little bombs are a perfect addition to an awesome bath. Kids will go gaga over the bright colors and delicious smells! They will make the water a pretty color too! 

Buy

Hillcrest Naturals

Lotion (60mL), $6

Buy

Lamb’s Soapworks


Lime Pink Grapefruit & Fir Loofah Bar, $7.50

Clean, exfoliate, and slough away dry dead skin with this all natural moisturizing loofah scrub soap bar. Handcrafted with plant-based oils and an invigorating blend of lime, pink grapefruit & fir essential oils.

Buy

Hop & Flop


Cat Mermaid Enamel Pin, $12

Ignite your imagination and dip into the ocean with this cat mermaid enamel pin. Made of zinc alloy and gold plated with two backers. The clutch backing will keep it safe and attached to your favourite bag, scarf, tee shirt or jacket.

Buy

Ami & Emme

Crochet F Bomb, $11.81

Ever need to drop an F-bomb…but your kids are around, are at work, or stuck at a family gathering? Here’s the product for you! Designed as a poly-fil filled stress ball, this crochet F-bomb will definitely start up conversations, relieve some stress, or make a great gift!

Buy

Sara Girletz Art


Custom Family House Ornaments, $15

Have your family photos transferred onto a miniature house that’s hand cut by Sara and made from the reused wood of an old abandoned house somewhere on the Alberta prairie. How it works: Purchase the custom family house ornament listing through Etsy. Then send Sara your family photo(s) either scanned as a digital JPEG or a picture taken with your phone and she’ll do the rest! All ornaments are finished with the loving phrase “you are my home” stamped on the bottom. Size: measures *approximately 2 1/4″ wide x 2 1/2″ tall x 3/4 ” deep. 

Buy

YYC Beeswax

Small Circle Beeswax Wrap
Small Circle Beeswax Wrap, $12

Get rid of the plastic wrap and bags in your kitchen for good! Beeswax food wraps can be used for directly wrapping food or as a cover for your favourite dishes. Our 9″ circle wrap is ideal for wrapping small fruits and vegetables or covering small bowls such as cereal bowls.

Buy

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Top 7 Stocking Stuffers of 2017

Top 7 Stocking Stuffers of 2017

I am NOT a winter person by any stretch of the imagination. However, I LOVE the holidays. To me, looking forward to Christmas means 2 less months of winter to endure. Or perhaps 3. It depends on the year whether I consider October winter. Anyway, back to Christmas! Stockings have always been a tradition in my family. It’s so much fun to shop for little treasures you know your family will enjoy! In this gift guide, I’m going to share with you my top 7 picks for stocking stuffers this year (in no particular order).

1. Lip Balm

Best Stocking Stuffers of 2017 - Lip Balm
Top Stocking Stuffers of 2017 – Lip Balm

Here in southern Alberta, it gets pretty dry. A dry climate leads to dehydrated lips and that’s not fun at all! Save someone’s lips this holiday season with a regular or mini lip balm. Whichever size you choose, it’s a perfect stocking stuffer!

2. Beeswax Melts

Top Stocking Stuffers of 2017 - Melts
Top Stocking Stuffers of 2017 – Melts

Not everyone likes candles. We understand! If you’d still like to add some scent to your favourite space, melts are a great option. Our melts are made with all natural ingredients and scented with essential oils. That way, you won’t be giving any nasty chemicals for Christmas! Melts can be used in electric or candle powered warmers.

3. Lotion Bar

Top Stocking Stuffers of 2017 - Lotion Bar
Top Stocking Stuffers of 2017 – Lotion Bar

With lips taken care of with lip balm, give the gift of hydration for the rest of the body! This solid bar liquefies with body heat and friction so it can be spread over dry patches. For me, that would be pretty much everywhere this time of year… If your giftee is a big air traveller with no checked bags, these are perfect. They will appreciate saving precious space in their liquids bag for other goodies. The lotion bar is in a convenient tube so melting won’t make a mess at that hot winter destination!

4. 6 Pack of Beeswax Tealights

Top Stocking Stuffers of 2017 - 6 Pack of Tealights
Top Stocking Stuffers of 2017 – 6 Pack of Tealights

I love the ambiance candles create. I’m sure the candle lover in your life can relate! Tealights are perfect for casual and regular candle burners alike. They are small enough to fit anywhere and fit all sorts of occasions. Light them during a holiday get together, enjoy them with a good book, or use them for date night. Keep it simple with a set of natural tealights or have fun picking out a scent your giftee will love. They will have the best smelling stocking out!

5. Reusable Tea Bag

Top Stocking Stuffers of 2017 - Reusable Tea Bags
Top Stocking Stuffers of 2017 – Reusable Tea Bags

When the weather cools off, it’s time to drink even more hot beverages than usual. Our reusable tea bags are a perfect stocking stuffer for the loose leaf tea lover on your list. Pair a cup or pot size tea bag with some tea from Tearrific and you will be their new favourite person (if you aren’t already!). Some of this year’s favourites are Chai Biscotti, Mulled Cider, and Lavender Earl Grey.

6. Mini Taper Candles

Top Stocking Stuffers of 2017 - Mini Tapers
Top Stocking Stuffers of 2017 – Mini Tapers

Mini tapers pack a big punch in a small package. How can you go wrong? They fit in a stocking, feature a fun honeycomb pattern, and are available in many colours. Your giftee will be delighted long after the gift is open. Give them a set of taper candle holders from your favourite potter to add the finishing touch to your gift.

7. An Experience

What better way to celebrate the holidays than to give the gift of time? They say good things come in small packages, but I think we can change it to GREAT! If your giftee is a maker and loves to learn new things, sign up for a workshop you can do together. It’s a fun excuse to get together after the holiday craziness is over. Everyone is so busy these days, spending time together is extra special!

Check out our upcoming workshops here. If you’d like to give a voucher for the workshop of your giftee’s choice, contact us and we’ll make it happen.

BONUS 8. Gift Certificate

If all else fails, you can’t go wrong with a gift certificate!


Remember that gift giving is supposed to be FUN not stressful. My favourite strategy to keeping it fun is to shop early and often. Picking up little things here and there throughout the year reduces your stress level as the holidays approach.

All the best to you and yours this holiday season. Happy shopping!

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Unique Wedding Favours

4 Unique Wedding Favour Ideas

It’s finally happening… You’re getting married! You’ve already taken the first step in the journey to your big day, and a lot will happen between now and then. Whether you’re hiring someone to take care of  some or all of the details for you or you’re doing it all yourself, there are so many choices to be made. From choosing a venue to the guest list to making sure your picky great-aunt is kept happy, the list can seem endless. Today, we’ll share with you some ideas for unique wedding favour ideas. We’re including ready-made options as well as more hands-on projects for the crafty people out there.

Custom favours are a great way to share a bit of your personality with guests. Many artisans are happy to customize their products for your big day. You can often choose fonts, colours, and sizes, so don’t be afraid to ask your favourite artisan if they can do some custom work for you.

Table Settings

Who said favours are just for guests to take home? Get twice the value by using them as place cards for the tables. Customize your favour with the guest’s name. You could even personalize the thank you!

Mason Jar Beeswax Candle Wedding Favours
Mason Jar Beeswax Candle Wedding Favours

 

Centerpieces

Choose favours that can be set up as attractive centerpieces for the table. That way, they will be out of the way while your guests enjoy their meal and there is less for you to clean up later! Just make sure guests know they should take one before leaving at the end of the night.

Martha Stewart Potted Plant Take-Home Centerpiece Idea
Martha Stewart Potted Plant Take-Home Centerpiece Idea

Click here for the tutorial from Martha Stewart. These would be fantastic with bee-friendly plants. Your guests can support local bee populations AND enjoy the lovely blooms long after your wedding.

Something Useful

Think about weddings you’ve been to and what you’ve enjoyed receiving (if they did favours). Consumables tend to go over well as the guests can enjoy them without cluttering up their house. Here are some custom labelled lip balms I made for a wedding:


I think they turned out fantastic!

Just because you are giving something useful doesn’t mean it has to be run-of-the mill. There are many options out there to come up with a creative twist that can still be useful!

Double Heart Beeswax Candle
Natural beeswax double heart shaped candle. Approximately tealight sized. Customization available.

DIY

What better way to show your guests just how much you appreciate them than by making your own favours? Depending on your idea, this approach is not for the faint of heart; however, you can make it easier by enlisting some help. Organize a crafting session with friends or those who may be interested from the wedding party. This is a great opportunity to enjoy friends and family while getting some work done! Take it one step further and organize a potluck or order in pizza and make an afternoon or evening of it.

These tips can help make your crafting session run smoother:

  • Make sure you know what you want the end result to look like. Even better, have some samples for your helpers to reference while they work
  • Prepare as much as you can in advance. Make sure you have enough materials
  • It helps if each person picks only one task (for example, cutting ribbon or tags) and moves on to another only once they are finished. It’s more efficient, and the teamwork is part of the fun!

If you’re interested in making something yourself but aren’t quite sure where to start, look for local places that offer workshops for something you’d like to make for a favour. Contact the organizer to see if they will run a private workshop for your group. They should be able to assist you in making sure you have enough materials and the skills to complete your project. Depending how many favours you need and how many people you can recruit to help, you may not be able to complete everything during the workshop itself, so be sure to find out what support the organizer can give  you post-workshop to ensure everything gets done!

Candle Making Workshop Participant
Showing off some newly made rolled beeswax candles.

Rolled Beeswax Wedding Favour

For more inspiration, check out our wedding Pinterest board. We’re also happy to discuss custom wedding favours or assist you in making your own. Contact us today for more information.

All the best in planning your wedding!