The Canadian Gift Guide strives to find gift ideas that are readily accessible to Canadians. This you should know by now. What you don’t know is how much guilt I feel when I browse the amazing local gift shops in my city (or other cities) and realize that many of them simply don’t have an online shopping system I can direct you to. By the same token, I don’t think it’s fair for me to call out a particular gift store that only exists in one city when I’ve got a super national audience. Luckily for me, a bell must have rung this holiday season because like an angel, Shopcaster is on the scene. What is it? Essentially a super-indie online boutique featuring dozens of independent Canadian retailers, primarily in Toronto and Vancouver. If you live around one of those cities, you can pre-browse and head down to the store of your choice to buy in-person, but for the rest of us poor souls (or not), we now have access to each store’s stock without leaving our precious laptops, just in time for the holidays! I spent an afternoon perusing the site and handpicked ten fantastic finds for everyone on your list. So without further ado…
For Your Wife: Sparkle Bootie – $89 @ The Store on Queen
Just because it’s time to shine, doesn’t mean she wants to be freezing while she does it. These sparkly, stiletto-spike heel booties allow her to add a serious dash of sex appeal and seasonal sweetness to her ensemble, without exposing her feet to the harsh winter air. And if she needs to clutch on to you to navigate icy sidewalks? Well, that’s never a bad thing.
For Your Brother: Fred Pizza Peddler – $22 @ La Di Da Boutique
Whether he’s a burgeoning family guy or a flying solo bachelor, chances are pizza still regular tops his list of favourite foods. This super cute silicon pizza cutter has some bite – it’ll cut through even the chewiest dough – but it also has a fun factor, whether he’s inviting over his bros or simply entertaining the kids.
For Your Aunt: Voluspa 2-Wick Glass Candle & Lid – $24.99 each @ The Spotted Frog
These luxury candles are made from coconut wax, allowing a ‘clean burn’ with no fiery scent to taint the fragrant aromas rising up from each elegant glass jar. Available in five scents from Clove Pomegranate to Makassare Ebony & Peach, all you need is a bit of tissue paper and ribbon and these pretty pots are ready to gift.
For Your Niece or Nephew: Seracon Garden Kits – $12 each @ Moss
If you have a gaggle of little ones to buy for, prices can add up fast. Luckily these absolutely adorable children’s gardening kits fit the bill both for price, and for purpose. Get them off the couch and outdoors to plant a ‘Pizza Garden’ or a ‘Butterfly Garden’ (six varieties are available in all) to teach them about the earth, and get them excited to reap the rewards come summer.
For Mom: Silver Moroccan Pouf – $220 @ L’Atelier Home
What a clever idea! This fancy piece of furniture actually ships unfilled, so you can stuff it with your out-of-season clothes, extra blankets, or actual cotton batting from a sewing supplies store. Suddenly you’ve got an eye-catching and space-saving piece of art that’s also pretty comfy too. Silver not your thing? No worries, it comes in black or white as well.
For Your Husband: HMDX Jam Bluetooth Wireless Speaker – $50 @ My Roll Life
This pint-sized portable speaker comes in a jam jar and is available in one of six ‘flavours’ (Blackberry not shown) based on the colour you choose. Easily connect your SmartPhone, tablet, or laptop from up to 30 feet away, and enjoy up to four hours of music with a single charge. A cool pick for him to bring into the garage when he’s doing handiwork, or hosting a party with your mutual friends.
For The Hostess: Pre de Provence Guest Soaps Gift Set – $19.99 @ Even & Odd
These French-milled delicate hand soaps are a pre-wrapped, practical-yet-pretty choice for the perpetual hostess. She can put them in the powder room as soon as they’re unwrapped, or save them for future fetes. Each bar has a unique scent, including rose petal, honey almond, and white gardenia to name a few.
For Dad: Penguin Ice Bucket with Tongs – $30 @ Cry If I Want To
If he doesn’t take his barware too seriously, he’ll love this charming stainless steel ice bucket in the shape of a penguin. A fun conversation starter at parties, this sleek container also works as a piece of art on his bar, credenza, or shelf when not in use. For Your Sister: Butter London Backstage Basics – $49 @ Common Sort
Give your nearest and dearest a virtual manicure in a box with this cute set from chi-chi nails brand Butter London. With a base coat, your choice of polish, top coat, remover, and nail file, she’ll get a taste of the high life just in time for party season. Best of all, the kit actually knocks $15 off the retail price if you’d purchased each item separately. And the cute, ready-to-wrap box doesn’t hurt either…
For Fido: Feel Good Cookies – $12.50 each @ Metro Hound
Made in Canada and preservative-free, you can quite literally feel good about feeding these little niblets to your favourite canine friend. Available in five yummy flavours – chicken, lamb, buffalo, turkey, and beef – they also make an ace choice as an offbeat hostess gift when you’re visiting those pals who put their pooch on a virtual pedestal. There you have it! Ten gifts from ten different and wonderful boutiques – and really, just a fraction of what Shopcaster has to offer as a whole. I strongly recommend you sign up and take a browse for yourself. Especially because doing so could net you a $200 gift card to go shopping! Interested? Here’s how to enter:
1) Sign up for an account with Shopcaster by December 24th, and create a wish list with at least ten items on it. They can be from any store on the entire Shopcaster website. As a bonus, do it before December 12th and you can double-enter into a super fun contest to win $500 from Club Metro. Once you’ve signed up for your account + made your wish list, leave a comment below with your username so I can verify with Shopcaster you’ve followed the rules if you’re selected as our lucky winner!
2) Entries are limited to one per person / per email address / per household (or more if you score bonus entries). A random draw will be conducted on or around December 26th to select the winner, who will have 48 hours to respond before another winner is chosen in their place.
3) Entries are limited to Canadians that have reached the age of majority in their province. Quebec is not eligible to participate in this promotion.