Find of the Month: Tense Watches

As we head into the holiday season, I felt like this was a year I really wanted to focus on more Canadian brands. You all had such a positive reaction to my (nearly) all-Canadian gift guide this past July, so it inspired me to search far and wide for some of the best Canadian gift ideas out there. In today’s digital age, shopping ‘local’ can mean more than visiting your corner store – any time I’m featuring a Canadian brand, you’re supporting an entrepreneur that’s come up with an amazing gift idea. So with that in mind, I’m pleased to introduce you to Tense Watches.


Wooden watches are very ‘of the moment’ right now, suggesting a sort of earthy chic modernity. But believe it or not, Tense has been in the business since 1971, making them an originator of the wooden watch. All of the watches are actually handmade right here in Canada, from recycled or reclaimed wood, meaning you don’t even have to feel any sort of eco-guilt when wearing one. Watches are always a lovely gift idea in my books. While smart watches and your phone may threaten the watch’s prominence, when it’s crafted from beautiful wood, it becomes more of an accessory, or an art piece, or a piece of jewelry – one of the only pieces of jewelry many men feel comfortable wearing, natch. I’m so excited to share some of my favourite watches for him, her, and unisex from Tense!


Kootenay – From $229
One of my favourite styles is the unisex Kootenay. The cool geographic shape has this mid-century  modern feel to it, particularly when paired with lush dark woods (although it also comes in lighter varieties). Note that with Tense watches, the price may go up slightly based on the type of wood you select, although not by much. You can expect about $5-$10- in price variation from the base price per watch I feature here. If you also dig the Kootenay’s next hexagon shape but want something a little more dainty, note that it also comes in a smaller profile, the aptly named Small Kootenay, for about $174.99.


Hybrid – $389.99
If you’re looking for something that marries the vibe of wooden watches but has a different band, then check out the Hybrid watch. Made with real leather and trimmed with sleek wood, these unisex watches have a polished urban feel. With a built-in calendar and top notch materials, this is a divine gift for your new spouse, a beloved parent, or someone special in your life that has an eye for high style.


Alpine – From $229.99
I picked this watch out because I liked how well it married the traditional and the new age. Wooden watches may be associated with a natural, purist vibe, but that doesn’t mean they can’t be loaded with modern features. For example, this square-shaped men’s wooden watch (a modern cut if I ever saw one) has a luminescent face, so he can keep time while watching a movie or heading home before daylight savings kicks in. The watch also comes in a ton of neat finishes. From a regal near-navy dark sandalwood to a calico-esque dual tone sandalwood, it goes to show that the sky is the limit when it comes to creativity and watches.


Maria – From $144.99
Most of the women’s watches in Tense’s collection are either unisex watches, or smaller versions of the more man-oriented styles. But the Maria stands apart as being part bracelet, part watch, and totally feminine. The little gold beads and vaguely heart-shaped wooden pieces give it a sweet feeling, but the minimalist clock face feels totally timeless. The price point of pieces like the Maria also make them supremely accessible. Buy this for your impossible to shop for mother-in-law – and tell her she’s buying into a truly Canadian brand – to put a smile on her face.

Want to score a Tense watch of your own? I’m very excited to announce that I am giving one lucky reader the chance to pick out a Tense watch of their choice, valued at up to $250. Here’s how to enter for your chance to get a beautiful Tense wooden watch!

1) First off my friends! You must be a Canadian Gift Guide subscriber to enter this giveaway. Just find the ‘Gift of Gab’ box on the righthand side of this page and either hit ‘Follow’ or enter your email address. Once you’ve done that, leave me a comment by November 30, 2016 with a link back to your favourite watch on the Tense website.

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 November 1, 2016 to select the winner(s), 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 for this promotion.

4) Bonus Entry: Like Tense on Facebook and leave a wall post on which of their watches are your favourites. Link back to your wall post in a separate comment below. 

5) Bonus Entry #2: Follow Tense on Pinterest and repin your favourite item from their boards. Share a link to your Pin in a separate comment below.

6) Bonus Entry #3: Follow Tense on Instagram and either Regram one of their photos and take a photo from their site and share it on your own feed, tagging them in it. Leave a link back to your photo in the comments below in a separate comment.

7) Bonus Entry #4: Follow Tense on Twitter and send out a Tweet tagging them + me (@cdngiftguide) that links back to this post.

Don’t forget! There’s often many other chances to earn bonus entries into all of my giveaways. As a subscriber, keep an eye out on daily posts for more ways to enter to win!

200 Responses to “Find of the Month: Tense Watches”
  1. doreen lamoureux says:

    I subscribe by email. I really like Willow
    dorcontest at gmail dot com

  2. cheryl mclellan says:

    I love the Maria watch for women

  3. DebP says: My favorite is the Hampton in the dark sandalwood and rosewood. Subscriber

  4. Silvia D says:

    I like the Maria in Dark Sandalwood…

  5. Chanel O says: I love the blue against the wood! So elegant yet distinct

  6. Janice Lewis says:

    This one is so sleek looking, beautiful

  7. Aimee says:

    Love the blue I love the blue against the wood!
    I am a subscriber

  8. Joan G. says:

    I like the Hampton with the Walnut wood and the white dial

  9. christine conway says:

    The Alpine watch in light wood is very pretty. I would be love to wear one!

  10. Kevin B says:

    This is my favorite watch – the Alpine

  11. Erin says:

    I like the Willow in Walnut. (I’m already a subscriber)

  12. Alyssa says:

    I like the small yukon watch in Rosewood.

  13. Mary Warner says:

    The Hybrid would be best for me.

  14. SandyS says:

    The Hybrid is one snazzy looking watch any male would love to wear –

  15. Tom D. says:

    I am a subscriber and I like this Tense watch

  16. gloria konelsky says:


  17. Julie P. says: I like this one with the black face and blue band.

  18. Kim K says:

    I like the walnut with white face: ttps://

  19. Kathleen L says:

    The small Kootenay is my favourite

  20. bkick1 says:

    I have a friend who recently received one as a gift and immediately knew that this was also the watch for me. The small Kootenay is the one I would pick. https:/

  21. louise says:

    I’m a Canadian Gift Guide subscriber and I really like
    SKU | J5803BN Washington

  22. Shelley Nelson says:

    I am a subscriber and this is a hard choice but I think I would choose the Hampton Rosewood/Dark Sandalwood

  23. Patricia Rosart says:

    I am a Canadian Gift Guide subscriber, I really like the Small Kootenay watch in Walnut

  24. Cathy C says:

    I like the Washington north watch.

  25. Cathy C says:

    Facebook post

  26. I follow them on pinterest and pinned

  27. Deanna Barkley says:

    All of these watches are very attractive. My final choice would be the Small Kootenay SKU | M8300I-W in Dual Tone Sandalwood/White Dial. I also like the Kootenay inRosewood/Green Sandalwood, but a smaller watch is better for me. Thanks for the giveaway.

  28. Deanna Barkley says:

    I commented in the visitors comments on

  29. Nicole Aben says:

    This one is my favourite and I like it in the Rosewood best I think

  30. Nicole Aben says:

    Here is my pinterest pin:

  31. Dominic cloutier says:

    That’s gorgeous but I like them all.
    I subscribe

  32. aclily19 says:

    I like the Hampton in CAN I walnut

  33. CLC says:

    All of these watches are beautiful and I’d wear each one if I owned them. I know my son has been wanting one for a while so I would get him one first, and it would be this one.

  34. Alison K says:

    I’m a Canadian Gift Guide subscriber. My favourite watch on the Tense website was a hard choice but their Leather Hampton $214.99 Walnut/Grey

  35. Alison K says:

    Bonus Instagram Entry: Follow @TenseWatches on Instagram and either Regrammed

  36. Alison K says:

    Bonus Twitter Entry: Followed @TenseWatches on Twitter and sent out a Tweet

  37. darlene boyle says:

    like the hybrid watch with the blue strap

  38. katydidit21 says:

    I love the Hampton North watch. Perfect for my son.

  39. Renee Lacasse says:

    I like the Maria in Dark Sandalwood

  40. KellyPC says:

    I love the Hampton in Dark Sandalwood &Rosewood

  41. yvonne says:

    I love the Buddhist rosewood watch – round beads and an elastic band! Very flexible and fluid.

  42. Jennifer Deol says:

    The Hampton suits my style the best.

  43. Leah says:

    My fave is this one:
    Would love it for my husband!

  44. T-Dub says:

    These are gorgeous watches and I love that they are made in Canada! My husband would love anything from the “Alpine” line and he just might find one under the tree this year! Alpine:

  45. Vanessa L. says:

    The Hampton in Zebrawood is my favourite! Such nice watches!

  46. alexa says:

    these are all awesome!

  47. Lynn M says:

    I quite like the Hybrid watches (particularly the one with the silver face and slate band).

  48. Andrea Williams says:

    Already a subscriber!
    My dad would love this watch –

  49. Mary Anne Thurston says:

    The women’s Kootenay watch is gorgeous!

  50. Aarone Mawdsley says:

    i like all the wooden watches

  51. Milley says:

    I cant decide!! Victoria or Maria as starters!

  52. Erin Lewis says:

    I would love this one in Rosewood

  53. Edith Rennes says:

    I like the Small Kootenay in Zebrawood

  54. Lauren C says:

    I love the Hampton in Rosewood!

  55. carrie l says: sophistication in walnut with white face!

  56. Florence Cochrane says:

    I love the Maria link

  57. Jas H says:

    I love the Hampton in Zebrawood!

  58. Debbie F says:

    The alpine watch is so unique.

  59. Jason Quarrie says:

    LOVE the Washington North ( – vibrant rich deep coloured face in contrast with such a unique rich-finished band.

  60. I’m in love with the Small Compass watch in Rosewood/Maplewood! So gorgeous.

  61. AnnieP says:

    They all look great. So hard to choose a favourite, but I pick

  62. Edmond says:

    I like FB @edmond238

  63. Carla B says:

    It’s not easy to pick just one! I do love the

  64. janicour says:

    So hard to choose a favourite, but my pick

  65. janicour says:

  66. Denae Boucher says:

    My favourite watch is the teak hybrid!

  67. Sara MacDonald says:

    Really love the Hybrid – wow!

  68. cookie3 says: I like it in dark sandalwood.

  69. joyce s. says:

    I think the hybrid is really nice.

  70. Paula says:

    Thank you for this contest opportunity!
    This is a link to a watch I like

  71. Tanis Mallow says:

    Love, love the North Hampton (especially in dark sandalwood/black)
    Thanks for introducing us to such an awesome Canadian product!

  72. ginette4 says:

    I’m a subscriber and the watch that I like is the Kootenay – walnut

  73. ginette4 says:

    Following Tense on pinterest and pinned my favourite watch

  74. Laurie W. says:

    I think this watch is beautiful…

  75. Sunshine G says:

    I really like the Hybrid – it’s stylish and goes with most things.

  76. diane says:

    My favourite is the small yukon in walnut.

  77. Sunshine G says:

    I really like the Northwest design:

  78. Subscriber here! I love the Small Yukon Style!
    rebthecatsitter at gmail dot com

  79. Danielle says:

    These watches are gorgeous! My favourite is the unisex Kootenay in Dark Sandalwood/Rosewood:

  80. Denae Boucher says:

    Bonus entry: A pentatonix christmas!

  81. Brenda Penton says:

    My favourite is the Washington North in Butternut

  82. KELLY E says:

    I like them all but my favourite is the Hampton,

  83. Joanne Saunders says:

  84. I’m partial to the hybrids, like the rosewood one

    Subscribe via email and follow on social media.

  85. Amy Doyle says:

    Would love this watch in Rosewood!

  86. I really like this one! What a great gift idea for the hard to buy for husband!

  87. Karen Williams says:

    Loving the in dark sandalwood. So beautiful.

  88. AshleyAC says:

    My favourite is in Walnut/White Dial

  89. Wanda Bee says:

    I am a subscriber. My favourite watch is the Marmot at

  90. Lisa F says:

    such beautiful watches….I think my favourite is the kootenay… in walnut

  91. Lisa F says:

    Beautiful work – my favorite is the kootenay in walnut-

  92. Tess Rosario says:

    My favourite is the hybrid in Rosegold colour

  93. My favourite watch is the WASHINGTON NORTH

  94. Darren Scrubb says:

    My favourite watch is the WASHINGTON NORTH.

  95. Jasen H says:

    I really like the Washington North in Dark Sandalwood!

  96. Brenda Lacourciere says: is my favorite in any of the colors.

  97. Laurie W. says:

    My favourite Tense watch is the SKU | B5100R-CO Comox in Rosewood.

  98. Lisa S says:

    Ive been wanting a wooden watch for a long time. I love the Metro style.

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