Questions & Answers
What the heck is this thing?
Simply put, the Canadian Gift Guide is a blog with gift giving ideas for Canadians. What does that mean? Anything I feature has to be readily available to Canadians. So whether I’m highlighting gifts you can buy in Canada, Canadian retailers with great gift ideas, or Canadian businesses with Canadian-made products, you are pretty much guaranteed this blog is written for Canadians, by a Canadian.
Who writes it?
My name is Brittany, and as of right now, I write 100% of the content here on the Canadian Gift Guide. If you’d like to learn a little bit about me, you’re free to check out this post.
How long has the Canadian Gift Guide been around for?
Since June 2010. It came from noticing that there wasn’t really anyone highlighting all of the cool products and retailers available to Canadians specifically. I was sick of visiting online stores and finding they only shipped to the USA, or that it cost $80 to ship a $10 item. I wanted to create a resource where you could easily find gift ideas for Canadians. Thus, my blog was born.
How do you choose what to write about?
Research, primarily. And I like to shop. I’d say about 90% of my ideas come from browsing stores (online and bricks & mortar), spotting something cool, and jotting down a note to follow up on it. I never write about a brand unless I want to, and no one is paying me to write this blog, but admittedly I gravitate to a few brands based on personal preference. I also tend to find more inspiration in shopping for girly as opposed guy gifts – I won’t lie, a large portion of what I feature on here is stuff I’d certainly like to open up!
What makes you an expert on gift-giving?
I don’t know that one can really earn gift-giving cred, beyond having many a satisfied friend and family member as the years have gone by. I’d like to think I have a good eye for picking out items that have a wide spread of appeal, and aren’t crazily expensive. I also try to feature retailers that are across Canada as much as possible, although I strongly recommend visiting your local gift shop for some really cool ideas that I can’t necessarily capture on here. My aim is simply to provide honest, thoughtful ideas to help you overcome the dread of finding that perfect gift.
How do you get all of these awesome prizes to give away?
For the longest time I was writing a lot of posts based on my own meandering thoughts and impressions of things. It occurred to me that it’d be more helpful and interesting to everyone involved if I started talking to the people I write about to get the inside story on their products. Along the way, I also thought it’d be nice to give back something to everyone that reads the Canadian Gift Guide. Thus, I started opening up opportunities to some of the brands I feature to also do a giveaway – but rest assured, one does not rely on the other. As I said above, I never ever write a product unless I want to. If there’s a giveaway involved, well, it’s just a bonus – my chance to give back – to you.
I have a really cool idea or product. How do I tell you about it?
For one, feel free to comment on any post with your own thoughts and ideas for gifts. If you want to track me down for a one-on-one conversation about a brand, feel free to shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The legal stuff: Since I can’t possibly own every single thing I review, often times I will borrow images from various sources throughout the web. If I’ve taken your image and you want to keep it all for yourself, let me know and I’ll happily remove it.