There’s really no way to get around it. No matter how things go with Covid-19, the holidays are going to be different this year. With how careful we have to be about large gathering and Covid-19 transmission, it’s going to be a very different feeling from the holidays before. Beyond that, the holiday season has always been the biggest time of the year for retailers. While that is still likely to be the case, there’s no doubt in my mind that the pandemic will take its toll on those businesses. So with that in mind, our holiday gift guide 2020 edition is going to be a little different.
With small businesses being the most impacted by the pandemic, we want to take this time to give back. The economy is already being impacted in a million ways, so use these holidays to give back to your community and at the same time get amazing, personal gifts for your friends and family.
Gift Certificates are Your Friend During a Pandemic
What do you get the people who have everything? Honestly, it’s hard to know what people’s financial situation is during Covid-19. I’m not saying that you should ask. Please, please don’t do that. Instead, give a gift certificate! I know, I know. It used to be seen as a faux pas to give a gift certificate, but this year, people will appreciate it.
Buy a gift certificate from a service provider that you know your friends love or from a local business with an online shop. This will allow people to get what they really need this holiday. Or, if you want to support your community and give your friends and family something nice at the same time, buy a gift certificate to a local store or restaurant for them to use in the future.
If you’re not looking for a gift certificate, we’ve put together a Holiday Gift Guide 2020 edition for you. Check out these local businesses below!
Help Your Community by Shopping Locally Online
The best way that you can support your local businesses is simply by shopping locally. Reach out to the small businesses in your area and see how you can help while still getting great gifts.
We reached out to the mommy blogger community in Toronto and were stunned by the talented people who replied. Please take a look at the gift guides below if you’re looking for unique and wonderful gifts this holiday.
Holiday Food Gift Guide 2020
Rachel’s Bakery is amazing for fresh cookies, cakes, and desserts. You only need to look at her page to see the mouth-watering creations that she’s making at any time. You can order directly from her instagram page and get the perfect treat for your sweet toothed family.
Tea N Spice
Tea N Spice offers high quality loose tea leaves and spices. This is perfect for that tea addict in your life who loves premium blends of yummy flavours. Gift baskets are available and you can get free shipping across Canada for any order over $50.
Efinka Catering & Gifts
Efinka catering has you covered and will keep you covered from appetizers to gourmet desserts . They curate gorgeous gift crates with hand baked goodies for any occasion. It’s the perfect touch for the foodie in your life and will give them a totally unique experience this holiday season.
Liliput Kingdom is a store which has some of the most magical felt creations that you could imagine. Beautifully crafted and entirely safe for children, you can buy lovingly made felt sushi and other snacks for a child to play with. Beyond that, there’s an array of animals, personalized quiet books, and so much more. You’re missing out if you don’t take a look at some of these amazing gifts.
Art & Cosmetics Holiday Gift Guide from Local Business
ART from MI Heart
With beautiful and whimsical creations, you will find beautiful gifts here. Handmade by Montréal Artist Maayan Itzkovich, each piece is unique and sure to please your loved ones. With gifts ranging from cute earrings to hilarious wall signs, you need to check ART from MI Heart out. You can also make specific requests by DMing the artist on Instagram.
Pink Banana Sparkles
Shannon is a Toronto New Mom Blogger! and runs her own arts and crafts store on Etsy where she sells beautiful handmade Christmas ornaments. Some of these ornaments are a little bit naughty and others are nice, but you’re sure to find something cute for the people who love Christmas in your life.
Please be warned before you click the link that some of these ornaments are not safe for work!
Emma Boghossian Art
Emma Boghossian is a local illustrator and has several products on different platforms. You can find her abstract art and prints in her Etsy shop. These pieces will be great holiday gifts for family and friends.
Skincare & Cosmetics Holiday Gift Guide from Local Business
Little Trees Wellness
Little Trees Wellness is a holistic plant-based luxurious quality skincare and wellness products for families. All products created by clinical herbalist & holistic nutritionist (local!) mama
Their face Serum is like nourishing food for your face, helping you look and feel great in your skin. You can also get a holiday gift for yourself 🙂
Orly Waldman Cosmetics
Orly Waldman has provided makeup applications for over 15 years for those who want to feel exquisitely beautiful. She recently launched a luxury cosmetics line with the perfect products for your everyday routine and a full glam event.
They are all carefully formulated, made in Canada, and hypoallergenic.
Limited-time holiday gift sets are available.
BONUS: Makeup gift bag with purchase of any gift set!
Lovely Life Beauty
A scrumptious holiday treat with zero regrets! These freshly baked lip glosses come in four beautiful shades perfect for every skin tone.
Each with a subtle fresh scent that will leave you feeling warm and sparkly inside too. Totally vegan, cruelty-free, gluten-free and guilt-free!
This holiday gift as well as the entire holiday collections available on their website. Beautifully packaged in a gold bag with a gift-tag, they are the perfect stocking stuffer or timeless gift.
Holiday Gift Guide 2020 for Kids
Rescued Bears is an eco-friendly social enterprise that operates as a stuffed animal adoption agency. Profits go to the registered charity West Toronto KEYS to INclusion who facilitate programming for adults with intellectual disabilities.
Rescued Bears (and other friends) are sweet plushies received second-hand and vigorously cleaned and sanitized. Each is given a hand-knit or hand-sewn sweater, scarf, or bow tie made of recycled materials, and comes with a unique and witty biography. For Toronto residents looking to avoid shipping costs and delays, Rescued Bears offers two options: orders may be picked up for free at any TTC subway station or from a house porch located near Ossington station.
Bebe Bunny is that perfect gift for the new mom or soon to be mom on your list. They specialize in gift boxes for newborns and every box will include 6 signature branded products available in 3 different colour themes. Every box that Bebe Bunny creates is curated with love and puts a big emphasis on the details to make every box a joyful one. Exquisitely styled, you can’t go wrong.
Charming Creations is a local business from York Region which creates gift baskets for every occasion! No matter who you’re shopping for or what event, you can get a beautiful hand curated basket that will add a touch of love. Ordering your basket is simple, you just need to reach out to them on their Facebook page to get started.
Trendii Baby has beautiful handmade decorations for the children in your life. High quality and colourful, Trendii Baby has decorations that are sure to light up any room and transform it into some place that’s truly special. Featuring designs that are both bright and monochrome, you’re bound to find something that suits you.
My Life Playbook
My Life Playbook is a guided journal for kids aged 7-12 promoting emotional wellness, mindfulness and resiliency. Examples of activities include; developing a gratitude practice, setting intentions, using affirmations and much more. My Life Playbook is 164 beautifully designed pages of inspirational colouring images, journal writing, worksheets, drawing and writing prompts all designed to build confidence, encourage empathy and increase self-love.
Little Ponytail specializes in girls’ hair accessories such as headbands, hair clips, hairpins, and hair ties for your little princess. We thrive to offer you the best bang for the buck in hair accessories, the best quality for the price with no exception.
Useful Services for Moms- Holiday Gift Guide 2020
The GlassHouse Studios
The GlassHouse Studios is a photography studio created for all of your needs. An upscale environment in Richmond Hill, there are a variety of sophisticated rooms for every genre of photography. With how limited we are by Covid-19, celebrating those milestones is more important than ever. Create beautiful memories with professional lighting and photography.
The Parenting Series
The Parenting Series is the perfect gift for any new or expecting moms you may know who feel overwhelmed by the changes in their lives. 100% Covid-19 safe, the Parenting Series hosts live zoom discussions on a variety of parenting topics. This allows you to hear from experts in the field and connect with other parents. Tickets to each session are inexpensive, starting at just $10/ticket and could be the perfect gift this year.
Taya Griffin is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant. She helps mothers to reach their own unique breastfeeding goals. Whether you are expecting a new baby or want to gift someone a unique and meaningful experience, Taya is here to help.
Lil Baby Sleep Consulting
Lily is a Certified Pediatric Sleep Consultant and mom of two babies. She started Lil Baby Sleep while her daughter napped! Her first child was the inspiration for my journey in helping moms get the rest that they need. She now help hundreds of families go from exhaustion and frustration to sleeping all night long, feeling rested, energized and confident in their ability to handle any sleep problem. I believe sleep is for everyone!
Lily is currently offering $100 off signature sleep support for any Toronto New Mom.
Pencil Pix Kids
Pencil Pix Kids is an online video tutorial teaching kids, step-by-step, how to draw.
Created by a mom and son duo with a love of drawing. They will teach your budding artist to create works of art using simple shapes. For ages 5-7, 7-9 and 9-12. You can buy a yearly subscription as holiday gift!
Amina Mohamed Photography
Amina Mohamed is a professional headshot, branding and portrait photographer from Newmarket. She is passionate about capturing those important occasions that matter to you.
You can now get a gift voucher for your loved ones for any photo session of their choice.
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