There’s really no way to get around it. No matter how things go with Covid, the holidays are going to be different. With how careful we have to be about large gatherings and Covid-19 transmission, it’s going to be a different feeling from the holidays before. In our Holiday Gift Guide 2021 we found the best holiday gift ideas for everyone. Whether you are looking for Mom, Dad, Grandpa, Grandma, the kids or anyone else, our guide will give you a gift idea (or five).
With small businesses being the most impacted by the pandemic, we want to take time to give back and we listed in our holiday gift guide, gifts from local vendors in Toronto and the GTA. use these holidays to give back to your community and at the same time get amazing, personal gifts for your friends and family.
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.
Art & Cosmetics Holiday Gift Guide from Local Business
Out Of The Frame Photography
Give your family and friends a gift that will last forever – a memory! Out of the frame, photography is offering gift certificates starting at $50. These certificates can be used for any session offered, such as family photos, cake smashes and mini-sessions through the year (Christmas, back to school, fall, and many more!).
Pink Banana Sparkles
Shannon is a local Toronto artist, who loves to bring whimsy and colour into the world, one piece at a time. She has a small art store on Etsy where she sells beautiful, whimsical, and one-of-a-kind handmade Holiday ornaments. Her product ranges from cute foods to characters, to realistic pet portraits, and even some naughty, NSFW ornaments.
Have an idea, but don’t see it? She adores making custom pieces! But don’t wait too long, handmade pieces take time and you want to get it before the holidays! Send an email at [email protected] or reach out through DMs.
Please be warned before you click the link that some of these ornaments are not safe for work!
Orly Waldman- make up artist
A complete line of highly pigmented and luxurious cosmetics. These gorgeous products are all carefully formulated and selected with you in mind. The full product line has been manufactured in Canada.
Arbonne – Holiday Collection 2021
Celebrate the season and bring the outside in with this year’s collection centered on nature-inspired scents and gifts that are sure to bring smiles. Every giftable item presents an opportunity to reconnect with nature and the spirit of the holiday season. Limited time only, while supplies last.
Timi&Mila Gift Bundles
Timi&Mila has beautiful gift sets that include natural skincare products for the children and mamas in your life. Made in small batches in Oakville, Ontario, Timi&Mila products are 100% natural toxin and fragrance-free and are manufactured with allergies in mind! You’ll only find “good” ingredients on the back labels!
Between the full set, the baby bundle, the mama bundle as well as the travel mini bundle, you’re bound to find something that makes for a great gift!
Holiday Gift Guide from Local Business
“A soup dumpling is a little marvel of engineering, with a silky dough wrapped around a scrumptious minced meat filling” . I learned to make these Chinese marvels with my mother as a little girl. Now I am sharing the same tradition with my son, teaching him how to make these marvels. Give your friends and family gift certificates for our tasty homemade dumplings!
Gift certificates start at $50 or gift someone special with a holiday dumpling platter!
Holiday Gift Guide 2021 for Kids
My Life Creative
Creative Affirmation Cards – Arts-based mindset tools for kids.
This deck includes 54 interactive affirmation cards, each one featuring a positive statement to repeat, a beautiful image to colour, and a 5-minute creative activity. Kids are encouraged to write, draw and scribble all over these cards making them a personal keepsake. Includes: drawing & writing cues, mindful breathing & movement challenges Ages 8-13
These cards can help: Improve self-esteem develop a growth mindsetDeepen self-awareness Promote positive self talkFoster independence.
All Circles: PlayTower – Wooden Learning Tower
The new standard in any child-welcomed kitchen. Help your little ones get up to where the action is with the All Circles PlayTower. The product includes a removable rear safety bar, and an adjustable top platform to accommodate children 16 months – 8 years.
A book by Annabelle Boren: Mighty Liv
Liv is like any other six-year-old girl, she likes pizza and unicorns and playing with her friends. But Liv is also special: she has superpowers! She runs faster than light, flies like a bird, and helps friends in need. In this inspiring story, Liv will discover that her most important superpower is the power of speaking up. Mighty Liv is a book to empower and teach children how to protect themselves and their bodies, know their right to say “No”, develop awareness about boundaries in relationships, and encourage children to feel free to talk about everything with their parents.
A book by Amber Kuipers: When Grey Came to Stay
When Grey comes home instead of Julie’s dad, Julie must learn to navigate all the big, unpredictable feelings loss brings. When Grey Came to Stay is the hopeful story of one girl’s journey through grief as she learns to celebrate her father in the midst of sadness. Based on the author’s own experience of loss, the book explores grief, encourages conversations and brings hope to those who are grieving. Geared for children aged 6-12 but provides a message that applies to all ages.
Little Traders – Baby Gear & Toys
Little Traders is a purpose-driven company that has a large variety of high-quality used baby gear & toys. They also carry damaged box games, toys, and puzzles from brand names we all know and love. Find the perfect holiday gift for 30-80% off retail prices. Shopping with Little Traders not only saves you money, but it helps save our planet by slowing down the negative impacts of wasteful items ending up in our landfills. Each item comes with a holiday card for gifting. You can’t go wrong with this thoughtful, Earth-saving gift.
Useful Services for Moms- Holiday Gift Guide 2021
Dream Come True Sleep Consulting
Lindsay is a certified pediatric sleep consultant and the founder of Dream Come True Sleep Consulting. She is also a mom of 2 boys, an elementary school teacher, and a former therapy provider for children with special needs. Lindsay has personally experienced the highs and lows of children’s sleep habits and knows firsthand the importance and benefit of providing customized support. Her goal as a sleep consultant is to support, educate, empower and cheer you on throughout your journey to a good night’s sleep.
Birth Experience Planning & Processing by The Good Birth Co.
The perfect gift for any expecting or new parent in your life. Navigating this time is hard – but you can give the gift of professional, solution-focused support to show how much you care. Gift cards make it simple.
Organize My Village
Shopping for a mama-to-be or new parents this holiday? We all know it takes a village – help the new mother get hers ready with Organize My Village, an online care calendar that lets new parents get the support they need with meals, housework, laundry, visits, childcare, and more, so she can focus on finding more JOY in parenting! It’s free for parents to use – send her our way, or better yet – set up a calendar for her so she knows her village of family and friends is ready and willing to help when she needs it.
Good Night Sleep Site Alison
Being a parent is tough, and it’s even tougher when you’re tired. Hi I’m Alison, a Certified Child Sleep Consultant with Good Night Sleep Site and I help improve the sleep of infants all the way to teenagers!
With my guidance, you can start the new year off with better sleep for the whole family. All my solutions support teaching your child to fall asleep on their own, in a way that you are 100% comfortable with. Together through custom tailored plans, I help you achieve age appropriate sleep at consistent times with biologically appropriate lengths for your child’s healthy development. Start by booking a complimentary Discovery.
Starting the process of searching for a Doula can be overwhelming and time-consuming. We understand that you don’t have time to waste. Our goal is to help you find your Perfect Doula. We want to take the stress away, so you can focus on what matters, you and your baby.
We’re based in Toronto’s Junction Triangle and we are passionate about sustainable design. We make essential oil aromatherapy soy candles, handcrafted charcuterie boards and kitchen utensils using reclaimed wood from our home to yours!
Yu Consulting Group
Anna Yu is the Founder and President of Yu Consulting Group (YCG). Anna provides management consulting and advisory services to companies and business leaders at all stages of growth. She transforms visions to reality with a holistic approach and focuses on Strategy, People, and Results.