12 Canadian Companies Offering Holiday Gifts that Give Back
Make holiday shopping more meaningful this season with these Canadian gifts, from fuzzy flannel to scented candles, that give back.
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Peace Collective’s Fleece Button Up
Looking for something cozy? Peace Collective’s “Home is Canada” soft polar fleece, available in moss green or black, offers a way to feel warm and fuzzy inside and out. For every garment sold from the “Home is Canada” collection, Peace Collective donates three meals to the Daily Bread Food Bank, one of Canada’s largest food banks.
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The Canadian Courage Project’s Tote Bag
These reusable bags don’t just look good, they do good. The Canadian Courage Project partnered with local designers to create cute, locally-made bags perfect for those holiday trips to the grocery store. For every bag purchased, The Canadian Courage Project provides a tote filled with essentials to youth and their pets experiencing homelessness.
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Created for National Newspaper Week 2021, this beautiful signed print from Canadian artist Ola Volo celebrates the essential role that newspapers play in informing and connecting Canadians. Look closely and you’ll see a variety of iconic Canadian landmarks featured in this piece, which Volo explains represents the “diversity of people, places, and perspectives in Canada, and the fact that newspapers connect readers from coast-to-coast- to coast.” In an effort to support those outlets, a portion of the proceeds from this collection go towards the Canadian Journalists for Free Expression (CFJE).
With designs featuring bees, monkeys, whales, pandas, lemurs and more, these World Wildlife Federation (WWF) socks make a great gift for any family member or gift swap. Proceeds from all merchandise go towards WWF’s Regenerate Canada plan to curb climate change and protect biodiversity.
$60, WWF Gifts
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Mala the Brand Candles
Handcrafted in Vancouver, B.C., Mala the Brand promises that their Cereal candle is like “nostalgia in a jar.” The candle has notes of lemon, lime, lavender, vanilla and sandalwood, but when combined, the sweet scent is reminiscent of childhood breakfast cereals. With every purchase, Mala the Brand plants a tree through their partnership with Trees for the Future.
tentree’s Flannel Shirt
In a winter wardrobe, soft and cozy flannel is a must. This plaid organic cotton utility jacket is perfect for layering—and in partnership with Nordstrom, tentree will plant 10 trees for every purchase.
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A Holiday Meal for SickKids Families
Toronto’s SickKids hospital wants to make sure that holiday magic reaches the children who need it most. SickKids Foundation offers a variety of ways to help make a child’s day, ranging from medical equipment to special event, like a holiday meal, for a patient and their family.
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True and You’s So Clean Kit
Start the new year off right with a beauty routine that doesn’t damage the planet. These Canadian reusable pads are made of cotton and velvet fibres and offer an eco-friendly replacement disposable makeup wipes. In addition to using cruelty-free and vegan materials, True and You also donates one percent of sales to Plastic Oceans and The Ocean Cleanup.
Lululemon’s Team Canada Future Legacy Bag
Get ready for the Olympic Winter Games in 2022 with the Lululemon’s vibrant Team Canada collection. Along with their athlete kit, sweatsuits and accessories, Lululemon makes it easy to show support for Team Canada with their special edition Future Legacy Bag. This water-resistant cross-body bag comes in multiple colours, including a patriotic red, and 10 percent of sale goes towards the Canadian Olympic Foundation and Paralympic Foundation of Canada.
Pajamas and Slippers for CAMH Patients
Canadians are facing a mental health crisis and for many, the holidays bring new challenges. The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH)’s Gifts of Light program is one way to help make the holidays a bit brighter for those who are struggling. For instance, you can gift a CAMH patient a fresh set of pajamas and slippers to help them get a comfortable night’s sleep—and remind them that people truly care.
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Make that daily cup of coffee more meaningful with products from this Canadian craft coffee brand. Dispatch sources its products, like those included in their customizable gift subscription program, from small-scale farmers and women-driven businesses in 13 countries around the world. The brand also donates $0.01/LB of coffee they import to World Coffee Research, an organization dedicated to supporting the livelihoods of coffee growers.
Prices vary based on coffee order, dispatchcoffee.ca
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Lucky Iron Fish
This little fish is small but mighty. Lucky Iron Fish, made from electrolytic iron powder, is a simple way to add extra iron to daily meals or drinks. The Canadian creators designed the fish and leaf ingots to help address iron deficiency, an issue that impacts more than two billion people worldwide and disproportionately affects women. With that in mind, a portion of Lucky Iron Fish sales goes towards their Impact Fund, which partnered with 13 organizations in 2020 to distribute Iron Fish to communities around the world.