2020 Ontario Made Holiday Gift Guide

November 30, 2020

Support Ontario Made manufacturers this holiday season by purchasing locally produced products for your friends and family! Please note: this is a small selection of Ontario-made products to choose from.

Click here to view all registered Ontario-made goods.

Sweets & Treats

Beanermunky Chocolate - Fork-dipped Artisan Chocolates and Confections

Made onsite in the heart of historic downtown Dundas, Beanermunky’s incredible selection includes: hand crafted chocolates, caramels and nut clusters, chocolate pretzels, popcorn, drinking chocolate, chocolate barks, and much more. Beanermunky Chocolates are fork-dipped in small batches using only the highest quality ingredients and natural flavourings. Added bonus: no one is excluded - vegan, dairy free and gluten free options are available.

Visit beanermunky.com for more info.

Cheesecakery Bakery – Jarred and Custom Cheesecakes

Made from scratch with no added preservatives, mason jar cheesecakes are the perfect sweet treat to share with family and friends. Flavours include Cherry, Blueberry, Skoramel, Reeses Pieces, Black Forest and Lemon, and a seasonal flavour is launched every 2-3 weeks.

Visit cheescakerybakery.ca for more info.

Mary Macleod’s Shortbread – Artisanal Shortbread

Founded in 1981, Mary’s shortbread was an instant hit and after 35 years it’s still a favourite. Using local premium quality ingredients, Mary Macleod's Shortbread hand makes all shortbread products in Toronto. Look for Mary Macleod’s Shortbread cookies online and at select gourmet shops and boutique retailers across Ontario.

Visit marymacleod.com for more info.

Fraktals – Handmade Belgian Chocolate Buttercrunch

Handmade in Aurora, fraktals uses the highest quality ingredients for a mouth-watering taste experience. Notes of Canadian maple syrup are highlighted in their spectacular buttercrunch core. Production in small batches allows this artisanal treat to be handmade from the initial stirring of the buttercrunch to the finishing touch of a hand tied ribbon. One bite and you will know why fraktals says: “a little too much is just enough”.

Visit fraktals.com for more info.

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Skincare Fanatics Unite

METAMORPHOSIS – Artisan Luxury Skincare

After reading the labels of expensive and chemical filled products, Esthetician Denise Lauzon created her own cosmetics brand consisting of products that are all naturally made and free of harmful chemicals. It all started with her Damage Control moisture crème that was included in Grammy Gift bags, and featured on the Today Show. METAMORPHOSIS’ products can be found online, Whole Foods, Shoppers Drug Mart in St Thomas, Foodland, as well as independent drug stores.

Visit metamorphosisskin.com for more info.

Two Sisters Naturals – Transformative Line of Bath & Beauty Products  

Take time to pamper yourself! Founded, owned, and operated by two sisters – Crystal and Jillian, Two Sisters Naturals offers a variety of handcrafted natural skin, bath, and home care products using plant-based ingredients you can read, understand and trust. Two Sisters’ add in their unique blends of essential oils to provide you with a customized aromatic experience.

Visit twosistersnaturals.com for more info.

Nuworld Botancials – Artisan Raw Skincare

Let it glow! Discover the beauty and efficacy of raw, unformulated, and organic ingredients. Nuworld Botancials makes handcrafted natural and vegan skincare with minimal ingredients. Owner and founder Natalie Cascella’s retail store in downtown Oakville crafts fresh recipes in small batches. From the freshly whipped avocado and blue chamomile balm to the organic cranberry and sea buckthorn face masks, you could literally eat some of the raw superfood ingredients she uses.

Visit nuworldbotanicals.com for more info.

Sade Baron – Natural Body Care

Body care that makes your skin feel great. Created by a mother-daughter duo, all products are 100% vegan, and made with clean ingredients to work for most skin types - you can trust that you'll find great products to work for you. Skin’s amazingly intricate layers and regenerative powers inspire every one of their products. Join Sade Baron on their continuing journey to make body care better. We think your skin will thank you.

Visit sadebaron.com for more info.

Click here to view other Ontario-Made skincare products.

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Home Gifts Perfect for Everyone on Your List  

Vixens & Fox - Le Marché French Market Bags

Available in a multitude of colours for the Eco-mindful, these sturdy and lightweight reusable bags will stretch to fit all your goods.They are ideal for trips to the market, grocery store, beach, or day-to-day use. Bonus: each bag comes with one of Vixens & Fox’s perfectly paired cup cozies.

Visit vixens-and-fox.myshopify.com for more info.  

Riverwood Acoustics – Premium Quality Speakers  

The ‘Hudson’ wireless speaker is a hand-crafted acoustic masterpiece. Each breathtaking speaker is meticulously assembled by hand in the Ottawa Valley. Thanks to a powerful 50-watt amplifier, Bluetooth 4.2 AptX, and premium acoustic components, the ‘Hudson’ delivers beautiful, faithful sound that leaves listeners in audio bliss. Combined with the natural beauty of ancient riverwood, you have a one-of-a-kind speaker that is unrivaled on today's market!

Visit riverwoodacoustics.com for more info.

Yummi Candles – Handcrafted Candles

Family-owned and operated since 1976, Yummi Candles offers a wide variety of scented and unscented candles. Their selection includes: centerpieces, holders, tealights, tapers, pillars, ball candles, and more. To suit your design needs, candles are offered in 45 different colours. In addition to their endless amount of options, Yummi Candles strives to produce the safest and best performing products by using the highest quality waxes and 100% cotton lead-free wicks.

Visit yummicandles.ca for more info.

Maqoba – Affordable & Eco-Friendly Products

From home décor & art, to notebooks, mugs, throw pillows, and more – Maqoba has it all. The name Maqoba comes from Manqoba, which is Zulu in origin, meaning "the one who conquers in hopeless situations". Maqoba believes everyone, regardless of race, gender, or social class should have access to mental health initiatives and treatment. Proceeds of every single product sold goes to those who can’t afford mental health treatment.

Visit www.maqoba.com for more info.

Click here to view other Ontario-Made home, office & garden products.

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Celebrate the End of 2020

Forty Creek Whisky – 11 Certified Ontario Made Products  

Proudly made in Grimsby, Ontario, 2020 marks the brand’s 20th anniversary and has been an innovation-filled year. New product launches have included The Forager, the world’s first botanical Canadian whisky, and Forty Creek Nanaimo Bar Cream, a new spin on a fan favourite. This holiday season, Forty Creek is the perfect gift for whisky enthusiasts and those looking to support the local Ontario Made community. With a diverse offering of Canadian whiskies, Forty Creek has something for every taste.

Visit fortycreekwhisky.com for more info.

EATABLE – Gourmet Popcorn (With a Twist)  

Artisan hand-crafted in small batches from their Toronto facility, EATABLE’s refined gourmet popcorn flavours are inspired by classic cocktails, wine and spirits fora sophisticated taste and texture worthy of those who truly appreciate the good stuff. Their cooking process eliminates virtually all of the alcohol content, leaving the residual flavour notes from the drinks you love, without the guilt!

Visit eatable.com for more info.

Kinsip House of Fine Spirits - Whisky Barrel Aged Maple Syrup

Prince Edward County maple syrup aged in Kinsips’s whisky barrels gives the maple syrup a decadent, robust, smoky flavour. The barrel aged maple syrup is a unique and decadent product that is perfect for not only cocktails but on pancakes, ice cream, and in cooking as well. Try it in a Maple Old Fashioned (recipe on the bottle).  

Visit kinsip.ca for more info.

Great Lakes Brewery – Award Winning Beers

A fiercely independent owned and operated brewery, Great Lakes is one of the oldest craft breweries in Ontario. GLB specializes in producing flavourful beers that will be sure to awaken your tastebuds with each sip. From unique seasonal ales, bottle conditioned releases, year-round ales and premium lagers to their 7 Barrel and Tank Ten Series of beers, a variety of products can be enjoyed by everyone!   

Visit greatlakesbeer.com for more info.

Click here to view other Ontario-Made alcoholic beverages.

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For the Fashionista

Purple Moose Sock Company – The Sockologist is In

Available from crew high to knee high and over the knee, Purple Moose Sock Company has many stripe designs and colours to choose from, with more to come! To create their ‘Actually Made in Canada Collection,’ production knitting machines from the mid-1900s are used. Once used to supply well known Canadian brands before they all resourced to off-shore production, Purple Moose Sock Company is proud to continue to manufacture here in Ontario. 

Visit purplemoosesockcompany.ca for more info.

XXL & CO – XXL Scrunchies

It all started out as a Christmas gift! XXL & Co is a clothing brand and home of the oversized XXL Scrunchie – 3x the size of your normal scrunchie. Based in Belleville, the company is run by Tina, a mural artist who used to sew the scrunchies with a needle and thread – the process would take almost an entire day just to create one scrunchie. The business has now expanded into local businesses – Tina and her mom are continuing to make more XXL Scrunchie patterns and colours.

Visit xxlandco.com for more info.

Encircled – The Wardrobe That Does It All

Frustrated with the lack of versatile clothing that blended style with function, Kristi Soomer founded the company in 2012 with the dream of helping women travel lighter. Encircled’s goal is to make timeless designs that are comfortable, high-quality, stylish, and sustainable at fair prices. Encircled is all about empowering women to live a more conscious life through their closets and proving it is possible to have the wardrobe that does it all. 

Visit encircled.ca for more info.

Wuxly Movement – Live Warm

This Toronto-based clothing brand designs and manufactures winter coats that they deem to be “the world’s warmest brand of outerwear.” Unlike traditional Canadian outwear companies, all of their coats are sustainably-made, animal-free, and use industry technology to produce true Ontario-made outwear that is warm and kinder to our planet.  

Visit wuxly.com for more info.

Click here to view other Ontario-Made clothing & accessory products.

Share with us what products you’re adding to your gift list or wish list by using hashtag #OntarioMade, tagging us on social media, or emailing us at ontariomade@cme-mec.ca.

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