5 Canadian stores and websites you should check out
Written by Love Is Moving staff
The A Rocha Market offers gift ideas such as clothing items and mugs, as well as books on justice, creation care, and food. With both a physical location in Surrey, B.C., and an online store, purchasing from the market supports A Rocha’s work. An international Christian organization, it engages in research, environmental education, community-based conservation projects, and sustainable agriculture. Gifts range from $36 to $2.
Cambio & Co., a Filipino jewelry company based in Toronto and Manila, features pieces that are designed and handcrafted in the Philippines. According to their website, the company sources their products from Philippines-based designers to “build bridges with the diaspora and dispel the colonial myth that ‘imported is better.’” Cambio’s jewelry is unique and detailed, ranging in price from $535 to $30.
Based in Calgary, Crafted highlights the work of Canadian artists, designers, and makers. From jewelry, greeting cards, and skin care to candles, ceramics, and apparel, Crafted has a diverse selection of gift ideas. There are plenty of small stocking stuffer items like stickers and notepads that are around $10 and a large selection of accessories like tote bags and puzzles that are under $50.
This fair trade gift boutique based in Vancouver offers custom gift boxes, all local and eco-friendly. The online store sells practical items like skin care goods, kitchen accessories, and clothing and toys for babies and kids. Giving Gifts also sells jewelry, paper products, and edible treats. There are plenty of gifts under $100, with most gifts ranging from $20 to $60.
My Green Closet, launched by Edmonton-based founder Verena Erin Polowy, has an extensive directory of clothing brands that promote sustainable, slow fashion. This site has a wealth of information if you’re looking for a store that suits your friend or family member’s style, either for a specific gift or a gift card. As a bonus, the site also has a blog and YouTube channel where you can learn more about topics such as reducing waste, ethical fashion, and living more simply.