The Best Small Businesses to Shop 2020
The holiday gift guide you’ve been waiting for featuring the best small businesses to shop in 2020!
This year celebrating the holidays will be different, and we want to encourage you to shop small this year. The best way to support our community and the economy is by helping small businesses keep doing what they do best!
We understand heading down to the local shops may not be possible depending on where you live, but shopping online has become bigger than ever for small businesses. We’ve even seen local shops in our area offer curbside pick-up and personal shopping appointments. Therefore, it’s totally possible to shop small or local.
While putting together this guide, we couldn’t stop scrolling through Instagram and Etsy because of all the amazing makers, small businesses and crafters we started to discover. There are truly so many talented people in this world!
We hope that you find that special gift for someone using our guide this year.
Shop small for the plant-based foodie
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Plant You Product Favorite: Stainless Straw Set
It is an excellent gift for those looking for zero waste products for that plant-based foodie in their life. Dalcini Stainless is created with quality stainless steel and has everything covered from lunch boxes, cups, straws and holiday gifts.
Plant You Product Favorite: Flower Power Water Bottle
I love how beautiful all Papaya Reusable products are! They are also all about making a positive impact as a company, and that will make you feel good about your purchase alone. You can shop from reusable water bottles and tote bags!
Plant You Product Favorite: Composting Starter Kit
This small business has your kitchen cleaning covered for reusable swedish cloths, composts and sustainable dishwashing. Everything they make is 100% natural and eco-friendly.
Who doesn’t just love a linen tea towel, table cloth or anything in between? I know I sure appreciate the craftmanship of linen products. That’s why I was so excited to find Lekko Life; they create functional linen products for the kitchen.
Me Mother Earth
Plant You Product Favorite: Zero Waste Kitchen Kit
I’ve found the small business that supplies plastic-free products for kitchen and home! This small Etsy shop has everything from zero waste gift sets (including plant-based wax wraps – I know this is hard to find), soaps, cleaning tools and bathroom supplies.
Plant You Product Favorite: Spice Always Pan
Our Place pans are excellent because they are non-toxic, sustainable, and super versatile. This pan is the perfect gift for any vegan chef because it has so many useful attachments.
Plant You Product Favorite: Santa Truffles
What plant-based foodie doesn’t love sweets? No Whey comes out with a full extensive list of vegan chocolate treats and boxes every year. This would also make a perfect stocking filler.
Daisy & Decor
Plant You Product Favorite: Lemon Grocery List Notepad
Grocery lists and family recipes – where do you write down all this marvellously fun information? Daisy and Decor is a must for every foodie! They create the most beautiful stationery and have a ton of recipe specific products.
Plant You Product Favorite: Organic Linen Table Cloth
Ok, I really love linen but they are a statement piece in your home or kitchen that is timeless! Healthy linen has beautiful placemats, table cloths and reusable napkins.
Plant You Product Favorite: Almond Cow Starter Set
This kitchen gadget is a plant foodie’s dream! Making nut milk is fun but can’t happen every day with the busy lives we live but if you have an Almond Cow this all changes!
Gifts that keep on giving
Photo Credit: @veganfoodandliving
Vegan Food & Living Subscription
I don’t know about you but I miss holding a physical magazine and this one is perfect for the vegan in your family! They ship to Canada, the USA, UK, Europe and Australia.
Looking for a unique self-care gift for your special someone? This subscription box is like no other and filled with superfoods, crystals, aromatherapy and beauty products. All Goddess Provisions products are vegan.
Naked Snacks Subscription
We all love snacks! Someone in your circle will love a subscription to naked snacks, they have vegan and gluten-free options! This is also perfect for any work from home friends.
This is a plant-based person’s dream gift! Vegan Cuts offers the best vegan subscription boxes from snacks, beauty and makeup! This is a gift you just can’t go wrong with.
Holiday gifts for the coffee lover
Photo Credit: @shelbysellsco
I want to buy everyone these mugs! They make the best gift in my opinion and Shelby Sells Co also offers planter pots and doormats.
Plant You Product Favorite: Limited Edition Latte Bundle
Organic traditions make one of the highest quality superfoods products and they have a line for coffee drinkers which includes beet, mint chocolate or red velvet latte mixes!
Plant You Product Favorite: Clouds in My Coffee Travel Mug
Are you a ceramics fan? Well Steaped Slow crafts the most beautiful ceramic travel mugs, teacups and tumblers. This is an excellent gift for the coffee lover in your life.
Mimi & August
Plant You Product Favorite: Bamboo Cafe Yo Cup
They carry a variety of products but I specifically love their Cafe Yo Cups! They keep your coffee warmer longer, are leak-proof and made from bamboo.
Plant You Product Favorite: Hot Brew Coffee Filter
This small biz has created a household item that replaces the traditional coffee filter. I’m always looking for swaps like this and think it would make an excellent gift for the holidays. The coffee sock filter is made from organic cotton and cuts the cost of buying traditional paper filters by 25%.
Plant You Product Favorite: Purple Tea Trio
I know this is on the list for coffee lovers but I think we should through tea into the mix! JustTea’s organic Kenyan fair trade tea has quickly become a staple in my home. This high-quality tea is sustainable and comes in eco-friendly packaging.
Shop small for home decor
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Plant You Product Favorite: Large Polka Dot Basket
Foli creates beautiful indoor and outdoor planters for the home! These planters really elevate a room and are made in Canada! (Not available in the USA)
Plant You Product Favorite: Art Prints By Sabina Fenn
Sabina Fenn is an inspiring illustrator and her prints are gorgeous in just about any room of the house. She also offers holiday cards and calendars.
Plant You Product Favorite: Fox Embroidery Set
This is one way to make a home beautiful and give the gift of experience! Jess Long Embroidery sells colourful animal and floral embroidery sets, workbooks and patterns.
Holiday gifts for the fashionista
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Plant You Product Favorite: The “V” for vegan necklace
This is one of my favorite jewellery brands! They’re an eco-conscious brand connecting high-quality jewelry for vegans and style lovers alike. This is also a Toronto based company.
Talk Vegan To Me
Plant You Product Favorite: Vegan Holiday Sweater
Everyone needs a classic Christmas sweater! I’m obsessed with this one from Talk to Me Vegan! They also have a great line of activism apparel.
Plant You Product Favorite: Parlour Kimono
These beautiful kimonos, scrunchies and dresses will make for a perfect gift this year. Brittni from Madame Babu handmakes all of her brand’s clothing, and is based in Barrie, Ontario.
Plant You Product Favorite: The Laptop Sleeve
This brand of bags and accessories is created by a 100% cruelty-free fashion house. I would also like to mention that it’s a fully female team behind Samara bags!
Plant You Product Favorite: 100% Crewneck
Calling all trendsetting eco-conscious fashionistas! This brand is all about sustainability and you won’t only be sporting the best trends but doing it with the planet in mind. They have a full collection made from trash and they sure make trash look good.
Plant You Product Favorite: Christmas 2020
I enjoy a good graphic tee! Olive and Frank are all about making you feel good with fashion. I’m completely obsessed with the Christmas collection.
Plant You Product Favorite: Statement Earrings
I love my friend Handmade Jungle’s beautiful statement clay earrings. She is based in Toronto and her earrings would make the perfect gift for your special someone.
Royal Pumpkin Wellness
Plant You Product Favorite: Upon A Star Soap Bar
Royal Pumpkin, a Toronto Based company, makes the most luscious handmade soaps at an amazing price point. The perfect stocking stuffer or holiday gift for a friend!
Plant You Product Favorite: Lemongrass and Hempseed Clay Mask
This vegan skincare line is made from high-quality locally Canadian sourced ingredients made in small batches. I’m completely obsessed with the facial oil, face masks and bath salts! An excellent self-care gift for just about anyone on your list.
Sann and Droves Eyewear
Plant You Product Favorite: Matte Pink Blue Light Blockers
Sann and Droves Eyewear is a Barrie, Ontario based company who makes the most stylish blue light blocking glasses. I’ve picked my favorite pair!
This brand has the most beautiful scrunchies, hairclips, gemstone bracelets and sweaters! The perfect option for a secret Santa gift.
Greeting cards for the holidays
They’ve got it all when it comes to greeting cards and also have the best puns! Make your special someone laugh with one of these greeting cards. Also, they are 100% female owned.
Looking for a card that is traditional and equally beautiful? Well, look no further than JooJoo Paper.