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12 Days of Canadian Gifts That Give Back

Reading Time: 7 minutes

Community

12 Days of Canadian Gifts That Give Back

Reading Time: 7 minutes

The holiday season will be different this year, like all other events in 2020. We’d love to be sitting around the fireplace with all our aunts and uncles and cousins drinking hot chocolate or apple cider, and popping in and out of stores at the mall, poking around for the perfect holiday gifts. Instead, this year, we’re making the best of small gatherings and enjoying the convenience of online ordering and curbside pickups. 

While gifts are great, they’re even better when they support a good cause. And this year, it’s more important than ever to support local businesses and help those in need. 

Starting December 12, we’re launching a campaign called ‘12 Days of Gifts That Give Back.’ We’ll promote a new Canadian business each day that gives back to the community on our Instagram, so be sure to follow along to learn about where you can get the most out of shopping local in your community. 

Below is a sneak peek of the awesome local businesses where you can buy holiday gifts (or treat yourself!) and feel good about where your money goes. When holiday shopping this year, make your dollars stretch further and buy local gifts that give back. You’ll know your money is going towards something worthwhile. 

Day 1

Province of Canada

Province of Canada has cozy and stylish gifts for everyone on your Christmas list. From men’s, women’s, and kids’ apparel, to gift cards, home goods and accessories, you’re sure to find something for everyone. In addition, this Canadian business is all about giving back. For every item sold, they donate 10% of sales to Black Lives Matter and Indspire to support BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Color) in Canada. They also donate a pair of Province of Canada socks to a Canadian homeless shelter with every pair of socks purchased. You can pick up items at their store on Queen Street East in Toronto until December 24, but if you’re ordering online, make sure to do so by their early holiday shipping deadlines

Landia Collection 

Landia Collection is best known for its stunning, simple, and ethically-made jewelry, but they recently added Instagram-worthy and eco-friendly women’s swimwear to their collection. Plus, giving back is ingrained in their business model. For every jewelry purchase made, Landia Collection donates $5 to two charities, Animal Welfare Institute and CAMH (Centre for Addiction and Mental Health). When selecting jewelry on their website, you can see which product supports which charity. You can order online, and items are typically sent out within 1-5 business days of purchase.

Day 2

Drake General Store 

The Drake General Store is the ultimate one-stop-gift-shop for all your holiday needs. They offer everything from Christmas ornaments, to drinkware, to cute socks, to fuzzy toques, cozy candles, fuzzy blankets, gift cards, Toronto merch, and more. Plus, their funky Kids Table Onesie (available for babies, kids, and even adults) features a design drawn by a SickKids patient, and a portion of sales from it go towards SickKids hospital. Make sure you order online before the holiday shipping cut-off dates to get your gifts in time for Christmas. 

Kleos Jewelry 

This growing jewellery brand has tons of gorgeous pieces for special occasions or everyday wear. They offer stunning jewellery gift boxes and personalization options, which make special holiday gifts! Plus, tons of items are on sale, and they offer free shipping on online orders over $100. In addition, they’ve donated to organizations, including Black Women in Motion and will be donating $1 from each sale to Black Health Alliance.

Day 3

Bather 

This Toronto-based company has trendy and high-quality swimwear, loungewear, and accessories for men. When shopping for the special men in your life, you can’t go wrong with items from Bather. Starting this past November, for the sale of every beanie, they donate a beanie to Covenant House Toronto to support homeless youth. You can order online, and shipping usually takes between 3-5 business days. 

Toronto Public Library 

The Toronto Public Library Foundation is running a Holiday Community Campaign this year. Through this campaign, you can donate or give a gift in honour of a friend, and it will go towards helping Torontonians who rely on the library’s vital resources during the pandemic. Your donation helps Toronto Public Library in so many ways by funding programs that introduce children to the joy of reading, helping newcomer students succeed in school, teaching digital technologies to job-seekers, bringing the Library to house-bound seniors, and so much more. You can also purchase their I’m Library People merch online or at the Toronto Reference Library for all of your family members who are avid readers, or order their puzzles online today! 

Day 4

Poppy Barley 

If you’re looking for comfortable and fashionable shoes, you’ve come to the right place. Poppy Barley offers tons of styles of boots for both men and women, as well as accessories. They donate 1% of all proceeds to communities in Mexico and Brazil. This year, they offered educational scholarships to children in Mexico. Last year, they donated to the Nature Conservancy of Canada and the Mental Health Foundation of Alberta, and several other charities. You can shop online and pick up in-store at the warehouse if you live in Edmonton or Calgary. According to their shipping deadlines, if you’re outside of those regions but in a major centre, make sure to order before December 16th to guarantee arrival before December 24.

Day 5

KaayLips 

KaayLips’s luxurious lip glosses, balms, and oils make the perfect stocking stuffers for your makeup-loving friends and family. At the end of each month, they donate 10% of all sales to local black organizations. Order online today! Shipping usually takes 1-5 days, so it should arrive in time for the holiday season.

Day 6

Good Juju 

Good Juju makes all-natural, plastic-free products for home and body, including shampoo and conditioner bars for all types of hair, as well as laundry and soap products. Their items make the perfect gifts for your environmentally-conscious family and friends, and you’re contributing to real environmental change by cutting down on your single-use plastics. In terms of shipping, they offer free shipping on orders $75 and more, and if you order online, your items should be shipped within 1-2 business days.

Day 7

Old’s Cool General Store 

Old’s Cool General Store is a BIPOC-owned business in Toronto that sells funky and locally-produced goods. They have tons of grocery items, books, soy candles, self-care items, home decor, tea, stickers, and more. They are super involved in the BIPOC and LGBTQ community as well – just check out their Instagram! You can buy online or in-person at their East York location. 

Good Food For Good

Good Food For Good offers a variety of delicious, flavourful, and organic sauces, including Mexican, Indian, BBQ, and more. They are perfect for your friends and family who need a little spice in their life! Plus, every time you buy their sauce, they donate a meal to fight world hunger through our partnerships with Food Banks Canada, LA Food Bank and the Akshaya Patra Foundation. You can buy online on their website or through Amazon.

Day 8

Omi Woods 

Omi Woods is a BIPOC-owned jewelry business that sells ethically-made pieces with fair trade gold from Africa. They have many collections with beautiful jewelry for women and men, including necklaces, rings, bracelets, wedding bands, and more. They donate a portion of sales every year to a local or global non-profit organization or charity. This year, they are donating to 8 Billion Trees. Although these items take several weeks to be made and ship, you can purchase gift cards for your friends and family in the meantime or order jewelry to give to your loved ones when you can see them when COVID restrictions ease.

Day 9

Finesse Grocery

Finesse Grocery is a team of students who shop at local grocery stores in Toronto and the GTA (not Walmart or Costco) and deliver your groceries right to your front door. Their proceeds help supplement grocery discounts for people with disabilities and seniors. Groceries can be delivered in as fast as two or three days after ordering. Give a friend or family member a break and order groceries for them this holiday season. People value these acts of service more than you think. 

Turmeric Teas

Turmeric Teas offers a variety of soothing tea and latte blends, which will help you and your loved ones stay warm and comforted this chilly winter season. Plus, every purchase helps fight food insecurity. Through their Buy One, Feed One program, they donate a portion of their revenue to charities that feed those in need, including Food Banks Canada and the Akshaya Patra Foundation.

Day 10

Tonic Blooms 

This Toronto-based on-demand flower delivery service offers beautiful bouquets that make gorgeous gifts for loved ones. A surprise bouquet delivered to a loved ones’ door is sure to brighten their holiday season. Plus, $5 from each Milk and Cookies Amaryllis set purchased goes towards SickKids’ Milk & Cookies Campaign. As for delivery, Tonic Blooms offers same-day delivery or two-hour delivery, which is hard to beat.

Day 11

Gabi and Jules 

This Vancouver bakery is best known for its delicious, mouth-watering handmade pies, but they also offer yummy freshly-baked pastries and bread. Their items make for a perfect holiday brunch, dessert, or a surprise decadent delivery to someone special! They’re all about championing more inclusive and accessible workplaces, and they hire and support individuals with disabilities. They offer in-store pickup and curbside pickup at their Port Moody location, as well as orders for delivery. 

Day 12

The Workhorse Lifestyle 

The Workhorse Lifestyle offers personalized fitness plans to reach your goals, including personal training, remote classes, group coaching, and more. They have a strategic habits-based program that focuses on all-around wellbeing, as well as daily online fitness coaching, which makes the perfect gift for people who want to get stronger, lose weight, or simply just enjoy fitness and miss working out at the gym! Right now, they have some killer discounts, and through the Children’s Aid Society, they are sponsoring a family that needs help over the holidays. 

 

Use Rocketman to plan curbside pickups during the holidays 

Cross everyone off of your holiday shopping list and travel safely by using the Rocketman transit app for curbside pickup. With real-time transit alerts, travel times and our new crowdedness feature, you’ll always be prepared for holiday shopping.

 

Download the Rocketman app to track Bus and Train times in Canada

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This article offers general information only and is not intended as legal, financial or other professional advice. A professional advisor should be consulted regarding your specific situation. While the information presented is believed to be factual and current, its accuracy is not guaranteed and it should not be regarded as a complete analysis of the subjects discussed. All expressions of opinion reflect the judgment of the author(s) as of the date of publication and are subject to change. No endorsement of any third parties or their advice, opinions, information, products or services is expressly given or implied by Royal Bank of Canada or its affiliates.

 

The holiday season will be different this year, like all other events in 2020. We’d love to be sitting around the fireplace with all our aunts and uncles and cousins drinking hot chocolate or apple cider, and popping in and out of stores at the mall, poking around for the perfect holiday gifts. Instead, this year, we’re making the best of small gatherings and enjoying the convenience of online ordering and curbside pickups. 

While gifts are great, they’re even better when they support a good cause. And this year, it’s more important than ever to support local businesses and help those in need. 

Starting December 12, we’re launching a campaign called ‘12 Days of Gifts That Give Back.’ We’ll promote a new Canadian business each day that gives back to the community on our Instagram, so be sure to follow along to learn about where you can get the most out of shopping local in your community. 

Below is a sneak peek of the awesome local businesses where you can buy holiday gifts (or treat yourself!) and feel good about where your money goes. When holiday shopping this year, make your dollars stretch further and buy local gifts that give back. You’ll know your money is going towards something worthwhile. 

Day 1

Province of Canada

Province of Canada has cozy and stylish gifts for everyone on your Christmas list. From men’s, women’s, and kids’ apparel, to gift cards, home goods and accessories, you’re sure to find something for everyone. In addition, this Canadian business is all about giving back. For every item sold, they donate 10% of sales to Black Lives Matter and Indspire to support BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Color) in Canada. They also donate a pair of Province of Canada socks to a Canadian homeless shelter with every pair of socks purchased. You can pick up items at their store on Queen Street East in Toronto until December 24, but if you’re ordering online, make sure to do so by their early holiday shipping deadlines

Landia Collection 

Landia Collection is best known for its stunning, simple, and ethically-made jewelry, but they recently added Instagram-worthy and eco-friendly women’s swimwear to their collection. Plus, giving back is ingrained in their business model. For every jewelry purchase made, Landia Collection donates $5 to two charities, Animal Welfare Institute and CAMH (Centre for Addiction and Mental Health). When selecting jewelry on their website, you can see which product supports which charity. You can order online, and items are typically sent out within 1-5 business days of purchase.

Day 2

Drake General Store 

The Drake General Store is the ultimate one-stop-gift-shop for all your holiday needs. They offer everything from Christmas ornaments, to drinkware, to cute socks, to fuzzy toques, cozy candles, fuzzy blankets, gift cards, Toronto merch, and more. Plus, their funky Kids Table Onesie (available for babies, kids, and even adults) features a design drawn by a SickKids patient, and a portion of sales from it go towards SickKids hospital. Make sure you order online before the holiday shipping cut-off dates to get your gifts in time for Christmas. 

Kleos Jewelry 

This growing jewellery brand has tons of gorgeous pieces for special occasions or everyday wear. They offer stunning jewellery gift boxes and personalization options, which make special holiday gifts! Plus, tons of items are on sale, and they offer free shipping on online orders over $100. In addition, they’ve donated to organizations, including Black Women in Motion and will be donating $1 from each sale to Black Health Alliance.

Day 3

Bather 

This Toronto-based company has trendy and high-quality swimwear, loungewear, and accessories for men. When shopping for the special men in your life, you can’t go wrong with items from Bather. Starting this past November, for the sale of every beanie, they donate a beanie to Covenant House Toronto to support homeless youth. You can order online, and shipping usually takes between 3-5 business days. 

Toronto Public Library 

The Toronto Public Library Foundation is running a Holiday Community Campaign this year. Through this campaign, you can donate or give a gift in honour of a friend, and it will go towards helping Torontonians who rely on the library’s vital resources during the pandemic. Your donation helps Toronto Public Library in so many ways by funding programs that introduce children to the joy of reading, helping newcomer students succeed in school, teaching digital technologies to job-seekers, bringing the Library to house-bound seniors, and so much more. You can also purchase their I’m Library People merch online or at the Toronto Reference Library for all of your family members who are avid readers, or order their puzzles online today! 

Day 4

Poppy Barley 

If you’re looking for comfortable and fashionable shoes, you’ve come to the right place. Poppy Barley offers tons of styles of boots for both men and women, as well as accessories. They donate 1% of all proceeds to communities in Mexico and Brazil. This year, they offered educational scholarships to children in Mexico. Last year, they donated to the Nature Conservancy of Canada and the Mental Health Foundation of Alberta, and several other charities. You can shop online and pick up in-store at the warehouse if you live in Edmonton or Calgary. According to their shipping deadlines, if you’re outside of those regions but in a major centre, make sure to order before December 16th to guarantee arrival before December 24.

Day 5

KaayLips 

KaayLips’s luxurious lip glosses, balms, and oils make the perfect stocking stuffers for your makeup-loving friends and family. At the end of each month, they donate 10% of all sales to local black organizations. Order online today! Shipping usually takes 1-5 days, so it should arrive in time for the holiday season.

Day 6

Good Juju 

Good Juju makes all-natural, plastic-free products for home and body, including shampoo and conditioner bars for all types of hair, as well as laundry and soap products. Their items make the perfect gifts for your environmentally-conscious family and friends, and you’re contributing to real environmental change by cutting down on your single-use plastics. In terms of shipping, they offer free shipping on orders $75 and more, and if you order online, your items should be shipped within 1-2 business days.

Day 7

Old’s Cool General Store 

Old’s Cool General Store is a BIPOC-owned business in Toronto that sells funky and locally-produced goods. They have tons of grocery items, books, soy candles, self-care items, home decor, tea, stickers, and more. They are super involved in the BIPOC and LGBTQ community as well – just check out their Instagram! You can buy online or in-person at their East York location. 

Good Food For Good

Good Food For Good offers a variety of delicious, flavourful, and organic sauces, including Mexican, Indian, BBQ, and more. They are perfect for your friends and family who need a little spice in their life! Plus, every time you buy their sauce, they donate a meal to fight world hunger through our partnerships with Food Banks Canada, LA Food Bank and the Akshaya Patra Foundation. You can buy online on their website or through Amazon.

Day 8

Omi Woods 

Omi Woods is a BIPOC-owned jewelry business that sells ethically-made pieces with fair trade gold from Africa. They have many collections with beautiful jewelry for women and men, including necklaces, rings, bracelets, wedding bands, and more. They donate a portion of sales every year to a local or global non-profit organization or charity. This year, they are donating to 8 Billion Trees. Although these items take several weeks to be made and ship, you can purchase gift cards for your friends and family in the meantime or order jewelry to give to your loved ones when you can see them when COVID restrictions ease.

Day 9

Finesse Grocery

Finesse Grocery is a team of students who shop at local grocery stores in Toronto and the GTA (not Walmart or Costco) and deliver your groceries right to your front door. Their proceeds help supplement grocery discounts for people with disabilities and seniors. Groceries can be delivered in as fast as two or three days after ordering. Give a friend or family member a break and order groceries for them this holiday season. People value these acts of service more than you think. 

Turmeric Teas

Turmeric Teas offers a variety of soothing tea and latte blends, which will help you and your loved ones stay warm and comforted this chilly winter season. Plus, every purchase helps fight food insecurity. Through their Buy One, Feed One program, they donate a portion of their revenue to charities that feed those in need, including Food Banks Canada and the Akshaya Patra Foundation.

Day 10

Tonic Blooms 

This Toronto-based on-demand flower delivery service offers beautiful bouquets that make gorgeous gifts for loved ones. A surprise bouquet delivered to a loved ones’ door is sure to brighten their holiday season. Plus, $5 from each Milk and Cookies Amaryllis set purchased goes towards SickKids’ Milk & Cookies Campaign. As for delivery, Tonic Blooms offers same-day delivery or two-hour delivery, which is hard to beat.

Day 11

Gabi and Jules 

This Vancouver bakery is best known for its delicious, mouth-watering handmade pies, but they also offer yummy freshly-baked pastries and bread. Their items make for a perfect holiday brunch, dessert, or a surprise decadent delivery to someone special! They’re all about championing more inclusive and accessible workplaces, and they hire and support individuals with disabilities. They offer in-store pickup and curbside pickup at their Port Moody location, as well as orders for delivery. 

Day 12

The Workhorse Lifestyle 

The Workhorse Lifestyle offers personalized fitness plans to reach your goals, including personal training, remote classes, group coaching, and more. They have a strategic habits-based program that focuses on all-around wellbeing, as well as daily online fitness coaching, which makes the perfect gift for people who want to get stronger, lose weight, or simply just enjoy fitness and miss working out at the gym! Right now, they have some killer discounts, and through the Children’s Aid Society, they are sponsoring a family that needs help over the holidays. 

 

Use Rocketman to plan curbside pickups during the holidays 

Cross everyone off of your holiday shopping list and travel safely by using the Rocketman transit app for curbside pickup. With real-time transit alerts, travel times and our new crowdedness feature, you’ll always be prepared for holiday shopping.

 

Download the Rocketman app to track Bus and Train times in Canada

Rocketman transit app for iOS

Rocketman transit app for Android

 

This article offers general information only and is not intended as legal, financial or other professional advice. A professional advisor should be consulted regarding your specific situation. While the information presented is believed to be factual and current, its accuracy is not guaranteed and it should not be regarded as a complete analysis of the subjects discussed. All expressions of opinion reflect the judgment of the author(s) as of the date of publication and are subject to change. No endorsement of any third parties or their advice, opinions, information, products or services is expressly given or implied by Royal Bank of Canada or its affiliates.

 

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This article offers general information only and is not intended as legal, financial or other professional advice. A professional advisor should be consulted regarding your specific situation. While the information presented is believed to be factual and current, its accuracy is not guaranteed and it should not be regarded as a complete analysis of the subjects discussed. All expressions of opinion reflect the judgment of the author(s) as of the date of publication and are subject to change. No endorsement of any third parties or their advice, opinions, information, products or services is expressly given or implied by Royal Bank of Canada or its affiliates.

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