This year, local and sustainable holiday shopping is more important than ever. Fortunately, the National Capital Region and Canada alike are chock-full of creative and innovative businesses. Inspired by One Planet Living’s 10 principles, we put together a list of gift ideas to help with your holiday shopping and, in turn, support local and Canadian entrepreneurs!
It all starts at Zibi
This Wednesday, December 16th, stop by Zibi’s One-day Holiday Pop-up. Habitude Design will have ready to gift holiday sets for everyone on your list, pick up your pre-ordered holiday meal from Au Pied de Cochon and make a donation to the Odawa Native Friendship Centre. See details here.
Health & Happiness
For your loved ones who need a little bit of self-care this holiday season, give them the gift of fitness classes, spa treatments or a mindfulness training monthly subscription.
Equity & Local Economy
Celebrate local entrepreneurs that are passionate about the products they offer and their community, discover some of our favourite local businesses and boutiques.
Culture & Community
We are lucky to live in a region that is rich in culture and boasts a strong entrepreneurial community. Check out these vendors for gift ideas that celebrate who we are and support our community.
Charitable gifts: Supporting local charitable organizations. Refer to the Ottawa region gift giving guide.
Land & Nature
We are truly lucky to live in such a nature-rich region with an abundance of outdoor activities at our doorstep. Plan an adventure with your loved ones and challenge yourself to new heights!
As a water-rich country, we often don’t think twice about the importance of fresh water, of which we need and use daily. We are big fans of fresh smelling laundry products and homemade bar soaps – especially when they are eco friendly.
Local & Sustainable Food
For your favourite at-home chef, there’s nothing like fine, fresh ingredients. Help them plan their next masterpiece meal with a local gourmet twist.
Materials & Products
Everything that we consume and put on our bodies impacts our health. This year give the gift of a clear and healthy conscience by choosing non-toxic products that are sure to pamper.
Travel & Transport
Offer your loved ones the opportunity to soar over the mighty Ottawa River on Canada’s only interprovincial zipline or enjoy some winter fun on the SJAM Winter Trail with a cross country ski rental.
The Holiday season is unfortunately infamous for wasteful packaging and gift wrapping. This year seek waste-free ideas including zero waste kitchen kits, self-care products, and fresh ingredients from these local vendors.
For the person who has it all, give the gift of a lighter carbon footprint. You can’t go wrong with gifting carbon sequestration!
We are fortunate to live in a place with so many great local businesses and there are so many more to choose from. We hope we’ve inspired your wish list, happy holidays!