Coming up with the perfect gift for someone (or for you; treat yourself!) isn’t always easy. I have recently discovered that a well-curated gift box can be just the thing! Gift boxes are a wonderful way to give a special and unique gift – and you can support local businesses while you’re at it. You’ll find great sets of products that you might not have discovered or thought to combine on your own.
With the holidays fast approaching, use this list to do some of your Christmas shopping! Gift boxes also make great birthday gifts or thinking of you gifts.
Here are some amazing Ottawa businesses that offer beautiful gift baskets!
Ottawa Gift Baskets
Two Raptors Design Co. offers gift boxes with all Canadian products including home & bath, chocolates & jams, jewellery, and more. You can choose from one of their ready made gift boxes (organized by gift type) or you can assemble your own gift box by choosing from their long list of locally sourced products. Website
Rekindled Ottawa offers monthly subscription packages or a one-time delivery. Their gift boxes include a wide assortment of locally sourced products. I received one myself and was excited to find a bath bomb, delicious honey, and a succulent alongside many other wonderful items from Ottawa businesses. What’s inside is a surprise and that’s half the fun! Website
Gift Better Co
Support a good cause when you gift! Every gift that Gift Better Co sends out gives back to a different cause or charity. Their beautiful gift boxes includes cute themes like Cozy Cabin (slippers, mittens, marshmallows, hot chocolate mix, candles, etc.) or Pop the Bubbly (champagne glasses, cocktails recipe book, premium chocolate, etc). You can navigate their website by gift type to find the perfect fit. Website
Love a little sweetness? Of course you do. Bee Savvy is an Ottawa-valley family business that specializes in – you guessed it – bee products! I have their lip balm and I love it. Bee Savvy also offers a beautiful and wide assortment of gift boxes that include their products and those of other local vendors. Choose from options like the Local Love Set, a Bath & Body Gift Set, or be surprised by their Mystery Box! Website
Have corporate gifting in mind and looking to order in bulk? Gift Revel specializes in gifts for your team and events. They can also take care of sourcing and selecting gifts for speakers, volunteers, and sponsors if you’re hosting a major event. Take their online quiz so they can learn your needs and come up with the perfect gifts for your company! Website
My Local Markets
Customize the perfect gift basket for any budget with My Local Markets. Everything is locally sourced; choose from a variety of coffees, candles, bath & body products, sweet treats, honey, and more. Their service is a great option for any budget because you can choose what items and how many go into your gift. Website
EW ME WE
EW ME WE offers gift boxes with modern aesthetic. They put together collections of Canadian goods in a keepsake wooden box. You can pick a pre-curated box or hand pick products from their many vendors. Their curated gifts range from sweet and considerate boxes with a few carefully chosen items to big baskets with a huge variety. A percentage of each gift box sold will be donated to a local charity. Website
More gorgeous gift boxes options and more Canadian products! Choose from a wide range of gift baskets featuring Canadian products. Dream Weaver offers seasonal boxes or themed boxes like Tea in the Garden, Relax and Rejuvenate, or Canadian Girl. Website
The Social Market
The Social Market is a pop up venture and they’re offering a holiday gift set this year: chocolate, coffee, spices and sauces in a new tote bag from local social enterprise Eco Equitable! Find them online or at Parkdale Food Centre. Website
Little Green Toad
Give the gift of locally sources goods for your coffee and craft-loving friend! Little Green Toad ships to anywhere in Canada. This local businesswoman also offers gifts including her organic skin products which you can find on her Etsy Page. Website
Maker House Co.
New this year, Maker House Co. is offering gift baskets and gift sets. Choose sets of hot sauces, cocktail mixes, or chocolate, or pick a curated box. Themes include things like Time for Tea, Maple Lovers, and Aged to Perfection, and a gift box specifically for Dad! Website.
Lotus Flower Om
Lotus Flower Om offers holistic, whole body skincare perfect for anyone who wants to relax and unwind. Give the gift of beautiful scents, soothing oils, and you can even add on a bottle of delicious wine or champagne! Website.
Bar from Afar
When you can’t go to the bar, let the bar come to you! Bar from Afar delivers cocktail kits including all the ingredients and recipes. Their Date Night Kit is perfect for couples. Select 4 speakeasy-style cocktails and the kit will include spirits, fresh mixers, ice, and garnishes. Website
Kitten and the Bear
Although they are technically based in Toronto, Kitten and the Bear will ship to Ottawa and is perfect for the tea-lover on your list. Choose from gift sets that include sweet jams, delicious scones, and flavourful tea or gift a beautiful tea set. Website