Thursday, November 4, 2021
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Made In Canada Christmas Stationery
Regular readers of the ottawan know that we’re big champions of goods that are Made in Canada. We love hunting down fashion, grooming, accessories, and decor items that are manufactured right here in this country, because it allows us to support and celebrate homegrown makers. It feels good to answer “Where did you get that?” with “It’s made in Canada.” Today we present a list of Canadian-made gift wrap, cards, and tags to provide the finishing touch to your Christmas prezzies.
Twin brothers combine forces at Rolling Designs to make little ceramic animal magnets, pins, and stickers. Their gift tag range of happy cats in sweaters will make the animal lovers in your life giggle because, “Ooh, I love that sweater, put it on me, put it on me!” said no cat, ever. The tags are also available in wiener dogs, farm animals, rabbits, and more. $12 for 12, $17.86 for 24.
Toronto artist Jennifer Lindup’s Bright Limelight range of gift wrap and cards are created in glorious watercolours, and feature seasonal icons like deer, cats on Christmas trees, snow shoes, skiis, and lots more. The Mix and Match Holiday Wrapping Paper set is your choice of three, five, or eight sheets of high quality, brightly coloured paper ($33.60 for three).
Based in Regina, Saskatchewan, FibreMountain’s fabric envelopes and bags will allow the recipient to pay it forward next year when they're wrapping their gifts. The envelopes are available in festively printed fabrics in a variety of sizes, and the set of three Christmas gift bags is a handy multi-size pack to answer your last minute wrapping panic.
Ottawa’s Greenaway Creations makes paper products featuring high quality paper, twine, and colourful accents that will lend a quiet elegance to your holiday gift packages. The packages of six cards cost $28, are available in a range of seasonal designs, and are delivered free within Canada.
Orangeville, Ontario based maker Dino and Doll’s range of cards, gift tags, and bookmarks are perfect for an understated Christmas in classic colours of red, green, black, white, and gold.
A boxed set of Party Mountain Paper’s Season’s Eatings cards will make your foodie friends feel all warm and gooey inside. Designed and printed in Toronto, this fun range also celebrates cats’ fascination with Christmas trees, hip hop, Jolly Saint (Stevie) Nicks, and more. There’s even a “Hope you have a pretty, pretty, pretty Good Hanukkah” Larry David card. $6.25 for a single card, $24 for a box of six.
If you like to zhuzh up your gifts before placing them under the tree, the Christmas-y holographic snow globe stickers by Waterloo, Ontario’s Bartlett Blossoms, will add the right touch of sparkle ($7.49). If the recipient has a Bridgerton fascination, you’ll also find a set of stickers celebrating the hit show. We love the “Deer motion card” that allows you to move the deer across the bottom of a wintery forest scene ($8.49).
Do a “Made in Canada” search on Holt Renfrew’s website and you’ll be rewarded with a selection of high end, Canadian made gifts to make the recipient squeal and your wallet weep. Highlights include Anzie jewellery from Montréal, Canada Goose parkas, Smythe women’s blazers, and Hiso tailored coats, but what really got us excited was the gift wrap. Exclusive to Holt Renfrew, the range of Canadian-made Eighty Seventh St. wraps will look adorable under the tree. $17 per roll.
We'll see you tomorrow – Martha and Darren
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