This holiday season, we encourage you to consider these gift ideas from women-owned businesses in Canada. We’ve found some amazing examples of what can come out of creativity and hard work, with products that are perfect for gift-giving or a personal treat.
Growing up in West Africa Ghana, Amandla learned the importance of moisturizing her skin daily. But it wasn’t until later in life when she learned how to make her own creams from pure unrefined shea from Ghana. Bartholomew Sisters’ facial cleansers, hair pomade, and body butters are all made by hand in Pickering, Ontario. ($22)
Featured in this year’s Holiday Gift Guide in the WestCoast Families November Holiday issue, this line of brow pencils founded by Giovanna Minenna of Winnipeg is focused on quality and value. As a professional makeup artist, Giovanna designed a product that she could recommend and use for her clients. This pencil shades perfectly, is precise and versatile, and can last through any work day or work out! ($22)
Lina Shang worked in the footwear industry in China before moving to Canada and taking a job in administration. In 2003, after having her second child, Lina looked to starting her own business from home, and explored the shoe business she knew from experience. Comfy Moda boots are stylish, comfortable and practical, offering a waterproof design with the warmth of fur, seam-sealed construction, memory foam insoles and natural rubber outsoles to keep toes super warm and dry! ($90 and up)
Working with international artisans, Salma Elmaghrabi of Toronto, started her home decor business four years ago after studying and wanting to turn her creative ideas into finished products. Mumo features 100% eco-friendly, trendy home decor products, supporting the earth with sustainable products, natural materials like cotton and wool. Featuring colour and size customization, each Kilim rug or pillow cover is one-of-a-kind and handcrafted using old weaving techniques on a pedal loom. ($90 and up)