The 2020 TDI Gift Guide
Updated: Dec 18, 2020
2020 has, no doubt, made for an interesting year and a different holiday season to come. The need to support small and local businesses is an apparent as ever. We wanted to make a guide to some great gift ideas created by us, and by you!
These businesses and products have been researched and suggested by followers and all support the pockets of someone in your community, and in some cases, local charities as well.
If you have a business, or know of a business that you think should be included, let us know!
EXPERIENCES & THINGS TO DO
1. Float Valley Sauna and Sensory Deprivation Experience
About: Float Valley is a relaxing place that specializes in float session and infrared sauna experiences. Both have relaxation and health benefits. A private sauna and float session can make for a romantic and therapeutic date idea and thoughtful gift.
Where: Markham, ON
Price: Create your own gift card ($175 for 30 min couple's sauna ($45) + 2 Oasis float sessions ($65/each))
2. Guess Where Trips
About: Guess Where Trips plans and sends you the ultimate day trip itinerary for a range of interests and road trip lengths. Packaged in cute envelopes you can gift a date and keep it a surprise until you embark on your journey
Where: Most trips are 1-2.5 hours from Toronto, available in Toronto, Ottawa and Vancouver
Price: $55 for the itinerary and guide mailed to you
3. Staycation at One King West with Teller's Bar take-out
About: Get some alone time at one of Toronto's staple hotels with gorgeous views of the city in their Tower rooms and suites and pamper yourselves with take out from Teller's Bar while lounging in One King West robes.
Where: King and Yonge, Toronto
Price: Starting at $150
4. Spa Day at the Omni King Edward Hotel Mokara Spa
About: The Mokara Spa just opened at the Omni King Edward Hotel. Pamper someone with a body wrap, manis and pedis, or a massage at this blissful oasis.
Where: King and Church, Toronto
Price: Manicures starting at $67
5. Romantic Getaway at Alive Wilderness Retreat
About: This romantic Airbnb is decorated perfectly for a cute and cozy escape from the city. Robes, fires, blankets, and food is supplied to make your getaway as custom as possible.
Where: Coldwater, ON
6. A Bed & Breakfast, but make it trendy at House 29 NOTL
About: Niagara on the lake is the perfect small, romantic town in the heart of wine country and just a bit over an hour from Toronto. Upgrade your stay by booking House 29 NOTL, for the perfect experience gift. This bed and breakfast has 3 rooms + a lounge area and a chic and stylish breakfast area where they serve you the BEST brunch dishes in the morning (STK, move over). Sometimes the best gifts are things to do, and this stay is sure to be comfortable and unforgettable - and you'll soon be waiting to return (I am).
PRO TIP: Be sure to use TDI10 for 10% off your 2+ night stay!
Where: Niagara on the Lake, ON
Price: Starting at $299/night
7. Document your love with a Chapter 1 Toronto photo session
About: Chapter 1 Weddings and Events have compiled their six favourite photo locations for couples in Toronto on their website, and what better way to capture your Toronto love story by gifting your loved one with professional photos you have keep for a lifetime with an amazing photographer. Whether it's to celebrate a milestone or just have fun, it's a unique gift that definitely won't be sitting in its box. They also offer micro-wedding packages for those more intimidate big days.
Where: Toronto, ON
Price: Mention you heard about this from us and receive a 30 minute session for $150 and a 1 hour session for $300! (reg. price couple shoot $450/hour)
8. Have a cozy romantic PIKNIC
About: The weather is chilly so PIKNIC has moved the party inside. Enjoy their holiday spreads in studio or in the comfort of your home this season. If you're not the best as decorating, designing or planning, but still want to gift your SO with a cute and stylish indoor date during this time, they'll appreciate you leaving it to the pros. They’ve also launched an in house menu for PIKNIC Brunch, Lunch & Dinner guests.
PRO TIP: Thinking of where/how to pop the question or have a romantic milestone coming up? You'll win major points for adding this to the special day
Price: Starting at $299 (holiday house call starting at $325)
9. Make your own rings at The Den
About: The Den Toronto has you in charge of your creations with workshops perfect for the gift-receiver who loves doing new things. Enjoy a 2hr customization workshop; go into their studio and create silver gifts - pick from our assortment of premade polished items also available for purchase and get creative using hammers and steel stamps (with some help of course)
Where: The Den Toronto near Davenport and Old Weston Rd.
Price: On sale now for $75 for the 2hr workshop and Projects range $15-80 each (if you use "torontodateideas" you will receive a free charm to start the workshop with!), items also available for purchase separately on their website.
1. Em Me Ma Matching Undies Set
About: Organic Cotton Underwear that's comfy, sustainable, and inclusive. Get you and your SO a matching set for the holidays and lounge around in them.
Price: Boxer briefs starting at $25, bras and undies for approx. $80 ($100-$150 for the 3-piece set)
How to purchase: Shop online at https://emmema.com/
2. Drip Customs customized plaques
About: Commemorate a picture, a song, an album, or a lyric with their fully customizable plaques, or, customize an album cover with someone's (or your) face. Get creative and make this is personal as possible in a cute and trendy way.
Price: Starting at $30
How to purchase: Place your order and create your custom album artwork online at https://drip-customs.com/
3. Scavenger Box
About: The ultimate fun and romantic experience: a personalized adventure for your loved one. The box is equipped with everything you need to send your SO on a romantic adventure around your place, or a place that means a lot to you, and has them figure out clues and hints to discover a prize.
Price: $69.99 for your box + shipping
How to purchase: Order online at https://www.thescavengerbox.com/products/scavenger-box
4. At-home date night kit with Founder's Original Cocktails
About: Stock a gift basket, box, or bag with the things you love as a couple (snacks, comfy socks and slippers, face masks, etc.) and add the Founder's Original Cocktails that they love (they got flavours for vodka drinkers, tequila lovers, bourbon sippers and more)
How to purchase: Find Founder's Original Cocktails at the LCBO
FOOD & DRINK
1. Blinged-out bottle by Bling Customs
About: This custom bottle decorating business completely changes regular alcohol bottles to look luxurious and sparkle. Gift a bottle of bubbly that they can keep as decor long after it's finished.
Price: $60 + the price of the bottle
How to purchase: Order through their Instagram, pick a bottle out of the selection available and specify what colour scheme you want it to be, whether you want to add custom lettering or rhinestones, and schedule a pick up or delivery
2. Cured Catering Platter
About: Boxes and platters include candy, charcuterie, dessert, movie night, vegetarian, brunch, fruit, and more. Gift the platter that has all their favourite things on it and pair it with a cute date night in.
Price: starting at around $50
How to purchase: Order online through their website and choose whether you want local delivery, shipping, or pick up at their storefront (236 Christie St, Toronto)
3. No Mo Nut Cups
About: Serving the Burlington and Hamilton region and specializing in peanut-free PB cups, allergy-friendly!
Price: Mini cups are 6 for $6, jumbo cups are 6 for $11
How to purchase: Contact through Instagram DM to place your order. Free delivery between Hamilton and Mississauga with min. $30 orders
4. Paradise Grapevine Bottle Shop
About: This Toronto wine bar and restaurant sells their very own wine and beer as well with funky and gorgeous labels and designs.
Price: $8 for wine cans, $24.95 for a bottle of their Riesling, starting at $5/can of beer
How to purchase: Check out their website shop and get it shipped to you, or pick it up
5. The Cereal Box Club
About: For the cereal-lover in your life, they create curated, limited edition, hard-to-find cereals and snacks delivered to your door every month.
Price: $29.99/month, $24.99/month for a 6-month plan, or $19.99/month for a year plan
How to purchase: Subscribe at their website and get it delivered to your (or their) door
6. Spiti Bakery Holiday Box
About: Made-to-order cheesecakes, cakes, pies, tarts, cookies, brunch boards, and speciality breads by this mother/daughter duo in Toronto. They currently have a holiday box perfect for gifting
Price: $85 (35 pieces of 6 different types of dessert)
How to purchase: Order through their website or DM on Instagram
7. Euro Desserts bouquets
About: This bakery is all about eye-catching displays of amazing doughnuts and more. Grab a doughnut bouquet if roses aren't their thing
Price: Starting at $60
How to purchase: Pre-order online with at least 2-hour notice
8. Umagine Customs customized Henny bottle
About: Umagine can create and customize anything you can think of from apparel to labels and stickers, glassware and gift packages. Most famously on our page, they have customized Henny bottles to gift to your special someone as a thoughtful keepsake.
Price: $25 + the price of the bottle
How to purchase: DM them on Instagram to start setting up your order
9. The Baker Duo
About: The Baker Duo's chocolate fondue box offers a homemade silky chocolate fondue, a variety of seasonal fruits, rich Ghirardelli brownies bites, Belgian waffle bites, homemade vanilla marshmallows topped with graham cracker dust, soft and hard pretzels, wafers and other assorted treats catered for the holidays for a sweet treat and romantic date-night-in activity.
Price: $25/small box (2-3 people) / $35/large box (4-6 people)
How to purchase: DM on Instagram or email at firstname.lastname@example.org to place your order
10. Dragan Brewing and Wine
About: Although not common for the beginnings of a beer brand, Dragan Brewing and Wine began with a bedtime story told by the founder to his 6-month-old son, Dragan. "The story soon became a vision of a company that would strive to be better and make a difference." Create an unforgettable gift for the craft beer lover in your life with their Pilsner and Pale Ale, designed glasses and merch. Throw in a Loblaws gift card so they can go grab more when they fall in love and you'll be crowned gift giver of the year.
Price: glasses $15 | masks $20
How to purchase: Find the beer at Loblaws and shop on their website for merch https://www.draganbrewingandwine.com/shop
1. Evol Water Bottles Deluxe Gift Box
About: Keep your loved ones hydrated in style with these bottles with interchangeable lids to match any look. The box comes with one bottle and seven lids in different colours.
Price: $79 ($24 for bottle only)
How to purchase: Shop online at https://www.evolbottle.com/
2. Spidertech Face Masks
About: Face masks are a part of daily life now. Gift a pack of anti fog, strapless face masks made with kin tape and come in a variety of designs and colours
Price: $25 for a pack of 20 masks
How to purchase: Shop online at https://spidertech.com/us/ready-face-mask
3. OOM Clean Beauty Gua Sha Tools
About: These products are all about your face. With oils and tools to accelerate your skin care routine inspired by ancient Eastern healing practices. Price: Gua Sha Tools starting at $21
How to purchase: Shop online at https://oomcleanbeauty.com/collections/all
4. Be Blissed CBD and Merch
About: Blissed carries cannabis (CBD) products like full-spectrum oil and pre rolls to incorporate into your life for maximum wellness, as well as cute merch.
Price: CBD OIil $60/bottle / Hats $30 / Enamel Pin greeting cards $15
5. High on Love with Birch and Fog Plant-Powered Wellness
About: Birch and Fog carries plant-based wellness products for every need in every form. Beauty and bath products, stuff for your pets, for your love life, edibles, sleep aid, and more. The High on Love collection includes lip gloss, sensual bath oil, stimulating gel and more
Price: Products range from $30-$70
How to purchase: Shop online at https://www.birchandfog.com/ and use TDIWELLNESS for $15 off your order of $50+
6. Accessorize with Lotus
About: Lotus carries products and accessories to step up your green wellness game. Grab a crystal pipe or crystal water bottle for the highest vibes. They also offer same-day deliery within the GTA!
Price: Pipes $42 / water bottles $36
How to purchase: Shop online at https://shoplotus.ca/product-category/accessories and use INSTA10 for 10% off anything in the store
7. Resolve CBD's healing products
About: CBD oils, capsules, gummies and creams for you or your pet, handcrafted in Toronto-based facilities with care. Relieve anxiety, inflammation, pain, sleep issues and more. Give the gift of feel-good relief.
Price: Oils starting at $55
How to purchase: Shop online at https://resolvecbd.ca/shop-all-cbd/
8. Hush Weighted Blanket
About: Started on Dragon's Den, Hush is Canada's top-rated weighted blanket that comes with all the benefits. Now introducing a cooling weighted blanket for the best sleeps ever (also have Hush pillows and sheet sets)
Price: Pillows from $129 / Sheets from $119 / Blankets from $239
How to purchase: Shop online at https://hushblankets.ca/
9. Gleamiss Skincare
About: Gleamiss is a Toronto-based business servicing clients in skin treatments, hair removal, body contouring, lashes, brows and more. They also carry top-rated skincare products like masks, serums and creams.
Price: Products range from $25-$195
How to purchase: Shop their skincare online at https://www.gleamiss.com/skincare
10. Wellness is hydrated lips with The Lippie Lab
About: Don't let winter get the best of anyone's lips and support this local brand crafting their products with a focus on Black & Brown Skin. The lippies like 90s Baby, Glo'd Up, and Golden Hour are the perfect stocking stuffer, or make your loved one a beauty box filled with local products they can appreciate all year.
Price: Starting at $9.95
How to purchase: Shop online at https://www.thelippielab.com/
11. Gift a little bit of everything with CBD Canada's gift sets
About: These hand-curated sets encourage wellness to the max with options like CBD Roller Ball Collection and CBD Sleep Dreams set. They also have the perfect gift suggestions for under 1005, $50, and $100!
How to purchase: Shop online at https://cbdcanada.net/collections/sets
HOME & OFFICE
1. Citchen Candle Co.
About: Handcrafted soy candles based in Toronto
2. Curated Giftings
About: Fun lifestyle giftings like sunglasses, planners, journals and stickers
Price: Pins $5 / Sunglasses $15 / Sticker sets $8 / Journals $18-$25
How to purchase: https://www.curatedgiftings.com/shop
3. Toronto Dick Candles
About: Candles really can be made into any shape now a days, spruce up someone's space with these colourful candles
Price: $15 each
How to purchase: DM to order https://www.instagram.com/torontodickcandles/
4. La Femme Soy Candles
About: Keep an eye out for these candle and vase drops in beautiful shapes
Price: $27 for the MIA Goddess Candle
How to purchase: https://lafemmesoycandles.squarespace.com/
5. Jolie.tte Decor
About: During travels in France and Belgium, Joliette's founders saw an opportunity to share timeless, well-made, and well-loved French and European pieces and at the same time, help to promote sustainable interior design. Their decor pieces are unique gifts you won't find anywhere else.
Price: Shells $10 / Custom letters $75
How to purchase: Shop online at https://tresjoliette.com/
6. Murphy & Jo
About: Murphy & Jo crafts gorgeous unique and amazing smelling candles and women's beauty products. Perfect for your elegant and one-of-a-kind giftees who love smelling great. They also give $1 from every unit sold to dog rescue and women's rights organizations.
Price: Shell candle $32 / Babe balm $18
How to purchase: Shop online at https://www.murphyandjo.com/
7. Claudia & Dalton Design
About: This husband and wife team create laser-cut wood designs to accommodate any customization, as well as do glass engraving so you can gift memories of your fondest moments and milestones.
Price: Products ranging from $5-$75
8. Heart and Soul Candles
About: These eccentric styled candles are made of soy wax and come with wooden wicks. Scents are made with pure essential and natural fragrance oils and all candles are cruelty free, phthalate free and vegan soy wax candles + wood wicks.
Price: Jars are $25, Teacups are $35 and come as a set
How to purchase: DM on Instagram to order https://www.instagram.com/heartandsoulcandles/
9. Views Balcony Bar
About: Do you know someone living in the city who deserves to upgrade their balcony? During these times, people's balconies have had to serve as the main place for outside time for a while, so why not make it a place you love too? Perfect for small spaces, and can be moved easily.
How to purchase: Shop online at https://viewsbalconybar.com/ and enjoy free shipping in Canada
10. Craft Studio MMS
About: The cutest customized crafts can be purchased at this local GTA shop. Items pictured: Acrylic business sign, floral monogrammed shadow box, customized Starbucks reusable cup.
Price: Products range from $15-$70 approx.
11. Anthos TO
About: Ditch your rose bouquets for preserved and ultra chic decor that doesn't die. If you know someone who needs to spruce up their space or loves adding cozy touches to their home, check out Anthos TO for preserved petals, palms and pampas.
Price: Products ranging from $10-$55
How to purchase: Shop online at https://anthosboutique.com/collections/all
12. Sisters by Designz Farmhouse Book Stack
About: Personalize home decor and make any space your own with this book stack and check out their other customized kitchen and home pieces.
Price: DM to inquire
13. Get local with the Ontario Box
About: Ontario Box creates boxes full of local products for your household and kitchen while supporting the Ontario economy with their curated selections. By purchasing an Ontario Box, you support family run businesses and will discover new brands that don't have the budget for marketing like big box stores do. Their new holiday box was featured in LCBO's Food and Drink magazine and includes coffee, soap, simple syrup, hot sauce, candle, chocolate and beverages all made right here in the province.
How to purchase: Order through their website (the exact contents of the box are a surprise!) https://ontariobox.ca/
14. Stop eating charcuterie off your cutting board
About: Charcuterie is all the rage right now, whether you're filling your board with cured meats and cheeses, veggies, fruits, breakfast items, candy, and more, these boards are ultra modern and stylish and have stone embedded into it. This, some items to craft your loved one's favourite board, and a bottle of wine will be sure to win the 'best gift' title.
Price: Starting at $110
15. Celebrate Canada's First Platform for Middleastern & Canadian Designers
About: Authentique helps emerging designers with brand exposure, making global connections, social media growth, and producing high quality content around the globe. Shop local businesses and designers for things like soy candles, home decor, face masks, clothing, accessories, footwear, and more.
How to purchase: Shop online at https://authentique.co/
CLOTHING & ACCESSORIES
1. Illminded Clothing
About: This proudly local clothing and accessories brand has adapted to the new way of life with convenient tools to minimize contact in public. Pair this with one of their boldly-designed crewnecks for the perfect 2-part gift.
Price: No-touch tool $19.99 / Tee $34.99 / Crewneck $64.99 / Beanie $34.99
How to purchase: Shop online at https://illmindedclothing.com/
2. Envility Jewelery
About: This local Toronto jewelry brand does all things evil-eye. A popular superstitious belief in a variety of cultures to keep away bad energies and ill intentions. They've found a way to create meaningful and modern, chic jewelry that anyone would be happy to receive.
Price: Products range from $40-$75
How to purchase: Shop online at https://envilityjewelry.com/ , they ship worldwide!
3. Northern Culture Streetwear
About: Add a local brand to your loved one's wardrobe with Northern Culture's sweaters, joggers, and hats.
Price: Pieces range from $55-$250
How to purchase: Shop online at https://www.northerncultureco.com/
(photo on right:@itsyoboyriq)
4. Gemstoned Jewelry mask or glasses chain
About: Gemstoned Jewelry does custom design in Toronto but recently released the cutest chains for your masks and glasses. Incorporate 2020's newest accessory into your wardrobe in a chic way with these.
How to purchase: DM them on Instagram to order https://www.instagram.com/gemstoned.jewelry/
5. Society Socks
About: 1 pair bought, 1 pair donated. This sock subscription company helps a local cause and keeps your loves one's feed warm and stylish under whatever style they have. They get 2 socks monthly which then donates 2 pairs to a local charity on your behalf. Free shipping worldwide too!
Price: Prepay for 3 months $75 / Prepay for 6 months $143 / Prepay for 12 months $261
How to purchase: Set up the subscription online at https://mysocietysocks.com/pages/subscription
6. Shop Lunar Boutique
About: Inspired by southwest fashion and design, Lunar Boutique offers sterling silver jewelry, most of which are handcrafted pieces designed and made in Toronto.
Price: Products range from $15-$120
How to purchase: Shop online at https://www.lunarboutique.ca/collections/all
7. You're Precious Cargo
About: Remind your loved one that they're precious cargo with these uplifting crewnecks in GORGEOUS colours. Gift alone or with a couple other comfy pieces for the cutest gift set.
Price: approx. $45
How to purchase: DM https://www.instagram.com/yourepreciouscargo/ with the following information: FULL NAME, SIZE and COLOUR of crewneck, EMAIL ADDRESS. After you have messaged, they will then go through payment and shipping options. If you pick shipping, please be ready to send your shipping address.
8. Wired by Hand minimalist jewelry
About: Upgrade anyone's jewelry and outfits with these simply yet stunning pieces made locally in the GTA.
Price: Products range from $7 - $32
9. Northside of the Map
About: We love these North-repping pieces by local streetwear brand Northside of the Map. "Our Mascot, Nanuk, a Polar Bear is the Largest land carnivore on the planet, it is found only in Northern regions of the world, It is a fierce hunter that is found in some of the harshest and unforgiving environments. It is versatile, regal and fearless. Attributes we as a brand want to personify and convey in our products."
Price: Friendly advice sweater $75 / Bucket hat $35 / Rainbow Script logo sweater $65
How to purchase: Shop online at https://nsotm.store/
10. Stay Meditated from Oblong Yoga House
About: Made with 100% bamboo cotton, these comfy sweaters will put your gift received in their zen during the colder months.
Price: Visit store or inquire online to check prices
How to purchase: Visit Oblong Yoga House at King and Bathurst to shop their sweaters, and maybe pick up a gift card for a class or meditation too.
11. Accessorize your car with essentials from Tresor Luxe
About: When I saw this I thought it was perfect for those finding gifts for car lovers, or, for those who know someone who desperately needs some gadgets in their car and might not know what to get. They put together all your favorite automotive essentials in one box. They did the research, and are doing the work for you then seal it and drop it off to your door.
Price: $69.99 ($10 off right now)
How to purchase: Shop online https://tresorluxe.ca/tresorluxe-shop/
12. Match and stay cozy with Laurel's Scrunchies
About: Matching sets are in, and so are scrunchies. Laurel's Scrunchies are handmade from reused fabric and also does custom orders! Also, for every purchase this holiday season, one non-perishable item will be donated to a community food bank. Pictured is the Candy Cane Scrunchie Bundle for $50 and one of her sweater/scrunchie set creations!
Price: Sets starting at $45 - $50 (shipping in Ontario $10)
How to purchase: DM to order or to discuss a custom set https://www.instagram.com/laurelscrunchies/
13. Made North of the Border
About: North of the Border is a social media initiative dedicated to showcasing greatness Made North of The Border. Their goal is to help promote and grow Canadian individuals, businesses, and brands; and they have pretty cool merch to help represent that. As Canadians we love promoting our local brands and show off where we come from with comfy streetwear and MadeNTB gets that.
Price: $14.99 face mask | $34.99 beanie | $69.00 hoodies
How to purchase: Shop online at https://madentb.ca/collections
14. Upgrade your car game with Vilicci Car Fragrance
About: If tree-shaped car scents aren't your aesthetic, try swapping it in for a luxurious Vilicci Car Fragrance. With scents to accommodate all styles and the scents being made with real perfume ingredients, it's the perfect thoughtful gift; we won't judge if you want to keep it for yourself though.
How to purchase: Find them on amazon.ca
15. Get your gold jewelry fix with ADAE
About: This jewelry company is run by a sister duo based in Toronto and officially ship to Canada, the USA, and the UK! They craft gorgeous 14 Karat Gold-Plated Stainless Steel earrings, necklaces, and rings to add a pop of chic shine to any outfit, even if you're staying in.
How to purchase: Shop online at https://adaejewelry.com/
16. Lounge in vegan silk with Maylyn & Co.
About: Maylyn & Co. creates gorgeous lingerie, loungewear, and sleepwear out of plant-based and organic materials. You can be sure your silk is 100% vegan so you can feel as amazing about the clothes as you look wearing them!
Price: Slips starting at $180 (sale) $250 (reg.)
How to purchase: Shop online at https://maylynandco.com/
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