Small Business Gift Guide
In this blog post, Olivia + Laura share a locally made gift guide that supports small businesses.
Last holiday we pledged to support local brands and, this year is not any different! Shopping local is not a trend, it's a lifestyle. So, as Montreal bloggers, we want to showcase the Quebec brands that have caught our eye this holiday season.
Notice: Supporting local does not only mean buying from local brands. It also entails supporting them on social media, sharing MTL brands with friends & family, and not relying on online distributors (like Amazon) as a first resort.
Home + Lifestyle
NEIGE is a Quebec alcohol brand that sells sparkling ciders, ice cider, gin and seltzers. Established in 1994, the company has taken over the apple cider market and is the first brand to have commercialized cider internationally. Tempted by NEIGE's refined look (and gorgeous pink bottle), we had to try the NEIGE Ice Cider and seltzers! We can guarantee they are delicious and for the affordable price, you must give them a try.
Want to be the star of your upcoming holiday event? Bring a bottle (or two) of NEIGE Rosé or Demi-Sec Ice Cider, pour over ice (hence the name) and voilà! Sold exclusively in Quebec at the SAQ, NEIGE is the new way to toast every occasion. Find their seltzers at IGA and Metro also!
Scented candles are some of the most gifted items during the holiday. So why not gift your loved one a Flame Montreal handmade soy candle. These candles smell divine and will be sure to uplift you with the inscription located on the front of each candle. Shop Flame Montreal's Etsy using the link in theirInstagram bio to find the scent that meets your needs.
Woof Bites MTL
Woof Bites Montreal is a local business from the East End of Montreal that makes delicious and healthy dog treats. These treats are shaped in cute and unique moulds and are sent in a gift bag for your dogs because the creators believe each dog deserves special treatment. Shop their Instagram to find the perfect treat for your furry friend.
Boutique Locale is an aesthetic online store from Montreal with minimalist and eco-friendly products for you and your home! The founders have created this boutique with the goal of significantly reducing their ecological footprint — which can be shown through the various eco-friendly products shown on their website. On top of being a small, local business, Boutique Locale sells fabric products that are manufactured in Quebec!
Fleurs by Nous
Fleurs by Nous is a small Montreal business started by two besties that make the prettiest preserved floral arrangements. From preserved floral bouquets, to domes and now even ornaments for the holidays! A chic and trendy way to style any space, send them a DM on Instagram to place an order!
Bauble is a Montreal business selling personalized ornaments and candles. These ornaments make for the perfect stocking stuffers during the holidays, be sure to grab some before it's too late! Candles can also be personalized with a message of your choice. Personalized gifts are unique and personal to the person you are gifting them to, they will always leave a lasting impact!
Clothing + Accessories
Lemon + Sage The Label
Lemon+Sage the Label might be our newest favourite Montreal clothing brand. Founded a little over a year ago, Lemon and Sage are killing the fashion game with the cutest clothes that won't break the bank. Head over to their Instagram and check out their Resort and Holiday collection. They are what dreams are made of!
Sans Façon Cosmétiques
Sans-Facon Cosmetiques is a Quebec company that sells high-quality vegan cosmetic and skincare products. Simplicity is their motto, and their founder caters to women who want quality products they can use in their daily makeup routine. Also, we need to applaud whoever is running their Instagram because they are doing amazing work! Check it out for yourself.
Gio Jewels is a Montreal-based retailer that sells jewelry and accessories online and in-store at Rockland Shopping Center. Their handmade accessories, heavily influenced by Mediterranean trends make the perfect gifts for this holiday season.
Are you looking for that last item to complete your gift? Well, Emmy Designs has the cutest iPhone cases and phone charms! Choose from the available phone cases or customize your own. O+L phone case, anyone?
Wide The Brand
Wide the Brand is an inclusive and body-positive Montreal company that crafts clothing specifically for plus-sized men. Their goal is to make the plus-sized man live comfortably by using fabrics and creating silhouettes that enhance and not hide the wide physic. Fashion does not have to be compromised because of size and knowing this, Wide the Brand is putting fashion-forward men first.
The Groom Industries
GROOM makes fine grooming products for men using carefully selected, eco-friendly and natural ingredients. With their variety of beard care products ranging from beard oils to shower gels, GROOM is committed to making a positive environmental impact by locally and ethically sourcing its products in Canada. If you are a man or are shopping for the men in your life, be sure to consider Groom Industries. Their products can be bought online and found in several stores across Quebec.
Thank you for reading this week's blog post! We hope that you loved it and that it has inspired you to shop some (or all) of these local brands.
See you all next week for the upcoming post in the O+L holiday season. What do you think next week's post will be?