Once we embraced a commitment to ethically shop for ourselves, our intentions quickly spilled over into our purchases for other people. We have found giving ethical gifts a fantastic way to get creative and discover inspiring brands to show our friends how awesome ethically made products can be. Today we are sharing our go-to shops for gifts that give back!
Toronto-based Cambio Market was founded to give socially conscious people access to products that "look good, feel good and do good". Every single item in their online shop is hand made, fair trade, ethically sourced and gives back to a social cause. They are passionate about empowering shoppers to stand for a world of respect for the environment, as well as the fair treatment and pay of all workers, by providing a trusted source for the purchase of jewelry, bags, accessories, home wares and greeting cards that help socially responsible business grow.
We have come to adore their sassy yet charming greeting cards by Good Paper, colourful and fun upcycled jewellery from Olivia & Diego as well as their elegant necklaces by Purpose Jewelry. A much appreciated bonus to the Cambio Market shopping experience are the "impact" symbols found beside each item - telling the shopper how their purchase of the item makes a positive difference to people and the planet.
Thrive Lifestyle is a sustainable fashion and home decor shop selling independent, local and ethically sourced items. The shop has a strong online presence as well as a brick and mortar shop on Salt Spring Island in BC. What began as a Canadian-made children's label blossomed into a men's and women's line of clothing, accessories and home decor inspired by the beauty of the West Coast. Their mission is to help their community thrive through encouraging choices that honour the environment and the people who make their products.
We appreciate Thrive as an online West Coast Canadian source for some of our favourite ethical lifestyle lines including Muttonhead, Nudie Jeans, Harlow Skin Co and sustainably made home goods. Most admirably, Thrive's very own clothing line offers men, women and children casual Canadian made clothes with a trendy edge.
Giving Gifts is an online and brick and mortar shop on Main St. in Vancouver with a plethora of gifts for literally EVERY occasion. They offer fair trade and eco friendly gifts that give back so shoppers can "buy the change they wish to see in the world". At Giving Gifts you can find water bottles, food containers, kitchen gadgets, natural body care, baby blankets, toys, books, stationary, clothing, jewelry, and more!
We are delighted to have this shop as a Canadian source for some of our favourite ethical brands including Krochet Kids, The Giving Keys, Inner Fire and sustainably made kitchen and "meals on the go" items. Check out their special people section for a useful resource in finding thoughtfully created items for specific special people in your life and their Giving Crates for quick yet meaningful gifts for a variety of special occasions!
A Canadian-made ethical shopping paradise for Calgarians, Greater Goods is a brightly lit space in Bridgeland that features locally handcrafted items, a cozy tea and coffee bar and regular DIY workshops for artisans to share and grow their love of handmade goods. Shop their bath and body products, jewelry, ceramics, leather goods, home decor, greeting cards and more, all supporting the talents of Canadian artisans.
Greater Goods is our go-to for a peek at what's new in the local handmade scene, topped off with a warm drink from Teariffic and a sweet treat from Pretty Sweet YYC. The moment you step through the elegant brick entry-way, the passion for local creativity and entrepreneurship is palpable and their rotating inventory means every visit is an opportunity to discover new and inspiring Canadian made products. Take a peek at their instagram to keep updated on what's new and exciting at Greater Goods!