Holiday Shopping Guide: 2015 Edition

The holidays are just around the corner and My New Neighbour wants to help you shop as ethically as possible! We've listed some of our favourite places and brands that offer ethical products, while keeping it as local as possible to ensure you can get your shopping done in time. 


There are TONS of holiday markets, a simple google search for markets in your area will reveal a multitude of opportunities to shop local this season. Here are some of our favourites from personal experience:


Market Collective

We think almost everybody in Calgary has been captivated by Market Collective and the beautiful local offerings they handpick for their markets. You have four different weekends over November and December to check it out!

The Calgary Farmers Market

The farmer's market is always an exciting place to shop for both locally made apparel and food items. The diversity of their vendors, abundance of free samples, live music and delicious food make it a great day out with friends or family. Be sure to stop by the Crafted YYC shop in aisle 4.

We will be exploring more Calgary markets over the next couple of months, stay updated on our Facebook page

A comprehensive list of the holiday markets in and around Calgary can be found here.



Blim is a monthly market that hosts unique vendors selling gorgeous locally made and/or curated goods.  With a wide variety of items, you are sure to find something that one-of-a-kind something for that one-of-a-kind someone. This is a market you will want to put on your calendar every month! Their next market is on November 22nd, keep tabs on their website or My New Neighbour's Facebook page to see what they are up to in December!

Eastside Flea

A market combining the very best of Vancouver's vintage and handmade goods, Eastside Flea began as a way to encourage consumers to shift their spending to local businesses while decreasing their environmental footprint. This market is specifically designed to offer uncommon yet delightfully appealing items. We have found some stunning second hand pieces here in the past and put this market on the "must go" list! Their holiday dates include November 14th,November 21st, December 5th & 6th and December 19th at various locations.  

Got Craft? Holiday Edition

Got Craft? does a wonderful job of "spreading the handmade love"! They host over 75 handmade designers that have been carefully chosen to offer Vancouver a diversity of quality handmade products. Their holiday market will be held on December 12th and 13th. 

Got Craft? has compiled a list of upcoming Vancouver markets here.

Toronto & Greater Toronto Area

A list of holiday markets in Toronto and the GTA can be found here.

Ethically Online

It can be nerve wracking to find the right size for someone else, especially when you're online shopping. We've compiled a list of products we love where size doesn't matter, so you can feel confident your purchase will be a perfect fit!

Canadian-based Gift Shops

Little Blue Canoe | a collection of adorable and unique Canadian made goods

Dignify | based in Calgary, a collection of ethical gifts from around the world. Our personal favourite is their beautiful signature Kantha Throws


Etsy is the perfect place to find a unique and personalized gift for almost anyone. The possibilities are endless but here are a few of our favourite Canadian Etsy shops. 

Rare Specimens | rock, mineral, and crystal earrings made to order

Clair Ashley | Custom hand-stamped jewellery made in Canada

Design By Sew & Sew | handcrafted canvas and leather goods made in Slave Lake, AB (their cord organizers are lifesavers!)


 The Giving Keys | employs those transitioning out of homelessness. Many stores across Canada carry The Giving Keys. Check out their store mapper for shop locations close to you.

The Shine Project | provides scholarships for and employs inner-city youth

31 Bits | employs and educates Ugandan women. Many stores across Canada carry 31 Bits. Check out their store locator for shop locations close to you.

Akola | provides employment, vocational training and community infrastructure to women in Dallas, TX and Uganda


Buttercream clothing | uniquely patterned scarves + more, based in Calgary, AB

Thermohair | Canadian made, warm, durable socks (also available at the Calgary Farmers' Market)

Mitscoots | buy one, give one socks, mitts and scarves

Better Life Bags | employs women facing barriers to employment

For The Guys

It can be especially difficult to find something ethically made for that special guy in your life. We found a few shops that we hope will help in your search.

Muttonhead Apparel | Sustainable and durable unisex clothing made in Toronto

North American Quality Purveyors Ltd. | A Calgary based menswear store focused on quality craftsmanship and timeless styled products made in North America. NAQP carries everything from leather goods, to outerwear, to plaids made for Canadian winters. 

Lavami Soap | Calgary based handmade skincare products. We love their unique beer soap set and we're pretty sure your guy will too. 

If you're working with a higher budget we also recommend checking out Vancouver-based Reigning Champ for quality basics as well as Wings + Horn (they have great end of season sales - follow them on Facebook or sign up for their newsletter). 

Canadian-made Skincare

Rocky Mountain Soap Co. | Canmore, AB based bath and body products

Pure Creations | Calgary, AB based skin care line. Also available at Community Natural Food Stores and Sunterra Markets.

Gift Catalogs

Many non-profit organizations have catalogs where you can buy a gift as a donation to the organization in honour of a loved one. Here are a couple of our favourites:

International Justice Mission | protecting the poor from violence in the developing world

Compassion International | An organization dedicated to the long term development of children living in poverty

Know of any other great ethical gifts? We'd love to hear where you're shopping this year!