Six women-owned businesses perfect for your 2022 holiday shopping.
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Whether you’re looking for office thank you’s, holiday party gifts, or a little self-indulgence, these six women-owned businesses have a multitude of options for everyone on your list.
All prices in Canadian dollars.
Healthy Genie creates gourmet date spreads that prove a treat can be nutritious, delicious, and chic. With three flavours to choose from, we’re reaching for the Organic Date & Chocolate Spread ($13.99), which blends the sweetness from the dates with the dark tones of pure cocoa. For something more traditional, try the Organic Date & Tahini Spread ($13.99).
Growing up in Abu Dhabi, founder and nutritionist Maryam Munaf learned about dates through her trips to the Date Market with her father — ‘the Date Guru’, as she calls him. Moving to Toronto in 2013, she’s passionate about introducing the superfood she grew up with to Canadian kitchens and families.
Rooted in Indigenous wellness, LODGE uses undyed, 100% natural soybean wax to make environmentally friendly candles infused with unique blends of essential oils and essences. Their Winter Solstice Maskwa Collection, which includes two sizes of candles ($45/$65) as well as Holistic Wellness Mist ($22), was made in collaboration with Healer Asha Frost, and blends frankincense, balsam fir, and cedarwood to create a warm and spicy scent that inspires peace, grounding, protection, and wellbeing.
About Angela DeMontigny:
Angela DeMontigny is an internationally-renowned Indigenous Canadian fashion designer and artist. Inspired through ceremony and ancestral knowledge, she founded LODGE soy candles to ᒥᔨᑯᓯᐏᐣ miyikosiwin (gift) ceremony and light into people’s lives.
From innovative skin and bath goods to beautiful Gua Sha tools and facial rollers, Happy Natural Products incorporates the rich culture of Asian lifestyle, beauty, and wellness into functional products for everyday families. Their Ginger Tangerine Eucalyptus Shower Steamers ($25) are handmade with all-natural ingredients in small batches in Canada — and can transform a shower into an aromatherapeutic experience.
Inspired by her grandmother’s daily rituals and incredible story, founder Jennifer Uy created Happy Natural Products as an ode to the strong, resilient and beautiful women in her family. She wanted to develop Happy products for everyday families who are looking to make the switch to a more natural lifestyle.
Chandler Honey offers a collection of organic raw honey, all naturally infused with whole ingredients such as lemon zest and vanilla beans to create unique flavours like Crème Brûlée, Lemon & Ginger, Piña Colada, and more. Pick up a decadent jar ($11 – $16) or grab a Holiday Small Bundle ($33) that includes Gingerbread, Apple Pie, and Creamy Chai.
Founder Tique Chandler grew up on her parent’s honey farm, in the small town of Scandia, Alberta. She learned how to take care of hives as a teenager, and has been experimenting with honey flavours for years. All of the creamy white prairie honey used in Chandler Honey is sourced from the family farm and then lovingly hand-infused in Toronto.
From coastal British Columbia, Sealuxe uses elements of thalassotherapy to develop ethically-sourced bath and skincare products infused with the Pacific Ocean’s unique ingredients including seaweed, salt, and Canadian glacial marine clay. Their festive Candy Cane Beach Glass ($24) adds a festive twist to their classic single serve soap, making it peppermint-scented and coloured with red, white, and green.
Founder Tanya Droege’s experiences as a young, single mother and a brush with thyroid cancer instilled in her a passion for creating her own skin and beauty products using the health benefits of seaweed — leading to the creation of Sealuxe.
Yawdi’s offers a range of internationally inspired condiments made with all-natural, premium ingredients — providing convenience without compromising on taste. Add a tropical twist to your baked brie with Pineapple Pepper Jelly ($8.99), combining sweet citrus and spicy heat, or try one of the other three flavours with a kick.
Veneise George’s passion for travelling and her desire to try food wherever she travels was the inspiration behind Yawdi’s. She noticed food never tastes the same once you leave the country that it originates from, so she established her brand with the sole purpose of bringing the tastes of different countries to your kitchen.