Find the perfect gift to empower her this holiday season
It's been a whirlwind of a year for everyone, and whilst we try to balance day to day life alongside a global pandemic we often forget to take a moment for ourselves, to breathe and shore up mental clarity. Whether it be your mom, daughter, wife, sister or friend, we all know someone who works hard and deserves a special thank you this year. So to show your appreciation to the woman in your life here are 10 gifts to celebrate, inspire, relax and bring a little cheer...
1. Mineral Undies by Huha, $85
Facebook/ HuhaPronounced "hoo ha", Vancouver's newest sustainable underwear brand was founded by Alexa Suter, and designed and developed healthy undies with feminine health in mind. Most underwear is made from non-breathable fabrics like nylon, polyester and polyamide that trap moisture and create the perfect environment for bacteria to grow and can actually lead to certain infections like BV or UTIs. To combat this, Huha has developed mineral undies designed with fibres more breathable than cotton, with zinc oxide-infused lining that naturally resists bacteria to take care of your most precious parts.
2. Custom Lyric Poster by Sara Cristina Design, from $40.79
SaraCristinaDesignBased in Markham, Ontario, artist Sara Christina came up with the idea to create elegant, personalized song lyric prints after getting married and wanting to have her wedding song displayed in her home. This thoughtful keepsake can be customized to a favourite song or poem and Sara has even worked with customers to design posters of wedding vows. Whether you and your other half simply want to remember your first dance, or there's one song that always gets you and your best friend on the dance floor, why not show your love through lyrics this holiday season?
3. Home Body by Rupi Kaur, $22
Facebook/ Rupi Kaur At just 21, Indian-born Canadian poet Rupi Kaur wrote, illustrated and self-published her first poetry collection, milk and honey, followed a few years later by the sun and her flowers. With themes that touch on love, family, trauma, femininity and healing, the collections have sold over eight million copies worldwide and been translated into over 42 languages. In her third publication, home body, Rupi delves into 'raw, honest conversations with oneself—reminding readers to fill up on love, acceptance, community, family and embrace change'. Her beautifully written words will empower those young and old, and are guaranteed to leave a lasting impression.
Available online or at your local bookstore
4. Self Care Set by MIFA, $112
MIFAWith a mission to promote self-love through self-care, the wonderful team at Vancouver's MIFA creates conscious products that are food for the skin and soul, with individual ingredients chosen for a purpose. When friends and fellow mom-preneurs, Michelle Lui and Fatemah Hamidi, met in 2017, they soon realized a shared passion for affordable, luxury beauty and taking time for yourself, so the pair created a brand that embodied just that. With relaxing, aromatherapy products for the home that include their cardamon noir candle and eucalyptus coco mood mist, plus their eucalyptus body wash, this deluxe wellness gift set will give you an at-home spa experience like no other.
5. Evalina Beauty
Evalina BeautyPriding themselves on developing products that highlight instead of hide, our friends at Evalina Beauty believe in celebrating self-love and using makeup as a tool to be your most confident, authentic self. Founder and Vancouverite Samantha Legge believes "that quality makeup should complement you in your day-to-day life—because you are already beautiful." Having launched just one year ago, Evalina has already created some makeup bag staples from their moisturizing BB cream, beautiful cream blushes, defining eyeliner and more. Not to mention: all products are paraben- and cruelty-free and designed to feel lightweight on the skin, showcasing your natural beauty. What more could you want from a makeup brand?
6. Locket Necklace by Mejuri, $140
Mejuri'Handcrafted like the olden days, but designed for the golden days ahead.' Toronto-based brand Mejuri focuses on creating timeless, everyday pieces minus the pricey markups. Partnering with top jewellers to ensure ethical practices and the finest materials—from precious metals to gemstones—get inspired by their everlasting collection. We particularly love this locket chain in gold vermeil with the option to engrave.
7. Nevertheless She Persisted Puzzle, $19.99
With artwork by She Paper, a Brooklyn-based company that creates thoughtful products for women by women, this fun and educational 1,000-piece puzzle celebrates inspirational women from the last 150 years. Featuring Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Florence Nightingale, Rosa Parks and more, this educational puzzle can be enjoyed by all, from the littlest ones to the most inquisitive adults.
8. Brunette the Label
Facebook/Brunette The Label Based in Vancouver, B.C, Brunette the Label is all about babes supporting babes, and elevating each other to be the best version of oneself. With products passionately designed in Canada, you're one of the few if you haven't seen at least one of their classic 'BLONDE' or 'BRUNETTE' sweatshirts strutting around town. Known for their fun and fashionable everyday crew neck sweatshirts, the brand also carries an array of clothing, accessories, jewellery and mugs.
9. Vitamin C Face Serum by Scentuals, $45
Learning of the toxins in everyday personal care products and how they can have a negative impact on our health after her brother's cancer diagnosis, Scentuals founder Mai Mowrey was determined to find top quality, 100 percent natural ingredients her and her family could use as an alternative. Flash forward some time, her extensive research led to the launch of her clean beauty brand... and some truly beautiful products. We should know, this gorgeous vitamin C face serum was included in the spring 2020 Simply Beautiful #editorsbox, and with good reason. The antioxidant-rich formula prevents collagen loss, brightens skin and reduces the appearance of wrinkles, with a lightweight formula that is suitable for all skin types. It really is a win win.
10. Hunter Envelope Crossbody Bag by Lark and Ives, $80
Lark & IvesVancouver’s Lark and Ives specializes in finely curated and thoughtfully designed vegan bags and accessories with a minimalistic touch to suite any style and every purpose. Their envelope-style crossbody bag combines comfort, functionality and effortless style and can be worn as a standalone clutch or with the adjustable body strap to wear across your body or over your neck like a lanyard. The thin, sleek design is spacious enough to hold a phone and up to six cards without being too clunky. Plus, the hunter green shade is the perfect addition to any winter wardrobe.