With the hustle and bustle of the holiday season upon us, we’ve taken the guess work out of finding the perfect gifts for everyone on your ‘Nice List’ with our 2019 Holiday Gift Guide!
Check out our curated list of ‘must-have’ products and services from the businesses of some of the wonderful Durham Women’s Network members.
Fashion, Style and Jewellery
Contagious Designs Canada based in Whitby specializes in quality sterling silver and hand stamped accessories. From necklaces, to bracelets, rings and earrings—you can shop their collections online to find the perfect piece, or work with them to create something custom that you know your special someone will absolutely adore.
JAM Designs based in Courtice creates handmade, one of a kind diffuser bracelets, necklaces and malas, as well as makes their own skincare and bath products and private label essential oils (Jewel of the Lotus). Choose gifts from their online shop of beautiful pieces, or work with them to select the semi-precious stones and design of your choice.
Cute as a button kids Christmas attire (including PJs!) will put a smile on the little ones faces—as well as everyone else around them—when they get all dressed up in their new outfits. Head over to La Petite Boutique, a specialty children’s boutique in downtown Whitby, to shop for locally made pieces.
What’s more fun than opening a new Christmas themed t-shirt, hoodieor apron to rock around the house in over the holidays? Bored Shirtless Tees based in Ajax is the place to go to find sweet festive gear, and they can also create custom prints with any design.
For the fashionista in your life or someone who’s looking to refresh their wardrobe with pieces that suit them beautifully, you’ll want to pick up a gift card for a style session from Smithery in Ajax! Style sessions can be attended solo, or with a group of girlfriends for an exciting outing (champagne included!).
IdleWild Designs Canada based in Brooklin offers unique, custom wreaths and decor for holidays and year-round decorating. Choose from one of the beautiful pre-made creations, or collaborate with the designer to craft something extra special for the person on your list who appreciates (and swoons over) all things handmade.
Fluid Concept based in Oshawa offers a diverse selection of stunning hand painted silk scarvesand handmade resin creations that you can easily order online from Etsy. These unique pieces will definitely be well-loved by those who receive them!
With Love Gift Co. based in Oshawa is passionate about great gifts, and offers unique and modern gift baskets for any occasion using lots of local and handmade products. Choose from their wonderful pre-made arrangements, or work with the maker to put together something extra special with the many marvellous items they’ve personally hand curated.
Marshmallow Market Co. is the new kid on the block in Bowmanville, but is already making a big statement with their super sweet and classy custom creations and printable art—from home decor, to seasonal items, drinkware, t-shirts and more! You get to work directly with the lovely designer to personalize items from their wide selection of pieces. Have a new idea in mind? Slide into their DMs to start your extra special collab!
If you’re looking for a handmade and local shopping experience for all things festive, you won’t want to miss the Picks and Giggles 4th Annual Holiday Market at Kingsway College in Oshawa on December 15 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. More than 90 local artisans will be showcasing their beautifully made pieces and services. Tickets are available online and at the door.
You can find another great one-stop shopping experience for your holiday gift giving needs at Mosaic Creative in Oshawa. This 3,500 square foot retail space features a funky, upbeat mix of vintage and artisan goods from more than 65 local makers.
Kim’s Knits and Chisels based in Whitby has a super cool gift idea for the athletes and competitors on your list—custom wooden medal holders!
Beauty and Skincare
Give the gift of glowing, healthy skin from Beauty Foundations Clinic in Whitby. From customized facials, to popular cosmetic injectables (think wrinkle-reduction treatments like Botox/Dysport, or the perfect pout achieved from dermal fillers), top-quality skincare products, laser hair removal and much more. Nurse Ana and her team of highly-trained skin experts make it their number one priority to help men and women achieve their beauty goals!
The Lip Lab Medical team in Whitby, headed by Nurse Jean, offers high-quality cosmetic injectables (such as Botox/Dysport and dermal fillers), which are the perfect gift to help those looking to achieve a more youthful and fresh appearance.
Say hello to stocking stuffers that they’ll actually use! Whitby Soap Company makes super cute and colourful family-friendly and kid safe bath and body care products (including bath bombs!). You can either place your order online for delivery or pick up in Whitby.
The Ten Spot in Oshawa offers facials, laser hair removal, waxing, manicures + pedicures and more! Grab a gift card for someone on your list, and the team at this new beauty bar will have them leaving with confidence and feeling like a solid 10!
You’ll be sure to make a splash with the makeup and beauty lovers in your life when gifting them professional grade make up andskincare products from LimeLife by Alcone. Check out the limited-edition holiday collection, and shop with one of their Beauty Guides—Makeup with Mer from Bowmanville.
Another great line of high-quality makeup and skincare products to check out for holiday gift ideas is Beauty Counter! Take a peek at the lovely limited-edition holiday gift sets, and shop with Oshawa-based Consultant, Karyne Whalen.
Health, Wellness and Self-Improvement
For the person who’s impossible to shop for, Kristen Hunt Reiki in Whitby has got you covered with a gift certificate for a Reiki Treatment (with a psychic reading!). Kristen is a Level 2 Reiki Master and Psychic Medium who helps her clients to release stress and restore physical and emotional well-being—a great way to start off the new year!
Looking for a special gift for an extra special woman in your life? A HERSpace gift certificate could be just the gift they’ll love! The HERSpace™ Movement offers a variety of safe and grounded spaces for women to gather, connect, share, be supported, heal, and grow together using spirituality, creativity and movement. The gift certificate includes the January or February Immersive, HERPages Book Club meet up, and hangouts—all at various locations in Durham Region.
Give the gift of yoga and mindful meditation from Mindful Yoga Moments in Whitby to the yogis in your life, or someone special who could use a little bit of relaxation and ‘me time’ heading into the new year. Gift certificates and 25 per cent off coupons are available.
If you’re looking to inspire and motivate a friend or family member with a thoughtfully selected book, you’ll want to pick up a copy of Your Extraordinary Self for them—written by Brooklin’s very own Tammie Kip!
Women’s Health Physiotherapy Centre in Ajax and Whitby are dedicated to women’s health rehabilitation. The all-female team of healthcare professionals offer gift certificates for their specialized services, including pelvic health check-ups, pelvic physiotherapy, massage therapy for pregnancy, birth preparation and beyond, prenatal and postpartum services, and more. A super thoughtful gift idea for new moms, moms-to-be, or women of any age!
Massages are the ultimate way to relax and relieve stress! Gift certificates for a massage with a registered massage therapist are available at Massage Connection in Oshawa and Courtice.
We’re all about gifts that promote self-care, healing, and balancing of the mind, body and soul! This holiday season, Robin’s Authentic Wellness in Ajax is offering a great deal on a stress relieving and body balancing reiki treatment and spiritual reading. Robin is a Certified Reiki Master Practitioner who is passionate about helping people become the best version of themselves.
Help your loved ones start or continue on their natural healing journey in 2020 with a gift certificate from Tranquility Natural Healing. This beautiful healing studio in downtown Port Perry offers aromatherapy massage, crystal healing, energy fusion,reflexology, reiki, chakra balancing and more!
The Healing Hand in Port Perry is offering gift certificates this holiday season for a reflexology treatment to help your friends and family relax, refresh and revitalize.
For those who have faced the loss of a loved one, the holidays can be an extremely difficult time. The gift of healing through grief counselling with My Good Grief in Whitby can help get them on track to reclaiming their lives and create a new future for themselves.
Give the gift of a fun, modern photography session to your family this year under the tree! The White Box Experience, by Trinity Design Photography in Whitby, is where this award-winning studio creates a one of a kind story about your family. Sessions are quick and ‘teen and reluctant photo client’ approved.
Kaptured by Kelly in Bowmanville is having their Santa Minis photoshoot on December 7. Photos of your super cute littles with Santa will be loved by your family and those who received them with a card!
Food and Drink
We’re all about making memories with loved ones, and so is M & R Cakes & Café! A gift certificate for a Traditional High Tea (or any of their other baked goodies and desserts) at this well-loved café in downtown Whitby is sure to be a hit.
Mitchel’s Cake & Dessert Company in Whitby, specializing in delectable buttercream (YUM!), is creating beautiful, custom cupcake bouquets for your corporate and hostess gift needs.
Hosting or going to a holiday party? Drink Better, based in Whitby, imports wines from small family operations in Canada and around the globe. Drink Better’s portfolio of exclusive wines—that aren’t available through the LCBO—are shopped for by the case!
Home and Garden
Time is something we could all use more of! With a gift certificate for Go4 Girl—a personal concierge service based in Ajax—your loved ones will be thanking you for helping them get some items crossed off their ‘to-do’ list!
Know a new homeowner or someone who would love a new low-maintenance garden? A gift certificate for Down 2 Earth Landscape Design in Pickering would make a wonderful gift to help them create a beautiful outdoor space that they can enjoy for years to come!
Tower Gardens by Juice Plus+ would make a superb present for those with a green thumb! The Town Garden system lets you grow up to 20 vegetables, herbs, fruits and flowers—both indoors and out. Shop with Whitby-based Representative, Patricia Pearsell.
Here at the Durham Women’s Network (DWN), we’re all about connecting, collaborating with and supporting the many talented and dedicated women entrepreneurs and leaders in our community. You can help support them as well—Show some love and shop local this holiday season, and choose to buy from local businesses whenever possible throughout the year; you will be delighted with all of the amazing products and services you can find right here in Durham Region. Happy Shopping!
If you’d like to join our tribe, get involved in our Facebook Group of more than 4,000 women in Durham Region.
Published by Elise Hawley