Before we can snuggle up with a cup of hot cocoa and watch Love Actually (a holiday tradition, naturally), we need some peace of mind knowing we’re ahead of our holiday shopping (Christmas is only 4 weeks away, btw). Before you panic, we have just the place you need to check out for a one-stop shop for all your gifting needs and that’s the One Of A Kind Christmas Show.
The OOAK Show returns to Toronto for the holiday season from November 23rd to December 3rd, 2017 and this year is one you won’t want to miss. As one of the largest consumer craft shows in North America, and a leader in the handmade revolution, this local-focused artisan showcase is the perfect opportunity to shop for unique gifts.
With over 800 artisans to shop, we’ve done the hard work of narrowing it down to 15 brands that have made it to the top of our list to shop — this is for sure a list you’ll want to be checking at least twice! After all, what’s better than shopping directly from the artisans themselves and giving your friends and family holiday prezzies that were made with love?
Keep reading to discover 15 brands you don’t want to miss at this year’s show plus find out how you can WIN tickets to the OOAK!
Based in Toronto’s Parkdale area, Gold Apothecary is an aromatherapy-focused indie company that makes all natural, hand-blended bath salts using high quality ingredients, essential oils for their exquisite scents with no synthetic dyes. As temps drop below freezing, this is definitely a gift that will get some use and be appreciated when indulging in a relaxing bath after many a holiday party!
Offering ceramics that are simple and refined is Dompierre and we can’t get enough of these modern pieces. Based in Montreal, founder Marie-Eve Dompierre makes sure to always give particular attention to the experience of one’s contact with her pieces from the the lines, shapes, textures, and colours. We’re willing to bet that any host would be thrilled to receive one of their super chic pieces!
VANCOUVER CANDLE CO.
Known for their hand-poured candles and traditional techniques, Vancouver Candle Co. is know coast-to-coast as one of Canada’s top candle providers. These locally made soy candles are made with only the finest fragrance oils with products named after places across the country like Rosedale, Parkdale and Yaletown!
YYZ based Biko is a ‘modern nostalgic’ jewelry brand where each piece is conceptualized and hand-crafted with love. Launched in 2005 by founder Corrine Anestopoulos, Biko draws inspiration from global treasures and found curiosities that translate into wearable, contemporary silhouettes. We love their chic pieces that instantly take any outfit to the next level — def perf for the fashion girl on your list!
TUCK SHOP CO.
Inspired by the relationship between the city and the cottage, Tuck Shop Co. is enamoured by the natural settings of our rustic summer cabin versus our urban life here in Toronto. All of Tuck Shop’s garments and accessories are designed in Canada and they only trade with the world’s finest textile producers and work with quality mills and reputable manufacturers. We *heart* their Cottage Bound collection that has us dreaming of #COTTAGESZN all winter long!
Cambridge, Ontario based Flakes Paperie is a stationery design brand that create finely crafted everyday greetings with a sweet and simple mix of the witty, the lovely and the nostalgic. We love their cheeky cards with vintage inspired illustrations that are bound to give you a chuckle with every Christmas card you write!
DA LISH COSMETICS
Curious about what was in her makeup, Melanie Cruikshank began cooking up lipglosses and multi-purpose tints for friends in 2006 and Da Lish Cosmetics was born! Da Lish is full of antioxidants so your skin benefits from its use over time with ingredients like shea butter, sunflower oil and rosemary leaf oil, give the gift of healthy skin and a beautiful glow this holiday season!
ARTIFACT SKIN CO.
Specializing in face masks (our fave!), Artifact Skin Co. products are thoughtfully made
by hand in small batches using only the highest quality ingredients. Artifact’s Masques are infused with elements of aroma, memory, place and beauty traditions from across the globe with each drawing on a ingredient and specific place. These masques are DEF going to save our skin during the chilly months!
LIFE OF MANEK
Life Of Manek is a Toronto-based fashion and lifestyle brand that creates and distributes a fun, eco-friendly mix of stylish apparel, accessories, and housewares. LOM prides themselves on their authentic combination of accessibility, variety and fun – their selection of woven clutches, hats and pillows are super cute too!
3/4 OZ. TONIC MAISON
Calling all gin and tonic lovers! 3/4 Oz. Tonic Maison is about to be your new go-to when cocktailing this holiday season with their syrups that are made from the highest quality ingredients. Based in MTL, their syrups offer a refined, healthier and original taste for your cocktails and are carefully crafted in small batches so you know you’re only getting the good stuff. These syrups will make for the perfect host(ess) gift for whatever holiday occasion you attend!
HERITAGE BEE CO.
When life gives you wild honeybees, you make honey, right? That’s exactly what Heritage Bee Co. founders Jeff Chalmers & Debbie Gray did and it’s been a blur ever since. Priding themselves on no additives and small cell beekeeping, Heritage Bee Co.’s beekeeping approach is unique and sustainable – taking a cue from history and Mother Nature herself! A jar of their honey is just what you need drizzled on toast on Christmas Morning!
Sourcing the best that nature has to offer is SeaLuxe and their products not only produce exquisite results but also are free of any parabens, sulphates, phthalates, dyes or unnatural preservatives. With green beauty becoming more and more popular (and for good reason), these products are a perfect prezzie for someone who’s trying to make the switch!
THE OTTER POTTER
Toronto’s The Otter Potter is known for their gorgeous handmade wares out of porcelain, gold and other durable types of clay. After falling in love with pottery the second her hands touched the clay, founder Leora Israel has never looked back and her passion comes through with every piece as each is one of a kind and hand crafted.
Sun + Stars is a kids and home decor brand devoted to making modern and imaginative items; designed to be loved by both kiddos & their parents. Everything they product is hand screen printed with their own original artwork using water based inks coloured with organic pigments. We love their fun cushions, onesies, t-shirts and more that are all produced with natural fabrics!
Toronto based Homebody Collective specializes in handmade home decor and they are known for their super chic concrete products like their fun planters that are the perfect home for succulents. Also catching our eye are their hand painted concrete hexagon coasters – a brilliant gift for Mom!
F AS IN FRANK PAPER GOODS CO.
With a shared love of stationery and an appreciation for antique print techniques, F As In Frank Paper Goods Co. founders and sisters Melanie and Stephanie, and Melanie’s husband Jason have never looked back. All of their items are designed and hand-printed in Vancouver, B.C. in small batches, either by letterpress, screen print or foil print. We love their fun tea-towels and super sweet greeting cards!
Now, are you ready to WIN 1 of 5 pairs of tickets to The One Of A Kind Christmas Show?
Here’s how to enter:
TWEET: I want to #WIN 1 of 5 pairs of tix to the @ooak_toronto holiday show from @GracieCarroll! #contest details here: http://bit.ly/2jiHkuU #OOAKX17
*Contest closes Sunday, November 26 at 11:59pm – Open to Toronto residents only*
(Story by Assistant Editor, Blair Stutz)