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22 best made-in-Canada gifts for foodies

Thoughtful finds from one-of-a-kind cutting boards to bite-sized Nanaimo bars.

Home for the holidays? You don’t need to look far to find a unique gift that the foodie in your life will appreciate. We’ve curated thoughtful finds from artisans, distillers, bakers and even candlemakers from across Canada. We know some of these items may not make it under the Christmas tree for December 25, but we promise they’ll be worth the wait! Send an animated holiday e-card to recipients to let them know that a special gift is on its way!

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Handmade Mug,
Nightshift Ceramics

These made-to-order coffee mugs are handmade in Hamilton, Ont., and have gotten rave reviews by Etsy buyers. Available in white, lilac or turquoise.

$61 each

cutting board on black background

Custom Recipe Board,
Elk and Elm Home

A practical and display-worthy way to share family recipes. All you need to do is supply the recipe. Hand-crafted from birchwood.

$63
BEARFACE 7 Year Old Triple Oak Canadian Whisky,
BEARFACE Whisky

BEARFACE Whisky is a unique single-grain whisky matured for seven years in American oak bourbon barrels, then aged in French oak red wine casks followed by air-dried virgin Hungarian oak. The (bear-proofed) casks are exposed to the elements of the Canadian wilderness during ageing, which amplifies how the wood and whisky interact. 

$29.95

oyster sitting on wooden background

Oyster Shucker,
Arbol Cuisine Design

The perfect gift for seafood lovers, this innovative maple-wood oyster shucker is designed to keep hands safe while shucking. Carved grooves keep the oyster from slipping.

$45

A bright yellow box with four Nanaimo bars and a closed one with a city illustration over a sparkly black circle

4 Pieces Classic Nanaimo Bars,
Northern Bars

Is there a more classically Canadian treat than Nanaimo bars? (Well, maybe butter tarts.) Northern Bars’ take on the famous treat come in bite-size portions and are packed in a giftable box that is illustrated with famous Vancouver landmarks and can be delivered across Canada.

$12

The back view of a hot-pink sweatshirt with the words "I only eat hole foods" and a doughnut in place of the 'o' in 'hole' over a cream-coloured circle

Hole Foods Unisex Hoodie – Pink,
Tim Hortons

In case you haven’t heard, Tim Hortons has a new online merch shop. The Tim Shop opened up just in time for the holiday season, and offers a line of trendy Timmies-inspired clothing items, like this doughnut-inspired hot pink “I only eat hole foods” sweatshirt.

$50

A bottle of white wine over a sparkly black circle

Pinot Gris,
CedarCreek Estate Winery

This crisp Pinot Gris is a blend of grapes from both North and South Okanagan, coming together for a unique blend with apples, pears, spice and a hint of wax and mineral on the nose. Buy on its own or pair with one or two other CedarCreek bottles to make a custom holiday gift set.

$25

wood salad servers

Handmade Salad Servers,
Blisscrafted

Salad servers, art or both? Made from wood offcuts from the manufacturing of couches, these sustainable servers are embellished with one-of-a-kind wood-burned designs. Made to order.

$68

strawberries in bowl

Confetti Glass Dessert Cup,
Kingston Glass Studio

Artists Mariel Waddel Hunter and Alexi Hunter’s mouth-blown glass dessert cups have a jewel-like aesthetic.  These one-of-a-kind cups are available in lilac, sunflower, rose and sky.

$71

colourful cruet

Olive Oil Cruet,
Poterie Bonmatin

This porcelain cruet is handmade in Quebec and is available in a range of colours and patterns. Choose a metal pourer for olive oil or a plastic one for vinegar, dish soap or soy sauce (a metal pourer will carode).

$65

three green candles

Bagged Lime Candles,
This Candle is Lit

You can never go wrong with gifting candles, especially when they trompe l’oeuil food items. This set of three individually made candle “limes” come in a green webbed bag – just like the limes you buy from a grocery store.

$38

bottle of syrup

Elderberry Infused Maple Syrup,
Wabanaki

The combination of tart elderberries with richly sweet maple syrup makes Wabanaki’s latest maple syrup flavour totally decadent.

$19.95

A container of relish, mustard and ketchup in a brown box in a red circle

Canada Sauce Trio,
Canada Sauce

Handmade in Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean, Que., using simple ingredients, the trio pack from Canada Sauce includes a relish made with locally-grown cucumbers, a slightly sweet ketchup and mustard that is made with seeds from the Canadian prairies.

$16

A bottle of red wine with a while label and grey cap and detailing over a cream-coloured circle

2021 Reserve Meritage,
Mission Hill Family Estate

Mission Hill‘s Reserve Meritage is made with Bordeaux grape varieties grown in two of the estate’s Okanagan vineyards. The fresh, juicy red has notes of blackberry, brambleberry and dark cherry, with subtle hints of vanilla – perfect for an indulgent holiday glass.

$31

A book cover with the word "Prairie" written in white, a photo of a gran field and a photo of a plate with food in a red circle

Prairie: Seasonal, Farm-Fresh Recipes Celebrating the Canadian Prairies,
Dan Clapson and Twyla Campbell

Over 100 recipes inspired by and sourced from the Canadian prairies – like Edmonton Chef Gail Hall’s Raspberry Clafoutis and Stir-Fried Tomatoes and Eggs from Calgary-based food writer Carmen Cheng.

$37.50

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Arabica Coffee Bitters,
Bittered Sling

These special-edition bitters were created from a specific blend of Arabica cultivars purchased fair-trade and roasted by East Van Roasters. Great with cognac, brandy, rum, tequila, oak-matured spirit or use as a replacement for vanilla extract in baking.

$26.95

A white bag with a picture of chocolate chip cookies in a sparkly black circle

Billionaire Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix,
Maison Zoe Ford

Montreal-based food company Maison Zoe Ford spent over a year perfecting the recipe for its Billionaire Chocolate Chip Cookies. The effort was worth it: The result is a cookie that’s just crunchy enough, just chewy enough and just so delicious that you won’t believe it was made from a bagged mix.

$18

stack of butter

Case of St Brigid’s Butter,
St Brigid’s Creamery

This all-Canadian European-style barrel-churned A2 Jersey butter is uniquely delicious. It comes from one Ontario family dairy, and will add creamy decadence to baking and entertaining. This richly textured, golden butter will make you (or your loved ones) love butter more.

Case of butter – 25 x 250g: $249.75

Taste of Canada Dessert Pack,
Top Shelf Distillers

Top Shelf Distillers, in Perth, Ont., got patriotic with this gift-ready pack of dessert-inspired spirits. It includes Butter Tart, Cream Puff (inspired by the flavours of La Boulangerie bakery in northern Ontario) and Blueberry Grunt (inspired by one of the favoured fruits in Atlantic Canada).

$50

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3D Cocktail Bombs,
Poseidn

Cocktail bombs hit a new high with fun 3D shapes. Available in a variety of flavours, including Pineapple & Coconut, Cosmopolitan and Sangria, these Quebec-made treats are perfect for cocktail (and mocktail!) lovers.

$19.95 box of 6

A bottle with a multicoloured label in a sparkly black circle

Bright Light,
Lumette!

B.C.’s Lumette! bottles botanical-forward “spirits” so you can tap into your inner (alcohol-free) mixologist whenever the mood strikes. This “Bright Light” spirit is meant to be enjoyed in non-alcoholic cocktails like gin and tonics and sours.

$36

A bottle of gin with a black label in a sparkly black circle

Old Growth Cedar Gin,
Tofino Distillery

This uniquely Canadian gin is distilled in Tofino with a classic mix of botanicals as well as red cedar tips from Vancouver Island’s old-growth forests. You can sip the organic 90-proof spirit solo, or use it to mix up some of SoBo Restaurant‘s Cedar Negronis.

$25

 

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