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Friday, September 19, 2014

Tell us your favourite local company

The Craft Sale Season is upon us. Which ones will you be visiting this season? The craft sale season connects beautifully with Wholly Canadian's Christmas Challenge. 

This year, I've decided to buy three gifts for baby and keep it simple. . .


1. Local/Canadian-made gift

2. Fair-trade gift

3. Second-hand/ Re-purposed gift


The great thing is that this paradigm fits every age.

Three gifts. Simple.


Want to join me in this? We're calling it the Wholly Canadian Christmas Challenge.


See us on twitter and join our hashtag: #WhollyCanadianChristmasChallenge


Last year I did a blend of used and local gifts via a remake of  The Golden's Book: "Baby's Christmas. You can read more aobut it here.



While many people are not in the same baby-stage, I posted this as a catalyst to get  creative juices going. . .


How can a spirit of goodwill inform your purchases this year? You see this paradigm isn't just for babies. See Why



To purchase gifts in a paradigm of goodwill requires curiousity--no matter what stage of life you are in.

 Again, my challenge to Canadians is to get curious about the stories behind their purchases.

What do you suggest Wholly Canadian gives baby and husband for Christmas 2014?

Go ahead and do some publicity for your favourite local or fair-trade business by answering this question.  Make their day!


Wholly Canadian followers love learning about new products.  To make ethical shopping easier, we just launched our "Best Shopping" directory! 

Do you know a local business that would benefit from this?

Posted by Wholly Canadian at 7:00 AM


Hudson's Bay
September 19, 2014 9:59 AM By Doris Calvert
Manitoba Harvest: http://manitobaharvest.com/
September 19, 2014 10:12 AM By Jana
I like well.ca They sell such a variety of products, offer free shipping over $25 and have great customer service.
September 19, 2014 10:41 AM By Glogirl
i like well.ca
September 19, 2014 11:10 AM By charity k
Pure Anada is my favourite local producer.
September 19, 2014 12:03 PM By Helen Andranistakis
I like the Newfoundland Chocolate Company www.newfoundlandchocolatecompany.com/
September 19, 2014 1:21 PM By Brenda Penton
My favorite Canadian company at the moment is Natera Hemp superfoods: http://www.nateralife.com
September 19, 2014 2:18 PM By Autumn Reid
I agree with Well.ca or Live Clean
September 19, 2014 3:00 PM By Maria McLachlan
I like well.ca
September 19, 2014 6:27 PM By Eldon
Raven Creek Farms .. delicious honey https://www.smallfarmsmanitoba.com/farms/81/raven-creek-farm-bee-wares
September 19, 2014 8:15 PM By Ilse
My favourite local Canadian company is Rudsak for leather goods
September 19, 2014 9:19 PM By Tracey
My favourite is Well.ca
September 19, 2014 9:26 PM By BobbiJo Pentney
September 19, 2014 9:36 PM By Tina L.
it would be well.ca
September 19, 2014 9:43 PM By lori butler
September 19, 2014 10:04 PM By Yuen C
September 19, 2014 10:51 PM By Selma alahmad
I like Hawberry Farms products. http://www.hawberryfarms.com/
September 19, 2014 11:01 PM By Maggie Kannon
I LOVE the Canadian company Rudsak for their quality leather goods.
September 20, 2014 12:00 AM By Victoria Sit
September 20, 2014 12:16 AM By Janet Neufeld
I live in West Vancouver and Savoury Island does the best pies in the world!
September 20, 2014 12:39 AM By Cahley Tod-Tims
Roots or snug as a bug Haytley as well
September 20, 2014 1:10 AM By Lynn Clayton
Yukon Smoked Salmon http://www.yukonsmokedsalmon.ca/
September 20, 2014 3:41 AM By DianeG
I love Well.ca!
September 20, 2014 4:00 AM By Jenn Erin
In response to your question of Whose your local favourite Canadian company that makes a product? My favorite is Roots Canada. https://canada.roots.com/
September 20, 2014 5:24 AM By Wayne Lecoy
Manitoba Harvest: http://manitobaharvest.com/
September 20, 2014 5:25 AM By Wayne Lecoy
Chilly Chiles! Specializes in spicy foods and sauces http://chillychiles.com/
September 20, 2014 5:27 AM By Jasen H
One of my fave local crafters is https://www.etsy.com/shop/PiecesOfMePendants
September 20, 2014 6:53 AM By Pam
September 20, 2014 8:24 AM By ginette4
Cranbrook Farm Don & Ita Patterson Makers of Maple syrup and products right here in Northumberland . Met them at the local farmers market!
September 20, 2014 9:04 AM By Elizabeth Vlug
September 20, 2014 9:47 AM By Patrick Siu
Honey Bunny makes delicious Organic Honey! Canadian made! Here is their site! http://www.honeybunny.ca/
September 20, 2014 10:08 AM By Rebby
I would choose Pampered Damsel Soaps. http://www.pampereddamsel.com/ They smell amazing and are so pretty.
September 20, 2014 10:10 AM By nicolthepickle
I also like the https://www.oliviersoaps.com/ . The make wonderful soaps and are authentic and local. Can you tell I have a thing for handmade soap?
September 20, 2014 10:21 AM By nicolthepickle
I love Roots https://canada.roots.com/
September 20, 2014 11:24 AM By Bons
I like Well.ca
September 20, 2014 12:37 PM By Josh S
BABIBU http://artisanzone.ca/artists-1/
September 20, 2014 4:14 PM By Manuel Vizcaya
I like Bothwell Cheese bothwellcheese.com/
September 20, 2014 4:59 PM By Carol M (Lushka S)
We are big fans of http://manitobaharvest.com/ + Holy Crap http://holycrap.ca/
September 20, 2014 5:01 PM By Christy Eldred
I love HBC, the Hudson Bay Company.They are one of my favorites of good quality Canadian made products.
September 20, 2014 6:05 PM By Wanda Tracey
Matt & Nat is a vegan line designed in Montreal, Canada since 1995, with love. http://mattandnat.com/
September 20, 2014 6:38 PM By Tricia Cooper
I like Watershed Naturals Handmade Luxury Soap & Skincare
September 20, 2014 6:59 PM By Jenny
I like Elk Ranch, Kanata, they have fresh meat http://www.savourottawa.ca/profiles_en/elk_ranch.php
September 20, 2014 8:23 PM By Karine
Natural Pastures Cheese
September 20, 2014 8:33 PM By gScott
i really like "north coast naturals" products. i use the "whey protein" and "daily cleanse" often.
September 20, 2014 8:34 PM By stacey h
I like ADL ice cream, cheese and butter. adl.ca
September 21, 2014 5:13 AM By Elizabeth Nicholson
I like Wholly Canadian
September 21, 2014 5:40 AM By jeannie
I would probably go with Well.ca
September 21, 2014 8:35 AM By Jacob
I love Roots!
September 21, 2014 10:54 AM By Andrew P
I like http://www.whistlernaturals.com/
September 21, 2014 11:52 AM By Vesper
I like Newfoundland Chocolate - http://newfoundlandchocolatecompany.com/
September 21, 2014 11:55 AM By Vesper Meikle
Sweet Sparrow Design has some great items for mom, baby and home! https://www.etsy.com/shop/SweetSparrowDesign
September 21, 2014 1:06 PM By Diana Z
For a handmade Canadian Mom/Baby gift, I have to suggest my mom & I's shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/SweetSparrowDesign. :)
September 21, 2014 2:28 PM By tara e
I like Sweet Sparrow Design for handmade mom and baby items. https://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/SweetSparrowDesign
September 21, 2014 2:43 PM By Tannis W
September 21, 2014 7:59 PM By Carla B
I really like Wee Urban - www.weeurban.com They have gorgeous items for children that really hold up. We discovered this company about 3.5 years ago when they were still small and selling primarily at various shows. Since then they have grown immensely however the customer service is still there and the owner still remembers her customers.
September 21, 2014 10:40 PM By Katy Emanuel
My favourite local artisan is Flo Glassblowing. http://www.floglassblowing.ca/ :)
September 21, 2014 10:47 PM By Valerie Mallette
My favourite local artisan is Flo Glassblowing. http://www.floglassblowing.ca/ :)
September 21, 2014 10:48 PM By Valerie Mallette
My favourite local company is a little soap shop that sells wonderful hemp seed soaps. http://allthingshempseed.com/
September 22, 2014 8:37 AM By Amber Y

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