With the holidays around the corner, I wanted to share with you my top FIVE local finds for gift giving here in Ottawa. There will be one lucky winner announced FRIDAY DECEMBER 22nd who will take home the following prizes from these local businesses:
A Redblacks Bracelet from Lady Touchdown
A magnetic bottle opener from MattWood.Customs
A prize pack and accent nail sheets from LisaBella Jams
A pair of custom socks from Itty Bitty Creationz
A pet neckerchief from Bandoodles Ottawa
Want to enter? There are only just a few easy steps:
- Follow and like @Lisa.BIn613 on Instagram and Facebook.
- Follow @LadyTouchdown | @Mattwood.customs | @Lisabellajams | @ittybittycreationz | and @bandoodlesott on Instagram only. (I’ll be checking)
- Tag two friends in the comments of the Instagram post who you think would love this list!
- Winner announced Friday, December 22nd.
- Entries to contest are via Instagram only.
- Winner will be notified via DM. Open to residents of Canada only. This giveaway is in no way sponsored, endorsed, administered by, or associated with Instagram. By entering, you acknowledge and agree to all of the above. GOOD LUCK!
Women have been fans of the CFL since its inception, yet nothing has ever been offered that’s uniquely feminine. With nine different themes inspired by CFL team colours and proudly handmade in Canada, these bracelets are the sweetest arm candy in the league! The beads for each bracelet are carefully selected to channel the power of the minerals and crystals that have come together in nature, to create each unique stone.
Do you like the look of the Redblacks bracelet pictured on entrepreneur Suzy below? The Ancient Romans believed the black onyx would bestow courage in battle upon its wearer. Red magnesite, known as the “stone of the heart”, has the unique power of channeling the passion and love you have for your team. These bracelets turn your arm into a party as they can be layered or paired with other wraps or accessories! (Bracelets are $40)
Call me bias, but my man makes pretty amazing creations from repurposed pallet wood! From coffee tables, to wine racks, to sport team signs, @MattWood.Customs can pretty well do it all. If you are looking for a one of a kind custom made gift, my recommendations are the wine racks, magnet bottle openers and sport team signs! (Prices range from $40-$120).
I never thought I would be into nail stickers, or doing my own manicures, but Jamberry makes it SO EASY. For the manicure lovers in your lives, I must introduce you to my Jamberry consultant/friend, and name twin, Lisa! (aka LisaBellaJams on Instagram). I bought my first Jamberry Basic Bundle this summer, and have now branched out into the TruShine Gel series. I know the term stickers can sound a little juvenile, but don’t be alarmed! They are really nice and can be subtle, or stylish! My recommendation for anyone looking to try Jamberry would be to get the Basic Bundle ($74+) or the TruShine Essentials bundle ($90+). Lisa is so helpful and can also provide you with the best deal, or recommendation to make it more special for whoever you’re shopping for. Below are some of my favorite manicures from Jamberry.
Itty Bitty Creationz specialises in making custom designs to capture special moments for families. Clothing is 100% cotton and it is available in multiple sizes. From those hilarious customised socks you see everywhere on Instagram, to shadow boxes and children’s clothes, these personalised custom gifts are super creative and sweet! Prices vary.
Krista Norris Collection is a Canadian accessory company focused on creating unique and timeless pieces for city girls with classic style. With a foundation of authentic, quality fabric, their line is designed for Canadian weathers, in style that can be appreciated internationally. If you’re that person that’s always cold, or loves a big cozy sweater, then toss your usual cozies to the side! These scarves are beyond stylish and comfortable and I am in LOVE with my Zirka Black Wingtip scarf. When I first got mine I was really impressed with the quality of the fabric and how warm it was. Made with 22% cotton, 45% Acrylic, 24% Polyester, 8% Wool, the Krista Norris collection makes for WONDERFUL gifts, and the packaging was just as sweet. Highly recommend! (Prices range from $58-$120)
*This item is not a part of the giveaway, but use promo code Gifts20 for 20% off your online purchase at https://kristanorris.com
- BONUS-Bandoodles Pet Neckerchiefs
Bandoodles pet neckerchiefs are made with love by local Ottawa entrepreneur Kate and her grandmother. Looking for a way to pass time together, these ladies started their own small business making local Ottawa pets look their best in holiday themed neckerchiefs. From Halloween, Canada Day to everyday looks, Bandoodles has the most adorable double sided patterns for your furry friends. (Prices range from $6-12). Photo below is my little guy Bauer (aka @OurBoyBauer on Instagram)
Be sure to enter the Giveaway Contest by following the instructions above! There are so many great local entrepreneurs that could have made this list, so I would love to hear about your favourite local Ottawa business. Comment below!
Happy Holidays everyone!