Folio Gift Guides: Handmade

If you’re looking to surprise someone with a gift they are guaranteed not to already own, consider going handmade. We’ve gathered a collection of décor, treats and beauty products that are bound to impress and support Canadian craftspeople.


Spirit of Eternity, Crystal Bar Soap, $12 
Crystal Bar Soaps are vegan, eco-friendly, and gorgeous. Think Lush but more mystical. The Spirit of Eternity bar is made with the crystal opalite, to help “free the spirit.” It smells fruity and tropical, as it’s made with coconut and mango.


Customized 2017 Planner, KarmaPaperCo, $46 

If you’re not already aboard the Etsy bandwagon, here’s a gift idea that you simply can’t go wrong with–a planner! Every schedule-squeezing, extra-curricular-loving student will need one of these in the new year to stay on track in the organization department. You might as well pick out a pretty one and KarmaPaperCo on Etsy has a wide variety, including this black, white and gold classic.


Hammered Silver Band Ring, Spirit of Vera, $15 
This Toronto-made, sustainable, eco-friendly jeweller uses fair trade silver to create simple yet unique pieces.









The Little Book Of Spirituality: Guidance For A Better Life By Gilly Pickup, $11.95

Eat Pretty: Nutrition For Beauty, Inside And Out By Jolene Hart, 18.95

Coffee table books are not only a great décor piece but they’re an easy way to inject some personality into your space. Tailor your book choice to suit someone’s interests and you’ve got yourself a winning gift idea. Pick up a pair of books to double your chances of getting it right.



Toronto skyline decorative computer stickers, Ave Maria Bell, $28

These stickers let you show off some hometown pride on one of the most essential things you own. Simply too cool to pass up.


Java-themed gift set, Drake General Store, $39.95

You’re bound to find something unique and cool at Toronto’s Drake General Store but this gift set features biscotti for coffee dunking, a graphic mug, some Drake Pantry syrup and a honey crueller felt ornament.


Delectable Triple Coconut set, Cake Beauty, $14

All-natural beauty is heavily trending at the moment, so check out this indie beauty company. Cake offers dessert-scented products in a range of dry shampoos, shakeable canisters and powder brushes. Stay hydrated all winter long with this set of moisturizer, body/hair mist and body wash. It’s cruelty-free, vegan, natural ingredient-driven formula is created in Canada.