2018 Support Local NB Holiday Gift Guide!

This gift guide was sponsored by the businesses mentioned. All opinions are my own. 

Christmas is just a little over a month away, and this year we are going to be shopping local for much of our gift giving. The kids still want a few toys or video games, but this year we will be looking locally to purchase from our local retailers, artisans and service providers. Below we are highlighting a variety of gift giving options for Children, Teachers, Men and Women. 

A 5% shift towards buying NB = thousands of new jobs + hundreds of millions of dollars towards our economy! ~ Excellence NB

For those who need a little pampering (all of us, right?), here are some local businesses offering unique products and services right here in Moncton.

My favourite lip balm in the world, Apple Crisp,  is from Eclair Lips, handmade locally in Dieppe, NB.
Eclair Lips has options for a great teacher gift, and stocking stuffers for anyone, including the kids. 

With cute names like Unicorn Kisses, Monkey Giggles and Snowman Snuggles, and flavours from Candy Cane Bark to Banana Cream Pie, there are so many fun options for gift giving this season!

You can follow Eclair Lips on Facebook, Instagram or shop on their website. Many local shops carry Eclair Lips products, they can also be found across Canada and in the US. 

Gift Set is found here. Includes: Candy Cane Ice Cream, Candy Cane Bark, Sugared Cranberry


Does someone on your list need a little pampering? You can visit La Spa in Moncton to pick up a gift certificate, book an service or purchase a pampering package for a special lady on your list.

La Spa, in Moncton, offers a full array of spa services aimed at making you feel and look great! Services include skin care, esthetics, massage, body treatment, lashes and hair care.

You can follow La Spa on Facebook, Instagram or shop on their website

We have a blog post here with more details and Krista's Top 5 gift giving picks from La Spa.


You can also give the gift of pampering at home with Laura's Essentials, offering handmade options in Riverview NB

Laura creates natural skin care and bath products, and even paw wax for the pampered pooch in your life! I am a huge fan of the body scrubs and the anti aging face cream and pooper dog paw wax. I have tried many of Laura's products and have loved them all. 

This lovely Christmas Gift pack contains a Body Butter, Body Scrub and Lip Balm packaged nicely with and handmade tag! This delicious flavour/scent is Christmas Candy, a wonderful aroma of vanilla and peppermint. ($20 for this set)

You can follow Laura's Essentials on Facebook, or Instagram.


Madame Thai Natural Soaps offers more ideas for Homemade Natural  Bath and Body Products. With handmade soaps in scents like Sweet Tamarind, Matcha and Coffee Mint, or Pink Himalayan Salt Body Scrub Powder, and Lavender Sleep Balm, these all natural products are an absolute delight to give as gift, or pick up for yourself!

You can follow Madame Thai on FacebookInstagram or their website.


Are you looking for affordable eco friendly gifts to give this holiday season? Our next few local businesses offer eco friendly, zero or less waste gift options.

Ever After Acres is a family business offering local delivery, connecting customers with their business in a personal way!

Soap nuts are natures cleaning agent.  Our 200g bag of soap nuts comes with cotton wash bag and instruction/information sheet, cleaning approximately 80 loads.  They use recyclable bags and seals are handmade by the Ever After Acres family.
 
 Discover the oldest yet newest form of laundry detergent.  Soapnuts are a Renewable resource & a sustainable option 

for your laundry needs. 

- 100% All Natural/Organic, USDA organic certification
- Renewable Resource & Sustainable
- High Efficiency Washer Compatible
- ECO Certification
- Affordable
- Hypoallergenic
- Gentle on skin and fabric
- Natural fabric softener
- Biodegradable/Compostable 

 

You can follow Ever After Acres on Facebook, Instagram or shop on their website.

 


EZ ECO is an eco pop up shop dedicated to offering sustainable, Kitchen & Bath products. Offering zero waste  options for everyone on your list.

Follow their blog for more ideas and products, I love the idea of this Wasteless Car Kit so you always have bags and jars on hand when you go shopping or visit the bulk food store.

Check out their Facebook Shopping Event from November 26th thru 30th.
You can follow EZ Eco on Facebook and check out all the tips and products on their website.

 

 


Looking for something unique and maybe overlooked as an option? A gift certificate for cleaning!

Give the Gift of Time! Do you have a new mom, busy family member, senior or other person needing a little help around the house on your gift giving list this season? Offering cleaning and maid services in the greater Moncton region, iClean offers the gift of time. Time to focus on family and other tasks besides, cleaning, laundry, shopping, and more.

With gift certificates available, why not pay for a few hours of cleaning for someone on your list, or even better, get maid service to help with laundry and shopping!
 We have a blog post here with more details, you can also find out more on Facebook and on their website.


Unique gift ideas and one of a kind options are always fun as well!

Do you have a hard to shop for family member or friend? This season, give them something different. Something that shows their true personality. Give them a gift certificate from Off the Wall Eyewear Emporium.

With over 25 years experience in the optical industry, independent owner, Steve Charlebois, has brought a unique style of prescription eyewear to the Moncton area. From contact lenses, to prescription motorcycle goggles, to baby-teen glasses, to sporting sunglasses, and all the way to funky "off the wall" glasses for all ages. Need an Eco-Friendly and Hypoallergenic frame, we have it! What about Quirky, Unique and one-of-a-kind glasses? Chances are, we are the store that has it. Have a Bam Bam child that likes to break their glasses? We have some near-to-indestructible glasses for them. Most of our products are made in North America or Europe. We strive to find talented designers from Canada and one's that give-back to the community and environment. 

You can find Off The Wall Eyewear Emporium on Facebook, Instagram and on their website. Our recent FB Live with OWEE.


Give the gift of bling from the sea! Salisha at East Coast Sea Gems has 3 new jewelry lines coming out this season, Sea Glass & Sand Dollars, Sea Glass & Starfish and finally Sea Glass & Sweaters!

Available in various genuine sea glass colours found on New Brunswick Beaches, adjustable/fit to size, available with 925 Sterling Silver & Silver plated findings & wire. Sets come with multiple pieces of sea glass, and custom orders are always welcome.

For those sweet tooth 60g mixed flavour bag of Sea Glass is selling for $3.00 each or single flavour 1 lbs bags for $15.00 each.

East Coast Sea Gems can be found on Facebook, Instagram and shop through Etsy.


We Make Scents is a mother and daughter team creating handmade items for you and your home. Clayton has a new Apron from We Make Scents, pictured above. They make chair pads and rugs, lip balms, natural firestarters, gnomes, tea towels and more. Check out their Facebook page to see where you can find them this holiday season.


If you are looking for a local shop with kids products and toys, personalized household items and eco friendly options, check out Close To The Heart at 1966 Mountain Road in Moncton. The shop offers locally made items from mom makers, unique baby, toddler and children's items and also hosts classes and social times for moms. 
You can find Close To The Heart on Facebook and Instagram.


Our personal picks this year include many of the above, and these local businesses as well!

My Hubby's Gift Pick:
I asked my husband what men want for Christmas...he said beer! lol His pick is a gift certificate for Celtic Know Brewing in Riverview, NB. 

 


My Personal Gift Pick: 
Check out Sandy Toes Shop for clothing for everyone in the family, including toddlers! A Homard Bound tuque, a Professional Beach Bum sweater or a Salty Pirate T...Sandy Toes Shop has you covered! Local girl boss Crystal is constantly launching new products and I love all the fun designs!


GETAWAY OPTION: 
I also highly recommend Storeytown Cottages in Doaktown as the perfect getaway with family or a romantic weekend away. 

With a GIFT CERTIFICATE you can give someone the gift of ... Family Time, Adventure, Romance, Snow! Or simply a much needed vacation.

You can read about our summer visit to Storeytown Cottages here.


For those hard to buy for folks, perhaps a gift card is in order. If you are looking for a different kind of gift card option, supporting local businesses, why not pick up a Downtown Moncton gift card? These gift cards are redeemable at many downtown Moncton retailers, service providers and restaurants. 

Here is my video review sharing many of the items in the guide, that I have in my home.

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That's our Supporting Local gift guide for this year. What are some of your favourite local businesses to support? Feel free to share in the comments.

4 comments
  1. Awesome list! Those glasses are so much fun!

  2. Such great ideas! 🙂 I love the Zero waste kit, and the certificate for cleaning is a must!

  3. I know, right! I love any eco friendly options, sometimes we just need to make a little extra effort to think ahead. Cleaning…I am thinking that one goes to the top of my list this year!

  4. Off The Wall has so many unique frames and the owner is awesome!

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