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While early October may typically be be a tad premature to start your holiday shopping — this year is a bit different. With shipping delays and uncertainty still lingering due to COVID-19, we’re getting as much of our holiday shopping out of the way early.
Luckily, Amazon Prime Day 2020 is just around the corner — on Oct. 13 and 14 this year. While the two-day event is only available to Prime members (you can sign up for a free membership here), we’ve already been browsing Amazon for deals and cool brands to support— and we’ve come across these nine female-owned brands that would be perfect for any gifting occasion.
From Cape Breton to Vancouver, these Canadian small businesses create jewellery, art, home decor and beauty products we're confident would make any gift receiver smile.
To support female entrepreneurs with the convenience of Amazon, scroll down to see what we've uncovered.
An adorable holiday, birthday or “just because” gift, this customizable illustration will make any parent smile. Nadine Chong, the North Vancouver-based artist, offers personalized hairstyles, outfits, skin tones and more in her family prints.
SHOP IT: Amazon, $41
Hand-poured in Hamilton, Ont., Lit Candle Co.'s caramel sundae scented soy candle is your ideal quarantine companion. Quiet, soothing, and sweet; it's "not your grandmother's soy candle."
SHOP IT: Amazon, $28
This Toronto-based business works with a team of international artisans to create 100% sustainable home decor. Their team offers size and colour customizations, and as they're handmade, no two products are completely alike. We love their boho-inspired wool pillowcases for fall.
SHOP IT: Amazon, $288
Ventray's slow press Masticating Juicer has garnered a host of five-star reviews on Amazon for its quiet yet powerful motor. The juicer works at a low speed to prevent oxidation and makes less noise than the average ringing phone. "Definitely a high end juicer and not too expensive compared to the other one's in this caliber!" writes one Ventray shopper.
SHOP IT: Amazon, $200 (originally $250)
Channel your inner '90s boho child with JasperWild's minimalist choker necklace. Designed in Montreal, the handmade choker can be worn solo or layered with other necklaces and is crafted from 14K gold, rose gold, or sterling silver.
SHOP IT: Amazon, $48
Made fresh in Cape Breton, N.S., Scrub Inspired's bath salts are blended with a mixture of essential oils designed to revitalize and energize. Take time to refresh with notes of peppermint, eucalyptus, and orange essential oils.
SHOP IT: Amazon, $23
Earning itself nearly 600 five-star reviews, Benols Beauty false lashes are a favourite for magnetic lashes. The Magnetic Lashliner eliminates the need for glue and can be worn repeatedly without the fear of falling off. "I absolutely love this product! I did not believe that the product would actually work, but to my amazement it worked just like magic," according to one five-star review. "I trimmed my lashes to fit and wear them with ease every day.
SHOP IT: Amazon, $25
Designed by two sisters in Montreal, Emery & Opal's customizable jewellery will be a dreamy addition to your growing accessories collection. Handmade with a 14K gold-filled chain and pendant, their dainty Moon and Star necklace is the perfect gift for yourself or any woman in your life.
SHOP IT: Amazon, $56
Handmade in Pickering, Ont., Bartholomew Sisters Co. is a vegan, cruelty-free skincare brand inspired by West African practices. Their lavender body butter combines nourishing cocoa and shea butter and lavender essential oil to make a no-fuss moisturizing blend.
SHOP IT: Amazon, $23