Welcome to our first Greater Moncton Holiday Gift Guide! This year, more than any other year, it's so important to support local businesses and what a better occasion than the holidays! Buying from a local business is the perfect way to get a unique gift that shows you care.
I was inspired to write this blog post a few weeks ago when talking to a friend about my own initiative to only buy gifts from local businesses this year. She informed me that she felt at a loss when trying to think up local businesses that had good gifts and being a busy mom she didn't have the extra time to look. Without judgement, I understood where she was coming from, holiday shopping is hard enough, let alone with added pressure to shop only locally.
So my inner Mrs. Claus was inspired, I wanted to take all the guessing out of the equation, below I'll be listing off my favorite gift ideas all from local businesses. The businesses are not listed in any specific order. You'll find included with each gift, the price point and information on how to purchase.
1. Sequoia Dieppe & Downtown
I don't know about you but I can't think of local without thinking of Sequoia! They are an integral part of our community and show this time and time again through their dedication to helping their clients and support of other local businesses. They've made holiday shopping really easy for you this year with a beautiful pre-made bundle.
You can purchase these at both locations:
550 Gauvin Rd #103, Dieppe or 114 Highfield St, Moncton
The Gift Box
Original price: 150$
Current price: 120$
One bag of locally roasted coffee from Epoch Chemistry Coffee House
One locally made mug from Button Pottery
One jar of beautiful organic face masks from The New New Age
One locally made wooden spoon that also turns into a clip to keep your coffee bag closed from LivCan Design
One locally made soy wax candle from C&T Candles & White Nest Candles
One jar of locally made maple syrup from Wabanaki Maple
PLUS when you spend 100$ in-store at any of their two locations you will receive a FREE limited edition Koffee Beauty scrub. The smell is Aloe + Green Tea and it is my FAVOURITE smell yet.
Get any of these lavish bath products to make for a perfect stocking stuffer! I've personally tried the Eucalyptus Steam Cubes and they are divine, it's like bringing the spa home with you. Visit Sequoia and ask any of their friendly staff for products for Him too!
BKIND Bath Salts (16$) Eucalyptus Shower Steamers (24$) KISMET Bath Salts (20$)
BKIND Hand Cream (16$) BKIND body lotion (20$)
2. Eclair Lips
Are you a really true winter warrior without the right lip balm? I'm not gonna lie I used to be a Burt's Bee's addict, I had one hidden in every corner. After I tried Eclair Lips I said goodbye to old Burt! Eclair's formula is divine and always keeps my lips from chapping, not to mention their yummy flavors, my personal favorite is Vanilla Buttercream.
This holiday season give their new Holiday Drink collection a try! Trust me, you'll want to get one of these gifts for yourself and then buy them for your whole family.
If you live for cool winter days and catching snowflakes on your tongue with a warm drink in hand, get ready because their Limited Edition Holiday Drinks Collection will blow your woolly socks off! Flavors included are Candy Cane Latte, Peppermint Mocha, and Gingerbread Latte. Each set arrives in a tiny burlap bag, perfect for gift giving or just making yourself feel special!
Purchase online at: https://bit.ly/3mvNabL
Photo Credits to @petitejoyphotography
3. Studs Astray
Who doesn't love to get some beautiful accessories for Christmas! I personally always ask for earrings or a handbag, they're the best gift for any fashionista in your life. Studs Astray has a wide selection of hand-made earrings, there are some for every type of style.
All Studs Astray earrings are super lightweight and hypoallergenic, so you don't have to worry about that part, they'll work for anyone. Too scared to pick a pair out yourself? They also offer gift cards and part of the proceeds go to charity!
Price: 35$ (Price for earrings pictured below)
Purchase online at: https://bit.ly/3qmNrjC
4. Taylor Colpitts Acupuncture
I think Holiday gifts should be more than just items, give the gift of an experience! What could be better than feeling good AND looking good? Acupuncture can have the ability to work on internal issues so that your external body can reap the benefits as well! Did I mention that acupuncture and cupping are extremely relaxing? Both treatments have the ability to bring your body into a state of pure bliss, and who doesn’t love that? (especially this year).
A perfect stocking stuffer idea is a Guasha tool they are an amazing self-care item. The beautiful glow & plumpness they can generate and not to mention they can double as apart of a DIY at-home facial.
You can purchase a gift card from Taylor by visiting her at 355 Elmwood Dr, Moncton.
Send her an email in advance and she'll get it specially ready for you! firstname.lastname@example.org
Prices: Facial Acupuncture is $110, Cupping is $50 & Guasha tools are $25
5. My Home Mercantile
I cannot think of a better local store than My Home Mercantile for cool Holiday gifts! I personally have on my wish list their East Coast Foodie Mystery Box! They offer two mystery boxes: Foodie or Self-Care. Each box could be a little different, but all are equally as amazing! Each box sells for $35 but could contain up to $40 in value!
This is just one of the many options they have in store, there is a variety of awesome gift options including: candles, mugs, home apparel and more!
Shipping is FREE for all orders over $100, or they offer free local pickup!
Purchase Online or in Store at: https://myhomemercantile.com/
805 Main St, Moncton, NB, E1C1G1
6. Belle By Joelle
Want to make your loved ones feel extra "Belle" this Holiday season? Belle by Joelle has a variety of products available on her online boutique to do just that. I personally have on my wish list this year her Japanese Makeup Brush Set, they are to die for and the perfect gift for any makeup lover in your life.
Her best selling gift for the Holiday season is her Belle by Joëlle Holiday Lip Kits! These kits contain four best selling shades & come in five different color and texture variations to compliment every skin tone. Best part about them, it's already wrapped in a beautiful box gift set.
Purchase online at: https://www.shopbellebyjoelle.com/
7. Koffee Beauty
If you're a regular follower of Lavish & Rose, it's no secret that I am a coffee junkie. So naturally the Koffee Beauty Scrub is one of my favorite staples. I personally love to use it to help in preventing ingrown hairs after shaving and to help with keeping my skin feeling extra smooth, especially during the dry winter months.
Although travelling isn't a go, you can pretend with a Coconut Coffee Scrub, it smells like a tropical paradise! Mixed with coconut essence, coffee grounds and natural oils it will reduce skin dullness, exfoliate your dead skin cells and minimize the look of stretch marks and scars. Enriched with antioxidants, after a quick rinse, your skin will be left soothed and toned with a sweet summer aroma. This scrub can be used on all skin types!
Purchase online at: https://koffeebeauty.com/
8. Dip Ta Clam
One of my favorite local brands is Dip Ta Clam, maritime inspired wear from two cool sisters Sophie and Julie Aube! You may be wondering what their name stands for: dip.ta.clam (aka carpe diem, yolo) basically stands for make the most of the present time.
Get one of these cozy sweaters for your loved one and get them on board the Dip Ta Clam train!
Purchase online at: https://www.diptaclam.ca/
9. Tia Fennelly Photography
Want to give the gift of capturing special memories? If you're anything like my family, we haven't gotten pictures taken in years and we always say we will and never get around to it. Tia Fennelly is a dream to work with, she's great at capturing those special little candid moments that are what life is all about. This is the perfect gift for the busy fam in your life that needs a little extra push to get those pictures finally taken, it's a gift you'll never regret and is always appreciated.
Prices Available Here: https://www.tiafennelly.ca/pricing
Purchase a Gift Card by Contacting Tia Here: https://www.tiafennelly.ca/contact1
10 . Lavish & Rose
Of course, it wouldn't be a Lavish Christmas without a gift from us! We offer gift cards so you can surprise your loved ones with any of our Lavish services. What better way to make your loved one feel glamorous than a professional glam squad!
In February 2021, Mia Nowlan will be joining our team to offer her professional makeup artistry skills. We'll be offering joint styling packages or you can book Mia for makeup application, lessons and cosmetic shopping coaching.
Currently our most popular gift package is our Closet Makeovers, this is the perfect gift for anyone in your life that has ample's of clothes but doesn't know how to put them together and their closet might even be a little messy, we can help with that too!
We also offer shopping coaching or professional styling services, this gift is paired perfectly with a gift card from their favorite local clothing store. That way, they can get some fabulous new outfits with the help of a professional. This gift is perfect for the busy people in your life, especially the ones that don't have time to shop for themselves, we can take care of everything for them!
Prices for specific services are here: https://www.lavishrose.ca/services
Purchase online at: https://squ.re/2I6t8Wy
I hope you all enjoyed my gift guide, thank you so much for reading and sharing this with friends to encourage them to shop local this year. Please note that this list only includes 10 local businesses but there are so many more that need your help this holiday season! That's why I'm encouraging you to go back to where you found this article originally posted and comment with your favorite local businesses. Thanks again for reading!
Happy shopping, friends!