11 decor accents from Canadian artisans that make unique and gorgeous gifts
Stunning ceramics, intricate wall art and more gems from our country’s talented homegrown makers.
We're proposing going a new route this holiday by gifting decorative accents from Canadian artisans to everyone on your list. Not only will it leave you with totally unique finds your giftees will covet, it's a great way to give a little back to talented local makers. Going local doesn't have to mean a price jump, either — almost all the items on this list come in under $100. From stunning ceramics to intricate wall art, here are some of our favourite decor picks from homegrown artisans to buy for all your friends and family this holiday.
Handcrafted in Winnipeg, this stunning ceramic serving bowl will make a serious statement as an accent atop a coffee table, an artful fruit bowl or really anywhere it sits. Each one features unique monochrome marbling, making it just as one-of-a-kind as that special pal you're buying for.
Ceramic Serving Bowl, $88, etsy.ca
For anyone whose aesthetic borders on boho, this beautiful birch and yarn wall hanging should be a go-to. Available in two different sizes, the wood's geometric design balances out the soft lines of the speckled yarn making it minimalist enough to work in just about any space.
Bohemian Yarn Wall Hanging, $25, etsy.ca
Fragmented Frames' deconstructed-electronics-turned-wall-art pieces are so cool, you don't need to be a tech buff to appreciate their beauty. If the silver and mint combo isn't your giftee's style, don't fret, they feature a wide range of cameras from different eras and even do custom orders.
Canon Powershot A570 IS Silver – Cottage Green, $250, fragmentedframes.com
Helen Hawketts' handmade pillows deliver a splash of old world style, sporting vintage maps from all across Canada. We love this Calgary one in particular for its pops of colour and its depiction of the city all the way back in 1901, in its pre-Stampede state. Each pillow is down-filled for extra coziness as well, so your recipient can lounge with it once they're done taking in its eye-catching design.
Calgary Vintage Map Pillow, $69.99, vintagemapco.com
Is there a cuter home for florals or cacti than this ice cream truck-inspired planter? Perfect for that person who can't stop buying succulents, or as an addition to a kids' room, the handcrafted ceramic pot will bring whimsy with it wherever it goes and is unlike anything you'll find in a big box store.
Small Vintage Ice Cream Truck Planter, $26.95, etsy.ca
Dene women from Fort Laird, Northwest Territories have been crafting birchbark baskets topped with intricate designs for hundreds of years, and this piece from local artist Sarah Nande carries on the tradition beautifully. Before giving one away, pack the basket with a bunch of your special someone's favourite goodies so there's an extra surprise waiting for them when they open it up.
Dene Basket — White Flower, $85, wolfden.ca
That comfort-obsessed friend of yours will never get cold on the couch again. You can never go wrong with a cozy throw, especially since the chilly Canadian winter is only just beginning to rear its frostbitten head. This grey-and-white version is made in Vancouver and is double sided, boasting both wool and faux fur.
Grey Pebbled Wool Throw, $92.60, etsy.ca
Modern, geometric and brightly coloured to boot, this wooden clock from Calgary artisan Christine Smith is an ideal accent piece for anyone with wall space to spare. Available in two sizes, and a ton of different patterns and hues, her hand-painted beauties all come ready to hang and hassle-free.
Geometric Wooden Clock, $45, etsy.ca
A true ode to the East Coast, these ocean-scented soy candles, hand-poured in Nova Scotia, are perfect for any Maritime-natives who really miss home.
Quiet Coast Scented Candle, $21.02, etsy.ca
Toronto-based illustrator Avril Loreti is known for her vibrant, splashy designs, and this pretty patterned table runner is no exception. Machine-washable and printed using eco-friendly inks, it's a natural choice for that eternal entertainer who takes their decorating as seriously as the food they serve.
Smash Table Runner, $53.98, avrilloreti.com
Bring cottage vibes home for the holidays with this eye-catching, striped canoe paddle that doubles as wall art. The Calgary maker's hand-painted paddles come in a ton of different designs and colours as well, so you can keep your loved ones' personal style in mind when selecting the perfect pick.
Hand Painted Canoe Paddle, $85, etsy.ca