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10 stylish Canadian gifts that give back

These fashion and beauty finds support local charities and community programs.

These fashion and beauty finds support local charities and community programs

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If you're making a list and checking it twice, and  buying Canadian-made, and supporting local charities and non-profits made it to said list, then this is the gift guide for you!  Across the country, many stylish brands are giving back in different ways to homegrown initiatives and community programs with short-term collaborations and year-round programs — some through a specific product with a charitable component, others with a one-for-one model, and a few are even donating a percentage of total proceeds to key causes. 

Local Laundry's clothes and accessories are fully made in Canada, and 10 per cent of profits to are donated to local charities. In addition, purchases of the brand's Giving Toque and Giving Socks (included in this bundle) helps the Calgary-based company donate the same accessories to homeless organizations across Canada.

Canadian Made Gift Bag Bundle, $150, Local Laundry

St. Catharines, Ontario-based brand Cheekbone Beauty is vegan and Indigenous-owned. Year-round, 10 per cent of profits are donated to Shannen's Dream and the Caring Society.

Ashley & Wild Berry Lip Set, $42, Cheekbone Beauty

Founded by Angela Price and Julie Petry, wives of Habs hockey players, CHic donates 10% of all sales to the Montreal Canadiens Children's Foundation. The line includes sleepwear, active and loungewear pieces for men, women and children.

Lululemon x CHic Love Tee V, $54.99, and CHic Women's Crop Hoodie, $59.99, Tricolore Sports

For a few years now, Toronto designer Bojana Sentaler has donated proceeds from her ribbed knit accessories capsule to SickKids Foundation. This baby-alpaca hat is available in 10 fashionable colours. 

Adult Ribbed Hat With Oversized Fur Pompom, $225, Sentaler

Vancouver-based Tentree plants 10 trees around the world (including in Canada) for every item purchased. So far, the company has helped plant over 34 million trees.

Mobius 35L Backpack, $128, Tentree

Province of Canada socks are woven and sewn domestically, and for every pair you buy the company will donate a much-needed pair of socks to a Canadian homeless shelter. 

Denim Block Sock, $14, Province of Canada

You can choose how much you want to donate to the charity Bill 7 Award Trust (which awards scholarships to LGBTQ+ to Ontario students in financial need) when you buy Consonant Skincare's organic lip conditioner.

Peace, Love, Lip Organic Lip Conditioner, from $7, Consonant Skincare

Every purchase at this online shop includes a charitable donation to your pick of one of Shop NK's selected causes (the list includes Best Buddies Canada and Toronto non-profit St. Felix Centre). With this fun sweatshirt, available in four "hair types," 20 per cent of proceeds will be donated to the charity of your choice.

NK x Brunette The Label Sweatshirt, $85, Shop NK

We're in love with this indigo-dyed French linen robe. And Flax Sleep donates a portion of all sales (and any returned products that are still in good condition) to Atira Women's Resource Society in Surrey, British Columbia.

The Robe Founder's Series Indigo, $138, Flax Sleep

Part of an ongoing partnership between SickKids hospital in Toronto and Drake General Store, this charming onesie (available for babies, kids and adults) features a design drawn by a SickKids patient. 

Arborist Kids Table Onesie (Adult), $59.95, Drake General Store


Truc Nguyen is a Toronto-based writer, editor and stylist. Follow her at @trucnguyen.

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