This might be the weirdest year ever, but the end of 2020 is approaching, and that means the holiday season is upon us!
We asked the staff at EmpowHERto to share their top picks for the perfect gift this season. Use these as ideas for your best friend or sister, pass the list along to your parents (wink, wink), or treat yourself.
There’s something for everyone, whether you’re sticking to a budget or have a few extra bucks to spend. Note that shipping may be delayed this year, so you might want to start shopping early!
And remember, gift-giving doesn’t have to mean over-the-top spending—a thoughtful card or something homemade is another great way to show someone you care about them.
I’m sticking to a budget
BULLET JOURNAL NOTEBOOK
Tenisha Jones, Fundraising Manager
These are great as a customizable planner, reflection, and organizational book that allows your creativity to flow
Sawsan Nashashibi, Grant Writer
So cozy and goes with anything
Maleena Thurston, Treasurer
Handmade candle by a female small business owner in Toronto
WINTER PAMPER SET
Kim Girard, Digital Content Creator
A great gift for anyone wishing to soothe their dry skin and pamper themselves in the scent of lavender
STAINLESS STEEL STRAP FOR APPLE WATCH
MaryAnne Panoyan, Fundraising Manager of Individual Giving & Campaigns
For those with an Apple Watch who want to dress it up for a night out (when we can finally go out again!)
INSPIRATIONAL KEY CHAIN
Haziel Micu, Pinterest Ad Specialist –
Something inspirational to add to your keychain
PUZZLE BY PIECETOGETHER
Starting price: $35.00 CAD
Mursal Rahman, Digital Content Creator –
This Toronto not-for-profit is amazing! Local businesses & artists submit a picture that best represents them and PieceTogether turns it into a jigsaw puzzle for you! It was created in response to the struggles that many businesses are facing as a result of COVID-19.
Julia Brown, Director of Communications –
This set is especially great for students or young professionals who are living on their own for the first time
Prices vary (CAD)
Arineh Minasian, Digital Content Creator –
This local small business makes beautiful watercolour, and they make great gifts for artsy people
ADVENTURE CHALLENGE FRIENDS EDITION
Roxanne Khasow, Marketing Coordinator –
This book suggests challenges and activities for friends to participate in, and encourages them to take photos and scrapbook it right into the book
Keziah Burgess, Administrative Coordinator –
Perfect for the cold winter nights to come
DOUBLE DECKER EMPOWER SLIP ONS
Nia Davis, Digital Content Manager –
I love what these shoes stand for: empower women to be who they want to be and go where they want to go
I’m ready to splurge!
FARO COFFEE DRIPPER + CUP
Maxine Webster, Digital Content Creator –
One of my favorite small businesses in Toronto—this compact coffee maker and cup is perfect for someone living in a dorm room
BUBBLE TEA KIT
Diana Gallo, Board of Directors –
Delicious and so fun!
Suparna Bhattacharjeee, Digital Content Creator –
Mejuri is a go-to for good quality jewelry at a fair price—I love these croissant dome hoops. Who doesn’t want earrings shaped like a croissant?!
Nia Mascoll-Callender, Program Coordinator –
Weighted blankets help with anxiety and restlessness, and can relieve insomnia
BAG OF TORONTO
Starting price: $60.00 CAD
Kirsten Ingham, Board of Directors –
These gift bags offer a random selection of products from small businesses in different neighborhoods throughout Toronto
VICTROLA VINTAGE 3-SPEED BLUETOOTH PORTABLE SUITCASE RECORD PLAYER
Janeen Brown, Executive Director –
This is perfect for listening to your favorite tunes on the go!