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Toronto Small Business Gift Guide

collage style photos of 5 different Toronto small businesses

Shopping locally is the most sustainable, cost effective and mindful way to spend your money. Not only does this alternative to buying items from major corporations help to reduce your carbon footprint, it’s also more likely that your purchase will be of higher quality and made with love. Shopping locally is also a great way to support your local economy, uplifting members of your community. At E’s Element we love to share local businesses that create high quality products and services. Here’s our list for this season!

Skincare Essentials and Facials

The best products come from experts who are well-versed and experienced in their craft, especially when it comes to beauty. Diana, the founder of VO Beauty, is a facialist channelling all her expertise into the products she formulates in-house. The company offers a range of products from cleansers, masks, and serums to beauty accessories and more! They also offer facial services that are customized to your unique skin composition. Products range from $36 to $175. Not only does VO Beauty provide high quality products and services, they are committed to forward thinking approaches that are good for our earth! Products are 100% natural and cruelty free. 5% of every sale is donated to Bee City, an organization dedicated to protecting bees and their habitats in Canada. You can feel good about shopping with VO Beauty and find quality products you’ll love.  

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 Handmade Candles 

Wilo Studio is a GTA-based brand that provides thoughtful home goods and skincare products. Their offerings are perfect for those who love investing in beautifully packaged goods that double as home decor. From body butters and lip glosses to candles, each accessory elevates the space it lives in. All products are 100% natural and cruelty free and the brand is transparent about their ingredients. Like many of their products, the candles are handmade (hand crafted vessels and hand poured!) which makes them super high quality.  The warm key notes of their candles are jasmine, frankincense and neroli. These are available for $30. 

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Custom Cakes 

If you have an upcoming celebration, or if you simply like feeling happy, these custom cakes by Molly Baked That are the ultimate dessert. This Mississauga-based baker pairs playful designs and bright colour with some of the most delicious, hard to find flavours! Think matcha, pandan, or almond cake, chocolate mousse, coconut or fresh strawberry filling and much more! It’s rare to find bakers like Molly that consistently make super moist cakes that are full of flavour and not overly sweet! Her specialities lie in creating whimsical designs that truly make you feel special and excited. These desserts are perfect for every occasion. She offers a range of sizes and price points from $30 to $75 but also welcomes highly customized orders to cater to whatever you need! You can DM her directly to include all the details of what you want. Try a cake to discover your new go-to for special days.  

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Slayed by Sabes is a true artist when it comes to nails! Getting your nails done with her is a pampering and fun experience that leaves you fixated on your fingers! Prices range from $65 to $105 for a full set, with lots of options for customized add-ons, like 3D acrylic flowers, ombre and more. Appointments are located on Oakville and you can book through an easy online system found on her Instagram. Her page is full of so many intricate and stunning designs. Whether you request a freestyle or bring her inspo, you’re sure to be happy with your end results.

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Hair Accessories 

Honey Lux Silk, based in Canada, is like a dream come true for silk lovers. They've got everything from silky smooth pillowcases to comfy eye masks that make you feel like you're sleeping on a cloud. They also offer a great selection of hair goodies like scrunchies, headbands, and hair clips. Founder, Oana, is dedicated to luxury fabrics and other materials that explore more sustainable options, like plant-based acetate. So, whether you're looking to upgrade your beauty routine or add some luxe vibes to your life, Honey Lux Silk is a great place to shop

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