Our 2020 Side Hustle Gift Guide!

We LIVE to support local and small businesses, so we put a call out to our side hustle community to send us some gifts and things they’d like to share with you for the holidays!

Take a look through the guide below for more information, and follow the links to start or finish up your holiday shopping.

1. Copper & Gold

Collections of pre-loved or vintage home decor items, sourced and curated with an eye for design, sustainability and unique character. Prices vary + shipping available across Canada. Coming soon in 2021: virtual design consultations + custom furniture restorations.

Find items from Copper & Gold on Instagram and Facebook at @copperandgoldproject to follow along for DIY tutorials and home design inspiration or head to www.copperandgoldproject.com for Meg’s online Market and blog posts.

2. Gena Larae Lettering

Gena Larae Lettering offers personalized, and custom handmade, brush letter calligraphy on wood signs, gift bags, cards and more.

Handmade Cards $5 

Personalized Name Gift bags written in calligraphy Small $3 and Medium $4

Welcome Wood sign with family name $60 

Find more at www.genalaraelettering.com, on Instagram @ www.instagram.com/genalaraelettering, and on Facebook @ Gena Larae Lettering.

3. Heidi-and-Seek Boutique

Photo 1: Color Block Sweater – Winter is about being cozy, but let’s jazz it up a little! Fun sweaters with a mix of colors and prints to add something different to your wardrobe – $75.00

Photo 2: Ugly Christmas Scrunchies – Ugly doesn’t just belong to sweaters anymore this Christmas! – $14.00

Photo 3: Love Your Body 5×7 Art Print – “This Body is the Keeper of My Magic” and don’t you ever forget it! – $12.00

Purchase on my website: www.heidiandseekboutique.com

Instagram: @heidiandseekboutique

Facebook: facebook.com/heidiandseekboutique

4. Magical Stitchcraft

Shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/MagicalStitchcraft 


Featured Items:

  1. 6” Embroidery Hoop – Nintendo Switch  


Show your love for the Nintendo Switch with this hoop! 

$75 + shipping

  1. 6” Custom Lettering Quote – Embroidery Hoop


Choose a quote of your choice to have on a beautiful watercolour galaxy background!

$80 + shipping

  1. Monogram Weasley Sweater Style Ornament – Choose your Hogwarts House Color!

$30 + shipping

5. Dan’s Custom Leather

Featured Items:

Crossbody bags $200

Large enough to carry a full-sized wallet and all your necessary accessories for 2020, but not too big to slow you down.

Notebook covers for A5 or Moleskine sized notebooks $120-140

Refillable covers made from high quality veg tanned leather, hand stitched with waxed linen thread. Made to last a lifetime.

Card wallets $100-120 

Simple, elegant and spacious, your cards and cash can be divided neatly.

Use code MAKERS20 at checkout to get free shipping or pickup!

Find more on Dan’s Etsy page https://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/DanFraserLeather?ref=search_shop_redirect or send a direct message to Dan on Instagram @danscustomleather or Facebook https://www.facebook.com/danscustomleather.

6. Nicole Beno

Shop name: Nicole Beno

Shop url: https://nicole-beno.myshopify.com/

Featured Items:

  • Greeting cards – $5
  • Notebooks – $6
  • Prints – $30-$150
  • Scarves – $45

Social media: @nicole_beno

7. Anja Studios

Website anjastudios.com

Insta: @anjastudios

Facebook: @anjastudios

  1. Enamel Mug (Fox) – 350ml | $28

Inspired by nature, quality, and childhood memories. Enamel mugs are long-lasting and a great way to reduce your waste. These heavy-duty and classic hand-dipped enamel mugs are designed in Canada and made in Ukraine. Great for camping, hiking, fishing, picnics, the office, and your home.

Don’t worry if the enamel chips. It will just make it more beautiful.

Campfire, oven, freezer, and dishwasher safe. Not suitable for microwave use. Take care when filled with hot contents.

2. Swedish Dishcloth – Protect What You Love | 2 pack – $11.75

Reduce your waste, save money, and help protect what you love!

One of these stylish and reusable dishcloths replaces up to 17 rolls of paper towels and can last up to 9 months. They are highly absorbent and will clean up spills and other household messes in a breeze.

They are also 100% biodegradable and 10% of the net profit will be donated to Prairie Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre, a non-profit wildlife and rehabilitation organization in Canada.

8. Purple Teeth

Featured Items:

  • REDx2 – $75
  • WHITEx2 – $75
  • BUBBLESX2 – $85
  • FEEL’N FANCY Packs – $300 


9. Stratosphere Communications

Website: www.stratospherecommunications.ca

Featured Services:

Mission Pack: A comprehensive communications strategy to help you achieve the goals outlined in your organization’s strategic plan. Ideal for: setting high-level communications direction that guides future communications efforts. Contact us for a custom Mission Pack quote.

Launch Pack: A communications strategy to launch your new campaign, initiative, project or website. Ideal for: a time-specific project for which you’d like to raise awareness. Contact us for a custom Launch Pack quote.

Booster Pack: Project-specific content creation to support your existing or new communications strategy. Depending on the strategy and your audiences, this may include written, website or social media content, among others. Ideal for: when you need individual content pieces or a content series. Contact us for more information. Booster Pack pricing is $100/hr.

10. The Copper Bell

Prices are $10 for the 85g size and $20 for the 285g size.

Bad puns, great candles. The Copper Bell makes scented soy candles with names to make you laugh. Available in a variety of seasonal and year-round scents, you’re sure to find something you’ll love!

A couple of featured scents you’ll find on the site:

Scent name: Berry Me in the Woods “Winter berries and evergreen, a fruity and crisp scent perfect for warming up cold days. Great accompaniment to your fav true crime story! When I die, I want you to Berry Me in the Woods.”

Scent name: Cit Down and Mull it Over “Citrus, balsam, and mulled cider. A warm and inviting scent perfect for cold weather. Smells like that feeling you get when there’s hot mulled cider bubbling away on the stove.”

Website: www.thecopperbell.ca

IG/FB: @the.copper.bell

11. Carrie’s Creations

Currently available products include knit or crochet washcloths, towels, scarves, blankets, doll accessories, and painted canvas.

  • 100% cotton wash cloths and dishcloths
  • Acrylic scarves & infinity scarves
  • Acrylic throws and blankets

Find more images and information here: Facebook.com/CarrieCreations

Payment by e-transfer or cash on pickup (East Kildonan, Winnipeg) is preferred.

12. Zaiya Active

ZYIA Activewear is an active lifestyle brand sharing high-quality fitness and loungewear unlike any you’ve ever worn.  Most of the fabrics involve 4-way stretch that allows for stretch, compression, form, fit, and comfort! So, whether it’s a pair of tights that don’t move when you jump, squat, dance, or move! Or a tank top that actually breaths and stays cool on your skin you know your gear will set you up for success. Following a good workout, the loungewear is so versatile thanks to styling that will look incredible lounging home in your joggers or throwing on a denim jacket to wear them out to the store. Day to night, gym to work, ZYIA has you covered.   

ZYIA is a boutique active lifestyle brand meaning that new products arrive every week, favorites restock daily, and prices range from $30-130. The best part is that they only restock items that have shown to have high demand so they are also taking care of the environment by not mass producing, while also creating many new products out of plant-based and recycled fibers. 

Shop here: https://www.mycanadazyia.com/CRYSTALMCNEELEY/shop/preshop.aspx

Join Crystal’s Facebook Community here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/2250020418432569 

Follow Crystal on Instagram here: @cshadwell24 

Promos: All orders over $75 for the month of December will be entered to win a 50% off Zyia voucher to use in the month of January!

13. Birch and Bark Natural Wood

Through @birchandbarknaturalwood on Instagram, you’ll find custom made wooden toys and play-based learning resources that provide endless opportunities for open-ended play.  

Featured Items From Above:

Lady bug counters  $25  

Nesting rainbow $30

Christmas Play Dough Stamps $5

Please note that holiday orders are closed, but you can find some of the items in-store at The Sharing Squirrel and at Petit Nordique Boutique.

The ladybug counters and alphabet playdough stamps are sold at Petit Nordique Boutique

All items pictured are available at The Sharing Squirrel.


The Italian word Catena is derived from the Latin form Catēna /kaˈte.na/ literally meaning chain, the premise behind the brand. Thoughtful styles created by hand using carefully selected pre-loved beads to create ready to wear chains for eyewear (and masks). Heck, we say wear it as a necklace too, the possibilities are endless!

To purchase an item, or for more information, please DM CATĒNA on Instagram or Facebook.

Featured Items Above:

  1. Olivieri -$35 (includes tax)

Length – 27 inches

Composition – chain and findings are 18k gold plated and nickel free. A mix of pre-loved pearl coloured and black beads

2. Cala Rosa – $35 (includes tax)

Length – 27 inches

Composition – chain and findings are 18k gold plated and nickel free. A mix of pre-loved pearl coloured and lucite beads with flecks of red and gold.

3. Malamocco – $35 (includes tax)

Length – 27 inches

Composition – chain and findings are silver plated and nickel free. A mix of pre-loved pearl coloured beads.

4. Mondello – $35 (includes tax) 

Length – 27 inches

Composition – chain and findings are 18k gold plated and nickel free. A mix of pre-loved pearl coloured beads.

15. The Shop

A note from Jen: I love to create. I enjoy mixing mediums and love plants. I work with air plants and tropical house plants. I also weld and create metal items. It all comes together at The Shop.

Find the shop on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/Jen-at-The-Shop-107209971244732/

16. Personal Touch by Val

Quilt items

Val’s signature Big Star quilt comes in a variety of colours and can be commissioned for your choice. Quilt items are made with the best quality cotton and made to be used. Washing gives that cozy, wrinkly feel, kind of like Val herself. She hopes that you’ll feel the warmth of the care and laughter embedded in the threads. Blankets warm the body, Quilts touch the soul.

Big Blue ($500)


Nice Neutral ($500)


Big Star Vintage ($600 with more quilting)


Winding Ways Redeemed ($200)


Sweet Birds on a Branch ($45)


See more on Val’s Etsy shop here: https://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/personaltouchbyval

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