This greenie loves everything a little more if it's crafted in her community. She knows that food tastes better, scarves feel cozier and the planet breathes a sigh of relief if things don't have to travel thousands of kilometres in trains, planes and automobiles just to get to her.
Get a green foodie's heart beating with a basket of Forbes wild foraged foods like this one filled with Canada Wild Plum Compote, Balsam Jelly, Spruce Tips and other delights proudly picked from forests Canada-wide ($90, Forbes Wild Foods, wildfoods.ca).
Scarves make a great gift for anyone with a neck, but this 100-mile larynx warmer was stitched by Preloved, the queens of reconstructed fashion, in Toronto from crates of old sweaters ($39, Preloved, 881 Queen West, 416-504-8704, preloved.ca).
So many wonderful indie designers stitch up fabulous clothes locally, but the fabric still has to travel. Not with a Paper People Clothing dress made from second-hand sweaters, ($110, Nathalie-Roze & Co., 1015 Queen East 416-792-1699, nathalie-roze.com).
No one manufactures footwear in Canada any more except for a few companies in Montreal. So locavores doubly appreciate a good pair of waterproof suede Pajar boots crafted in la belle province by peeps who know winter ($172, Blue Shoe Box, 499 Danforth, 416-289-6727).
Just imagine what a girl can cram in her giant T.O.-made recycled leather Baggage purse on her way home from the local farmers' market or Crafternoon Tea ($219, Nathalie-Roze & Co.).
Kim Kutner brooch tacked on ($19, Nathalie-Roze & Co., 1015 Queen East 416-792-1699, nathalie-roze.com).
Give the gift of fire in these dark, cold months with a funky three-prong candle holder made of old Ontario wine barrels. Toss in a few air-purifying beeswax votives and you'll make sure giftees always hold a warm place in their hearts for you ($26.99/candleholder, $3.75/candle, Grassroots, 372 Danforth 416-466-2841).