For a limited time, in honour of Canada’s 150th and Holt Renfrew’s 180th birthdays, s the H Project returns to select cities. The H Project boutiques in 50 Bloor Street West, Yorkdale, Square One, Calgary, and Vancouver feature a selection of socially responsible pieces from Canadian brands and designers. All Uncrate Canada goods are socially responsible by way of where they are made, by whom, with what materials, and how they give back.
Here are gift ideas that caught our eye for the person on your list who loves pieces that also give back to various causes and local communities.
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BERG + BETTS Watches
Designed and hand-assembled by the team in Victoria, BC, all watches feature a sustainable genuine leather band, sourced and crafted from surplus scrap leather that would have otherwise gone to waste.
Currently sold out at Holt Renfrew, this and many other sustainable timepieces by BERG+BETTS can also be found at other retailers starting from $89.
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Mary Young Lingerie & Loungewear
Designed in Toronto and fair trade manufactured in Montreal by local seamstresses and patternmakers.
$5 from every item will be donated to RAW Beauty Talks, a non-profit organization promoting body positivity and mental and physical health for women and girls across Canada.
Vancouver Candle Company
Candles featuring various neighbourhoods in Vancouver and Toronto are hand-poured in Vancouver from premium soy wax, perfume-grade oils and a pure cotton wick. Various blends of nostalgia-enducing scents celebrate distinct area traits, like the muskiness of Gastown or the woodsiness of the North Shore.
LOWELL Leather Bags
LOWELL’s unisex pieces are created for an urban lifestyle, and made with natural and biodegradable materials (like full-grain leather, cotton and recycled fur) sourced in North America.
Also sold out at Holt Renfrew, you can find other leather goods online at LowellMtl.ca.
All cuddle+kind dolls are hand-knit with 100% premium cotton yarn by women artisans in Peru using sustainable, fair trade practices. Each cuddle+kind doll sold provides ten meals to children in need.
And happy birthday to Canada and Holt Renfrew!