Have you reached that point in your holiday shopping when you feel like you’re just buying more things for people who don’t need more things, hitting add to cart on yet another Amazon Prime order while simultaneously swearing this is your last one before you cancel your Prime account (again) and talking yourself into things that are just so-so so you can check someone off your list (clearly you haven’t been shopping our gift guides!)? Stop! Take a breath. It’s time to get off that consumerist carousel and put your money where it can do some good and get someone a great gift while you’re at it. Below are wonderful presents that all come from companies devoted to ethical and eco practices and giving to communities in need. Why shop any other way?
Toques from the Heart acrylic toques, $35, toquesfromtheheart.ca. Photo: Toques from the Heart
Toques from the Heart will warm your heart as much as your head. The Hamilton, Ont. based initiative, started by three McMaster University students, donates one toque to a Canadian experiencing homelessness for every toque purchased, giving away 12,000 toques since 2019. The cause is great, but so are the toques: The brand consulted “some of the best toque experts” in the country to perfect its hats, available in multiple colours, in merino wool and acrylic.
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