Nothing can replace the sentimental value of a handmade gift. Handmade gifts signal you chose the particular treasure with your loved one in mind. A treasure only a select few will own. If you’re looking to impress your loved ones this year with unique and thoughtful gifts, you’ll want to check out this list we’ve compiled.
Viventem is a jewellery and stationery retailer based in Cambridge Bay. Owned by designer Elise, Viventem offers one-of-a-kind pieces that are “inspired by the living world”. If your loved one is an earring fanatic, you’ll want to check out Rolling Stone Beads for its handmade beaded earrings.
For the avid-gardener
Knot Even by Talia Maksagak is an Inuit-owned business based in Ikaluktutiak, Nunavut. The talented Talia Maksagak creates handmade macrame products such as plant hangers and various wall hanging designs. Every macrame product is specifically designed and customized for the client, making them all unique. To see more products check out KnotsByTalia on Instagram.
For the fashion-lover
In Nunavut, there’s no shortage of talented designers and seamstresses in the territory. Looking for bespoke fashion? Check out Papatsi, an Arctic fashion retailer that makes custom pieces from winter parkas to sealskin mitts to wool blazers. Or check out Arnainnuk Design, a lover of creative sewing. Arnainnuk doesn’t take customer orders, so you’ll have to act fast to score one of these beautiful designs.
ShopNu and its partners have launched the ShopNu Shop Local campaign and contest. If you recently shopped at a local business or plan to support any of the local businesses above, you could win. Don’t forget to register your receipt to be eligible to win a prize.
Shoppers are encouraged to use the #ShopNU hashtag on social media and share their support for their favourite local businesses or share their local purchases.