We’ve curated a gift box filled with artisanal goodies as diverse as our customer base. Inside your box, you’ll find gourmet candy from Calgary, natural skincare products from Manitoba (Just the Goods), artisanal honey from Ontario Honey Creations, and more. Read below to learn more about the amazing Canadian products, and their small business owners, we’ve handpicked for you.
Alberta: The Sugar Cube
The Sugar Cube is Calgary’s first mobile candy store. The confectionary brand creates gourmet cotton candy puffs bigger than your head, butterbeer, and scrumptious candy platters. Their customized cotton candy comes in fresh flavours like strawberry, pina colada, and watermelon and they have an assortment of customizable candy cubes that are perfect for any occasion.
British Columbia: Naked Snacks
Husband and wife duo Neil Thomson and Ryley Humphry started Naked Snacks as a solution to an issue many of us grapple with: finding healthy snacks that taste good. They knew they wanted to eat tasty, but healthy treats, so they created their own line of snacks. Their healthy snacks feature unique flavours such as maple praline almonds, protein balls made from quinoa, dried orchard apple rings.
British Columbia: Brass and Unity
Brass and Unity founder, Kelsi Sheren served a tour in Afghanistan during the summer of 2009. However, after fighting on the front lines in the infantry and artillery, she was diagnosed with post-traumatic disorder (PTSD) and subsequently returned home. Sheren’s experiences inspired her to help other veterans dealing with similar issues. “In 2016, I started B&U to help save my fellow soldiers’ lives, or at least try to give them a second chance,” says Sheren. They donate 20% of their net profits to help fund various Veteran assistance programs around the world that help rehabilitate Veterans for a productive civilian life. Sheren’s jewelry and accessory line, Brass and Unity, is truly something she is proud to share with the world.
PEI: Prince Edward Island Sea Salt Company
The Prince Edward Island Sea Salt Company is an all-natural, hand-harvested artisanal salt producer that marries passion and perseverance with tradition and progression. Founder, Darren Blanchard was introduced to Nathan Gamauf shortly after the launch of his passion project, Black Whale Sea Salts. From there, The Prince Edward Island Sea Salt Company began production in 2017, making these proprietary finishing salts a staple on many shelves across the province. They remain committed to environmental sustainability – farming their beautiful waters, to produce unique Finishing Salts that celebrate their values: Integrity, Community and Perseverance.
Nova Scotia: Rescue Coffee Co.
Rescue Coffee Co., launched in 2015 by Claire Vaughan, is a premium coffee brand with a mission. They offer fair-trade organically grown coffee, roasted right in the Maritimes, and give 10% of proceeds to our partnering animal rescue organizations, which is essential for the inner animal lover that Claire is. “Coffee is a great way to get into people’s lives on a daily basis. My morning literally starts with my pets in my face wanting me to feed them. I go downstairs, feed them, and then I’m brewing coffee. That’s my morning routine, and I thought, you know what? I bet there are a lot of people out there who own pets that go through this same routine in the morning. Why not offer a coffee that gives back to animals in need? So that’s what I pursued.”
Manitoba: Just the Goods
Just the Goods is a Winnipeg-based producer of handmade, natural and affordable skincare products. All of their products are handmade and safe from toxins. A growing number of their products are now EWG VERIFIED, which means the products are free from the toxic ingredients on EWG’s “unacceptable list.” All of their products are plant and mineral-based and certified cruelty-free by the Leaping Bunny program. They are also a proud partner of the Humane Society International.
New Brunswick: Crackle and Teal
This Maritime-based company makes a variety of handmade products like soy wax candles, pottery, bath products and more. All of their products are handpicked from local artisans to bring you the best products, produced near you. Enjoy their delicious scented candles, or take part in one of their painting workshops to make your very own work of art!
Ontario: Ontario Honey Creations
Ontario Honey Creations is a family-owned business dedicated to providing seasonal terroir honey and artisan honey vinegar. Their honeybee yards are located across the Greater Toronto Area, and the honey is harvested by season and location, highlighting the unique taste of each location. A proceed from each sale helps support their work as Toronto Bee Rescue. Toronto Bee Rescue provides free honeybee swarm removal services in the Greater Toronto Area and humane honeybee hive removals.
Ontario: Hubbub Paper Co.
Hubbub Paper Co. is a full-service letterpress studio in Cambridge, Ontario. Their quality stationery is designed with the concept that every occasion is worth celebrating. Each piece in the collection is designed by Sibylle and individually printed on an antique letterpress. Creating unique, quality goods using sustainable practices and materials is at the core of everything they do. Hubbub Paper Co. made the very paper your letter is printed on.
Ontario: Voisin Maple Products
Making maple syrup has been a Voisin Family tradition for many years. George Voisin started the tradition way back in the 1920’s tapping 50 taps and boiling the syrup in the old fashioned sugar kettle on a farm just outside of Formosa, Ontario. Over the years, they have outgrown the original sugar shack and a large, modern facility was built to process sap from 8000 taps, along with a much larger kitchen area and packing room to accomodate for the wide range of gourmet maple delicacies which are now produced at Voisin’s Maple Products. They take great pride in the quality of maple syrup and maple products they produce. The utmost care is taken to ensure that every product they produce is of the highest quality possible, to guarantee that the “Voisin” family tradition will continue for a many years to come.
And an added bonus
The QuickBooks palm speaker is a convenient, wireless way to play your favourite tunes. It also doubles as a wireless charging power bank.
We wanted to thank you again for being a supporter and partner of Intuit QuickBooks Canada, we hope that you enjoy these products, and take the time to check out the amazing small businesses behind them.