8 Excellent Gifts from Canada to Bring Home
Imagine the excitement of going home after living in Canada for a few years. Also, imagine the chaos of looking for gifts from Canada to bring home.
Fret not. Today, we will talk about Canadian gifts that will be appreciated by your loved ones back home. This way, you can focus on planning happy reunions.
Maple Syrup and Maple Goodies
Is it a surprise that food products top my list of best gifts from Canada to bring home? Practically everybody loves to eat! Maple syrup and maple syrup-flavored goodies are first on my list since Canada is known as the land of maple.
Canada produces approximately 75% of the world’s maple syrup production. In 2020, Canadian Maple producers harvested 14.3 million gallons of syrup.
An article on CanadianFamily.net mentions several benefits of Maple syrup. For one, it is packed with more vitamins, minerals, and trace elements compared to refined sugar. It also contains prebiotics and probiotics that help create and maintain gut health. It even helps manage blood sugar levels due to its phenols content that is associated with Type II Diabetes development. So, it is an indulgent gift that won’t make you feel guilty.
Aside from Maple syrup, you may also opt to add Maple candies, cookies, spreads, and tea to your list of gifts from Canada to bring home.
I have seen these products in Souvenir shops and grocery stores like Walmart and Superstore.
Canada is one of the world’s biggest producers of salmon. The aquaculture industry thrives in all provinces and the Yukon Territory. Salmon tops the list of species grown by the industry. However, wild Salmon is also abundant in the country. Salmon products are then unique Canadian gifts.
Try to find some Salmon bites, Smoked Salmon, or better yet, Maple Glazed Smoked Salmon.
Chocolates taste different in various countries because of the regulations. In Canada, milk chocolate is expected to contain not less than 25 percent total cocoa solids. In contrast, the minimum cocoa mass for milk chocolate is 35% in Europe and 10% in the United States.
The differences in the cocoa mass requirements result in differences in the tastes of the chocolates as well. So this can be a good conversation starter, too!
Laura Secord and Purdy’s Chocolatier are popular brands. Laura Secord was established in 1913 as a small candy store in Toronto and has now grown into Canada’s largest and best-known chocolatier. Purdys started in 1907 in Vancouver and is now available in more than 75 shops across British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and Ontario.
You may also want to check out handmade chocolates lovingly made by artisans. They come in various flavors, shapes, and sizes that will delight your loved ones.
When talking about artisans, we can not overlook coffee, candles, personal care products, and other items made by skilled craft workers.
These niche products will surely interest your family and friends with the use of sustainable materials, infusion of local ingredients, or even witty packaging.
These are generally available in tourist areas or the downtown core. In British Columbia’s Lower Mainland, you can find these items in downtown Vancouver, Granville Island, and North Vancouver. If you want to shop while exploring a beautiful place, Whistler and Bowen Island are great shopping options.
According to the Cariboo Jade & Gift Shop website, “Jade” refers to two different mineral species: Jadeite and Nephrite. Also, while Jadeite is found mainly in Myanmar, Nephrite is found in Russia, New Zealand, and B.C., Canada.
Jade is believed to restore good health as well as bring serenity and good fortune. Further, good luck is doubled when jade is received as a present.
Wouldn’t it be nice to give the gift of beautiful jewelry and good fortune?
There are several shops that sell BC jade and jewelry along Water Street in downtown Vancouver. Drop by after taking photos of the steam clock.
You can also find BC jade and Canadian jewelry online.
Canadian and Indigenous Art
Each art piece speaks of the artist’s personal journey. Essentially, you are not just giving an artwork but the gift of beauty, knowledge, and connection.
Statistics Canada states that Ontario and the western provinces of Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, and British Columbia are home to the largest number of Aboriginal people. Further, Aboriginal people made up the majority of the Nunavut and Northwest Territories population. So, if you come from these provinces, you will surely have access to amazing art pieces.
Canadian and Indigenous Art are available in souvenir shops and art galleries. My limited travels within Canada have brought me to wonderful shops and galleries in Granville Island, Tofino, Sunshine Coast, Bowen Island, and Whitehorse. But, I am sure that these unique Canadian arts are waiting for your purchase in every locality.
Canadian wine is one of the best gifts from Canada to bring home.
Excellent wine is produced from Canada’s East to West Coast. The main wine-growing regions are the Niagara Peninsula in Ontario and the Okanagan Valley in British Columbia. However, wine is also produced in other regions of these provinces along with smaller areas in Quebec and Nova Scotia.
Canadian Icewine is revered internationally. Icewine is produced from grapes that have been frozen naturally on the vine. It is made in every Canadian wine-producing province, however, over 90% of the production occurs in Ontario.
Why don’t you share the joy of tasting Canadian wine with your loved ones when culturally acceptable?
Canadian Sports Team Apparel
Well, how else will you proudly show your Canadian spirit? Share the fun of cheering for your favorite team by giving sports team apparel.
There are many options to choose from starting from National Hockey League to Canadian League Teams. Jerseys, shirts, and sweatshirts are great options. Hats and scarves are easy choices if you don’t want to stress over the right size. You can do your shopping from the comfort of your home or by browsing items in retail stores.
Of course, checking the customs prohibitions in your destination country is important. You don’t want to leave the presents you curated with care at the airport. After all, you are not just sharing a simple object. You are actually giving a token of your love, a product of your hard work, and an experience that you wish to share with your loved ones.
I hope this list of gifts from Canada to bring home takes away some travel preparation stress so you can focus on enjoying your homecoming.