Arrow Fat Left Icon Arrow Fat Right Icon Arrow Right Icon Cart Icon Close Circle Icon Expand Arrows Icon Facebook Icon Instagram Icon Pinterest Icon Hamburger Icon Information Icon Down Arrow Icon Mail Icon Mini Cart Icon Person Icon Ruler Icon Search Icon Shirt Icon Triangle Icon Bag Icon Play Video

Design Inspiration

OAT Holiday Gift Guide: 10 Canadian-made Gift Ideas To Elevate Life at Home

Given that we’ve all been spending  extra time at home this past year, it only felt right to compile a gift guide with our favourite gift ideas to help your loved ones upstyle their living space. 

Whether you’re looking for a custom-designed, made-to-order piece for your partner, a timeless, yet minimalist decor staple for a loved one or a splurge item for someone special, here are 10 Canadian-made items that double as crowd-pleasing holiday gifts.

For the ‘shop local’ enthusiast:

Marshmallow Ottoman


Photo credit: Trica Furniture

An ottoman is one of the most versatile pieces in any living space, and one of our go-to recommendations for adding a point of interest. The simplicity of our made-in-Canada Marshmallow Ottoman by Trica is a great, multifunctional addition to a space. Whether it’s used as additional seating, an extra table surface from time to time, or as a foot rest, this understated ottoman is the perfect combination of function and style. Available in a wide selection of fabrics, leathers, and finishes, it’s an easily customizable gift that anyone will love for years to come.

Beam Lamp

Photo credit: Trica Furniture

Know someone that could use a home office refresh? The Beam Lamp by Trica is luxury furniture at its finest. Made in Canada from a combination of metal and solid oak, this lamp is functional and doubles as a piece of art. Available in three different sizes with custom finishing options available, this lamp will make a statement in anyone’s WFH set up. 


For the minimalist:

Misha Chair

Photo credit: Once A Tree Furniture

Looking for a chair that can serve more than one purpose? The Canadian-made Misha Chair by Canadel is stylish, functional, and the best part is, its minimalist design means it can be used in any space. Whether it’s for a dining room, an entry way, or even a home office, the clean lines and elegant design of this chair make this a gift you won’t have a problem finding a home for.


Aroma Accent Table


Photo credit: Union Photographers

This sleek and modern side table is what every minimalist’s dreams are made of. Featuring clean lines and a small footprint, the understated Aroma Accent Table by Trica has the right amount of surface area to display treasured keepsakes while still maintaining a low profile. Did we mention it’s made in Canada? 


For the art collector:

Custom painting by a local artist

Photo credit: Union Photographers

From now until December 23rd, we are featuring a handful of our favourite Vancouver-based artists in our showroom. From the natural, botanical-inspired paintings of Gabryel Harrison and stunning landscapes by Krista Johnson to the abstract paintings of Lisa Ochowycz and Miriam Aroeste, there’s sure to be something unique waiting for any recipient on your holiday list this year. Drop by our showroom to check out the wide selection of art available for purchase. After all, an original work of art is one of the best ways to add character and personality to any space!


For the lovers of luxury:

Jak Bar Cart

Photo credit: Union Photographers

Nothing says hostess with the mostest like a stunning, statement bar cart. While we might not be hosting the usual holiday get togethers this year, a bar cart still promises to be a must-have for any living space. Featuring a multi-tiered design and an antique brass frame, the mobile Jak Bar Cart by Arteriors is functional and beautiful at the same time. Not to mention, the lockable casters make it easy to have a cocktail in any room - so that’s a bonus. It’s 2020, after all. 

For the home chef:

It doesn’t get more thoughtful than small batch, hand made home goods by Tracey Ayton Home. Inspired by seaside living, Tracey Ayton Home is your one-stop shop for the foodie in your life:

 Ceramic Berry Bowl by Ceramist Elise Dufour

Photo credit: Tracey Ayton

These handmade, ceramic berry bowls feature beauty and functionality at the same time. Pierced with holes to allow for air flow, these one-of-a-kind bowls can be used to serve fruit on the table right after rinsing. 

 Pinafore Apron

Photo credit: Tracey Ayton

Every chef needs an apron and these simple, yet beautifully crafted pinafore full aprons won’t disappoint. Available in neutral sand or soft blue, these wraparound aprons are a lovely addition to any chef’s kitchen wardrobe.

 Wood Stand


Photo credit: Tracey Ayton

The perfect “catch-all” for any kitchen! Whether it’s used as a surface for frequently used spices and oils or to display baked goods and other festive treats, this minimalist platform is an understated addition to the heart of the home. Made of pine and available in a white wash stain or warm driftwood, the possibilities are truly endless.

Charcuterie boards by Steelwood Design

Photo credit: Tracey Ayton

Charcuterie lovers rejoice! We have a beautiful selection of Steelwood Design’s locally-made and highly sought-after charcuterie boards as part of our holiday pop-up series. Made from reclaimed wood and featuring timeless, sustainable designs, these charcuterie boards are sure to be a hit - and as a bonus, they act as a unique and beautiful piece of art when they’re not serving up a delicious spread.

From now until December 23rd, we are hosting our first-ever “At Home for the Holidays” Pop-Up Series featuring exclusive gifts and decor by local artists and artisans in our showroom. Participating artists and artisans will be donating 20% of their sales from the pop-up this month to local charities including Covenant House Vancouver, Marine Mammal Rescue Center, and the Vancouver Women’s Health Collective. Please keep in mind, COVID-19 protocols are in place and masks are mandatory while shopping in the showroom. For more information, click here or email us at

 10 Artisan Gift Ideas to Elevate Life at Home

  • Post author
    Daphne Nielsen