It’s Basic Spirit for the Free Spirit in You

It’s Basic Spirit for the Free Spirit in You

Basic Spirit – The Perfect Gift for the Holidays

If you’ve been to the east coast of Canada, you’ll understand why so many beautiful things come from there. Some people say everything that you need to know about a place is in the name and that’s why we’re proud to say that the fine line of handcrafted pewter gifts that we sell from Nova Scotia come from the town called Pugwash.

Where else would you expect to find a charming Seaglass Turtle Charm Bracelet and a series of other magnificent gifts, all from a cozy corner of our country and all crafted from lead free pewter? These are the folks that pride themselves on the kind of customer designs that are each and every one a unique expression that will last a lifetime. How much more can you tell a loved one what they meant to you than by selecting something from this inventory of gifts that will never be replicated again?  If you’re still a Free Spirit at heart, you’ll want to give Basic Spirit a chance.  Along with an excellent inventory of handmade items that are sure to dazzle and become keepsakes and family heirlooms, Basic Spirit has a great social conscience that makes us proud to do business with them. They have a long list of community-oriented organizations they help to support because these are the people that understand everyone is interconnected.

Why not browse through the inventory of interesting gift ideas we carry right here from our friends at Basic Spirit? With Christmas fast approaching, you might want to consider something stylish and elegant  that friends and loved ones will cherish and get a lot of use from.

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Canadian Gift Ideas and Why You Should Shop Locally

Canadian Gift Ideas and Why You Should Shop Locally

There’s something to be said for buying Canadian. Whether you’re looking at something redolent of the entire Canuck experience like the Maple Candle we offer, or a home grown supplier like Wanda Shum has caught your eye, there are some excellent reasons for spending your hard earned dollar at home. Following are just a few and we’re sure there are many others you can add to our list by commenting.

The Economy
In case you haven’t noticed, the global economy we all live in is made up of smaller parts that include the things you and your neighbors produce. Supporting the local economy is about giving your friends and neighbours a helping hand and, in turn, helping your fortunes out at the same time.

The Earth
We’re all concerned about Mother Earth and how we can lessen our carbon footprints. Shopping from the comfort of your own home online is a great start, but you can do even more by keeping your purchases close to home. It stands to reason that products made here in the Great White North take less energy to transport so there’s less of a strain on the earth’s climate.

Some Ideas
Now that we’ve convinced you about why you need to shop within our borders, here are a few outstanding Canadian Gift Ideas that are fantastic examples of your neighbour’s dedication to quality and craftsmanship.

Arts and Crafts. There’s a lot of different items that you can enjoy under this rather large umbrella but Candles are always a favourite when they’re made right here at home. Quiet nights with a book or loved ones are made all the more special with a flickering flame crafted on our shores.

Jewellery. When these are hand crafted and made in Canada, there’s little chance that you’ll miss the mark. Some of the more interesting products are made by our good friends on the East Coast. Basic Spirit is one of the suppliers we use because they have an excellent lineup of things for loved ones (including pets) and these folks do a lot of really good work in communities that need help.

Creative Craft Kits. A big part of being Canadian is caring and fostering the creative side of the next generation. That’s why selling homegrown painting kits for kids is important to us—we think an essential part of helping little ones grow up with a real sense of self comes with the feeling of accomplishment they get from these wonderful products we sell from our friends at Artburn.

We’ve always been patriotic here at What A Jewel. The very best in hand made arts and crafts that come from the imaginations and hands of local artists right here in Canada is one of the big cornerstones of our business and that’s not likely to change anytime soon. Why not take a few minutes to search for that special Canadian gift idea that’s not only unique but a proud expression of who we are?

A History of Tea You Can Contemplate Over a Cup

A History of Tea You Can Contemplate Over a Cup

We all know there’s really nothing more relaxing than a cup of tea and when you take the time to enjoy your favourite blend like Canadian Icewine Tea from our inventory that’s made with real icewine, we thought you might be interested in reading a little something about the history of everyone’s favorite drink.

All the tea in China as the saying goes and with good reason since that’s where historians have the drink originating as far back as 2737 BC with the Chinese emperor Shen Nung who accidentally discovered what the British would later lay claim to after a leaf blew into some drinking water that was being boiled.

Of course we’re not implying there’s a straight historical line to Chinese royalty. Still, whose to say that Shen Nung might not have enjoyed our floating Rubber Duck Tea Infuser to keep those stray leaves out of his “cuppa”.

It’s always interesting to muse on the fact that tea took several routes to get to Great Britain and historical records mention it making the first inroads into Europe in the latter half of the sixteenth century.

Look to buy Canadian when you shop online this Holiday Season

Look to buy Canadian when you shop online this Holiday Season

Making the decision to shop online is the right choice for a variety of different reasons. Beyond the increased convenience and outstanding selections you get when shopping for gifts, you will be able to easily compare prices and free shipping is also available at some online stores.

Still, you should take a step back and, even in the face of the global choices you have, think about why shopping for Canadian goods and services makes the most sense. There are a variety of good reasons. Read on to find out what they are.

Say you’re looking for baby shower gifts. Now, there’s obviously a good feeling behind making a purchase like that and you’ll want to keep that ball rolling as you decide what the best, most appropriate and endearing choices you have are. And that’s one of the best reasons why you want to shop Canadian. Remember that when you buy Canadian, you make a positive impact on the economy right here at home and you’ll be spreading the good tidings of those baby gifts around to your neighbours, friends and even fellow countrymen by giving them your business.

Let’s try another scenario. What happens when you’re asked to buy a birthday gift for someone special and you want to shop online? Here again it makes sense to shop for the gifts that are made right here since we have some of the finest health and safety standards in the world. From the factory’s emission standards to our top notch quality assurance practices, to the careful selection process in the materials used, Canada has one of the highest standards for manufacturing in the world.

All good reasons to look through our Made in Canada section for something suitable for Christmas, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day or anything in between. We are in the process of putting together gift bundles and pre-packaged gifts that will be just the thing for everyone on your list this Holiday Season.

Hand Painted Pendant Giveaway by The Craft Corner

Hand Painted Pendant Giveaway by The Craft Corner

The Craft Corner is an online store featuring hand painted jewellery, hand crafted pewter jewellery, tee shirts, cosmetic bags and more.

They have painting kits for children that include a t shirt or pillowcase, water based, non-toxic paints, a paint brush and instructions. These kits are perfect for kids parties which we all know can be “difficult”. They can paint their own t-shirt or pillowcase which will keep them busy and as the paints are all water based they can be cleaned up easily. Only once they have been heat set (ironed) are they colourfast; they can then be machine washed (inside out). If you prefer to give the kids a ready-made t shirt, you can buy one that has already been painted for you.

The artist uses high quality paints to paint her one of a kind abstract designs on oyster shells and ceramic bisque.

There are also amazing one of a kind  adult hand painted tees. Each of these tees can take many hours to complete.

The cosmetic bags make great gifts; they have many uses and can also be used as kids pencil cases or clutches. All come with matching tassels.

The Craft Corner is giving away one of their beautiful pendants (including chain) to one lucky winner.

Open to the Continental USA and Canada (excl. Quebec) 18+

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Barefoot Venus Gift Bundle Giveaway

Barefoot Venus Gift Bundle Giveaway

Barefoot Venus: Another Great Reason To Buy Canadian

These are complicated times so it’s good to know there’s a Canadian firm dedicated to a line of products that makes you feel good about your place in the world. Designed to let your confidence and beauty radiate through and inspire, the wonderful products from Barefoot Venus that are carried by What A Jewel are diverse and yet all geared toward a total natural experience that leaves you both rejuvenated and refreshed.

From a soothing foot balm and luxurious massage oil to a hand repair cream with shea butter, protective mango seed butter, moisturizing olive oil and shielding soy bean oil as ingredients, these are the perfect gifts for her. What woman doesn’t want to feel angelic and heavenly and Barefoot Venus has the perfect combination that will do the trick. In the spirit of giving gifts that make a difference, What A Jewel is beginning a new campaign to incorporate gift bundles and pre-packaged gifts that suit every occasion and make perfect birthdays gifts.

Imagine the look on her face when she receives one of these bundles that includes all of her favourite Barefoot Venus bath accessories like the Barefoot Venus Mustard Bath which is this company’s top selling product, Mango Butter Bath Bliss and Coconut Kiss Instant Hand Repair?

Would you like to a win a bundle? is giving away a Barefoot Venus Gift Bundle to one lucky winner.  ARV $42.00

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Open to Canada (excluding Quebec) / Continental USA.

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