Welcome to the second annual Simply Frugal Holiday Gift Guide!  With the gift guides (and giveaways!) I hope to help make your holiday shopping easier and more affordable by featuring many amazing Canadian companies!

I’m kicking of The 2011 Simply Frugal Holiday Gift Guide by featuring many of my favourite Canadian Etsy shops.  For those not in the know, Etsy is a place that allows users to buy and sell handmade & vintage items and craft supplies.  Etsy boasts over 170,000 shops that allow crafters to sell their goods to create a living for themselves.  You’ll find Etsy shops in all corners of the world!   In the gift guide below you’ll find a list of some of my favourite Canadian Etsy shops that I enjoy browsing or shopping from!  Enjoy!


Heartfelt Yarn Wreaths – Katie at Heartfelt Yarn Wreaths (located in Winnipeg) makes some absolutely gorgeous holiday yarn wreaths that I’m sure any of the Christmas lovers on your list would love to receive!  Not only does she make wreaths, but she also features beautiful felt brooches, yarn trees cupcake flags and gift certificates.  Katie would love to offer shoppers a 15% discount with the code SIMPLYFRUGAL.  Expires November 30, 2011.

Asil Designs –  Lisa creates beautiful and unique jewelry, such as necklaces, earrings and rings.  I know I would be so pleased to receive any of her pieces for Christmas this year!   Lisa would love to give Simply Frugal readers a 15% discount on their purchase and for every $50 spent you will receive a $10 gift certificate to Asil Designs…for future purchases!  Make sure to use the discount code FRUGAL15.  Expires November 30, 2011.

The Counting Sheep Company – Sarah, a busy Mom of three creates amazing 3-in-1 crib sheets.  The sheets are a great time and money saving tool for parents. They really take the place of three separate things…a waterproof mattress liner, a mattress pad and a sheet, all for less than the price of a mattress pad!  It also comes off and on the mattress super fast during late night changes.  Sarah is very generously giving one Simply Frugal reader a chance at winning one of her crib sheets!  Make sure to use the discount code Frugal15 to save 15% off your purchase at The Counting Sheep Company. Code expires December 25, 2011.

Milk and Cookies Canada – A favourite home decor shop from last year, Misty transforms designer fabric into gorgeous pillows for your home!  I’m finding it hard to choose one pillow cover that I love the most, there are so many wonderful fabrics to choose from!  Misty would also like to give one lucky winner a fabulous pillow cover of their choosing from Milk and Cookies Canada!   Be sure to use the discount code SIMPLYFRUGAL to save 10% off your entire purchase.  Code expires November 30, 2011.

birdAve – Okay, birdAve features some of the neatest hand drawn prints I’ve seen!  I love the black and white city skylines with the bright coloured backgrounds (as seen in the picture to the left).  There are cities from all around the world, including quite a few from Canada!  birdAve would love to give one print (of the winners choice or a refund if a purchase has already been made) to one Simply Frugal reader!  Be sure to use the discount code FRUGAL to save 15% off your Christmas shopping!

PureComfort – PureComfort Jewelry offers a collection of beautiful, handmade, authentic Baltic amber teething necklaces and other teething jewelry for babies and toddlers. For centuries throughout Europe, Baltic amber has been used for healing and wellbeing. When worn, the warmth from the body releases the amber’s natural oils into the skin, soothing the misery of teething aches (and other discomforts), offering a completely natural teething remedy. A matching necklace for moms can also be custom made on request!  Use discount code HOLIDAY15 at checkout to receive 15% off your entire order!  PureComfort would also love to give one Simply Frugal reader one sunshine lemon elastic anklet/bracelet!

Designs By Yo – “Showcasing my creativity began several years ago while designing costumes for community theater productions. I first began beading in earnest after designing the necklace Eliza wore to the ball in My Fair Lady, and I haven’t looked back. I am new to the Etsy community, and am looking forward to sharing my work, and hope to add some exciting pieces to your signature look. I love to create new pieces, so if you see something you like, but would like it better in another colour or style, I’d be happy to design a custom piece.”   Designs by Yo is generously giving away a set of glass pearl wrapped bracelets to one Simply Frugal reader!  Use the discount code SIMPLYFRUGAL to save 25% off your purchase through December 31, 2011.  Make sure to take advantage of the free gift wrapping if you’re sending a gift to someone at a different address!

SoarCreative – Titled “SoarCreative” so as not to limit the possibilities, Bonnie’s shop is simply an outlet to allow her to do what she loves.  She believes that there is a love and connection to handmade objects that will never be equaled in the mass produced items that fill our lives.  Bonnie features books, jewelry, textiles, and art that are created from found and rescued objects combined with other inspirations.   SoarCreative would also love to give one Simply Frugal reader a custom Monogram Cafe Cozy in their choice of colour, buttons and initial.  Use the discount code 2BFRUGAL to save 10% off your purchase through November 20, 2011.

Kendra’s Jewelry Shoppe – a shoppe full of unique polymer clay creations based in Regina, Saskatchewan!  Each item is hand made by Kendra who takes great pride in her work.  She has a cute selection of earrings, necklaces and zipper pulls!  Kendra would love to have one Simply frugal reader win any one item (of their choice) from her shoppe!  Use the discount code SIMPLY2011 to save 20% off your entire purchase.  Oh and shipping is free on all orders!

mateo &  tobiasmateo & tobias design modern and fun wall prints to decorate your living and work space.  From alphabet and number prints to birth announcements and inspirational art, each print can be customized in terms of color and personalization.  They also make wonderful gifts and keepsakes!  To get 10% off your purchase until November 30, 2011, just enter SIMPLYFRUGAL as a coupon code at checkout.  mateo & tobias would also love to give one Simply frugal reader a $30 gift certificate to the Etsy shop!

Decor and Crafts – Shoppers will find unique, one of a kind buntings made from children’s storybooks, paper garland made from children’s storybooks plus the odd vintage finds and vintage children’s books.  Decor and Crafts simply wants to put a smile on your face and to brighten a room with their one of a kind designs. Plus encourage you to create your own artwork with their unique finds and supplies.  Sherri would love to give one Simply frugal reader an Alice in Wonderland Paper Garland!  Make sure to use the discount code SIMPLYFRUGAL to save 15% off your purchase!

Being Jewellery – Jewellery that has a funky flare with a vintage feel.  Sherri features beautiful necklaces, rings and gorgeous hair pins that are totally worth checking out for yourself  or for those special women on your gift list this year.  Being Jewellery would love to give one Simply Fugal reader a set of three hairpins!  Use the discount code SIMPLYFRUGAL to save 15% off your purchase!

Ideas Company – “ideas company is (www.ideascompany.ca) a graphic and web design company.   Working all day with corporate clients, “creativity” isn’t always appreciated so we developed these posters, Quotables as a creative outlet for our silly side.  We love to come up with funny and/or inspirational sayings and Etsy is the perfect venue to share them with others.  Our hope is that our artwork puts a smile on your face.”  Ideas Company features motivational posters that can be purchased already printed out or can be ordered so that you can print them yourself.  Save 15% off your purchase with the discount code SIMPLYFRUGAL!

There you have it, a few of my favourite Canadian Etsy shops that I think are totally worth checking out.  I hope I’ve given you some ideas for gifts this year!  I should mention, in order to order something from one of the Etsy shops, you must become a member first (it’s free).  It’s basically like purchasing from anywhere else (address, name..etc) but you have to choose a user name and password.  Etsy never sends out junk mail.  I think the only emails you’ll get are the ones after you purchase something and one with your password and user name!  Stay tuned for all the Etsy giveaways, they’re up next!