Whether you’re looking for a last-minute Christmas gift or you just want to treat yourself in the aftermath of holiday stress, you can’t go wrong with giving the gift of coziness. Here are five of our favourite natural-fibre products that’ll make you feel snug and warm during the worst of winter.
Waterproof Snowy Owl Mukluk
Photo by Manitobah.ca
Founded by a Métis entrepreneur in 1990, Manitobah makes the warmest waterproof mukluks you’ll find north of the 49th. From the Indigenous art moulded into the Vibram sole to the Indigenous-owned production facility in Wnnipeg, you’ll be hard pressed to find a more Canadian way to keep your toes toasty and stylish. Buy it here!
2. Pendleton Wool Blankets
Photo by Pendleton.ca
Plenty of new high-tech fabrics claim to keep you dry and warm during the worst of winter, but no synthetic product can hold a candle to good old-fashioned wool. Woven in the Pacific Northwest, these iconic blankets maintain their ties to the indigenous cultures that inspired them, and they’re the perfect way to bring warmth and style to a rustic cottage bedroom. Buy it here!
3. Topsy Farms Sheepskins
Photo by topsyfarms.ca
Made from sustainable wool sheared from grass-fed, hormone-free sheep, these lovely sheepskins from Topsy Farms are naturally resistant to mould, mildew, and dust mites, and they’re perfect for the back of a leather couch or the floor in front of your cottage fireplace. They also provide the perfect nap companion for pets on blustery days. Buy it here!
4. Khunu Yak Wool Sweater
Photo by Khunu.com
We’re bonkers about the natural coziness and moisture-wicking properties of sheep’s wool, but one of the best-kept secrets of the wool world is that there’s something even warmer: yak wool. Because yaks live in harsh climates and high altitudes, from the Yukon to the Himalayas, they require a special breed of insulation. And thanks to companies like Khunu, who specialize in yak-wool sweaters, you can be just as cozy this winter. Buy it here!
5. Lambskin Suede Mittens
Photo by realwoolshop.ca
You won’t be able to swipe away at your smartphone while wearing shearling mittens (is that such a bad thing?), but there’s no better way to keep your hands toasty after you’ve finished refilling your washer fluid on a cold Canadian day. These lambskin suede mittens from the Real Wool Shop in Ottawa will wrap your hands in a curly lamb’s wool lining and keep frostbite at bay. Buy it here!