Proudly Canadian Gift Ideas

Want to support local this Christmas?

You’ve come to the right (Canadian-owned) place!

Tis the season to be shopping local this year, and your neighbourhood London Drugs has a sackful of gift ideas to go under your tree that are made in Canada, designed in Canada or offered by Canadian owned companies.

Visit Local Central

The Local Central section in select stores continues to offer a fresh selection of hyper-local products, such as Kip’s Kettle Corn, Bear Bait Honey, Harry Beard Oil, True Heroes Coffee and more. Check our Local Central listings to see what’s available in your area!

Enjoy Holiday Snacking Canadian Style!

Nothing says holiday time like putting on the comfy pants and grazing on goodies. Whether you like savory, sweet or a little of both, we have a tasty selection of treats.

 

Christmas Breakfast of Canadian Champions!

Whether you like to eat before gift opening or enjoy more of an all-day breakfast, we have great food and snack ideas with a maple leaf twist.

Give the Gift of Canadian Beauty

From companies with deep Canadian roots to entrepreneurs who make their products with ingredients from every province, these cosmetics brands are worth a second look.

Canadian Tech & Accessories

We’re known for more than just snowmobiles and hockey sticks.

Gifts for our Furry Friends.

Don’t forget to get something for the pets!

Zoe Pet Foods – This Canadian owned company makes 100% of their dry pet food in Canada with an average of 80% Canadian sourced ingredients.

Gifts for the House & Home (or Log Cabin)

Canadians love things that practical, useful and beautiful. Like… Canadians!

Salt Spring Island Candles Hand-poured in their coastal island studio.

Starfrit Kitchenware – A wide range of quality products from a Quebec owned and operated company.  Look at this great Starfrit Spiral Vegetable Slicer – $29.99

Trudeau Kitchenware – A Canadian company offering kitchen utensils and accessories to Canada and the world. Everyone could use this Trudeau Filter Press Coffee Maker – $23.99

C&C Candle Company – Gift fresh scents and local love with these hand-poured, 100% soy candles made in Calgary.

Canadian Content

Browse our CDs, DVDs and Vinyl Records for Canadian Classics like The Tragically Hip. Neil Young, Gordon Lightfoot and of course, CBC’s The Vinyl Cafe.

Remember, London Drugs has their head office right here in Western Canada (Richmond, BC) so whatever you buy with us, you are #ProudlyCanadian.

Happy Holidays, Eh.

 

Proudly Canadian Brand Stories – Nellie’s – Inspired by a Mom from the Prairies

 

Nellie’s – Inspired by a Mom from the Prairies

Nellie’s founder James Roberts gives credit for their success story where it’s due. “Nellie’s is named after my mom, who believed in keeping things simple – in a good way.” This is obvious in products like their iconic powdered laundry detergent. “The fact is, more cleaning power can be packed into powder,” Roberts continues, “Only one tablespoon is needed for a regular load of laundry.”

Made in Canada with Canadian Ingredients Nellie’s has been making their eco-friendly cleaning products based out of North Vancouver for over a decade, with high-quality biodegradable and hypo-allergenic ingredients.

“We don’t want to go elsewhere for materials unless we have to,” says Roberts, “For example, the soda ash used in our detergent is mined in Canada – it goes from the ground to processing, to the container in your home. That helps employ a lot of Canadians along the way.”

Nellie’s number one Canadian value: Common Sense. “When I grew up, there weren’t a dozen cleaners under the sink,” says Roberts, “We like to make products people really need. We also believe things can be made in Canada. Sometimes domestic ingredients may cost us a little more, but it makes sense to support local.”

Nellie’s also believes in another good Canadian value – honesty. Every ingredient in their products is listed on their website.

Nellie’s and London Drugs – a Canadian connection that goes way back. “London Drugs engaged with Nellie’s early on,” says Roberts, “They started by selling our Nellie’s Dryerballs over 10 years ago, and they have grown with us all the way since. That’s another Canadian prairie value. You support the people in your community.”

Shop Nellie’s line of cleaning products, for laundry, kitchen and bath here: https://www.londondrugs.com/nellies/

To find out more about our Proudly Canadian program, click here.

 

 

 

Proudly Canadian Brand Stories – Baby Gourmet

 

Baby Gourmet – Started by two Calgary Moms who just wanted to feed their babies better.

“When my daughter was six months old. I went to the grocery store and bought a couple jars of baby food. After opening a jar of strained green beans, I knew instantly I wasn’t going to feed her anything I wouldn’t eat myself,” says Baby Gourmet co-founder Jennifer Carlson, “And I definitely wasn’t going to eat that jar of green beans!” Jennifer and her sister Jill Vos, launched Baby Gourmet in 2006 at the Calgary Farmers Market.  Since then, it has grown to become Canada’s leading brand of organic baby food.

Babies deserve the finest ingredients

Baby Gourmet uses only the very best, non-GMO organic ingredients – no fillers, added sugar, salt, or artificial preservatives of any kind – and 75% of their entire product offering is made in Canada. “We are most proud of our new innovation,” Carlson says, “A finger food line of lentil chickpea puffed snacks that are made in Saskatchewan.”

Canadian authenticity – from their kitchen to yours.

“Jill and I create every single product that comes out of Baby Gourmet,” says Carlson, “Every product starts in our kitchen and then moves into production under our watchful eye.” This hands-on process keeps Baby Gourmet at the forefront of the Canadian baby food market. “We use our motherly instincts to decide which flavours to bring to market and have a deep understanding of our fellow moms and what they want for their babies.”

Growing Canadian success (and Canadian babies!)

“We feel strongly about strengthening communities and local economies. We can do this by supporting the passionate Canadians behind Proudly Canadian brands,” says Carlson, “London Drugs has been a key partner of Baby Gourmet for the last 8 years and are an integral part of helping put the best organic baby food into the mouths of Canadian babies!”

Here’s to growing them big and strong.

Shop baby gourmet online here.

To find out more about our Proudly Canadian program, click here.

Proudly Canadian Brand Stories – Earth’s Own Oat Milk – Canadian from the roots up.

One look at the Earth’s Own tagline,  “We Dig Plants.”, and you know right away, it’s genuine.

“All of our oats are grown by Canadian farmers on the Prairies and in Quebec,” says Brittany Hull, Director of Marketing for Earth’s Own, “You can’t get much more Canadian than that.”

Local Ingredients, Local Production.

Earth’s Own sources ingredients locally wherever possible. They also produce all of their delicious plant-based milks in Canada instead of shipping product over borders. This results in a smaller environmental footprint for this growing brand and supports local farmers and plant workers to build a brighter and tighter sense of community.

Being bold in a most Canadian way.

The Earth’s Own brand takes a strong stand for their values. But this bold attitude is delivered with style, humour and above all, authenticity. From the cheerful packaging to their cheeky ‘Plantifesto’ their important message comes across as friendly, intelligent and tasteful –like their oat milk itself.

Saving the world – one plant at a time.

Earth’s Own knows that environmental impact goes beyond borders. Their solution: plants.

“Because of our Canadian climate, our oats don’t require irrigation,” Hull says, “This means that they are grown using 7x less water than dairy milk.”

Plant-based eating is inherently having a lower environmental impact because plants are grown to eat directly, rather than feeding animals for food production. And that’s not all, Earth’s Own containers are also made from plants and the company supports plant-based community projects.

Proud to be one of London Drugs’ newest Canadian brands.

“Our first time shipping Earth’s Own products in London Drugs stores was in April 2020,” says Michael Rende, Director of Sales for Earth’s Own, “This shows a great nimbleness to support local brands during these unprecedented times. Customers are always looking for brands they can trust, and Earth’s Own is grateful to be in London Drugs stores, supporting our Canadian roots right along with them.”

Shop Earths Own here!


To find out more about our Proudly Canadian program, click here.

We are Proudly Canadian: Finding common bonds during a time where we all need each other.

Proudly Canadian is a program London Drugs launched in 2018 to highlight our unique selection of products that have Canadian roots.



While #ProudlyCanadian is always near and dear to London Drugs and our customers, with many businesses across our country struggling to survive during COVID-19, we felt it important to share the successes of the many great Canadian companies within our communities.  Companies with amazing stories about their beginnings through to their achievements.  Stories that most importantly are about the people, it is with these people in mind that we share our Proudly Canadian program with you.

Over the coming weeks we will share a collection of stories about great Canadian companies.  We think you will be surprised by how many products have Canadian connections.  Products with ingredients sourced from across our country, products and concepts designed and developed here.  Companies developing products with sustainability as a priority, making caring about the people and our world a significant reason for what they do.

To make it easy for you, you can find our Proudly Canadian products in-store by looking for our bold blue and red signs, or online at londondrugs.com. Be sure to follow our social feeds for ongoing Canadian stories and features!

What is Proudly Canadian ?

Designed in Canada – Products designed with Canadian innovation. In this category we also look for additional factors such as Canadian ownership, history of doing business in Canada and the number of Canadian employees.

Made in Canada – At least 51% of the total direct costs of producing the goods must be incurred in Canada. This can include Canadian ingredients, processing or manufacturing.

Canadian Proud – This designation lets us highlight products assembled in Canada with foreign parts,  manufactured in Canada with imported resources, etc.

London Drugs is proudly 100% Canadian owned and operated since 1945