I love gift-giving. 

If I spot ‘the perfect gift’ in July, it gets squirreled away for a November birthday. 

All of my nieces and nephews live at least an hour's drive from me and most aren't in the same province. Visits with friends and family need weeks or months of planning, and sometimes the distance is overwhelming.

When the pandemic hit I was constantly looking for clever gifting options for birthdays, but as the months dragged on, I began looking for ways to celebrate Halloween, Thanksgiving, and even a simple Tuesday! 

I needed a place where I could find cool, meaningful gifts for any occasion and I needed that place to be in Canada to avoid supply chain issues. 

I'm not saying that I didn't find gifts or that there's a lack of local options, only that I spent so much time searching and often felt that I 'settled', after wasting hours of my time browsing websites online.

That’s when I first got the idea to create The Guild Box.

Before launching The Guild Box, I had been a metal-smithing student for three years. 

The pandemic cancelled all of my classes and supply chain interruptions meant I couldn't restock metals easily. Art shows, craft fairs, and vendor markets were cancelled which meant that I couldn't sell my work. 

And I wasn’t alone, dozens of artisans that I had met along the way were in the same position. I felt like I needed to do something.

Over the course of a 'normal' year, art shows and markets provide small businesses with the opportunity to showcase their work, increase their visibility, and earn an income. The pandemic shut down hundreds of Ontario shows and created a type of artistic vacuum.

I was one of those businesses.

Having been a part of the incredible community of artisans in the Thousand Islands, I felt that rather than pivot alone we could make something truly special together. 

The Guild was born!

Coming up with a name felt easy.

Guilds were originally created as a means for like-minded, similarly trained individuals to gather for mutual success and protection. 

Members understood that together, regardless of competition, they were stronger. 

Guilds were also places where artistic abilities and craftsmanship were celebrated and nurtured. 

In today's globalized economy, consumers can find what they want, faster and at a cheaper price. Today, very few artisans can support themselves or their families on their craft alone. Blacksmiths, potters, and apothecaries, for example, create during their leisure time and sell their pieces at craft fairs and art shows.

I'm going to change that.

As consumers turn online for ways to shop and send gifts, unlike anything we’ve seen before, The Guild answers the demand for customized, personalized gifts, that support small businesses and artisans.

Every product is sourced from, and directly supports, a small Canadian business. 

When you choose to celebrate someone special with a Guild Box, you've impacted the lives of a community of entrepreneurs.

My goal is to create a place where high-quality, locally made items can be purchased year-round. 

A website whose purpose is to provide unique and thoughtful gifting options as well as create a stable income source for local entrepreneurs.

The Guild Box Co. is an online gift box service whose handcrafted products come exclusively from local small businesses. Together we've created a gift-giving opportunity that provides quality and meaning while supporting over a dozen small businesses.

Every purchase directly supports artisans and craftspeople in Canada. Thank you for being a champion of small businesses.

  • Mission

    To grow the small business online shopping experience by exposing customers to small Canadian businesses through an effortlessly enjoyable gifting experience.

  • Vision

    To be the preferred online gifting service for socially conscious Canadians who value shopping local and supporting small businesses.

  • Our Values

    Loyalty, Value, Trust, Engagement, Enjoyable, Integrity, Quality, Consistency, Ownership, Accountability, Transparency, and Connection.