Blog on Ottawa Gifts

Ottawa Gift Baskets Sure to Spread Holiday Cheer November 30 2016

With all of the celebrations and tasty treats you get to embrace this time of year, we know how tackling that shopping list can be the one thing to hinder enjoying all of that holiday spirit. Make it easy on yourself, and impress everyone on your list, with a holiday gift basket! We source local gifts from Ottawa to ensure each item in your basket is made from quality; fresh and delicious, delivered straight to your door.   

Holiday Gifting with CYBERMONDAY November 28 2016

We hope our friends south of the border had a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend, and everyone brave enough to conquer the Black Friday crowds got the best deals of the year.  We'd love for you to finish up (or just begin) your holiday shopping with us! For some fantastically-festive gift ideas, and our biggest promo ever - watch our latest segment from CTV Morning Live Ottawa.   Check off the rest...

Gourmet Food Baskets for Holiday Parties November 09 2016

Wondering what to bring to your long list of holiday parties this season? Make your shopping a breeze with Ottawa gourmet gift basket delivery! Beautifully wrapped, delicious and LOCAL items, all at the touch of a button and delivered straight to your front door. These are some of our top picks for your holiday party potluck.

5 Gift Baskets for the Ottawa Foodies on Your List October 13 2016

Baskets of bountiful tasty delights are always well received. If you’ve got a foodie friend in Ottawa that would appreciate some local goods, show them just how much you care by giving them the ultimate gift basket that will tingle their taste buds. Best of all, with Givopoly, these gifts can be delivered right to their front door in the Ottawa area! 

Ahh...Fall is here. Gift Thanks with these local gift ideas! September 27 2016

Crisp fall air, and pumpkin spice everything! September is already coming to a close and here in Canada, Thanksgiving is less than two weeks away. We've put together a special Gift Thanks Gift Collection this year with the harvest celebration in mind. Watch our CTV Morning Live appearance to have a real look at some of our Thanksgiving gift ideas, and catch a discount code for free delivery!  Hand-delivered, locally...

Send them a Care Package! September 19 2016

Now that the leaves have started changing and September is almost through, those attending school are probably well into their coursework, buried in assigned readings, and already thinking about when they're going to have time to write that paper or study for that midterm.      We've curated this collection of local gifts with the busy university student in mind! We asked ourselves, "what do we wish we had during...

5 Reasons We Love Shopping Ottawa Local September 19 2016

There is no need to search far and wide for the perfect gift. You can find unique, quality products right here at home in the great city of Ottawa! From food to flowers, and everywhere in between, Ottawa's local shops provide an opportunity to add a personal touch to your next birthday gift, thank you gift, baby gift; you name it! With Givopoly, you can gift local items without even being in the same city as your loved one, with online orders and door-to-door gift delivery.

7 Unforgettable Birthday Gifts: Ottawa Gift Delivery August 11 2016

It’s time to buy a birthday present for someone special, but what do you get for the person who has everything? At Givopoly we have the perfect present for every birthday. Find unique gifts for your friends in Ottawa! Givopoly makes it easy with at-home delivery and a wide selection of quality, gourmet gifts to choose from. Check out Givopoly's assortment of unique birthday gift options today!

Baby Gift Ideas to Welcome the Little One July 15 2016

A new baby is a welcomed addition to most families and with that addition comes the opportunity to shop! Every new baby needs love and attention, and what better way to say welcome home little one than by showering them (and mom and dad) in gifts! Here are a few amazing welcome home presents for the new baby. Take a look at Givopoly’s baby gifts section and see which gift would pair perfectly with the new family.

5 “Next Level” Wedding Gifts June 10 2016

Summer wedding season is upon us! The invites start to flow in and the weekends start to fill up. Suddenly you realize you have a wedding every other weekend and no time to go shopping. Givopoly’s convenient online gift delivery provides the perfect gift options for any occasion. Here are a few special local items we would recommend for wedding gifts that are sure to be "next level".

See our top Father's Day gifts on CTV! June 09 2016

See Amy share top local Father's Day gifts on CTV Morning Live! Hint: she mentions a free delivery promo code near the end of the segment -- our little gift to you this Father's Day! Code is valid in Ottawa, Toronto, and Vancouver, and expires Monday June 13, 2016 at 11:59pm. Delight Dad with a local gift delivery this year. He doesn't need another tie! Click the image to watch:

Watch as Amy shares great local Ottawa Wedding gift ideas! June 05 2016

Click on the image below and then watch as Amy shares great Ottawa wedding gift ideas with CTVMorningLiveOttawa.  

5 Unique Local Ottawa Gifts for Dad This Father’s Day May 26 2016

Along with June’s warmer weather comes Father’s Day! One special day of the year when we honour our fathers for all of the early morning sports practices, and late-night study sessions. Break free from the normal routine of new golf balls or a tie and give your Dad something he won’t be expecting! Reinforce your rightful place as the favourite child with one of these unique local Ottawa gifts this Father’s Day. 

Top Trending Local Ottawa Gifts For Mom April 15 2016

Looking for Mother's Day gift ideas? Here are the top 5 local gifts trending in Ottawa right now and we can tell you they've already been "Mom-approved".  You'll notice many also give Mom a well-deserved break from the kitchen. 1. I love you Mom Berries from Fruit Couture are as pretty as they taste!  2. The Olivia Chocolate Basket from Marché Hintonburg Market features a basket full of delicious fair-trade chocolate.    3. Mama Mia from...

Top 5 Givopoly Birthday Gifts for Spring April 01 2016

Have a slew of spring birthdays to shop for? We can help! We've put together our top 5 birthday gift ideas for spring 2016, and they're sure to surprise and delight everyone on your list. We source all our gifts from unique local businesses Ottawa dwellers know and love, so even if you're miles away, rest assured you're giving a thoughtful and meaningful gift. Let's get started! 5. Dozen Scones by The...

Gluten-free, Nut-free, Sugar-free Gift Options August 21 2015

         When it comes to buying edible gifts for friends with food allergies or limitations, finding the right gifts aren't always easy. Thankfully, we have some great local partners who take the plight of the gluten-free, nut-free, or sugar-free seriously.Check out our short list of gift ideas and vendors below for Gluten-free, Nut-free and Sugar-free gifts. We have more gift ideas that didn't make this list, but we're only...

5 Reasons To Gift Local August 20 2015

1. The Fresher the Better Some occasions call for something fresh, but some gifts you just can't send through the mail. If you have ever wanted to mail a cake, fresh fruit, or flowers, you know the feeling. Edible gifts can be great pick-me-ups for anyone feeling 'under the weather' and what is a birthday without cake? Fresh flowers make it easy to make a statement too - whether for romance,...

Absinthe? August 14 2015

The Absinthe Drinker by Viktor Oliva (1861-1928) Isn't it strange how people are drawn to things that are, or were, banned or illegal? Banned in the 1900s and legalized close to a century later (2007 in the USA), absinthe - better known as the Green Fairy and for its rumoured (but unsubstantiated) hallucinogenic properties - is making a comeback. In Ottawa, we even have a restaurant named after the drink. So...

4 Steps to Tackle Wedding Gifts July 29 2015

So you're stumped. It's summer time and love is in the air - but there's a hint of something else in the mix: Gift Anxiety. If you are in your thirties or older, chances are you know someone who is getting married this summer (fun fact: 107,417 weddings are estimated for summer 2015 in Canada.) So many options from what's in the registry (if there is a registry or gifts left),...

10 Gift Delivery Ideas for Valentine's day February 05 2015

Valentine's Day sneaks up quickly! February 14th is just around the corner and that means now is the time to book your gift delivery for your special someone.  Selecting a gift is often the most stressful part of the ocassion, so here are 10 Valentine gift ideas to consider: If your a traditionalist, you can't go wrong with roses.  This Box of Roses adds additional elegance.  There box adds a dramatic touch....

Gift Ideas for your Partner December 14 2014

      This is the busiest time of year for Givopoly as our elves work to get your presents delivered on time. (We completely understand why Santa takes a break all year long!) Luckily we have a team of over 120 local entrepreneurs helping us surprise and delight all over Ottawa.  If you are like 72% of holiday shoppers, you aren't quite done of your shopping yet, but your...

How to Choose the Perfect Corporate Gift December 06 2014

You've decided to send out gifts this season; but how do you choose what to send?  Gift selection is the most stressful challenge of gifting.  Whether your recipient is a business partner or a client sending a thoughtful, useful and memorable gift is always key.   Surprisingly enough, pricing is not that important when it comes to gifting.  The best corporate gift that you can give is affordable to you,...

5 Reasons Why You Should Send Holiday Gifts to Clients December 03 2014

The Holiday season is the busiest time of the year for many businesses, not just retail. For many it marks the end of a quarter and fiscal year and everyone is rushing to try can wrap things up before the new year begins.  Let's not forget to give credit to why we are all so busy in the first place and remember to thank the wonderful clients that have helped us...

6 tips to gift yourself more time. September 09 2014

  Life can be pretty busy on a 'normal' month, but given that 78% of Canadians vacation in the summer, it's safe to say that September feels business than most as we settle back into the reality of balancing work & home.  Here are a few tips to help you feel more in control of your time. 1.  Start the day a little earlier.  Don't knock it til you've tried...

Fast, Flawless and Fabulous ~ Mistura! June 02 2014

  We met with Andi and Hayden Marcus, owners of Mistura, an Ottawa based Makeup company that promises to deliver fast and flawless beauty results with only one shade suitable for women of ALL skin tones.  The entire produce line of Mistura is available for gifting on Givoply.    Established in 2007, Mistura is known primarily for their "6-in-1 beauty solution";  pressed compact "magic powder" available in one shade that...

10 Gifts Every Graduate Loves May 04 2014

Have you seen some stressed faces around lately? It might be because exam season is wrapping up for post-secondary students. If you know someone special who is graduating this year, take a look at our amazing list of gift ideas. They are the perfect way to celebrate your graduate’s success and let them know how proud you are. Gift Ideas for New Grads You can’t find a better gift than...

10 Thoughtful Mother’s Day Gifts May 04 2014

Mother’s Day is just around the corner, and there’s no excuse to give your Mom a less-than-awesome gift – step away from those air fresheners and gas gift cards! With all that moms do for us, this is the perfect occasion to spoil them with a truly wonderful gift. 10 of our Favourite Mother's Day Gift Ideas Flowers are a Mother’s Day must! A fresh, beautiful bouquet is the perfect...

5 Ways Local Shops Are Helping the Environment April 21 2014

Happy Earth Day, everyone! Today is the perfect occasion to show our love and appreciation for Mother Earth. To celebrate the day, here are a few of the ways shopping local does our home planet a great big favour. Local products don’t have far to go to reach store shelves – in fact, sometimes they only have to travel a few feet! This means they require less packaging and airplane...

The Perfect Gift Guide for Administrative Professionals Day April 07 2014

Picture where your office would be without administrative professionals – doesn’t look too good, does it? Wednesday April 23rd is Administrative Professionals Day, and it’s the perfect opportunity to recognize the hard work and dedication of the administrative staff in your office. Here are 6 fantastic local gift ideas to help you say Thank You!    Nice pens. Administrative professionals spend a good deal of time taking notes, so a beautiful...

Getting to know ThimbleCakes, more than just Birthday Cupcakes! April 04 2014

Jessica Duffy, ThimbleCakes manager holding a platter of cupcakes and lightly dusted in powdered sugar; the perfect fashion accessory in the biz!   Getting to know ThimbleCakes, more than just Birthday Cupcakes!   We met with Jessica Duffy, at ThimbleCakes in Westboro (co-located with The Candy Store). She handles all events and manages the Bank Street location. You can find the third ThimbleCakes location, also referred to as Thimble Café,...

9 Fun Facts About Easter March 28 2014

Did you know the Easter Bunny has a first name?  Before you start indulging in a few chocolate eggs, here are 9 fun facts you may not know about Easter!   9 Fun Facts About Easter Easter is the second biggest candy consumption holiday in the world! Halloween (not surprisingly) is the first. The largest Easter egg ever made weighed 8,968 pounds and was awarded a Guinness World Record! We...

Let me paint you a "Chobhi" March 28 2014

  Chobhi, meaning picture or photograph in Bengali, is one of the hottest accessories in Ottawa right now.  These beautiful scarves made from eco-friendly and organic fibres have original photographs printed right onto the fabric.  Some pictures, for example the peacock pattern scarf, have even been taken right here in Ottawa!   Produced and manufactured in India fair trade co-ops, Chobhi enriches the entrepreneurial skills of men and women in...

A Gift Guide For Your Impossible-To-Buy-For Friends March 08 2014

We all have someone in our life who is impossible to buy for. Whether they have everything they need or they’re simply picky, trying to choose the perfect gift can be a bit of a challenge. Next time a birthday or special occasion rolls around, try one of these can’t-go-wrong gift ideas and see just how impossible it is to get something fantastic for everyone on your list. Everyone has...

Gifts of Olympic Proportion February 24 2014

Gifts come in many shapes and sizes.  Some of the best gifts in life can't be bought at a store such as the wonderful gift of unity that results from the Olympics.  Sochi 2014 did not disappoint! On Sunday, February 23rd, 2014, Canadians came together in a way so special and rare that it is repeated only once every four years. This is the only time Canadians, no matter their...

Ottawa's Top 7 Valentine's Day Gift Ideas for Her February 08 2014

Valentine's Day is really about sharing the love you have for a person.  At Givopoly, we love to love... and truly believe gifts can be a great expression of thoughtful intentions.  Here we count down some of our favourite Ottawa Valentine's Day gift picks for 2014. 7. Extraordinary Flowers.  With thousands of flowers circulating throughout the city on February 14th, how do you make your delivery stand out?  Simply choose...

10 Quirky Facts About Valentine’s Day February 05 2014

February 14th is one of the most talked about days of the year, but how much do you really know about Valentine’s Day? We did a little investigating and discovered 10 facts that might surprise you. Who receives the most Valentines? What’s the worst present to get someone? Read on to find out!      10 Quirky Facts About Valentine's Day Ready for this? Thanks to flowers, dinner and a gift,...

Chanukah & Hanukkah gifting tips November 17 2013

As explored in our Discovering Diwali blog, we admit we still have much to learn about many of the occasions celebrated throughout culturally diverse Ottawa.  As a service that aspires to serve all gifting occasions, we have made it our mission to expand our knowledge of different cultural celebrations and now we are slightly embarrassed by how little we knew about the Jewish holiday Chanukah. This year Chanukah (known as...

Discovering Diwali November 01 2013

Diwali Greetings!   We love Ottawa! Don’t you just love its beauty, small town feel, thriving communities, and its diversity? Ottawa boasts a rich and multicultural population, with nearly 25% of its residents hailing from other countries (including Givopoly’s Co-Founders who were born elsewhere before becoming Canadian citizens).   At Givopoly, we embrace all celebrations. We are a service that aspires to serve all cultures and every gifting occasion, but...

Tips for Gifts October 31 2013

Give a Great Gift Every Time by Mary-Anne Diebel (Givopoly Communications Coordinator)   We’ve all been stumped one time or another when trying to find the right gift for a loved one. We have all heard the horror stories about when gift giving goes wrong, the times when bad gifts happen to good people. The perfect example- the gift my father gave my mother for their first wedding anniversary. Although...

Client gifts, employee gifts, referral gifts... Givopoly is shopping for your corporate needs. October 29 2013

Many Ottawa businesses are always on the lookout for gifts for their clients and employees.  Whether you want to build stronger relationships with clients, encourage referrals or reward employees; gift giving is an important part of any successful business.  Shopping for gifts is a huge undertaking that is often offloaded onto one or more already busy employees.  Nobody understands more than us that putting together a professional and well thought...

Scratch Kitchen October 21 2013

Givopoly is always on the hunt for great Ottawa gift ideas.  You can consider us your own personal gift shopper! We take of the gift, putting it together AND having it delivered.  We do this because we understand how busy life can be with work, kids, and committees, and that means you are short on time!  This is where Givopoly comes in handy.   When searching for gifts, we look for...

What is Givopoly? October 08 2013

As a local Ottawa startup, we love spreading the word and telling people what Givopoly does and what we are all about.  Our last two weekends have been spent talking with some incredible people at both The Baby Show and The National Women's Show- and we enjoyed every second!  We were thrilled to hear that many had heard of us, and that others were so open and receptive.  One of...

The Baby Show is coming to Ottawa! September 15 2013

Calling all new parents, soon-to-be mommies and families in the Ottawa area!  We at Givopoly are thrilled to announce our partnership and involvement in The Baby Show Ottawa, coming to town this 28th and 29th of September!  The Baby Show is a show catering specifically to young families with children under the age of five, as well as new and expectant parents. The largest show of its kind available in...

Have your cake and eat it too! September 09 2013

Who doesn't love to splurge every once in a while and enjoy a delicious baked treat?  Unfortunately, for the many who are bound by a gluten-free diet, this is not an easy feat.  Gluten-free baking products have a reputation of being dry, crumbly, unsatisfying and more often than not- outrageously overpriced!  This left gluten-free eaters living a sad existence - one that didn't include delicious cupcakes, brownies, and muffins!  (How...

Grandparents Day September 05 2013

"What children need most are the essentials that grandparents provide in abundance.  They give unconditional love, kindness, patience, humour, comfort, lessons in life.  And, most importantly, cookies."  ~ Rudolph Giuliani The bond between grandparents and grandchildren is one that is unique and treasured.  For those of us who have been lucky enough to grow up with grandparents or have had the joy of witnessing our own parents in the role,...

Sun of a Gun ~ It's time to tan September 02 2013

With the final days of summer winding down and september upon us, it is hard to not feel a tinge of sadness as fall approaches.  The end of summer means saying goodbye to days spent lounging by the pool, swimming at the lake, and rocking a golden tan.  Everybody loves the bit of colour that the sun provides.  That sun kissed glow makes you feel even more confident in your...

Ottawa Makeover Project August 30 2013

  Well friends, we have some very exciting news!  We at Givopoly are proud to announce our participation with the Ottawa Makeover Project!   The Ottawa Makeover Project is designed to help one lucky individual make some positive changes in their life.  Do you know someone who is always putting everyone else first?  Who has lost confidence in their self-image? With so many roles to fill in a day, many...

Just Because I Love You. August 14 2013

"If you look for it, I've got a sneaky feeling you'll find that love actually is all around." ~Hugh Grant, Love Actually   While lazily flipping through my movie selection this past weekend I came across one of my favourite movies, Love Actually. Yes, I know it is a Christmas movie and Christmas is still months away, but this movie reminds me of all the things in life to be...

Dreams Really Can Come True! August 14 2013

As a little girl, I LOVED Disney princesses. I dreamed of my prince charming rescuing me someday, I desperately wished I lived in a castle, and really wanted to go on a magic carpet ride.  I even went through a phase where I would only wear skirts that twirled when I spun around, just like Belle’s from Beauty in the Beast. Like many little girls, these princesses were who I...

Happy Goat Coffee and Givopoly supporting small business. August 09 2013

“As long as there was coffee in the world, how bad could things be?” ― Cassandra Clare, City of Ashes   This here is wisdom for the ages! I will admit that my life revolves around the goodness that is coffee. It’s the smell that makes waking up in the morning worthwhile, gives me the kick I need to get my day started and maybe even a few extra kicks...

August enjoyment ~ Big Rig style August 09 2013

It is official, August is in motion and the last month of summer is upon us. This means we have one more month to enjoy the sun, water and freedom that comes with this wonderful season. Yet the beginning of August also brings one of my biggest pet peeves- commercials and warnings of the summer’s end. The moment August hits we are bombarded by thoughts of fall, back to school...

Ashley Notley Photography July 26 2013

Here at Givopoly, we are always looking to expand and connect with great local businesses that make us proud to be Ottawans, which is why we are thrilled to announce our new partnership with Ashley Notley Photography! Ashley is a born and raised Ottawa girl with an incredible talent to capture the warmth and personality behind every person she photographs.   This is a new partnership that I am particularly...

The Perfect Welcome Home July 24 2013

 It's that time of year again!  With the emergence of summer and gorgeous weather, there is one thing I've noticed popping up more and more- homes for sale!  As many know, it is during the spring and summer months that homes are most often put on the market and new buyers are on the hunt.  As an individual in her mid twenties, I have been noticing this happening around me...

Stretching your marketing budget July 11 2013

 As an entrepreneur, you value your customers tremendously.  The fact that anyone would buy anything from you, may occasionally still take your breath away, but by now you are getting used to it despite a yearning to reach a better audience. Do you have a group in mind that you would like to get the attention of?  Have you defined your target market but are not sure how to get...

Community Cup in Ottawa July 01 2013

As we celebrate our Nation's Birthday, I think about what it means to be Canadian.  I never used to do that.  As a young person, it was just a fun long weekend, the ushering in of steamy hot days and swimming in cold lakes.  Maybe it's just a by-product of my age or being a parent but now I'm much more aware of what this country has to offer.  Now...

Time to thank our Teachers June 22 2013

  For many Ottawa families, June is a very busy month filled with summer sports (soccer and baseball), end of year recitals (piano and dance) and busy social calendars (bbq season is in full swing).   Before you know it, the last week of school has arrived and you realize you forgot to pick up a thank you gift for your children's teacher(s)!   You may pause for a minute...

Ottawa Gifts Registry - who cares? May 07 2013

 On April 19th, 2013, I first saw a CBC News article discussing the Ottawa City Council Gifts Registry.  As co-founder of Givopoly (Ottawa's Shop Local Gift Concierge) I was initially excited before realizing it was referencing Ethics recommendations coming from Integrity Commissioner Robert Marleau that speak to gifts received by City Council as one of four new major policies in his report to Council. On April 25th the proposed Gifts...

What do you think of the Ottawa Gifts Registry? April 27 2013

Having learned yesterday that members of the Finance and Governance committees had reviewed and refined the proposed Ottawa City Councillors Gifts Registry, I posted my first reaction in a blog entitled Ottawa's Great Integrity Gift Registry.  A joint meeting had been held by the Finance and Governance committees and the result was a 6 out of 11 vote in favour of a motion by Maria McRae which tightened up the disclosure...

Ottawa's Great Integrity Gift Registry April 25 2013

"Thank you for these gorgeous cupcakes!  Can you tell me how much they set you back?" Ottawa City Councillor Maria McRae moved this motion today; "Be it resolved that there be full disclosure of all gifts, benefits and hospitality received that exceed $30 from one source in a calendar year."  The motion passed (6-5) and is now onto full council vote on May 8th. Whoosh!  What was that sound?  Oh...

Gift Registry Recommended for City of Ottawa - too much? April 19 2013

 Ottawa's Integrity Commissioner, Robert Marleau, has recommended City of Ottawa Councillors share more information about gifts received, including disclosure of event tickets exceeding a $30 value.  I am trying to think of the last event I attended that was less than $30.  Really - $30?  Can you even go to a movie for $30?  And while I'm asking -  where will this gift registry be held?  Who will have access...
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