These New Canadian Online Services Are Perfect For Pre-Wedding Gifts


Photo courtesy of Wonderkind.

Every bride and her bridal squad needs a little bit of TLC and pampering prior to the big day. Gifting your friends to show how much you appreciate them being with you during every step of planning your wedding is a super sweet gesture that we are totally on board with. We’ve found four new online services (that are all Canadian-owned!) that we are currently loving when it comes to providing fun ways to truly show your bridesmaids you care. Ranging from beauty to wellness, these are the perfect pre-wedding gifts for your pals.

For the sweetest bridesmaid proposal boxes or gifts to thank your besties, Wonderkind provides a service that allows you to give one-of-a-kind items, uniquely tailored to your giftee’s tastes. Each “Wonderkind” (gift box) includes items ranging from food to skincare to home goods, all curated from female vendors across Canada, which helps support and and celebrate female entrepreneurs. You can also feel good that 10% from Wonderkind’s annual profits are donated to support Second Harvest Food Rescue, Youth Employment Services and Dress For Success Toronto. There are three ways to purchase a Wonderkind: You can fill out the site’s quiz for your giftee, you can give your giftee a code to take the quiz themselves, or you can get a complimentary gift consultation. Wedding party gifts and wedding favours are available at an additional discount.

This new Toronto-based online service allows you to book last-minute appointments (up to two weeks in advance) to several beauty spots in Toronto. This includes massages, blowouts, facials and manis and pedis. “The inspiration behind Retreat is to be able to enable ease of access for busy women who want to look and feel great, which in turn helps them feel more confident and strong in their daily lives,” says founder Janice Liu. Brides and bridesmaids can book pampering services for themselves through the site, as well as get introduced to new locations they may not have visited before. You can also pay and tip online, making it super easy to be in and out of your appointment—especially if you’re crunched for time, with wedding planning!

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An online platform dedicated to helping people connect with themselves and others, this site is filled with items you can gift to yourself or others, all with the aim of boosting intimate self-care. Apparel, products and other self rituals are available for purchase on the site. These gifts encourage personal wellness and relaxation, something we know all brides and bridesmaids need before the big day! Candles and tea rituals are just some of things we love that are available on the site, the best pre-wedding gifts for optimal relaxation.

Self-care and wellness are the hallmarks of this female-founded brand that aims to promote self-care and the care of others. In addition to clothing, home goods, stationery and athletic apparel, Lost+Found also offers workshops and community events, perfect for a bride and her bestie to attend to spend a little quality time before the big day. Sleepwear and loungewear are offered on the site, and it’s the perfect time to gift these items—you’ll want as much rest as you can get!

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