Attendee gifts are a great opportunity to extend the impact of your event. If well chosen, your gifts could make their way into your guests’ daily lives, reminding them of your event over and over. In honour of Black History Month, here are just some of the BIPOC artisans and designers that are making giftable goods in Montréal. From small décor objects to luxury accessories, these attendee gifts will keep on giving.
WANT Les Essentiels
Timeless, minimal and functional, WANT Les Essentiels’ bags, accessories, footwear and clothing are designed to simplify and elevate the everyday. This luxury brand is the perfect choice for exclusive gifts that say “Montréal” while getting recognition worldwide – this is one of the city’s most famous luxury exports.
Founded by creators of WANT Les Essentiels, Goodee is a globally sourced and thoughtfully curated marketplace that aims to do good through commerce. Beautiful design is the common denominator between the accessories, home décor and apparel on the site. All are also ethically made and transparently sourced according to strict sustainability measures.
MAS Montréal is a clothing brand dedicated to inclusivity for all body types. Their streamlined basics are easy-wear muted colours and flattering shapes. Of particular interest for event merch are the tees, made of silky soft bamboo. And MAS wares are feel-good in more ways than one: they’re locally made mostly using dead stock, to give purpose to fabric that would otherwise go to waste.
Atelier Koko & Karité
This widely distributed botanicals-based cosmetics brand skips all the harmful sulphates, parabens and silicones to provide nature’s best kind of skincare. Koko & Karité hair products are designed with tight-knit curly hair in mind, but suit all types, and the cute factor of the packaging is sure to make a splash.
Slow-made by hand with natural and organic ingredients, Apprenti Ôr’ganik’s self- and home-care products use wholesome active ingredients full of therapeutic benefits, sans fillers. Fans love their hand soaps, body creams and room sprays for the tasteful scents like blood orange and geranium, cedar or Canadian pine.
Atelier New Régime
Atelier New Regime is a beloved local streetwear brand that offers multiple attractive options for attendees, and can also provide options for personalization. They make tees, sweatsuits and accessories like tuques (always a useful item in wintertime Montréal!) that are both good looking and top quality.
The unisex nylon and leather bags designed by BAIN are carefully crafted and available in limited quantities, making them particularly memorable gifts as much for male as female delegates. These tasteful, minimalist bags were designed for maximum adaptability, often with different strap options.
This beautiful womenswear brand is less of a fit for attendee gifts as it is for event wear. The designs aim at outfitting professional women in textiles that are sensuous, textured and flowing yet empowering. Gazelles pieces are elegant, timeless and feminine.
Subtly scented enough for any gender, Luxcey skin-care products offer a complete sensory experience, hitting aromatherapy as well as bodily wellness. The smoothing regenerative hydro-serum is just the restorative hit your guests’ skin will crave after travel.
The luxe satin sleepwear sets by Lunar Loungewear would be taking the delegate gift to a next level (imagine finding a pair of pyjamas in your hotel room upon arrival!) but for an intermediary option, the sleep masks are fantastic. There are also options to personalize their products with name embroideries.
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