Holiday gift guide

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This holiday season support alumni-owned businesses, save with Purple Perks and travel the world with educational vacation packages!

Featured alumni-owned businesses


  • Encircled - Owned by Kristi Soomer, BACS'03

    Direct-to-consumer eCommerce fashion with designs that are comfortable, high quality, stylish, and sustainable at fair prices, committed to ethical manufacturing with 100% of our clothing sewn locally in Toronto, Canada.

  • Five One Nine Clothing - Owned by Taylor Norris

    Clothing company run by young entrepreneurs, offering high quality and innovative products while giving back to the community. Save 15% with the code "PURPLEANDPROUD" (online only).

  • Live + Love Labels - Owned by Goretti Fordyce, BA'02

    Two mom and daughter duos created Life + Love Labels to empower everyone to thrive and express themselves. Save 10% off your first order when you subscribe to their email list.

  • Hairstrong - Owned by Nicole Baranowski, BA'19

    An adjustable, non-slip hair band that actually works and has been approved by the world's best athletes. Save 15% off your entire order with code "WESTERNALUM15".

  • Old North Co. - Owned by Mallory Kemp, BA'15

    Canadian lifestyle and pet accessory brand handcrafted in Ontario for your everyday adventures. Save 10% off your first order with the code "WESTERN"!

Food and beverage

  • beTeas Inc. - Owned by Michelle Pierce Hamilton, BA'93

    beTeas (Balanced Energy Teas) offers a uniquely curated collection of over 100 teas and tisanes. Save 10% off all teas and herbs with the code "WesternGrad10" (online only).

  • Canadian Barley Tea Company - Owned by Janice Ishizaka, BA'94

    The only organic roasted barley tea in Canada. Save 10% off with the code "WESTERN10".

  • Cafézia Coffee - Owned by Natalie White, HBA'17

    Premium organic coffee infused with the natural power of herbs. Save 10% discount with the code "ALUMNI" (online only).

  • Sidetrack: A Wortley Café - Owned by Mano Majumdar, MBA'16, and Richie Bloomfield, MBA'20

    London, Ontario café known for direct-trade, third-wave coffee and loose-leaf tea, baked goods (particularly bagel bombs), ice cream and cocoa, all sourced from local partners. EGift cards are available.

  • Buzz Bagels - Owned by Jeremy Glied-Beliak, BA'21

    London, Ontario gourmet bagel shop offering bagel sandwiches, coffee, smoothies, pastries and bagels by the dozen. EGift cards are available.

  • Island Chef Pepper Co - Owned by Vincent Capitano, BA'13

    A family-owned business selling handcrafted hot sauces, jellies and seasonings. Grads save 10% on their orders.

  • Marshall's Pasta and Bakery- Owned by Blake Marshall

    London, Ontario restaurant specializing in homemade Italian pasta and sauces, meatballs, lasagnas and sandwiches. EGift cards are available.

  • Mid-Day Squares - Owned by Jake Karls, BA'16

    Chocolate bars that are rich in protein and fibre and are made with real food ingredients. Save with code "WESTERN".

  • Organic Ocean Seafood Inc.- Dane Chauvel, MBA'84

    Sustainably harvested and responsibly produced seafood with a contactless home delivery service across Canada. Save 10% with the code "WESTALUMNI10".

  • Rheo Thompson Candies - Kristene Steed, BA'94

    Chocolatier and candy maker specializing in custom packaging, creating corporate gifts and putting smiles on faces.

  • Sunday Farms - Charlie Iscoe, HBA'09

    One of the largest direct-to-consumer providers of pasture-raised meat and wild-caught seafood in Ontario. Save $25 off your first order with the code "WESTERN25".

  • Symply Syrups - Maariyah Qazi, BA'18

    Flavoured syrups used for cocktails, tea, coffee and cooking. Save 5% with the code "SYMPLY-WESTERN".

Home and self-care

  • The Follicle Spa - Owned by Craig Robert Green, BEd'84

    Burlington, Ontario spa offering professional treatments in aesthetics, hair care, therapeutic message and reflexology. EGift cards are available.

  • Madmatters - Owned by Fred Wideman, HBA'86, and Caroline Wideman, BA'87

    Eco-friendly mats, rugs, runners and rug-making supplies.

  • Muskoka Honey Bee Products Inc. - Owned by Annmarie Boehm-Tapley, BA'88

    100% pure wildflower honey, artisan products and honey wine. Save 5% with your alumni card (in person only, excludes wine products).

  • Ode to Toy - Owned by Stacey Greenberg, HBA'05

    Pre-loved and new toys, children's books and sporting gear for up to 70% off of retail! All items are sanitized, cleaned, and ready for your kids to love.

  • Savons Koaino Soaps - Owned by Rebecca Meagher, BA'98

    Natural handmade soaps, eco-lip balms, bath bombs and more without the plastic pollution.

  • SowSweet Greetings - Owned by Renato Rossi, BA'16

    Greeting cards made from recycled paper embedded with wildflower seeds ready for planting.

  • Riverside Yarns - Owned by Josette deBrouwer, BA, Diplome de Francais Pratique'86

    Full range of knitting and crochet tools including Chia Goo interchangeable needles, fine European yarns, Canadian wool and classic British brands.


  • Bellchamber Rings - Owned by Jason Bellchamber, BA'95

    Custom jewellery and repair. Save 15% on custom jewellery or repairs.

  • Kimberfire - Owned by Jonathan Goldberg, HBA'06, MBA'09

    Engagement rings and diamond jewelry, with a unique Zoom-based process to assist alumni worldwide. Save 10% on any piece of ready-to-wear jewelry with code "WESTERN10" (online only).

  • Nash Jewellers- Owned by Colin R. Nash, BA'01

    London, Ontario jewellers providing "the ultimate jewellery experience". Save 10% off regular-price merchandise (excluding repair, appraisals and Rolex).


  • Kabo Fresh Dog Food - Owned by Zachary Bernardi, BMOS'13

    Delivering human-grade, cooked dog food all made and sourced in Canada shipped right to your door, with proportions based on your dog's profile. Get two weeks of food 50% off by using the code "WESTERN50".

  • The Good Paws - Owned by Rebecca Williams, BA'14

    Offering people and their pets bandanas, leashes, collars, paw balm, poop bag holders, crewneck sweatshirts, t-shirts, earrings, scrunchies and much more. Save 10% off with the code "WESTERNALUM".

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