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Zone Learning Gift Guide 2020

December 03, 2020

Happy Holidays from Zone Learning!

Looking for some great gifts from small businesses? With the holidays upon us Zone Learning has rounded up a selection of sustainable, stylish and functional gifts from startups across the Zone Learning network. Here you'll find everything from jewelry and accessories to food and tech. No matter who you're shopping for we're sure you'll find something for everyone on your list!

Want to make an impact with your gifts?

Luomo Strano Founder Mic Carter modeling long black vest

Social Ventures Zone

L'uomo Strano creates trendy fashion pieces that are the perfect fit for the femme-identified gender non-conformist. Founder Mic. Carter is a Toronto-based creative who is invested in understanding how clothing can be used to embolden those on the slippages of cis-gender heteronormativity and femme-phobia.

Prices vary by piece.

Melahayz Limited Time Offer Holiday Box including wine, a silk shower cap, skin care and self care products

Science Discovery Zone

Melahayz is a curated, personalized service offering products for all your hair, skin and beauty needs.

From $10-165 

40% off their Limited Edition Holiday Box: Get Ready Before Bed Collection (shown above).

The Sustainable Sock Club logo

Fashion Zone

The Sustainable Sock Club takes a 360-degree view and approach to our sock production; using recycled polyester & nylon, they find innovative ways to reuse materials already in circulation.

From $12

Use code "giftguideSSC" to get 20% off.

Infinitely Classic lip gloss

Fashion Zone

Infinitely Classic aims to provide the highest quality, halal cosmetics that Muslims and allies worldwide can trust and love. Made in Canada and are cruelty free.

From $24.99-36.99

Holiday Bundle: any two lipsticks and palette for just $61.00.

woman wearing a blue long sleeve shirt, standing up and looking at the camera

Social Ventures Zone

The Good Tee is a certified fairtrade organic cotton fashion basics brand. Transparent supply chains and ethically made products make their sustainable and stylish basics are a must-gift in 2020. 

Use the code "SVZLOVE" for 30% off your order.

Detail shot of a Vidrissa red saree featuring gold embellishments

Fashion Zone

Virdiss Incorporated offers beautiful sarees. The saree (sari) is a six yard garment worn by women and celebrates South-Asian Culture. A saree can be bought as an heirloom and passed down through the generations or be worn as an everyday garment.

From $200-400

Currently offering 10% off.

Diagram outlining the features of the Koy Gear sock

Fashion Zone

KOY Gear is a Canadian-based recreational travelwear company, that specializes in creating premium clothing that delivers undeniable versatility and adaptability through the combination of thoughtful design, proven technologies and superior craftsmanship.

From $20 - $53

Get 20% off your order with discount code "fashionzone"

woman wearing a reusable face mask and looking at camera

Social Ventures Zone

These Mayana Geneviere reusable face masks are ideal for all-day wear and are made with quality craftsmanship by skilled artisans in Toronto. Every piece of lace overlay is cut and sewn by hand in a precise process that makes each mask unique. Mask lining is made with high-quality 100% premium cotton base and delivers on style and function.

From $18.50

Woman wearing a red Aille scarf and mask featuring braille embellishments

Fashion Zone

The name Aille Design comes from the French verb Aller which means to move forward. Inclusivity is the direction the fashion industry needs to move forward in and we're leading this change! Fashion is for everyone. Celebrate inclusivity with Braille masks and matching scarves! Our designs feature organic fabric, Swarovski Crystal Pearls and are created alongside the blind and low vision community.

$25-60 CAD

3 gold Biko Jewelry rings modelled on hand

Fashion Zone

BIKO is a modern jewelry brand designed & made with love in Toronto. Inspired by nature, contemporary art, architecture & travel, BIKO is known for its high level of craftsmanship & playful aesthetic.

From $55-295

Onizhishin Designs round beaded earrings

Fashion Zone

Onizhishin Designs is a line of Indigenous beaded jewelry that combines traditional and contemporary elements. Focusing on reclamation and celebration of identity, as well as allyship.

From $95-150

collection of Kind Karma necklace and pearl earrings

Social Ventures Zone

Kind Karma Co. provides a unique employment opportunity for at-risk and transitioning homeless youth by employing them to handcraft quality jewelry pieces guaranteed to make a great gift for all ages. All youth at Kind Karma Co. are paid an hourly wage and the company reinvests in the youths' individual goals. 

Prices vary by piece.

Daria Day peridot bracelet and pendant

Social Ventures Zone

Daria Day works with artisans living in remote mountain communities of the K2 Mountain in Northern Pakistan to handcraft elegant jewelry pieces with ethically sourced gemstones. Daria Day strives to provide its artisans with a sustainable livelihood and path to prosperity.

Prices vary by piece.

Use the code "SVZ20" to get 20% off sitewide.

closeup of two women's hands wearing rings and cuff bracelet by Chic Made Consciously

Social Ventures Zone

Chic Made Consciously makes handcrafted fashion accessories and jewelery from repurposed materials. CMC champions transparency and a commitment to their artisans. Their unique and bold designs and creative use of repurposing materials allows them to create beautiful pieces that are sustainable and ethically made.

Prices vary by piece.

Authentique vegan soy candle with matching bag

Fashion Zone

Authentique's mission is to empower women through timeless fashion and the genuine representation of one’s culture. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic they have created a vegan line of soy candles. A mix of aroma and ancient Egyptian artwork, revitalized as modern decor.

From $19.99

Holiday Special: 1 candle for $20, 2 candles for $35 and 3 candles for $45.

woman carrying brave soles backpack and smiling

Social Ventures Zone

Brave Soles believes in the power of sustainable fashion to build a better future for all of us. They create fashion with upcycled materials and ethical, small scale production. Their handcrafted shoes have up-cycled tire soles and all accessories are crafted from reclaimed leather from aircraft seats and other sources.

Prices vary by item.

woman's hand holding two Tight Knit Syria black wallets with stitching

Social Ventures Zone

Gift these handmade embroidered wallets by talented Syrian women and support Tight Knit Syria's mission to provide Syrian women at refugee camps in Lebanon with dignified work and a sustainable income. Tight Knit Syria works with displaced Syrian women and connects their beautifully handmade products to local and international markets.

Prices vary by item.

Man using Kumovate kumo-lift on a bed

Fashion Zone/Design Fabrication Zone

The KUMO-LIFT by Kumovate is the first inflatable and adjustable leg-lift. Easy to sanitize with a single alcohol wipe and it is hydrophobic. It inflates in seconds for portability and ergonomic adjustments.


Use Code - HOLIDAYFREEFRIENDS for a free KUMO-LIFT and you'll just pay the shipping.

Alterfab cotton tote bag that reads "Zero Waste Bags"

Fashion Zone

Alterfab custom designs and manufactures bags and accessories that are Organic and Fairtrade certified. They are stocked and printed in Canada.

From $3-8

NIKU Farms meat box

Social Ventures Zone

Gift a customizable NIKU Farms meat box with products like 100% grass fed and finished beef, pasture raised chicken, pork, lamb and wild caught fish. You can pause, skip or cancel anytime.

Prices vary by package.

For a limited time, NIKU Farms is offering $60 OFF your first 2 deliveries. Enter the code "RYERSON" at checkout to claim the offer.

Late Night Labs logo

Science Discovery Zone

Late Night Labs is a Design Thinking Lab that solves problems by playing and learning by doing. They aim to help people and organizations harness their humanity to solve real problems, explore human emotion and make dreams come true. They are currently offering two holiday options.

  • 10 hours total of customer research conducted by researchers to help you identify your customer's problems. $300 for 10 hours.
  • Workshop: Learn how to use design thinking tools for personal development. $30/ticket.
selection of breads from The Spent Goods Company

Social Ventures Zone

For the bread and snacks lovers, why not gift a selection of baked goods from The Spent Goods Company? They partner with local breweries to convert their spent grains into baked products like Beer Bread, Beer Crisps, Beer Pretzels, and more. Support their mission to reduce food waste and alleviate climate change by ordering online or picking up the goods across various locations in Toronto.

Prices vary by product.

BKR Energy logo and a selection of their products

Clean Energy Zone

BKR Energy creates smart fuel switching HVAC controllers based on cloud technology that allows you to save money and reduce your carbon footprint. They provide two separate lines of products.

  • Smart cloud-based controller to reduce homeowner HVAC system energy cost and GHG emission.
  • Smart IoT and wireless sensors for live data measurement. 

Annual subscription: $100

Pavleu app logo and sample app screen with icons

Clean Energy Zone

Pavleu is creating a future to help you live more comfortably. Imagine a world where each task you needed could be done on your behalf with minimal or no effort on your part.

Price varies by task.

Use your Ryerson email address for no fees on in app transactions and get a 100% discount on any membership for the first month. Without a Ryerson email add "RU" to your name to access this promo.

Clean Air Alvi App shown on an iPad and iPhone

Clean Energy Zone

CleanAir’s ALVI is a SMART HVAC filter for your home or building that removes viruses, lowers energy consumption, and monitors filter performance and air quality events in real-time.

From $219-299

Aleri company logo

Legal Innovation Zone

Aleri streamlines the process of creating cross examination questions for lawyers by offering superior organization for trial lawyers. Their vision is to build a trial management tool that allows criminal lawyers to quickly organize, extract, and present the case they envisioned.

$29 USD

Get 50% off Pro and Business annual plans for first year with discount code "C20S50"

Enter the Zone Learning Holiday Gift Guide Giveaway!


Head to our Instagram, external link, opens in new window to enter for a chance to win the Journey in Faith Chalcedony Bracelet, external link, opens in new window in the colour blush from Social Ventures Zone, opens in new window startup Daria Day, external link, opens in new window!

Beautiful and contemporary, Daria Day jewelry is ethically sourced and exquisitely handcrafted. They are deeply committed to elevating the lives of the artisans who create each piece. They create wearable and functional art for people looking for style and authenticity of the materials used, believing in the healing and connecting power behind each gemstone.

Daria Day works with a group of local miners to source our gemstones and silver. They are closely affiliated with the Rupani Foundation, an NGO that has created a rigorous testing process and ensures our gemstones are of the highest quality.

Zone Holiday Gift Guide 2020 CONTEST (the “Contest”)


1.     CONTEST PERIOD. The entry period for the Contest begins on December 10, 2020 at 12:01 a.m. and ends on December 16, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (the “Contest Entry Period”).  To be eligible, your Contest Entry (as defined below) must be submitted during the Contest Entry Period.

2.     ELIGIBILITY.  The Contest is open to any individual who meets the following criteria (hereinafter referred to as “Entrant” or “you”):

(a)    is a legal resident of Canada (except Quebec) at the time of the Contest Entry Period;

(b)   who have reached the age of majority in Ontario at the time of the Contest Entry Period;


(c)    is a current student, staff member or faculty member at Ryerson University or Ryerson University alumni at the time of the time of the Contest Entry Period;

       You are not eligible to enter the Contest or be selected as a Winner (as defined below) if you are:

(d)   an employee (except an employee who is also a student) of Zone Learning at Ryerson University (the “Contest Sponsor”) or, if applicable, any of its respective advertising or promotion agencies, or any other company or individual engaged in the provision of goods or services, related to this Contest.

3.     HOW TO ENTER.  No purchase necessary. The Entrant may enter the Contest at any time during the Contest Entry Period by liking the giveaway post (the “Contest Entry”) on the @RUZoneLearning account, following the @RUZoneLearning, @rusocialventure and @dariadayjewelry Instagram accounts, and tagging one friend’s Instagram account in the comments section of the giveaway post (the “Contest Entry”). An additional one (1) entry by sharing the giveaway post to their own Instagram stories and tagging @RUZoneLearning, @rusocialventure and @dariadayjewelry in the post.

4.     CONTEST ENTRY CONDITIONS.  A maximum limit of 2 Contest Entries can be earned during the Contest Entry Period.

5.     PRIZES.  There is one (1) prize available: A pink Journey in Faith Chalcedony Bracelet by Daria Day, valued at $78.00 CAD.

The Prize must be accepted as awarded and is not transferable, assignable or convertible to cash (except as may be specifically permitted by the Contest Sponsor in its sole and absolute discretion).  No substitutions are permitted except at the Contest Sponsor’s sole option.  The Contest Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole and absolute discretion, to substitute the Prize with an item or items of equal or greater retail value, including, without limitation, but at the Contest Sponsor’s sole and absolute discretion, a cash award.

6.     WINNER SELECTION PROCESS AND ODDS OF WINNING.  On December 17th a panel of 3 individuals from the Office of Zone Learning will select from all eligible Contest Entries received during the Contest Entry Period a winner based on random selection. The Contest Sponsor, or its designated representative, will make a maximum of three (3) attempts to contact each selected Entrant by direct message through the Instagram platform to the account though which the Contest Entry was submitted within five (5) business days of the selection. If the selected Entrant cannot be contacted within five (5) business days of the end of the draw date, or if there is a return of any notification as undeliverable, then that selected Entrant will be disqualified and will forfeit all rights to the Prize and the Contest Sponsor reserves the right in its sole and absolute discretion, to advance the next place winner (in which case the foregoing provisions of this section will apply to such alternate selected Entrant).

The odds of winning depend on the number of eligible Contest Entries received.

7.     DECLARATION OF WINNER.  Before a selected Entrant is declared a winner (after declaration, referred to as a “Winner”), the selected Entrant must sign and return, within five (5) business days of notification, a declaration of compliance and release of liability prepared by the Contest Sponsor (the “Release”).

In the Release, the Eligible Winner is required to, among other things:

(a)    correctly answer a mathematical skill-testing question without mechanical or other aid;

(b)   confirm compliance with these Contest Rules;

(c)    agree to release the Contest Sponsor, its governors, officers, employees, directors, representatives, and agents, and if applicable, any of their respective advertising or promotion agencies, and any other company or individual engaged in the provision of goods or services related to this Contest (collectively, the “Contest Parties”) from any and all claims, damages, liabilities, costs and expenses arising from any liability in connection with this Contest, the Winner’s participation therein and/or the awarding and use/misuse of the Prizes;

The selected Entrant will be disqualified and forfeits all rights to the Prize if the selected Entrant:

(a)    fails to correctly answer the skill-testing question;

(b)   fails to return the properly executed Release within the specified time; or

(c)    cannot be a declared a Winner in accordance with these Contest Rules for any reason.

If the applicable Entrant is disqualified, the Contest Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole and absolute discretion, to select another Entrant via random draw (in which case the foregoing provisions of this section shall apply to such new selected Entrant).

8.     RIGHT TO SUSPEND/MODIFY/TERMINATE.  If for any reason the Contest is not capable of running as planned, including infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures, strike or any other causes which corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper conduct of the Contest, the Contest Sponsor reserves the right to cancel, suspend and/or modify the Contest, or any part of it, and disqualify any individual or entity who is responsible for such action.  If terminated, the Contest Sponsor may, in its sole discretion, determine the winners from among all eligible Contest Entries received up to time of such action using the procedures outlined herein.

9.     LIMITATIONS OF LIABILITY AND RELEASE No liability or responsibility is assumed by the Contest Parties resulting from the Entrant’s participation in or attempt to participate in the Contest or ability or inability to upload or download any information to the Contest Sponsor website in connection with the Contest.  No responsibility or liability is assumed by the Contest Parties for: any technical malfunction or other problems of any nature whatsoever, including, without limitation, those relating to the telephone network or lines, computer on-line systems, servers, access providers, computer equipment or software; the failure of any Contest Entry or other information to be received, captured or recorded for any reason whatsoever, including, but not limited to, technical problems or traffic congestion on the internet or at any website; or unauthorized human or non-human intervention of the operation of the Contest, including without limitation, unauthorized tampering, hacking, theft, virus, bugs, or worms.  The Contest Parties are not responsible for any printing, typographical, technical, computer, network or human error which may occur in the administration of the Contest, the uploading, the processing of Contest Entries, the announcement of the Prize or in any Contest-related materials.  Use of the Contest Sponsor website is at user’s own risk.  The Contest Parties are not responsible for any personal injury or property damage or losses of any kind which may be sustained to user's or any other person's computer resulting from participation in the Contest.  The Contest Parties are not liable in the event that any portion of the Contest is canceled due to weather, fire, strike, acts of war or terrorism, or any other condition beyond their control.    

10.  GENERAL. The Contest is governed in accordance with the domestic laws of the Province of Ontario and the federal laws of Canada applicable therein.  The Contest Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole and absolute discretion, and without prior notice, to adjust any of the dates and/or timeframes stipulated in these Contest Rules, to the extent necessary, for purposes of verifying compliance with these Contest Rules or for any other reason. In the event of any discrepancy or inconsistency between the terms and conditions of these Contest Rules and disclosures or other statements contained in any Contest-related materials, the terms and conditions of these Contest Rules shall prevail, govern and control to the fullest extent permitted by law.

Daria Day Journey in Faith Chalcedony Bracelet in blush, a beaded bracelet featuring chalcedony stones