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At a recent holiday dinner event with PayPal Canada, I was so surprised to hear that there are still some people out there who don’t have a PayPal account. If you are one of them, may I ask you one thing? Why the heck don’t you have one!?

I use PayPal on a daily basis – for multiple reasons – and I seriously can’t imagine life without it. From processing sales on my online shop, The Chic Canuck, paying for my daily boosting budgets on Facebook, sending money to friends and family around the world, and, of course, using it to make online purchases of my own, truly, there is rarely a day that goes by when I don’t use PayPal – and I love it!

A snap from the PayPal Canada holiday event at Pray Tell in Toronto.

Through talking to friends and customers since launching my online store, I know that there are still many of you out there who feel nervous about shopping online, often due to one bad experience a long time ago. Seriously though, it’s time to let go of the past and join the rest of us in 2016 who are shopping online happily, and safely, on a regular basis, especially with help from purchases made through PayPal.

In case you don’t believe me, here are some major reasons why PayPal Canada can help you shop online with confidence this holiday season:

Shop Everywhere and Anywhere

  • PayPal connects you to more than 13 million online retailers and sellers – from local artisans to big retailers – all over the world, so you can one-of-a-kind gifts without having to travel abroad.

Add an Extra Security Layer

  • During a busy time of year, it’s nice to know that your transactions are protected against fraud. With PayPal, you only need a login and password to shop. Your bank details or card number are not shared with online sellers. This acts as a layer of security for your financial information. Additionally, PayPal uses encryption and 24/7 monitoring to keep your transactions heavily guarded from start to finish.

Purchase Protection Ensures You Get What You Pay For

  • Shop with confidence. If something goes wrong with an eligible transaction, PayPal’s Purchase Protection has you covered. Get a full refund if an eligible order is significantly not as described, or doesn’t arrive at your doorstep. (Terms Apply)

Speed Through Checkout

  • PayPal’s One Touch checkout (of my personal favourite features) allows you to check out faster and more easily as you shop securely across millions of online retailers, without having to type usernames, passwords, or 16-digit credit card numbers multiple times – amazing for when you’re shopping on the go!

Shop With Less Stress When PayPal Pays for Return Shipping

  • If you’ve purchased something that doesn’t fit, wasn’t what your expected, or simply changed your mind, PayPal’s newly launched Return Shipping on Us service now foots the bill for return shipping costs on eligible items. For more click HERE.

I hope that with those points you can understand why I’m such a huge fan of PayPal, and trust transferring money from my personal and business and bank accounts with a company that provides so much safety and reassurance whether a purchase or transfer is big or small.

While, as mentioned, PayPal is available through 13 million retailers around the world, I hope that you will consider supporting local Canadian businesses this holiday season, while still shopping with that same confidence. In case you’re unsure of how or where to start shopping local, especially online, here’s my list of the top 15 Canadian online shopping stores you can shop with PayPal Canada.

1. Mary Young

Mary Young - 16 Canadian Online Shopping Stores You Can Shop with PayPal Canada

The holiday season is the perfect opportunity to treat yourself (or someone else) to Mary Young’s cool and sexy everyday lingerie that’s all made in Canada. I LOVE Mary’s pieces! Shop her site at maryyoung.ca.

 

2. The Chic Canuck

The Chic Canuck - Mary Young - 16 Canadian Online Shopping Stores You Can Shop with PayPal Canada

Can you blame me for including The Chic Canuck on this list? It’s the perfect place to buy chic Canadian gifts for your friends, family or yourself this holiday season! Start shopping at thechiccanuck.com.

 

3. Uncuffed Leather

Uncuffed Leather - 16 Canadian Online Shopping Stores You Can Shop with PayPal Canada

Chokers are everything right now and why settle for a piece of black string tied around your neck when you could be rocking a sparkly or hand-painted leather cuff by Uncuffed Leather? Or, take it to the next level with one of their epic body harnesses. Shop all pieces at uncuffedleather.com.

 

4. Drake General Store

Drake General Store - 16 Canadian Online Shopping Stores You Can Shop with PayPal Canada

The Drake General Store has been one of my favourite places to pick up quirky and fun gifts for years. Since I can’t always make it across town to their flagship on Queen West, I often rely on their online shop for a faster and more convenient purchase. Visit online at drakegeneralstore.ca.

5. Province of Canada

Province of Canada - 16 Canadian Online Shopping Stores You Can Shop with PayPal Canada

Is there anything better than unwrapping cozy pieces that you can slip right into on Christmas morning? I love the simplicity and Canuck pride of sweat styles from Province of Canada. Shop now at provinceofcanada.com.

6. Leeloodles

Leeloodles 16 Canadian Online Shopping Stores You Can Shop with PayPal Canada

The 8-year-old Toronto-based #girlboss behind Leeloodles inspires me every day, and gifting friends and family with t-shirts featuring her hand drawn designs have been my go-to since the summer. For sports fanatics, go for the Raptors and Blue Jays tees. Movie buffs? Check out the Fifth Element designs. Shop now at www.leeloodles.com.

7. Rosehound Apparel

Rosehound Apparel - 16 Canadian Online Shopping Stores You Can Shop with PayPal Canada

90s Leonardo DiCaprio pins? Patches that reference The Heathers? Rosehound Apparel is a 90s kid’s dream come true! Trust me, your favourite jacket will soon be covered in these cheeky pins and patches. Get your patch on now at rosehound-apparel.myshopify.com.

8. Canada Goose

Canada Goose - 16 Canadian Online Shopping Stores You Can Shop with PayPal Canada

The weather drops quickly here in Canada and if you’re not prepared, you can have the best winter coat in the game at your doorstep in no time by ordering from Canada Goose’s online shop. Visit www.canadagoose.com.

9. Lucia Rose Jewellery

Lucia Rose - 16 Canadian Online Shopping Stores You Can Shop with PayPal Canada

I discovered Toronto-based fine jewellery designer, Lucia Rose, at a recent pop up in the city. Her pieces are minimal and classic yet modern and easy to wear. The brand’s online shop was recently launched and this is the first full collection that’s available for the public to buy. Start shopping at luciarose.ca.

10. Chance & Fate

Chance & Fate - 16 Canadian Online Shopping Stores You Can Shop with PayPal Canada

That pop up I mentioned above where I discovered Lucia Rose? It was with my new favourite online shop for clothing, Chance & Fate. I mean, how can you not fall in love with a shop where you can add a cheeky sweatshirt and a super glam onesie to your cart at the same time?  Check them out at chanceandfate.ca.

11. Chapters Indigo

Indigo - 16 Canadian Online Shopping Stores You Can Shop with PayPal Canada

Who doesn’t love Indigo, especially during the holiday season? Between their selection of books and magazines to their amazing home decor options, you can always find something for everyone! I also love that you can skip long line ups or busy malls by shopping all Indigo goods online, and even scoring extra deals because of it. Start shopping at chapters.indigo.ca.

12. Hudson’s Bay

Hudsons Bay - 16 Canadian Online Shopping Stores You Can Shop with PayPal Canada

These days I find myself using the Hudson’s Bay website more often than I’d like to admit to seek out deals on some of my favourite high-end kitchenware brands such as Le Creuset and Staub. Even if fancy pots aren’t your cup of tea, Hudson’s Bay is a great online source for everything from socks to designer shoes! Start shopping at thebay.com.

13. Roots Canada

Roots Canada - 16 Canadian Online Shopping Stores You Can Shop with PayPal Canada

I don’t know about you, but I onesie from Roots Canada has been on my Xmas list for at least 3 years now. Will this year be there year I finally get one from Santa? I hope so!! Shop all Roots items online at roots.com.

14. Holt Renfrew

Holt Renfrew - 16 Canadian Online Shopping Stores You Can Shop with PayPal Canada

Canada’s favourite luxury department store has finally introduced e-commerce, and you can even pay with PayPal! If you are purchasing a luxury item, especially online, I would definitely recommend doing so with the security of PayPal to ensure your purchase is protected. Start shopping Holt Renfrew online at holtrenfrew.com.

15 Manitobah Mukluks

Manitobah Mukluks - 16 Canadian Online Shopping Stores You Can Shop with PayPal Canada

By now you’ve probably noticed that I enjoy comfy and cozy things – a lot! Especially during the winter months, obviously. I’ve got numerous pairs of slippers from Manitobah Mukluks, and would never turn down another, especially at Christmas! These also make beautiful gifts and I love that they are handmade right here in Canada. Shop all styles at manitobah.ca.

 

I hope this post will help you with your online shopping this holiday season, and to feel more confident about where and how you’re shopping thanks to the security and ease provided by my friends at PayPal Canada.

Happy Shopping Everyone!

xo

@GracieCarroll

(please note that this post has been brought to you in partnership with PayPal Canada)

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