A Little about Us
Gifts From the Heart Inc. is a wholesale manufacturer of high-quality, Canadian-made framed art, featuring two lines of pictures – our own Canadian photography as well as Distributed prints. The Company had its inception in 1990 when Mary Schmidt began distributing a line of plaques from the Dexsa Company in the USA.
Through some twists and turns, it eventually became a picture framing company, selling wholesale to stores across Canada. The business moved to a 3100 square foot warehouse in Baden, Ontario in 1996 and remains there today.
For many years, Gifts From the Heart specialized in adding meaning to framed art through the inclusion of inspirational quotes and scripture verses, making their works especially unique from their competition. The company continues to offer customization of any picture by adding or changing verses and sayings, or by adding personal photos to sayings.
Their line of Bereavement pictures, (with touching quotes such as “When a Loved One becomes a Memory, the Memory becomes a Treasure”), has proven extremely popular with Floral and Gift Stores across the country.
In more recent years, the photography work of Rick Schmidt has evolved to the point where more than fifty percent of the sales now come from photography. Many people comment that our photos, taken all across Canada, look much like paintings . . . thanks to technical enhancements. Some of Rick’s favorite and most popular works are of horses and farming images.
Through the addition of new photo artists, a greater variety of styles of images has become available to choose from. If you are in the area, you are invited to come visit our showroom and art gallery. Please phone ahead if possible. We also have sales representatives across Canada and attend Trade Shows in Toronto and Edmonton twice a year to present our pictures to store buyers.
Custom Framing with Heart!
Gifts From the Heart Inc. also operates a custom framing store outlet. Housed in our manufacturing headquarters in Baden, Ontario, we are only 10 minutes west of Kitchener, Ontario. We offer the highest quality custom framing and canvas photos at affordable outlet prices.
Browse our wide selection of available prints, specialty frames, mats and design styles. Ask about stretched canvas art – framing without glass! We can print your photographs in large sizes on photo paper or canvas.
If you’re interested in custom framing, come visit their store and art gallery at 555 Snyder’s Rd. E. Baden, Ontario, Canada. Please call ahead for an appointment.
We’d love to see you!
This is fabulous, thank you so much! Placing orders on your site is one of my favorite parts of my job – I just LOVE your work. I wish you could see the reaction we get from people in the hospital that are not feeling well or sad, they walk through the main corridor as a break from whats going on upstairs, look at our window display with your work front and center and just stand and stare…its retail therapy at its finest….
Hi Rick – I have been meaning to email you since all the prints arrived awhile back. Everything was in perfect condition when it arrived and it was easy to see the extra care that was taken when it was all packaged! Just wanted to tell you how happy we are with all of the prints and very impressed at how well the frames are made and the whole picture is put together – the laminating, backing and framing! They looked great on the walls of the store when we set up our display here at the greenhouse – and people are buying them and walking out happy with their purchases!
thanks again Rick!
After receiving our first order we are very happy with the quality of your product and look forward to placing new orders in the future.
We loved the pictures so much! We promptly sold 3 of them the same day we put them out. In fact one didn’t even make it on to the wall. Rick definitely has a wonderful God-given gift.
Your pictures have been very popular at our store and we need to place another order; I personally think they are absolutely amazing & really appreciate the hanging hardware as you installed quality hardware.
The barn wood framing gives each piece its own character!