Who We Are

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.