Just in time for the holidays (and any borderline last minute shopping you’ve yet to do), we’ve got the low-down on some top-notch local gifts worth snapping up this season.
For the Foodie, be sure to head down to Granville Island Public Market and over to Edible Canada’s retail store. They’ve got everything from jellies to jams, salad servers to salad dressings, locally sourced syrups to savoury soup mixes. We love the selection of Fresh Batch Jam’s from Fraser Valley’s Missing Goat Farms. Our vote: go with the Rhubarb and Rosemary concoction for added wow-factor.
Need to appease the Sweet Tooth on your list? Look no further than the locally made goods courtesy of Butter Baked Goods. It’s worth the trip to their quaint Dunbar area bakery (trust us, you won’t leave empty-handed). Pick up a package of their homemade and almost famous Marshmallow’s, or stunning new cookbook.
For the Closet Creative, why not head to OPUS Art Supplies and get your wannabe Picasso kitted out with everything from canvas to brushes. They’ll have no excuse not to get down with paint and palette. While you’re at it, be sure to buzz over to RAW Canvas and nab a gift card or two – you’ll guarantee a night of creatively boozy fun at their unique art studio cum wine bar/tap house.
If you’ve got a Beauty Nut on your hands, nothing will please them more than receiving a selection of goods from Yaletown’s BeautyMark boutique. Our seasonal favourite that will have them glowing Principessa Beauty Bella Balm BB Cream. This locally known body care line has just launched into skincare with this uniquely formulated beauty balm that blends into all skin types effortlessly.
For the avid Entertainer, nab them something that will help them host their next gathering. Check out the beautiful antique spirits bottles by Cross & Co or Green & Gold Italian Decanter (circa the 1960s) and Lion Handle Vintage Silver Plated Champagne Bucket at Charlie Ford Vintage. Items on their drool-worthy site have been expertly curated by Jillian Harris, Vancouver-based celebrity design gal.
Need something for the Wino on your list? Or perhaps its BC-made spirits and microbrew you’re on the hunt for. Regardless, be sure to grab a locally produced offering at one of Vancouver’s top stops for booze. The folk’s at Liberty Wine Merchants can definitely help you pick up a coveted vintage, or head to Viti Wine and Lager to source the perfect spirit (they specialize in hard-to-find Scotches, Single Malts and specialty beer). You can always shop BC winery-direct too. One of our go-to favorites has to be Painted Rock Estate Winery when in search of an Okanagan-based bottle guaranteed to impress.
Lastly, if faced with the challenge of buying for the Fashionista (be it him or her), staying local is no challenge – with plenty of stylish sources to pull from. On our list (for guys and girls alike) it has to be chunky hand-knitted sweaters that ooze West Coast Canadiana-cool courtesy of Granted. Want to make it more local? Choose the limited edition David Suzuki creation with zipper tabs made out of reclaimed yew wood. Find it at stores like Gastown’s LynnSteven Boutique.