Nothing takes away from the magic of the holidays than the stress of shopping for the perfect gift. Cross ‘stress’ off your list and replace it with these local gifts:
17 Glamoury Beauty Package
Every woman needs some pampering and attention every now and then! (We love to get pampered!) The Glamoury in Yaletown specializes in detailed, full makeup applications, blow-outs, and NOW, a new LED teeth whitening service to keep pearly whites bright and sparkly. The 45-minute teeth whitening treatment is priced at $125 and this holiday, they’re offering 10% off when you add a makeup or hair treatment – making it the perfect beauty package!
Address: 1241 Hamilton St, Vancouver
16 Candle Travel Trio from Vancouver Candle Company
We loveee nice, scented, candles and one of our favourite candle companies is the Vancouver Candle Company! Not only do their candles smell ahh-mazing, the branding is SO Vancouver and we can’t help but love that. Poured by hand in small batches and made using premium soy wax, natural essential oils, and 100% cotton wicks. Each sent represents a ‘hood in the city so whether you’re from the East Side or West Side of Vancouver, there’s -literally – a scent for everyone. Priced at $58, the travel candle trios make an excellent gift or stocking stuffer she’ll truly delight in.
15 Make Mini Cinema Light Box
We’re kind of obsessed with Make on Granville Island where they specialize in two things: custom and creativity. If you can think it, you can make it or they’ll make it for you. Find everything from quirky design and decor items, personalized garments, accessories, and this must-have mini cinema light box that is #Adorable and sure to light up some girl’s world.
Address: 1648 Duranleau St, Vancouver
14 Karamaller Candy Boxes
Fact: When all else fails, there’s always CANDY. And not just any candy, with each candy imported from Scandinavia and made using high-quality ingredients, free of GMOs, trans fats, and high-fructose corn syrup. Pick-up a candy gift box in store ( featuring 5 small jars of favourites) for $60, a small price to pay for a sweet surprise. Shopping for a chocolate lover? Get them the Chocolate Mix.
Address: #30 1020, Mainland St, Vancouver
13 Brewquet Craft Beer Basket
The equivalent of a flower bouquet for dudes, surprise the craft beer lover in your life with a ‘Brewquet’ – a craft beer basket featuring cool local goods and brews. Choose from the carefully curated collection including Gastown, Beer Island, Kitsilano, Yaletown, and East Van basket. You can’t go wrong with this one.
Baskets range from $50-$165.
12 Cabin + Cub Custom Laser Engraved Cufflinks
It doesn’t get more personalized than a pair of custom, laser engraved cufflinks. Made in Vancouver and available on Etsy, these handmade, wood, bamboo, and metal cufflinks are created in house and each set comes packaged in a cotton-filled gift box. An affordable and thoughtful gift for your dad, hubby, boyfriend, brother, son, or friend.
11 Beard Oil from Old Faithful Shop
Yup, you read right. Beard oil for the Mountain Man or Hipster in your life. Burroughs Beard Oil smells masculine and woodsy and moisturizes the surface skin and conditions follicles to help maintain a sexy, scented, and healthy beard. Cost: $39.95
Address: 320 W Cordova St, Vancouver
10 Canucks Holiday Packs
For the die-hard Canucks in your life, this holiday pack includes tickets to 3 games, Fly over Canada ticket, Superskills ticket and a scarf.
9 Miraj Hammam Spa Couples Hammam and Gommage
Know a special couple in your life? Give them gift of a “silent doctor,” also the ancient definition of a Hammam. Miraj Hammam Spa on South Granville is an exotic oasis in the city where you can let off steam in the Jerusalem Gold Marble Steam Room, and exfoliate all over with black Moroccan soap. All treatments include the use of a sarong, gown and slippers as well as complimentary Middle Eastern tea and sweetcake. We won’t drop any names, but several celebrities have known to frequent this spa when they’re in town. *Cough, Channing Tatum, *cough.
Packages begin at $120.
Address: 1495 W 6th Ave, Vancouver
8 Granted Sweater Company Handcrafted Knit
Give the gift of “cozy” with a stylin’ cowichan knit from the Granted Sweater Company. All sweaters are made by hand in Vancouver using 100% pure new wool from free range sheep. A little on the pricier side but a classic heritage piece that every Vancouverite should have in their closet. Also available in kids sizes.
**If sending to a Canadian address, order by Dec.19 to ensure door delivery by Christmas.**
7 Commodity Juicery Cleanse
Nothing says ‘I care about you’ than a health-focused gift. With all the wine, eggnog and alcoholic beverages we will undoubtedly consume this season, a reset juice cleanse is an excellent idea. Commodity Juicery recently opened up a new shop in the West End and specializes in customized wellness programs.
Cleanses range from 1-5 days and from $60-$300.
Address: 3975 Fraser St, Vancouver
6 Cooking lessons at The Dirty Apron Cooking School
Know someone who could really use the help of a professional in the kitchen? Or maybe someone who enjoys being in the kitchen but could use some refinement and ingredient-based skills? Not only is cooking lessons a useful gift, it’s a fun experience! The Dirty Apron Cooking School offers classes ranging from how to prepare a chicken dinner to lessons in brunch! Oh, and they give you wine.
A great gift for a couple, a group of friends, or for a private team building event! Visit their website for a full list of classes and prices.
They also have great holiday gift boxes!
Address: 540 Beatty St, Vancouver
For the Host:
5 Pacific Reclaimed Wood Board
If someone is hosting a dinner party, it’s a fair assumption that they enjoy spending time in the kitchen. Appease their culinary creative with this one-of-a-kind wood board produced by Vancouver-based Pacific Made, made using reclaimed wood from heritage homes in Strathcona. How rad is that?
Gift That Give:
4 Plan International Canada Gifts of Hope
Because it’s Canadian to be kind to one another and give back to those who need it the most. According to a recent Plan International Canada survey, one-third of Canadians would rather have a herd of goats gifted to a family on their behalf than receive a new computer. Plan International Canada’s Gifts of Hope catalogue features the purchase of a goat for a family, bedding, school essentials for a child, medicine for moms and babies – the list goes on.
3 Loyal Coalition
The I GET TO” legacy chain available at Gastown shop Loyal Coalition is more than just a trendy neck-piece. A cash purchase, 100% of the proceeds go back to Whole Way House in the Downtown Eastside. They also carry smaller sizes with inscriptions like “love.” Check out the The Basement for more local goods:
Address: 235 Cambie St, Vancouver
2 A Better Life Foundation
Most of us will never have to wonder where our next meal will come from. Unfortunately, that’s not the situation for everyone. Help make a difference for people right here in our very own community through A Better Life Foundation. Founded in 2012 by Mark Brand, you can help feed others in need by making an online donation for meals for as little as that Starbucks drink you religiously sip on daily. Every time you make a donation. the ABLF board will match it, doubling your contribution.
And remember, at the end of a day you can’t really go wrong with a good card.
1 Check out: Raincity Prints
Sometimes, a card says more than any gift could. Creator and Vancouverite Hilary Walle-Jensen uses her love of typography and language to create fun and inspirational greeting cards and prints guaranteed to bring a smile to anyone’s face. She can also create customized cards so that you can really get your message across, whatever it may be.
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