7 Cheap CHRISTMAS GIFTS that won’t Break the Bank

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Need some last minute gifts that won’t break the bank (so you can afford to pay rent in Vancouver)? Here’s some cheap but thoughtful gift ideas for your friends and family this Christmas:

7 Patch Planters

Need a gift for a foodie who also happens to be very health oriented and environmentally conscious? Support the sustainable food system by gifting a Patch Planter, the self-watering planters that provide all the DIY fun of growing your own greens and herbs without all the hassle. They’re compact, affordable and simple to use meaning you don’t have to be a professional gardener to use one. They work indoors and outdoors as well.

You can grab one 12″x6″ Patch Planter for $25.53 or a 3-pack on sale for $63.84. Really last minute? Expedited shipping is $5 per order to anywhere in Canada and USA. Also save 10% on your purchase by signing up for the email newsletter. PS. the company is based in Vancouver!

6 Homemade Cookies

Put a homemade spin on it with some freshly baked holiday treats! Give all the Cookie Monsters out there what they really want, cookies! Ginger snaps, shortbread, sugar cookies…. mmm… Grab a Christmas tin from the dollar store and get baking. A personal touch goes along way like decorating your own tin can with arts and crafts.

Cookie Monster is celebrating the end of a perfect birthday! 🍪🛁

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5 Art Prints

Help decorate someone’s home or office by gifting them some art that speaks volume. Prints are affordable and look like the originals but won’t put you in the art collector price range. Kim’s Prints in Gastown sells uniquely funky prints by local artists and offers custom framing. Support local artists!

4 Cocktail Accessories

Shake things up in style with some super cheap and classy looking cocktail accessories. This gift is more of a gift to you because they’ll have to serve you a special concoction everytime you go over #winning. You’ll find tons of kits in the $10-30 range at Winners/Home Sense. If you have a bigger budget try the Sips Cocktail Emporium on East Broadway for a variety of home bar-tending equipment.

3 Tix

Share some laughs this holiday season with some tickets to a local comedy show. The Vancouver TheatreSports League puts on some entertaining and interactive improv comedy shows worth checking out. Buy tickets to an upcoming show or a gift certificate as a stocking stuffer! Weekdays $15.75 / Friday & Saturday from $22.75 / Sunday $8.75 / Group tickets are also available with discounts from 15-30%.  The more, the merrier!

2 Memories

Put some thought into it and reminiscence with a photo album or scrap book. No one does that anymore right!? An old fashioned physical tangible album with actual photos that aren’t on a screen! Find some old Polaroids and get your Instagram memories printed off and curate a photo album or scrap book as a gift. This is the ultimate DIY for a BFF!

Nothing says the holidays like fuzzy socks and your favorite family memories. 😌

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1 Holiday Gift Box

Let Commissary Connect do the curating for you with their special holiday gift box featuring 10 local food businesses. This box of culinary goodies includes items from Rolling Cashew – Vancouver’s premiere vegan food truck; Live Love Eat – small batch artisan granola; Menina Baker – hand-crafted confections; Keto Munch – low-carb snacks and more.

Commissary Connect is a professionally-run, state-of-the-art shared commissary which connects local culinary voices to support the local food culture, business and community. Proceeds from the Holiday Gift Box go to the Greater Vancouver Food Bank.


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By Amar Mirchandani @amarmirch
Amar likes his beer chilled and ranch sauce with pizza.

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