A valuable lesson we’ve learned this year is that our actions impact upon our community. When we stand together and support each other, we all become stronger. This Holiday season, make a massive difference in your community and shop local for your Holiday gifts.
We often don’t realize the power our dollars hold. By choosing to shop local this Holiday, you’ll be supporting local jobs, investing in your community, and you’ll even find some awesome unique gifts made by local creators.
We know picking out gifts can be hard work sometimes. Let us help! We’ve put together some ideas for Cariboo-based businesses where you can find awesome gifts for the holiday season. Yule be sorry to miss out on these awesome local businesses!
Gift Idea: Christmas Minis Bath Bombs
Perfect For: People who love a soak
Location: 100 Mile House
While a bath bomb might not sound relaxing, fans of long soaks in deep tubs know all about their de-stressing attributes. Sweet Lavations is a women-run personal-care business in 100 Mile House. They focus on creative products that are as locally-sourced and plastic-free as possible—growing all their own flora or sourcing them from the wild in a sustainable manner. With at least 14 balls of fizz in each pack, their “Christmas minis” Bath Bombs make a great stocking stuffer. Choose from jelly bean, lollipop, sugar plum, and other fun scents to make sure bath time is always a fun time.
Gift Idea: Black Tea Blend
Perfect For: Tea lovers
Location: 100 Mile House
An expression you might hear from a tea lover is, “You can’t buy happiness but you can buy tea, and that’s kind of the same thing.” While coffee is a “wake me up” kind of drink, tea is more “sit back and relax,” and we all need more of that these days. Loralei Snider founded Soulstice Herbals in 100 Mile House to provide hand-crafted, small batch teas, elixirs, and herbal remedies, using organic ingredients. Try the Duchess of Earl Black Tea Blend for a royal cuppa (pinkie lifting optional.)
Gift Idea: Spa Treatments
Perfect For: Someone you want to pamper
Give the gift of relaxation this Christmas. Emerald Earth Organic Spa in Valemont have everything you need to put together a home spa package for someone you want to spoil. Their 100% natural handcrafted products for men and women include facial, body, hair, skin balms, lip balms, natural deodorants, and bath treats to make every day feel like a spa day. When it’s time to head to the actual spa, appropriate safety measures are in place to let you take advantage of their massages, facials, and other spa treatments. And… relax!
Gift Idea: Art Classes
Perfect For: Budding Bob Rosses
Location: 100 Mile House
Heidi The Artist offers original paintings of BC flora and fauna, as well as clothing and homewares printed with her art. A former art teacher, Heidi also offers live, online art classes to kids (10+) and adults. If you know someone who wants to channel their inner Bob Ross, Heidi offers art classes in everything from “Paint a Bear” to “Paint an Alpine Meadow.” Each class takes place over a few days live online, so you can interact with the teacher and other students. And at the end of the course, you’ll have a one-of-a-kind piece of art. Get 15 per cent off this Holiday season.
Gift Idea: Wood Ring
Perfect For: Nature and jewelry lovers
Wood rings are durable, warm to the touch, and light to wear. Craftsman David Finch is a pioneer of the steam bent Wood Ring. David and his wife Nicola live on a 48-acre off-grid property on a high plateau in the Cariboo Chilcotin. There, they handcraft beautiful, one-of-a-kind wood rings. They have no rings in stock. Instead, David and Nicola will work with you to design and create a unique, personalized ring for you or a loved one. You can choose everything from the type of wood to the thickness to the design.
Gift Idea: Glamping with Grizzlies
Perfect For: Explorers and adventurers
Location: Williams Lake
A common experience during the pandemic has been rediscovering our own backyard, neighbourhood, and province. There are few backyards as impressive as B.C.’s. Based out of Williams Lake, Ecotours-BC will help you explore the Cariboo Mountains, one of the most diverse ecosystems in B.C. If there’s one thing B.C. isn’t short of, it’s grizzly bears. The Glamping with Grizzlies tour lets you stay on a “floating glamping lodge,” from where you can watch bears and other wildlife day and night. Imagine the stories you’ll come home with!
These businesses are just a small slice of the awesome local entrepreneurs on the BC Marketplace. Your wallet has more power than you realize. This Holiday Season, make a difference in your community and shop local.
Kari Morgan is one of the foremost young Indigenous artists working in BC. She has displayed artwork across the Northwest, Vancouver, and Seattle, showcasing her distinctive minimalist style that blends traditional First Nations art with contemporary influences.Read the Full Story
Skwalwen Botanicals is a small batch botanical skin care business that harvests ingredients in a sustainable and respectful manner.Read the Full Story
Lynn-Marie and Melissa-Rae Angus are the sister co-founders of Sisters Sage, an Indigenous brand that hand-crafts wellness and self-care products inspired by their culture and traditions.Read the Full Story
We respectfully acknowledge our place of work is within the ancestral, traditional and unceded territories of the Xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) and səl̓ilwətaʔɬ/sel̓ílwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) and that we serve the Peoples of the many Nations throughout British Columbia.