December is here and the season of giving has arrived! It’s time to get into the festive spirit, hang those decorations and listen to some seasonal tunes. If you’re putting together your Holiday shopping list, choosing to support local businesses can make all the difference in your community.
Small businesses across our province have endured a challenging year. By showing your support at this crucial time of year, you’re supporting local jobs, keeping money within your community, and you’ll be able to find unique and handmade gifts.
We know choosing gifts can be hard work. Let us help! We’ve put together some ideas for Kootenay-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: Canadiana
Perfect For: Crafty Individuals
Kootenay Knit & Apparel specializes in unique and quality knitwear, headwear, apparel and accessory products. Their story began 25 years ago, when owner, Cathy Rella began with her flair for design and creativity to start a uniquely Canadian headwear and knitwear business. While being a local business involved in the local community, the company has reached national visibility through the Canadian Olympic Red Mitten program, Pink Mitten campaign that raised close to $1 Million for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation and MADD Mitten program.
Gift Idea: Gift Card for Christmas
Perfect For: Aromatherapy fans
Love and Lemons are here to help you live a simpler, greener, and healthier life. Through the use of 100% natural and organic ingredients, their products reduce the body’s toxic load. They collaborate closely with local farmers, companies and individuals, to support their local economy and source high quality ingredients in their community.
Gift Idea: Tea Sample Boxes
Perfect For: A cold winter’s day
TEA etc. is a locally owned and operated independent tea store with a wide selection of over 100 loose leaf teas and an eclectic range of tea related gifts. They offer free local delivery (Brisco to Canal Flats) and all of their teas are available for purchase online for a flat rate fee of $15 to anywhere in Canada. Order over $100, and it ships for free!
Gift Idea: Caramel Bars
Perfect For: Your favourite sweet tooth
Bad Duck Caramel make four kinds of caramel: Traditional, Salted, Pep Chew (peppermint caramel with dark chocolate on top) and Salted Coffee. All of their products are made by hand in their small kitchen near Creston, BC. Their delicious treats make for the perfect stocking stuffer and their online store ships nationwide.
Gift Idea: 4 Pack of Beer
Perfect For: Craft brewing fans
Backroads Brewing are a small, independently owned and operated brewery and taproom offering beer sales to go and bottled products at liquor stores around the Southern Interior of BC. Pick up a four pack of their craft beers and treat the beer lover in your life to a happy Holiday season.
Gift Idea: Gift Certificate
Perfect For: Fueling the workaholic in your life
If you’re in the market for a tasty hot beverage or a baked treat, Hot Shots Cafe offers a tempting selection in Cranbrook. Pick up a gift certificate for someone in your life and treat them to some of their world class baked goods or coffee.
Gift Idea: Gift Bundle
Perfect For: That friend that needs more self care
Mountain Sky Soaps are made in Nelson using an old-fashioned cold process where oils aren’t boiled. Most modern mass market soap are boiled and the glycerine is separated out. Their hand-cut soaps retain its high glycerine content. Pick up one of their gift bundles for that friend that needs a little more self care in their lives!
Gift Idea: Custom Cushions
Perfect For: The HGTV lover in your life
Kootenay Interiors offer a one-stop shop for curtains, drapes, Roman blinds, cushions and more. Their team boast years of experience in choosing the right styles, colours and textures for a home. Treat the home renovation fan in your life to some of their beautiful cushions, they’re a fine addition to any couch!
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
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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.