The Holiday season is just around the corner. It’s time to deck the halls, pick out a tree and fire up some festive tunes. As you put your shopping list together for gifts, why not shop local and support the businesses that make our communities special?
It’s been a challenging year for businesses across our province. As you buy gifts for friends and families, choosing to spend locally will make all the difference. Your money will stay within your community, you’ll be able to find unique and handmade gifts, and you’ll support local jobs and services.
We know picking out gifts can be hard work sometimes. Let us help! We’ve put together some ideas for Lower Mainland and South West Coast-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: Wall Pocket Planter
Perfect For: The urban gardener in your life
This local Vancouver business is inspiring green fingered urban gardeners with a range of products relating to vertical gardens, patios and balcony gardens. They carry a range of pocket planters, balcony gardening kits and more that’ll have those condo balconies looking lush and green.
Gift Idea: Custom Framing
Perfect For: A sentimental gift, art enthusiasts
Located in beautiful Sechelt on the Sunshine Coast, Artworks Gallery & Framing has been in business for over 35 years. They can assist with custom framing and their studio carries original artworks by over a dozen local artists. Give the gift of beautiful wall décor with this unique local business.
Gift Idea: Coffee Gift Basket
Perfect For: Caffeine lovers
Café Etico is a local, fair-trade coffee company that operates as a social enterprise giving back 100% of profits to CoDevelopment Canada to help fund and support social justice and human rights programs in Latin America. Their coffee bean farmers earn an above fair-trade market wage. Get coffee, support an awesome cause!
Gift Idea: Class Pass
Perfect For: Globetrotters
Griottes Polyglottes is a French language school that teaches through interactive games and workshops. Their sessions are currently offered online, and can be booked as a gift for the globetrotter in your life. While we can’t travel now, give the gift of a second language and get ready for travel adventures in the months to come.
Gift Idea: Ruffwear Adventure Gear for Dogs
Perfect for: Pet owners
Beardog Café is perfect for the pet lover in your life. They offer a selection of optimal pet nutrition, Ruffwear adventure gear for dogs, and even fresh-baked dog treats. Visit their online store to find out more, or visit them in person in Lillooet.
Gift Idea: Class Pass
Location: Pitt Meadows
Perfect For: Free spirits, anyone looking to learn a cool new skill
West Coast Flying Trapeze is a circus school that offers classes tailored to anyone aged 3-103. Learn the secrets of the aerial arts, flying trapeze and much more. Classes are suitable for complete beginners, all the way up to aspiring Cirque du Soleil artists!
Gift Idea: Custom Putter
Perfect For: The aspiring Tiger Woods in your life
Get in a quick 18-holes with the high-quality golf equipment and apparel at Haywood Golf. They believe high quality performance equipment should be accessible to everyone. That’s why they’ve created a unique range of golf clubs and golf accessories to fit every budget – without sacrificing on build quality.
Gift Idea: Gift Card
Perfect For: New Years Resolutioners, Health food fans
The Juice Truck is Vancouver’s first and original cold-pressed juice company. They offer their full range of cold-pressed juices and plant-based brands online through their website (alongside gift cards), and their products can be found at over 30 retail partners throughout the Lower Mainland.
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
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.