The Holiday season is approaching fast, bringing with it the annual season of giving. Here at the BC Marketplace, we’re already getting into the festive swing of things. We’re hanging our decorations, listening to some classic festive tunes and thinking about what to buy for friends and family this year.
When it comes time to take care of your annual Holiday shopping, consider shopping local this year. Your dollars support hardworking friends and families in your community, while also investing money back into your local economy. We often don’t realize it but our dollars have so much power to do good. You can find amazing gifts right on your doorstep that help support small business, keep jobs in our communities and smiles on your family’s faces.
At the BC Marketplace, we’re all about shopping local and supporting the hard-working business owners that make our province such a special place. We know that picking out gifts can be hard work and that’s why we’re here to help. We’ve gathered some ideas and inspiration for your Holiday gift buying from awesome Lower Mainland and Sunshine Coast-based businesses.
We put our best Elves on the job, so check out the businesses below and get Holiday ready with the BC Marketplace. Find more inspiration and gift ideas by exploring the Mainland Southwest Marketplace.
Gift Idea: Mangata Collection
Perfect For: Natural Skin Care Lovers
This convenient gift package gathers many of Mangata’s most popular natural skin care products in one highly giftable collection. Mangata is an awesome, BC-based businesses where many of the herbs are wildcrafted here in the Lower Mainland. The ingredients are always locally sourced and the packaging is recyclable.
Gift Idea: Holiday Gift Box
Perfect For: Local Craft Lovers
Treeline Collective’s Holiday Gift Box offers the perfect way to support local makers while giving an awesome gift this Holiday season. Perfect for cozying up by the fireplace or bringing along to your next snowy adventure, choose from one of four holiday box collabs that feature blankets, teas, and accessories in tune with the elements.
Gift Idea: Stories Parfums Gift Box
Perfect For: Fragrance Lovers
Follow your nose to the sweetest smelling gift on our list: Scentrique’s Stories Parfums Gift Box. Scentrique is Vancouver’s only independent perfumery and a destination for those who love fragrance or looking to stand out and express themselves through scent.
Gift Idea: Craft a Gift
Perfect For: The person who has everything
Location: Port Coquitlam
For this gift idea, we’re embarking on something of a ‘Choose Your Own Adventure’ with the unique gifts on offer with From:Us. This Port Coquitlam-based retailer doesn’t create standard gift boxes or one-size-fits-all gifts. Instead, they restore the joy of gifting by giving customers the option of creating a completely unique gift box with items handpicked from Canadian artisans.
Gift Idea: Tea Sampler Gift Pack
Perfect For: The tea enthusiast in your life
Location: Davis Bay
Located on the Sunshine Coast, Davis Bay Tea Co. specializes in loose leaf teas in a wide variety of flavours. Their Holiday gift pack allows customers to choose six great samplers for inclusion from a menu of unique flavours. Don’t forget, it’s often said varie-TEA is the spice of life!
Gift Idea: Camper Van Rental
Perfect For: The adventure lover
Give the gift of the open road with a camper van rental from the incredible Honest Camper. This Coquitlam-based business rents camper vans for adventures throughout BC or further afield. They’ve got everything from retro VW vans, to modern Mercedes Metris or Sprinter vans to choose from.
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
Without small businesses, our towns and villages would lose their unique charm. Read our 5 Benefits of Shopping Local.Read the Full Story
Meet Laurie Weitzel, the founder of Earth’s Own Naturals, a pair of Cannabis dispensaries located in Kimberley and Fernie, BC. Laurie is on a mission to erase the misconceptions inherent in BC’s cannabis industry.Read the Full Story
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