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 Northern BC-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: Holiday Gift Package
Perfect For: Caffeine lovers
Based in Terrace, White Goat Coffee take inspiration for their small batch coffee blends from the rivers, mountains, and forests that surround them. The founders started roasting their coffee in a small barn in the woods in a quest for the perfect campfire coffee. All their coffee blends are named to celebrate their passion for both coffee and the wilderness. The Holiday Gift Package contains White Goat’s Silent Night and Mexico Guadalupe Zaju blends, plus a White Goat Branded Coffee Mug to enjoy your new favourite cup of joe out and about.
Gift Idea: Gift Card
Location: Fort Saint John
Perfect For: The fitness enthusiast in your life
Located in Fort St. John, Supplement Kings carry a full range of fitness supplements designed to fuel a healthy lifestyle. With New Year’s Resolutions on the horizon, there’s no better time to help the gym rat in your life power up their next workout while also supporting an awesome local business.
Gift Idea: Honey Set
Perfect For: Someone with a sweet tooth
This small, family-owned business in Telwa produces apiary, soap, and body products made from wild-harvested local ingredients. Know someone who loves honey? Give them a Honey Set—a selection of honey products, made possible by their bees that gather nectar from local wildflowers. Or, how about the Ultimate Gift Set—a beautiful gift box set, wrapped in natural materials and packed with handcrafted soaps, bath bombs, lotions, and more.
Gift Idea: Silver Eagle Wrap Ring
Location: Haida Gwaii
Perfect For: Someone who appreciates Indigenous culture
Haida Gwaii is one of B.C.’s most spectacular spots. A gift of a unique piece of locally handcrafted jewellery, such as the Silver Eagle Wrap Ring, lets you celebrate the culture of the region and support local Haida Gwaii artists. As well as jewellery, Crystal Cabin offers carvings, art, and smudge sticks— bundles of dried herbs that are burned to cleanse and purify a space, ceremony, or person.
Gift Idea: Handmade Pottery
Location: Dawson Creek
Perfect For: Your crafty friend or family member
Faking Sanity are a used bookstore and yarn shop located in Dawson Creek. They’re your local destination for quirky handmade goods and creative products. Treat your friend or family member to some of their handmade pottery products, or pick up a gift card. Either way, you’ll be providing endless entertainment!
Gift Idea: Christmas Deer and Penguin Cards
Perfect For: Art lovers
Do you know someone who might appreciate some “medicine for the soul”? That’s how First Nations Nisga’a Artist Kari Morgan describes traditional First Nations art. Kari creates beautiful fine art carvings, paintings, jewellery, and other pieces that she believes do more than tell the stories of the people of the Northwest. Her Christmas Deer and Penguin Card is a great way for you to spread some festive cheer this Holiday Season. Who wouldn’t want to receive a unique card of a baby reindeer meeting a penguin for the first time?
Gift Idea: Lemme Outta Here Sour
Perfect For: Beer aficionados (and anyone sick of lockdown)
The aptly-named (for these pandemic times) Lemme Outta Here is a lemon and lime kettle sour beer from Terrace brewers, Sherwood Mountain. It’s sure to be a hit with anyone sick of lockdown restrictions. Sherwood have been serving their local community since 2015, and during COVID-19 they’ve been doing local deliveries to house-bound customers. If you can’t pay their Brewhouse a visit, you can find Lemme Outta Here and their other local craft beers in beer stores around the region.
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.
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.