As small businesses across our province feel the impact of another challenging year, it’s more important than ever to shop local, invest in our communities and support our friends and neighbours. This Holiday season, your dollars have so much power. You can find amazing gifts right on your doorstep that keep dollars in your local economy, 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 Okanagan-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 Thompson Okanagan Marketplace.
Gift Idea: Homewares
Perfect For: The HGTV fan in your life
Location: Blue River
Jak Natural Designs was built for a love of creating, a desire for sustainability and a need for purposeful, beautiful products made with love and care in British Columbia. Browse their unique collection of hand-crafted homewares and find an incredible “made in BC” wooden home decoration for the interior design enthusiast in your life.
Gift Idea: Toques and Beanies
Perfect For: Outdoor Adventurers
Sitting by the fire isn’t the only way to stay cozy this winter. Hand-knitted toques from this talented team of seamstresses, knitters & crocheters from the Okanagan Valley will make anyone on your list feel the warmth of the holidays. Hit the slopes with luxurious hand-made merino wool or stay warm with a bamboo beanie that’s fit to après straight from the gym or studio.
Gift Idea: Traveler Journal
Perfect For: The Journal Keeper
Location: Lake Country
Coyote Indie Books is an awesome independent book and accessories store in Lake Country, Okanagan. Their unique range of books, merchandise and journals is perfect for the whole family. We’ve highlighted their Traveler Journal as a great gift idea for the journal keeper in your life.
Gift Idea: Boreal Collection
Perfect For: The Special Someone in Your Life
Snowflakes won’t be the only thing to sparkle with a gift from this true north inspired jeweller. Handcrafted in the mountains of BC using recycled precious metals and sustainably sourced conflict free gemstones, these timeless pieces explore the elements of the outdoors. Forest trinkets like the hemlock cone pendant and willow bangles will give a gift of BC to anyone special on your holiday list.
Gift Idea: Craft Ciders
Perfect For: Celebrating Special Occasions
From farm to table to stocking, put this deliciously crafted Similkameen valley cider under the tree. Made from fresh grown fruit on sister farm Klippers Organic Acres, flavours of the orchard will make for memories merry and bright. Hopped Apricot is a tropical taste sure to surprise while gifting Lionheart will have visions of sugar plums dancing in their heads. Untangle having to choose just one with the gift of the cider club!
Gift Idea: Sweat-Set
Perfect For: New Year’s Resolutioners
For the one on your list all about that Okanagan life, share the vibe from collections inspired by living life to the fullest. Give a gift with four season style pairing the bamboo fleece better together sweat-set paired with a peaches and beaches or trails and ales collection t-shirt. A range of lifestyle accessories from paddle gear to collab beer will please anyone on your gifting list.
Gift Idea: Gift Certificate
Perfect For: Flawless Complexion Seekers
Location: Lake Country
This Holiday season, treat a loved one to a Bare Skin Studio pamper session. From facials to lashes and brow services, Bare Skin Studio is your one stop shop for all things beauty and skincare-related.
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
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.