December has arrived and the annual season of giving is upon us. It’s time to get into the festive spirit, hang those decorations and indulge in some classic Holiday tunes.
When you’re doing your annual Holiday shopping this year, consider shopping local, supporting your friends and neighbours, and investing money back into your local economy. We often don’t realize, 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 families 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 Vancouver Island-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 Vancouver Island + Coast Marketplace.
Gift Idea: Book Ends
Perfect For: The Book Worm
Location: Campbell River
Help the book lover in your life keep their tomes well organized with this beautiful set of Book Ends made here in BC. Featuring a pair of Grizzly Bears, these high quality book ends are sold by Avenue for the Home, a one-stop shop that carries everything you need for home décor in Campbell River.
Gift Idea: Lemon Tumeric Golden Syrup
Perfect For: Your Healthy Living Friend
Location: Salt Spring Island
Sweet yet spicy, Moonshine Mama’s immune-boosting golden syrup was concocted to enhance your favourite beverages. Made with activated turmeric for easy absorption, a little bit of this healthy beverage each day will support overall health and wellness.
Gift Idea: A Taste of Vancouver Island
Perfect For: The Gourmet Snacker
The Comox Box was founded on the idea that shopping local and gifting local should be simple and convenient. Their ‘Taste of Vancouver Island’ gift box, exemplifies this principle, gathering an unbeatable range of products from Island based makers and kitchens in one highly giftable package.
Gift Idea: The Serenity Bundle
Perfect For: That Zen Friend
We could all do with a little more tranquility and zen in our daily routine. Lumia Botanicals Serenity Bundle uses only the most calming of ingredients to induce deep relaxation of the mind, body and soul. Sounds like the perfect gift to us!
Gift Idea: Refillable Home Starter Bundle
Perfect For: The Environment
Help a friend or family member transition their home to zero waste with The Den’s super convenient Refillable Home Starter Bundle. This eco-conscious package contains the essentials to go zero waste in every room of the home. Give the gift where less is more with this incredible all-in-one package.
Gift Idea: Saffron & Cedar Candle
Perfect For: Setting the Mood
Give a gift with quintessential west coast vibes from Merge Curated Goods. This coconut soy blend candle from Salt & Stone will light up any room this holiday where the smell of the mountains collide with the ocean surf.
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