Tis the season for giving thoughtful, creative and stylish Christmas gifts. With so much local talent, we think homegrown goodness is the way to go. Below are 10 cool Christmas gifts made in Vancouver.
Is there anything more Vancouver than Kris Kringle ho-ho-holding a lotus pose? Made from recycled wood, these engraved ornaments are handcrafted by Tradeworks Women’s Workshop which empowers women facing barriers to employment such as as addiction, injury or self-esteem issues.
North Country Christmas Trees | Hastings & Windermere | www.tradeworks.bc.ca | $8
Recently lauded as one of North America’s best chocolatiers, BETA5‘s sweet workshop in East Van is the must-visit for top-tier, Vancouver-made chocolate. While the polygon bars (in flavours like white chocolate and candied olive) are tempting, it’s the holiday collection that’s made to impress. Give flavours such as chestnut, egg nog, sparkling praline and sweet potato to your sweet. We guarantee you’ll reap the real rewards.
BETA5 | 413 Industrial Avenue | www.beta5.myshopify.com | $25
Mr. Diamond has earned his cult-like Vancouver following with his line of high-quality, minimal leather goods. From moccasins to key fobs and wallets, the gender-neutral offerings are all made in his Vancouver studio.
The Block | 350 West Cordova | www.theblock.ca | $36-$55
The imagery by Vancouver artist Edward Juan of Forest & Waves is inspired by the best of our coastal scenery and his two favourite activities: camping and surfing. This year, instead of giving your favourite outdoor enthusiast some gear, give him or her a special snapshot of Vancouver designed for those who live to go play outside.
Vancouver Special | 3612 Main St. | www.vanspecial.com | $45-$65
Vancouver is riding a sudsy craft beer wave with a slew of new craft breweries opening doors. Help your pals and loved ones try the best of the locally made brewskis with a growler refill card to 33 Acres Brewing Company. This design-conscious East Van watering hole is more than just another pretty hipster face. The beers, especially 33 Acres of Hale, an American Rye Ale, stand up to the hype.
33 Acres | 15 West 8th | www.33acres.com | $11.50 per refill
Odd Society Spirits, Vancouver’s newest micro distillery, is dedicated to combining Old World distilling traditions with New World ingredients and ingenuity. Their East Van Vodka is made by hand in small-batches “the way a lot of things in East Van are” using purified Vancouver tap water and 100% BC-grown malted barley. Cheers.
Crosstown Liquor | 568 Abbott Street | www.myliquorstore.ca | $42
Salvaged from birch trees felled by a windstorm, these stylish coasters will keep your tables free of water stains and your drinks looking hipster-chic. We think they make a great hostess or holiday gift along with a bottle of something yummy.
Walrus | 3408 Cambie Street | www.shop.walrushome.com | $18
Vancouver-based knitwear brand Granted knows hand-knit warmth and retro style. Achieve both in this cozy wool toque.
Granted | www.grantedclothing.com | $66
When a chef and a mixologist/sommelier team up to create a line of small-batch bitters, you know your cocktail experience is going to get better. Our favourite is the Sius cherry extract made from Bing cherries grown in Osoyoos, BC. This ruby-red sweet and savoury extract is at its best with spirits like whiskey, slow-aged rums and brandies.
O5 Tea Bar | 2208 W 4th Avenue | www.o5tea.com | $30
Vancouver has no shortage of talented jewellery craftsmen and craftwomen. When it comes to adding a little holiday sparkle, we’ve fallen head over heels for Bundschuh’s low-key quartz and topaz bling. With just enough sheer elegance enhancing the hipster-chic design, these pieces will endure the test of time.
Charlie & Lee | 223 Union Street | www.charlieandlee.com | $100-$130
Lead image: Ken Diamond Moccasins Mona Tobacco, $250