Best affordable local food gifts to pick up in Vancouver

Nov 17 2020, 10:54 pm

Tis the season to spread some cheer, and this year we really need these good holiday vibes.

One of the best ways to do that is to pick up a quality gift and give it to someone you want to send some love to.

There are so many amazing products out there, we couldn’t fit them all on this list, but here are some much-loved favourites that will not disappoint – we’re sure of it.

Here are some affordable food gifts to get in Vancouver that are perfect for the holidays.

Mr. Bannock Mix

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You can make Squamish Nation chef Paul Natrall’s famous bannock at home using this Classic Bannock Mix made in North Vancouver. Get a taste of the Coast Salish Cuisine by using either the Classic or Cinnamon Brown Sugar mix to whip up fried bread, baked bannock, or bannock waffles. Get these mixes and more for delivery or pickup in North Vancouver.


Search and Rescue Denim Co. Handmade Aprons

Search & Rescue Denim Co creates premium aprons in Vancouver, and the company offers bespoke hand-made aprons for coffee shops, restaurants, and bars as well as the general public. The handmade garments are completely customizable too, which would make a stellar gift for a foodie.


Sheringham Distillery Seaside Gin

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A small-batch handmade spirit from Vancouver Island? Sounds like a great gift to us. Sheringham Distillery offers several different kinds of spirits but we’re excited about the Seaside Gin, described as “ocean in a bottle.” This spirit is made using kelp from the Mermaid of the Atlantic and local water sources. Seaside Gin was voted World’s Best Contemporary Gin at the 2019 World Gin Awards in London, England, so you know it’s worth gifting to that gin lover in your life.


Joe Fortes’ Lobster Oil

Here’s an unexpected yet delicious unique gift: this Lobster Oil from local seafood institution Joe Fortes. Use this product in pasta, salads, on popcorn, to dip fresh bread in, and wherever else you see fit in your cooking. This is an out-of-the-box gift idea that can spice things up in the kitchen.


Cadine Natural Leather Coasters


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These 100% genuine leather coasters are vegetable-tanned and made with natural extracts from chestnut and mimosa tree bark. The set of four coasters feature the signature Cadine emboss and is a great quality gift option this season.


Hives for Humanity Honey


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Hives for Humanity makes local honey that allows you to taste the profile of various communities in Metro Vancouver: Main Street, Commercial Drive, Renfrew, Strathcona, Hastings, Kitsilano and Delta. Every jar is different and supports a great cause.


Ca Phe’s Coffee Gift Sets

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Ca Phe – The Ultimate Gift Set (Photo: Nora Hamade)

Social enterprise Cà Phê Vietnamese Coffee House (Cà Phê) has unveiled a brand new collection of coffee treats and gift sets for delivery in Vancouver and across Canada. Sets include products like extra strong coffee beans, custom phins, exclusive Vietnamese coffee chocolates and caffeinated body scrub. The best part? These special Cà Phê gift sets will go directly towards educational and community programming in the DTES.


Windfall Cidery Beverages

We love this craft cider producer, and clearly, other people do too, as they’ll be opening their first brick and mortar location next year. You can order these premium hard ciders for pickup and delivery, or, you can head into a liquor store that carries the brand and find them yourself.


East Van Jam


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Grab a jar of East Van Jam this holiday season and you won’t be disappointed. These jams are inspired by the eclectic variety of characters that make up East Vancouver and they are made from local produce too.


Mumgry Chocolate Peanut Butter


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Haven’t tried Mumgry? You haven’t lived. A hand-filled jar of this dry-roasted, all-natural chocolate peanut butter always hits the spot. Give this to the sweet tooth in the family to put on toast, fruit, and ice cream, or perhaps they’re a peanut butter purest and all they need is a spoon. If you’d like to gift a constant stream of Mumgry to a loved one, there is a Monthly Subscription option too.


Local Food Gift Baskets and Boxes

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Hawksworth at Home Holiday Gift Basket

There are several restaurants, markets, commissaries, and more offering one-of-a-kind food and beverage gift boxes and packages ahead of the holiday season. Here are some places you can find delicious bundles of joy for loved ones, or yourself!

Abeego Beeswax Wraps


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Plastic-free food storage is a gift for you and the planet, so this present is a total win-win. Abeego Beeswax Wraps are protective, breathable, and reusable for over a year. You can shop everyday and holiday essentials from this brand now.


Restaurant Gift Cards

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We are big fans of gifts, especially the local ones on this list. That being said, we’d also urge you to consider a restaurant gift card as an important present as well, one you can use for good times and deliciousness down the road.

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