When it comes to holiday shopping, like so many things in 2020, things are looking a little different this year. Instead of spending hours at the mall or day-tripping across the border, we’re all looking to shop online and, wherever possible, support the small business sector after it battled an incredibly turbulent year.
Coast Capital Savings is also rallying around BC’s small business community as they weather the ongoing COVID-19 storm. This season, Coast Capital is encouraging you to show some local love while shopping (safely) for your holiday treasures.
If you’re not sure where to start, we’ve put together a list of BC-based businesses that are open for business and have fabulous gift-giving ideas for everyone on your list. The best part, all of these can be ordered from the comfort of your own home so you can stay safe while giving the gifts that will light up the holiday!
Plant-based pamper packages
After this year, we could all do with a little R&R. Although we can’t slip away for a quick trip to the Island right now, we can support Victoria’s renowned boutique spa Tonic Spatique by ordering a gift certificate for future pampering.
A centre for relaxation, the spa offers a range of affordable custom treatments and plant-based skincare products for an ultimately relaxing escape from the bustle of everyday life. The Fernwood spa’s treatment room will leave you or your giftee (or both of you) feeling relaxed and ready to float through the rest of your day.
Whether you purchase a gift card for a custom facial to refine the texture of your skin, a peel to correct common skincare woes, or a brow shaping service, you’ll get a little self-care with the help of trained professionals. Keep an eye on the spa’s service specials and daily deals here.
Holiday-themed brews and merch
Community-based brewery Camp Beer Co. is at the heart of Langley’s craft beer scene. The team specializes in making quality, “fresh as the great outdoors” brews that are typically low in alcohol but high in flavour.
This season, the brewery has gifts for everyone on your list with two holiday-wrapped slabs featuring six different four-packs of beer, holiday-inspired growlers accompanied by a Camp Beer Co. ornament and gift card, plus merch like cozy branded hoodies, crew neck sweaters, baseball caps, toques, and glassware.
And if you’re looking for a seasonal beverage to sip on by the fire, Camp Beer Co. just released its Winter Camp ginger snap cookie ale. Gift a growler filled with this brew or pick it up in a four-pack of cans.
Curated goods for the home
Now more than ever, we’re looking for easy ways to enhance our home decor. In Victoria, Tandt Florals and Home Goods is led by a small crew of Libras who stock a gorgeous handpicked selection of home goods, books, and gifts, plus floral arrangements.
Since Tandt Florals and Home Goods offers delivery across Canada (along with curbside pickup and local delivery), you can order anything from their gorgeous wintery scented Holiday Foliage Bouquet to a baroque still life Piecework Paradise Found Puzzle.
Another beautiful option is the Formulary 55 Botanical Creme that can help your giftee restore softness to their skin with healing aloe and vitamin E.
Gifts for the tiny tots on your list
During the holidays, kids naturally tend to get a lot of toys as gifts. Instead of adding to the toy pile, why not buy the little ones on your list some trendy apparel? Buttercups Children’s Boutique has plenty for you to choose from.
Located in Ladner Village, the store boasts a curated range of clothing for babies, toddlers, big kids, and mom, plus dance gear and apparel. You can shop collections by locally-owned and international brands in sizes for newborns all the way to junior size 12. Buttercups Children’s Boutique also recently launched its online store where you’ll find luxury gifts and adorable pieces for the kids.
Garden-inspired floral displays
The simple act of gifting floral art goes a long way this holiday season. Leaving it to the experts at Floralista Flower Studio means you can support local and know your giftee will be happy.
Owner and lead designer of the full-service Fort Langley florist, Alice de Crom and her team can assist you with all your flower and plant needs because they design creative, fresh, garden-inspired florals for all occasions. You’ll find a selection of unique bouquets, plants, and gift ideas (from apparel to accessories) both in-store and online (with free delivery within Fort Langley).
Order a festive garland or custom wreath, or create your own masterpiece at home with Floralista Flower Studio’s DIY Wreath Kit. It comes complete with a video tutorial!
For more local gift ideas from small businesses in your community, check out Coast Capital Savings’ local gift guide. You could also win a Christmas stocking filled with essentials from local small businesses by entering the contest below.
To enter for your chance to win one of three stockings stuffed with December essentials from small businesses (valued at $175 each), do the following:
- Follow Coast Capital Savings on Instagram – @coast_capital and leave a comment on the following IG post tagging a friend, alongside the hashtag #dhcontest.
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Contest entries will be accepted from the time and date of publishing until 11:59 pm on December 18, 2020. One winner will be chosen at random and contacted through the platform they used to enter. Contest only available to Vancouver residents.