13 awesome Vancouver gifts to get the local in your life

Nov 18 2019, 8:00 am

Got a Vancouver local on your Christmas list this year? Look no further.

From art to home decor and clothes, these gifts are perfect for your favourite stylish Vancouverite.

So if you’re making a list and checking it twice, these are some gifts that are very nice.

Support the home team

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J.T. Miller, Bo Horvat, and Jacob Markstrom donning Peace Collective’s new Vancouver Canucks line.

Represent your home AND home team with this new line of Vancouver Canucks gear (Peace Collective, from $44). Comes in an assortment of t-shirts, hoodies, and crewnecks in men, women, kids, and toddler sizes, adorned with phrases like “Home is Vancouver,” “VAN,” and simply, “Vancouver.”

The ultimate Vancouver coffee map

Vancouver coffee map / Etsy

Vancouver coffee map / Etsy

There is no shortage of great coffee shops to grab a cup of Joe in Vancouver.  This handy dandy foldable coffee map ($10, Canada Coffee Maps) groups spots by neighbourhood and helps you discover, support, and share with others the amazing local coffee offerings our city has to offer. Learn something new about the offerings in your hood.

Vancity Beanie

Authentic Issue Camo Beanie / Vancity Original

Authentic Issue Camo Beanie / Vancity Original

Wear your city pride on your noggin with this Authentic Issue Camo Beanie from Vancity Original, one of the original streetwear brands in the city ($30, Vancity Original)

Vancouver Christmas ornament

Vancouver Christmas ornament / Etsy

Vancouver Christmas ornament / Etsy

A whimsical take on BC’s busiest city, the Vancouver Christmas Ornament ($55, Etsy) has all the features we love about Vancouver: Ocean, mountains, Stanley Park and, of course, the Seawall. This handcrafted ornament can also be customized with an engraved message on the back.

Neighbourhood signs

Vancouver neighbourhood signs / Etsy Canada

Vancouver neighbourhood signs / Etsy Canada

Shout out to your favourite Vancouver neighbourhood with these Restoration Hardware-style signs (From $20.48). The designs are fully customizable, so you can add your own neighbourhood, or two, or three.

The ultimate book of BC lists

Everything British Columbia / Amazon

Everything British Columbia / Amazon

From Lainey Lui’s list of the biggest celebrity scandals, to chef Tojo’s top 10 delicious sushi ingredients, and yours truly’s list of best dog-friendly beaches, Everything British Columbia from Vancouver journalists Bethany Lindsay and Andrew Weichel ($19.24, Indigo) is packed with fun facts and trivia about this beautiful province — whether you’re buying for a Vancouver newbie or lifelong resident.

Vancouver beer

Dude Chilling Park beer from R&B Brewing

Dude Chilling Park beer from R&B Brewing

Inspired by people, places and parks in the city, the Vancouver-themed beers at R+B Brewing are sure to put a smile on your favourite craft brew lover’s face. Brews include Dude Chilling Park Pale Ale, East Side Bitter, Beer Island Session IPA, and everyone’s least favourite Vancouver event, Stolen Bike Lager (growlers and cans available).

Vancouver neighbourhood candles

Vancouver Candle Co

Vancouver Candle Co

The candle every Vancouverite should have, whether a long-time resident or new to Van City. Crafted by Vancouver Candle Co., choose from nine neighbourhoods (from $22), including Kitsilano (Jasmine, Tuberose, Sandalwood), North Shore (Spruce, Mandarin, Coriander), Fairview (grapefruit, peach and red currant) and the West End (Cypress, Amber, Tonka). Also comes in reed diffusers ($55).

Home is Vancouver gear

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Image via Peace Collective

Already a cult classic in Toronto, the latest drop from Peace Collective showcases the best the West Coast has to offer. Tailored for the Pacific Northwest and built for those with an affinity to beautiful British Columbia, it includes short and long sleeve t-shirts, crewnecks, and hoodies, adorned with taglines like “Home is Vancouver” and “Home is the West Coast.” Shirts from $34.99.

Printable Vancouver art

Vancouver poster art / Etsy Canada

Vancouver poster art / Etsy Canada

Brighten up with your home decor with an art print that highlights some of the city’s most recognizable landmarks. The best part? This skyline print is under $10, available as an instant digital download and comes in sizes ranging from 4×5 all the way up to 40×50 (Etsy, $8.86).

Waterproof shoes created in Vancouver

Vessi in dusty rose

What could be a more appropriate present for a Vancouverite than waterproof shoes from a local startup? Vessi has taken the shoe world by storm with its “world’s first waterproof knit shoe,” which is also 100% vegan. Styles for men and women, in slip-on and sneakers ($135).

The Vancouver stuffie

Vancity stuffie / Vancity Original

Vancity stuffie / Vancity Original

For the smallest Vancouverite on your list, may we suggest the Van City stuffy from Vancity Original? It comes in brown or black and is TOTES perfect for holiday snuggling ($25, Vancity Original).

The classic Vancouver raincoat

Herschel Rainwear Classic Jacket

Herschel Rainwear Classic Jacket

Yes, it rains here. A lot. Stay dry AND fashionable with the Rainwear Classic Jacket from Herschel, one of the city’s most iconic bag (and now apparel) creators. It comes in both men and women’s sizing ($119, Herschel).