Friday, 16 December 2016

Local Love | Fabulous Vancouver-based Gift Guide




The holidays are going by so quick and before we know it, Christmas day will be upon us. The malls have been absolutely packed with frantic shoppers and the stores are an absolute mess by the end of the day. I feel awful for those who have to tidy the stores once the doors finally close for the night. I cannot even imagine doing their job; therefore, be nice when a sales associate helps you with your shopping and do not leave a path of destruction in your wake. 

This year, I wanted to focus on a gift guide that highlights local Vancouver talent and point out some more unique gift ideas. I have taken the time to compile a list of 9 fabulous presents that anyone would be overjoyed to receive. If I missed an item that you feel should have been included, please do leave it in the comments below!

Brunette the Label | Babes who Brunch Crewneck
This is one item that I am crossing my fingers for to receive as a gift. I have watched this Vancouver-based brand flourish over the short span of two years and launching their first full collection this Fall 2016. Yup, the boss babes behind this brand released their first sweatshirts in early 2015. Their crewnecks are warm and cozy and something you will probably reach for everyday. 

Beacoup Bakery | house-made syrups and sauces
Their flakey croissants are legendary amongst Vancouverites and the person who brings a box of Beacoup croissants to the office is probably everyone's favourite co-worker. I would not complain if I got one of their almond croissants as a present, but I would devour it in seconds. I suggest gifting some of Beacoup's in house made infused syrups and sauces to the foodie in your life. They are all packaged in cute glass canning Weck jars which can be re-used after. 

Sage Wellness x Dana Mooney | Ultrasonic Diffuser
Dana Mooney is a Vancouver-based artist who does stunning multi-media abstract paintings. For a second year in a row, Dana Mooney has teamed up with Sage Wellness to create this limited edition "Aroma Art" piece. A portion of the proceeds will go towards local charities. A great gift for anyone who loves aroma therapy. 

Old Faithful Shop | Vancouver Market Bag
Technically, the Vancouver Market Bag is part of a bigger collection that is not exclusive to Old Faithful Shop (which happens to be a favourite store of mine!), but I personally own one of these bags and they are amazing! These natural jute bags are handcrafted in Bangledash by women that are paid fairly. 

Butter Bakery | Celebrates Cookbook by Rosie Daykin
Vancouverites living on the west side of Vancouver have probably visited Butter bakery for their delicious marshmallows and cookies. Owner Rosie Daykin published her second bake book featuring more of her family's recipes including baked goods available at her bakery, Butter. The perfect present for the baking fanatic in your life!

Pacific Design Lab | Handcrafted Wood Serving Boards
I am in love with Pacific Design Lab's wood serving boards as they are truly stunning works of art! They are handcrafted at their Chinatown workshop in Vancouver and their team focuses on highlighting the woods' natural beauty. A quality wood board will last decades if cared for properly. 

G Ceramic & Co | Handmade Pottery
Artisan Gabrielle has been working the pottery wheel since 2011 at her Vancouver studio. I really love the simplicity yet striking geometric design of her clay pieces. Her Fitzgerald collection is my favourite as it features white glaze pieces with unique geometric 18 karat gold design. The mini planter is a great piece to gift with a cute little succulent nestled inside!

33 Acres | Ceramic Growler
For the craft beer enthusiast in your life, why not gift them 33 Acres' stunning ceramic growler, available in both 64oz and 32oz. Of course, be sure to gift the growler filled with one of 33 Acres home brews.  

Vancouver Candle Co. | Vancouver Neighbourhood Collection
Who does not like a good candle? Especially something so cleverly branded and packaged. I cannot be the only one who is a sucker for presentation now can I? All of their candles are hand-poured at their Vancouver studio and come packaged in a gorgeous gift box. The best part, the candles smell amazing and are clean burning pure soy base. 

Let me know if you pick up any of those gifts for your friends and family! I know I will be grabbing some of these items for myself!

BYES

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