Wed. Jan 19th, 2022

Are you in doubt about what to give to your loved ones this holiday season? Why not consider shopping with local businesses that are proudly based here in Vancouver? It’s a great way to give them the love and support they so deserve!

We’ve partnered with some of our favorite Vancouver brands to share some great local gift ideas that will surely delight everyone on your Christmas gift list.

HAVANA

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Spice things up and add a little warmth to your gift list this holiday season with Havana Vancouver!

While it is the gift season, Havana has something for both the giver and the recipient! With their Christmas gift card bonus, you get a free margarita for every $ 50 purchased in gift cards. Generosity has never tasted so good. It really is the most wonderful time of the year!

Inspired by the colors and culture of Old Havana, Cuba, Havana Vancouver encapsulates places, sounds and, most importantly, flavors to truly capture the life of the island, all without having to leave the city! Located on Commercial Drive, this little piece of paradise channels a vibrant and energetic vibe with a unique yet stunning fusion of Latin flavors with a Pacific Northwest style that will surely please any taste.

Buy online or visit the restaurant. * must be 19+ to redeem. Restrictions apply. Visit havanavancouver.com/giftcards for more information.

SPUD.CA

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Forget about long line-ups and expensive Christmas deliveries and set your feet up to support locally!

To take the pressure off this holiday season, SPUD has introduced “The Night Before”, a new offer that allows you to order local craft gifts with delivery the next day.

It’s a local, sustainable way to give to your loved ones! If you know someone who just loves cheese and charcuterie, SPUD has cheese from Fraser Valley’s Golden Ears Cheesecrafters and Vancouver Islands Qualicum Cheeseworks, spiced meats from Moccia Urbani and Two Rivers, biscuits from Eve’s and locally baked bread. Send them everything they need to make a complete snack board, including charcuterie mustard and pickled carrots from Biota and East Van Ollie onion jams.

Pair your choice of food with a lovely bottle of wine or ale from SPUDs filled virtual hallways. Choose from a selection of local BC wine favorites, including Lake Breeze, Okanagan Crush Pad, O’Rouke’s and Poplar Grove. Beer lovers will appreciate offers from Parkside, Red Truck, Strathcona and other sippers in the Vancouver area.

In addition to groceries, SPUD also carries a number of health and beauty products. Indulge your gift with luxury bath bombs from Coquitlam’s Enerex or Crystal Bath Salts from Squamish’s Heartfeltliving, which also makes beautiful luminous tealight holders and crystal salt lamps.

Visit SPUD.ca for more Christmas gift ideas and info.

EVO IMAGE

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The holidays are just around the corner, and whether you are crossing the city to catch up with some friends or visit your loved ones, get where you are going, safely and reliably with the Evo Car Share!

Evo is a proud Vancouverite in itself, channeling the giving spirit and giving back to customers, old and new. For a limited time, you can check out the Evo Holiday Pop-Up Store to get your fingers in some cute socks for friends, family or even yourself. It’s the season to give, and it’s for everyone! Choose from $ 5 for a new membership plus 75 driving minutes or $ 10 for 25 driving minutes.

The Evo provides the convenience and flexibility of picking up and dropping off at different locations, so you can get anywhere you go, with room for friends, all with the added bonus of a lighter environmental footprint! Plus, parking, insurance, gas and unlimited miles are all included.

Check out the holiday pop-up store for more info.

FRESH PREPARATION

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To say that the holiday season can be busy would be a massive understatement. When the world reopens, the excitement of reuniting and seeing friends and family is at a record high again.

Give the gift of convenience and delicacy that everyone can enjoy this year with Fresh Prep!

Fresh Prep offers a range of 10 different recipes each week, 50% of which are vegetarian or vegan to suit any diet, lifestyle and preference. Initiate their passion for cooking with access to seasonal quality ingredients to make world-class recipes with everything delivered straight to your door weekly.

In addition, meals come in recyclable, insulated and disinfected cooler bags to reduce their environmental impact. Fresh Prep is designed for convenience and made for sustainability and also offers some of its recipes in Zero Waste Kits to significantly reduce waste from disposable plastic and allow for a lighter and more organized cooking experience.

Give loved ones at all levels of culinary experience the opportunity to hone their cooking skills and expand their kitchen horizons by giving them a Fresh Prep gift card.

To sweeten this deal even more, from November 30th to December 31st, get a 10% bonus on gift card purchases.

Let Fresh Prep take away the stress of this holiday season so you can spend your time creating memories!

Sign up at freshprep.ca with the discount code SCVAN21 to get 3 free meals on your first order.

HEALTHY FLOWEST

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Vancouver is known for making healthy alternatives to everything from meat and cheese, chocolate and wine … and now sweets that are low in sugar but still oh so delicious!

The local confectionery brand Healthy Hippo recreates the childhood sweets you know and love, and offers a healthier option for sweet snacks with their sweet or sour gums made from all-natural ingredients that are better for you. These all-vegan candies are low in sugar (containing only 3 g sugar or less per 50 g bag), high in fiber, non-GMO, AND free of common allergens such as milk, eggs, tree nuts, peanuts and wheat.

Even more, Healthy Hippo is the first and only low-sugar Canadian candy company to use monk fruit juice concentrate as a sweetener for the cleaner, softer sweetness with no stevia aftertaste and zero added sugar.

The low-sugar fruit gums with a healthy twist are currently available in three varieties – Hippo Gummies, Sour Hippo Gummies and Swedish Hippos – and consist of eye-catching colors and flavors made from fruit and vegetable juices such as turmeric and spirulina. With Healthy Hippo’s life-colored packaging that evokes pure nostalgic 90s joy, these candies are the perfect stocking stoppers this holiday season!

Visit healthhippo.ca for more info.

KILIG CANDLE CO. ON ADRENALIN

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Adrenaline is Kitsilano’s favorite place for not only tattoos and piercings, but for clothes, jewelry, candles and other well-selected items. One of the amazing local brands that Vancouver-based body art studio has is Kilig Candle Co.

Kilig Candle Co. was founded in Vancouver in 2020 by Sean Blishen and stems from Blishen’s passion for sustainable self-care products. Their scents, candle names and everything associated with these handmade candles filled with love are inspired by the founding Filipino heritage of their founders, the Canadian West Coast upbringing and everyday moments. In fact, the word “wedge” is a word in tagalog that expresses the inexplicable joy of love, romance and excitement, with the hope that Kilig’s candle will also give you that wedge feeling!

Kilig Candle Co. takes pride in hand-holding each candle to ensure the highest quality control for all their fragrances and to provide their customers with environmentally friendly and sustainable candles. With Mother Earth in mind, they use all natural products that include 100% soy wax, lead / zinc-free cotton wicks, organic and phthalate-free essential oils and fragrance oils, recyclable glass jars and biodegradable packaging.

Give a Kilig candle as a gift to fill your gift recipient’s home with warmth and wonderful fragrance. In addition, Kilig Candle Co. to donate a meal to a poor child in the Philippines for every candle purchased through their partnership with the Canadian non-profit organization Adhika.

Visit adrenalinestudios.com and kiligcandleco.com for more info.

VIFF CENTER

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Belfast (directed by Kenneth Branagh), United Kingdom. Shown at VIFF 2021. Photo provided by VIFF.

Are you in doubt about what to get the movie lover on your gift list? You can not go wrong with a VIFF gift card or a VIFF + membership to Vancouver’s top rated cinema!

VIFF’s digital and physical gift cards can be purchased for any amount and are good to use all year round. Whether you book tickets at the sophisticated, luxurious VIFF Center, stream online movies on VIFF Connect or redeem tickets, passports and ticket packages for the annual Vancouver International Film Festival, both gift cards and memberships are the gifts that keep giving!

Do you want to take your other film lovers on a cinematic escape in December? Be sure to check out the VIFF Center’s program of what’s playing, including feature films such as Jane Campion’s The Power of the Dog, Paolo Sorrentino’s The Hand of God, Paul Verhoeven’s Benedetta, and Hamaguchi’s Drive My Car.

For more info, go to viff.org.

By Victor

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