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The Ultimate Guide to Last-Minute Christmas Shopping in Vancouver

We found local gifts for everyone on your list.

He sees you when you’re sleeping. He knows when you’re awake. He knows if you’ve been…leaving all your holiday shopping to the last minute. So you better get on it, for goodness sake! You’re lucky Vancouver is full of locally made goods for whoever is left on your list, from foodie friends to party-hosting pals—and everyone in between.


For the Host

Dessert Plate, $48
Every piece in Vancouver ceramicist Grace Lee’s collection is finished with a matte glaze and features a raw clay detail, but the dessert plates can be put to use right away this Christmas, displaying stacks of ginger molasses crinkle cookies and spiced pecan sables.


For the Foodie

Sriracha Revolver Hot Sauce, $8 each
Sriracha Revolver gives everyone’s favourite hot sauce a modern update with flavours like Beets and Tequila, Cilantro and Lime, Clean Mango and Avocado Ginger. Throw one in a stocking or collect ’em all to gift the whole set.


For the West Coaster

Westerly Drifter Umbrella, from $40
A little rain isn’t going to stop Vancouverites from getting outdoors this winter—especially with Westerly’s light-weight, easily collapsible umbrella, available in a range of colours and patterns, from Dark Water and Camo to hot pink and electric yellow.


For the Bartender

Bittered Sling Creative Flavours Gift Pack, $50
Help your friends take their cocktail mixing skills to the next level with this collection of six innovative and aromatic bitters—Suius Cherry, Arabica Coffee, and Cascade Celery (we’re coming for your Christmas-brunch Caesars!)—from the team at Bittered Sling.


For the Athlete

Daily Duffle, $175
Encourage your friend get a head start on their New Year’s resolution with RYU’s sleek canvas-and-leather duffle bag or tell them to ignore those #fitnessgoals completely and suggest they head out for a weekend of post-holiday relaxation (we won’t judge).


For the Kid

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince in Concert, from $26
The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra’s Harry Potter Film Concert Series will be returning next summer for the sixth time. It’s the perfect gift for all the kids—sons and daughters, nieces and nephews, and yes…even the inner child in you.


For the Pet

Deep Woods Painted Collar, $70
Forget the usual canvas or rope—Handsome Mountain’s hand-painted collar, made from vegan leather, will be the envied by every dog (owner) at the park.


For the Homebody

Trail’s End Candle, $42
Each of the candles in Hollow Tree’s Backpacker Series is backed by scents of pacific dogwood, pomegranate and orange blossoms, but it’s the additional notes of violet, vanilla and cedar wood found in Trail’s End that we can’t get enough of.

Still on the hunt for the perfect present? Check out our top picks for the designophile in your life.

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