With the holiday season upon us, we are thinking of our fellow local businesses and small ways we can support local this holiday season.
If you are in the position to give gifts this year, consider shopping at a local small business. Local businesses enhance our community, connect and reinforce our social well-being, and boost wealth and employment in the local community.
In this series, we are bringing you closer to some of the amazing local businesses in the Vancouver area. These creators and business owners put love and attention into everything they produce. We know you and your family will enjoy these unique gift options. We’ve curated a list of local businesses to consider when shopping for your family’s gifts this holiday season – you’re in for a treat!
For the Kids
For the little one in your life, Honeysuckle Swim is a small family run business based in Vancouver, Canada. They provide infant and children’s swimwear and accessories that protect our little ones while enabling them to safely enjoy the warmth and joy of the sun! Inspired by their daughter, they developed rashguard bathing suits to be exceptionally functional, fundamentally protective, and undeniably cute.
Bring your people together to connect and create custom paint-by-number canvases and murals that feature your favourite photos. Based out of Vancouver, BC Jess and Lyssa founded Paintillio after seeing how Lyssa’s paint by numbers gifts to friends and family helped create joy, connection, and meaningful memories. Paintillio has pre-made kits or you can send in your own images to be transformed into a custom kit. This is the perfect gift for the entire family to work on something fun and creative together while still being friendly for all ages.
For the Foodie
To add a special treat to a stocking or the end of a holiday meal, look no further than Temper Pastry! They are a local Vancouver bakery with an amazing selection of French-inspired pastry and beautiful treats for your entire family. Their holiday collection is now available with goodies like a Salted Caramel Buche de Noel or even mini chocolate Santas. Or if you would like to give someone the gift of freshly baked goods right from home, they have selections of frozen croissants that can be made from home and are sure to leave your loved ones feeling warm and fuzzy.
For the certain someone who loves to cook, All of Oils prides itself on sourcing an incredible selection of high-quality olive oil and vinegar from the world’s best producers in Modena, Italy. They are small and independently owned, but their product line includes a variety of flavours like Garlic White Balsamic Vinegar, Pesto infused Extra Virgin Olive Oil, and gift sets so you can try them all!
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Shuobi Wu’s Lineage Ceramics pays homage to his family’s heritage and history in the most beautiful way, through handmade ceramics. Shuobi comes from a long line of ceramic makers and the family legacy continues through his work. The beautifully crafted and simple modern but traditional appeal fits perfectly into anyone’s home aesthetic. These plates and bowls are created with the intention of bringing people together to dine, chat, and reminisce.
For the Stylish
Bees and Bones is a collection of handmade clothing, designed and sewn in Victoria, BC. Each piece is created with stunning elegance and made with natural fibres such as linen and in a made-to-order model to help lower the environmental impact of the studio. The small-scale fashion that Bees and Bones celebrate is a nod to sustainability and beauty rolled into one. Each piece is handmade as the order arrives, so be sure to order sooner than later!
For the Home-body
Stress relief, here we come! If you know someone who loves a good soak in the tub, look no further than Kismet essentials. Kismet creates handcrafted self-care products to support your well-being and help you reset. Local Vancouverites Erin and Paul launched their business based on the belief that your self-care products should only contain the essentials, and nothing more. Plus, they are all handcrafted in small batches with no harmful fragrances or toxins, only effective all-natural organic ingredients.
Mala the brand candles
Mala the brand believes in giving back to the planet. With the purchase of every candle, Mala will plant a tree on your behalf. Not to mention the amazing selection of candles they have to offer. The scents range from milk & sugar to fireside, so you’ll surely find something perfect for each of your family members in their collection.