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BeatRoute BC’s Holiday 2015 Gift Guide

Thursday 10th, December 2015 / 02:03
By Reid Duncan Carmichael, Fraser Marshall-Glew, Graeme Wiggins and Ruby Woodruff

VANCOUVER — We know, we can’t believe it either. The holiday season is officially upon us again and somewhere in between being drunk off eggnog and binge-watching Love Actually, you have to find the perfect gift for all the important people in your life. But never fear, because your trusty BeatRoute Holiday Gift Guide is here! We’ve put an emphasis on locally made goods, so you’re not only getting a super cool gift, but you’re also supporting some of the talented people in our community, too. Happy shopping!

Bourbon Maple Syrup

Bourbon Maple Syrup

Bourbon Maple Syrup 

If you know someone who loves maple syrup even half as much as Buddy the Elf, then Tuthilltown Bourbon Barrel Matured Maple Syrup will be sure to spike their interest. The amber syrup comes from the ancient maple orchards of Québec and is aged in Tuthilltown charred oak barrels with a hint of their bourbon. Using traditional methods to create both the syrup and the bourbon, this handcrafted syrup isn’t just a topper for pancakes — it’s a sweet reminder of Canadian and American history. (RW)

$34.95 at Old Faithful Shop

Chemex Coffemaker

Chemex Coffemaker

Chemex Coffeemaker

Along with looking really fancy on your holiday breakfast table, the Chemex Coffeemaker has been a popular vessel for your morning miracle brew since 1941, and for good reason. Engineered by a chemist and claiming a place in the Museum of Modern Art, its hourglass design and proprietary filter paper makes a cup of joe unlike any other. Stuff a bag of beans in the stocking with it for that early Christmas awakening. (FM-G)

$67.95 at Old Faithful Shop

East Van Light

East Van Light

East Van Light

Everyone has a lamp. Most of them pretty much look the same. East Van Light takes the traditional lamp template and brings a warm, old world aesthetic to bare on lamp-hood. Using premium wood bases and fancy, unusual bulbs, these lamps wouldn’t look out of place in Tesla’s lab. A perfect gift for your steampunk friends. (GW)

From $65 online at eastvanlight.com

Harlow Skin Co.

Harlow Skin Co.

Harlow Skin Co.

This year, give a gift that makes people feel (and smell) incredible. Harlow Skin Co.’s ethical products are made in Vancouver and are full of nourishment, health, and wellness benefits. Harlow Skin Co. uses whole, all-natural ingredients to make their line of care products and believe in sustainable methods of production. Each one of their products is thoughtfully designed, inside and out. From the Wild Heart Body Butter to the Detox and Exfoliate Face Mask to the (Wo) Man Salve, Harlow Skin Co. has something for everyone. (RW)

From $12 online at harlowskinco.squarespace.com and at various stockists including Welks General Store, Charlie & Lee, and Matchstick Coffee

La Petite Embroidery Startup Kit

La Petite Embroidery Startup Kit

La Petite Embroidery Starter Kit

With La Petite Embroidery Starter Kit, patches are a thing of past. Your favourite band didn’t have sew-ons at their show? Pay homage to them with a custom design. The kit includes needles, magnets, scissors, a sheath, an embroidery hoop, seven colours, and one of three templates: Sushi Bar, Heavy Metal, or Unicorn Believer. It works as a great stocking-stuffer for even the most incompetent seamster (those old enough to be left alone with pointy things that is), and is also a great way to personalize said stockings, or any other existing gifts like hats, pants, or shirts. Get creative. (FM-G)

$35.95 at London Fields Shoppe

Lazlo: The Hunter

Lazlo: The Hunter

Lazlo: The Hunter

If you know someone who thinks Batman and Superman may have sold out, then Axel Matftin’s new book Lazlo: The Hunter might just be for them. Inspired by golden age pulp characters like The Shadow, Doc Savage, The Avenger, and Zorro, Lazlo is a bare-knuckled anti-hero, a psychic martial arts master who fights evil and seeks justice from the hearts of men. Featuring art by local artists, this book will be perfect for your favourite action fan. (GW)

$15 at various stockists including Lucky’s Comics, Rx Comics, The Comic Shop, and Pulpfiction Books

Paperback notebooks

Paperback notebooks

Paperbacknote Notebooks

Maybe get the writer in your life a notebook where they can pen their stories and poems down. Also, maybe get it from Paperbacknote. They locally “up-cycle” their notebooks from used paperbacks using the original cover and pages. They offer personalized notebooks as well but, come on, who doesn’t want a notebook with a beautiful cover from The Merchant of Venice or a vintage James Bond novel? (RDG)

$25 online at paperbacknote.com and etsy.com/ca/shop/paperbacknote

Photo: Courtesy of Dan's Homebrewing Supplies

Photo: Courtesy of Dan’s Homebrewing Supplies

Start-Up Kit for Beer

Know someone who likes beer? Unless you’re a hermit living in a rock cave ten miles out of the city that still inexplicably has the means and interest to look into a gift giving guide, you probably do. Instead of buying that person a selection of craft beers they’ve probably already tried, why not get them a home-brewing kit from Dan’s Homebrewing? Make it a project for the two of you and take a swing at making your new favourite beer. (RDC)

$70 at Dan’s Homebrewing Supplies

Photo: Judy Kenzie

Photo: Judy Kenzie

Strathcona 1890 Urban Seed Collection 

White bulbs are everywhere around the holidays. While the paper-white bulbs from Strathcona Urban Seed Collection will not light up your Christmas tree, they will light up your secret Santa’s face when they realize what a thoughtful gift you got them. Three paper-white bulbs come concealed in a beautifully illustrated, natural canister along with instructions on how to grow them. If paper-whites aren’t your fancy, the Strathcona Urban Seed Collection has many different (non-GMO) seed packages available for purchase. (RW)

$15 online at strathcona1890.com and at various stockiest including Le Marché St. George, Olla Urban Flower Project, Nineteen Ten, and Dandelion Emporium

Photo: Adrianne Kulling

Photo: Adrianne Kulling

Vintagelove Light Switches

Are you tired of trying to keep up with the new holiday trend every year? Celebrate a vintage throwback Christmas to where cigarette ash is a common garnish and only dad gets to carve the turkey. If you’re not a fan of carcinogen turkey rubs or your father’s butchery, then at least these light switches will set the tone. From iconic and timeless to kitschy and strange, there’s one for every light in the house. (FM-G)

From $25 online at vintagelove.ca

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