Whether you’re shopping for your mom, the guy up the street who makes your coffee every morning, or yourself, we’ve got you covered this holiday season. With this great haul of locally-made goods (save for the Hip collection — but come on, it’s the Hip), find the perfect prezzy while also supporting your talented neighborhood makers.
UPRISING BREADS BAKERY
If you’re invited to a Christmas party and want to bring something other than wine, one good option would be East Van’s Uprising Bread’s famed Fruit Cake. It bucks the stereotype of fruitcake being wholly unlikeable. It’s all natural and avoids the really unpleasant, ancient candied fruit thing. It’s so popular they ship it out to Toronto. –Graeme Wiggins
Uprising Breads Bakery is located at 1697 Venables Street.
THE COLLECTED NEIL THE HORSE BY ARN SABA
Neil the Horse ran 15 issues in the 1980s and is the world’s only musical comic book. It’s a singular vision of creator Katherine Collins (writing as Arn Saba). It follows the slapstick, musical adventures of Neil, a happy-go-lucky horse and his struggling song-and-dance act. It’s an important piece of Canadiana and a perfect gift for that friend who’s really into musicals and old-timey things. –GW
Purchase The Collected Neil The Horse at Indigo Books & Music.
THE TRAGICALLY HIP COMPLETE COLLECTION 1987-2016
Vinyl is hip now, and now the Hip are on vinyl. The Complete Collection 1987-2016 contains all 13 of the band’s studio albums, along with their self-titled EP and Live Between Us live album. The releases have all been remastered and pressed to 180-gram vinyl. Comes with a poster and vinyl slipmat. Timely and super Canadian. –GW
Purchase The Tragically Hip Complete Collection 1987-2016 at thehip.com.
You know that friend of yours who somehow manages to kill every houseplant they bring home — even the hearty ones? You can be their hero, baby. Sign them up for an education in Plant Care 101. Foliosa plant gurus Britt Wainwright and Courtney Ewan regularly hold workshops to redeem even the most hardened plant killers. Or surprise your parents with a holiday decor installation that even the Who’s down in Whoville would envy. –Lauren Donnelly
Purchase a service from Foliosa at foliosa.org.
Please the creatures of comfort on your list with Piton Pottery ceramics. Give the gift of getting lost in contemplation with one of Coral Patola’s timeless and nostalgic designs. Inspired by her childhood growing up in the Pacific Northwest, the Emily Carr grad includes nods to nature and tactile pleasures in her pieces. A Piton mug is a pure, simple delight on even the drizzliest winter day. –LD
Purchase Piton Pottery at stockists like the Gallery of BC Ceramics, Kyubu Market, or at pitonpottery.ca.
CHARLIE & LEE BOUTIQUE
Get your favourite fashionista something she’ll love at Chinatown’s Charlie & Lee. Featuring clothing by BC brands Lloyd Clothing, Sunja Link, and Korinne Vader, the independent boutique offers North American-made and ethically sourced goods. With various items like soaps, ceramics, jewellery, and locally designed prints, Charlie & Lee is a one-stop-shop for all your stocking stuffer needs. And the best part? You don’t have to face holiday crowds at the mall. –LD
Charlie & Lee Boutique is located at 223 Union Street.
For the dog parents in your life, Goodboy—Collective offers a wide array of toys, clothing, and accessories. How about a paint-spattered dog bowl, a vividly coloured, hand knit hamburger, or sleek peach hued collars? They also donate 10% of their proceeds to Thank God I Am Out, a BC dog rescue society. This will be a gift that keeps on giving. –Prachi Kamble
Shop Goodboy—Collective at shopgoodboy.com.
FOX & FLICKER
Vancouver artist Charlene Dittrich specializes in macramé creations. For the not-so-craft-savvy of us, macramé is a textile created by knotting cords. Dittrich creates heavily detailed and intricate wall-hangings, dreamcatchers, and an assortment of related crafts. She also uses a variety of cords to make her art, including ones that come in a wide range of earthy pastels. –PK
Shop Fox & Flicker at Eastside Flea and at foxandflicker.com.
Pacific Knot makes handmade outerwear chic and trendy. The company has a large selection of warm toques made of thick wool, as well as lush, heavy knitted scarves, mittens, and some ingenious boot warmers. Not only that, but their toques for kids come in bright colours and adorable patterns. Guaranteed to make you go “aww!” –PK
Shop Pacific Knot at Eastside Flea and at pacificknot.com.
Taking inspiration from both their surroundings at home in Vancouver and their travels, artisans Kim Houghton and Chris Collier carefully handcraft each piece of jewellery from their Stoneheart Designs line. A combination of clean shapes and handpicked gemstones, fresh water pearls, sterling silver and gold make for unique, elegant pieces that are timeless and so easy to wear. Find matte onyx wrapped in leather, delicate amethyst necklaces, and, especially for this year’s winter collection, an abundance of pearls and pendants. –Yasmine Shemesh
Shop Stoneheart Designs at the Vancouver Christmas Market and stoneheartdesigns.com.