Vancouver local goods gift guide and Giveaway

Clockwise from top left: Butter Baked Goods, Giovane Cafe, Earnest Ice Cream, Thierry Patisserie Chocolaterie Cafe

Clockwise from top left: Butter Baked Goods cook book, The Market at Giovane Cafe, Earnest Ice Cream, Thierry Chocolaterie Patisserie Cafe festive log (Photo by James Stockhorst)

On the twelfth day of Christmas my true love sent to me….a basket full of B.C.-made goodies. I hope.  Vancouver is home to a bounty of creative, delicious and stylish shops, schools and makers, so shopping (and therefore receiving) local is easy during the holiday season.

Below you’ll find a list of present ideas for the writer, the cook, the pregnant gal, the constant class taker and the clothes horse. Happy local goodie gift giving – to help you out we even have a giveaway for two fantastic prizes at the end of the post!

Gifts for the Foodie
Nothing says thank you to holiday hosts like a compact, delicious treat. A Thomas Haas One Bar, a Thierry Chocolaterie Patisserie Cafe festive log or a jar of Earnest Ice Cream are welcome additions to any host’s larder. Is your secret Santa Vancouver’s version of Nigella Lawson? Then Vancouver bake-shop owner owner Rosy Daykin’s beautiful cookbook Butter Baked Goods will do.

Spending a few days with friends or family? Check out the baskets available from the Market at Giovane Café. Stuffed with the best of B.C. (birch maple syrup from Quesnel, Big D’s Bees Honey from the Comox Valley and Vancouver’s own Abeego Food storage bags) baskets can be pre-ordered by calling 604-695-5416.

For the Learner
There are a lot of folks who are ‘doers’ rather than collectors. Consider signing the ‘doer’ in your life up for a class in the New Year. In January, the Blind Tiger Comedy School will offer classes like Intro to Improv and Stand Up. Or if your friend likes to produce the tangible, then perhaps an introduction to Screen printing workshop at Blim or a sewing class at Spool of Thread is more their style.

For the baby mama to be
There’s a pregnancy epidemic taking place in my social circle right now. This Christmas, my gal pals with growing Buddha, baby-filled bellies will receive Big Bulgin’ Belly Butter from Element Botanicals. Made with organic olive oil, cocoa butter plus avocado and carrot oil, this butter helps prevent stretch marks. The gift of pregnancy massage will help mama escape aches and pains and win you mega brownie points. Sense, a Rosewood Spa at Hotel Georgia offers prenatal massages in 50, 80 and 110 minute sessions. When the bambino arrives, books made with nice thick, indestructible card stock are a great gift bet. The Bill Reid Gallery gift shop carries kids books focused on the art and folklore of B.C. First Nations.

For the Fashionista
I’ve been in love with Smoking Lily since my university days in Victoria. Their Main Street shop carries screen printed scarves, skirts, dresses, tees and more. Further up the road is the Regional Assembly of Text – a stationary store that carries a smattering of clothes too. For the mapper and Vancouver lover in your life grab the tee above that features a vintage map of our fair city.

DaniPressdistance set

Dani Press cards

For the writer
The incredibly sweet writer and photographer Dani Kreeft channels her thoughts on life, love, babies and travel onto her incredibly beautiful stationary Danipress. Grab some of her goodies before she takes over the world, or at least North America.

Short on cash? ‘Treat’ your friend to a free, writerly experience in 2014. On the first Thursday of every month is the Regional Assembly of Text’s letter-writing club: typewriters, stationary and rubber stamps are provided free of charge from 7:00 – 9:30pm. For your aspiring travel writing friend, grab a copy of Vancouver writer Robin Esrock’s Great Canadian Bucket List.

To help with your gift giving this year we’ve arranged for two prize giveaways for our readers. Prize #1: a six-pack of Dani Press cards. Prize #2: a local goodies gift basket from The Market at Giovane Café. To be eligible, post a comment below to share where you like to buy your locally made/designed goodies. We’ll pick the winner on December 18 and notify you by email. Good luck!

Dec 18 update: Congratulations Patricia S and Diana S! Check your email.

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167 Responses to Vancouver local goods gift guide and Giveaway

  1. Winnie W

    Definitely Make It Vancouver and Got Craft!

    • E Marie

      What lovely photos on your site!
      I see the contest on Facebook for the beautiful gift basket!

      I am in BC but in the East Kootneys … Sure would love a
      Basket like this!
      Would Santa sent this gift Badket so far? : ) please do enter me in the Draw : ) Happy Holodays all xo

      • Marta Aldana

        I genuinely enjoy buying things that are locally produced. I have had the pleasure of trying a variety of the artisanal products featured above. My faborite place to buy local is a farmers market!! Like the Winter Market, I also enjoy buying a multitude of local products at Edible Canada.

    • Carolyn C

      Love the Shiny, Fuzzy, Muddy artists coalition for locally-made products. I am also a huge fan of all manner of Thomas Haas goodies! Happy Holidays!

  2. Ren

    Any craft fairs in the city. So far Make It Vancouver has been my fave!

  3. Bev

    I love going to Granville Island to buy locally made goods.

  4. maria

    I like going to farmers markets or local fairs or shops.

  5. Em

    couple of flavours of Earnest Ice Cream always make the perfect host/hostess gift to be shared that eve or enjoyed later by hosts.

  6. Linda

    I like to get edible gifts from the farmers markets.

  7. Patricia Sayer

    Local bakery at Fraser and 27th has amazing Georgian Baklava!

  8. Cindy Smith

    I love shopping & strolling down Commercial Drive! Main Street has some great shops too!

  9. James

    Granville Island is always great for locally made trinkets!

  10. Katie

    I love to shop at the local craft fairs. So many amazing artisans!

  11. Emily

    I like shopping at Meadow Gifts & apparel and craft fairs like Make It and Got Craft?

  12. Amanda

    Went to Got Craft today!

  13. Tasha

    `I have already purchased from three of these folks for Christmas this year! Danipress cards are my absolute favorite – both for giving and receiving. And Earnest Ice Cream – try the Cardomom. You won’t be sorry. Gotta run, I think Smoking Lily is calling my name…

    Please shop local this Christmas, people. There is so much good stuff, and Got Craft is happening as we speak!
    Awesome article, Miranda!

  14. Donna L

    I love checking out craft fairs!

  15. Jenn

    Make It Vancouver and farmers markets!

  16. Kevin

    Earnest Ice Cream on Fraser, and food from the Granville Island market!

  17. The body shop is always a nice place to get stuff. Got my mum a hemp based hand cream. Hopefully she won’t try to smoke it :) Ziiiiingggg!

  18. Kathleen

    Granville Island!

  19. Jason

    Definitely Circle Craft; I have been going for a couple of years.

  20. Linda

    Local gourmet food shops.

  21. Kristin Ignacz

    The Regional Assembly of Text is the most incredible hidden gem for unique( and often hilarious) gifts. I love their antique typewriters! Another favorite is the winter farmers market at Nat Bailey Stadium every Saturday. Great homemade and local gifts:)

  22. Rebecca

    Have been checking out the local craft fairs.

  23. Eliana

    I love my local yarn shops to grab supplies for gifties. Love the map shirt!!

  24. Shannon

    I like to stick to the local bakeries (Thomas haas, cartems, butter etc) as well as more of the local independent shops and fairs

  25. Sunshine G

    I like to buy locally made goodies along Columbia Street in New West.

  26. Grace

    Up and down Main Street’s Mount Pleasant hood!

  27. Alice Ewart

    Farmers markets, the dirty apron and gastown stores for locally made jewelry and gifts

  28. Audrey T

    Love to get chocolates and cakes for friends at Thierry!

  29. Nancy

    Definitely craft fairs, big ones and small ones!

  30. Cecile

    Local goodies at the Granville Island with beautiful Vancouverite scenaries card. Yes, shine or rain!

  31. Ruth

    Usually Granville Island, including the Net Loft and Railspur Alley – the locally made sake is really good.

  32. Jade

    For this Christmas, I will indulge my gift with winter seasonal stout from Powell Street Brewery, award winning assorted chocolate from Beta 5 chocolatier, and a tube of vanilla icecream from Cadeaux bakery.

  33. Granville Island, or the local market, Lepps market anywhere I can find them!

  34. Lexie

    It’s not in Vancouver, but Farm House Cheese in Agassiz has the most amazing cheeses. I try to stop there whenever I’m in the area!

  35. Stephanie

    Granville Island or local craft fairs!

  36. Andy Dunn

    Main Street’s the place I go to buy locally-made goodies. The Drive’s a good place to find them too.

  37. kay

    I shop at Butter for marshmellows on a regular basis. Great gift ideas there.

  38. Michelle

    I love going to Steveston whenever I have a free weekend to shop and browse all the local goodies it has to offer!

  39. lee

    Local markets and craft fairs!

  40. Julie

    Merry Xmas to myself – yay!!! Would love to win yay

  41. Andrea

    I love Thierry’s, the Vancouver Farmers’ Market, and later Chocolaterie de la Nouveau France on Main Street.

  42. Wendy

    I love to shop at Christmas Markets for local goodies! Merry Christmas, everyone!!

  43. Barb Dolan

    Definitely farmers markets!

  44. Jasmine

    Wow ! Amazing !

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year !!

  45. Judy

    Vanilla coconut cake with a cup of London Fog from Butter:)

  46. Percy

    I’ve bought most of our Christmas gifts at Make It or at Gourmet Warehouse! Can’t go wrong with edible gifts!

  47. Becs

    The Portobello West markets. Love Two of Hearts, Jen Ellis designs, Cocolico peanut butter chocolate bars…

  48. mona

    I like Kitsilano natural foods, lots of local stuff there

  49. Anne

    Beta 5 Chocolates is definitely high on the list. There’s nothing like beautiful, delicious, edible presents. Everyone loves them! In a similar vein Giovane’s new little grocery/food section is absolute temptation and heaven.

    Barbara-Jo’s Books to Cooks is a wonderful place to support our local chefs by buying their cookbooks. And then of course there’s Les Amis right next door. Also a great bet for indulging in some regional cheese diversity!

  50. I usually shop online at Etsy and just look for locally made items, but I also love craft fairs and markets! My fave is the summer market on Bowen Island, because it’s small and intimate.

  51. Amanda

    Vancouver’s wonderful craft fairs and farmers markets! It isn’t just buying local it is getting to buy directly from the artists and vendors, hearing their stories, and getting that extra personal touch.

  52. joyce

    Make it Vancouver!

  53. Darcy G

    I like Beta5 chocolates. So pretty!

  54. Vivian

    Earnest Ice Cream!

  55. Alex W.

    I like shopping for local items at The Cross in Yaletown

  56. Vishva local maker/artist’s studio with regular market

  57. Old faithful shop in Gastown, Walrus on Cambie, the little store next to Giovane Cafe to name a few!

  58. Granville Island is my go to stop for local shopping!

  59. Kathryn

    Like Granville Island market when in Vancouver. Here on the island, like the Comox Valley Art Gallery.

  60. Lisa

    any farmer’s market or craft fair. love Granville Island too :)

  61. Jo-lynn

    In Good Company in North Van :)

  62. Jennifer

    I tend to give food related items away so whether its a freshly baked pastry or locally made desserts there’s always something unique from the Hawkers Market. If not, a pint of ice cream from Earnest Ice Cream always does the trick!

  63. Richard

    Definitely from local farmers markets!

  64. Angela B

    Love farmers markets

  65. tina

    Granville Island is great for local products.

  66. Melanie C

    Granville island

  67. tina

    I like Granville Island for local products.

  68. Katie Kwan

    Granville Island!!!

  69. Claudia

    I usually go to Granville Island but after reading this article and the many comments, I have lots of new places to explore! :)

  70. I like purchasing local goods at the Nat Bailey Farmers’ Market and Edible Canada.

  71. C

    fairs or local stores

  72. Teresa

    Farmers’ markets are the best!

  73. granville island :)

  74. Kym

    from craft shows! make it and got craft :)

  75. LC

    Earnest ice cream!

  76. Kimberly

    Love buying treats at the local Christmas markets every weekend leading up to Christmas!

  77. Lindsey

    I love going to craft fairs to find local goods :)

  78. Kim Emanuele

    Farmers markets, Granville Island, The Quet and craft fairs. Make it Vancouver was incredible!!! The best I’ve been to!

  79. I love local Fairs and Granville Island as well, but if you are on the North Shore, check In Good Company. I share a space there with 13 other local businesses. It made my Christmas shopping much easier this year!

  80. nicky

    Definitely Granville Island

  81. Emilia

    I go to Commercial drive

  82. Mabel M.

    Most probably Granville Island. But of course will taken any advice from Inside Vancouver for any hot, new, in-style stuff to surprise friends. :)

  83. joyce

    Granville island :)

  84. Katy

    The craft fairs and my neighborhood, Commercial Drive! :)

  85. Christine McDonald

    Granville Island & Lonsdale Quay

  86. Tracey Flattes

    Granville Island and farmers markets!

  87. Craft fairs, of course, but also the stores up and down the Drive, Main Street, and East Hastings. Who needs to go to the mall?

  88. Arjun Rudra

  89. julia

    I love the new west river market for locally made products. But on a beautuful crisp winters morning you cant beat the Port Moody farmers market. Its friendly and has lovely local food. A Sunday favorite.

  90. Moira

    East Van Flea!

  91. Christie M

    Granville Island!

  92. Rosalie

    Thanks for the wonderful gift ideas!

  93. Candy

    I like to buy my locally-made goodies at Christmas fairs or local farm markets.

  94. Dara Fontein

    The Blim Market or Nourish in North Van :)

  95. sabinah Rafiq

    I love to buy baked goods from the Roadhouse Bakery in White Rock. They make the most amazingly delicious gingerbread as part of their gingerbread house kits. Every year I buy the large kit to make with my 3 kids which we devour within 1 day!

  96. Katie Borrett

    The mighty oak

  97. Diana

    I like to buy at the Got Craft? Fair!

  98. Wow! This basket is certainly ‘a few of my favourite things’ and local places i frequent. Love the local fairs – “Got Craft” this past weekend and a few stocking stuffers at Smokin Lily. What a nice collection of good Christmas gift ideas :)

  99. Leslie L

    Definitely any place on Main street or Granville Island. Love to purchase from local craft fairs as well or even just small stands that show up periodically on campus!

  100. Sheila

    Steveston has a bunch of local businesses to shop at. I especially like the local chocolatier, STB :)

  101. Lisa

    Love the Steveston Farmer’s Market and Broadmoor Bakery in Richmond.

  102. Usually at craft fairs – love meeting the local designers in person. If there isn’t a craft fair on, then granville island is usually a good pick for local goodies.

  103. Diane

    I usually keep the cards from the amazing vendors at Make It and Got Craft and then find visit their stores throughout the year or buy online from their Etsy store. LOVE local, handmade items!

  104. Brenda H

    The Blushing Boutique for fabulous locally designed and made women’s clothing. I love that shop.

  105. LucieB

    Another vote for the local craft fairs (love Got Craft), and Commercial drive in general.

  106. Lorrie B

    We traveled 3160 miles last Christmas to shop at the Granville Farmers Market. Wish I was there again this year!!

  107. Mary Leong

    Bird on a Wire, on Main St., is perfect for little trinkets, postcards, and other small gifts! They also do a craft/knitting night, which some of my friends have attended.

  108. Sarah

    I love farmers markets, Commercial Drive, Gastown and so many places in Vancouver. Thierry has captured my heart and imagination and has me baking at home again :)

  109. Bonnie

    Like to buy locally made goodies at weekly Vancouver Farmers Market.

  110. Tessa

    I strive to only give hand-made gifts:
    made by others I find at craft fairs such as Make It and Portobello, and at Bird on the Wire on Main street.
    When I make my own gifts, most supplies come from Urban Source on Main street – they have great stuff!

  111. Nadia

    I really love The Valley Bakery in my Burnaby neighbourhood (mmm eclairs!) and when I go out to visit my parents in Ladner, I love stopping into Westham Island winery. They produce delicious grown on the farm fruit wines. As strange as it sounds, my favourite is the pumpkin wine- it tastes like a slice of pie!

  112. Shannon Blakeman

    Love to visit local Farmers Markets (Steveston & Ladner in Summer, Nat Bailey Stadium in winter), The Edible Canada store on Granville Island, and all the interesting shops along Main St.

  113. Jane

    I love to buy chocolates at Coco Nymph at 10th & Alma – Divine! Granville Island for everything from food, to pottery to clothing, and more! Farmers markets! Can’t forget Village VQA Wines Store on W. 1st Ave for a bottle of BC’s finest!

  114. Shirley

    For edible goodies, the farmers’ markets

  115. So many innovative and fun ideas- What a creative city!

  116. Maria B.

    We did our company corporate gifts this year through Saul Good Gift Co. They put together gift baskets with local goodies from Cocolico, Sea to Sky Seasonings, Vista D’Oro Farms amongst other favorites. Great place to go! And great personalized customer service.

  117. Diana

    Craft Fairs like Make It! and Got Craft? and Bird on a Wire on Main st!

  118. Winnie

    At craft fairs such as Make It Vancouver and Circle Crafts!

  119. Renata

    I go to Granville Island

  120. Cat

    Craft fairs are really nice, and then there’s always wandering down Main St…..

  121. Nicole Quigley

    I love buying my Pink Spatula handmade marshmallows at Urban Fares throughout Vancouver and I also love buying B.C food and jewellery at Sanderella’s Boutique and Starbird Bakehouse in Nelson.

  122. My favourite local shops that always have something amazing gift-wise are: Olla Urban Flower Project, Parade Organics, Beta 5 Chocolates, Cartems Donuterie and Earnest ice Cream.

  123. Diana

    I buy them at local craft fairs and farmers markets.A little shop in Cloverdale , The Abode.

  124. Melissa Hoffmann

    Granville Island

  125. Bobbi

    Granville Island, Thomas Haas and Vancouver Olive Oil company are some of my faves to buy local gifts!

  126. lucy kabatoff

    farmer’s market and Granville market

  127. Suzanne

    Portabello West market!!!

  128. joyce

    craft fairs:)

  129. Iris

    Craft markets, especially during the holidays.

  130. Leah B

    I love Smoking Lily on Main – it’s where I send my husband to find me unique Christmas gifts. You’ll never find the same stuff that everyone else is wearing. Love it!

  131. Teresa K

    Farmers’ Markets

  132. Jenifer

    I either check out Granville island or go to craft fairs. Locally made products are such a treasure!

  133. Heidi

    Granville Island

  134. Lynn Montes

    I live in White Rock and I love our local year-round Farmer’s Market!! Awesome jams and homemade items there!!

  135. AmberL

    Definitely the shops along Main Street. I also love to hit up the craft fairs (Make It, Got Craft) and the Eastside Culture Crawl for beautiful local art.

  136. Lucia

    Granville island <3 :)

  137. Vanna

    Love walking to granville island for local crafts and the kitsilano farmers market :)

  138. arlene

    I like to buy my goodies at the Coquitlam Farmers Market, Port Moody Farmers Market, and Thrifties.

  139. darlenec

    I will go to Abbotsford to NeuFeld Farms. They have great fresh and frozen items. In the summer they have fresh fruit which they grown behind the market – like strawberries, blueberries and raspberries, etc. Wonderful place to visit.

  140. farah

    Any local markets, or granville island perhaps

  141. Jen

    I love Edible BC, Butter Baked Goods and the local farmers markets! Such talent in our own backyard :)

  142. Jeremy

    Granville Island and the Farmers markets!

  143. Swapnil

    Sense, a Rosewood Spa sounds great and Granville Island is always good

  144. Lianne C

    Locally..the best place ” Granville Island “

  145. Tracy

    I love going to Granville Island and browsing all the amazing stuff they have!

  146. Liz

    My husband and I LOVE buying local and unique “Vancouver” gifts to send to our family and friends back home in the Carolinas! Granville Island Tea company always has nice gifts! My inlaws are hooked and have even started ordering tea from there online shop on a regular basis.

    We also like BKH Jerky on Fraser! Singaporean style beef jerky! How unique!

  147. Myomi

    Local produce mad goodies at Richmond Country Farms.

  148. liliana

    I love to get jewelry from Vancouver artists at Fine Finds in yaletown :)

  149. Leah Stoltz

    I love shopping at farm markets and holiday markets. Also local treats from bc producers, in our local stores like Donald’s, save on foods.

  150. Elena P

    I like to buy my local products at Granville Island

  151. Room 6, Ahoy and Cabin in Deep Cove (all the same owner and all the same fabulous taste!)

  152. Leena

    Love Granville Island!

  153. tina

    i like to buy my locally made goodies at Got Craft!

  154. Suvina

    Definitely the shops on Granville Island, especially the goodies at Edible Canada!

  155. Bettina

    I love to get chocolates from Thomas Haas!!!

  156. Siobhan

    Granville Island is my favourite place for local goodies.

  157. Silvia

    granville island, farmer’s markets, craft fairs like Make It

  158. jenn

    at the farmers market or walrus or shiny fuzzy muddy or the east side culture crawl or the regional assembly of text…to name just a few

  159. Amanda

    I have more then two handfuls of friends that craft and sell their amazing products online (via Etsy most often), at craft fairs and other local festivals! I love supporting them and they always make the best gifts :)

  160. Elle

    Beta 5: chocolate, croissants, cream puffs, jam–everything there is amazing!

  161. M. Soleil

    Am I too late?

  162. I love shopping Favourite Gifts & Accessories at the Lonsdale Quay for gifts made by local designers for my family and for myself!

  163. Miranda Post

    Thanks to EVERYONE who entered the local goods giveaway! The contest is now over. Patricia S won the Dani Press prize and Diana S won the Giovane Cafe basket!

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