In less than three weeks, Christmas will be here. Have you started your shopping?

In less than three weeks, Christmas will be here. Have you started your shopping?

By Jaime Samhan

Big box stores across the world vie for your attention, trying to nab every last shopper. But why not check off to boxes on your checklist this year. One- purchasing the perfect gift and two- supporting local small businesses.

It can be hard finding that perfect gift for everyone, so we have helped narrow down your search for all the ladies in your life. From your wife, mother, daughter or co-worker at every price point, we’ve covered them all. Best of all; they all come from British Columbian small businesses. So waste not, go on and get your shopping finished!

Erin Templeton runs a leather goods store in Vancouver where she uses recycled leather products to create beautiful new items, primarily purses. This gunny sack comes in six colours but we like blue as a nice pop of colour to your daily routine. Gunny Sack/$325

Everyone has at least one person on their guest list that loves hosting dinner parties so what could be better than this gorgeous serving bowl. Handcrafted by Jane Mackay at Art Glass Design, no two bowls are the same. If you really want to go all out, personalised bowls are also avaliable. Art Glass Design bowl/$90

Who doesn’t want to wake up Christmas morning to some new jewelry? Brenda’s Bangles & Baubles offers a pretty selection of affordable handmade pieces like this Rose Quartz and Rose Jade set. Each piece in the picture is sold individually or go all out and purchase the entire set. Rose Quartz set/$100

The Okanagan is known for its wine and fresh produce with tourists flocking from around the world to get a taste. While you might not be able to send the summer’s peach harvest to them, this cookbook it the next best thing. Inspired by the local flavours, Okanagan Table: The Art of Everyday Home Cooking covers recipes from morning to night. Cookbook/$34.16

Everywhere you turned this year it was all about ‘self-care’. Healing Bees Natural Skincare from Burnaby make self-care easy with the Ultimate Gift Basket. Packed full with a beeswax candle, soap, lip balm, bath bomb, face cream, body butter, body lotion, a massage bar and a jar of Wildflower honey it is the perfect go-to gift. Ultimate Gift Basket/$50

For the little ladies on your gift list, this Play Tent makes make-believe play even more fun! Made in Vancouver from upcylced material, Posh Puff offers a variety of designs for your little one’s imagination to run wild. Play Tent/$99

Mama isn’t the only one who enjoys jewelry. Posh Puff has created miniBling, made of silicone for toddlers and children. The necklace is designed for moderate chewers and has a large selection of designs for both girls and boys. miniBling/$10

Custom made baby clothes? Yes, please! Locally based clothing manufacturers, Thad & Addie allow you to browse their adorable fabric selection and choose what style you are looking for- Harem pants or shorts, long or short rompers, or hoodies all from the comfort of your couch. Variety of styles/$25-$45

Featured photo: Kenneth Hagemeyer/Flickr.


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