There’s no better feeling during the holidays than knowing you have the perfect gift for someone. Unfortunately, perfect gift ideas are easier said than done.
To help make this year’s shopping easier, we’ve partnered with some of Vancouver’s favourite local brands to highlight this year’s most interesting, unique and undoubtedly AWESOME gifts, each with a price tag of $50 or less.
Wize Monkey — Coffee Leaf Tea Best Sellers Set ($49)
The best holiday gifts are the ones that impress, delight, get shared all night – and this is exactly what our first gift recommendation will do for you this season. Wize Monkey’s award-winning Coffee Leaf Tea (yes, made from coffee leaves), features a full-bodied and lightly sweet natural taste without any of the bitterness found in traditional tea. This local social venture is single-handedly revolutionizing the coffee industry by teaching coffee farmers how to make world-class teas, which creates year-round income during the hardest parts of the year. This gift set includes the top sellers from both their bagged and loose leaf collections, a complimentary Wize Monkey tote, and free shipping.
Perfect for people who live off caffeine, care about the environment, or are always down to try something new!
Chop Value — Bamboo Coaster Set ($29)
Perfect for environmentally conscious people who love to entertain in style.
FLUSTER — Game Deck ($35)
Here’s a gift that will instantly make your holiday party more memorable! FLUSTER is a game that uses 100 unusual questions to spark conversations that are thought-provoking, hilarious and fun, inspiring meaningful connections between strangers and old friends alike. These aren’t your typical ice-breakers however, these questions are meant to reveal something new about each player every time you play. FLUSTER is great for parties, road trips, campfires, team-building, or to just leave on your coffee table for when the mood is right.
Perfect for people who think they don’t like games, but always appreciate meaningful conversation.
Coast Cricket Protein — Protein Powders and Bars starting at $16.99
Coast Protein is Canada’s first cricket energy bar company. The protein bars and powders are gluten free and dairy free and a great conversation starter at holiday get-togethers. Furthermore, crickets are an incredibly efficient and nutritious food source, resulting in products that are sustainable and packed with nutrients. The protein powders are keto-friendly and one serving provides 20 g of protein, all 9 essential amino acids and satisfies up to 100% of your B12 daily needs.
Perfect for nutrition savvy individuals, adventurous eaters, and sustainably minded folks.
Rocky Mountain Soap Co. — Vanilla Candy Cane Gift ($46.65)
A beautiful hand painted gift box, full of simple, natural products that will make everyone on your holiday shopping list smile. Vanilla Candy Cane is a limited edition holiday scent by Rocky Mountain Soap Co. – shop online or at their their stores in Metropolis at Metrotown and Bentall Place. It smells so delicious, it reminds you of holiday baking fresh from the oven. The combination of refreshing peppermint and warm sweet vanilla feels like that moment of warming up by the fireplace after an adventure in the freshly fallen snow.
Perfect for people who love getting cleaned up for the holidays and cuddling up with loved ones.
Earls — Gift Card ($50)
We fully endorse restaurant gift cards because people need get better at treating themselves to a nice evening out! With international inspired menus, craft beer and gorgeous locations throughout Vancouver, Earls Restaurant gift cards are a guaranteed win for anyone on you holiday shopping list. When you purchase a $50 gift card at any Earls locations between now and December 24th, you’ll also get a bonus $10 card just for you. Not a bad perk for treating the ones you love!
Perfect for people who favour experiences over “things”, love great food, often invite you to happy hour or brunch, or simply enjoy the pleasure of not having to cook.
Stay tuned for part two of our Holiday Gift Guide series, coming up later this month!