Vancouver Christmas Gift Guide 2016

Fun, Fashionable Gifts from Vancouver, BC for the Holidays

Chances are, there are at least a few people on your Christmas or Hanukkah gift list that you have no idea what to get.

Always aiming to help, this Vancouver Holiday Gift Guide has a round-up of my favourite gift ideas this year. These gifts are--generally--Vancouver-themed, since this is a Guide to Vancouver. 

  • 01 of 07

    Leather Growler Carrier for Your Bike

    Growler bike carrier from Union Wood Co. & Postmark Brewing, Vancouver
    Image Courtesy of Union Wood Co.

    When I first saw a bike growler carrier--that is, a growler carrier you can attach to your bike--I immediately thought, "That is so Vancouver!"  This is a gift that you can give to anyone over 19. Who, looking at this thing, is not going to think it's either incredibly useful (those who use growlers) or awesome just in its existence (people with a sense of whimsy)?

    The pictured bike growler carrier is made in Vancouver by the Union Wood Co. and Postmark Brewing. It's available at the Union Wood Co. website, or you can contact Postmark to see if they have them on-site.

    Where to find it:
    Union Wood Company
    1340 East Pender Street
    Vancouver, BC V5L 1V8

    For personal growler carriers, check out local shop Greff Growler.

  • 02 of 07

    Vancouver 'Neighbourhood' Candles

    Vancouver Candle Co. candles at Walrus, Vancouver
    Photo by Dana Lynch

    Vancouver Candle Co. creates wonderful scented candles, hand-poured in Vancouver and made from local ingredients. Their "neighbourhood" candles are scented to capture the essence of Vancouver neighbourhoods, including Point Grey, Strathcona, Fairview, Gastown and Kitsilano

    Where to find it:
    3408 Cambie St.
    Vancouver, BC V5Z 2W8

  • 03 of 07

    Vancouver Home Accessories from MOV

    MOV gifts
    Image Courtesy of Museum of Vancouver

    The Museum of Vancouver (MOV), in collaboration with local artists and historians, has an evocative, fashionable retail collection of Vancouver-themed home accessories, including pillows, platters, mugs, and handbags, all of which make fabulous gifts. 

    Where to find it:
    List of MOV Retail Collection retailers

  • 04 of 07

    Vancouver Artist Tees & Hoodies

    Vancouver t-shirt at
    Photo by Dana Lynch

    Gastown's offers a wide variety of T-shirts, hoodies and accessories made by local Vancouver artists and featuring Vancouver street scenes and logos. These are great gifts for Vancouverites and visitors to Vancouver, since they're unique to the city.

    Where to find it:
    227 Abbott Street
    Vancouver, BC

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  • 05 of 07

    Vancouver Tees for Kids

    Vancouver tees for kids at Parade
    Photo by Dana Lynch

    For an adorable selection of Vancouver- (and Canada-) themed tees for little kids and babies, head to Parade Organics Baby Co., one of Vancouver's Best Baby Stores. Parade has great gifts for baby showers, new parents, and the holidays, and has two locations: Gastown and Granville Island (inside the Net Loft, across from the Granville Island Public Market).

    Where to find it:
    Parade Organics Baby Co.
    231 Cambie Street (Gastown) & 1666 Johnston Street (Granville Island)
    Vancouver, BC

  • 06 of 07

    Cutlass Growler Carrier

    Cutlass Growler Carrier
    Photo by Dana Lynch

    Yes, another growler-related gift makes my Vancouver Holiday Gift Guide. 

    The Cutlass Growler Carrier from local furniture maker Willow and Stump is a chic kitchen accessory that works for ladies and gentlemen and is under $50 CDN.

    Where to find it:
    Willow and Stump website

  • 07 of 07

    Vancouver's Top 10 Shops for Gifts

    Paper-Ya at Granville Island
    Photo by Dana Lynch

    From paper arts to collectibles to pop-culture curios, my Guide to the Top 10 Places to Buy Gifts in Vancouver will tell you exactly where to go to find even more gift ideas:

    Vancouver's Top 10 Shops for Gifts