Christmas is nearly here! As December 25 inches closer, the pressure to find the right gift for that hard-to-buy-for loved one may be mounting.
Instead of rushing to your nearest mall to pick up something in a panic, take the stress out of the holidays and visit the Vancouver Christmas Market.
Our winter wonderland is home to a collection of more than 75 stalls selling an array of lovingly crafted gifts, gift-able treats and unique eats.
Hand-poured Canadian soy candles, artisanal Swiss chocolate bars, mouth-blown glass ornaments and luxurious knitwear all await.
Did we mention you can sip on a spicy mug of Glühwein while you shop?
Here is our last-minute guide to help you find the perfect gifts for your nearest and dearest.
For the Little Ones
Whatever their age, kids will be engrossed by Eco Books 4 Kids. They offer beautifully illustrated books depicting Canadian wildlife, printed on recycled paper and coloured with vegetable ink and non-toxic coatings.
For the budding mini-Michelangelo in your family, stop by 4Cats to pick up one of their neat bake-in-the-oven crafting kits. There are plenty of clay kits to choose from including a yeti, gingerbread man, penguin, snowman, mouse, polar bear or Santa Claus.
Finding the perfect gift for a big group can be challenging, not to mention pricey. So instead of wracking your brain and thinking of individual gifts for your squad, why not pick up their favourite flavoured candy at Candymeister? They offer a selection of colourful, scrumptious, all-natural gluten, dairy, and corn free candies from Germany.
For your tea-loving colleagues, Sonnentor Tea offer a vast array of delicious blends for every palette. These organic specialists from Austria make soothing Christmas brews as well as lighter, summer-scented refreshments.
Every fashionista knows the importance of finding something high-quality as the final touch to a killer outfit. At Winterbourne Alpaca, you’ll find the perfect gift for those who appreciate unique winter wear. Canadian designers working with traditional craftspeople in Ecuador and Peru have created these gorgeous gloves, hats and scarves made from the finest alpaca wool. Fashionable and warm, you can’t go wrong!
Buying jewellery can be a daunting task, but you can’t go wrong with our two dazzling jewellery stalls. Crafted in the picturesque mountains of Basque Country in northern Spain, Ideal Handcrafted Jewellery create rings, bangles, pendants and earrings that add an irresistible sparkle to any outfit. Meanwhile, Vancouver-made Stoneheart Designs use a mix of natural stones, sterling silver, 14k gold and genuine leather in their pieces.
Fashion is all about niche finds but who has time to track them down? Luckily, you’ve come to the right place. ALMA Knitwear is a luxurious line of clothing made from the finest luxe Italian fibres knitted in Latvia and Lithuania. Pop over to their stall to pick up that last minute year-round piece for your fashion-loving friend or family member.
Everyone has a foodie in their life. Whether it’s a chocoholic or just an all-round gourmand, we have it covered. Surprise that certain hungry someone with a festive treat from Zotter Chocolates whose bean-to-bar goodies are guaranteed to garner a smile. These chocolates are easy to wrap, 100% organic and come in 400 unique flavours including butter caramel and goji berry.
Meanwhile, Provence En Couleur have chic kitchen accoutrements from the South of France that are both stylish and perfect for everyday use. Discover their collection of pottery, hand-crafted wooden utensils and sumptuously–scented soaps.
For Home Décor Fanatics
Just like fashion, it’s hard to find that perfect piece for your chic home décor-obsessed friend. Find stunning ceramics, textile, and porcelain works from Engin and Dennis Glass Design Studio. Every item is crafted using natural materials and high-quality glass colouring that promise to make any home stand out from the rest
Little Handcrafts offer homemade gifts from the heart. They have a beautiful array of one-of-a-kind felt appliqué ornaments, pillows, stockings, wreaths and more. All items are hand stitched with high-quality wool.
Visit the Herrnhuter Sterne hut to find perfect gifts for those who love a warming glow in their home. Available in both paper and plastic, these chic stars date back to 18th century Germany and come in a variety of colours and sizes.