Unique Holiday Gift Ideas
December 4, 2019
As we enter December you’re likely thinking about the holidays and what to gift those important people in your life. Finding the perfect gift doesn’t have to mean long drives into the city, braving large crowds at the mall, or impersonal items ordered online. In Abbotsford you can find unique gifts that are handmade and homegrown by local creators and sold at small local shops. Feel good this festive season knowing you are supporting local and giving cool gifts that your friends and family are sure to love!
For a Good Cause
House of Light Goods Blanket from Field House Brewing
House of Light Goods is a non-profit organization that provides empowered employment to single mothers in Primo Tapia, Mexico and helps bring positive change to vulnerable families and children at risk. In partnership with Casa de Luz Children’s Centre they provide a safe place for children to learn, play, thrive and be cared for. Their mothers can further their education, start their own businesses through a micro loan program, find suitable employment, and be part of a supportive and encouraging community as they begin a journey of healing.
These cozy and unique blankets can be purchased in Abbotsford at Field House Brewing or at www.fieldhousebrewing.com. 100% of proceeds go towards the many different initiatives that Casa de Luz provides. If you would like more information on Casa de Luz, please visit www.houseoflightgoods.com.
(Photo by Field House Brewing Co.)
Handmade in The Fraser Valley, K’Pure’s newest line, Snow, provides pampering with a purpose. These natural and nourishing skincare products not only benefit the user, but polar bears too! 100% pure, small batch, luxurious body care made of non-toxic, organic ingredients and essential oils. Cruelty-free and absolutely no animal testing!
Proceeds from the purchase of Snow products go towards Northern Climate Conservation and other arctic environmental causes. As you indulge in these incredibly luxurious products, made with pure, natural goodness, enjoy knowing that you are also doing your part to keep Canada’s true north strong. K’Pure Snow can be purchased online at www.kpuresnow.com or at small retailers in Abbotsford such as Spruce Collective.
(Photo by K’Pure Snow)
For the Outdoor Enthusiast
VSSL Camp Supplies
Born from a need for a faster and more reliable way to prepare, organize, carry and access crucial camp gear, the VSSL Camp Supply Kit is the world’s most versatile outdoor adventure kit. Perfectly stocked with over 70 pieces of essential outdoor gear, it’s the multi-tool of camp lights, and they make the perfect gift for the outdoor enthusiast in your life.
Even better? VSSL is assembled here in Abbotsford! Partnered with Communitas; a not-for-profit that serves young people with special needs, VSSL gets carefully assembled by some of the exceptional young people that are a part of the program. You can purchase VSSL products from their website www.vsslgear.ca or at local retailers such as Bureaux Modern Mercantile.
(Photo by VSSL)
For the Foodie
Cooking Classes at Yes Chef
At Yes Chef in Historic Downtown they believe that everyone is a chef and that cooking should be a fun and positive experience. In addition to selling every kitchen gadget that an aspiring chef could need, Yes Chef also offers many workshops and classes throughout the year to help you learn a new skill or hone existing ones!
Whether you’re a beginner looking to learn some basic kitchen skills or you’ve mastered the basics and want to try your hand at the food of a different culture, you can find a class suitable at www.yeschef.ca. Know someone in your life who loves to cook or would like to learn? The gift of a class or workshop is a thoughtful idea and a great way to spend time with a loved one. Looking for something more romantic? Private classes and workshops are available too!
(Photo by Yes Chef)
Eating Local in the Fraser Valley: A Food Lover’s Guide
Written by Angie Quaale, a Fraser Valley local and owner of Well Seasoned in Langley, this book will guide you through the Fraser Valley sharing stories and anecdotes along the way, and help you really get to know the people behind the region’s food and drink. Open this book and take a road trip with her, from Langley to Abbotsford to Chilliwack, with stops at Surrey, Pitt Meadows, Maple Ridge, and Mission in between.
This book is the perfect gift for the foodie in your life who loves supporting local, dining farm to table, and enjoying Fraser Valley craft beer and wine. This combination cookbook and guidebook includes hand drawn maps, itineraries for day trips, profiles of recommended places and producers to visit, a guide to what’s in season and over 70 delicious locally inspired recipes. Pick up a copy for the food enthusiast in your life at Yes Chef in Historic Downtown!
For the Host/Hostess
Chocolates from ChocolaTas
Known as the chocolate lovers “must have” chocolate, Master Chocolatier Wim Tas has a unique talent for finding the perfect balance of flavour and texture that creates exquisite chocolates. With intriguing flavours such as chai masala, whiskey & pear, and much more, these are not your average box of Pot of Gold.
Stop by ChocolaTas store on Peardonville Road in Abbotsford and have their friendly and helpful staff pick out a selection of chocolates that will make the perfect host or last-minute gift. Or choose from beautifully prepackaged gift sets of their most popular options. You can also order online to make things even easier, visit www.chocolatas.com!
(Photo by ChocolaTas)
Spirits from New Wave Distilling
The latest venture from the owners and winemakers of Ripples Winery, New Wave Distilling is made in East Abbotsford and inspired by the mountains and forests that surround the Chilliwack River Valley.
Family owned, produced and bottled; New Waves spirits make use of the blueberry distillate left over from the blueberry wine making process at Ripples.
Their line of spirits include gin, rum, a vodka style spirit, absinthe, and other flavoured liqueurs, such as a honey pecan option, a honey cacao flavoured liqueur (amazing in coffee!), an elderflower spirit and more! Their beautiful bottles make a wonderful and unique present for any cocktail connoisseur and are sure to be a conversation starter at any holiday party. Purchase their products directly at 3387 Tolmie Road.
(Photo by New Wave Distilling)
For the Kids
Candy from Clayburn Village Store
Take a step back in time this holiday season at the Clayburn Village Store! This heritage building and teahouse is home to a wide variety of specialty food items and gifts imported from all over Europe and North America. The perfect place to find a one of a kind gift or something special for holiday entertaining.
Treat the young and young at heart in your life to some unique candy this holiday season! Clayburn Village Store carries over 800 different varieties of international, nostalgic and specialty candy that the owners’ source from trips to Europe each year. Have a Harry Potter fan in your life? They sell lots of cool Harry Potter themed candy too! Check out their store at 34810 Clayburn Road, open from 10am to 5pm Tuesday to Saturday.