I love December! Who doesn’t really? I thrive on the hustle and bustle of the season. I usually have great intentions of getting all of my shopping done early and wrapped but seem to fail miserably in that area. This year because our son is quite busy with after school sports I decided that I was going to make this yearly goal a reality. I sat in my chair and opened my laptop and started ordering. I also made it a goal to wrap as it came in. And that’s exactly what I’ve done.
One other thing that I’ve wanted to do is try and support local as much as possible, and so since I was done the big items, the stocking stuffers, hostess gifts, teacher gifts, coaches and such are all going to be from local shops and vendors.
I think in the digital era that we can do both which is great. Lots of my fave local vendors sell online, so that has made it easy, since my schedule doesn’t always allow for getting to the markets. So I’ve curated a list of some of my favourite local companies and the wonderful things that I’ve picked up or am planning to pick up for this holiday season.
1. The Art Shed - Instagram - @theartshed.tracy Website - theartshed.ca
West Coast Modern Art. Tracy is a super talented artist from here in the Fraser Valley. I purchased some beautiful hand painted coasters from here for stocking stuffers and hostess gifts. They are beautiful. If you know someone who is looking for a piece of art for their home check out her website and give her a shout. Her studio is fantastic.
2. Wildflower Botanicals - Instagram @wildflower_botanicals, Website wfbotanical.ca
Chelsea Anderson is a Clinical Aromatherapist. She produces all natural Aromatherapy products made by hand in Mission BC. These amazing products are available at different retailer throughout the valley. They are fantastic and really work. I really love the roll ons, my purse is full of them! These make fantastic stocking stuffers and gifts for those people you care about on your list!
3. Cherie & Me - Instagram- @cherieandme You can shop right from her Instagram page!
This talented momma makes beautiful products bath products that are amazing looking and smell so good you think you could eat them! She also make the greatest little bags too! Check out the link in her bio, it will take you to her Etsy page. You will definitely find something for those last minute people on your list!
4. Harper Lee Designs - Instagram - @harper_lee_designs
Kim’s amazing jewellery is so gorgeous. You may have seen her at the many markets that she attends or picked up her stuff from one of the local shops in your area. The Westcoast vibe of her jewellery is beautiful. Check out her instagram and message her if you’re in need of last minute gifts.
5. Nature’s Pickin’s - Instagram - @naturespickins.
For the foodies in your life check out Nature’s Pickin’s. They are the go to shop for local companies in the Abby area. They are the birthplace of many small start ups. They are so passionate about supporting local, they bring in some of the greatest things, perfect for anyone on your list. And if you can’t decide, pick up a gift card, no better gift than shopping I say!