If you are looking for more ways to shop local this Christmas, this Vancouver Island Gift Guide is perfect for you!

Vancouver Island Gift Guide – Ideas for Him

 

 

If you are looking for more ways to shop local this Christmas, this Vancouver Island Gift Guide is perfect for you!

 

We are quickly coming into the season of giving (and receiving). Maybe you have already started writing a list of Christmas gift ideas? You may even have started shopping. Before you complete that list I want to give you some great alternatives to those big box stores. I present to you your Vancouver Island Gift Guide!

I made it my mission these past few weeks to seek out the best of the best of local handmade goods. Through this journey I discovered we have some truly creative, and absolutely wonderful, local artisans and crafters on Vancouver Island. There were so many, in fact, I decided to narrow my scope to include only those who live and work in the Mid-Island area.

In a three-part series, I will showcase our amazing local talent, and give you some fabulous gift ideas too!

First up is, ‘Gift Ideas for Him‘.

I don’t know about you, but I always find shopping for the men in my life (husband, brother, and father) the most difficult. Well, that is until I found the following local artisans. If you too are looking for unique gift ideas for him, look no further.

I urge you to read through the bio’s of the following artisans and small shops, and peruse through their products via the links provided. I know you will find some fantastic ideas to help you get through that Christmas list this year.

Gift Ideas for Him – Your Vancouver Island Gift Guide 

 

The Other Side Artisan Collective - one of the fantastic local shops available in your Vancouver Island Gift Guide.

Showcasing a locally made Vancouver Island t-shirt by The Other Side Artisan Collective (retails for $36)

The Other Side Artisan Collective

The Other Side Artisan Collective is a retail store located in Coombs, owned and operated by Chris and Kristin. Shopping in their store feels much like shopping at a local market, due to the wide variety of products all made by local artisans on Vancouver Island. However, this ‘market shopping experience’ is open 6 days a week! The most popular item in the shop is their made in-store t-shirts (shown above). They screenprint, sew and dye the clothing right on-site.

As a little side experiment, they have recently added vinyl records to the shop. Obviously the records are not made locally, but are a cool addition to the store. Chris is an avid vinyl collector, and is excited to offer new records to other vinyl junkies in the area.

How Their Business Came to Be

Chris and Kristin were eager to work for themselves, so in 2014 they started selling products at local artisan markets. Kristin had studied textile arts in school and was ready to focus on that full-time. As they eased into the market scene, Chris added some t-shirts to their growing inventory of facecloths, scarves, and headbands. Eventually they grew to a point where they were ready to open their own store. They are happy to report that their business keeps them busy full-time.

They know all too well how hard it is for new businesses to get off the ground, not to mention the difficulties of finding places to sell products. This is why they use their retail space to showcase the work of local and emerging artists.

Average Price Range

With a wide variety of products in the store, the prices range from as low as $3 to around $100. You can get a nice bar of handmade soap for $5, or pick out a unique print to decorate your wall at home for as much as $120. As mentioned above, the most popular item is their t-shirts, which, on average, are priced at $36.

Where to Find Their Products

The Other Side Artisan Collective store is located in Coombs, at 2345 Alberni Hwy, just west of the Goats on the Roof Market.

You can also buy and view their products online.

Website: theothersidestudio.com

Etsy Shops:

Facebook: (The Other Side Artisan Collective)

Instagram: (theothersideartisancollective).

They wholesale to the following stores:

  • Island-ish (Nanaimo),
  • Nezza Naturals (Victoria)
  • Tonic Jewelry (Victoria)
  • Wabisabi Surf Shop (Coombs)
  • Ski and Surf Shop (Courtenay)
  • Wilde and Sparrow (Parksville)
  • Weinberg’s Good Foods (Fanny Bay)
  • Shades of Green (Parksville)
  • Salish Sea (Bowser)
  • Om Organics (Invermeer)

In the coming months, you can find Chris and Kristin at the following Craft Fairs:

 


 

Etchythings - one of the fantastic local shops available in your Vancouver Island Gift Guide.

Showcasing a woodworking or shop apron from Etchythings

(Apron with trees retails for $44.02, apron with mountain retails for $34.39)

Etchythings

Etchythings and Accents Inc. is a handmade supplier of custom rubber stamps, wood tags, and other supplies created from the home studio of Mei and her husband Frank in Yellow Point. They make wood signs, metal signs and fabricate products using as much reclaimed materials as they can find. They also make custom design metal art work for local customers.  In truth, Mei dabbles in a lot of different things, much like many creatives.

How Etchythings Got Started

Mei has been practicing yoga for over 15 years and eventually become a yoga instructor.  When she was laid off from her job in 2009, she had the opportunity to become her own boss. One thing led to another and she found herself making yoga style rubber stamps on Etsy, which eventually branched out into other creations.

Mei’s business is all about creating things she loves, which in turn attracts those who love and want the same things.

Etchythings and Accents Inc. is built with some very important values in mind. They strive to change lives through mentorship, coaching, and helping others grow. They share their joy and passion in all they do, and believe everything is interconnected in some way. As a result, their motto is to naturally and organically grow their business responsibly.

Recently Mei has started trying to create custom stamped recycled copper jewelry, using their on site kiln.  As well, she has started a line of hand stamped linoleum aprons (shown above), bamboo hair sticks and other silver plated jewelry. Mei and Frank have two rescue dogs, so you will also find some fur-baby items in their online shops as well.

Average Price Range

The average price of their products is approximately $25. But you can buy a temporary tattoo for as little as $1.65, or a set of zodiac rubber stamps for as much as $123.00.

Their woodworking apron (featured above) is perfect for a reclaimed artist, Woodsmith or Ecopreneur.

The apron has a total of 5 pockets (2 at the top and 3 at the bottom) and is ideal for studio work, craft shows or as a uniform for the small business owner.

Made with a light weight denim material, Mei created the mountain landscape pattern using a linoleum stamp to represent our beautiful West Coast scene.

The mountain landscape patterned apron (shown above ) is 19.5″ wide by 20″ tall (bib only). More sizes, as well as ones that are adjustable, can be found on the online shops.

Where you can find Etchythings

Website: Etchythings.com

Etsy Shops:

Facebook: EtchythingsandAccents

Twitter: twitter.com/myoga_studio

Pinterest: Etchythings and Accents Inc.

Instagram:

 


 

Red Shepherd Designs - one of the fantastic local shops available in your Vancouver Island Gift Guide.

Example of products from Red Shepherd Design

(socks retail for $20, Vancouver Island sign retails for $53, pistol sign retails for $30)

Red Shepherd Design

Shelby, of Red Shepherd Design, offers handmade painted wood signs for your home, as well as personal little gifts like socks, and mugs. She does loads of custom orders too, working directly with customers to create the perfect sign or gift just right for them.

The Start of Red Shepherd Design

It all started with a rustic sign, gifted to her Mom, made from cutting up old pallets which were then hand painted with a bird design. Shelby felt honoured to see her work hanging in her Mother’s home. This prompted her to create more signs for other family members, including one for her Dad’s shop. She fell in love with making and creating, and consequently started buying more tools and supplies. and then started sharing her designs on Facebook. Eventually she decided to take a leap and open up an Etsy shop. She continues to expand and explore, and isn’t afraid to try new things. For example, she is currently working and creating with vinyl, and having a lot of fun doing so.

Red Shepherd Design is named after Shelby’s German Shepherd “Red”.  She is a dog mom, with a soft spot for rescues. Because she knows she can’t adopt and rescue them all, she has found a way to give back. She creates personalized dog signs, with an attached mason jar for treats, and a hook for a leash. Each time one of these signs are sold, Shelby donates $5.00 to the SPCA, and a German Shepherd Rescue group on the mainland.

 

Average Price Range

Red Shepard Design products are extremely reasonable, and range from approximately $10 – $100 depending on size, and detail.

 

Where to Find Products from Red Shepherd Design

Facebook: RedShepherdDesign

Instagram: redshepherddesigns

Etsy: RedSheprherdDesign

 

You can also find her “Bring me Wine” socks, (among other sayings) at Left Coast Fashions in Ladysmith.

While Red Shepherd Design hasn’t participated in any craft fairs yet, Shelby is hoping to step into the market scene in the near future.

 


 

Haven Living - one of the fantastic local shops available in your Vancouver Island Gift Guide.

Showcasing the ‘Gentlemen’s Collection’ from Haven Living

(prices range from $18 for the Shaving Soap to $35 for the Rejuvenating Serum)

Haven Living

Haven Living offers clientele an all natural alternative to chemical laden skin care. The skin care products are hand crafted by Desja, an esthetician by trade, and made with pure essential oils and no toxins or chemicals. Haven Living Skin Care Collections are hand crafted in small batches to preserve quality and freshness.

Desja has a flagship store, located in Port Alberni, with the same name. Along with her natural skin care lines, the store also carries an eclectic blend of new, salvaged and hand curated wares from across Canada.

The Journey

The concept for the business was born from Desja’s desire to be creative, while keeping her hand in the cosmetology industry that she loves so much.

As an esthetician, creating authentically natural products are extremely important to her. She is a mother of 3, so having an all natural baby line was something that drove her passion. Haven Living also has a Spa Collection geared towards ladies that want something natural and simple to add to their beauty regime. As well, she has a line of Home Fragrances, and Art Prints.

Due to the many retailers who carry the Haven Living Skin Care line, as well as keeping up with stock at her brick and motor store, Desja has stepped back from the local craft markets. However, she loves seeking out new and exciting vendors to potentially carry in the shop.

Average Price Range

The Haven Living Skin Care products range from $7.99 – $38.

Where to buy the Products

The Haven Living store is located at 4528 Adelaide Street in Port Alberni.

Products can also be found online:

Website: havenliving.ca

Facebook: @HavenLivingShop

Twitter: @havenlivingshop

Pinterest: Haven Living

Instagram: havenliving

 

The Haven Living Skin Care Collections can be found at an impressive selection of retailers across Canada and the USA.  For a full list, please visit the Stockist page on the Haven Living website. Select Vancouver Island stores are as follows:

  • Hey Beautiful (Nanaimo)
  • Island-ish (Nanaimo)
  • Chopstix (Ladysmith)
  • Merge Artisan Collective (Tofino)
  • Rock-A-Bear Baby Swag and Spa (Parksville)
  • Nature Spirit Earth Market (Gabriola)
  • Nest and Cradle (Victoria)

 


 

Allure Tackle - one of the fantastic local shops available in your Vancouver Island Gift Guide.

Showcasing the ‘Fly Fishing Advent Calendar’ from Allure Tackle (retails for $69)

 

Allure Tackle

Allure Tackle offers fun, yet highly effective fishing gear.  Mark, the owner and designer of Allure, hates the term ‘novelty’ because it implies a gimmick or that the products don’t work (or are designed to only lure fishermen, not fish), which is just not true of his products. Yes he offers new and unique designs, but checking out the media images on the website’s “Dock Shots” page, truly showcases the effectiveness of his products. He has many, many happy customers.

The Evolution of Allure

Mark has been a designer for much of his life. He found out at a very early age that having a nine to five job wasn’t for him. Hence, he has been mostly self employed in some design capacity for most of his working career. He has designed everything from fine furniture to home decor, graphic art logos to greeting cards, and has even dabbled in interior design for homes, restaurants and commercial spaces.

His tackle company came from a passion for fishing, as well as his graphic arts background.  Mark’s been an avid fisherman since he was old enough to carry a rod, and is truly a designer at heart.  He has always wanted to design fishing gear and equipment with a focus on the fun of it.  Because, after all, fishing should be fun!

If you get a glimpse of Mark, you may recognize him from the HGTV show, Canada’s Handyman Challenge, where he won the title of Canada’s Best Handyman.

 

Average Price Range

Most products are under $20. However, the Advent Calendar (featured in the image above) is the main focus of Mark’s company right now, and retails for $69.

 

Where to buy Allure Tackle Products

Website: looksthatkill.ca

Instagram: @allure_tackle

Facebook: Allure Tackle

Twitter: @AllureTackle

Etsy: AllureTackle

 

You will also be able to find Allure Tackle at the following Christmas Craft Fairs:

  • Christmas Chaos – Nov 17 & 18 – Island Savings Centre (Multi Purpose Hall) in Duncan
  • Kris Kringle Craft Fair –  Nov. 19th & 20th – Beban Park Social Centre (in the Man-Cave) in Nanaimo
  • Cumberland Winter Fair – Nov 26th – Cumberland Recreation Institute

 

 


 

Vancouver Island Hot Sauce - one of the fantastic local shops available in your Vancouver Island Gift Guide.

Showcasing the two products from Vancouver Island Hot Sauce

(sauces retail for $8.00 each)

 

Vancouver Island Hot Sauce

Vancouver Island Hot Sauce offers customers two choices, ‘Owl’s Screech’ – made with BC grown Scotch Bonnet peppers, and ‘Breath of Humbaba’ – made with BC grown Jalapeno peppers. Both sauces have a nice kick, but also a lot of flavour. The sauces are locally made in Qualicum Beach, using fresh ingredients often locally grown on Vancouver Island.

How it all Started

When Eben and Karita got married in 2013 they gave their guests a homemade hot sauce, called “Red Hot Monogamy”, as wedding favours. The sauces were a big hit, and it was recommended by many to start selling their product. Eben has always been a fan of hot sauce, and with his working career in the food industry, he was familiar with sauce-making of all kinds. So they took the plunge. They started selling their hot sauce at the Qualicum Beach Farmers Market in May of 2014. Their sauces can now be found in many stores, markets, and restaurants on Vancouver Island.

Where to Find Vancouver Island Hot Sauce

Website: Vancouver Island Hot Sauce Company

Facebook: @vancouverislandhotsauce

Instagram: vancouverislandhotsauce

The sauces can be bought at the following locations:

  • Delicado’s (North Nanaimo)
  • Fredrich’s Honey Farm (Cedar)
  • Little Qualicum Cheeseworks (Parksville)
  • Market on Millstream (Langford)
  • Meat Craft Urban Butchery (Port Moody)
  • Nesvog Meats and Sausages (Nanaimo)
  • Old Country Market (Coombs)
  • Olive This & More (Qualicum Beach and Nanaimo)
  • Oscar & Libby’s (Victoria)
  • Pineridge Farm Market (Spider Lake)
  • Pepper’s Foods (Victoria)
  • Realm Food Co. (Parksville)
  • Salish Sea Market (Bowser)
  • Signature Oil & Vinegar (Comox and Campbell River)
  • Sprat Lake Landing (Port Alberni)
  • The Olive Station (Duncan)
  • Tidal Taco Shack (Qualicum Bay)
  • Village Butcher (Oak Bay)

You can also find Vancouver Island Hot Sauce at the following Christmas Craft Fairs:

  • Kris Kringle Craft Fair – Nov. 19 & 20 – Beban Park Social Centre in Nanaimo
  • Cumberland Winter Fair – Nov. 26 – Cumberland Recreation Institute
  • Errington Christmas Craft Fair – Dec. 10 – Errington War Memorial Hall

 

 


 

Wayward Distillation - one of the fantastic local shops available in your Vancouver Island Gift Guide.

Showcasing a variety of products from Wayward Distillation House

(prices range from $35 – $55 on average)

Wayward Distillation House

Wayward Distillation House offers clientele the opportunity to learn more about spirits while engaging their senses in the tasting room (taste, aroma, and mouth-feel). It is the perfect way to discover your palate for spirits. While you are there you get a glimpse into the science and art of fermenting and small batch distilling with the offer of in-depth tours. These tours leave you with a deeper appreciation for our community, and the locally grown/sourced quality ingredients that go into making the products.

Where it all Began

Andrea and Dave have always been fascinated with fermentation and distillation. They toured breweries and distilleries of all sizes all over the world – from expansive Scotch in distilleries in Speyside to nano breweries in Portland. When the provincial Craft Distillery designation was created in March of 2013, they saw the potential in running their own craft distillery, and jumped at the opportunity.

The distillery is open seven days a week, from noon to six, for drop-in tours and tastings free of charge. They love to share their knowledge and passion for distilling with guests, and are always looking for new and creative ways to enjoy spirits. They love showcasing the delicious and unique flavours of our area by collaborating with local businesses, farmers, and wild crafters.

Wayward Distillation House also has a barreling program in the works – so expect to see more Drunken Hive Rum, crafted from caramelized honey, as well as the return of Bourbon Barrel Aged Gin.

Average Price Range

They have a good variety of products and bottle sizes. You can check out what is currently available, and their associated cost direct from the distillery, on their website. However, prices run from approximately $35 – $55.

The feature product, shown in the image above, is their Wayward Order Krupnik Spiced Honey Liqueur (375ml – 40% ) and sells for $34.70 +tax, when bought through their website.

Where to Buy their Products

Wayward Distillation House is located at 2931 Moray Ave in Courtenay. You can find a member of the team there every day of the week. If you can’t make it to the distillery, you can order online, and the products are shipped directly from the website.

On the website there is also a map where you can zoom in to your neighbourhood to see if any private liquor stores or bars and restaurants in your area carry Wayward Distillation House spirits. The list of select retailers is quite significant, so I am sure you will be able to find one near you.

Website: WaywardOrder.com

Twitter: @WaywardDH

Facebook: @WaywardDistillation

Instagram: waywarddistillation

 


 

RSDK - one of the fantastic local shops available in your Vancouver Island Gift Guide.

Featuring a few products from RSDK’s men’s line

(all products shown here are $35 each)

RSDK

RSDK offers a small piece of Vancouver Island in each article of clothing they design. When they design items and graphics it always comes back to an idea which was inspired by where we live. Their clothing is designed by, and for, the organic mix of artists, wave riders and characters who call this Island home.

How it all Started

It was a conversation between two friends, hanging out in a wood shop one day. Both Josh and Rick had been doing design work for others and thought it was time to start creating for themselves. Naturally they gravitated towards creating a brand which is fueled by the lifestyle provided by the island. They are constantly amazed at all the great people they have met through this venture.

RSDK sells hats, hoodies, and sometimes other cool stuff, for both men and women.

Average Price Range

Their t-shirts and hats are $35, while their hoodies are around $90.

 

Where you can Find their Products

Website: RSDK.ca

Facebook: @theRSDK

Instagram: @rsdk_ca

Josh and Rick are happy to report that they get to work with some of the best stores on Vancouver Island and the mainland. The stores are all independently owned by locals who contribute to their communities and keep people stoked on surfing, skating, snowboarding, climbing, diving and adventuring.

RSDK products can be currently found at the following select retailers:

  • Alternative Groove (Nanaimo)
  • Wabi Sabi (Coombs)
  • Storm Surf Shop (Tofino)
  • Coast Surf Shop (Comox)
  • Cove Apparel (Port Hardy)
  • Beyond the Usual (Chemainus)
  • HtO (Victoria)
  • Lucky Surf and Skate (Tsawwassen)

In the past they have sold their products at the Parksville Craig St. Market, which proved to be a great success.

This month they will be hosting their first pop up shop/birthday party in Nanaimo on Nov 12, at White Sails Brewing.

 


 

Raincoast Rustics - one of the fantastic local shops available in your Vancouver Island Gift Guide.

Featuring products from Raincoast Rustics

(Beer sign -$35, Lantern – $40, Van Isle Wood Slab – $45)

Raincoast Rustics

Raincoast Rustics offers a wide range of reclaimed wood products including furniture, artwork, and signage. Custom orders are also accepted.

The Journey

Steph is a stay at home mom of three with a fine arts degree majoring in painting and graphic design, and also has a business diploma. She has always fantasized about building a home based studio, where she can create art while taking care of her children.  The term ‘Reduce, Reuse, Recycle’ was built into her since childhood, so following with that same idea for her business was only natural.  Steph capitalizes on reusing wood materials with an artistic flare, and she loves colour, paint and anything with wood grain.

She started off with only mediocre wood shop skills, with some additional ‘dad’ taught skills mixed in. But after spending hours in her garage tinkering around mastering her craft, she has now figured out a cost effective way to get her art on the market.

 

Price Range

Raincoast Rustics has a wide variety of prices. For example you can purchase coasters for $6, or a live edged Farmhouse table for $1500.

 

Where to Find the Products

Steph’s work can be found in 17 stores throughout Vancouver Island, but you can also order direct through her Facebook page.

Facebook: RainCoast Rustics

Instagram: raincoastrustics

You can find Raincoast Rustics products at the following Mid-Island retailers:

  • Revived Vintage (Qualicum Beach)
  • Soak Essentials (Parksville)
  • The Other Side Artisan Collective (Coombs)

Steph won’t be attending any Christmas Craft Fairs this year, but in the spring and summer she will have a booth at the Oceanside markets in Qualicum and Parksville.

 


 

Yellow Point Cranberries - one of the local shops available to you on the Vancouver Island Gift Guide

Yellow Point Cranberries

Yellow Point Cranberries is a family owned and operated cranberry farm. They offer guests a complete farm to table experience. When you visit their farm you will not only see the fields, but you also get to taste the products. As well, you will gain knowledge of how the whole process works.

The History

When the Keefer family bought the farm in Yellow Point it wasn’t being used as a cranberry farm, but it did have the right type of land they were looking for, as well as a few buildings and extra space.  Grant Keefer’s grandmother used to make lots of preserves, which gave them the idea to have a small store to sell cranberry themed products.

The Cranberry Cottage Store is open 7 days a week from August until Christmas Eve, 11-5 daily.  At any given time up to 50 products are made with their farm fresh cranberries.

They also offer tours September 1st through to Thanksgiving weekend for groups of 10 or more. A few days during the year they offer complimentary tours to the public. Both the group tours and the public tours fill up very quickly, and are often booked a year in advance.

 

Where to Find Yellow Point Cranberries

The Cranberry Cottage Store and farm is located at 4532 Yellow Point Road, in Ladysmith (Yellow Point).

At the present, they have a hard enough time keeping products in their own store (preserves, salsa’s, etc.), so those items are not available elsewhere. Their fresh cranberries, however, are carried by 49th Parallel, Niagara Grocery, Pomme Natural Market, The Root Cellar, Great Greens, and Eat Fresh.

Yellow Point Cranberries can also be found online:

Website: yellowpointcranberries.com

Facebook: @ypcranberries

Twitter: @YPCranberries

 

In the coming months you will be able to find Yellow Point Cranberries on the Cedar Yellow Point Christmas Tour – a self-guided tour of 18 artisans and farms in the Cedar and Yellow Point areas. The tour happens November 24 – 27.

They will also be at the Deck the Halls Christmas Market, on Nov. 26 & 27, at the Cowichan Fairgrounds.

 

 


 

I hope this Vancouver Island Gift Guide has given you some great ideas for those men on your list.

Before you start shopping, though, I have a wonderful surprise for you…

 

!!!GIVEAWAY!!!

If you are eager to get your hands on some of the above mentioned products, you are in luck!

Every artisan featured in this post generously donated one (or more!) of their products to be given away in a gift basket for one lucky reader.

The generosity of the local artisans showcased in this post, and as well the quality of work they produce, is truly impressive.

Please make sure you spread the kindness by visiting their websites, social media links, and shops. I know they will appreciate it!

The items in the gift basket are suitable for men, but anyone can enter…as long as you live on Vancouver Island. (Sorry Mainlanders – this giveaway is just for us Islanders).

What’s in the Gift Basket?

  • A Vancouver Island t-shirt, donated by The Other Side Artisans Collective (shown in feature image above)
  • $25.00 gift voucher towards any product from Etchythings
  • ‘Bring me a Beer’ socks, donated by Red Shepherd Wood Design (shown in feature image above)
  • Pre-Shave Facial Scrub, donated by Haven Living (shown in feature image above)
  • Shaving Soap, donated by Haven Living (shown in feature image above)
  • Salmon Fishing Spoon, donated by Allure Tackle
  • Bottle of hot sauce, donated by Vancouver Island Hot Sauce (shown in feature image above)
  • $25.00 gift card towards any product from Wayward Distillation
  • Tall Trees & Cold Seas RSDK t-shirt, donated by RSDK (shown in feature image above)
  • Department of Tall Trees & Cold Seas hat, donated by RSDK (shown in feature image above)
  • Wood beer sign, donated by Raincoast Rustics (shown in feature image above)
  • Lantern sign, donated by Raincoast Rustics (shown in feature image above)
  • Van Isle Wood slab, donated by Raincoast Rustics (shown in feature image above)
  • Cranberry Mustard, donated by Yellow Point Cranberries

 

You guys, this gift basket is completely amazing, and has an approximate value of over $350.00!!!

Here is a sneak peek of what the items look like together:

(please note, at the time of publication I didn’t have a photo of the Cranberry Mustard Sauce donated by Yellow Point Cranberries)

 

The ultimate Vancouver Island Gift Guide giveaway!

 

Enter the Giveaway Here!

The Men’s Giveaway Basket is open from November 3, 2016 until midnight on November 20.

Just a note about entering the giveaway – I promise not to use your name and email for anything other than contacting you should you win. Unless, however, you decide to use the bonus entry and sign up for our newsletter.

All the details, as well as the terms and conditions, can be found when you sign into the contest below. But the most important factor of entering is leaving a comment (in the comment section below).

And it is probably worth repeating…the contest is only open to those of us who live on Vancouver Island.

Best of luck!

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on Nov 03, 2016

Comments (118)

  • Amy

    What a great gift idea!

    • Kim

      Thanks Amy!

  • Christine

    Love all the ideas

  • Crystal McGee

    This is so perfect! I would love to get a chance to experience all these local shops!

    • Kim

      Thanks so much Crystal. Best of luck in the giveaway!

  • Marnie

    Great giveaway!

    • Kim

      Thanks Marnie. Best of luck!

  • Valarie Lyons

    Wow amazing variety!

    • Kim

      Thanks Valarie. I tried my best to collect a nice variety.

  • Hayley S

    Although this is a list for “him,” I have to admit it’s also very much so a list for me! All great products listed here. Thank you for sharing them! I may have to look into getting that beer sign and some hot sauce as a gift!

    • Kim

      You are quite right, this list is suitable for anyone!

  • Sarah

    My goal is to buy only local gifts this Christmas and your lists have been a huge help! Thank you!

    • Kim

      That is so great to hear Sarah!

  • Rebecca

    some great ideas! Love the local suggestions!! Look forward to checking out the recommended merchants!

    • Kim

      Thanks so much Rebecca! Happy shopping to you!

  • Kerri

    What great ideas! Who knew so much existed locally.

    • Kim

      Thanks Kerri! I know, right? I had no idea there were so many amazing gifts available locally until I started doing the research.

  • Angie Bisset

    Excellent! So nice!!

  • Jennifer

    Great list for Christmas ideas! Makes buying for my husband a lot easier, I love to buy gifts that are local – makes them extra special!

    • Kim

      Thanks Jennifer. Until I started researching all of our local talent I had no idea there were so many amazing artisans in the area. It definitely makes shopping a whole lot easier!

  • Kelsey S

    These would be great Christmas gifts!

    • Kim

      They most certainly would be! Thanks Kelsey.

  • Ariel Zimmer

    My sweetheart would be stoked to see these under the tree! Christmas ideas abound!!

    • Kim

      Yes, the basket will definitely be a nice treat for some lucky man!

  • Melissa McIntosh

    Looks amazing! I absolutely love Wayward Distillery, and just in time for their seasonal Krupnik!

    • Kim

      Yes, I recently had the pleasure of trying their Krupnik, and had to buy one. Tastes like Christmas in a bottle!

  • Shawna

    Wow, this is fantastic, thank you so much for these great gift ideas!

    • Kim

      Thanks Shawna! I hope you find this article useful for your Christmas shopping.

  • Alexandra

    Great ideas! My husband is sometimes the trickiest to find things for.

    • Kim

      Totally agree! I am always stumped at what to get my husband. Until this year, that is. 🙂

    • Kim

      Glad these ideas are helpful to you Heather!

  • Erika

    Wow! What a list!! That hot sauce is the only thing I’m familiar with and it is AMAZING!

    • Kim

      That is so great to hear! I am going to be picking up a few bottles of hot sauce to give away for gifts this year.

  • Laura

    Everything looks amazing!

    • Kim

      Thanks Laura! Best of luck in the giveaway.

  • Mei

    Had to read some of the comments left here and hearing the feedback makes me blush. 🙂 Moving to the island was the best decision we’ve made. Love it here!

    • Kim

      I totally agree Mei! We have been on the Island for 7 years now, and I can’t imagine living anywhere else! Such a welcoming community. Which is yet another reason to shop local…it gives us a great way to give back.

  • Brenna Collicutt

    Such a great gift guide, Kim! I’ll definitely be shopping it!

    And that would be the perfect west coast gift basket for my hubby! He would LOVE everything!

    • Kim

      Thanks Brenna! It is a pretty fantastic gift basket. Best of luck in the giveaway!

  • Andrea Norris

    These prizes look amazing!

    • Kim

      They sure are! Best of luck in the giveaway.

  • Sharlene

    So many Great gift ideas!

    • Kim

      Thanks Sharlene!

  • Trish Smith

    Thanks for compiling this list Kim. I look forward to checking them out over the coming months and to read your next two posts!

    • Kim

      Thanks Trish. I am excited about the next two articles too.

  • Tanya Spafford

    Great gift ideas! Thanks for including all
    the stores we can these items at – winning the basket would be fantastic but regardless I have some Christmas ideas
    I needed:)

    • Kim

      Thanks so much Tanya! Best of luck in the giveaway!

  • Lindsay

    What a great gift pack!!! I love so many of these vendors already! Especially etchythings!!!!!

    • Kim

      Thanks Lindsay! I am glad to hear we have similar taste when it comes to these amazing artisans!

  • Jeff Skidmore

    Haven’t tried any of these products yet! Only been on the Island for about a year now! Would love to try them all! 😀🎅🏻

    • Kim

      Well, first of all, welcome to the Island Jeff! And yes, I am sure you will be able to find something of interest and use among any of these local shops and artisans.

  • Jessica MacIsaac

    Unruly Gin is amazing! One of my favourites!

    • Kim

      I had the opportunity to try it yesterday while we were at Wayward Distillation House, and I would have to agree!

  • Faye

    Great guide- what a wonderful gift basket

    • Kim

      Thanks so much Faye! Good luck in the giveaway!

  • Sarah Gauthier

    I have not had a chance to shop at these places yet but they all look amazing! I love the style and know my fiancee will too

    • Kim

      They really are amazing! You won’t be disappointed shopping at any of these places.

  • Charlene

    I love this idea, so great to have everything in one stop shop 🙂

    • Kim

      Thank you so much Charlene!

  • Megan

    Wow this all looks amazing

    • Kim

      Thanks Megan!

  • Michelle

    Awesome list! I have a piece by Raincoat Rustics and love EtchyThings! <3

    • Kim

      Thanks Michelle. That’s great! Both businesses have great products.

  • Linda Clarke

    This is great Kim, always try to support local.

    • Kim

      Thanks so much! I have two more coming up in the next few weeks too. So stay tuned!

  • Julie

    Thanks for including some of the upcoming craft fairs where these artists can be found. Making plans now to start shopping 🙂

    • Kim

      You’re welcome! I am so glad you find the inclusion of the craft fairs useful.

    • Kim

      Thanks so much Nina! Yes do, I know you will find something unique and creative.

  • Bonnie

    Thanks for highlighting local artisans. Love being ‘in the know’!

    • Kim

      You’re welcome! I had a lot of fun researching and writing this article (and the coming two). And I learned a lot about our very generous and talented community.

  • Roy Flint

    Thank you for this site Kim. Look forward to seeing each update and have enjoyed finding some of the beautiful locations you have highlighted. Being relatively new to the area we really appreciate the work you have done in finding the locations and now introducing us to the local vendors. Great site!

    • Kim

      Thank you so much Roy. That is so very kind of you to say. I am so glad that my site is helpful to you!

  • Yvonne

    Learned more from you yet again!! Been following you for a few months now and you’ve given lots of great information for what’s right in our own backyards. Great idea for following up on this for the holiday season!! Looking forward to your next few posts!

    • Kim

      Aww, thank you so much Yvonne. Your comment warmed my heart. That is exactly what the intentions of this blog is all about!

  • Sharlene

    I love the fly fishing advent calendar just had to purchase one

    • Kim

      That is so awesome Sharlene! Thanks so much for letting me know.

  • Jeanette Nadeau

    What a great way to get to know what is on the island. I love this. Look forward to seeing more.

    • Kim

      Thanks so much Jeanette. Getting locals to discover what is in their own backyard (metaphorically speaking) is exactly what this blog is all about.

    • Kim

      It really is such a great idea.

  • Jody

    This is such a great idea! Love all the vendors. Didn’t even know about the Wayward Distillery! Looking forward to checking them out. And of course, love, love Yellow Point Cranberry!

    • Kim

      Thanks Jody! I only recently discovered Wayward Distillation as well. When I told a friend of mine that I was writing this post, he told me they “HAD!” to be included. And yes, Yellow Point Cranberries is a gem.

  • Janet Fairbanks

    Great to see ideas for shopping locally! I love Wayward gin (the ONLY kind of gin I’ve ever liked!)

    • Kim

      Shopping locally is so important for all involved. Keeps the community strong! I am definitely going to be trying that gin soon. 🙂

  • Melia whyte

    I haven’t shopped with any of these shops but I think I should! Thanks for the chance to win from Courtenay bc

    • Kim

      Great! I am so happy to hear that. Helping locals discover new places to shop was my intention.

  • Angela McKenzie

    Thanks for these listings and looking forward to the others. What a good idea to keep the list on line all year round as Christmas isn’t the only time that we find ourselves looking for something different for our loved ones. PS like all of your newsletters. I have found many places that I didn’t know about in some of your other posts.

    • Kim

      Thanks so much Angela, that is very kind of you to say. And yes, I will probably have to change to first feature image to something other than Christmas, but I am definitely going to leave the Gift Guide up all year.

  • Lisa

    My husband would love to win the basket and anything he can’t use, I’m sure that my brother would take it.

    • Kim

      Thanks for entering Lisa. Best of luck!

  • Heather Eastman

    Thanks Kim! This is so helpful. I also suggest Cowichan Valley Tees. They have an iconic Beer and Bonfire shirt that I often give as a ‘guys gift’. Also their shirts go up to a 3x which is helpful for some guys.
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    • Kim

      Now that’s one I haven’t heard of yet. That is great to know! Thanks Heather!

  • Michelle

    Love all of these Local products-will def be checking them out!

    • Kim

      Perfect! That is exactly what I was hoping for!

  • Jackie

    Awesome!!

    • Kim

      Thanks Jackie! So glad you like it.

  • Vanessa Betcher

    Wonderfully curated gift guide! I love shopping from local talent. My husband would love this basket full of local goods.

    • Kim

      Thank you so much Vanessa! Through all of this I have discovered that there really is no need to shop at those big box stores. There is such a great variety of products made locally.

  • Gayle denOtter

    Thank you for doing all of this “footwork”. It is difficult to come up with new ideas for the men in my life and with your gift guide I saw a few that would be perfect!!

    • Kim

      I am so happy to hear that! Stay tuned for the next two articles then, for they are bound to give you even more ideas!

  • Kate Elliott

    Those tackle advent calendars are definitely at the top of my list!

    • Kim

      Aren’t they great! Good luck in the giveaway Kate.

  • Claudia Roland

    Thanks Kim. I really enjoyed the variety of gifts for “Him”! I know that I will be purchasing Christmas or birthday gifts from this group of artisans. I’m looking forward to the next 2 newsletters. 🙂

    • Kim

      Thank you Claudia! Yes, I will keep this post up year round so that people can refer to it at anytime (not just for Christmas). I too am looking forward to the next two articles!

  • Janice Dalzile

    I enjoyed this collection and have shopped at Coombs – looking forward to patronizing several before Christmas THANK YOU very much Kim for putting this all together in one place – I found it especially useful that you listed the craft fair participation!

    • Kim

      Thank you so much for your feedback Janice!

  • Jenn

    It all looks great! I know my husband would love anything from this guide and would be particularly delighted to get the gift basket! Here’s hoping I can make his Christmas!

    • Kim

      Thanks so much Jenn! Yes, the hard part is going to be choosing among all these fantastic ideas. I know my list has expanded. Best of luck in the giveaway!

  • Oooh so many great local products! We had fun promoting the Etsy Nanaimo event. Personal favourite? RSDK 🙂 Thanks for the chance to enter!

    • Kim

      Yes, the Etsy Nanaimo event was great. Good luck with the giveaway!

  • Angie Bisset

    Well done, Kim! I will definitely be shopping from this amazing local talent! Thanks for sharing!

    • Kim

      Thank you Angie! And yes, I will be too!

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