by Robyn Yager | With less than two weeks left before Christmas, the panic is starting to nibble. Fret not, though. There is still plenty of time to find the perfect gift for that special someone, even if they are especially hard to buy for. Here are seven suggestions…
For the Man in Your Life Who Returns Everything
He returns or exchanges just about everything you buy him? Will Leather Goods makes amazing, high quality accessories that no man in his right mind would ever turn down. This wallet and tray combination in particular is a perfect way to keep him on track and organized. Loose change? Receipts? Swiss Army Knife? Lint? No problem. Just toss them all into this leather tray and organize everything in the wallet later. Easy.
Will Leather Goods Leather Wallet/Tray - $85.00 available at Lark on Main Street.
For the High-heeled Caffeine Girl with Expensive Tastes
Shoes, coffee, and a bold proclamation of combined affection? This coffee mug says “I love shoes” as much as it says “I love my coffee” but without the shoe price tag. For extra present potency, pair it with a bag of coffee from Revolver and you’re golden.
I Heart Shoes Mug - $12.00 from Front and Company on Main Street.
For the Stylish Locavore
There are people out there who want to express their love for this city without having to sport an oversized Kevin Bieksa Canucks jersey. That’s where Dream in Gastown comes in. They carry lovely accessories and apparel by Vancouver designers, such as this adorable British Columbia ring made from an antique spoon. Love it.
British Columbia ring - $36.00 from Dream Vancouver in Gastown.
For the Little Fashionista
Bloch makes ballet slippers and pointe shoes for elite ballerinas, but they also come have baby ballet slippers for that up and coming shoe lover. They come in a variety of different colours: black, pink, white, and more. My pick? The little sparkly silver ones, of course!
Bloch Ballet Slippers for the baby - $95.00 from The Cross Design in Yaletown.
For the Fashion Loving Book Nerd
Grace: The Grace Coddington Memoir is one of the biggest books to come out this year, according to fashionistas. Grace Coddington began her career in the fashion industry as a model, and through various career changes, began working with Anna Wintour at American Vogue as their creative director. This book chronicles all her experiences and would make for informative reading for anyone including, but not limited to the fashion enthusiast.
Grace: The Grace Coddington Memoir - $45.00 available at The Cross Design in Yaletown.
For the Seasonally Ill-Equipped
Hats are cool. Porkpie, Trilby, Derby, Newsboy, you name it – it’s cool, especially when obtained from a specialty hat boutique, like Goorin Brothers in Yaletown. The Goorin family has been making hats since 1895 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and is currently run out of San Fransisco by the founder’s great grandson. They have incredible hats and the staff in the shop are extremely knowledgeable, friendly, and helpful. A hat during the holidays is both practical and stylish, so get one.
Goorin Bros. Gift Certificate - $65 – $150.00 at Goorin Bros. Hat Shop in Yaletown.
Robyn Yager is the style reporter for Scout Magazine. She runs The Rain Season blog and is enthused by anything out of the ordinary. She loves art, striped shirts, macchiatos, classic literature and picking through thrift stores for unique treasures. Her mission is to inspire Vancouverites in their sartorial choices and to see beauty and style everywhere.
Stumped with not a lot of coin? We’ve got you covered. Clockwise from top left:
- Farmers Market Membership | Discounts at market, free access to special events | $10
- “Vancouver” pennant | Civic Pride and retro design all in one | The Found + The Freed | $18
- Linen ‘Mushroom’ tea towel | Old tea towels are stinky | Walrus Home | $17
- Mini Terrarium | Just plain awesome | The Window Community Art Shop | $5
- Burnt Honey Caramels | Worth every penny | Beta5 Chocolates | $6
- Chocolate Chili Chai Tea | Sweet and spicy. So good! | Davids Teas (Fourth Ave ) | $7
- A Good Read | A well loved second hand book is genius | Pulp Fiction | $15 or less, easy.
- Concert tickets | Good place to start: Pack AD is playing the Rickshaw on January 28 | $16
- Bird Calendar | Everyone needs to get sorted for 2012 | Regional Assembly of Text | $17
- Honest John’s Red | A bottle of local red wine is always a sure bet | Road 13 | $19.90
It’s effing Christmas! We assume all Scout readers have given wisely and are about to get everything they wished for. Like you, we’re hoping to find some time to relax now, so we’re signing off for the next 24 hours to be with friends and family. Have a good one. Love your city. Stay safe but engaged.
Things we’re either doing, wishing that we could do, or conspiring to do this week…
WRITE A LETTER
The Regional Assembly of Text is a wonderful Main St. store with a brilliant collection of books, paper, cards, stamps, chalkboards, boxes and yes, even clothing. On the first Thursday of every month they host a Letter Writing Club. It’s free, open to everyone, and supplies are provided (the photo in our main page carousel is some of their wrapping paper I just purchased).
Dec 4 | 7:30 pm | Regional Assembly of Text | FREE
GRANVILLE ISLAND YULETIDE MARKET
In addition to the exciting, seasonal gathering of artisans to booths in the Market proper, each weekend from now until Christmas will also see an outdoor market in adjacent Triangle Square complete with heated tents and hot chocolate (don’t drive all the way in, ride those cute little ferries). Oh, and did you know that Lee’s has gingerbread donuts now? They are only available during the month of December.
Weekends | 9:00 am – 5pm | Granville Island Market | FREE
LLOYD KHAN LECTURE
From Marin County, California, Lloyd Khan is the author of Shelter and Home Work: Hand-built Shelter (for a taste of what Khan is all about, visit his blog). I stumbled across his work about six months ago and immediately developed a huge crush on him. He takes great photos of unique homes and structures and seems to float around the world from one interesting situation to the next. He strikes me as the kind of guy capable of filling an hour and a half easily with anecdotes and the kind of hippy sunshine that only alights on the hills of Marin County.
Dec 5 | 7:30 – 9:00 pm | Central Branch – Vancouver Public Library | Free
WINTER FARMERS MARKET
SATURDAY December 6 | 10am – 2pm | WISE Hall, 1882 Adanac Street at Victoria Drive
FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS
Take an invigorating walk through a 15 acre garden festively lit by more than a million dazzling lights.
Dec 5 – Jan 4 | 4:30 pm to 9:00 |VanDusen Botanical Garden | Adults – S11 Children – S8
RETRO DESIGN AND ANTIQUES FAIR
Over 175 vendors of jewelery, decor, linens, textiles, kitchen collectibles, accessories, dolls, toys, period lighting, and pottery.
DEC 7 | 10 am–3 pm | Croatian Community Centre | Admission – $4
SHINY FUZZY MUDDY
The annual Shiny Fuzzy Muddy show and sale put on by a collective of savvy Vancouver Artists grows bigger and better this year.
DEC 5 – 7 | Various hours – check website | VIVO – 1965 Main Street | FREE
From the Got Craft blog: “…because MALL is a four-letter word…As fellow crafters and indie craft lovers, Got Craft is dedicated to showcasing the best crafts Vancouver has to offer!” They’re not kidding – take a look at the line-up of exhibitors here. I’ll be checking it out right after breakfast at Little Nest. Mmmm…rice pudding and crafts.
Dec 7 | 11:00 am – 6pm | Royal Canadian Legion | Commercial Drive | Admission – $2.00
STANLEY PARK CHRISTMAS TRAIN
To get yourself into the holiday spirit grab a hot chocolate and a bag of freshly roasted chestnuts and take a ride on the Stanley Park Christmas train. Cuddle up with a loved one as the tiny train chugs its way through a heavily decorated forest while Christmas carols get cranked through speakers dotting the surrounds. Afterward, walk over to the farmyard to savour the smell of a manger from way back when (the kids love the bunny rabbits too). It is recommended that you buy tickets in advance.
Today – JAN 3 | 3:00 – 10:00 pm | Stanley Park |Train Ride: $8 Adults / $5 Kids Walk through: FREE
SANTA CLAUS PARADE
Over 60 bands, floats and community groups will participate in the fifth annual Rogers Santa Claus Parade through downtown Vancouver streets this Sunday. Just remember to take your coffee and hot chocolate with you in your stainless steal thermos – Nearby coffee chain joint line-ups grow unbearably long before, during, and after the parade.
Dec 7 | 1pm | Down Town Vancouver | FREE
Who needs to win friends and influence people when you can have more fun insulting them instead? Head to your next house party, favourite vintage in hand, all wrapped up in a clever bottle label. California card company Cerebral Itch is behind the snarky wine labels, which are easily removed once you’ve landed a few guffaws. All you cork dorks out there will be happy to hand over a bottle that reads “Don’t waste this wine on the uncultured palates of the other guests.” My favourite is a play on a classic Christmas Carol (pictured above). The front of the label says “You better watch out, you better not cry, you better not shout I’m telling you why…” while the back reads “Santa hates pussies. Merry Christmas.”
Check them out at www.cerebralitch.com, and find them locally at Moulé and Paper-Ya.
I didn’t know that I wanted some furniture made out of old wine barrels before I stopped by the Penticton Christmas market in the heritage Cannery building this morning. The market is fairly slow and small but this is Penticton in November. It’s worth worth a stop.
I was crossing my fingers and toes that Joy Road Catering would have a table set up with their to-die-for homemade granola. No luck. But there was some fun stuff: sweaters and soap, baked goods and glass beads, jewelry and all the other crafty doodads you’d expect. Most interesting was The Broken Barrel Furniture Co., a business that makes handcrafted furniture from old oak wine barrels sourced from wineries in Naramata, Kelowna and Oliver. Their motto is something like “the tables are built strong enough to dance on.” Nice! I’d like one of the coat hangers made from barrel staves.
Julius Weber, of J&S Weber Fruit Summerland had a killer old-school fruit stand going on, stocking over seven varieties of organic apples and a slim selection of pears and fresh unshelled nuts. I loaded up on the MACs, Spartans and Fujis that were selling for 50 to 60 cents a pound.
He was pushing the Newtown apples as stars for baking and cooking (clearly he doesn’t know me) and was also hawking Golden and Red Delicious, Jonagold, Mutsu and Sinta. You can find Julius and his lovely, tiny, tasty apples at the indoor Kelowna Farmer’s Market most often and around Penticton winter markets (as suits him).
The Cannery building is also home to the cozy CAN Coffee and the Cannery Stage. A neat, multi-purpose coffee shop turned theatre turned art gallery (local artist Joel Reid is currently on exhibit). It’s a great place to soak up that arty, local vibe with a newspaper or a friend over a steaming Americano.
The Penticton Christmas market runs every Saturday from 10am to 2pm until December 20.