Christmas is almost here – and so are all the joyous things that come with it. Holiday parties, decorating, music and of course, finding the perfect gift! With so many talented individuals in Squamish, there are no shortage of places that will allow you to shop locally this year. From the foodie friend to the minimalist family member in your life, there is something for everyone!
Here is just a handful of amazing local businesses you can support in your Christmas gift shopping this year:
Handmade Artisan Gifts
Support a local artist! There are plenty of unique, locally made items in and around Squamish – you just have to know where to look. From locally made pottery, lotions, candles, jewelry or art – we suggest you check out stores like Nootka and Sea, Scandinavia Wolf Designs, Empire of Dirt or Billies Flower Shop. For the naturalist, we suggest checking out Be Clean Naturally for a variety of soaps, lotions or unique mists/essential oils. Even some local clothing shops like Wild and Heart and Random, sell a variety of crafted items along with the perfect gift-giving sweater!
Squamish Foodie Gifts
For the foodie in your life, there are several places you can go to find stocking stuffers or several yummy items to go in a homemade gift basket. A trip downtown to XOCO Chocolate, David’s Tea or Green Olive Market + Café is a must. Even taking a trip to your local grocery or natural store can highlight some local items like Galileo coffee, jams or honey.
If it’s the liquid, boozy variety you crave, there is no shortage of options either. To give the taste of local cider, stop by North Yards, Geo Cider or Cliffside Cider. We’d even recommend checking out frost bite syrups or Gillespie’s Fine Spirits for those who enjoy making cocktails. For the beer lover, stop by any of the local breweries in town for either a gift card, growler, stickers or clothing!
Squamish Tourism Must-Haves
Be proud of where you live and send a little piece of Squamish to someone! We love checking out the gift shops at the Adventure Centre or Sea to Sky Gondola Base Camp for ideas. Send these gifts to family back home or that long-lost friend of yours to encourage them to come out to Squamish for a visit! Want to really encourage that visit? Give the gift of adventure and book an activity with a local company. Whether it be white water rafting, climbing or a sight-seeing plane ride – there are no shortage of experiences to make them fall in love with Squamish, too!
Local Squamish Markets
Remember those creative people we talked about earlier? What better way to see them all in one place, than to attend a local market! Many of you have probably heard of the Farmers Market, but did you know they still host one in the winter months? On Saturdays at The Adventure Centre you can attend a condensed version of the beloved summer event at an indoor/outdoor location. But it doesn’t stop there – consult Facebook events or check out some Locals Boards to see a variety of other shopping and craft shows that take place this time of year!