Supporting Local this Holiday Season – YVR

Give where you Live this Year

There’s nothing we can say about 2020 that hasn’t been said (and to be honest, we’re getting pretty tired of hearing “unprecedented” “pivot” and “iterate”). So rather than repeat the obvious and talk about what a wild year it’s been, we wanted to look at how we can all make 2020 just a tiny bit better.

The holidays are coming and, like most things this year, they may be a little different for you and your loved ones. One thing that doesn’t have to change, however, is using your holiday spirit (and wallet) to do a little good in your community. Shopping local and supporting businesses in your neighbourhood this season keeps our communities strong and vibrant, and helps make sure they can weather 2020 and beyond. Below are some gift ideas that you can feel good about giving, and know your loved ones will feel good receiving.


For your eco-friendly friend

The Soap Dispensary is Vancouver’s first dedicated refill shop specializing in premium soaps, household cleaners, personal care products, DIY ingredients and fine edibles (*psst* they also carry quality lifestyle goods that support zero waste living)! Give a gift you and your pals will feel good about this year – and the planet will thank you!


For your eclectic friend

The Nooks is the first Artisan Retail Business Incubator in Canada! Their unique retail model combines in store space, a ‘nook’ with an online marketplace for handmade, small businesses to grow a successful retail business! The best part? They give makers 100% of their sales in store and online in exchange for one membership fee. You can find everything from organic skincare, to handmade graphic socks, to squeal-out-loud-adorable enamel pins. Run, don’t walk!


For your friend with the big heart

Arts Umbrella is where young artists ages 2–22 cultivate their creativity in Art & Design, Dance, and Theatre, Music & Film. As a non-profit centre for arts education, they believe that art is powerful. Powerful enough to change childrens’ lives in incredible ways. This year, support an incredible local charity and make a donation in a loved one’s name.


For your artsy friend

The Polygon Gallery Holiday Shop! For the first time ever, the Polygon Gallery is transforming their main floor into a curated holiday shopping destination. The shop will feature a range of products informed by the photographic sphere, in addition to design-focused homeware, jewelry, and gifts for all ages. *cue artsy drool*

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