We’re making it easy for you to put a gift under the tree that everyone will love
1. Pillow Fight Factory gin and tonic pillows
Pillow Fight Factory Handmade in Vancouver using locally sourced materials, these "Gin" and "Tonic" cushions add sparkle to any sofa. Treat her to a stylish reminder of her favourite cocktail with these lovely linen accessories.
$119 each at Pillow Fight Factory
2. Obakki Foundation Bidi Bidi bandana scarf
ObakkiGive a gift that does some good—and looks great. Named after the world’s largest refugee camp, where this print was created, 100 per cent of net proceeds from this scarf go towards helping women in Uganda rebuild their lives through the funding of their own business initiatives in textiles, agriculture and trade.
$39 at Obakki
3. Leah Alexandra Star Moon locket
Handmade in Vancouver, Leah Alexandra's timeless jewellery will up her style game this holiday season. And this latest collection of lockets is the ultimate gift for someone special on your list.
Leah Alexandra, $245
4. The Simply Beautiful editors box
Instagram/Erin SousaThe Simply Beautiful editors box is the perfect gift that keeps giving—with deliveries every 90 days. Carefully curated with products that showcase the creative craftsmanship and ethical values of many Canadian talents, these boxes offer beauty products, decor gems, stylish accessories and more. Purchase a subscription and make life a bit more beautiful for the woman you care for.
$88 per season, including free shipping within Canada at BCLiving.ca
5. The Recipe Box YVR edition
Recipe Box YVROver 50 of the city’s most passionate chefs—including Angus An, Hidekazu Tojo, Pino Posteraro, Shelome Bouvette, Thomas Haas and Vikram Vij—have created 100 recipes ranging from breakfast to midnight snacks, from sweet to savoury. Presented on water-resistant cards in a special box, a portion of proceeds will go towards MealShare, a platform that partners with many Canadian restaurants to help fight youth hunger.
$65 online and at select retailers
6. REDAVID Orchid Oil treatment
REDAVIDLocal brand Redavid’s most popular and coveted product harnesses orchid extract, a 7-in-1 miracle ingredient that controls frizz, adds radiant shine and makes hair soft and manageable.
From $14 at REDAVID
7. Simply Beautiful Moscow Mule mugs
She will love to entertain with these hammered copper-coloured stainless steel Moscow mule mugs. Great for serving up festive tipples, she can impress guests with drinks like this gorgeous Holiday Mule.
$35 per pair at Simply Beautiful
8. Railtown Catering turkey to-go
Railtown CateringIf Mom always asks for ‘peace and quiet’ as a gift, get the siblings to gather together to get Railtown Catering turkey to-go to save her making the Christmas dinner (and doing the clean up). The feast includes a 16-pound sage roasted organic turkey—sourced locally from JD Farms in Langley, giblet gravy, stuffing, rolls and all the gourmet trimmings... plus dessert! They come in both ready-to-eat (hot) or ready-to-bake (cold) formats. Gourmet holiday meals will be available for pick up and delivery on December 24, 25 and 26.
$299 from Railtown Catering
9. Starbucks rose gold scales stainless steel tumbler
StarbucksFeed that coffee addiction with a rose gold stainless steel tumbler from Starbucks. The dimpled scale effect looks super-cool and the colour is bang-on-trend for winter 2017.
$27.95 at Starbucks
10. Nadia Albano cheek enhancer brush
Get cheeky! A girl can never have too many cosmetic brushes—and this cheek enhancer brush from Vancouver-based, internationally acclaimed hair and makeup stylist Nadia Albano is shaped with an angle to hug the cheekbones for a perfect sculpted effect. The bonus? It also doubles as a blush and contour brush.
$18 at Nadia Albano
11. Free Label Good Planet pullover
Free LabelEthically made in Toronto and embroidered here in Vancouver, Free Label’s navy Good Planet Pullover is made of ultra soft pre-shrunk bamboo fleece, a sustainable fabric that does good for the environment and looks good too.
$128 from Free Label
12. LACC nail polish
Nail polish is always a great stocking stuffer, and she'll love polishing off her perfect pedi with a holiday hue from La Couleur Couture (LACC). Headquartered in Vancouver and manufactured in New York, LACC creates salon-quality, socially responsible, luxury nail lacquers made with passion—and without the use of chemicals.
$12.99 at LACC
13. TWG 12 Days of Christmas gift box
TWG TeaTea fans will love this gift box, which comes encased in a gold and ruby red chest with an elegant sleeve, and includes an enchanting collection of 12 ornament-sized 25 gram tea tins filled with TWG Tea’s favourite fine harvest teas and most beloved blends.
$198 at TWG Tea Salon and Boutique, 1070 West Georgia Street, Vancouver
14. Roger & Gallet Fleur de Figuier hand & nail cream
$10 at Scarlet & Julia
15. Tiffany & Co. Wheat Leaf cup
Tiffany & Co.Add some class to her tableware with a Wheat Leaf cup and saucer in bone china from Tiffany & Co.’s new home and accessories collection, which also includes items such as a protractor, ruler, drinking straw, paint can, first aid box and paper cup, handcrafted in silver by Tiffany artisans.
$135 at Tiffany & Co.
16. Silk Road Tea holiday survival kit
Silk Road Tea StoreHelp her make it through the season with a holiday survival kit from Silk Road Tea. Like the store’s tea, all the brand’s beauty products are organic and additive-free. Each kit is presented in a beautiful, handmade paper pouch and includes a holiday survival guide as well as Allergy & Hay Fever Defense, Cold & Flu Ninja, Happy Mood & Stress Management Remedy, Headache & Hangover and Sweet Dreams aromatherapy roll-ons.
$75.95 at Silk Road Tea Store
17. withinUS TruMarine Collagen
Give her the gift of smoother skin, fuller hair and healthier joints. Vancouver-based withinUs TruMarine Collagen provides the highest possible quality of collagen, extracted exclusively from fish scales sourced from the deep, clean waters of the South Pacific Ocean. All she has to do is stir it into water, coffee or a smoothie and drink up the benefits.
$50 for 30 stick packs at withinUs
18. Tiber River Naturals body butter
Tiber River Naturals makes decadent body butters by hand right here in Canada using ingredients that are good for the skin and the environment. And we promise she'll especially love this fresh and fruity Goddess scent.
$15 for 60 mL at Tiber River
19. Elate Universal Crème
Victoria’s Elate Cosmetics wants to empower all women to make healthy choices and use the best possible products for their daily ritual. Their Universal Crème collection will flush her cheeks with a look that’s soft, dewy and natural, or highlight her face with a youthful contoured glow. The bonus? The pretty packaging is made entirely of biodegradable paper, and all of Elate’s products are vegan, cruelty-free and toxin-free.
$20 at Elate Cosmetics
20. BP. knit beanie
21. Olive + Piper Ava earrings
Designed in Vancouver, Olive + Piper's best-selling Ava earrings are perfect for the girl who loves some bling. Let her have her Cinderella moment as this bouquet of marquise gems catches the light and she makes the room twinkle.
$48 preorder at Olive + Piper
22. Best Coast candle by Canvas Candle Company
The Port Moody-based creators at Canvas Candle Company have succeeded at capturing a signature scent for Canada's West Coast. Evergreen and cedar wood fragrances are poured into this soy candle for a smell that's woodsy and festive.
$15.95 at Canvas Candle Co. for the 6 oz gold tin
23. Amaterasu Geisha Ink silk mascara
More fun for her stocking! Vancouver-based beauty brand Amaterasu’s Geisha Ink silk mascara creates fuller, softer lashes without clumping. Plus, the formula is smudge-proof and water-resistant. We love that each mascara is printed with cherry blossoms (sakura in Japanese) to symbolize beauty and optimism.
$32 at Amaterasu
24. Thomas Haas truffle tree
Thomas HaasGrab a sweet treat from local chocolatier Thomas Haas. Go traditional with a chocolate gift box or try one of these handcrafted truffle trees for a pretty present that will look as good on the table as it does under the Christmas tree.
Small tree $39, large tree $65 at Thomas Haas
25. Daily Concepts Your Facial micro scrubber
This dual texture micro scrubber from Daily Concepts slips on like a mitt and comes with a convenient pouch that suction mounts to the shower wall. The coolest part? We love that the label gradually fades to let her know when it’s time for a replacement.
$15 at Peanut Butter Gorgeous
26. RYU Women’s tough tight
RYUDo you have a lady in your life who likes to go commando in yoga class? Gift her Vancouver brand RYU’s Tough Tights. Layered compression construction wraps around the waistband for 360-degree core support, and the tights have also been designed with a bacteriostatic, carbon-mesh-lined-diamond gusset to allow the freedom to go commando.
$100 at RYU
27. Midnight Paloma Charcoal + Rose detox mask
Handmade in small batches in Vancouver, Midnight Paloma is an all-natural skincare line dedicated to detoxifying the body using charcoal. This delicately scented mask uses the power of charcoal to absorb impurities and clean pores, while rolled oats soothe and rose petals hydrate her skin.
$22 at Midnight Paloma and BeautyMark
28. Lavender & Grace Ella earrings
Kelowna’s Lavender & Grace creates delicate and dainty jewellery that’s also perfectly on trend. We’re obsessed with these understated yet edgy gold bar Ella studs that will be her go-to earrings for seasons to come.
$20 at Lavender & Grace
29. "But first tea" mug + a box of teapigs tea of your choice
Teapigs is offering a limited-edition, handmade teapigs mug just in time for the holiday gifting season. Whether you’re looking for a teacher gift or a stocking stuffer, this perfect combo is sure to please.
$20 at teapigs
30. The 7 Virtues Lisa Ray Jasmine of India eau de parfum
Make perfume, not war. Halifax’s The 7 Virtues sources fair market natural essential oils from nations rebuilding after war or strife—and this collaborative effort with Indo-Canadian actress Lisa Ray unites the entire fragrance collection by supporting growers and their families. Allow the spicy notes of cardamom, ginger, frankincense and myrrh to transport her to India while you find peace in supporting an amazing cause.
$70 at Hudson's Bay
31. Di Morelli Vitamin C serum for face and eye
If a serum isn’t already a part of her daily beauty routine, this product will convince her to add it. Vitamin C is a highly effective anti-aging ingredient, and this potent and fast-absorbing treatment from Vancouver physician Dr. Morrell helps reduce the visible signs of aging. Di Morelli’s skincare line is paraben-free, hypoallergenic and not tested on animals.
$45 at Di Morelli
32. Delia Organics Dose of C Eye Magnify
On those mornings after holiday parties, she will certainly appreciate this refreshing Vitamin C gel from Vancouver’s Delia Organics. The cooling gel aids in reducing puffiness and inflammation, and all of Delia’s products are vegan-friendly, cruelty-free and made in small batches with natural and organic ingredients.
$30 at Delia Organics
33. Ativo Skincare makeup brush cleaner
She might not buy this for herself, which makes it the perfect gift! This solid brush cleaner from Vancouver’s Ativo Skincare cleans and conditions while washing away dirt and bacteria, so all her makeup brushes will get a clean start for the new year.
$25 at Ativo
1. Domenica Fiore olive oil
Domenica FioreGot a foodie on your list of men to buy for? The products of Domenica Fiore are among our favourites this year. From tomato passata to organic honey, these choices are versatile and of incredible quality. In fact, their olive oils have won so many golds this year that it's almost impossible to keep track!
Various prices, sizes and products available at domenicafiore.com
2. MAAK Lab Labside wet soap
Litchfield the ShopMmm... don’t you love the smell of WiFi in the morning? Head to Litchfield the Shop to pick up MAAK Lab’s Labside wet soap for hands, body and face. It has an all natural coconut and olive oil base with no artificial scents or colours and it features notes of “white cedar, dry balsam wood, magazine binding and Wi-Fi waves.”
$26.95 at Litchfield the Shop
3. Hockey stick broom at Granville Island Broom Co.
Granville Island Broom CoCombine a hockey theme with a passive-aggressive jab at your other half about a lack of housework and—voilà!—this hockey stick broom from Granville Island Broom Co. is the perfect gift.
$85 at Granville Island Broom Co
5. Wolf Clothing Co. socks
One of the more underrated accessories, the dress sock is stepping out of the shadows. Fashion-forward guys are increasingly highlighting personal style with socks like these from Wolf Clothing Co. They combine a 176-needle count and a unique hand-linking process for the toe, offering ideal thickness and enhanced comfort.
$14 at various retailers
6. The Extraordinary Man subscription box
From the editorial team at BCLiving comes this new seasonal subscription box that aims to help men redefine their style... every 90 days. For just $69 plus taxes each season, subscribers receive over $100 in accessories, grooming products and more. The best part? Free shipping within Canada and no duties or currency exchange issues.
$69 per season, including free shipping within Canada at BCLiving.ca
7. Laser cut bamboo cufflinks by Cabin + Cub
Etsy/Cabin + CubFounded by art director Valerie Thai in 2006, Cabin + Cub makes locally crafted laser-cut cufflinks from bamboo wood that feature various Canadian-inspired designs, such as these cool bicycles for fans of two-wheeled transport.
8. Barber & Co. Classic Pomade
Stocking stuffers are perfect opportunities to help your man freshen up his grooming regime. This Barber & Co. product is scented with natural essential oils and even takes inspiration from dry English gin, billing itself as a "pleasant and revered cocktail for the hair." We'll toast to that!
9. Monogrammed key pouch by Roots
RootsVancouver’s new Roots Cabin store marks the Western Canadian launch of the customization workshop, where customers can create one-of-a-kind jackets and bags and any Roots leather product can be monogrammed for free.
From $22 at the Pacific Centre Roots Store
10. Peregrine Supply Co. brand and accessories at Sitka
SitkaHelp the hipster man in your life with beard oil and beard balms from Peregrine Supply Brand. They are handmade in New Westminster and come in Bonsai Citrus scent or ‘Park Ranger’ with cedarwood and sandalwood, complemented by cedar leaf and spruce. Pick up a recycled cashmere Sitka toque while you’re shopping.
$22 for beard oil, $50 for toque at Sitka
11. Herschel Chapter travel kit
HerschelGet him kitted out with a Chapter travel kit from local brand Herschel. If your budget doesn’t stretch to a bigger bag, you can pick up a peacoat and cyber yellow wash bag for him to take on his travels.
$34.99 at Herschel
12. Stoüt daily SPF lotion
Stoüt Face CareSun, pollution and a busy lifestyle can all reflect on a man's skin. Using Stoüt Face Care's all-natural lotion protects with an SPF count of 15 but—thanks to the inclusion of jojoba oil and other essential vitamins and minerals—can also refresh previously weathered skin.
From $20.00 at various retailers
13. HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series tickets
HSBC Canada SevenesComing to Vancouver on Saturday, March 10 and Sunday, March 11 next year, the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series is a weekend of epic sport and celebration. Tournament passes mean access for both days—for a total of 45 games. (And endless brownie points for you.) Also, the Women's Sevens takes place in Victoria on Sunday, May 12 and Saturday, May 13.
$99, excluding taxes and fees
14. Wolf Pack hat at Nine O’Clock Gun
Nine O'Clock GunNamed after the nickname for the Canadian national women’s field hockey team, the Wolf Pack hat raises funds for the team and is made by Vancouver-based hat sellers Nine O’Clock Gun. Only 50 of the limited edition hats are available.
$40 at Nine O’Clock Gun
15. United & Free Unity shave lotion
United & FreeVancouver’s United & Free makes natural products using ethical practices. This moisturizing lotion combines shea butter and sea kelp to protect skin during morning rituals while also hydrating long after. A close shave needn’t be coupled with irritation and bumps.
16. B.C. ceramic ornament at Indigo
IndigoFans of the festive season will love this cute black-and-white tree ornament from Indigo. It’s ideal for the man who already has everything and is the perfect present if it’s coming from a little one... on a little one’s budget.
$10 at Indigo
17. 3-D-printed insoles by Wiivv
WiivvGive him a pair of 3-D-printed insoles, custom-made to his exact foot shape. Buy a digital gift card and all he needs to do is download the Wiivv app (created in Vancouver) and use a smartphone to take his foot measurements. Wiivv Technology digitally maps each foot with over 200 points to create a 3D-printable file that is unique to each foot, even unique from left to right.
$126 at Wiivv
18. Simply Beautiful Moscow Mule mugs
Think a Moscow Mule mug is only good for a refreshing summer sip? Then you clearly haven't heard of a bourbon maple apple cider. He'll love these hammered copper-coloured stainless steel mugs for winter drinks too. Wash by hand and dry immediately.
$35 per pair at Simply Beautiful
19. Vitality Relax+ herbal aid
VitalityAnother great stocking stuffer! Vitality's Relax+ helps ease the tension and anxiety many men feel during the holidays. It's an effective herbal aid that gently calms the mind and body, relaxing the tense muscles in and around shoulders, back and legs. It also aids with a more restful and restorative sleep.
$22.95 at various retailers
20. Champion Shave razor system
Champion ShaveFor those of us without beards, shaving is a necessity. It shouldn’t cost you an fortune to get a good one. Champion Shave is a newbie in the grooming marketplace–and we love both the price and effectiveness. Partnered with true athletic champs like Wayne Gretzky and Usain Bolt, the system’s cartridges feature three blades–constructed of stainless steel and imported from Sweden–as well as Aloe Vera and Vitamin E to soothe and moisturize.
$8.99 US online
21. Earth's Choice fair trade organic coffee
Earth's ChoiceAn experience with exceptional coffee starts well before the first sip. The highest quality organic ingredients ensure Earth's Choice's fair-trade coffee pleases the palate and then some. Beans are sourced directly from farmer co-ops and the packaging is constructed with biodegradable film, so a cup does good well beyond your morning pick-me-up.
$14 at various retailers
22. Blue Q Socks at Front & Company
Front & CompanyAlmost more a novelty love note than a fashion accessory, these sassy Blue Q "Yo dude! Love your stupid face!" socks from Front & Company let your favourite guy know how you really feel.
$16 at Front & Company
FOR THE KIDS
1. L.O.L. Surprise and Awesome Little Green Men
L.O.L. SurpriseKids go cuckoo for these collectibles and L.O.L. Surprise and Awesome Little Green Men make ideal stocking stuffers. L.O.L. Surprise tots offer seven layers of surprise and each layer reveals a hint of which L.O.L. doll is underneath.
$13.99 to 16.99 at Toys “R” Us, Indigo, Mastermind Toys, Walmart, Loblaw and HBC
2. Domestic Objects play tent canopy bed
Domestic ObjectsVancouver-based Domestic Objects creates fun free-standing teepee-style tents to capture the imagination of playful kids. The new Play Tent Canopy Bed in natural canvas with doors comes in many sizes, from crib to queen size, and fits neatly over a mattress on the floor. Perfect for toddlers transitioning from the crib to a bed.
Double-sized mattress tent $320
3. The Dog by Helen Mixter
The DogInspired by Canuck Place’s beloved therapy dog, Poppy, The Dog is a story for young children that illustrates how the warmth and companionship of dogs can provide healing and comfort, especially when times are tough.
$21.95, see stocklist for retailers
4. Star Wars Drones
Propel RCOlder kids (and Star Wars fans of all ages) will love these themed drones that come in three different types: an X-Wing,a 74-Z Speeder Bike, and a premium TIE Advanced X-1 fighter.
$230 to $458 at Propel RC
5. Sphero Mini robotic ball
Best BuyTeens can drive, play games, control things, learn to code and more with the tiny Sphero Mini. It packs tons of fun into a tiny, app-enabled robotic ball that is controlled by an iOS and Android compatible smart-device.
$69.99 at Best Buy
6. Superdoudou Mister and Miss Caribou
SuperdoudouMontreal-made Superdoudous are super-cute plushies for kids that come in a range of fun characters. Mister and Miss Caribou are a patriotic pair of Canadian-themed softies made from 100 per cent cotton.
$49 each or $89 for the pair at Superdoudou
7. Redfish Gallery Dress Nuages de Pluie
Redfish KidsBrighten up any rainy day with Redfish Kid’s locally made Gallery Dress Nuages de Pluie. Cut from super-soft 100 per cent cotton corduroy, it’s perfect for keeping cozy in Raincouver and it works paired with leggings or layered over a long-sleeved tee on extra cold days. Available in sizes 2 to 8.
$78 at Redfish Kids
8. Vancouver Aquarium’s Aquadopt program
Vancouver AquariumAdopt killer whales, seals, sharks and sea lions this Christmas! Kits include a certificate of adoption, a fact booklet, a collector card and a plush toy. New this year are special edition Rialto and Hardy Kits that feature the two youngest rescued sea otters at Vancouver Aquarium and include a special magnet and collector card.
$55, comes with a $40 tax receipt
9. Hudson + Hobbs oversized cardigan
Hudson and HobbsDesigned and manufactured in Vancouver, Hudson + Hobbs creates adult-inspired, unique pieces for children aged one to eight years old. Wrap up this cozy cardi for a snuggly seasonal gift.
$108 at Hudson and Hobbs and Nordstrom
10. Lou Lou lollipop teether
Lou Lou LollipopVancouver-based designers Lou Lou Lollipop create stylish silicone and wooden teethers for little ones to nibble on.
$30, local stockists include Giovane Market at the Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel and Babes on Fourth
11. Petits Vilains Inès pinafore dress
Petits VilainsPetits Vilains makes cute kids clothes in Vancouver for kids aged one to seven. Featuring a muted palette that appeals to children and adults, the collection includes unisex harem pants and overalls, and pretty autumnal styles for little girls such as this Inès pinafore dress in Rose.
$98, Giovane Market at the Fairmont Pacific Rim
12. Scout the Deer
Babes on FourthSweet stuffie Scout the Deer is not only gorgeous, but he also helps hungry kids: the sale of one doll contributes 10 meals to kids in need via various charitable partners.
$60 at Babes on Fourth
FOR PETS AND PET LOVERS by Darcy Matheson
1. Petite Paws dog daycare, from $140
Petite PawsSocialization, playtime and exercise: doggy daycare is the holy trifecta of awesome for canines. Plus, it saves owners a walk in the pouring rain on those miserable Vancouver winter days. Get the pup—and pet parent—on your list a package to their favourite dog daycare. Petite Paws in Vancouver’s Olympic Village, which exclusively admits dogs under 30 pounds, cares for your small-breed dog like they’re a member of their own family. Petite Paws posts videos and pics on Instagram throughout the day so you can see what Fido is up to. Five-day packages start at $140 (New dogs must be spayed/neutered, up-to-date on their shots and undergo an assessment).
Benefit: With every 5- and 10-day daycare package purchased, $5 and 10 respectively is donated to the BC SPCA or the dog charity of your choice
2. Dog advent calendar, $39.95
Falvai CreativeGet four-legged kiddos in on the holiday countdown fun with this Christmas dog treat advent calendar from Falvai Creative. Starting December 1, open the doors to reveal a high-quality treat every day right up until Christmas morning. The calendar is filled with three treat flavours: organic grass-fed beef, wild Pacific salmon and natural peanut butter. Other ingredients include carrots, oats, pumpkin, flax and kale. Made with love by Vancouver Island’s Kali Wags.
Benefit: $10 of every calendar sale benefits Paws for Hope Animal Foundation when you write ‘Paws for Hope’ in the notes-to-seller field
3. Dog cabin sweater, from $35
SPCAKeep Fido warm on chilly winter days with this very Canadian cabin sweater from RC Pets. The tight-knit weave—a blend of cotton and acrylic—has a stretchy rib collar and versatile fit. Available in multiple sizes so it will work for pint-sized pups like Yorkies, all the way up to Huskies and large breeds. It’s machine washable and comes in two colours: red or burgundy.
Benefit: RC Pets is donating all profits to the BC SPCA
4. Pet-friendly house cleaning, from $150
Aspen CleanLet’s face it: houses can get messy when there are four-legged friends around. Give the pet owner in your life the gift of a sparkling home with organic and pet-friendly house cleaning services from AspenClean. The Vancouver service’s cleaners love pets, and will even re-fill Fido’s water dish. Unlike other cleaning systems, its house-brand products are tough on pet messes without harming the environment—or your pet’s health. AspenClean products are vegan, not tested on animals and certified cruelty-free by Leaping Bunny. (They smell fantastic too.) Book your cleaning services and purchase products online or purchase goods at Whole Foods. Gift cards are a great holiday gift for the animal lover in your life too!
Benefit: Partial proceeds of cleaning services and products benefits the BC SPCA
Bonus: Use the code BCSPCA for 10% off products online
5. Leash clothes, from $18
LEASHWith slogans like “Dogs Before Dudes” and “I Just Want to Hang With My Dog,” these shirts are the perfect apparel for the dog lover on your Christmas list. All slogans come in either tank top, t-shirt or cozy sweatshirt. Oh, and they have mugs too. Prices range from $18 to 40. Purchase at Leash Loft & Spa in Coquitlam and shipping is available.
Benefit: All proceeds benefit Vancouver-based dog rescue L.E.A.S.H. Animal Welfare Society to help pay for vet bills and spay/neuter procedures
6. PAWks anti-slip dog socks, $9.99
SPCAHave an older dog in your life that could use a little extra traction? These PAWks anti-slip dog socks from RC Pet Products provide extra tread for senior dogs or canines with hip and knee trouble. The decals on the machine-washable, cabin-style booties have a paw print decal that increases grip on hardwood floors. There’s also an adorable matching sweater available. Sizes vary from XXS to XL.
Benefit: RC Pets is donating 100 per cent of proceeds to the BC SPCA
7. GoFetch dog walking and pet boarding, starts at $25
GoFetchHailed as Airbnb for pets, the Vancouver-based GoFetch website and app connects pet owners with trusted and reliable pet sitters and dog walkers in the area. Detailed profiles of each provider include their accommodation, outdoor space, experience with animals and client reviews. There are 500 service providers in the Vancouver area alone. A gift certificate for the animal lover in your life can help them get away for an impromptu pet-free weekend without worrying about finding trustworthy accommodation for Fido.
Benefit: GoFetch will donate $1 to the BC SPCA for every service booked in December
Bonus: BCLiving readers can enjoy 25 per cent off their bookings by using the code BC25OFF
8. Cozy couch blankets, $32.99
PetsmartMade from super-soft—and super washable—micro-fleece and faux fur, these couch blankets are perfect for people and pets. Available in 12 different colours and patterns, including paw prints and buffalo plaid, there make a great gift for pet lovers or anyone who likes to snuggle with Fido on the couch during cold winter nights. Get them at PetSmart.
Benefit: 10 per cent of retail sales will be donated to PetSmart Charities of Canada, which helps local animal welfare projects
9. Collectible cuddle buddies, $5
PetsmartFun for kids and pets alike, these holiday-themed characters squeak when squeezed. Choose between “Chance” the dog, “Lucky” the cat and “Hope” the bunny. Grab this bargain at PetSmart.
Benefit: 10 per cent of retail sales will be donated to PetSmart Charities of Canada, which helps local animal welfare projects
10. Spud deliveries
SPUDThis holiday season, give the animal lover on your list the gift of skipping the pet store and lugging home huge bags of dog food and cat litter. Organic grocery delivery service Spud has expanded to include a wide variety of pet items, with a focus on sustainable, local and wholesome ingredients. Offerings include dog and cat food, treats, cat litter, care items and biodegradable poop bags. Gift cards are also available.
Benefits: Spud supports Vancouver-based dog rescue L.E.A.S.H. Animal Welfare Society
Bonus: Use code CRVAN-MATDAH for $20 off your first order of $50 or more
11. Catlendar, $15
VOKRAPurr-fect for the cat lover on your list. This 2018 “Catlander” calendar features more than 15 cats and kittens rescued by VOKRA—Vancouver Orphan Kitten Rescue—laid out in a unique, magazine-style format. Available for purchase online and at dozens of retail outlets across Metro Vancouver.
Benefit: All proceeds support the rescue of more than 1,400 kitties each year
12. Personalized pet presents, from $24
Make VancouverThis holiday season, get personal with the pet and pet lover on your list. Make Vancouver on Granville Island has a great collection of items for you to choose from. Customize the pillow or bandana of your four-legged friend or, if you want to buy and go, pick up an "I love all the dogs" or "I love all the cats" t-shirt, tote or tea towel!
Benefit: 25 per cent of proceeds from personalized pet items benefits the BC SPCA
13. Dog-calming essential oil, $25
Scented with chamomile and lavender, this 'Sweet Dreams Darling' essential oil blend promotes relaxation for both people and pets. Spray the Happy Spritz blend on Fido's bed and around your pup to help ease nervousness and separation anxiety. Oh, and it smells great too!
Benefit: A portion of proceeds benefits animal charities, including Love Leo Rescue
14. The Dawg Pack subscription box, $77 per season
Dawg PackThe Dawg Pack is a B.C.-based subscription box designed specifically for your four-legged friends. You and your canine kids will receive a selection of carefully curated items, ranging from treats and toys to useful accessories. Certainly saves time heading to the pet store and continues providing joy throughout the year, with deliveries every 90 days.
Benefit: Partial proceeds from each box sold benefit orphaned dogs who are still searching for a "forever home"