Each holiday season I have the best intentions to get my holiday shopping done early. I make my list of people I need presents for down one side of my notebook. Then I stare at the blank side of the page.
When I was a kid it all seemed so much simpler. Each year my brother and I would pick a craft that we would make to give to our grandparents, aunts and uncles, even our proud parents. Tree ornaments from pine cones. Bees wax candles. One year I even sewed placemats. At some point we outgrew that and rather than homemade gifts, we hit the stores in search of something, anything that we could wrap and place under the tree.
It may be a longing for childhood, or just an appreciation for the love and care that goes into handcrafting that of late, has made me revert to seemingly simpler times. I don’t have as much free time as I did while attending kindergarten, so rather than pulling out the hot glue gun and pinecones, I have turned to local artisans, of which Vancouver has plenty.
To help you fill the blank side of your list this year, lululemon lab is featuring some local brands whose wares we would love to unwrap Christmas day.
The Finnish word for “friend”, this line of keychains and bag clips is created by two friends, Caitlin Butcher and Lisa Tanner, whose friendship developed while living in Helsinki. Based in Vancouver, the two hand make their colourful keychains and bag clips.
Beta 5 Chocolates
This local chocolate maker is inspired by nature, creating products that flow with the seasons. The highest quality ingredients are sourced and the product created supporting small- scale food production and relationships with the people who grow those ingredients.
lululemon lab is carrying three of our favorites, Dark, Salty and Cracked.
Molly Spittal founded her label The Stowe in Vancouver in 2010. Constructing every piece by hand from start to finish, The Stowe is a brand based on sturdy construction and long lasting materials while adhering to a minimal, timeless esthetic.
Using bridle leather, canvas and solid brass, inspiration for every design is directly related to making day to day life a little easier through functionality and durability.
The lab is carrying three classic bags, The Market Tote, The Standard Tote, a Canvas Shopper and leather jar sleeves.
Regional Assembly of Text
Rebecca Ann Dolen and Brandy Fedoruk share the title of Co-founder and Partial President of Regional Assembly of Text. Graduates of Emily Carr, they opened their Main St store in 2005, selling beautifully crafted stationary.
We want to give these cards to everyone on our Christmas list this year. The lab is carrying 4 seasonal cards, one for everyone on your list.
Matt and Ashley literally founded their business mid-flight from Bali to Thailand. They have brought the sacred rudraksha seed to Canada through their malas; bracelets and necklaces created with a variety of gemstones, all with a variety of healing properties. Find the one that speaks to you.
Always a classic stocking stuffer.
glass- Modern culture curated; fashion, arts, music and design come together in this journal focus on sustainable luxury in complicated times.
Monocle- Started in 2007 by Canadian entrepreneur, Tyler Brule, a columnist for the Financial Times and founder of Wallpaper Magazine, the magazine gives a global perspective on ABCDE; affairs, business, culture, design and edits.
If like me, you need help to start filling in the blank side of that Christmas shopping list, and the prospect of glue gun burns seems to lessen holiday cheer, lululemon lab is a great place to start.