Make it a Vancouver Christmas with these local holiday gift ideas

Finish your holiday shopping with style. Handmade clothing, artisanal food and drink, or a fantastically hideous Christmas sweater: shop locally to give the best presents.

Ugly Christmas sweaters are taking over Vancouver: just one gift idea for those who shop local.

Holiday gift ideas, born in Vancouver

Time is running out: before you know it, your holiday shopping will become that most dreaded of beasts: last-minute Christmas shopping. You can shower your loved ones with material goods this year, and support local businesses while doing it.

Give the gift of craft: knits, cuts, and eats

Is the gift-ideas table at Winners just not doing it for you? Don't just shop local, but double down by buying handmade goods from some of Vancouver's finest creatives.

Larry Designs cranks out some amazing knitwear. They're not on this season's menu, but ask for some bear paws. You won't be sorry.

Buenostyle specializes in reworked vintage finds, and features such delights as chalkboard earrings.

Bird on a Wire sells locally-sourced, handmade, and upcycled creations fit for any recipient.

For the typography fiend in your life (if you live in Vancouver, there's at least one), look to District Dogs Designs for letterpress and linocut products.

Saul Good Gift Company specializes in locally-sourced gift baskets, if you're buying for your workplace.

The Vancouver Christmas Market isn't just for drinking glühwein and riding the merry-go-round: you can also find tons of hand-crafted gifts. You'll find not only Christmas ornaments, nutcrackers, and handmade toys; but also handmade candy, chocolate, and other artisanal food items. It runs through Christmas Eve, in case you really feel like pushing your luck in the last-minute-shopping department.

The Winter Farmer's Market, in the parking lot of Nat Bailey Stadium, is more about the food, but what fine food it is.

Give the gift of booze: from beer to sake to gin

The Pacific Northwest is world-famous for its beer, and Vancouver's scene keeps getting bigger. If microbreweries are just too mainstream for you, try one of metro Vancouver's nanobreweries, such as Powell Street Brewing Company in East Van, or Bridge Brewing Company up in North Van.

Why limit yourself to beer? Delve into the region's extensive wine list or try something from halfway around the world... and hope that the recipient offers you a glass. This is where your local wine shop shines: find something amazing that BC Liquor Stores missed.

Not into wine or beer? Okay, how about sake? That's right: there's a sake brewery on Granville Island.

If you're looking for something a little higher-octane, Long Table Distillery crafts small batches of gin and vodka.

Give the gift of irony: ugly Christmas sweaters

Nothing says "Christmas threw up all over me" quite like an ugly sweater, so give 'em ugly sweaters this year. F as in Frank Vintage on Main Street, just south of Broadway, has a whole ugly sweater section just in time for your last-minute shopping. Remember, someone really, really hated those sweaters, so you'll really, really love them.

There's also a street stall selling ugly Christmas sweaters on Granville and Georgia. You can't miss it. The ugly sweater stand has been so successful that it's had to source sweaters from south of the border.

Once you and your friends have the fugliest sweaters you can find, you can team up and attend an ugly sweater party. Warning: may cause your eyes to bleed.

Person to person to person

There. The holiday season just got a bit more personal, and you won't have to worry about your purchases getting lost in the mail.

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