A partridge in a pear tree, two turtle doves, three french hens, four calling birds…
If you’re thinking of taking gift-giving advice from a Christmas carol from yesteryear, well, don’t. We’ve put together a holiday gift guide to end all holiday gift guides, and there’s something (backpack! tech gear! restaurant gift certificates! hotel staycation!) in here for everyone in your fam—including your sweetheart. Even better, we’re giving most of the items on this list away during our 12 Days of Giveaways event.
12 Days of Giveaways
To enter to win, all you have to do is head to our social channels every day from December 1 through the 12th and follow the instructions:
- On Twitter – Follow @LikeVancouver and tweet the following: I just entered to win a prize in @LikeVancouver’s 12 Days of Giveaways event & RT to enter https://bit.ly/2OhQjNI
- On Instagram: Follow @LikeVancouver, like the daily post and tag a friend. For each comment where you tag a friend, you get an additional entry for that day’s drawing.
- On Facebook: Make sure you like our page, Like Vancouver, and then comment and tag a friend on each prize you want to win. For each comment where you tag a friend, you get an additional entry for that day’s drawing.
Giveaway runs from December 1st through the 12th. A winner will be drawn at random from all eligible entries every single day.
Staycation on the Harbour
Take the stress out of the holidays by taking your BFF on a staycation to remember at the Westin Bayshore. Located adjacent to Stanley Park along picturesque Coal Harbour, the Bayshore offers spacious guest rooms and suites featuring stunning views over the water and the city as well as experience-enhancing facilities like Vida Spa, indoor and outdoor pools. During the most wonderful time of the year, the hotel’s revitalized dining rooms—H2 Rotisserie & Bar and H Tasting Lounge—honour their well-known family traditions with special events and menus that evoke the warmth, comfort and well-being, including holiday baking classes, festive sunday supper, Christmas Day brunch buffet and more. On December 12th, don’t miss your chance to enter to win a one-night staycation for two guests including breakfast at H2. To enter on social, follow us and @westinbayshore.
enter to win: One Night Stay for Two at Westin Bayshore
Who doesn’t look cool with glasses on (your weird uncle Gary aside)? The folks at Ollie Quinn are making sure the lucky people on your gift list can look cool all day (and night) long this holiday season. Glasses start at just $165 including single-vision prescription lenses, anti-scratch and anti-glare coatings. The brand carefully sources materials and designs the frames in-house so you can count on having access to trend setting, affordable, high quality eyewear to choose from as the perfect gift your loved ones. Place your order online or pop into one of the six eyewear boutiques in town. ($165)
enter to win: Ollie Quinn Gift Pack
100% Chance Of Rain
Quick, how many umbrellas have you gone through in the last year? In the last five years? Here in Vancouver where it rains, oh, 268 days a year, you’re probably well into the double digits. In an increasingly disposable world, most umbrellas are not designed and built to weather the storm, as you would hope. Indeed, you’re lucky if an umbrella makes it through a winter season. But it doesn’t (and shouldn’t) be like that. Through a desire for better days in the rain, the fine folks at Westerly developed a line of products that empower adventure and exploration while keeping you dry. Whether you’re checking the morning surf, venturing through the rain forest or navigating the city streets, a Westerly umbrella has you covered—literally. We love the company’s Commander line, high-end model of a classic stick umbrella that holds nothing back. It features a premium maple handle and full fibreglass reinforced frame. Like a well-made winter coat, “this is the umbrella your grand-kids will appreciate inheriting one day,” as Westerly puts it. Perfect for stashing in your purse or backpack, the Drifter packable umbrella is built to last without weighing you down.
You’re a doer. You’re out and about getting shit done. Your typical weekend might start on the saddle as you pedal to the farmers market followed by a hike in the woods with your hound and dinner and drinks at Tacofino. Ain’t nobody got time for outfit changes. That’s where DUER comes in. The Vancouver company launched in 2013 when entrepreneur Gary Lenett wanted to bridge the gap between fashion and functional clothing. With a passion for biking and 25 years experience making jeans for big names like Levi Strauss, Lenett saw an opportunity for purposeful fashion that didn’t exist on the market. He partnered with Abid Hafeez, a performance fabric expert with over 25 years of experience with technical brands, and DUER was born. The local Vancouver company helps you dress well in ridiculously comfortable clothes that take you from the great outdoors to the chic indoors. Earlier this year they launched a unique collection crafted for women where fashion and function collide in a variety of styles and the same features loved by DUER men—from antibacterial properties to help combat odor, to the integration of TENCEL to control moisture. All-weather denim that looks good and performs well? Yes please.
FOR CANNABIS LOVERS
Rest, Relax, Repeat
Verde Vie is a Canadian-born brand committed to making next-generation premium products that are real, authentic, and functional. Through their direct-to consumer model, customers can effortlessly purchase Verde products here. Put together a customized rest kit for the overworked millennial in your life or the boomer looking to slip into something more comfortable. The custom kit comes with a silk sleep mask, hi/bye door knocker, cannabliss candle and a lighter. With this sweet package, all that’s left to do is pick up some high quality (completely legal) cannabis and punch out for a few hours and recharge the body mind and soul. ($192)
enter to win: Verde Vie Rest Kit
Stash It & Puff-Puff-Pass It (later).
Keeping your goods fresh is key, so is discretion when you are on the move and don’t want to smell all funky-n-skunky. Vancouver-based Kiaro, which opened it’s flagship store in East Vancouver, has everything cannabis related in the one-stop-shop. With the end of prohibition, so many folks that would have otherwise abstained are now partaking in the buzz. This means you can be the green Yuletide gift goblin that everyone will love by giving this cool stash jar that is CPSC certified child-resistant, smell & drop proof and eco-friendly.($27)
enter to win: Kiaro Stash Jar
Deco M4 Whole Home Mesh Wi-Fi System three-pack delivers Wi-Fi to an area of up to 4,000 square feet by forming a unified network. This is awesome gift for dorm room dwellers or anyone in your quiver of loved ones frustrated with weak wifi signals in the home. Devices automatically switch between the Deco pods as you move through your home for the fastest possible speeds. Lag-free connections for up to 100 devices and parental controls all controlled by the easy-to-use Deco app. This awesome gadget worth $300 will be included in the Parkland backpack giveaway on December 12. So make sure you enter on that day.
enter to win: Deco M4 Wifi System
Safe And Sound
Home security systems are often expensive, difficult to monitor and widely considered to be for the wealthier folks among us. Safe by HUB6 is a smart home security system without contracts of monthly fees, and is relatively easy to install. Give the gift of peace of mind to loved ones perhaps buying a first home, moving to a new part of town or someone in your life looking to trim a few expenses. The system uses hardware you already have and uses an app to alert you or a trusted neighbour if a break-in alert is triggered. If you prefer a the reliability or a monitoring service, you can have the best of both worlds. ($300)
enter to win: Safe by HUB6
Mad Dash 4 The Cam
Word on the street is that ICBC rates might go down for folks with a dashcam installed. Be ahead of the curve. The Nextbase 222 ($109.99) redefines the design of a Dash Cam, with a new Click&Go PRO mount for easier connection than ever before. With Full HD recording, coupled with a new design, the 222 redefines the Nextbase standard. Meanwhile, the Nextbase 122 ($79.99) commences the Dash Cam revolution with the inclusion of intelligent parking mode, protecting your vehicle when parked. The 122 also includes the Click&Go PRO mount for easy installation. ($80-$170)
enter to win: Nextbase Dash Cam
FOR LITTLE ONES, BIG ONES & POOCHES
Pack It Up
Say hello to the Parkland Bayside, a kids backpack designed with style and sustainability in mind. Ideal for elementary school students ages 6 and up, this backpack is made of 100% recycled polyester exterior and features must-haves like a water bottle pocket, mesh padded straps, a secure front zip pocket, and writable name tag. The Bayside’s spacious interior fits all the essentials of a pint-sized adventurer. ($44.99)
You can pick up a Parkland backpack at Jackson’s General Store, which brings lifestyle goods that elevate community, sustainable products and supporte creative local craftspeople. Jackson’s is the perfect spot to shop as it has something for the fashionistas, bookworms and creative cooks. The winner of hte backpack will have to pick up the prize at Jackson’s and as an extra incentive to enter to win, shop owner, Mike Jackson, will throw in an East Van crested hoody to the prize pack. ($70)
enter to win: Parkland Backpack with East Van Crested Hoody
Smitten For Flip Mittens
If you want to win the award for giving the most Canadian gift this holiday season, look no further. Two iconic Canadian brands, Kombi and Beavertails (yes, the world famous sugary beavertail shaped pastry) have partnered up to make snack-and-go flip mittens. What the heck are flip mittens? Convertible, fleece lined mitten tip that can be flipped back and buttoned down to reveal your finger tips. You’ll get it when you have a hot beavertail to munch on, and don’t want to fully expose your hands due to arctic-like winter weather. ($25)
enter to win: Snack-and-go Flip Mitten
Outdoor pursuits with your four-legged friends are even better when you’re both wearing the right gear. Ruffwear, which makes apparel, harnesses and toys, has become the industry leader in performance dog gear designed for adventure. Our pooch, Luna, loves her Overcoat Fuse, a single jacket-harness combo with weather-resistant shell, fleece lining and two leash attachment points: aluminum V-ring on the back and reinforced webbing loop on the front. The leash attachment points are secured to the webbing harness interior for secure leash connection. Two low-profile zippered pockets allow for small essentials like pick-up bags, while side-release buckles provide a secure, easy on/off. Meanwhile, the Ridgeline Leash is a minimalist option for adventurers. It’s built with shock-absorbing stretch webbing and one-hand attachment clip, which means kids will have an easier time walking and maneuvering urban jungles and real ones with ease.
Date Night Delight
Bufala Edgemont officially opened its doors in North Vancouver on November 19th, just in time for the holiday season madness. We checked out the second Bufala manifestation (the first opened in Kerrisdale in 2014) and loved everything about it. The modern contemporary design offers a warmth and coziness often lost in spaces with comparable amounts of concrete, metal and floor to ceiling windows. This is not the case with Bufala as the lighting warms up and softens the metal fixtures and checker board floors. The walnut tones, varied seating styles and pronounced wine bar at the entrance make you feel like you’ve landed up at a spot designed to bring people together for good food and drink. Eating is fun at Bufala because the wine pairing and cocktail options are tuned perfectly for the Italian inspired fare. Stand outs for us were the bone marrow pizza, spicy sausage calabria pizza and the peace country lamb shank. ($150)
enter to win: Bufala Gift Card
Who’s Your Papi?
Located in the heart of downtown Vancouver’s vibrant West End, Papi’s Seafood and Oyster Bar is a casual, seafood-focused restaurant and bar that offers a bright and spacious dining room and oyster bar and outdoor patio featuring a panoramic view of English Bay Beach. With a menu of locally sourced seafood dishes and freshly shucked oysters on the half shell as well as a bar menu featuring Champagne, sparkling wine, signature cocktails and craft beer on tap Papi’s is the perfect gift card purchase for loved ones this holiday season. ($150)
enter to win: Papi’s Seafood and Oyster Bar Gift Card
Steak In The Game
Take backyard and cottage steak grilling to a whole new dimension. With expert tips and tricks on butchering, trimming and grilling basics, as well as details about different kinds of steak including butcher’s cuts, you’ll cook a perfect, juicy steak exactly right, every time. Steak Revolution is a journey into the sublime: whole bone-in rib-eye cooked with chili paste and its own rendered fat, hanger steak with cheater’s tzatziki, wood-grilled flat iron, Brazilian-style skewered picanha, orange-squeezed grilled culotte and a hundred more tantalizing, mouth-watering steak recipes that will thrill the grill and that speak to the steadily emerging taste for better—and more affordable—cuts of steak. ($32.99)
enter to win: Steak Revolution by Rob Firing
12 Days of Giveaways – What You Can Win!
Dec 1 – Parkland Backpack
Dec 2 – Nextbase Dash Cam
Dec 3 – Ollie Quinn gift pack
Dec 4 – $150 Papi’s Seafood & Oysterbar
Dec 5 – Hub6 Home Security System
Dec 6 – Verde Vie Rest Kit
Dec 7 – Vessi gift card
Dec 8 – $150 Bufula Edgemont gift card
Dec 9 – Kombi Mittens
Dec 10 – Kiaro Stash Jar
Dec 11 – Steak Revolution Cookbook
Dec 12 – Westin Bayshore Staycation