This year I have made a pact that the majority of my Christmas gifts will be locally bought from our incredible selection of local merchants and artists. You may ask “How do you decide where to go as they are all so fantastic?” and you would be right! I usually start at the craft fairs in the hopes of finding locally crafted items to send to Ontario, sending them a little “Gabriola Style” every year. This year was fun (as usual) as I picked up items at “Crafted Booty” and the Rollo Center Christmas Craft Fair. As for my own family members here on Island I tend to shop around for them until I find the right thing that is just for them. The Gabriola Island Elementary School Christmas Craft Fair is this coming Saturday at the school and as well as the craft fair there is the Silent Auction where you can pick-up a plethora of local good and gift certificates to local merchants.
For your ease of shopping I will list some of my favorites for gifts big and small and some great ideas for stocking stuffers!
North Road Sports – Great clothing, shoes, and accessories for anybody in your life
Slice of Life Gallery – Local artists as well as imported items, bright colors and great atmosphere
Mad Rona’s – Gift certificates, apparel, and to-go cups
Woodfire Restaurant – Gift certificates and specialty foods
Village Liquor Store – Great selection of wines, beers, and scotch among others
Raspberries Cafe – Gift certificates
Artworks – Local artists, home decor, gift certificates, apparel, and so much more
Wooden Hanger – Lovely boutique clothing and accessories
IDA Pharmacy – Home wares, decorations, children’s toys, cards etc.
Village Foods – Specialty Foods and gift certificates
Robert’s Place Restaurant- Gift Certificates
Harvest Thyme Restaurant – Gift Certificates, books, and some gift wares
Colleen’s Home Center – Housewares, apparel, baby clothes and toys, shoes
Madd Art – Hemp clothing, giftwares
Silva Bay Pub and Restaurant – Gift Certificates
Gabriola Arts Council – list of all the artists that belong to GAC www.gabriolaartscouncil.org
And check out the Gabriola Chamber of Commerce webpage for more links to local businesses.
Have fun shopping…I know I will!