We’ve all been there! That feeling when you realize that you don’t, in fact, have everything checked off your holiday shopping list! Or maybe you’ve been invited to a last-minute party and need an awesome host/ess gift? Don’t worry! There are so many local spots where you can get the perfect gift for everyone on your list.
For the Foodie
Local cooking classes make great gifts, and the folks at Kitchen Therapy at Grandview Corners offer a wonderful selection of different classes. Wrap up a gift card with an apron and some new cooking utensils and you have the perfect gift for your aspiring chef. Or stop in at Indigo Books (also at Grandview Corners) and pick up a cookbook by Surrey’s own celebrity chef, Vikram Vij. Pair it with a great bottle of wine, or a gift card to My Shanti, Vij’s Surrey restaurant, and done.
For the Coffee Enthusiast
When it comes to coffee, true fans tend to get very serious! You could always pick up an awesome mug with a catchy saying, or you could fuel their need for caffeine with a bag, or two, of locally roasted beans from one of Surrey’s amazing local roasters – Spent Grounds Coffee Roasters and Centric in Surrey. Or make sure that they never run out of those precious beans, with a coffee subscription box from local company Brew Perfect Box. Choose from “Fruity & Complex” or “Bold & Rich”, or let the experts choose for you.
For the Sophisticated Drinker
Whether you’re stocking the bar or looking for stocking stuffers, local craft spirits are something to consider! Surrey is home to two craft distilleries where you will definitely find a local liquor worth gifting. For the gin lover in your life, pick up a bottle of the award-winning Queensborough Gin from Central City Brewers + Distillers. Hand-crafted, and rooted in a 17th Century traditional London Dry recipe, Queensborough Gin is made with locally sourced Juniper and Spruce Tips. And a bottle of WildRose Whisky from newcomer, Mainland Whisky is sure to tantalize even the most sophisticated palate! Corn whisky infused with wild rose petals delivers a bottle of floral, chocolatey sweetness.
For the Music Lover
Head back in time with Urban Safari Store’s expansive vintage storefront and stock of vinyls, cassettes, game cartridges and more! If you’re shopping for someone that enjoys music (like, really enjoys music) then Urban Safari a must-visit. Vintage vinyl is on offer right beside new pressings of albums. And you can also pick up tickets to local bands and shows for that perfect last-minute stocking stuffer.
Urban Safari Vintage Store | 5754 176 Street
For your Eco-Conscious Friend
Do you have a conscious consumer on your list? Gift-giving can get a little tricky for our eco-conscious friends, but the folks at A Rocha Market have got you covered. By making a purchase at A Rocha you are supporting agriculture, conservation and education locally and afar. Everything they sell is either locally produced, fairly traded or promotes and environmental ethic. Pick up some beautiful beeswax candles, a pair of delightfully mismatched “Solmate Socks” knit from pre-consumer, recycled cotton yarn, or jam made from local berries. And be sure to wrap your gift in a thoughtful way… less wrapping paper, and more repurposed packaging.
A Rocha Market | 1620 192 Street
For the Art Lover
Pop into the Surrey Art Gallery Gift Shop for a beautiful collection of art made by local artists. The art lover in your life will love the idea of owning something that is truly one of a kind and you’ll feel good knowing that you’re supporting a local artisan. Choose from ceramics, jewellery, scarves, paintings, woodwork and so much more.
Surrey Art Gallery Gift Shop | 13750 88 Avenue