Happy Holidays! This is our special Christmas Shopping Suggestion List. Some of these great clients have retail storefronts, others are strictly online, and some are both. If you want to support a local company, please consider shopping at these fine businesses.
Cooking: Everyone Can Cook: Eric Akis, author of the best-selling Everyone Can Cook series of cookbooks is a professional chef and pastry chef. He also provides services such as food styling, cooking demonstrations and recipe development. One of his main clients is Thrifty Foods, for whom he has created over 1500 recipes to date. His recipe-rich columns appear in the Victoria Times Colonist and other Canadian newspapers. The Everyone Can Cook series has six titles which are available online and at local book retailers. Website: EveryoneCanCook.com
Children: Bee-Smart Books, written by Judy Kazz and illustrated by David Egerton, focus on phonics by stressing the 3R’s of Early Literacy. Rhyme, Rhythm and Repetition are essential for pre-readers to develop an interest in reading, and for beginning and young readers to strengthen their skills. They are fun to read, educational and are perfect for children 3 years of age and up. Website: BeeSmartBooks.com
Outdoors: Hiking Trails Books by The Vancouver Island Trails Information Society provides information about parks and trails on Vancouver Island. Since 1972 they have published, and routinely update, three hands-on books, each one covering a specific geographic region of Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands. Website: HikingTrailsBooks.com. The Hiking Trails series of books are also available as e-books in .pdf format. Click to purchase e-book.
Real Estate: For the budding REALTOR® in your life, books from Bob Corcoran, Founder of Corcoran Consulting & Coaching, a real estate broker consulting and coaching company focused on growing REALTOR®’s business. Website: CorcoranCoaching.com
Contractors: Yellow Sheet. For the Developer, Contractor, or Tradesperson in your life, consider purchasing a subscription to Yellow Sheet. They publish timely, accurate construction information for Vancouver Island on new projects, project updates, tender calls, building permits, and more. Subscribe at: YellowSheet.ca
These businesses have retail locations in Greater Victoria.
Home and Garden: Doyle & Bond Home and Garden is filled with unique home and garden accents, endless garden gift ideas, beautiful furniture and hard-to-find items in a refreshing shopping experience at 6666 West Saanich Road next to Butterfly Gardens. For the interior or exterior decorator there is a selection of high quality accessories, indoor pots, frost resistant pots, statuary, original garden art and a myriad of beautiful items for inside & out. Website: DoyleAndBond.ca
Guitars: Guitars Plus carries a full line of acoustic and electric guitars, amps, effects, parts, and accessories. They buy, sell, consign and trade guitars, amps and pedals, and have some great Christmas gift items for sale at their store on 1108 Blanshard Street. Website: GuitarsPlusVictoria.com
Rock and Lapidary Supply: Rockhound Shop is Vancouver Island’s only complete rock and lapidary supplies store. Their retail store, for hobbyists and gift buyers, carries a wide range of supplies, equipment and books for the jewelry-maker, stone-polisher, soft-stone carver, rock and fossil specimen collector, and prospector. Visit their store at 777 Cloverdale Avenue, corner of Oak Street. Website: RockhoundShop.com
Cigars: Cuban Cigar Shop carries 24 brands of the finest Cuban Cigars, 152 different Cuban including collectable and limited editions, many non-Cuban cigars from around the world, and a wide range of classy accessories. Visit their shop at #938 Fort Street. CubanCigar-Shop.com
Bikes: Russ Hay’s The Bicycle Shop is the premier full-service shop in Victoria and Sidney. They carry everything from high-end mountain and racing bikes, commuting, touring, and cruising bikes, your child’s first bike, to a full range of components and accessories. Visit their shops, in Victoria at 650 Hillside Avenue, and in Sidney at 9781A 2nd Street. Website: RussHays.com
Sports: Kirby’s Source for Sports specializes in Hockey, Lacrosse and Softball equipment sales and service. They pride themselves on selling quality products at competitive prices and offer excellent customer service and support. Visit their shop at 894 Cloverdale Avenue. Website: KirbysSports.com
Spices: Vanillablossom Flavours specializes in importing Vanilla Beans from all the major growing regions of the world, and offer a wide variety of vanilla products and flavours, such as Indonesian Vanilla and Madagascar Vanilla Beans. Their website lists local retail stores which carry their products. Website: Vanillablossom.com
These local businesses sell online, but may be able to make arrangements for local pick-up depending on order details.
Children’s Products: Kinderspirit Creations designed and developed an innovative and Earth Friendly way to potty train toddlers with their Potty Praiser® Training System. Potty Praiser® has been awarded the Influential PTPA (Parent Tested Parent Approved) Media Inc.’s Seal of Approval for excellence in parenting products, and is proudly Made in Canada. Website: KinderspiritCreations.com
Ecofriendly Products: Many Moons Alternatives has been offering people ecofriendly products since 1989. They offer organic buckwheat hull pillows in many different shapes and sizes to suit everyone on your Christmas list as well as locally produced handmade soaps and lotions, organic cotton underfashions and environmentally friendly cleaning products that make great stocking stuffers! They can ship your gifts anywhere to save you the hassle. Website: ManyMoonsAlternatives.com
Music: UsedMusic.ca is your source for used music books and sheet music. Find out-of-print titles and do your part to save the environment through re-use and recycling. Their website contains dozens of lists of used music books and sheet music for vocalists, instrumentalists, students, teachers, professional and amateur musicians. Website: UsedMusic.ca
Art, Antiques, & Collectibles
Sculpture: David E. Kelbert, local sculptor, has a variety of his work on display and for sale. His website allows his clients to log in and access progress on their commissions, and to review proposals and specific projects. Website: DavidEKelbert.com
Antiques: Faith Grant The Connoisseurs Shop are dealers in fine antiques. Located at 1156 Fort Street, their stock of 18th and 19th Century furniture, silver, china, paintings, & accessories is hand picked from Island homes and each item usually comes with a story. Website: FaithGrantAntiques.com
Antiques and Collectables: Ginger’s Collectables and Antiques is your online source for books & catalogs; general ephemera; buttons, pins, badges & fobs; postcards; tobacco cards & photos; posters; prints & calendars; costume & fine jewelry; ceramics & glass; toys; neat stuff; sterling & silver plate and more. Website: JGShow.ca
Art Gallery: Peninsula Gallery features an outstanding collection of original paintings, sculpture & limited edition prints. Visit the gallery at #100 – 2506 Beacon Avenue in Sidney. Website: PenGal.com
Figurines: Periwinkle Art Studios displays various art forms: figurative works of hand-made fabric with faces and hands sculpted in clay and painted in oils; jewellery as a mixture of fiber, weaving and bead work. Website: PeriwinkleArtStudios.com
Cats: Mountainpark Bengal Cats is a small cattery in Sorrento, BC which is developing a line of exotic looking Bengal house cats for the discerning pet owner. These cats mirror their wild counterparts in appearance, with their outgoing confident temperament being derived from the domestic heritage. Website: Mountainpark-Bengals.com
Horses: Luxe Sporthorses on the Saanich Peninsula produces beautiful and harmonious performance horses with the temperament, traits and athleticism to want to perform with character and spirit. Website: LuxeSporthorses.com
Pets & Supplies: Pets West is a full-line pet store, offering a range of pet supplies for dogs, cats, birds, fish, small animals, reptiles, and wild birds. They also carry live fish, birds, small animals, and provide a cat adoption service. Visit their store at #220 – 777 Royal Oak Drive in Broadmead Village. Website: PetsWest.ca
Portraits: Destrubé Photography established almost 40 years ago, does portrait, in-studio and on-location photography in high-res digital. They operate on the simple motto to treat their clients the way they would like to be treated. Website: Destrube.com or phone: 250.384.4511.
Portraits: Lenore Leitch Photography has received numerous international awards and publishing credits. Her objectives are that the photographs must make you smile and fun must be had. Website: LenoreLeitch.com or phone: 250.752.2229.
Child Portraits: Sweet Cheeks Photography offers classic and timeless portraits, taking the time to capture the essence of the subject. They have done newborn babies right through to young graduates. They strive to create a meaningful remembrance of the subject – not just a picture. Website: SweetCheeksPhotography.ca
Personal Services & Fitness
Suggestion: Gifts from these companies could be IOUs.
Spa: Spa A’lita creates an Oasis where the stresses of everyday life are left behind and your well being is nurtured and protected. They offer a variety of services including massage therapy, Body Treatments, Facials, New Mum packages, and much more, including monthly specials. Visit them at 745 Goldstream Avenue, next to the Station House Pub in downtown Langford, or phone 250.478.2252 to book an appointment. Website: SpaAlita.ca
Pole Dancing: Taboo Dance & Fitness offers a new approach to women’s fitness: fun, sexy and empowering. Classes are for every woman, no matter what size, shape, age or fitness level! They offer free classes and online registration. Website: TabooFitness.com
Healing: Reiki Wellness provides private sessions in the ancient healing art of Reiki, Reflexology, Craniosacral Therapy, Sports Rehabilitation Massage, Aromatherapy, Warm Stone and Swedish Massage, and many other services. Located in Cobble Hill at Valleyview Centre, #42 – 1400 Cowichan Bay Road, phone 250.743.8122 to book an appointment. Website: ReikiWellness.ca
Flowers & Decorating
Flowers: Kenmar Flower Farm’s European Handtied Bouquets are put together on a daily basis using only the freshest ingredients. Visit their farm at 1490 West Burnside Road, just minutes away from VGH. They are open for Drop In on Tuesdays 8:00 am – 2:00 pm. Other days, phone first: 250.727.6443. Website: KenmarFlowerFarm.com
Christmas Holly: Blue Haze Farm in Metchosin grows and ships Christmas Holly across North America. To pick up it is $4.00/lb. which is about a dozen foot long branches, dipped to help keep them fresher. Phone 250.474.5043 to find out current inventory. Website: HollyChristmas.com
The Radar Hill Team