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Gifts for Everyone on Your List

Presents Under a treeShopping for the holidays can be stressful and frantic. We’re here to help make your Christmas shopping a little less frantic so you can relax and enjoy the holidays. You’re sure to find something for everyone on your list with our handy Christmas shopping guide, leaving more time for you to relax and enjoy this joyous time of year!


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Batteries and Charging Solutions
Art, Antiques, and Jewellery
Home Decor and Gardening
Food and Drink
Retail and Luxury Items
Spa’s and Salons
For the Animals
Sports Equipment

Batteries and Charging Solutions

All Battery Ltd.

All Battery, your local one stop shop for all your battery needs! They carry everything from watch and cellphone batteries to car and boat batteries. They offer free local delivery for orders of $50 or more.

Contact them at 1-888-474-5022, visit them at #112- 2806 Jacklin Road in Langford or online at AllBattery.ca.

Canada Battery

Canada Battery Systems has the largest selection of batteries and chargers. Their warehouses supply industrial all-weather 12-volt batteries and battery equipment to anywhere in Canada.

Contact them at 1-877-743-6880, or visit them online at CanadaBatterySystems.com.

Charger Solutions

Canada Battery Systems Power To Go has the Ultimate Battery Charger! The perfect gift for someone who has it all. Power To Go by Charger Solutions is an all-in-one mobile portable emergency back-up battery power supply and vehicle jump starter. Power To Go can recharge and power all electronic devices and it can even jump start up to 20 vehicles on a single charge! Get yours now on holiday special for only $99.95 (regular price is $159.95).

Contact them at 1-877-743-6880, or visit them online at ChargerSolutions.com to get your charger before they’re all sold out!

Art, Antiques, and Jewellery

Faith Grant Connoisseur’s Shop

Faith Grant The Connoisseurs Shop are dealers in fine antiques. Their stock of 18th and 19th Century furniture, silver, china, paintings, and accessories is handpicked from Island homes and each item usually comes with a story.

Contact them at 250-383-0121, visit them at 1968 Oak Bay Avenue in Victoria or online at FaithGrantAntiques.com.

Julie King

Julie King is a Vancouver Island artist working in acrylic and watercolour. Her highly textured landscape paintings are inspired by the mountains and coastline of British Columbia, on the west coast of Canada.

Contact her at 250-715-0986, visit her at 6519 Genoa Bay Road in Duncan or online atJulieKing.ca.


Metal sculptor Brad Allen uses recycled iron to create beautiful works of art from free standing sculptures to hanging wall pieces.

Contact him at 250-732-3261 to order, or visit him online at MeddleArt.com.

My Mondo Trading

My Mondo Trading Company was established to bring the very best of Pacific Northwest Coast First Nations art to a wider appreciation. Their art comes from many First Nations artists and they all bring a perspective rich in culture, legends, symbolism, and storytelling. Hundreds of pieces of artwork from dozens of artists go through My Mondo Trading Company each year.

Contact them at 778-350-3555, or visit them online at MyMondoTrading.com.

Peninsula Gallery

Peninsula Gallery features an outstanding collection of original paintings, sculpture and limited edition prints. Since its establishment in 1986, Peninsula Gallery has prospered into one of Canada’s most acclaimed art galleries, presenting quality paintings and sculptures of artists both local and of nationwide praise.

Contact them at 250-655-1282, visit them at #100 – 2506 Beacon Avenue in Sidney or online at PenGal.com.

Periwinkle Studios

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 fibre, weaving and bead work.

Visit them at #2 – 2333 Government Street in Victoria or online atPeriwinkleArtStudios.com.

Stephen Fortner Fine Jewellery

Stephen Fortner Fine Jewellery is located in Victoria and has a great selection of diamond engagement rings, gold wedding bands, earrings, pendants, solitaires and gems for anniversaries and religious motifs.

Contact them at 1-866-479-6413, or visit them online at StephenFortner.com.

Susan Koch – Atelier

Susan Koch – Atelier is an award-winning silversmith whose summers spent on Galiano Island inspired a lifelong fascination with beach stones and sea glass. Susan incorporates these elements in her hand-fabricated organic sterling silver jewellery, which are as unique as the people who wear them.

Contact her at 250-746-6874, or visit her online at SusanKoch.ca to order or find a retailer near you.

The Tapestry House

The Tapestry House has a collection of European tapestry wall hangings in many styles and sizes. They have been selling wall tapestries for over 20 years – from traditional to contemporary including William Morris, fine art designs, and the famous Unicorn tapestries. Produced by artisans for centuries, a wall hanging tapestry incorporates the past and the present. Tapestries bring beauty into your home and possess a sense of history.

Contact them at 1-855-858-4439, visit them by appointment at 11075 Salal Place in North Saanich or online at TheTapestryHouse.com.

Theresa Makes Paper Dolls

If you enjoy fashion, art, history fairy tales, spies, pirates, and nativity sets then Theresa Makes Paper Dolls has something for you. Paper dolls aren’t just for children as they are great for any age to keep your imagination flowing. Paper fashion is a stress-free world and can help you relax. Paper dolls also make nice “sick day” gifts; a pretty doll and wardrobe can improve any mood.

Contact her at 250-598-6300, or visit her online atTheresaMakesPaperDolls.com.

Top Gate Farm

Topgate Farm offers hand printed reproductions from select Canadian artists focusing on the imagery of Western Canada, in the form of fine art cards, note cards and custom prints.

Contact them at 250-480-8352 or 250-888-2728, or shop online atTopGateFarm.com.

Home Decor and Gardening

Blue Haze Farm and Holly Christmas

Blue Haze Farm in Metchosin grows and ships Christmas Holly across North America. Their boxes sell for just $36 and contain about 1-1/2 pounds of holly in a gift box, which is approximately 12, typically 1-foot long sprigs. They are dipped to preserve them and are well berried. They also sell frozen organic apple juice perfect for apple cider during the holidays.

Contact them at 250-474-5043, visit them at 3817 Duke Road in Metchosin or online at HollyChristmas.com.

Doyle and Brown

Doyle & Brown 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. 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 and out.

Contact them at 250-514-5646, visit them at 6666 West Saanich Road in Brentwood Bay or online at DoyleAndBrown.ca.

Kenmar Flower Farm

Kenmar Flower Farm’s European hand tied bouquets are put together on a daily basis using only the freshest ingredients. When it comes to special events they take equal pride in servicing all events to ensure their clients have a great celebration.

Contact them at 250-727-6443, visit them in Victoria by appointment or online at KenmarFlowerFarm.com.

Food and Drink

Cakes Etc.

Cakes Etc. has been creating beautiful cakes since 1989. They take pride in what they do, and bake with the finest ingredients available, whether it’s chocolate from Belgium, or local cream and fruit from the farms and orchards in Victoria. They have a decadent Christmas menu available for those looking for some extra special treats this Christmas.

Contact them at 250-360-2390, visit them at 2821 Quesnel Street in Victoria or online atCakesEtc.ca.

Cheryl’s Gourmet Pantry

Cheryl’s Gourmet Pantry has been providing Gourmet Take Out, Catering Services, Picnic Baskets and Cooking Classes for over 26 years and has become well known for the high quality of food and services that they provide. Their Christmas menu is now available and December is already booking up fast!

Contact them at 250-595-3212, visit them at 2009 Cadboro Bay Road in Victoria or online at CherylsGourmetPantry.com.

Silverside Farm & Winery

Silverside Farm & Winery produces blueberries as well as berry wines and fortified (port-style) dessert wines. In addition to fresh berries and produce, they also offer jams, jellies, and syrup made right on the farm.

Contact them at 250-743-9149, visit them at 3810 Cobble Hill Road in Cobble Hill or online at SilversideFarm.com.

Taboo Gourmet Cheesecake

Taboo Gourmet Cheesecake is located inside their cafe, Voodoo Cafe & Bakery. They carry a daily selection of MiniCakes in the most popular flavors, as well their exquisite Taboo Cheesecake (their elegant interpretation of traditional cheesecake). Their MiniCakes are perfect for serving at events as they are a bite of heaven. Stop in and check out their wonderful selection of flavours and to order your Christmas desserts.

Contact them at 250-590-1017, visit them at 400-2950 Douglas Street in Victoria or online at TabooCheesecake.com.

The Sugar Shack Ice Cream and Bake Shop

Located inside My-Chosen Café, The Sugar Shack Ice Cream and Bake Shop has a great selection of desserts and a variety of local artisan gifts. They are now serving their seasonal Egg Nog Cheesecake, Candy Cane Cheesecake, shortbread, butter tarts, decorated ginger bread men, hand dipped sugar cookies and more! Want something easy and delicious for Christmas? You can pre-order your Christmas dessert for pick up!

Contact them at 250-474-2380, visit them at 4492 Happy Valley Road in Metchosin or online at MyChosenCafe.com.

Vanilla Blossom

Vanilla Blossom 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. Vanilla Extracts and Vanilla Pastes are available at Thrifty Foods, Country Grocer, Save-on-Foods and the Markets on Yates and Millstream.

Contact them at 250-893-9962 or 778-265-7797, visit them online atVanillaBlossom.com to find a retailer near you.

Retail and Luxury Items

Cuban Cigar Shop

Cuban Cigar Shop carries 24 brands of the finest Cuban Cigars, many different Cuban including collectible and limited editions, non-Cuban cigars from around the world, and a wide range of classy accessories.

Contact them at 250-592-7966, visit them at #938 Fort Street in Victoria or online atCubanCigar-Shop.com.

Mark’s Instant Sign Shop

Mark’s Instant Sign Shop creates a great presentation display for art, photography, posters, movie prints, awards, and more. These customized and distinct wall hanging prints make great gifts for businesses, family or friends. They are printed on Nes-Monet canvass with the image digitally printed using an eco-sol based ink. The sizes of the finished print range from 8″ to 48″ diagonally, with a depth of 1.75″.

Contact them at 250-746-0120, visit them at 750 Jubilee Street in Duncan or online atMarksInstantSignShop.com.

Out of Ireland – The Irish Store

Out of Ireland is well known for their eclectic collection of wonderful Irish knitwear, clothing and jewellery for men and women. Their selection of luxurious merino wool, silk, and cashmere scarves and shawls complement the wraps and capes for which Out of Ireland is famous. You’ll find lines such as Guinness®, Belleek, Claddagh, Bewley’s and more.

Contact them at 250-389-0886, visit them at 1000 Government Street in Victoria or online at OutOfIreland.ca.

Rockhound Shop

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 jewellery-maker, stone-polisher, soft-stone carver, rock and fossil specimen collector, and prospector.

Contact them at 250-475-2080, visit them at 777 Cloverdale Avenue in Victoria or online at RockHoundShop.com.

Stevenson’s Shoe Clinic

Stevenson’s Shoe Clinic is Victoria’s finest full-service shoe repair shop that carries hundreds of foot care related products, custom fit orthotics and arch support, and is Victoria’s only independent Samsonite luggage outlet and repair facility.

Contact them at 250-383-8615, visit them at 714 Fort Street in Victoria or online atShoeRepairVictoria.com.

Time Enough for Love Calendars

Time Enough For Love Calendars are free standing calendars of artfully made boxes decorated with an attractive wood burning fireplace motif. They are designed for children of all ages, for families to share and for adults living on their own or in a care home. You can purchase them filled with gifts, or get the boxes to create your own!

Contact them at 250-743-3510, visit them at 85 Station Street in Duncan or online atTimeEnoughForLoveCalendars.com.


Bee-Smart Books

Bee-Smart Books, written by Judy Kazz and illustrated by David Egerton, focus on phonics by stressing the 3 R’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.

Visit them online at BeeSmartBooks.com for more information and to place your order.

Corcoran Consulting Inc.

Corcoran Consulting & Coaching 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.

Visit their online shop at CorcoranCoaching.com to view products and to purchase.

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 2500 recipes to date. Eric Akis is also a food writer, and his by-weekly, recipe-rich columns appear in the Victoria Times Colonist and other Canadian newspapers. The Everyone Can Cook series has seven titles which are available online and at local book retailers.

Visit him online at EveryoneCanCook.com to order or find a retailer near you.

Michelle Mulder

Michelle Mulder, a recognized local author, has written novels and non-fiction for children of various ages, as well as the Theodore Too picture book series. You may order her books through her website or purchase at local book retailers.

Visit her online at MichelleMulder.com to order or find a retailer near you.

Hiking Trails Books

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. The Hiking Trails series of books are also available as e-books in .pdf format.

Visit them online at HikingTrailsBooks.com to order yours today.

Spa’s and Salons

Le Sooke Spa

Le Sooke Spa is located at Premier Prestige Ocean Front Resort, and offers a tranquil escape for body, mind and spirit. Christmas spa specials, and gift cards, are available along with a full menu of spa treatments and services.

Contact them at 250-642-7995, visit them at 6929 West Coast Road in Sooke or online at LeSookeSpa.com.

Paris Styling Group

Paris Styling Group is a full service styling salon with a Paul Mitchell focus, dedicated to providing its customers with the ultimate salon experience. Paris carries a great variety of gift packs, and gift certificates, ready to stuff in those stockings.

Contact them at 250-709-2004, visit them at #106 – 80 Station Street in Duncan or online at ParisStylingGroup.com.

Spa A’lita Esthetics

At Spa A’lita they are committed to creating an oasis where the stresses of everyday life are left behind and your well-being is nurtured and protected. Treat your loved ones with a gift card for Christmas, or if you are in need of pampering before the holidays check out their pre-Christmas specials.

Contact them at 250-478-2252, visit them at #101 – 745 Goldstream Avenue in Langford or online at SpaAlita.ca.

For the Animals

Luxe Sport Horses

Luxe Sport Horses on the Saanich Peninsula produces beautiful and harmonious performance horses with the temperament, traits and athleticism to want to perform with character and spirit.

Contact them at 250-744-1945 or 250-479-3535, visit them at 374 Sparton Road in Victoria or online at LuxeSportHorses.com.

Pets West

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.

Contact them at 250-744-1779, visit them at 220 – 777 Royal Oak Drive in Broadmead Village in Victoria or online at PetsWest.ca.

Sports Equipment

Cycle Therapy

Cycle Therapy is more than your average bike store! Serving Duncan and the Cowichan area, Cycle Therapy provides full service with bike fitting, repairs and maintenance. But it doesn’t stop there, if you are looking for a buddy to cycle with, they organize weekly group rides. Keep updated on all the latest cycling news on their blog!

Contact them at 250-597-0097, visit them at #102-360 Duncan Street in Duncan or online at CycleTherapy.ca.

Kirby’s Sports

Kirby’s Source for Sports specializes in hockey, baseball, and lacrosse, and has recently expanded their offerings in Nanaimo with field hockey, football and soccer. They pride themselves on selling quality products at competitive prices and offer excellent customer service and support.

Contact them in Victoria at 250-480-5030, visit them at 894 Cloverdale Avenue in Victoria, or contact them in Nanaimo at 250-585-5066, visit them at 1925 Bowen Road in Nanaimo, or online at KirbysSports.com.

Krippled Fishing Lures

Krippled Fishing Lures are a unique line of lures developed in the salmon rich waters of British Columbia, Canada. ‘KRIPPLED’ lures were designed specifically for salmon and trout, and have been used with great success by thousands of local fisherman for over thirty five years!

Contact them at 250-642-3834, visit them at 6871 Talc Place in Sooke or online atKrippled.ca.

Russ Hay’s The Bicycle Shop

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.

Contact them in Victoria at 250-384-4722, visit them at 650 Hillside Avenue in Victoria, or contact them in Sidney at 250-656-1512, visit them at 2426 Bevan Avenue in Sidney, or online at RussHays.com.


Accent Inns

At Accent Inns you’ll get a room so spotlessly clean and comfortable that you may be tempted to forego the gift opening and sleep in Christmas morning. Get the gift of space this holiday season with Accent Inns, at one of their locations in Victoria, Vancouver, Burnaby, Kamloops, or Kelowna. You’ll be able to bring your furry friends too, as all of their locations are pet friendly.

Contact them at 1-800-663-0298, or visit their website AccentInns.com to book your holiday stay!


Sweet Cheeks Photography

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.

Visit them online at SweetCheeksPhotography.ca.


Tin Man Auto

Tin Man Auto is Canada’s Car Enthusiast #1 choice for all classic GM and Chevrolet restoration and auto parts needs. Tin Man Auto sells fenders and radios and 327’s and a whole bunch more, with a 100% satisfaction guarantee. Guys like classic cars, guys buy classic cars, guys need classic car parts. Tin Man has them.

Contact them at 250-743-7321, or visit them online at TinManAuto.com.

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The Team at Radar Hill

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