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The 12 Gifts of Christmas

By Jennifer Patterson

On the first day of Christmas my uncle gave to me a bevvy to toast the season: one bottle of Blasted Church’s Hatfield’s Fuse (at liquor stores).


On the second day of Christmas my father gave to me two made-to-order gifts: including the whisky cave from the newly renovated two-level Louis Vuitton.


On the third day of Christmas my sister gave to me a festive holiday outfit: a red three-piece ensemble from La Vie En Rose.


On the fourth day of Christmas my brother gave to me four event tickets: a pair to The Nutcracker and a pair to a Vancouver Canucks game.

FOUR (Photo by Chictype copyright IStock)

On the fifth day of Christmas my true love gave to me five golden rings from Tiffany & Co.


On the sixth day of Christmas my mother gave to me art from all six of these First Nations galleries: Douglas Reynolds, Inuit Gallery, Hill’s Native Art, Bill Reid, Spirit Wrestler and Coastal Peoples.

SIX (Photo courtesy Bill Reid Gallery)

On the seventh day of Christmas my cousin gave to me seven treats from Chanel: the seven-piece holiday collection with four eye shadows, a nail polish, lip gloss and blush (available at Murale).


On the eighth day of Christmas my grandmother gave to me a little help in the kitchen with eight local cookbooks: Vij’s at Home, Vancouver Cooks 2, Blue Water Cafe, West, Araxi, Simply Bishop’s, C Food and Cioppino’s Mediterranean Grill (at Barbara-Jo’s Books to Cooks).


On the ninth day of Christmas my kids gave to me a reminder of yesteryear: a nine-piece wooden lotus flower puzzle from Dilly Dally Kids.


On the tenth day of Christmas my boss gave to me no excuse to be late for a meeting ever again: 10 timepieces by Ice-Watch (at Zoë Boutiques).


On the eleventh day of Christmas my aunt gave to me a little make-up guidance: the 11-piece Lash Stash kit from Sephora.


And on the twelfth day of Christmas my best friend gave to me 12 misfits: too-cute-for-words felt dolls by Usus, at the One of a Kind Show and Sale (Dec. 9 to 12).


Hot Shopping: Munchkin Madness

Dandelion Kids stocks fun toys aplenty for the little ones

Dandelion Kids stocks fun toys aplenty for the little ones

Keep the little ones busy with fun, quality toys from Dandelion Kids. Collect snuggle-worthy animals, dress-up dolls (or cats, pictured) and wooden kitchenettes—perhaps even inspire a budding chef. The store celebrates its 5th anniversary this month.—Jennifer Patterson

Hot Shopping: One of a Kind Show and Sale


These pretty dolls make perfect gifts

These pretty dolls make perfect gifts

Cozy up to a cheery handmade Matryoshka doll from Vancouver’s own Little Red Caboose. These cute and cuddly modern-day versions of the traditional nesting doll may not be filled with miniatures, but they are stuffed with 100% lambswool, making them the perfect couch companion. They are available in a variety of colours and patterns, producing endless possibilities. Find your perfect match at the One of a Kind Show and Sale (Oct. 8 to 11) or shop online at littleredcaboose.etsy.com. Who says kids get to have all the fun—and all the toys?


Whimsical messages make these cards extra special

Whimsical messages make these cards extra special

Brighten someone’s day with a sweet greeting card from Vancouver-based The Beautiful Project. Choose between smile-inducing phrases such as “I Tingle When We Mingle” and “Even Your Farts Are Cute” (pictured) or ol’ reliable “Happy Birthday.” At the One of a Kind Show and Sale and The Original Paper-Ya.—Jennifer Patterson