Gift Guide Part Three: For Him

We’ve put together a list of things for the men in your life. Those special guys who are sometimes so hard to buy for! Take a peek through – we hope you see something that just might make them smile come Christmas morning. xo

 

Made in Texas out of sustainable materials, spattered ties in three colourways will elevate his tie game. $115 each.

Made in Texas out of sustainable materials, splattered ties in three colourways will elevate his tie game. $115 each.

 

How about a sweet set of copper shot glasses! $46.95

How about a sweet set of copper shot glasses! $46.95

 

Locally made cedar cutting boards in various sizes and shapes from James Steidle. Also pictured is his carbon steel outdoor knife with copper details and leather sheath. Quality, function and beauty. Boards range in price from $35 to $250; knives are $190.

Locally made cedar cutting boards in various sizes and shapes from James Steidle. Also pictured is his carbon steel outdoor knife with copper details and leather sheath. Quality, function and beauty. Boards range in price from $35 to $250; knives are $190.

 

Key carrier from Orbitkey. Keep keys tidy and prevent jingling around. Will hold 2-7 keys and has a loop to hold a car key. $49.95

Key carrier from Orbitkey. Keep keys tidy and prevents jingling around. Will hold 2-7 keys and has a loop to hold a car key. $49.95

 

Handsome money clips for the man who doesn't want any fuss carrying his cash. Handmade in Santa Fe. $56.

Handsome money clips for the man who doesn’t want any fuss carrying his cash. Handmade in Santa Fe. $56.

 

Locally made growler carriers from Greff fit standard 64oz growlers. $90. They pair nicely with slim glasses inspired by traditional German beer tasting glasses. Short $10.95; tall $12.95.

Sturdy, locally made growler carriers from Greff fit standard 64oz growlers. $90. They pair nicely with slim glasses inspired by traditional German beer tasting glasses. Short $10.95; tall $12.95.

 

All natural skin care from Brooklyn-based Hercules Beard Co. Body balm, beard/mustache oil, shave oil and deodorant. $21.95 - $37.95

All natural skin care from Brooklyn-based Hercules Beard Co. Body balm, beard/mustache oil, shave oil and deodorant. $21.95 – $37.95

 

An extra large enamel mug for the guy who loves the outdoors. $32.95

An extra large enamel mug for the guy who loves the outdoors. $32.95

 

Handmade in Montreal by Dahls Craft, these aprons are perfect for the workshop, kitchen, studio, or garden. Made of heavyweight canvas and leather. $98 - $120

Handmade in Montreal by Dahls Craft, these aprons are perfect for the workshop, kitchen, studio, or garden. Made of heavyweight canvas and leather. $98 – $120

 

It's always handy to have a manicure kit on hand. This 5-piece set comes with a nice zip up case. $59.95

It’s always handy to have a manicure kit on hand. This 5-piece set comes with a nice zip up case. $59.95

 

A sturdy (and great looking) log carrier for the guy who spends a lot of time at the cabin and chops his own wood. Give him an upgrade from that plastic bucket. Made of heavy weight canvas with leather straps. $125.

A sturdy (and great looking) log carrier for the guy who chops his own wood. Give him an upgrade from that plastic bucket. Made of heavy weight canvas with leather straps. $125.

Gift Guide Part Two: For Her

Everybody has a special lady in their life – be it their mom, wife, sister, significant other, grandma, BFF, mentor… the list goes on. We’ve hand selected some gifts that will make her feel especially loved this time of year. Guys, listen up – this list is for you – don’t wait until the last minute! As usual, we’re on hand at the shop to help you put together something really special. We want you to feel as good about your purchase as she does receiving it. xo

 

Pyrrha talisman necklaces will always win favours! Each charm has a different symbolism and meaning. Design and made in Vancouver for over 20 years. Lots to choose from in the shop. Prices range form $154 to $233.

Pyrrha talisman necklaces will always win favours! Each charm has a different symbolism and meaning. Design and made in Vancouver for over 20 years. Lots to choose from in the shop. Prices range form $154 to $233.

 

Ultra soft oversized scarf for blustery days. Also available in grey mix. $95.

Ultra soft oversized scarf for blustery days. Also available in grey mix. $95.

 

Linen covered recipe boxes for the organized cook. Recipe cards included. $58.95

Linen covered recipe boxes with gold detailing for the organized cook. Recipe cards included. $58.95

 

Hand thrown mugs and bowls with delicate gold and blue dots make a thoughtful present. Made in Golden, BC by Kalika Bowlby. $46 each.

Hand thrown mugs and bowls with delicate gold and blue dots make a thoughtful present. Made in Golden, BC by Kalika Bowlby. $46 each.

 

Soft and supple open long cardigan in a deep moss green. Elegant and versatile. $260

Soft and supple open long cardigan in a deep moss green. Elegant and versatile. $260

 

The Radio Purse from Minor History is a great all purpose bag with a modern shape. Adjustable straps, brass hardware and plenty of room for all the essentials. Available in black or Carnelian leather. $235.

The Radio Purse from Minor History is a great all purpose bag with a modern shape. Adjustable straps, brass hardware and plenty of room for all the essentials. Available in black or Carnelian leather. $235.

 

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New styles of Tense wooden watches have arrived – large and small faces available. Made locally and always a lovely present. Styles range in price from $168 to $265.

 

Stay cosy and warm on those winter walks. Sweater by Day. $234.99

Stay cosy and warm on those winter walks. Sweater by Day. $234.99

 

Perfect for the lady who loves to entertain. Uncomplicated recipes and inspiration for food, cocktails and gatherings. Full colour photos on every page. $45.95

Perfect for anyone who loves to entertain. Uncomplicated recipes and inspiration for food, cocktails and gatherings. Full colour photos on every page. $45.95

 

Made by artisans in Santa Fe, New Mexico, these tuxedo knives make a sweet gift. Assorted patterns and colours. $68 - $74.

Made by artisans in Santa Fe, New Mexico, these tuxedo knives make a sweet gift. Assorted patterns and colours. $68 – $74.

 

Handwoven, fair trade towels make a thoughtful gift. They can also be used as shawls and throws. The photo doesn't do them justice! The texture and subtle slub in these are tell tale signs of a truly handcrafted item. We have other styles in the shop as well. For the lady who appreciates quality, timeless goods. $98.

Handwoven, fair trade towels make a thoughtful gift. They can also be used as shawls and throws. The photo doesn’t do them justice! The texture and subtle slub in these are tell tale signs of a truly handcrafted item. We have other styles in the shop as well. For the lady who appreciates quality, timeless goods. $98.

 

Help her stay organized with a 12-month agenda. Hardcover and organized monthly with plenty of room for important dates and notes. $45.95

Help her stay organized with a 12-month agenda. Hardcover and organized monthly with plenty of room for important dates and notes. $45.95

Gift Ideas Abounding!

It’s been a little crazy in the shop with holiday shoppers braving the cold and wet. But as I write this it’s actually looking quite lovely outside – there’s even a patch of blue poking out behind that little grey cloud. Hello, blue!

Anyhoo, below are some pics of recent arrivals that might be perfect for that special someone on your list. We are pretty much bursting at the seams with lovely items to give and receive. We hope to see you soon. xo

 

Get organized with these smart and practical chalkboard canisters. The flat lids make them great for stacking and the neutral colour scheme looks great in all kitchens.

Matchsticks in vintage apothecary bottles. Turn it over and the bottom of the bottles have been scored for striking the matches. So clever. So cute. 

Beautifully made ceramic teapots (and teacups and french butter dishes) from Calgary’s Juliana Rempel. We love the combination of the glazes with the red clay (sourced from Medicine Hat). No two are alike, all are beautiful. 

We are finally stocked up on pocket knives from our friends in Santa Fe. Wood marquetry inlays and turquoise adorn these beauties. Assorted patterns and colours available. We also have their bread knives with marquetry handles for the foodie on your gift list. 

Lovely leather pouches with embroidered feather and arrow motifs. Use as a wallet, a cosmetic case, a pencil case… did you know that crossed arrows are a symbol of friendship? Kinda sweet, we think.

Assorted tea towels from San Francisco’s Studio Patro. This one beautiful enough to frame – and wouldn’t it brighten anyone’s day? 

Locally made leather mittens by Bel. These babies are gorgeous – soft, sleek and minimal. And we all know mittens keep your hands warmer than gloves!

Assorted travel kits from Toronto’s Made&Found. Carrie meticulously dyes the fabrics (using all natural dyes) and then sews each bag, complete with interior pockets for smaller items. So well thought out.

Buttery soft leather wallets from Victoria’s Arraworks. Each wallet is ingeniously crafted from one continuous piece of leather. Available in black, natural, robin’s egg blue and dark teal (not shown).

Pendleton blankets in various patterns are back in stock as well. These blankets are keepers – you’ll have them for a lifetime and then pass them on. We’ve got full size blankets, smaller saddle blankets, and baby/lap blankets too! 

Fun, feminine and ethically made wristlet pouches and clutches from Jade Tribe. These bags are made from re-purposed, traditional textiles from Thailand and Laos. The women from the weaving villages that make them are fairly employed by Jade Tribe and benefit directly from their sales.

This Sunday… don’t forget Dad!

Father’s Day is on Sunday! How will you say thanks to your good ol’ Pop for being there for you? There are so many reasons and ways to tell him you love him. If you’re in a gift-giving mode, below is a quick round-up of ideas.

 

Locally made wood watch. Assorted styles, $105-$160

Cosy eco-friendly, sustainable slippers. Handmade in Patagonia from wool and salmon leather, $62.

Assorted shop aprons from Vancouver’s own Union Wood Co. Includes the limited edition “Man in Black” apron. Bring out his inner Johnny Cash. $90-$110.

Camano coffee mill, adjustable for a consistent, perfect grind. $72.

Locally made cotton bow ties from Exhibit B Ties. More patterns in the shop. $65.

Handmade cotton ties from Philadelphia’s Forage. $89.

Locally made wallets from Wulf Work. Two styles available. $55-$75(shown).

Cute little shoe shine kit – contains 5 brushes and a chamois. $35.

Large and roomy classic rucksack, crafted by artisans in Minnesota. Leather and waxed canvas. $210.

Waxed canvas messenger bag. Handmade in USA. $150.

Durable cotton canvas briefcase. Also available in brown with black straps. $100.

Classic duffle bags. Built to last. $115.

Make his man-cave smell nice with pure, all natural room sprays that bring home the scent of the Pacific North West. $24.95.

Waiter’s knives with wood marquetry inlays. Made in Sante Fe. $57.

Whale shaped knives. Handcrafted in Japan. $55.

A Cut Above

Utilitarian knives never looked as good as these. From a family run studio in New Mexico we’ve received a beautiful selection of bread knives, waiter’s knives and pocket knives. Each one is masterfully crafted with wood inlays and no two are the same.

 

Bread knives

Waiter’s knives

Lockback knives

Whale Knives

We’re re-stocked on our much loved whale shaped knives. Made by Tetsu Yamashita, a sickle maker who has been certified by the Japanese government as a Traditional Japanese Craftsman. He was asked to make a knife with a round head so kids could sharpen pencils. They became so popular that he made two more styles…. and we’re so happy he did!

Japanese whale shaped knives.