Escape the poinsettia-printed platters this season. Handwoven blankets, modern wall art, and candles scented with essential oils all create charm that can be enjoyed year-round

This year, we decided that locals know better than some random catalogue as to what you need under your tree. The editors at Vanmag have sought out the best in local products for those on your list this holiday season.

What started as gifts for friends and family turned into a brisk business for avid cyclists Fouad Farraj and Sonia Chhinji of Woodlot. Their candles ($32) are hand-made using clean-burning, petroleum-free coconut wax blended with essential oils, all created in their bright and airy Mount Pleasant studio. A’hoy Goods, 4391 Gallant Ave., North Vancouver, 604-770-3110,
Designed by Eric Pfeiffer, the STACT wine rack ($130) squares transform your collection of bottles into a modular design that expands and adapts to fit your wall space. 1-877-969-2716.
Gallant And Jones
Made by Gallant and Jones, 100-percent-cotton Fireside blankets ($49) are inspired by the charm of seaside summers in Britain, but are perfect for keeping cozy during the region’s cold, wet winters. 604-420-1350.
Katie And Paul Morris
Produced in-house and by hand in small runs, these prints by husband-and-wife team Katie and Paul Morris recall the urban and natural environments around them. To wit: the Sun and Rain screen print ($150) with geometric expression of the mountains, trees, and rain clouds of our fair city.
Maggie Boyd Ceramics
From her studio in Chinatown, Maggie Boyd puts hands to work by creating delicate, delightfully quirky stoneware. Her Tumbler Family mugs ($34) each have a one-of-a-kind face drawn by Boyd at her creative discretion (to order). Charlie & Lee, 223 Union St., 604-558-3030,
The brainchild of four local computer engineers, Bryght cuts out the middleman by allowing customers to buy directly from them (the manufacturers). The natural colour variations and creases of the mid-century-inspired Sven Charme chair ($1,449) give it a charming quality. 520 Alexander St., 1-888-746-3455.