Local Gift Guide 2023: Gift Ideas and Experiences Over $100

Splurge on your loved ones with our selection of high-end gifts, from chic linen PJs to designer fragrances and elegant jewelry, all ensuring a touch of luxury this holiday season.

Over $100

Sometimes you’ve just gotta splash out. But just because something costs a pretty penny, that doesn’t mean it’s designed to delight. So we’ve combed the city for the best-value splurges: from wear-everyday earrings to live-in-’em linen pajamas.

The Dad Who’s Having a Fitness Renaissance

The Beast’s name belies its sleek appearance. The mini-inverted blender and accompanying water-infusion tumbler will keep your giftee well hydrated, whether they actually make it to the gym or not. $284, crateandbarrel.ca

The Fragrance Fanatic

The 7 Virtues Cherry Ambition parfum spray isn’t just a scent: it’s an opportunity to manifest your desires. Give yourself a spritz during moments of success. $119, sephora.ca

Your Friend Who Finally Upgraded Their Bedding and Never Shuts up About It

Do they really, really love their linen sheets? Take the material obsession one step further with these breathable, perfectly slouchy Sömn Home unisex PJ sets. $324, somnhome.com

Your Own Stocking

Mini thick hoops from Vancouver-based Welleree are the ideal “great job on shopping!” gift to pop under the tree for yourself. $239, welleree.com

The Luxurious Lounger

We’re usually leaning into sweats when it comes to Netflix-o’clock, but for the most stylish (and sensual) couch potato, there’s the Christine Signature chemise. The silk charmeuse slip is part of the bridal collection, but for the indulgent romantic in your life, this absolutely qualifies as lounge­­wear. Pair with a silk robe for the ultimate in comfortable luxury. $670, christinelingerie.com

The Shutterbug

This year’s redesign of the popular Fujifilm Instax Mini camera gives it a handsome, old-school makeover for even more retro joy. $129, indigo.ca

Your Condo-Dwelling Cousin

This minty-green Japanese Tomo stool is ideal for reaching up high or for hosting one more friend at the dinner table—in other words, a one-size-fits-all winner. $150, shop.vanspecial.com

The Travels-For-Work Brother

It’s a weekend bag that’s all business. He’ll be working it well with this sophisticated vegan-leather Metro duffel from Monos in hand. $280, monos.com

Your Sister Who Loves Heavy Metal

The Melanie Auld Keane bracelet is at once classic and eye-catching: the chunky 14k-gold links are as timeless as they are fun (they’re hollow, though, for lightweight wear). Auld calls it a “forever” piece.  $1,590, melanieauld.com

The Confident Mom Who Wants to Feel the Wind on Her Ankles

Buying pants for someone else is risky,  we know, but the Harper Wide-Leg Pant II from Smash and Tess is an educated gamble: they’re cute, look great on all body types and transition from workday to couch-hang effortlessly. $130, smashtess.com

The Friend Still Mourning the Death of Bon Appetit’s YouTube Glory Days

Serve up a party on this confetti-speckled chopping board from Fredericks and Mae (a fave brand of celeb chef Molly Baz). $130, shopneighbour.com

The Local Skin-Care Connoisseur

Dear Lucy’s Marine antioxidant serum is the ultimate in dark-spot repair, purported to create visibly smoother skin in just a few weeks. A magic potion in their stocking? Call it a Christmas miracle. $140, dearlucyskincare.com

Your Friend Whose Future Is Bright

These white-tortoiseshell Vasuma Persson shades from Kits are the ideal accessory for beach vacations and (rare) sunny Vancouver days alike. $129, kits.ca

The Chef Friend Who’s Always Saying “You Eat With Your Eyes”

No wonder it’s a staple on the holiday wish list: the Le Creuset braiser (we’re loving this year’s new Shallot hue) is a workhorse that looks damn good on the stove when it’s off, too. $445, lecreuset.ca



Circle Wellness Granville Island opened this fall—it’s a long-awaited expansion of the cult-fave secret cold-plunge circuit that existed on Industrial Avenue for years. Ancient wellness rituals meet modern technology for a thermal spa experience that’s a guaranteed shoulder-dropper. From $219, circlewellnessspas.com

Giving a paperweight? Lame. Letting someone make their own paperweight at a glass-blowing class at Vancouver Studio Glass? A slam dunk. VSG’s object class is an excellent intro to the fine art of handling molten glass—something dangerous enough for even the craft skeptic to enjoy. $175, vancouverstudioglass.com

Dirty Apron remains the best cooking class in town, with a range of skill levels, ages and palates. Ocean Fling is the ultimate seafood primer; On the Bone levels up your braising game. $190, dirtyapron.com

This story was originally published in the November/December 2023 issue of Vancouver Magazine.