Local Gift Guide 2023: Holiday Magic at The Cross

Celebrating 20 years of holiday cheer, The Cross Decor and Design offers an array of unique and delightful gifts, from luxurious candles to cozy home accents, in Yaletown's transformed winter wonderland.

Cross It Off Your List

From glam glassware to charming tchotchkes and festive scents, these thoughtful gifts will please even the hard-to-buy-for on your list.

We love supporting independent, brick-and-mortar stores in the city (literally brick, in this case), and one of our favourite local shopping destinations—especially during the holidays—is The Cross Decor and Design in Yaletown. At Christmastime, the heritage building at the corner of Homer and Davie transforms into an 8,500-square-foot winter wonderland, adorned with glittery decorations, twinkling lights and plenty of pretty gift offerings.

When we heard The Cross was celebrating its 20th anniversary this November, we wanted to spotlight why this neighbourhood gem is a top spot to get your Christmas shopping done while also getting in the festive spirit.

“The holidays are such a special, busy and sometimes stressful time,” says Stephanie Vogler, president and creative director of The Cross. “We want to be a place of inspiration, where you can come and find unique items for your home while checking things off your gift list. We want you to feel joyful.”

Stephanie Vogler, president and creative director of The Cross. Photo by Kyoko Fierro

Need Ideas? We asked Vogler to share her top gift picks for the season.

Voluspa Rose Otto five-wick hearth candle

“This is the perfect gift for that someone who has everything. It sparkles like diamonds when lit and has a whopping 250-hour burn time—it’s super luxe.” $325

Sparkle coupes

“These iconic fluted coupes are perfect for that friend who enjoys serving up festive cocktails.” $30 for set of 2

Very Merry Cocktails Deck: 50 Festive Drink Recipes

“This collection of recipe cards makes a great stocking stuffer or a lovely add-on with a pair of coupes. Classic cocktails, champagne sippers, non-alcoholic libations—there’s something here for everyone.” $30

Rifle Paper Co. winking Santa mug

“Christmas mug collections are a growing trend. This one is on my wish list!” $35

Illume balsam and cedar diffuser

“Give the scent of the season, without the flame.” $60

CozyChic eye mask, scrunchie and sock set

“This self-care set from Barefoot Dreams is sure to delight and pamper the busy mom on your list.” $165

Mon Ami Jingle holiday dachshund plush toy

“Delightful stuffies are popular with kids and adults alike, and this adorable festive dog is a treat for all.” $51

Leah Alexandra Martinique pearl necklace

“Jewellery always makes a great gift for that special someone. This delicate pink-hued baroque pearl on a chunky clasp is lovely to layer or to wear on its own.” $235

Moonlight USB lighter

“An ideal host gift, this rechargeable USB lighter is elegant, futuristic and a fun conversation starter.” $55

Heartfelt wooden spoon

“This is the sweetest little wooden spoon, perfectly packaged for giving to the friend who loves to bake.” $18.95

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