A Very Vancouver Gift Guide: Gifts Inspired by the City

City-inspired picks for holiday homebodies. (So, yeah, pretty much everyone on your list.)

It’s been a complicated year, to say the least, so we’re going back to basics. Our 2020 Gift Guide is inspired by three elements of Vancouver’s iconic skyline: the city, the ocean and the mountains. Here are the perfect gifts for city slickers.

Masket Case

It’s the 2020 staple no one could have predicted: a chic container to toss your mask in. Graf Lantz’s Anshin Envelope Bin ($91) was developed specifically for mask storage—the Merino wool felt is naturally antimicrobial, the vegetable tan leather is trendy and the pouch style makes it easy to load used masks into the washing machine. graf-lantz.com

Baggage Claim

Local lifestyle brand Cadine
is a new kid on our block. Their leather goods—like the Petal leather mini ($295)—are ideal for those oh-so-special grocery runs. shopcadine.com

Towel Time

These tea towels ($38) made by Flax Sleep and Flourist are a city collab fit for the coziest of kitchens. The waffled linen is sized for proofing a loaf of bread, but it’s also suitable for wiping up messes and throwing over your shoulder, sympathetic-bartender-style. flourist.com

Puddle Up

The Anorak raincoat ($325) from Ecologyst is made in Victoria with organic cotton Ventile, which was originally developed to keep WWII fighter pilots dry—so it’s probably safe to say you’re good for those downpour dogwalking days. ecologyst.com

Side Hustle

The BDI Milo laptop table ($499) is great for those small spaces serving double duty. The powder-coated aluminum is lightweight, durable and built for indoors and out—so they can take their work to the patio once the sunshine returns. omgitssmall.com

Early Bird

Move over, romance novels: the friendship fable is where it’s at. The Subtweet ($22) by Calgary-based multidisciplinary artist Vivek Shraya tells the story of two musicians falling in friendship, and a single tweet that might delete their bond altogether. massybooks.com