Holiday Gift Guide for the Gritty: Gifts Inspired by the East Van Cross

The traditionally gritty, hard-edged vibe of East Van shines in these industrial-leaning picks—each of which, like the East Van cross, emits a glow of its own.

A Cut Above

Sharpen your charcuterie spread with hand-forged cheese knives ($72.25 each) by Vancouver metalsmith Stefanie Dueck. Choose from four eccentric styles in bronze and stainless steel.

Bright Idea

Discarded chopsticks see new life in the bamboo Edison lamp ($250), a collab between East Van Light and Chopvalue that features a recycled-bamboo base.

Spice of Life

An artistic take on a tabletop essential, Tantalus Design’s Serratus pepper mill ($450 each) is locally made with ethically sourced lumber like white oak, black walnut, and sugar maple.

Acid Test

Get suited for a kitchen, bar or craft sesh with Search and Rescue Denim’s limited-edition acid burn apron ($169), which features handy pockets for your phone and other essentials.

Plant the Seed

There’s much to love with Strathcona 1890’s urban seed collections (from $17.50), no matter your gardening level. The non-GMO heirloom seeds are crafted so that tomatoes, snap peas and other edibles thrive in even the smallest of spaces.

Name in Lights

Woodtype’s handcrafted wooden light bulb sign (from $200) is the literal and metaphorical sign you’ve been looking for. Customize it or buy it pre-set with words like “cheese,” “chill” and “enjoy.”

All Aboard

The pared-down white-oak-and-brass serving boards (from $240) by Vancouver-based designer Brett Yarish offer a sophisticated backdrop for fruit, nuts and other bites.