We’ve assembled our favourite gifts from the lower coast — that is, Langdale to Egmont — for all your friends and family who could use an extra dose of the Sunshine Coast this year. You’ll find no shortage of local goods, from craft spirits to beautiful art to stunning handmade pottery.
For The Person Who Loves Grapes, Grains & Liquid Goods
“Brewer’s Coast”, as it’s affectionately called, offers a diverse selection of liquid gifts. Pick up a just-barely-fits-the-stocking-sized bottle of freshly brewed beer from Persephone, Tapworks, The 101 Brewhouse & Distillery or Batch 44 Brewery, or shop the merch selections (toques at Tapworks, baseball t’s at Persphone, hand sanitizer (yes) at The 101, and plaid flannel button-ups at Batch).
For the discerning label lover in your life, grab one of Sunday Cider’s new crown cap bottle series (the limited edition Twice on Sundays is our current fave) — the label art is beautiful enough to frame and the bottles make excellent plant holders post-beverage. Over in West Sechelt, Bricker’s Cider has you covered (literally) with their branded face masks, as well as gift cards and juicy cider offerings while Bruinwood in Roberts Creek has an internationally-inspired lineup of small-batch spirits, including the wildly popular Dutch-style Advocaat.
For the Aspiring Interior Designer
Beautiful items abound at the Kube Studios, an art gallery and boutique retail space that features well-curated artisan pieces from rugs to pottery to candles to pillows. Ikhaya blends local artisan offerings with global design goods while Redecor breathes new life into all things old and vintage. The coast is filled with local potters; gift a mug or vase from Pinto, Beth Hawthorn or Huli Studio, or give a fun ceramic mushroom from Pottery by Elle Bee for the mycelium lover in your life. You can find countless other potters here. For the neat-freak and every WFH (work from home) person you know, the zero-waste cleaning supplies at Wabi Sabi Collective are both a stylish and functional gift.
For the Foodie
From hot sauces to chocolate, these gifts help the restaurants and food providers we love. For those that like the heat, Smoke on the Water’s Smokin’ Dragon Peach Habanero hot sauce is a taste of their BBQ in a bottle. Besides gift cards to restaurants and cafes, our other favourite gift-sized goodies include olive oil (in both Gibsons and Sechelt), locally canned goods (available at most holiday markets), honey, chocolate (La Petite Souris and Take A Fancy), granola from Lone Wolf Provisions and a bag of beans from Beachcomber Coffee. One-stop food shops include the Gibsons Public Market and Plethora Fine Foods in Sechelt.
For The Wellness Lover
The Sunshine Coast marches to its own slow pace and while you can’t give that, you can help your loved ones find a new rhythm with these wellness gifts. Lavender alleviates stress, and lucky for us, the Sunshine Coast Lavender Farm has plenty to spare. The bath and body products are not only sweet-smelling but they look nice too. Glowing skin awaits those who can snag a gift certificate to Just Skin and even the most reluctant fitness goers will appreciate the emphasis on fun at GM Fitness. Not all Sunshine Coast spas and retreats are currently open but a gift card for future use will be appreciated by both business and giftee.
For the Intrepid Backyard Explorer
Our backyard is endless and we’re lucky to have so many incredible tourism operators here on the coast who help us to see it all. From kayaking to snowshoeing to scenic flights to boat tours, a gift certificate for the outdoor adventurer in your life will help them get that much closer to ticking off their lower Sunshine Coast bucket list.
For the Whole Family
Help the families in your life create new memories with games and gear from these Sunshine Coast stores. Toys and books can be found at Nevermore and Tailwind Books while the outdoor adventure gear at Trail Bay Source for Sports and Alpha Adventures will encourage everyone to get outside. A membership or gift certificate to the Nicholas Sonnntag Marine Education Centre is a perfect future rainy day activity. Gibsons Cinema and Raven’s Cry Theatre are both independently operated, a rarity in cinemas these days. A gift certificate is a great way to support them and surprise the movie-goer in your life.
For the Artist
The Sunshine Coast is home to many incredible artists, artisans and craft makers. What better to give the artist in your life than the gift of local art? You’ll find a selection of works at the Coast Raven Design Studio, Gibsons Public Art Gallery, the Kube Studios, Grove Front Gallery, and Harbour Gallery Sunshine Coast or you can window shop local art together on a future guided tour with Sunshine Coast Art Tours. Fibre Works Gallery & Studio near Pender Harbour has a beautiful selection of textile arts for those who knit and weave.
For the Last-Minute Gift Giver AND Philanthropist
Who among us hasn’t frantically searched for a last-minute gift? This year, instead of buying a generic store-bought whatever, purchase a charitable donation on behalf of someone you love. Local organizations doing good things include The Sunshine Coast Covid-19 Emergency Relief Fund, The Sunshine Coast Food Bank, The Ruby Lake Lagoon Society, The Sunshine Coast Community Services, The Sunshine Coast Arts Council, The Sunshine Coast Resource Centre, among many other wonderful ones.
Want More Options?
Support Local BC has a comprehensive list of lower Sunshine Coast businesses that you can support this holiday season.
Make sure to check with each business in advance for current hours of operation and gift buying options — many businesses have delivery and curbside pickup options and safe measures for in-store shopping. Stay safe, and happy holidays!