Christmas is only 12 sleeps away so here are 12 beautiful gift ideas for all of the loves in your life:
1. For the Cookbook Lover: Dirty Food: Sticky, Saucy, Gooey, Crumbly, Messy Shareable Food
Calgarian Julie Van Rosendaal has been a beloved force in the Canadian food world for many years. Her newest cookbook Dirty Food celebrates those messy dishes that we all love so much.
“With recipes like Eton Mess, Sloppy Joes, Dirty Rice and Sticky Buns, Dirty Food contains a wide variety of dishes that celebrate the pleasure we derive from food, and its ability to bring people together to socialize, comfort and enjoy each other’s company—when it comes to food, there should be no guilt in pleasure.” This book is delicious and fun.
2. For the Spa Lover: Namaste Day Spa
One of my most favourite gifts to receive ever is a gift certificate to Kelowna’s Namaste Day Spa. This beautiful spa offers world class treatments using organic Eminence products from Europe. One of the most important things we can do for ourselves is to take care of our skin and take time to relax. Having a facial and massage by owner Lisa Daem is pure bliss and an elixir that also unties all of the stress from your day. Find them here.
3. For the Cheese Lover: Perseval & Young Cheesemongers
Kelowna’s new destination cheese shop brings us an amazing array of cheeses around the world. The shop is a must stop before all of your holiday parties and on the way to others as a hostess gift. For under the tree, consider one of their Cheese Gift Boxes.
4. For the Local Wine, Beer or Cider Lover: A Mixed Case
This is the ultimate gift for your local bevy loving friends and a great idea for a couples gift. Compile a mixed case of their favourite variety of wine- ie 12 of our best B.C. rosés or bubblies or Pinot Noirs… you get the idea. They can try a new bottle every month for a year. Growlers are a good idea for beer and cider fans.
5. For the Adventurous Theatre Lover: Tickets to Caravan Farm Theatre
I want to go! This year, this incredible outdoor theatre company in Armstrong is performing The Nutcracker. The Winter Sleigh Ride Show is a professionally produced theatre production staged in up to five locations, outdoors, on a 80-acre venue. The audience is transported from scene to scene by horse-drawn sleigh (or wagon depending on snow). Pure magic. Find them here or call 1-866-546-8533.
6. For the Craft Lover: Old’s Cool Designs
I am kind of addicted to the stunning hand stamped vintage silverware and jewelry made by Wendy Joyner Yates. Recently, one of her beautiful cake servers was raved about by Jillian Harris. Find Wendy on Etsy or Facebook where you will also find the list of craft shows she will be attending across the province.
7. For the Wine Festival Lover: Garagiste North-The Small Producers Wine Festival
I happen to be co-producer of this cool festival. 2020 will be our seventh year of bringing together the small producers in B.C. A favourite event for wine lovers, here you will find those amazing hard-to-find wines that are winning awards and making a big splash on the wine scene. Come meet the winemakers, taste their wines, buy their wines at the pop up shop and enjoy this true celebration of the spirit of winemaking set on Sperling Vineyards in Kelowna on August 16, 2020. Early bird ticket deals on now for Christmas. Find us through our website or send us an email.
8. For the Enthusiastic Home Chef: Cooking Classes
There are a couple of wonderful places for you to inspire your favourite home cook. The Okanagan Table downtown Kelowna opened recently by the RauDZ all-star team of chefs offers amazing demo classes in their state-of-the-art kitchen space. And Start Fresh Kitchen has a fabulous array of different classes available on their calendar. Gift cards are also available – a perfect stocking stuffer.
9. For the music Lover: Jazz Café’s Anna Jacyszyn
The Okanagan’s celebrated songstress puts on a Christmas concert every year for her fans and what better way to fall into the spirit. This is a gift that you give early as it sets the perfect tone on December 23. Jazz Café Presents: Christmas Presence! Christmas traditions infused with the experience of Jazz. With Anna Jacyszyn, Neville Bowman, Stefan Bienz, and Stephen Buck with very special guests. $20 reservations only through email or 250 763-6141 at Benvoulin Heritage Church, 2279 Benvoulin Rd. 6 p.m.
10. For the Slow Cook & the Knife Geek: Staub & Zwilling is thrilling!
Zwilling is a familiar name in the knife world, but they actually own a group of other amazing cookware brands like Staub. Staub makes the most glorious cast iron cookware ever. I love every piece that I have from this company and was so excited when the Zwilling store opened in Orchard Park, Kelowna. A Staub Cocotte or my absolute favourite for cooking everything, the braiser is a gift that lasts a lifetime. As for knives, my sexy Birchwood Miyabi is the perfect choice for the cutlery aficionado. Hand forged in Japan, it is a work of art and makes chopping enjoyable. Find them online here.
11. For the Foodie who needs a night out: Tickets to a Supper Club
QB Gelato in Kelowna has so much more than incredible house-made gelato to offer. Classes, workshops and their successful Supper Club series feature a winery collaboration and five courses of delicious dinners around their communal table. This is also the place to pick up your holiday dinner dessert - omg the Yule logs and Christmas cookies are amazing. Check out the schedule here.
12. For the Dog & Cat Lover: Modern Dog Magazine & Modern Cat Magazine
A subscription to Modern Dog or Modern Cat Magazine is an amazing idea and one that keeps giving all year long with monthly issues. Filled with wonderful stories, photographs and information for urban dog and cat lovers, this is a gift for all and so easy to order.
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