Winter holiday season is shopping time. Online, that is.
While some craft, art, and gift markets have cancelled their in-person versions and haven’t transitioned to a virtual version, many do offer links to their vendors, some of whom are selling their wares online. So be sure to check out the website of your favourite holiday haunts for gift-giving ideas from artisans and craftspeople that can still help you find that unique something you can’t find elsewhere.
That said, there are several local artsy fairs that have gone virtual this year, so you can browse and shop from the comfort of home. Here are a select few for your consideration.
Until Sunday (December 6)
For inspired gifts, this fine annual market and fundraiser presented by artist-run centre Western Front runs the gamut from handblown glass pieces and creative ceramics to woven wall hangings, beaded earrings, and handcrafted wooden objects. Alas, shipping isn’t available, but the good news is that purchased items can be picked up at Western Front (303 East 8th Avenue).
Until Sunday (December 6)
This local online market got underway on November 25, with more than 70 indie businesses and makers offering everything from apparel, accessories, and skincare products to wall decor, stocking stuffers, and holiday ornaments. And food, of course. Arrange for curbside pickup in Vancouver or for shipping in Canada or the U.S.
Friday to Sunday (December 4 to 6)
The Vancouver Japanese Language School and Japanese Hall is offering an online sale this coming weekend. There’s everything from paper art, cards, and chocolates to kimonos and samurai pants. There’s also an option to pick up purchased items at their location at 487 Alexander Street.
Until Monday (December 7)
Want to give the gift of adorning an abode with affordable art? This art student sale offers the opportunity to snap up the future Brian Jungens, Angela Grossmanns, and Douglas Couplands of the art world before they graduate from Emily Carr University of Art + Design—and rise out of your price range.
For the first time, the Polygon Gallery is offering a holiday shop—featuring an array of design- and style-savvy selections by independent and local artists—on the main floor of its North Vancouver location from Wednesdays to Sundays until January 3. But browsing and shopping is also available online. As a bonus, Little Mountain Shop (which closed its Mount Pleasant space in June) will run its Holiday Pop-Up, featuring a women-led lineup of vendors, from Wednesday (December 2) to December 27 at the gallery too.
This annual Christmas shopping event has relocated to an e-shop. With everything from beauty supplies and personal care products to outdoor gear and home decor to sauces, honeys, and teas, this year’s roster of artisans and shopkeepers include the likes of Little Freddy’s Bib Company, Peaches Pouches, and the intriguingly named Splendid Bastard Beard Supply.