Last-minute gifts that can impress and amuse

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      Looking for last-minute gifts? You’ve come to the right place. Check out three offbeat recommendations.

      Sexy Candle

      There is a shop in East Vancouver, Jackson’s General Store (1490 Kingsway), that continually stocks goods from makers all across Canada. Owner Mike Jackson delivers unique on many levels, whether it’s for foodies and bookworms in your family or if you’re looking for great ideas for the men on your list. Which one among them wouldn’t want a sexy candle under the tree?

      Michael Jackson jacket

      Vintage is hotter than ever for many reasons. Whether you like modern midcentury furniture or a beautiful silk scarf from the 1950s, one of these finds is always extra special. Typically, the materials and fabrics are of higher quality, made with natural fibres, are not treated with chemicals, and do not contain plastic. More importantly, you are doing the environment a favour by keeping these garments out of landfills. The Michael Jackson jacket is but one example of what’s available at Mintage Mall (245 East Broadway). Other vintage goods can be found at the Front Supply Co. (1641 Venables Street), BCSPCA Thrift Store (5239 Victoria Drive), and many other such stores across the region.

      Effin’ Birds

      Science has proven that swearing is good for you, and Canadian artist and fellow bird lover Aaron Reynolds has created a calendar for the potty mouth in your family. The calendar contains a series of beautifully illustrated bird images with NSFW quotes. (This is something for your home office, not a backdrop for Zoom meetings.) It is raunchy and beautiful, and you will find plenty of expletives that reveal your true feelings. The calendars come in both wall and desktop styles and can be found at Calendar Club stores in local malls, plus big bad-boy retailer Amazon. Shop Canadian and have a fucking awesome holiday with your family.