As a Vancouver Photographer and small business owner, with Christmas right around the corner (crazy I know), I have put together a Christmas List of my favourite small business that I would love to support this year. This list ranges from Hawaii (my home country) to Canada but many of them ship worldwide, support your local Vancouver and Canadian small businesses.
Hendriks Series is a local Whistler company. The products are made locally and work in collaborations with local artists. Look no further for the perfect tee for ladies and gents! I wear them nearly everyday. They currently have made 5 series and always have new products coming out. Check them out! I will 100% be shopping with them this year and would be so stoked to have some of there products under my tree.
If you follow me, you know I have been working with Bewildher for a few years now. Nadine has designed the perfect legging for every adventurista. She makes incredible base layers and also amazing graphic designed leggings and comes out with new products every month! Nadine creates new products monthly and they are exclusive! When they are sold out you won’t see them again. So you need to act fast when you see a pair you love. These leggings are made from recycled water bottles and for every pair of leggings purchased a tree is planted. These leggings are sewn locally in Vancouver, BC. They are perfect for the gym, a hike, touring, or even just lounging around the house. Get a pair of these under your tree this Christmas!
I have been working with Skwalwen botanicals a lot this year as their Vancouver Photographer. Leigh makes organic natural skin care products. She harvests plants and uses their natural healing remedies and hand makes all of her products locally in Squamish, BC. I have been using her products for quite some time now and I don’t think I’ll ever go back to drug store products. They are so delicate and natural and make my skin feel amazing. My favourites are the Kalkay Healing Salve, Tewinxw Cranberry Rose Facial Serum, Teywilh Sweetgrass, Sage and Rose Toner, and the Kalkay Wild Rose Face Masque. They also have an amazing hand sanitizer and we all know we need lots of that in our lives right now. Gift some amazing canadian skincare this Christmas.
Another skin care brand that I absolutely LOVE. Ili Kope’s coffee body scrubs are amazing. They always leave my skin feeling so refreshed and hydrated. While I’ve a Vancouver Photographer, this is a local company in Kailua Kona, Hawaii who I visit and shoot regularly. They ship their beautiful products worldwide. It is made with all natural and very few ingredients (the fewer the better). My favourite products by them are the Gold Coffee Scrub and the Perk Serum. The perfect stocking stuffer if you ask me!
Kepola Design House is Linen heaven. If I could wear these clothes every day I would, but it is a little hard living in a winter wonderland. Autumn hand sews all of her clothes are they are honestly perfect. I can’t get enough of them. They are a perfect loose fit and always so flattering. She also just released a new line! I would love these beautiful clothes under my tree this year (or even just getting them as a Christmas present to myself, which I may have already done).
Give the gift of getting fit! My friend Meaghan has opened her own gym here in Whistler, Peak Training as a Vancouver Photographer, I’m so happy to have her business so close! She has two beautiful studios with a small group of trainers/instructors and does a mix of group training and one on one training. From yoga to strength training to rehabilitation, they have it all and they are there to get you to your peak this Christmas.
Instagram is a great platform for you to find the perfect gift for your loved ones this year. Do your research while scrolling and make some small business faces smile this year. If you’d like to get in touch with me to book a branding photoshoot for your company’s Christmas Gift, I’d love to hear from you! Thank you and Happy Holidays!