CityMash.com - With the holiday season in full swing, we know you’re busy crossing everyone off of your shopping list. It’s not easy to find the perfect gift for each one of your friends and family members. Luckily, CityMash has put together the Vancouver Gift Guides to introduce you to the perfect locally made gift for everyone on your list. We love supporting small businesses and shopping locally and know that your gift recipients will appreciate it too!
So what to get the Artsy Soul in your life? This is the person who has a great eye for aesthetics, spends all their spare time browsing Etsy and is always involved in one creative project or another. They appreciate works of art and always find the beauty in everyday objects. Check out our five favourite Vancouver-made finds that will speak to the artsy soul.
Rustic Raine Woodworks
Just outside Vancouver in Maple Ridge, a sister team works hard to craft beautiful pieces of natural wood into artful designs. Every piece from Rustic Raine Woodworks is original and hand-made; they celebrate authentic wood with imperfections like cracks and knobs made beautiful. Pick out a gorgeous welcome sign, wooden Christmas tree with lights or collaborate with the Rustic Raine designers to make your own custom piece.
Raincity Prints is all about beautiful typography, whimsy design and great use of language. Their products, including greeting cards, art prints, tote bags and mugs, all feature a creative saying in a stylish font. Whether your friend wants something inspirational like, “Always be brave and wild at heart,” or something sassier, “Life is short. Buy the shoes,” Raincity Prints has it all.
With four locations in Vancouver and more across BC, your artsy friend has definitely heard of 4Cats Art Studio. It’s the perfect place to let your inner creative loose. If your friend wants to get their craft on at home, pick up one of 4Cats’ pouring kits which come with acrylics, a wood panel and instructions. Or if they’d prefer to learn from a master, buy them a gift certificate to one of the many art classes offered at 4Cats.
We can’t imagine a Vancouver art lover who wouldn’t appreciate these unique hand-crafted coasters on durable sustainable wood by Reclaimed Print. What is sustainable wood? It’s wood that is locally sourced, ethically manufactured and from a farm that’s committed to re-planting trees. If your giftee loves their coasters, they can head back to Reclaimed Print for a larger piece of wood art showing off the best of Canadian style and design.
Feelin’ It Decals
Nothing says artsy better than funky walls and no one does funky walls better than Feelin’ It Decals. Check out their wide selection of solid patterns, graphics, quotes and even cute critter decals for decorating doors. It’s every artist’s dream come true – you finally get to “paint” your walls!
Feeling inspired? What artsy stuff are you hoping shows up under your tree this Christmas?