For the Beauty Junkie
Sangre de Fruta beauty products and perfumes
The glamour girl on your list will be thrilled to unwrap a gift from Vancouver-based beauty brand Sangre de Fruta, which carries a luxe line of skin tonics, body serums, facial oils and other delights. Inspired by Cleopatra's beauty regimen of essential oils and botanical butters, all of Sangre’s creations are made with locally sourced, organic and wild plant-based ingredients, with zero synthetics. We love the delicious fragrances, which range from Jasmin de Nuit's hypnotic combination of jasmine and sandalwood to a soothing blend of Egyptian blue chamomile with anise and rose otto oils in Chamomile + Anise. You might just be tempted to scoop up something for your own stocking (we won't judge).
For the Master (or Aspiring) Chef
Vij's Indian: Our Stories, Spices and Cherished Recipes
Whether you’re looking for a gift with a homegrown angle, want something to give your family's reigning culinary king or queen, or just need a clever way to hint to your significant other as to what you’d like to see on the dinner table, the latest cookbook from Vij’s Restaurant does the trick. Vij’s Indian: Our Stories, Spices and Cherished Recipes contains a collection of recipes prepared at the restaurant plus more the family regularly cooks at home. It also includes a guide to essential Indian spices and staples, plus wine pairings.
The cookbook has a handful of stellar meat and seafood recipes, but it focuses on highlighting just how mouthwatering vegetarian food can be. Chickpea and kale cardamom curry, navy beans in tomato and egg masala, vegetable koftes in creamy tomato curry, and carrot semolina crepes are but a few of the 80 original recipes in this cookbook.
Chapters Indigo (in stores and online); Book Warehouse; Vij's Restaurant, 3106 Cambie St., South Cambie; Rangoli Restaurant, 488 W. 11th Ave., Fairview.
For the Lover of All Things Luxe
TWG Tea candles
Gift-giving for your friends with an appreciation for the finer things in life can be tricky, not to mention costly. But we found the elusive middle ground: an oh-so-decadent scented candle from TWG Tea's new Vancouver store. These $100 luminaries are no ordinary candles: Each one is made with premium tea and other top-notch ingredients that make for a subtle and sophisticated scent once the candle is lit. The tantalizing scents range from a dark and smoky Oud Noir to a sugary sweet Macaron Noir. Your only challenge will be to pick just one.
TWG Tea Salon & Boutique, 1070 West Georgia St., Downtown. Opens Dec. 9.
For the Serious Sartorialist
Avedon Fashion 1944-2000
Bona fide style obsessives will delight in receiving a copy of Avedon Fashion 1944-2000, a massive tome chronicling the work of legendary fashion photographer Richard Avedon. As one of the most influential fashion photographers of all time, Avedon's body of work spans seven decades and is documented in detail between the covers of this one-of-a-kind hardcover. Much more than just a striking coffee-table book, this volume contains 245 of his most iconic photos along with critical essays from bigwigs of the fashion world. It serves as an encyclopedia of the evolution of style, as seen through the lens of one incredibly influential photog. Without a doubt, your style-savvy pal will treasure it like gold.
Indigo stores and online
For the Culinary Connoisseur
The Dirty Apron's Snacker gift box
In need of something to impress the epicure on your list? From stocking stuffers to foodie faves, The Dirty Apron is truly a one-stop shop for gourmet gifts. We’re partial to the sure-to-impress holiday gift boxes, which are stocked with a handpicked selection of nibbles, treats and sips. In fact, we’re crossing our fingers and toes that Santa will be leaving The Snacker box under our tree this year.
Chockablock full of sweet, salty and savoury snacks from around the world, The Snacker has something for everyone, from English toffee-flavoured popcorn and shortbread to bacon jam and craft potato chips. Oh, and did we mention the organic cerignola olives and chocolates by the world-famous Italian confectioner Amedei? After unwrapping this gift, we guarantee the snacky friend in your life will be utterly content — and you will have earned yourself the title of World's Greatest Gift Giver once again.
The Dirty Apron, 540 Beatty St., Gastown