While the holiday season is a time for fireside gatherings, it also invites the challenge of finding the perfect gift. Whether it’s that added touch needed to complete a gift or a new twist to the canapé and cocktail table, finding new items can be difficult. Bringing a taste of the Fraser Valley’s countryside, this list of 10 unique Christmas gifts from the Fraser Valley under $20 presents items that are sure to be conversation starters.
1. Apple Cider from Taves Family Farms Applebarn (Abbotsford) – 100% natural, farm-fresh apple cider made from the Taves’ very own apples. Serve hot and mulled. Available at stores in the Fraser Valley and Vancouver.
2. Gourmet marshmallows from Pink Spatula (Mission) – Enjoy the indulgence of handcrafted, pillowy marshmallows. Ask about the Ginger Spice macamallows, and gluten-free and vegan options. Available in select stores and online.
3. Cupcakes from Tracycakes (Langley and Abbotsford) – Awarded Retro Cupcake of the Year by the National Post. Babycakes are the smallest, yet sweetest indulgence. Available in stores or online.
4. Meade from Campbell’s Honey Gold (Abbotsford) – Meade, an ancient honey wine thought by many to have been the first alcoholic beverage made by man. Available in store only.
5. Organic dried fruit from Anita’s Organic Mill (Chilliwack) – Premium Canadian quality products, representing the best in organic farming. Available in store and online.
6. Deli items from Hopcott Farms (Pitt Meadows) – Recognized for top-quality AAA dry-aged beef, Hopcott Meats is also a hub for ‘all things local’. House-made charcuterie. Available at the store and by wholesale.
Cheese from Golden Ears Cheesecrafters (Maple Ridge) – Made with simple ingredients, starting with farm-fresh jersey milk. Rich and delectable. Available at specialty food stores across the Lower Mainland.
8. Hazelnuts from Canadian Hazelnuts Inc. (Agassiz) –Choose from in-shell hazelnuts, raw hazelnuts, dry-roasted hazelnuts, candied hazelnuts, chocolate covered hazelnuts, hazelnut chocolate barks, and hazelnut butters. Available in store only.
Teas from Karla’s Specialteas – Loose-leaf teas made from local organic growers and wildcraft herbs. Hypnotizing aromas. Available at specialty retailers across the Lower Mainland and online.
10. Cooking classes from Well Seasoned (Langley) – An authentic hands-on, interactive cooking experience. Carrying only the finest in everything gourmet. Gift baskets, cooking classes, and a wide selection of artisan treats.
The Fraser Valley is a land that fuels the Buy Local Movement, strengthening the connection of from our backyard to yours. For more details, visit each website.