The temperatures are dropping, craft fairs are popping, Christmas trees line the malls and streets, and scarves and mittens are the norm: it’s officially the holiday season!

There’s no more time to put off Christmas shopping, so we’re here to help you out with a few choice selections of presents you can only get in Victoria.

Whether you’re shopping for a relative on the mainland, or someone born and raised on the island – here’s a list of ideas to fit every taste, look, and budget!

1. This canvas leather attache from Migration Boutique

This chic leather bag is not only unisex and utilitarian, but is hand crafted by one of the most well known local boutiques in town. The earthy tones complement the rustic, outdoors-y vibe of Vancouver Island, and at $69.95, this is one Christmas present that almost everyone can appreciate.

2. A trip to Butchart Gardens for their annual Christmas Light-Up

Butchart Gardens Magic of Christmas Season
Photo courtesy of The Butchart Gardens

If you’re looking for an experience rather than a material gift, there’s no more magical present than a stroll through Butchart Gardens during their annual Christmas Light-Up. The garden’s natural beauty is exemplified by thousands of twinkling lights. A carousel ride, ice skating, and festive dining options make for a perfect evening. Tickets are just $27 per person for adults.

3. Take your pick from the Rogers Chocolates Holiday collection

Anyone with a sweet tooth will absolutely adore these delectable Victorian delicacies. With prices ranging from $4 to $60, these luxurious chocolates and candies make for excellent stocking stuffers or standalone presents.

4. A manicure/pedicure at Brun Body Bar

The holidays are a stressful time of year. So treat your girls (and/or guys) to some well deserved rest and relaxation. Nothing says “I care about your well being” more than an hour of pampering at the local spa. Manicures cost $40-$55 while pedicures are between $45-$75.

5. A comfy sweater from The Patch

Winter is to comfy sweaters as Victoria is to vintage/hipster style. This premium recycled clothing store really captures the heart of the city through clothing from every time period. They’ve got new items coming in weekly, so it’s heaven for shoppers who love to browse for the perfect item! Prices vary, but you can definitely find something to fit every budget.

6. These 19th century sliding bookends from Faith Grant Connoisseurs Shop

Be forewarned: this antique store will not be easy on the wallet. But if you happen to know someone who is an aficionado of historical artifacts, these $195 19th century walnut and brass studded sliding bookends will likely make their whole year. This Oak Bay antique store also has tons of other furniture, accessories, ceramics, and art that’s worth browsing if you have the time!

7. DIY brunch coupons to Blue Fox Cafe

(Blue Fox cafe)

There is nothing that we Victorians cherish more than our weekly Sunday brunches – as evidenced by the long lines outside of Blue Fox, Jam, and Floyd’s (among others) on the weekend. So here’s a cute little Island-inspired DIY present for your friend/relative/significant other: give them some homemade coupons that they can avail for you to buy them brunch on days they can pick! You can keep this really simple, or get super creative with it – and it doesn’t have to specifically be for Blue Fox cafe either.

Do you know of a quintessentially Victorian holiday present we can add to this list?

Comment below to let us know!

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