Our Top Picks from This Year’s Holiday Markets

We've done the brunt work for you, selecting standout products and pieces from Vancouver's best holiday markets.

November 29, 2017

By Katherine Joyce / Photo: Eastside Flea

In the last few years, craft and artisan markets have exploded in Vancouver; it seems as though there’s a new one popping up every weekend. Lucky for you, we’ve scoured this year’s selection to find seven can’t-miss items—check them out below!


1. AW Andrea Wong Leather Goods

Andrea Wong crafts all her products with keen attention to detail and care (everything is handcrafted in Vancouver in small batches). Check out her sleek and stylish leather laptop cases available in tan, black and navy—designed without hardware, it provides a scratch-free interior for your tech.

Toque
December 1 to 3
Western Front Society, 303 E 8th Avenue


2. Homecoming Candles

Hand-poured in Vancouver, these soy candles have incredible scents like black tea and pepper, or wild fig and honey. Available just in time for the holidays is their must-sniff limited edition scent of cedarwood and pine.

Eastside Flea
December 2 to 3 and December 9 to 10
Ellis Building, 1024 Main Street


3. Coastal Craftwork Baskets

Coastal Craftwork’s products are completely one-of-a-kind; every piece is hand-woven to give each its own nuances and individuality. Their baskets are as practical as they are beautiful, too, with function being an important component in all of Coastal Craftwork’s designs.

Make It!
December 7 to 10
PNE Forum, 2901 E Hastings Street


4. Badger and Burke Greeting Cards

Inspired by mid-century graphic design, puppies and tropical fruit, Badger and Burke greeting cards are the perfect alternative to the standard, cookie-cutter fare at your local drugstore. Their eclectic and colourful designs are paired with perfectly simple (and often punny) messages. At Fall for Local, you can stock up for a year’s worth of holiday greetings—we think everyone needs a card that says, “Hope your birthday is egg-ceptional.”

Fall for Local
December 9 to 10
Pipe Shop Venue, 115 Victory Ship Way, North Vancouver


5. Little Feral Wall Hangings

Portland-based artist Kaysie Condron makes these stunning wall hangings that are equal parts unique, fun and eccentric. Catch her at the Got Craft? market to snag one for that special someone on your list (or for yourself).

Got Craft?
December 9 to 10
Maritime Labour Centre, 1880 Triumph Street


6. Coconama Chocolate

Coconama makes the perfect treats for the chocoholics in your life. Gluten- and nut-free (with some dairy-free options available as well), Coconama has something for everyone. Try the earl grey, chili chocolate or rich coffee.

Crafty Affaire
December 16
Croatian Cultural Centre, 3250 Commercial Drive


7. Tarot Cards

Whether it’s yoga, crystals or meditation, the desire to get in touch with our spirituality is on the rise. This Monkey’s Gone to Heaven will have an array of tarot decks to choose from at their first annual Weirdos Holiday Market. Decks with names like “Gypsy Witch” and “Karma” make us curious as to what kind of answers we’ll receive.

Weirdos Holiday Market
December 16 to 17
Betamax Studios,  2244 East Hastings Street

 

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