Local Finds for the Gentleman on Your Christmas List

‘Tis the season for giving; for some of us, this translates into racking our brain and lamenting over finding the perfect gift for that special someone, especially if that someone is the notable guy in your life. With that in mind, we’ve sleuthed around the finest offerings in our fair city of Vancouver to come up with a handful of nifty gift ideas and make your search a bit less intimidating.  

Ensure your guy starts every day off right with a perfectly brewed cup of coffee courtesy of a Caffè Artigiano Gift SetSpecialty gift sets contain two cups, two saucers, and one pound of Caffè Artigiano Private Reserve Espresso.

Men aren’t hard to shop for, if you give them what they want. You’ll find the way to their heart is through their stomach (oh so predictable). Enter The Dirty Apron’s “The Dude” Gift Set. Just in time for the holidays, this gift is perfect for any guy and comes complete with Stanley flask, Opinel folding knife and a dude’s favourite treats, like beer. 
Includes: Opinel Folding Knife, Stanley Flask, Chambar Ale, Beef Jerky, Oyama Salami, Hickory Smoked Almonds, Mediterranean Pickles, Trail Mix, Chocolate Filled Peppermint Candy Cane, Old Fashioned Potato Chips ($100.00).

Bellstar Hotels & Resorts gift cards are perfect for any occasion and are the ideal present for hard-to-shop-for guys on your list. Bellstar offers gift cards that can be redeemed at any one of their action-minded resorts in BC or Alberta.With luxurious properties in the heart of the Rockies, Kicking Horse and the Okanagan, you can help him create the ultimate ski or summer vacation.

Find your guy a piece of gift-giving heaven at Haven in Gastown. Having just opened up this past summer, this menswear boutique is our go-to spot for hard to find lines and limited edition, fashionable finds. Shop your way through more than 30 brands from the likes of Stone Island, Lexdray, Uniform Experiment and plenty more. Haven has your guy covered, from head to toe.

We’re loving the unique pieces coming from Whistler’s own Love Jules Leather boutique. Perfect for the edgy guy with a chic sense of style, this ought to be your one-of-a-kind go-to source for gifting this Christmas.
Established in the spring of 2008 by Julia (Jules), she was joined by partner in design Josh Blodans and they began melding traditional leather craft with combined artistic talents to create functional, wearable leather art. Influenced by the natural mountainous terrain surrounding their Whistler-based studio, Love Jules Leather offers classically inspired leather pieces, done a little bit differently. Design focused, without compromise on craftsmanship. Acid wash boat shoes made from cow and lamb hide is a good place to start.

How about something for that budding collector of wine just itching to expand his cellar? We’ve got some noteworthy (and sizeable) options from BC’s own Okanagan Valley. Tinhorn Creek’s 3L Oldfield Series Merlot 2007 is the perfect pick ($250). With only 50 produced, give your guy something worth saving. It comes in a decorative wooden crate-style box and is signed by winemaker Sandra Oldfield herself.

Another wine-minded option; Painted Rock Estate Winery has released its sought-after magnums just in time for the holidays. This year’s 2009 Icon Red Blend estate-grown vintage retails for $125 and is one to grab, having just won gold at The Canadian Wine Awards earlier this season.