If you’re like us, when it comes to searching for the perfect Secret Santa and boss-friendly gifts, your brain has likely all-but run out of ideas, time and energy.
We’ve scoured the local holiday markets, perused the shops along Robson Street, checked out fine wine shops and found a few noteworthy items you ought to consider for such occasions (that won’t break your holiday budget). Read on for our go-to gift guide for the office, and then some.
For the wine-loving boss, we suggest you pick up a bottle of Morar, 2006 Amarone Della Valpolicella Classico. This 91 Point wine (Wine Enthusiast) will undoubtedly score you some major points with the boss if it’s in your budget. A noteworthy wine indeed, this ruby-hued gem oozes aristocratic class – and comes from a historic Veronese farm with a history dating back to the early 700s. Impressive packaging and the promise of full-on flavours of tobacco, cigar, deep fruit and notes of spice will definitely pique your bosses interest and attention. You can find it at BC Liquor Stores for just over $70.
If you’ve got a closet foodie to buy for as part of your Secret Santa exchange, be sure to check out the delectable offerings of Gastown’s Dirty Apron Cooking School. Choose from a variety of deluxe, pre-packaged gift boxes (we love the simplicity of the French and Italian Spice Box collections that are only $29 and $34) as well as the aptly named ‘Snack Attack’ selection. Alternatively, take the easy way out and grab a gift certificate (available starting from $25).
Another original gift idea that doubles as an excuse for the lucky recipient to ‘get out of town’ is a gift certificate toward the Scandinave Spa in Whistler. Depending on your budget, you can opt for something more specific like a Scandinave Bath Access pass ($58) or simply purchase a non-descript gift card for $50, you decide; and they will continually thank you for it. You might want to grab an extra and keep it for yourself, you deserve it.
Back to our wine finds perfect for gifting… why not wrap up a bottle of Kangarilla Road, 2009 Q Shiraz, the perfect (biodynamic) pick from Down-Under (and also happens to have scored 95 Points from renowned critic James Halliday…if that’s of interest). This boisterous red is just like all the Aussies we know and hails from the McLaren Vale region of Australia. Rich layers of flavours loaded with ripe, black fruit, chocolate, spice and hints of cedar are guaranteed to impress. It’s priced at around $30 and available in BC Liquor Stores and would make the perfect gift for a colleague just starting up their wine collection. Click here for more info.
If you’re trying to keep things a bit tamer with respect to finances over the holidays, be sure to pop by the CB2 store on Robson for a quick gift-giving fix. They’ve got a great selection of quirky items available to suit pretty much every budget (plenty fall under $20) and would be perfect for Secret Santa exchanges or last minute buys for the loyal office intern. We dig the Govino stemless wine glass set (under $15) and Whiskey Stones (about $23).
Photo courtesy Scandinave Spa in Whistler