Here we are friends; it's holiday time! This year, more than ever, we must support local businesses and buy as much BC as we can manage. We have rounded up our favourite items from clients, friends and family in Vancouver and the Okanagan to highlight gift ideas sure to please all on your list. The list is geographically sorted from east to west, and includes thoughtful items for foodies, wine lovers, travel bugs, art collectors, home chefs, little ones, and more. Thanks for reading and all your support in 2021.
Kate + Krista
The Colley Communications team loves touring and tasting our way through Naramata's Village and Bench. In fact, agency founder, Naramata Inn partner, and new Naramata resident, Kate Colley was recently voted in as Board President for local destination marketing organization, Discover Naramata. It's a good fit given Kate's decades of experience in tourism and lifestyle marketing with a focus on food, wine, people, hotels destinations and more.
With dozens of wineries and so many incredible experiences in this special place, it's impossible to narrow down the favourites. Discover Naramata for yourself and learn why visitors from near and far should be planning their next visit to the charming community right now via discovernaramata.com.
Naramata Inn has put together a fantabulous Christmas shopping gift guide for lovers of local food and wine designed to bring the Inn experience to life. Shop the online store for Naramata fruit preserves, signature tees, totes, towels and robes, as well as culinary covetables like our steak knives, bread boards and linen aprons.
Don't miss our Stollen, the once-a year holiday cake with a storied history, rooted in royalty. Stuff the stocking with the Inn's luscious Peach, Apple & Pear Preserves and highly addictive Apple & Cherry Granola.. Give friends, family and colleagues to have an "Inn real life" experience featuring Chef Ned Bell's "French Naramatian" cuisine with a gift card.. Spend $500 or more and receive 10% of the total in an additional gift card for you to enjoy.
Cook with Ned
Give a signed copy of Chef Ned Bell’s cookbook, Lure: Sustainable Seafood Recipes from the West Coast. Eating sustainable seafood is about opening your mind (and fridge) to a vast array of fish and shellfish that you might not have considered before—and the Pacific Coast is blessed with an abundance of wild species. With Lure, readers embark on a wild Pacific adventure and discover the benefits of healthy oils and rich nutrients that seafood delivers.
Purchase through naramatainn.com/store for a signed version, or pick up a copy through Amazon and at Indigo.
Travel with Ned and Kate next Christmas
Join Ned aboard a luxury cruise for FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022. The world’s best soccer, seven ports, five countries, and incredible cuisine for 12 nights, cruising the Indian Ocean from Dubai to Mumbai. An experience of a lifetime.
To book contact Shemin Verjee at email@example.com or 604.762.0007
In celebration of Naramata's incredible community spirit, the team of local producers behind the "Naramata Love Box" have launched a holiday edition chock full of Naramata wine, spirits and goodness. The Naramata Love Holiday Box, is delivered directly to doorsteps in Naramata and Penticton, ships across BC and features 6 bottles and a few Naramata-made surprises.
Priced at $199 (including all applicable taxes, fees and deposits) every box purchased will also give a $25 donation to BC flood relief or an organization committed to the education of sustainable farming practices and food security.
Available for purchase at naramatalove.com
The Naramata General Store is the hub of a village that punches well above it's weight. The iconic store fulfils its role as community hub and one-stop-shop as it has for generations. Offering much more than fresh groceries, a liquor store, post office, deli and bottle depot, the store remains a long time gathering place that is frequented by residents, neighbours and visitors alike.
The family-owned General Store has a great selection of holiday gift baskets filled with tasty Okanagan goodies - all wrapped and ready to go. for local pick up. Available in small, medium and large at $55, $80 and $100 price points respectively, each basket boasts a selection of Okanagan made bites, treats, sauces, wine, jellies, coffee and more.
For more details click here,
Give the gift of dreamy watercolours paired with decadent materials that meld to become a collection of sustainable, wearable art pieces. Think luxurious sustainable silk kimonos + scarves, original art, paper products and home decor. Make Marina's signature silk dusters, and scarves your next wardrobe staple. They go with everything! You can thank us later.
Grab a market tote that matches your style, and be sure to check out Marina's fun, feminine and feel good ART! Think affordable original pieces, to limited edition paper, prints and notecards - that are designed to make recipients feel good.
Purchase online at artofmarina.com or visit the Naramata Studio & Gallery at Three Sisters Winery.
Wayne and Freda Coffee Roasters
If you haven't heard of Wayne & Freda, you're overdue for a visit to Penticton. Wayne & Freda is a caffeine-fuelled oasis in downtown Penticton that is warm, stylish and inviting. It also serves up award-winning coffee blends that taste like coffee should. Wayne & Freda is a sustainable coffee house with a curated menu that includes some of the best breakfast sandwiches going as well as seasonally inspired toasts, bowls, baked goods and more.
Wayne & Freda has just released two new coffee beans blends for the 2021 holiday season. Titled Snowed in for the Win Espresso and Full Send Tobbogan Drip Coffee Blend, each 3/4 pound bag retails for $20 and are available in store while supplies last. Wayne & Freda's swag is awesome. A fact proven by a loyal following that loves to rep them. Their line includes toques, baseball caps, mugs, and tee's in kid and adult sizes. Don't miss their bestselling ‘leather patch’ sweater - aka the forever sweater - because the more it's washed and worn - the more comfortable it becomes.
Visit wayneandfreda.com for more information, or shop in person at their Penticton storefront.
Foodies will love an invitation to enjoy AnnaLena, one of the country's top dining experiences. The restaurants "torn bread" alone has it's own fan club. A gift card to Chef Michael Robbin's celebration of modern Canadian cuisine will delight any and all food lovers.
AnnaLena focuses exclusively on multi-course tasting menus that highlight seasonal, local farms and suppliers alongside minimal intervention wine pairings and cocktails.
Named to honour Robbins' two grandmothers, AnnaLena is about imagination, creativity and possibility - combining the best local ingredients, with creativity and innovation, an acclaimed wine list and seamless service in one of Vancouver's favourite neighbourhoods. Since opening its doors in the popular Kitsilano area in March 2015, AnnaLena has quickly become both a neighbourhood and critics' favourite.
Odd One Out is a newcomer to Canada's home decor landscape that Invites customers to express their personality through the brand's playful, nostalgic and contemporary aesthetic. The Odd One Out studio is located in East Vancouver where Its products are designed and crafted by Ryan Murphy, Sean Robbins, and Annalena + Their There founder, Michael Robbins. This small, talented team has a passion for quality and unique designs.
Signature items include a mini basketball hoop that offers a grown-up take on a childhood classic, as well as thoroughly modern planters in unexpected shapes like game console and full-sized "basketbowls". The TOUCH n GO table lamp is an understated and refined piece with a timeless aesthetic operated from a touch pad on its base with full dimming capability.
Purchase online at oddoneoutdesign.com
Robbins Custom offers bespoke solid wood tables, constructed to last for generations. Sized and stained to match any dining room or kitchen. As well as cutting boards, the couch board, and almost any custom wood piece your heart desires. All designs are locally made in Vancouver from British Columbia timber.
Sean Robbins is a fourth generation carpenter who's been helping his father and grandfather create, build and repair homes and furniture since childhood. Sean Is certified in many trades from archaeology to red seal chef but returned to his real passion of woodworking in 2008. Sean studied carpentry at the British Columbia Institute of Technology and has been working to elevate home design and creat custom furniture ever since.
Visit robbinscustom.com to Inquire about commissioning pieces.
numpfer's "Ultimate Bundle" is just the thing for new parents. This impossibly soft baby starter kit has many of the things parents will reach for again and again. All luxuriously soft, the set includes a crib sheet with travel bag, a signature blanket, 2 of the original multi-use bibs in a handy reusable, waterproof bag and the quick-to-sell-out double hooded 'genius towel'.
From newborns to pre-schoolers, numpfer offers essentials that both caregivers and little ones adore. Everything is made from a cashmere soft, hypoallergenic, organic bamboo cotton blend - a material that is delicate, breathable, antibacterial, odour resistant and temperature regulating..
The hard-working products are both stylish and functional, with the 'must have' bibs working triple time as bib, washcloth and burp cloth. The no-fuss, signature side-tie design offers easy fastening allowing baby to stay dry, cozy and comfortable. The equally essential blanket and towel line will move you from amateur swaddler to professional baby whisperer in record time. If you know you know.
Purchase online at numpfer.com