The Design Lover’s Gift Guide

November 22, 2017

This holiday season, avoid generic, mass produced sweaters and socks in favour of handcrafted blankets and beautiful objects inspired by modern design and architecture.

For the design lover on your holiday gift list, we’ve curated a list of keepsake items for the home and body from our favourite Vancouver-based brands, all ranging in price from $22 to $225. 

Host gifts:

aluminum catch all decorative bowl

Petite Origami Bowl in Aluminum. Strong style and sustainability meet in this minimalist, architectural bowl, hand-crafted from recycled aluminum. $37; additional sizes available at


Harlow Bright Candle

Harlow & Co. Bright Candle. A handmade candle with notes of lemon verbena, key lime, bitter almond + clementine. $30; available at Harlow Atelier + various stockists.


TwentyOne Tonnes moroccan tumbler glasses

Moroccan Tumblers by TwentyOneTonnes. Sturdy, handblown recycled glass tumblers from Morocco, suitable for a celebratory cocktail or your favourite cellar red. $14; available at


Oorja Spoon from Anara Design Co. An elegant, delicate-looking spoon designed in brass. Perfect for jams, chili flakes, salt and sugar. A beautiful addition to a charcuterie board. $18 at


For your trusted mentor or fashionable aunt:

handwoven throw

Ecru Throw by ANARA. A luxuriously soft, hand-woven blanket created from hand-spun cotton. Finished with a natural fringe edge, this gorgeous keepsake throw is machine washable. $225; also available in petite size at


Janaki Larsen ceramic bowl

Janaki Coarse Bowl by Janaki Larsen. A raw and minimal piece finished in white glaze. $55; available at 7e7 Atelier St. George.


For the stylish friend who travels the world:

straw leather shopper bag charlie and lee

Natural Wing Shopper Basket. A neutral, comfortable carry-all with black leather handles. $109; available at Charlie & Lee


Lego tower necklace kassa

Lego Tower Necklace. Lego isn’t just for kids. Crafted in pure brass by Studio Kassa, this pendant necklace will turn heads for years to come. $83 at


The soon-to-be-parent:

organic cotton baby swaddle

Marigold Swaddle in Sable by ANARA. Soft organic cotton hand-block printed in geometric patterns. This beautiful blanket gets softer each time it’s washed, and makes a lovely baby swaddle, stroller blanket, or scarf. $30; available in additional colours at


For the sister who eschews prints and wears minimal jewelry:

Lil Swirl Necklace. Minimal, refined and inspired by the movement and shape of biomorphism. Crafted from recycled brass pipe. $57 at


Gift Card to One Of A Few. A lovely independent boutique featuring established and emerging designers.


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