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4 Local Businesses You Can Support this Gift-Giving Season

Can’t believe it’s December already. This year has been crazy to say the least. But now, here we are, at the home stretch of 2020, and Christmas eve is exactly a month away.

Christmas is my favourite time of year – I love the lights, the cheer and the gifting. One of my favourite things to do this season is finding the perfect gifts to put under the tree for my loved ones. I’m also blessed with knowing incredibly talented and creative people in my circle of acquaintance that have started or revamped businesses during this time. With that in mind, I want to share a few of those businesses for your shopping pleasure this season:

41st Ivy

My friend Diandra is an amazingly talented jewellery designer. Her pieces are all handcrafted by hand, and are one of a kind. These pieces are so versatile and very affordable! And, 5% of each sale goes to Dress for Success – a Vancouver non-profit designed to empower women to achieve economic success.

Right now, you can get free shipping at her online store with code FREESHIPMARYINVAN. These earrings make great stocking stuffers, Secret Santas or a gift for yourself for surviving this crazy year.

Ava to Zoe

I’ve known Jeanette for a long time! We became friends thru our blogging, but what we really have in common is the love for our children. Always honest and funny, Jeanette’s blog is full of mom hacks and information to help you navigate motherhood. Aside from that, she makes gorgeous keepsakes.

A family affair, inspired by Janette’s Dad and with production help from both her girls, Shop Ava To Zoe creates quality handmade genuine leather keepsakes. Keychains packed full of love, trinket trays that will make you laugh and even bookmarks with Cheeky quotes, you name it, they have a gift for even the hardest to shop for. Currently, $5 from every Special Edition Boobie Keychain sale is donated to the Breast Cancer Society of Canada. Get those stocking stuffers now!

Merch by Billy Force

Billy is a good friend of mine! A talented Vancouver graphic designer, Billy’s creations range from face-masks, T-shirts, and even beach towels. His original designs are adorable, and you are guaranteed to find something delightful on his site.

You can get 15% off your first purchase by signing up to their newsletter.

Presidio by Athenas

When you buy an item from Presidio, you’re not only supporting my friend Athenas Angulo, you’re also supporting small local business and latin artisans from Mexico. Presidio was created to bring all of your favourite Canadian products and Latin makers into one lifestyle shop. You will find gorgeous accessories, lifestyle decor and beautiful clothing. Free shipping in Canada with orders over $150.

This giving season is so important for our local small businesses. It can literally make or break them. Please consider buying local this year and help our merchants this Christmas! Let me know who you’re supporting by tagging me @maryinvancity in your instagram stories. I will reshare them!

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