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5 spots in Vernon sure to help you cross items off your holiday gift-giving list

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Vernon is the Okanagan’s art and cultural hub. Between the incredible crafters selling their goods at fairs and markets and the amazing shops that make up the downtown core, you can get all your holiday shopping done in Vernon while supporting Vernon locals too!

We’ve rounded up 5 Vernon favourites for you to peruse and help check off your shopping list.

Artsolutely - The Vernon Community Arts Centre

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Looking for some unique, one-of-a-kind gifts to put under the tree? You need to check out the annual artisan show at the Vernon Community Arts Centre – Artsolutely.

This shopping extravaganza is loaded with quality hand-made gifts that can’t be found anywhere else in the world because they were made right here in the Okanagan.

Browse the works of over 35 local artisans and have a look at the incredible pottery, paintings, glass art, jewelry, metal and woodwork, fabric arts, natural products and even more forms of lovely local art.

The sale located at the Vernon Community Arts Center runs all week long, from Dec 1 - 24.

Kaleco Clothing - 3010 31 Street

This fun little shop, is your one-stop-shop for inspiring and unique products that are sustainable, fair-trade and handmade.

This locally owned and operated shop is your go-to for all of your eco-friendly clothing and jewelry gift needs. You might even find something you love for yourself because the natural fibres and fabrics are hard to resist once you try them on and feel the difference on your skin.

You’re sure to be able to cross a few things off your list after a visit to Kaleco.

Antlr Menswear - 3003 30th Avenue

Here is your eco-friendly shopping destination for men’s clothing. At Antlr, you will find a carefully curated selection of menswear that’s designed to last for years, not months.

This shop is bursting with other sustainable items as well, including gorgeous wallets made from North American-sourced leather, solid cologne crafted from naturally sourced essential and premium fragrances oils, leather belts made ethically in Canada, along with a variety of soaps, shaving creams and many other items that can be browsed here or in store.

Kin + Pod Chocolate - 3017 A 30th Avenue

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There’s no question that one of the most universally adorned stocking stuffers is chocolate.

But imagine pulling some exquisite, craft chocolate from your stocking and trying it out to find that this delicious (and pretty!) creation was also made ethically, right here in Canada!

Kin + Pod is dedicated to making exceptional chocolate, from bean to bar, and the most important part of that is sourcing the highest quality and tastiest beans from small, family-run farms that are as passionate about creating a great product as Kin + Pod is.

Planet Bee - 5011 Bella Vista Road

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If you’re from the area, you’ve definitely heard of Planet Bee, but you might have overlooked it as a hotspot for amazing stocking stuffers.

All of their products are from honey made by their hardworking honeybees, right here in Vernon!

You need to visit their store to get the full experience, but some of the wonderful local items they offer include fresh honey (of course), bar soap, bath bombs, lotions, essential oils and probably the best gift of all for Okanaganites – Honey wine!

Planet Bee has been serving award-winning mead since 2010 but it still seems to be Vernon’s tasty hidden secret. This unique offering is the perfect gift for the wine lover in your life.

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