Holiday Gift Guide: Gifts For The Gastronomer On Your List

We are fortunate to have an incredible range of local businesses that are passionate about showcasing the best the Island has to offer. Bring a taste of Vancouver Island into someone’s home with these foodie-inspired gift ideas. 


Stocking Stuffers

Beeswax wraps from Island Reveries, Salt Spring Island Beeswax Wraps, and Goldilocks make for the perfect sustainable stocking stuffer. Also, who doesn’t love chocolate? Pick up some Victoria creams from Roger’s Chocolates to add a little sweetness to one’s stocking. Lastly, a subscription to Edible Vancouver Island is the perfect gift to connect readers with local food and the people who make it. 


Home Chef Collection

For the foodie who loves cooking new recipes at home, the Cedar and Salt: Vancouver Island Recipes from Forest, Farm, Field, and Sea cookbook is available at local bookstores Russell Books, Coho Books, and Volume One Bookstore. For those looking to spruce up their kitchen collection, there are plenty of gift options from Flying Fish and Capital Iron. Handcrafted cutting and charcuterie boards from Coombs Woodworks are a must for the hostess looking to impress with their holiday cheese boards.


West Coast Flavours

Want to add something special and usable to your loved one’s pantry? Bring the best in your food by gifting locally sourced, hand-harvested sea salt from Vancouver Island Sea Salt. Gourmet preserves and hot sauces from Saltspring Kitchen Co are available in beautifully designed gift sets, making them perfect for your holiday gifting. Does it get more west coast than salmon? Delicious smoked salmon from St Jean’s, Hardy Buoys, and Dockside Smoked Fish Store will be sure to please. A holiday charcuterie board is not complete without cheese. Gift locally crafted cheese from Little Qualicum Cheeseworks, Salt Spring Island Cheese Company, and Natural Pastures Cheese Company.

Gourmet Experiences

Gift an incredible once in a lifetime trip to the West Coast Culinary Adventure at Nootka Sound Resort. A three day luxury getaway allows guests to explore west coast cuisine with renowned chef William Lew. For those that like to stay closer to home, consider a gift card to one of the Island’s sustainable farm to table restaurants such as 10 Acres and Merridale Cidery & Distillery. Want to join in on the fun? Gift your food-loving friends and family with an experience that will create lasting memories. Vancouver Island Expeditions, Off the Eaten Track and a Taste of Victoria Food Tours offer unique food tours, allowing you to sip and taste a variety of local Island flavours. 

Craft Beer and Spirits Scene

Vancouver Island is home to more than 40 craft breweries and numerous distilleries. There is no shortage of holiday gift ideas for the craft beer and spirits connoisseur. Discover the craft brewing and distilling scene through a tour with Canadian Craft Tours or Explore Vancouver Island. If you are looking to gift craft beer this holiday season, be sure to check out “Your Guide to Craft Beer on Vancouver Island” to discover the local breweries near you. If you know your friends and family would prefer to pick out their own craft beverages, a gift card to the Vancouver Island owned Cascadia Liquor Stores will do the trick. Last of all, what complements beer better than some wood smoked beef jerky from Island Jerky.

We’re excited to include this article as part of our Holiday Gift Guide! For more gifting inspiration, check out our full Holiday Gift Guide here.