After a long and demanding year, we could all use a little zen. Look after yourself and your loved ones this holiday season and treat them to some much-needed relaxation and tranquillity. Known for our laid back culture, Vancouver Island is the perfect spot to find a moment of zen. From weekend getaways to cozy home decor and hand-poured candles, you will discover soothing and comforting gift ideas for all the zen lovers in your life.
Treat your loved ones to a relaxing weekend spa retreat at Kingfisher Resort and Spa in the Comox Valley, Tigh-Na-Mara Seaside Resort with their award-winning Grotto Spa in Parksville or the Oak Bay Beach Hotel in Victoria. A staycation is an incredible way to get away from the stresses in life and recharge. Your loved ones can relax in mineral pools and enjoy a refreshing spa treatment.
There is no better way to recharge than experiencing the wonders of nature. Gift your loved ones a storm watching experience in Tofino and Ucluelet at Long Beach Lodge Resort, Wickaninnish Inn, and Black Rock Resort. The crashing waves calm and soothe the mind. (Just be mindful to give a gift card to a property this year so that it can be redeemed when it’s safe to travel again).
Cozy Redecorating Ideas
We are all spending more time at home these days dreaming of redecorating. Help your friends and family turn their home into a cozy retreat at Pigeonhole Home Store and Demmx. The Island features so many curated artisan galleries and stores that feature locally produced goods it is hard to choose just one or two, so here is a whole list of options up and down the island to get you inspired: Bough & Antler Store Northwest Goods as well as Westcoast Wildflower & Co both in Campbell River, The Other Side Artisan Collection in Coombs, Island-ish in Nanaimo, Left Coast Fashions in Ladysmith or Imagine That! in Duncan.
Warm and Bright Spaces
Brighten up your loved one’s life with the zen-inducing warmth of candles. Salt Spring Island Candle Co and Bees Wax Works hand-pour gorgeous candles with incredible essential oils. Pick up an individual candle, a collection, or a gift set.
No moment of zen is complete without the calming scent of lavender. Pick up balms, soaps, and oils from two of Vancouver Island’s own lavender farms, Bilston Creek Farm and Lavender & Black. From the moment your gift arrives, the calming aroma will induce serenity and tranquillity.