7 Ways to Shop Coastal this Holiday Season

1) Shop Local Online:

Support Local BC Gift Certificates
The best place to start is right here. Visit Support Local BC to purchase a gift card from over 100 local business on the Sunshine Coast. It’s fast and easy. Starting November 30, the Sunshine Coast Credit Union is offering $10 off when they purchase a Gift Certificate of $50 or more to participating local businesses through this site. Use Promo Code: ShopCoastalBankLocal. The discount is available until December 30 or once the promo code has been used 500 times.

Shopping for someone else and not sure what to give them? Give them the gift of choice! You can purchase a generic gift card to the Support Local BC website which enables the recipient to then purchase any gift certificate for a specific business on the SupportLocalBC.com website.

The Sechelt Farmers Market 
The Sechelt Farmers’ and Artisans’ Market is the largest Farmers’ Market on the lower Sunshine Coast, and offers an easy online shopping experience with contact-free pick-up options.

Serendipity Christmas Craft Fair
Featuring local artisans and crafters from the Sunshine Coast, this online shopping site supports the charitable activities of the Serendipity Child Development Society and the Madeira Park Elementary PAC.

The Kube 
Located in Gibsons, The Kube is the Coast’s collective art gallery and boutique. Check out their new online shop where you can purchase gifts from multiple artisans.

2) Shop in Store or at Shopping Events:

Local businesses are doing everything they can to keep you safe. So sanitize your hands, don your mask, and shop in store to support the unsung heroes of the COVID-19 crisis!

In addition to regular shopping hours, there are several special shopping events happening on the Coast this season:

Sechelt Shop Hop: November 26, December 3 and December 10, 5pm to 8pm
Sechelt Farmers Market: November 28 and December 5, 11am to 4pm
The Kube Christmas Craft Fair: December 7, 11 am to 5pm
Sunnycrest Mall Fair: November 28 & 29, December 5- 6, 12- 13, and 19-20.
Times:  Saturdays, 10 am – 6 pm and Sundays, 11 am – 4 pm.

Remember to Be Kind, Be Calm, Be Safe and Buy Local!

Got an event to add? Send an email to projects@communityfutures.org

3) Put Local on your Table

Local Pubs, Restaurants and Eateries
Here on the Sunshine Coast, we enjoy an abundance of locally owned and operated hot spots for food! When dining out, be sure to think locally and choose a restaurant or pub that is locally owned. Just hop on over to maps.google.com and search for “restaurants near me” for the best listings with hours and menus posted.

Coastal Takeout
If you are self-isolating or simply more comfortable eating f rom home this winter, you can still support local restaurants! This website offers an easy-to-navigate list of restaurants and eateries on the Sunshine Coast that offer takeout options.

Local grocers, food stores and food producers
When possible, try to purchase your groceries and goodies from local food producers and shops that carry locally grown and produced foods. Every little bit counts!

Gibsons:
Gibsons Public Market
Good Acre Market
Fong’s Market and Gift Shop
IGA Gibsons 
Sunshine Coast Olive Oil

Sechelt:
Claytons Heritage Market 
Dave’s Butcher Shop
Galiano Italiano
Gourmet Girl
Halfmoon Bay General Store
IGA Wilson Creek
LL Meats
Plethora Fine Foods
Roberts Creek General Store

Pender Harbour:
IGA Madeira Park
Oak Tree Market

Did we miss something from this list? Send an email to projects@communityfutures.org and we will happily add you!

4) Buy Locally Made

Home to hundreds of unique businesses from art galleries, bakeries, and boutique gift shops to fine foods and fabulous flowers, the commercial districts of the lower Sunshine Coast offer something special for everyone.

When you buy locally made products, you support talented Sunshine Coast artists, makers and manufacturers. They need your purchases more than ever!

The list of vendors, crafters, makers and artists is absolutely extensive on the Sunshine Coast. Below is a select few places where you can find a number of locally made products in one place.

 Did we miss something from this list? Send an email to projects@communityfutures.org and we will happily add you!

Fresh from the Coast
The Kube
Roberts Creek Online Christmas Craft Fair
Sechelt Farmers Market
Serendipity Christmas Craft Fair
Sunnycrest Christmas Mall Fair
Wildflower and Twiggs

5) Buy Local Gift Cards

Support Local BC Gift Certificates
The best place to start is right here. Visit Support Local BC to purchase a gift card from over 100 local business on the Sunshine Coast. It’s fast and easy. Starting November 30, the Sunshine Coast Credit Union is offering $10 off when they purchase a Gift Certificate of $50 or more to participating local businesses through this site. Use Promo Code: ShopCoastalBankLocal. The discount is available until December 30 or once the promo code has been used 500 times.

Shopping for someone else and not sure what to give them? Give them the gift of choice! You can purchase a generic gift card to the Support Local BC website which enables the recipient to then purchase any gift certificate for a specific business on the SupportLocalBC.com website.

6) Gift Baskets

Are you a local business owner looking for office gifts to send to clients, customers or another business this holiday season? Why not think locally and support your fellow local businesses!

There are several companies on the Sunshine Coast that specialize in producing and selling local gift baskets—another great way to support a number of local businesses at once.

Local gift baskets are also a great fit for anyone looking to send a get well soon or holiday gift to friends and family for a physically distanced celebration this year.

A few local companies to check out for Sunshine Coast gift baskets:

Ann-lynn Flowers and Gifts
Coastal Crates
Plethora Fine Foods
Wildflower and Twiggs

Did we miss something from this list? Send an email to projects@communityfutures.org and we will happily add you!

7) Christmas Party Alternatives

With renewed COVID-19 restrictions in place this winter, staff parties and personal gatherings are just not possible.

Instead of holding that annual staff Christmas party this year, local companies can purchase gift cards for local restaurants for their staff instead- to enjoy that nice meal and celebration with their +1, or treat themselves to a nice dining experience at home where it’s safer and more comfortable.

For companies with smaller budgets or who normally offer a more casual staff get together, why not purchase gift cards to local breweries and beverage producers to “have one on us” safely at home!

A number of local restaurants on the Sunshine Coast offer gift cards and may offer a bulk discount offer for companies wishing to purchase a number of cards at once. Just hop onto maps.google.com and search for restaurants near me to find a list of possibilities.

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Still can’t find what you’re looking for? Call us at 604-747-4696 from 9am to 3pm Monday to Friday to speak with one of our local business advisors to help you get started. You can also email us at help@SCBRC.ca.

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