Still looking for gifts for a few people on your list? Here are a few suggestions to help you shop like a local and give the gift of Kelowna this holiday season.Bonus, many of these suggestions can be ordered online so you can shop while cooking dinner tonight in preparation for your next visit to Kelowna.
1. Tickets to a Performing Arts Show in Kelowna
Kelowna has a number of live performing arts organizations that include amateur and professional actors and performers. Give the gift of supporting our local arts organization while giving someone a great cultural experience with tickets to Opera Kelowna, Ballet Kelowna, Kelowna Actors Studio, New Vintage Theatre, Fred Skeleton Theatre Company, Okanagan Symphony.
2. Books From Kelowna Authors
Whether you have a foodie on your list who loves to cook or are looking for a book for parents to read to their children, Kelowna has a number of published authors. Mosaic Books located in Downtown Kelowna has a great selection of work from local authors including cook books by chef Rod Butters or wine & food writer Jennifer Schell, children's books by authors Cale Atkinson, Harry Callaghan and several others, as well as books on the local wine industry, geography, hiking, history and so much more.
3. Art From Kelowna Artists
There are a number of local artists who are painters, crafters, jewellers, sculptures and more... who are all living and working in Kelowna. Many have their work on display and for sale at local retailers and art galleries including Picture Perfect, Hambleton Galleries and Tutt Street Gallery as well as a variety of boutique shops in Downtown Kelowna.
4. Kelowna Spa Weekend Package
Whether it’s a gift for your love or a gift for someone who needs a little pampering, many local hotels offer spa packages that can really spoil that special someone on your list. Some weekend options include The Hotel Eldorado, The Cove Lakeside Resort, and the Best Western PLUS all offer pampering getaways.
5. Tasty Surprises from Kelowna's Food Artisans
Visit the Kelowna Farmers Market at any time of year and you will meet the farmers and producers who work hard year-round to bring quality farm-to-table products to make meals so enjoyable. It's easy to give a tasty gift of Kelowna with salad dressings from Little Creek, honey from Arlo’s Honey Farm, cheese from Carmeli’s Goat Cheese Artisan, chocolate from Annegret’s or Karat, or a box of apples, complete with decorative box from BC Tree Fruits. Many of these artisans provide shipping from Kelowna or can assist you with the locations nearest you to pick up their products.
6. Get Ready for Next Summer's Visit with Concert Tickets
Perfect for the music lover! In Kelowna you can see live music almost every night of the week, but why not prepare ahead and purchase tickets to an upcoming performance of a local, national or international artist. If you've got a classic music lover on your list, you'll want to grab some tickets to Rock the Lake. This festival takes place every August and is always a sell-out.
7. Supper Clubs & Special Dining Experiences
Pop up dinners around the city, long table dinners in the vineyard, brunches in unique hidden spots, these impromptu style dinners are a lot of fun and delicious with each meal carefully created by the hosting Chef. You’ll meet new people at these family-style dinners while learning about our local chefs and how they work with each farmer, orchardist, and supplier. Join The Table at Codfathers, where the chef hosts dinners and invites other local chefs into his kitchen; Old Vines Restaurant where you dine in the warmth of the sun at a long table among the vines, or with the chef of The Paisley Notebook who collaborates with many local suppliers and other Chefs to bring you an informative, relaxed and delicious evening.
8. The Gift of Wine, Beer, Cider, or Spirits
The option to grab a few bottles (or cases) of local beverages seems almost endless. With more than 40 wineries, 5 breweries, 6 cideries, 2 distilleries, and many new businesses on the horizon, it's easy gift a taste of Kelowna. You can gift products, a guided tour and tasting, event tickets, or a wine club membership. Most of our local wineries have wine clubs that give you exclusive access to products, pricing as well as regular deliveries to your doorstep.
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Christina Ferreira is the owner of Impact Events & Brand Management located in Kelowna. When not helping businesses with their events and getting their brand out to the world she’s busy exploring the Okanagan’s beaches, wineries, patios and hiking with her dogs Grace and Penny.