With the holiday season just around the corner, are you already thinking about what you’ll be buying or making this year? Well, the staff at the Roundhouse have some wonderful suggestions for you:
Think Local, Think Consumable, Think Crafts.
A quick roundup reveals that many of the Roundhouse staff love to give and receive handmade, or locally sourced items that are personal—like the silver Christmas ball ornament, Production Assistant Kayce Honey, gave to Recreation Facility Clerk, Arlene Herauf, to commemorate Arlene’s first Christmas with her new husband—but not too personal. Maria Castillo jokes that while she loves her sisters and cherishes their gifts, “I sometimes have to give gifts away, but only those that do not fit me, like undies!”
Ready-to-send consumable gifts are sure to be appreciated by the out-of-towners on your list.
One of Castillo’s favourite gifts to give her relatives and close friends is her homemade sweet and delicious Filipino egg pies. Here’s a similar recipe for you to try.
Beautifully packaged candies, preserves, meats, and teas are other great gift ideas you can find at Communications Coordinator, Hanne Lene Dalgleish’s, favorite local shop, The Gourmet Warehouse. She also recommends Kerrisdale’s sweet e’s for all the sweet tooth’s on your list. And be sure to check out the held-over Yaletown Farmer’s Market and Vancouver’s Winter Farmer’s Market at Nat Bailey Stadium to shop local food producers for everything from pastries to poultry. Arts programmer, Marie Lopes, adds that one of her favourite gifts to receive is a home cooked meal. “I love to have someone cook dinner for me at my house and bring a full-bodied red wine, too.” She credits Liberty Wines on Commercial Drive for their outstanding local and international selections.
The Roundhouse’s busy Volunteer Coordinator, Michele Mateus, is a fan of craft fairs and what better place to discover unique gifts and collectibles but at one of Vancouver’s plethora of timely craft fairs like the ever-popular and growing Circle Craft or Western Front’s Toque. Here’s a full list of upcoming craft fairs. Also, if you’re looking for more do-it-yourself ideas, be sure to check out the delightful Granny Girls for easy-to-make crafts like Polaroid picture coasters or homemade teacup candles.
Finally, join our very own Hanne Lene Dalgleish for her family-friendly Danish Christmas Decoration Workshops, where she will share the decorating customs of her heritage.
Sometimes just adding a simple, personal touch like tying a ribbon around a jar of preserves with a handwritten note or label, filling a basket with baked goods, or framing a cherished photograph is all you need to do to bring joy into someone else’s life.
So, what are your gift ideas for the holidays?
By Jacqueline Steuart, Roundhouse Blog Team. Jacqueline is a graduate of the Print Futures: Professional Writing program at Douglas College, New Westminster. She is pleased to write about the dynamic and diverse culture of the Roundhouse.