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Victoria gift guide: 7 ways to shop local for a unique selection of stocking stuffers


The countdown is on.

Christmas is less than a week away and let’s face it, if you’re reading this you’re probably scrambling to complete your Christmas shopping list. 

If you’re stumped as to what gifts to get that friend, family member or co-worker, these seven local shops in Greater Victoria offer creative and thoughtful stocking stuffer options for everyone.

Hoyne Brewing Company 

From tall boys to glassware and even clothing, Hoyne Brewing Co. has a perfect assortment of stocking gifts for that beer lover in your family. 

  • Where: Online 

VIP Hard Candy

VIP candy is handmade in Sooke. These hard candies with an insane range of fun flavours are made in small artisan batches to ensure quality and freshness is delivered in each piece.

This is what makes their candy special. NO robots NO machines, just sweet love and LOTS of it.

To kick off the holiday season, VIP Hard Candy has released nine new flavours including:

  • Strawberry Candycane 
  • Chai Spice Eggnog
  • Gingerbread
  • Mystic Mojito
  • Sweet Watermelon
  • Orange Cream
  • Root Beer Float 
  • Peanut Butter
  • Chocolate Smoothie 
  • Blue Rasberry

Dutch bakery

If you’re looking to include a few sweet treats for that special someone, the Dutch Bakery is a great local shop featuring delicious baked goods made locally.

  • Where: Dutch Bakery, 718 Fort Street
  • When: Tuesday to Saturday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. (closed on Christmas Eve and Christmas)

Wychbury Ave – Soap and Gifts

There’s nothing like the fresh scent of naturally made soaps. Even better, these bars are made close to home! 

  • Where: Local pickup in Esquimalt after your online order 

House of Boateng Cafė

For that spicy food lover in your life, you can count on House of Boateng to serve up delicious hot sauce alternatives. From HOB’s mango, habanero and carrot hot sauce to sweet and smokey flavours. This diverse assortment of flavours will be sure to leave a smile on the faces you surprise. 

  • Where: House of Boateng Café, 2854 Peatt Road 
  • When: Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Closed over Christmas

Dutch Green Design 

For that green thumb in your life, the Dutch Green Design plant shop offers a diverse amount of small to large succulents that are pretty darn cheap! While this gift might not fit inside a stocking, it will certainly complement your loved one’s plant addiction. 

  • Where: Dutch Green Design, 2446 Beacon Avenue
  • When: Tuesday to Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

Beeswax Candles

Created by nature, beeswax candles burn cleaner and slower than other candles with no sticky or toxic sooty residues with longer burn times. When burning they produce negative ions which naturally purify the air, a natural ionizer!

  • Where: Local pickup in Malahat after completing your online order. 

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