Welcome to the Land of Hidden Waters 2023 Holiday Gift Guide!
If the past few years have taught us anything, it’s that our local businesses, artisans, and community need our love and support! While the fast and easy holiday shopping options of huge enterprises once tempted us, the widespread adoption of e-commerce has made it easier than ever to shop locally this holiday season. Along with being easier, there is a huge array of unique and meaningful gifts out here, meaning you’ll be able to find something special for everyone on your list.
Let’s explore some of the best Santa-approved gifts you can purchase from within BC’s Land of Hidden Waters this holiday season:
Home of the Kamloops Wine Trail and four unique wineries, Kamloops offers tons of wine-related gifts perfect for coworkers, friends, or family members. If the person you’re buying for prefers craft beer, most of the Kamloops breweries offer e-gift cards and merchandise. To get in the winter spirit, how about taking your loved one on a guided ice-fishing adventure with Elevated Fishing Adventures? And for the athletes, increase their stoke levels with a lift pass or Snow Town Tube Park ticket to Harper Mountain, a pass to or merchandise from Overlander Ski Club, a gift card to Kamloops Hot Yoga, or a trail ride gift certificate to Erin Valley Riding Stables. If that’s not enough to choose from, here are some more of our favourite Kamloops-based gifts:
🎄: Privato Vineyard and Winery wines, gift cards, or wine club subscription. For an extra memorable experience leading up to the holidays, we also suggest visiting Privato for their winter experience which features pre-cut trees, hay wagon rides, santa photos, mulled wine, hot apple cider to enjoy by the bonfire, and much more.
🎄: A family, couples, or individuals adventure photography session anywhere in Kamloops or at Sun Peaks Ski Resort with Mary Putnam Photography.
🎄: Charcuterie, butcher items, bulk packages or Christmas meals from Chop n Block
🎄: Passes or ticket packs for Harper Mountain
🎄: Monte Creek Ranch Winery wines, holiday gift baskets, holiday wine packs, flight packages, gift cards, a wine club subscription, toques, or mulled wine syrup. And if you like to shop in person, Monte Creek also has an artisan holiday market featuring local vendors happening at the winery on December 9th and 10th. They also have a wreath-making workshop on November 25th and 26th as well as a Kamloops Wine Trail Open House on December 17th with mulled wine, complimentary tastings and special discounts.
🎄: A photography session or gift card for one with Emily-May Photography
🎄: A photography session with Wayne Parsons
🎄: Membership to the North Thompson Fish and Game Club
🎄: An Elevated Fishing Adventures guided ice fishing trip
🎄: A variety of unique gifts from Kamloops’ many downtown shops
South Cariboo & Lower North Thompson Valley
A bit further north, the South Cariboo and Lower North Thompson Valley regions are home to many talented artisans and business owners. Ski passes to Mount Timothy Recreation Resort or 100 Mile Nordics are great gift options for those looking to get outside this season. For the angler or backcountry adventurer on your list, how about an adventure map book of the BC Fishing Highway 24 and Land of Hidden Waters region? Soap and body care products from 100 Mile House’s Sweet Lavations is another great option sure to please even the most difficult to please! Check out some other local favourites from this area:
🎄: Gear from Lone Butte Sporting Goods
🎄: A guided trip with Lone Butte Fishing Adventures
🎄: Custom apparel, drinkware, decals, photo printing, apparel, or bath & beauty products from 100 Mile House’s Fraser & Pine
🎄: Gear from Little Fort Fly and Tackle
🎄: A club membership, punch card, seasons pass, or day pass for 100 Mile Nordics
🎄: Eco-friendly bath and body products or a gift card from Sweet Lavations
🎄: An adventure map book of the BC Fishing Highway 24 and the Land of Hidden Waters region
Wells Gray Provincial Park & Clearwater
Last but not least, that leaves Wells Gray Provincial Park and the town of Clearwater. Being such an adventurous place, there are many choices when it comes to gifts for the outdoorsy people in your life. A future whitewater rafting trip, back-country ski tour, cross-country ski membership, or paragliding experience is sure to excite them. For someone who loves the beauty of this region as much as we do, a print from Holly Louwerse Photography is – dare we say it – a picture-perfect gift!
🎄: Cozy winter clothing and boots from Wells Gray Outfitters. They also have gear and equipment for a wide array of sports and activities.
🎄: Novelty, disc golf, bath and body care, and home decor gifts from Big Foot Trading
🎄: Some gorgeous jewelry and gifts from Clearwater Gems and Gifts
🎄: Book a future whitewater rafting trip with Interior Whitewater Expeditions
🎄: Book a future whitewater rafting trip or purchase a gift card for Liquid Lifestyles
🎄: A print from Holly Louwerse Photography
🎄: A future Wells Gray Adventures trip
🎄: An adventure with Clearwater Lake Tours
🎄: Book a future whitewater rafting trip with Riverside Adventures Ltd.
🎄: Ski passes to Clearwater Ski Hill
Thanks for shopping the Land of Hidden Waters Holiday Gift Guide! We wish you all a safe and jolly holiday season!