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Genius Last-Minute Stocking Stuffer: Vancouver Farmers Market Tokens

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We’re not overselling these Vancouver Farmers Market tokens when we say they’re a happy, healthy gift everyone will love.  Scoop up a handful at the Winter Farmers Market at Nat Bailey stadium or order online. You can use at all the markets, including Kitsilano Farmers Market, all year round.

Saturdays until Apr. 25 (closed Dec 27), Parking Lot of Nat Bailey Stadium, www.atlocal.org

Heads up: Stuff Your Stocking Christmas Market at Lululemon Flagship in Kits Dec. 20

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If you’re still Christmas shopping or just after a cozy reason to leave the house while avoiding the rain, check out Lululemon’s Christmas market Saturday, December 20. It runs from 11:30am to 3:30pm at the flagship on West 4th. You’ll find local goods, hot apple cider and a sleigh full of holiday cheer.

Lululemon, 2112 West 4th Avenue, www.lululemon.com

Must Try Now: Mulled Wine Sorbet at Rain or Shine

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Let’s face it: most Christmas party hosts overheat the mulled wine and burn off the booze anyway. So if you want all the spiced, burgundy goodness, without the let down of not having a buzz buffer during conversation with the boring guy in the ugly Christmas sweater, head to Rain or Shine. Their just-in mulled wine sorbet is like Christmas party in your mouth. And you don’t have to make small talk with what’s his face. Another festive alternative: rum and eggnog ice cream.

Rain or Shine, 102–1926 West 4th Ave., 604.428.7246, Rainorshineicecream.com

Round-up: Everything You Need to Know about Christmas in Vancouver

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Two weeks to go until Christmas. Are you panicking about a tree? Suddenly realizing you haven’t booked a Christmas show? Unsure which wine to curl up with in front of the fire? Wondering how the heck you’re going to entertain the kids? Looking for simple, twinkly beauty without the crowds? In search of free and festive Christmas events? Stumped for gift ideas?

Whatever the problem, we’ve got you covered.

Vancouver Christmas Events

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3 Open Houses in Kits This Weekend

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With two weeks to Christmas, we’re seeing fewer and fewer homes hit the market for sale. This will pick up quickly at the end of January, but for now, there isn’t as much to see as usual. There are, however, still some great properties if you’re looking.

Get in contact with the LiveKitsilano Team if you’d like to start on the road to buying or selling your home! They’ll ensure you’re knowledgeable and ready to move.

3 Open Houses in Kits This Weekend

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Holiday Giveaway: Win a $450 Gaming Console

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Our site sponsor Kijiji has a fun holiday giveaway. Answer their super easy gaming question “What is your favourite gaming console of all time?” and you’ve entered to win a new $450 gaming console. It’s that simple. The deadline is Sunday, December 14.

If you want to increase your chances of winning, you can get additional #KijijiGaming entries by creating classified ads on Kijiji selling anything related to gaming with the hashtag #KijijiGaming in the title of the ad. Be creative! Gaming can be anything from a couch to play video games on to the coffee table that you use to place your favourite gaming snacks.

Enter the contest to win a gaming console here: http://kijijiblog.ca/kijiji-gaming-contest/ Read more…

Christmas in Kits Gift Guide: 5 Delicious Ideas for Foodies

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These days, we’re obsessed with what we eat. Whether we’re hedonists or vegans or hedonistic vegans (hey, to each his/her own) we can’t stop talking about, photographing and writing about food.

Here are 5 tasty or tempting food-related gifts. With pictures.

5 Delicious Ideas for Foodies

1) Artisan sea salt from Vancouver Island Salt Company

Head to Vancouver Olive Oil Company for Canada’s first fleur de sel hand harvested off the coast of Vancouver Island. If you’re looking for more novelty than Canada’s first artisan sea salts, try their taste-bud-boggling variations such as balsamic vinegar or smoked sea salts.
VOCC, 2751 West Broadway, 604-737-7171, http://www.vooc.ca/
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5 Best Displays of Christmas Lights in Vancouver

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There’s a little more than two weeks until Christmas. At this point, you’re either smugly looking at a closet full of gifts and patting yourself on the back, or realizing that the holidays are approaching at turbo speed and you haven’t yet caught the Christmas spirit. In our humble opinion, the best when to get in the mood is to bask in the sparkle of a gorgeous light display. Here are the 5 best displays  of Christmas lights in Vancouver to make your season bright. Read more…