Creative gift ideas


It's that gift-buying time of year again, so here are some creative gift ideas to get you started.


Lake Country Art Gallery is hosting their Annual Under 100 with over 700 pieces of art for under $100 each. Here is the video I shot at their launch event last week. The show runs until December 22. 

Ryan Donn



Video and recordings will never replace the excitement of being part of a large audience to see a live show. There’s a huge range of offerings available for all ages and interests, so why not give the gift of a show this Christmas:

Ballet Kelowna

Rotary Centre for the Arts

Kelowna Community Theatre

New Vintage Theatre

Kelowna Actors Studio

Bumbershoot Children’s Theatre


Kelowna Art Gallery

Creekside Theatre

New Vintage Theatre - CBC Radio’s The Irrelevant Show is coming to Kelowna on March 18, presented by New Vintage Theatre. The show will be taped for CBC national broadcast.


Inspiration Pass 

A two week opportunity to 'taste' local cultural experiences, available through the Okanagan Regional Library system.




Give a gift to your community by volunteering for a local arts non-profit. There are a number of organizations looking for board members, but you can also volunteer your time in other ways, such as helping with fundraising events, sewing costumes, repairs, assisting with marketing and public relations.

I know the Kelowna Community Theatre and the Rotary Centre for the Arts have solid volunteer programs. With my new job at Creekside Theatre, I will be looking to dramatically grow the volunteer program at that location. Lots of opportunities. 


Get Creative

Why not give a gift to yourself by taking a creativity pledge for 2016? Learn a new skill, or return to an activity that you once enjoyed, like music, art making, crafts or dance. There are many classes available from local non-profits, local businesses, and city programs.




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About the Author

Ryan Donn is a singer/songwriter, event producer, digital creative, and Councillor at the City of Kelowna

I love creating songs, which have been used by the Terry Fox Run, Kelowna’s Centennial Celebration, or heard on various local radio stations. 

In the past few years, I've focused on creating community events including Music in the Park, New York New Years, Castanet’s Free Family Skate, Talented Kids, Talented Kelowna, and others.

Originally from Scotland, I’ve lived in Kelowna for over 20 years. My wife, Kimberly, and our two daughters, Lyla and Bella, share our home with Tom (adult with diverse abilities).

In 2014, I was elected to Kelowna City Council. 

Opinions are my own, and don't represent the City of Kelowna, Festivals Kelowna or Creative Okanagan. 

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The views expressed are strictly those of the author and not necessarily those of Castanet. Castanet does not warrant the contents.

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