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There are so many options for great gifts throughout Penticton

Gifts galore in Penticton

The holiday season is quickly approaching.

Are you ready?

If not, there are so many options to find fantastic gifts right in Penticton. In fact, to help make your life easier, here are 10 great gift ideas that will also support local businesses.

1. Locally crafted beer, wine, cider or distilled spirits

Think wine clubs, growler clubs or simply a nice bottle for that special someone. Need inspiration? Check out the Tasting Room Map for more than 40 locations within Penticton alone.

2. Art, jewelry or other artisan products

Scope out local craft fairs, online marketplaces and websites including the Penticton & District Community Arts Council, Penticton Art Gallery and Okanagan School of the Arts.

3. Board games and video games

You’ll find a huge selection of games available to purchase at Meeples and Milkshakes, which also offers online shopping. Don't forget about the board game that features Naramata Bench wineries, Naramata: A Game of Wine & Tourism. And for video games, try Game Cave, the retro video game store, and Penticton Sports Cards & Collectables.

4. Gift cards or memberships

Consider buying gift cards to introduce family and friends to new local businesses. Think spas, nail bars, salons, restaurants, retailers, outdoor adventures, the theatre and other specialty services.

5. Buy local art

Who wouldn’t love receiving a one-of-a-kind artwork? Peruse the works from local art galleries or through the Penticton and District Community Arts Council. Also don’t miss the Penticton Art Gallery’s Under 500 Exhibition and Sale.

6. Give the gift of an experience

What do you give that person who seems to have everything? Why, something fun to do, of course! How about a voucher to an outdoor adventure? Or a wine tour? Or tickets to the theatre?

7. Give the gift of charity

Here’s a way to help others in need, even if you haven’t met them. Check out our roundup of Penticton non-profits that have campaigns ongoing right now, keeping the gifts and funding in the community.

8. Shop online

Buying online is easy peasy. But before gravitating to the obvious options, take a moment to see if you can find the same product available here in Penticton. Many local shops now offer online ordering.

9. DPA’s Downtown Dollars

Drop into the Downtown Penticton Association at 212 Main St. to purchase Downtown Dollars, which can be used in shops and restaurants in downtown in lieu of cash. They’re available in denominations of $5, $10 and $20.

10. Something special for your furry friends

Let’s not forget our four-legged family members. Check out the local pet shops to stock up on those squeaky toys, catnip or jingly pom poms to wrap under the tree.

Five reasons to shop local this holiday season:
1. You’ll get into the festive spirit and explore new places.
2. You’ll find unique or one-of-a-kind items made locally.
3. You’ll build personal connections and get great service.
4. It’s good for your health. Wrap up warm, go for a walk, and take in the lights and the festive atmosphere.
5. You’re supporting small businesses.

This article is written by or on behalf of the sponsoring client and does not necessarily reflect the views of Castanet.

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