5 Holiday Gift Ideas to Circumvent Canada’s Supply Chain Issues

The lingering pandemic, uncertain economy, and raging weather put everybody through unprecedented challenges. The upcoming holidays are supposed to give us some sort of respite from these realities. However, these same issues are causing supply chain problems that threaten our much-needed celebrations.

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Now is a great time to be creative. Here are a few non-mainstream holiday gift ideas that can bring back the holiday cheer.

1. Stocking Stuffers and More from Liquidation Stores

Liquidation stores offer discounted merchandise from brand-name closeouts and factory overruns. The photos feature above show toys and workout paraphernalia from a liquidation store.

Shopping in liquidation stores is different from shopping in malls. You may have to sort through the items. But, give it a try and you may find great deals on a variety of items.

2. Pre-Loved Luxury Items from Consignment Stores

Dress and Shoes Sponsored by Turnabout Luxury Resale, Photo from Dress for Success Vancouver’s Facebook Page

The fashion industry took a big hit from the Covid-19 pandemic. We have all heard of retail giants that closed shops or seen vacant stores inside the malls. In contrast, the resale industry continues to thrive due to customers’ changing values.

ThredUp’s 2021 Resale Report state that the secondhand market is expected to double in the next 5 years. It further notes that this growth is driven by the resale sector that includes curated items.

Consignment stores offer authentic, high-quality, and sustainable holiday gift ideas.

3. Fun Workshops and Lessons

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If you want to veer away from material items, giving the gift of fun learning may be more to your liking. There are unlimited options to suit different preferences such as:

  • Skiing
  • Snowboarding
  • Wine-making
  • Baking
  • Chocolate-making
  • Soap-making
  • Dance
  • Sports

The list goes on.

4. Fun Experiences

Cheering for Your Favorite Sports Team Is An Enjoyable Bonding Activity

Gift certificates for enjoyable activities are excellent holiday gift ideas. These can also allow you to have a more meaningful and memorable time with loved ones. For example, you can use Whistler Blackcomb gift cards for all retail locations, Winter Peak 2 Peak Sightseeing lift tickets, snowboard rentals, Whistler Heli-Skiing, and many more. Spa gift certificates, escape room gift cards, and hockey tickets are also great presents. In addition, movie tickets or photoshoots are gifts that many people enjoy.

5. DIY Gifts

DIY Projects Are Great Holiday Gift Ideas
DIY Projects Are Great Holiday Gift Ideas

What is better than wrapping your love, care, and creativity in a box? DIY projects result in unique items customized to your receiver’s taste. These also allow you to indulge in arts and crafts as well as relieve stress.

Soaps, lip balms, and chocolates are easy projects for beginners. Plants in upcycled bottles will be appreciated by plant lovers. A kit containing your loved ones’ essentials is an easy one to put together. The secret is really tuning in to a person’s wants and needs to come up with ideas.

Bonus: Donate to your loved ones’ favorite charity.

Me volunteering at Dress for Success Vancouver’s 2021 Success Luncheon

The current supply chain issues can not stop the holiday season. We can still have a wonderful celebration with a bit of thought, effort, and creativity. I hope these holiday gift ideas bring more cheer to you and your loved ones.

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