5 supremely relaxing self-care gifts you can buy local in Vancouver

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If there’s any occasion to declare a little “me time,” it’s now.

With the weather turning colder and the days getting shorter, it’s the perfect opportunity to embrace the great indoors and find ways to bring joy and comfort into the coziest time of year.

This year, while seeking out the best self-care products, we’re making a commitment to shop local. Not only do small businesses need and deserve our love, but the makers in our city have some incredibly innovative and unique products perfect for everyone on your list. (We bet you might find a little something special for yourself, too.)

Whether you’re looking for a gift for the person who has everything or seeking a thoughtful gift that will bring someone joy for days (and weeks! and months!) to come, we’ve got you covered.

Aisle

Comfort is everything when you have your period, and it goes beyond wearing stretchy pants or using a heating pad. Local business Aisle (formerly Lunapads) has been perfecting its collection of reusables since 1993. Sustainable, comfortable, and tailored to outperform disposables, the brand’s pads, cups, and period underwear are designed with equality in mind.

Aisle undies are made from a buttery soft blend of Tencel and organic cotton that absorbs up to four tampons’ worth of menstrual fluid, thanks to the brand’s proprietary Truetex gusset. Now that Aisle underwear is restocked and ready to order online in black, blue, and limited-edition colours (rust and green), in sizes XS through 5X, that’s one less gift to worry about.

For a limited time, you can get 15% off your Aisle order using the code THEHIVE. To get free shipping and a first crack at Aisle sales, sign up for the brand’s newsletter.

Blume

Anyone who’s had a series of coffee meetings in the same day knows the uncomfortable effects that too much java can have on our systems. This was part of the inspiration behind Blume, a local healthy drink company. Blume specializes in superfood-based blends that deliver a physical and mental boost energy while remaining caffeine-free, vegan, organic, and gluten-free.

Infused with natural ingredients like beetroot, turmeric, and matcha, the blends are micro-ground for use in everything from smoothies, to lattes, to your morning oatmeal. Perhaps the best part of gifting Blume is empowering the people in your life to take a moment, slow down, and sip on something special. Not sure which option of the many, many blends to start with? They’re labelled with guiding names like “Detox & Focus” and “Sleep & Relax” so you can confidently choose the right one for everyone on your list.

Kilig Candle Co.

Our homes quickly transformed into workspaces and personal gyms this year, so it’s not surprising when we struggle to wind down. One way to effectively bliss out after a long remote workday or HIIT session is to light a scented candle or use a mood mist. Vancouver’s Kilig Candle Co. has both, plus cute coasters and totes on its website.

The company was born out of its founder’s undying love for candles. Searching for self-care gifts that are sustainably-made, eco-friendly, and vegan-friendly? Kilig Candle Co. checks the boxes with all-natural (and hand-poured) products containing 100% soy wax, lead-free cotton wicks, organic- and phthalate-free essential oils and fragrance oils, and recyclable glass jars and containers.

From now through December 15, use code DAILYHIVE to get 10% off your purchase at kiligcandleco.com.

Organika Health Products

It’s easy to put living a healthy lifestyle on the back burner when you’re dashing around to find gifts for the people on your list. But scheduling little self-care to-dos in your routine goes a long way, like giving one glass of water a day a boost of marine collagen and vitamin C. Richmond-based family business Organika Health Products specializes in these wellness and beauty enhancers.

What started as a small range of supplements sold out of the back of the founders’ father’s van has grown into hundreds of products. Since its inception 30 years ago, the company’s mission has remained the same: to help people fall in love with living healthy. Now, to celebrate its anniversary, the brand has launched a limited-edition Effervess variety pack (aka, the perfect holiday gift).

Pro tip: anyone hoping to buy immunity superfoods and supplements can save by ordering more online until November 19.

SCHMEAR Naturals

Turmeric, coconut, spirulina — no, this isn’t the start of a grocery list, but rather a few of the ingredients found in the superfood face masks from SCHMEAR Naturals. Driven by a combined 14 years of experience, the team behind SCHMEAR is on a mission to provide customers with skincare products made from with clean, wholesome ingredients.

The items on their site — which range from face oils, to toners, to cleansing powders — are all made from real food and plant ingredients and inspired by holistic nutrition. The result is nutrient-packed skincare that helps you shine as bright on the outside as you do on the inside.

To help customers shop slowly and consciously this month, SCHMEAR will be extending their Black Friday and Cyber Monday sale to two weeks. From now to December 1, visit their site to take advantage of 15% off sitewide, and 5% of every order will be donated to the Food Stash Foundation. Remember to use the code DAILYHIVE for free shipping on all orders until December 31.

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