Foolproof Christmas Gift Guide

Shopping for Christmas presents can be a challenge, especially as your list of gift recipients gets longer and Christmas creeps closer and closer. It can be hard to find presents that aren’t holiday misses but we got you covered with a list of gift ideas that are foolproof! 

These gifts are great for everyone- whether you got stuck with someone you don’t know for Secret Santa, want to make a good impression on your new girlfriend’s mother, or have no idea what to get your grandparents because they truly have everything. 

Gift Cards:

Gift cards tend to get a bad reputation especially during the holiday season. Some may argue that they aren’t overly thoughtful but I think the opposite is true especially when it comes to gift cards for amazing White Rock restaurants and cafes. You are gifting an experience, a great meal or a couple of coffees that will be put to good use when the holiday season is over.

Plus, it creates incentive to explore new places during the inevitable dreary winter blues of January and February. 

Here are just a few of the great White Rock restaurants that offer gift cards: 

  • Laura’s Coffee Corner: A staple of the White Rocks cafe scene, they have a breakfast and lunch selection with warm coffee drinks and a cozy atmosphere.
  • The Wooden Spoon: This place knows how to make the perfect brunch with delicious spins on classic items from eggs benedict to French toast.
  • The Boathouse: A waterfront dining experience like no other this place specializes in fresh seafood dishes for brunch, lunch and dinner.
  • Onyx Steakhouse & Seafood: A classic, award winning steakhouse with an extensive wine list, it is perfect for a date night!


A unique and underrated idea is gifting games and there are plenty of fun ones great for both kids and adults alike that will get everyone off of their screens and into some competitive battles between friends and family. 

The best place to shop for all things gaming is Grey Haven Hobbies in Uptown White Rock. While they also specialize in comic books and memorabilia, they have a big selection of the trendy card and board games such as Catan, Exploding Kittens, Code Names and more. Thoughtful and budget friendly, purchasing a game is the perfect gift to help someone create memories with their loved ones. 


Another easy gift idea is as simple as some flowers and Ashberry & Logan is the perfect place to look. They offer beautiful floral arrangements for any occasion while keeping in mind the seasons, making for some festive holiday bouquets. These are great for any budget, as you can keep them as small or as big as you would like. While a bouquet of flowers might not be for everyone, they have a large selection of potted plants like their festive poinsettias as well as home decor and gift baskets.

What makes it even better is you can order from them online with a specialized Christmas section so you can browse the most festive of arrangements.


When all else fails, alcohol is usually the way to go (19+ of course)!

With many local breweries, cideries, and wineries it is extremely easy to support White Rock liquor stores such as Sandpiper Liquor Store and their local vendors.

Purchase a nice bottle of wine from a Kelowna winery or a growler from a White Rock brewery, whichever goes along with your gift recipient’s unique taste. 

Gifting alcohol is also a great option if you are looking to get creative with some delicious and festive drink recipes you can recreate with your gift recipient on Christmas night. 

White Rock Museum Gift Shop:

Holding treasures of the past and present, White Rock Museum is more than just a staple of our community but a place to learn and support local. Their year-round gift shop offers many unique gifts from jewelry and books to beautiful scenes of White Rock painted by local artists.

The museum also hosts an annual Christmas craft fair which houses 20 local artisans every season and is on from November 20- December 19. With so many options in one spot you are sure to find a perfect present for everyone on your list. 

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