10 Geeky Businesses on Vancouver Island - Holiday Gift Guide 2020

Posted by Katrina Darwin on

Holiday shopping is looking a little different this year compared to previous years. Typically, as we roll into November, the Christmas Craft Markets are starting up and people make an evening or weekend out of attending these elaborate affairs, perusing the handcrafted and locally sourced products in search of the perfect gift.

Unfortunately, due to COVID-19, in-person events are a thing of myth, so it's time to go online for your shopping plans. This is why I have created this series of blog posts called "Holiday Gift Guides", to help you find the best presents for all of the nerds on your list without having to scour the internet.

All of the shops that I am featuring are reputable and have excellent customer service, so purchasing from them is a piece of cake! If you are a nerd that lives on Vancouver Island, you need to check out these incredible shops! Not only are they local, they also offer shipping to other locations, so if you know someone who would absolutely love this product, there is a good chance you can get it for them as a gift! 

Note: All of the opinions of these products and shops are completely my own, I am not being paid to promote any of these products or shops and none of the links are affiliate links. I make no money by sharing these businesses, I am sharing these in order to bring more attention to some incredible shops and hopefully spread the love for small businesses. 

1) Always October Candles

Always October Candles

If you love candles, then you will love Always October Candles. Rae is an incredible creator of all kinds of fandom candles, with a special focus on horror movies and spooky things. All of Rae's candles are made of soy wax and smell incredible, so if you have a candle lover on your Christmas wishlist, definitely check out her shop. 

Featured Product - Just One More Page Candle

Just One More Page Candle

2) Dino and Panda Art

Dino and Panda Art

Dino and Panda is art dedicated to making you smile, and boy does it do that. The Dino and Panda creator, Elaine, makes some incredibly adorable artwork and it's always fun to see her products at conventions. Not only does she have original artwork available on her website, she also has designs available on RedBubble! 

Featured Product: Lambie Stuffy

Featured Product: Lambie Stuffy

3) Winter Berries

Winter Berries

If you are on the hunt for a gorgeous amigurumi creation as a gift this holiday, look no further than Winter Berries. With options from pre-made critters to custom options, Winter Berries has it under control. Make sure to order early, because these tend to sell out quickly. 

Featured Product: Magical Amigurumi Unicorns

Magical Amigurumi Unicorns

4) Honeysips

 Honeysips

If cottagecore is your jam, I DARE you to try and resist the cuteness that is Honeysips. Her most recent collection is a teddy bear tea party, and it's one of the cutest things I have seen in a long time. You need to check it out, for the sake of all things wholesome! 

Featured Product: Tea Party Enamel Pin

Tea Party Enamel Pin

5) Project Radium

Project Radium

If you are a lover of Dungeons and Dragons, then you must check out Project Radium, a husband and wife collaboration between two incredible nerds. Project Radium offers a variety of 3D printed mini figs, dice bowls, custom projects, and more. 

Featured Product: Smoke Potion Dice Bottle/Carrier

Smoke Potion Dice Bottle/Carrier

6) Nerdy STUFFed

Nerdy STUFFed

For all things crocheted and nerdy. Nerdy STUFFed is the place to be. With so many different fandoms and creations to choose from, your most difficult decision will be which one to get. Don't see your favorite character? They do offer some custom creations, so make sure you ask and see if it is possible! 

Featured Product: Dancing Baby Tree

Dancing Baby Tree

7) Pixelcraft

Pixelcraft

Pixelcraft is the latest creative project from Dave Nemeth, aka The Dark Knight of Victoria. When is isn't busy at his day job, or running around pretending to be Batman, he 3D prints these amazing video game cartridge keychains, and sells them on Etsy. Recently, he has released a selection of gold game cartridges! (Gold colored, of course, I cannot even imagine how expensive it would be to try and 3D print with real gold). 

Featured Product: NES Kirby Keychain

NES Kirby Keychain

8) Kaiyoclubhouse

Kaiyoclubhouse

Kaiyoclubhouse is an pastel paradise, created by Ashe. Everything in her store is soft and cute, even the sweary things! All of Kaiyoclubhouse's creations are designed in Victoria, and available for shipping all over the world! 

Featured Product: Magical Cutie ITA Bag

Magical Cutie ITA Bag

9) Caterpillar Geek Girl

Caterpillar Geek Girl

Caterpillar Geek Girl is the brainchild of Alice, an incredible nerdy human being that is so passionate about her work. Every pin/magnet she makes is a work of art, and she has more fandoms than you can shake a finger at (what a weird turn of phrase). 

Featured Product: Driver Chooses The Music Supernatural 2.25" Pinback Button

Driver Chooses The Music Supernatural 2.25" Pinback Button

10) Albino Bee Studio 

Albino Bee Studio

If you have a pet, then you need to check out Albino Bee Studio. This wife and wife team offers a huge variety of leashes, collars, and more accessories for you and your pet, all in nerdy patterns and prints! 

Featured Product: Arcade Game Breakaway Collar

Arcade Game Breakaway Collar

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