Get a personalized Christmas gift basket designed for that special someone – Cowichan Valley Citizen

If the thought of putting up with queues at big box stores or shopping online (luckily) isn’t your thing, here’s an idea to shop locally this year.

“The elves at Cowichan Regional Visitor Center are ready to create personalized gift baskets filled with local Cowichan-inspired gifts and treasures, ”the people at the Center tell me.

“These are great options for customer and colleague appreciation gifts and family gifts!” Looking for some inspiration? We can make themed baskets including Culinary Cowichan, Cowichan Body Care, Gifts for Guys and Gifts for Gals.

This is how it works; you set the budget and they’ll build your personalized gift basket. You can also bring a bottle of your favorite local wine, beer, cider or spirits. The elves take care of the wrapping of the gifts. The cost of constructing the basket is $ 5 to $ 15 depending on the size.

Some of the local products include items from: Backwoods Co., Westholme tea farm, West coasts, Saint-Jean cannery and smokehouse, Bliss Botanical Herb Farm, organic fair, and A memorable gift.

You can go through the Cowichan Regional Visitors Center to help you select your items or you can make your request by email or phone. They’ll take care of it for you and let you know when it’s ready to be picked up.

Contact Chef Elf Kirsty at 250-746-4636 or email her at [email protected]

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Cowichan Valley Kindergarten received the Child Care Legacy Award. The Kindergarten was established in 1977 as a Parents Cooperative Kindergarten School and has provided 40 years of outstanding child care services.

It is a great honor for this little preschool and the amazing teachers who are so dedicated and passionate about launching little humans on a happy and bright path.

The Cowichan Valley Preschool is a non-profit company run by a volunteer board of directors and is located on Wharncliffe Road in Duncan.

The award is presented by the provincial government’s Department of Child and Family Development.

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Three Cowichan companies were honored with the 2018 EcoStar Awards.

Organized by the Synergy Sustainability Institute, the EcoStar Awards recognize excellence in environmental achievement and leadership by Island businesses, organizations and individuals. This year, the three Cowichan groups that received awards at the EcoStar Gala, which took place in Victoria last week are: Cowichan Green Community (Social impact award), Cowichan Bio-Diesel Co-op (Price of change of mode of transport) and Pizzeria Prima Strada (Green restaurant price).

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You’re going to want to check out the winter edition of Arbutus magazine, which will be out of the press in a few days.

The cover is an article on downtown Duncan, how this special area of ​​the Cowichan Valley is managing to thrive in an era of shopping increasingly dominated by big box stores and online shopping.

It’s quite remarkable, in fact, that our downtown has become such an attractive and eclectic neighborhood despite all the competition.

Obtain a copy of Arbutus and find out how it happened.

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