Uniquely Whistler Festive Gift Guide

It’s that time of the year again. “Hey Siri, best holiday gifts?”

How is it always that the people you love, and know the best can be the most challenging to shop for gifts over the holidays? Luckily, the best gift ideas can be found right here in Whistler. More than just a world-renowned ski resort, Whistler is a place brimming with unforgettable experiences, breathtaking scenery, and incredible artisans.

Whether your loved ones have visited Whistler in the past or dream of doing so, there’s no better way to make them feel special than by gifting them something that captures the essence of our favourite little mountain town. To make your shopping effortless this year, we have carefully curated a list of our favourite uniquely Whistler gifts.

Natural Wonders: Ice Cave Adventure

Elevate your appreciation for Whistler’s winter wonderland with the Ice Cave Tour. Start by soaring above Whistler’s winter wonderland by helicopter and land in front of a 12,000 year old ice cave. Travel into an entirely new world as your guide walks you through crystalline formations. If you’re worried about the low temperature, coats, boots, and safety equipment are provided, but be sure to pack a pair of sunglasses, sunscreen, and gloves.

After your underground exploration, indulge in a cheese and charcuterie platter, followed by a mouthwatering dessert, all courtesy of Bearfoot Bistro. This extraordinary adventure promises unforgettable memories and a deep connection to Whistler’s magic.

P: Tourism Whistler | Justa Jeskova
ice cave adventure
P: Tourism Whistler | Justa Jeskova
ice cave adventure

Dining With Altitude

Perfect for the adrenaline junkie with a big appetite, kick start your adventure with Canadian Wilderness Adventures by hopping on a snowmobile, embarking on an exhilarating journey to reach the charming Crystal Hut. A fondue experience will be waiting for you at 6,000 ft set against a backdrop of panoramic views of the surrounding Coast Mountain Range and the twinkling lights of Whistler Village below.

This unforgettable evening combines adrenaline-pumping fun with culinary delights, a sure recipe for cheesy grins all around.

Snow mobile in blizzard through the woods and forest
Snow mobile in blizzard through the woods and forest
P: Canadian Wilderness Adventures
snowmobile at crystal hut
Group on Snowmobile with The Adventure Group
snowmobiles in winter

Craft Custom Gear

Embrace the upcoming ski and snowboard season in style with Prior’s custom build service, an experience that goes beyond ordinary winter gear. Choose from a wide selection of locally designed art or submit your own design to give this gift your personal touch. The perfect idea if you yourself are an artist and want to give a gift of art and adventure.

Whether you’re carving through powder or cruising groomed trails, Prior Custom Boards and Skis embodies the spirit of Whistler’s adventure culture.

 

P: Prior Snowboards and Skis
custom snowboard being made
Beautiful sunny day in Whistler ski resort with skiers and snowboarder enjoying snow.
group of skier and snowboarder friends walking and smiling

Sip & Savor the Slopes: Montis Gin

For the sophisticated sipper in your life, why not treat them with custom Gin? Book your consultation with Montis Gin where you and their experienced gin smiths will create a flavour profile tailored to your loved one’s palette. To add an extra layer of personalization it comes with a custom label. Cheers, to pouring from a custom bottle at your next apres!

 

P: iStock | Giuseppe Lombardo
friends cheers cocktail drinks
Montis Gin
Bottles of Montis Gin
Montis Gin
Montis distillery

Immerse in Whistler’s Indigenous Heritage: Squamish Lil-Wat Cultural Centre (SLCC)

A trip to Whistler would be incomplete without a visit to the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre. Beyond their wide array of events, exhibits, and workshops, their gallery and gift shop is a must to pick up authentic keepsakes. Explore locally handcrafted dreamcatchers to historic books that promise to leave each gift with a lasting impression.

Take home that perfect piece that commemorates your visit to the SLCC and Whistler’s heritage.

P: Squamish Lil'Wat Cultural Centre, SLCC
slcc indigenous gift shop
P: Squamish Lil'Wat Cultural Centre, SLCC
slcc indigenous museum
P: Squamish Lil'Wat Cultural Centre, SLCC
Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre

Top Off Your Style: Whistler Hat Gallery

No matter the occasion ­­— whether on the slopes, strolling through the village, or enjoying an evening sip by the fire; Whistler Hat Gallery has the perfect headwear to complement your adventure. Founded by Whistler locals in 1995, this iconic establishment has been adding the finishing touch to people’s outfits for years.

Whistler Hat Gallery is the go-to shop for finding the ideal headwear to top off your Whistler experience.

P: Whistler Hat Gallery
whistler hat gallery
P: iStock
girls taking selfie with touques beanies
P: iStock | SolStock
guys walking in forest

Fran Alexander’s Wildlife Art: A Whistler Treasure

Capture the essence of Whistler’s wildlife with an original piece of artwork by Fran Alexander. With every brushstroke, Fran opens a window into the soul of Whistler’s wildlife, allowing you to connect with their inner world each time you engage with her art. Find Fran’s art at Mountain Galleries located in the Fairmont Chateau Whistler’s retail shops. They even offer world-wide shipping, delivery, and installation, to ensure your precious artwork remains in pristine condition.

Credit: Sushi Warrior by Fran Alexander
bear painting by fran alexander
Credit: Traces of Nuts by Fran Alexander
bear painting by fran alexander
Credit: Reflective by Fran Alexander
bear painting by fran alexander

Scented Souvenirs: Hollow Tree Candle Co.

Take the enchanting scents of Whistler back with you through Hollow Tree Candle Co.’s exquisite creations. Handcrafted right here in Whistler, these eco-friendly coconut wax candles not only envelop your space in captivating fragrances but also embody a commitment to environmental sustainability through the use of recyclable materials.

Whether you’re in search of a dark and moody ambiance or a lighter, subtler aroma, Hollow Tree Candle Co. offers a diverse range of scent notes to suit your preferences. You can discover and acquire these unique Whistler keepsakes at 3 Singing Birds, conveniently nestled within the retail shops of Fairmont Chateau Whistler.

These candles provide an immersive sensory experience, allowing you to bring the essence of Whistler’s natural beauty into your home.

P: Hollow Tree Candle Co.
hollow tree candle set in a mossy forest
P: Hollow Tree Candle Co.
hollow tree candle with a lit wick

As we dive into the holidays, we’ve all felt the mayhem of the gift-giving frenzy. Thankfully, the perfect gifts may be closer than you think, right here in Whistler. Any one of these unique gift ideas are sure to leave a lasting impression of the magic and beauty of this mountain paradise.

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