Although Christmas is a great time for people to get together to exchange gifts and good cheer, on the flip side of the coin, it’s rushing around looking for perfect gifts that won’t break the bank that’s nerve wracking as it’s holiday crowds and long lineups that make me want a keg or two of wine at the end of a long day at the malls. Luckily, at a media visit at Potters Christmas Store, the biggest Christmas store in Western Canada, I discovered that not only is it an one-stop store for all your deck the halls with holiday trimmings but you can literally shop for everyone on your shopping list as this 28,000 square foot store is a magical Christmas store which Is jam packed with everything from jewelry, clothes, housewares, gourmet food, beauty products, toys, candles, pet toys, paintings and oodles of themed gifts. And your tiny ones can have their Christmas wishes granted at weekend visits from Santa Claus. Potters Christmas Store is every Christmas dream come true.
To ease the strain on your pocketbook, the following is my list of stocking stuffers under $30 for everyone on your list.
For teachers, mailmen and those people who go the extra mile
Teachers will love the teacher ornament $7.99, while tool pens $3.99, wine covers $9.88 and gourmet hot chocolate $1.49 are great little gifts to show you care.
For Young Boys Under 12
There’s so much here, that it’ll be hard to decide from zombies $12.88, gag gifts such from $9.99 – $19.99, firetruck in a can $19.99, toy train in a tin $14.98, silly straw glasses $5.99 and poop which is actually nut toffee- 2 for $10
To any woman in your life from 13 to 100
Better get a huge stocking because the women in your life will all want every one of the following stocking stuffers:
- spa treatment $2.99
- purse holder $8.99
- aroma diffuser necklace $24.99
- brooch $12.99
- diet spoon $8.99
- posh fur keychains $7.99
- head band bling $9.99
- fleece leggings $9.99
For the Hostess with the Mostess
Don’t get caught empty handed as these hostess gifts are bound to please: gingerbread dip & spread $9.99, raspberry honey mustard $9.99, Robert Rothsche Hatch Jalapeno sauce $9.99
Chef Inspired Gifts
For the chef in your life, you can’t lose with festive spatulas $9.99, gold cocktail forks $12.88, gold teaspoons $12.88 or stainless steel soap to get rid of strong odours $7.99
For the man who has everything, I bet he won’t have one of these: snowflake decorations for his car $9.99, superman Santa hat $29.99 and an ugly tie to match his ugly sweater $4.99
For the four legged creatures who snuggle with you in bed, there’s a festival jingle collar $4.99 or ornaments in all shapes and sizes from $5.99 up
Bar Inspired Gifts
To the wine and alcohol enhanced friends in your life, there’s candy cane shot glasses $4.99, Paris wine charms $9.99 and Christmas ornament wine charms $9.99.
To any child under 10
Be prepared for squeals of joy when our child finds these gifts in their stockings: ice cream maker $9.99, puppy $14.97 and Micky Mouse Christmas ornaments $19.99
Christmas Themed Gifts
Its easy peasy to please everyone when you give Christmas themed gifts from nutcrackers starting from $12.99 up, reindeer pillows $14.88 and ornaments starting at $5.99
For those people in your life who have collectibles, themed ornaments for every imaginable theme start from $5.99 up.
Potters Christmas Store
South Surrey (on the Langley border)
19158 48th Ave Surrey
Telephone: (604) 576-5011
Mon – Wed: 9am to 6pm
Thur & Fri: 9am to 7pm
Saturday: 9am to 6pm
Sun & Holidays: 10am to 6pm
High Tea at Honeybee Centre
After a long hard day of Christmas shopping at Potters Christmas Store, stop in for high tea at Honeybee Centre, which is only a 15 minutes away (by car). It’s only $18 (Adult) and $12 (Child) and what you get is a delicious assortment of sandwiches and sweets. If tea’s not your thing, there’s also lattes and mocha flavoured with honey, like the peppermint latte with peppermint honey I had.
And after tea, peruse the lovely assortment of honey that’s for sale, produced by one of 1,500 bee hives that Honeybee Centre has around the city, making Honeybee Centre the largest provider of honeybee colonies for blueberry pollination in Western Canada. Prices start at $4.99 for 250gm of honey. Check out the Seasonal Limited Editions such as Salted Carmaleized Honey or Pumpkin Spice Honey,which I couldn’t resist.