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Gift Ideas for Your Hard to Shop for Friends

Gift Ideas for Your Hard to Shop for Friends

Christmas time can be stressful. There’s a lot of pressure to find the perfect gift for people you care about. It’s easy to get caught up in the hype from advertising and then all of sudden you’ve spent $1,000 on PJs and chocolate. You end up feeling like nothing you go is tailored to the person you were shopping for. Don’t worry, we got you. Here is our gift guide for three very specific people in your life.

Your Friend Who is Super into Festivals

So here’s the thing, you don’t need to spend a bunch of money on every single person on your shopping list. If your budget is $25 or less then we recommend a gift card. Your friend can come in and use that GC towards anything they want. Maybe they need goggles for Burning Man, maybe they need an entire outfit either way that GC can help them build their festival wardrobe. If your budget is $50 then we recommend a pocket belt. Pocket belts are a great alternative to a purse or backpack. They let you keep your phone and wallet safe and keep your hands free for dancing. If your budget is $100 or less, leggings are a great option. Leggings are perfect for festival evenings when it starts to cool off. Plus they look great on men and women!

Your Friend Who is Super into Harry Potter/ Cosplay

We all have a friend who is super into Harry Potter, anime or cosplay. If your budget is $25 or less, I suggest a time turner necklace. If your friend isn’t into Harry Potter, don’t worry we also have TARDIS necklaces, Mockingjay necklaces and Supernatural necklaces available in store. If your budget is $50 or less, then contacts make a pretty cool gift. Changing your eye colour can totally change your look. Need to be evil? Try red or black contacts. Need to look dead? Try some white contacts. The possibilities are endless. If your budget is $100 or less then I suggest a short cloak. What could be better for a Harry Potter fan than a handmade cloak in their house colours? Even if your friend isn’t a Harry Potter fan, they’ll probably love a cloak because who doesn’t want a cool cloak?

Bonus: FAQ: What is Cosplay

Your Friend Who is Super into Steampunk

Steampunk is awesome. People are having more and more steampunk themed weddings and parties and it has become a staple Halloween costume. If your budget is $25 or less then I suggest checking out some of our unisex steampunk jewelry. We have big gear pins or key necklaces that any steampunk enthusiast is sure to love. If your budget is $50 or less, why not give the gift of really cool goggles? We have a huge selection of steampunk goggles available for less than $50 that are perfect for adventure. If your budget is $100 or less, a holster vest makes an excellent gift. They are adjustable in size so you don’t need to worry about finding the perfect fit. On top of that, they have 6 pockets which are perfect holding an assortment of gadgets.

Giving gifts is a great way to show people that you care about them. Try not to get overwhelmed or stressed out because at the end of the day it’s the thought that counts. Paying attention to your friends interests is a great way to show them that you were thinking of them. You’re doing great. You deserve a break so go get a rum and eggnog and watch some Hallmark holiday specials on TV.

 

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Festival Outfit (almost) Under $200

Goth Festival Outfit

Festival Outfit (almost) Under $200

Listen up, we are fully in the middle of Festival Season. Bass Coast and Burn In the Forest have come and gone but there’s still a bunch of upcoming events going on for the rest of the summer. A big part of festival culture is creating an amazing look to express your best self. Unfortunately, this can be a costly endeavor. Don’t worry, we got your back. It’s possible to look amazing for around $200 or less and  in the next couple of weeks, we’re going to help you get there.

Our first outfit is for all the Goths out there. Festivals can be tricky when your heart is full of darkness and your wardrobe is full of black. You might feel tempted to step into sparkly rainbows to fit in. If that’s your jam, then go for it, we support you. But if it’s not, here’s an outfit for $201 that is as black as your soul but still fluffy and sparkly.

We put together a black sparkly hooded shrug with a black bandeau, a black tutu, black tap shorts and matching black glovelets. The sparkly hooded shrug and tap shorts, and the tutu totally gives festival vibes but the dark colours let you stay true to your gothy self. We accessorized it with a pair of black sunglasses and a spiky choker with chains but you could easy exchange those items for goggles or a necklace or nothing at all.

I love this outfit because its super customization. If  $201 is out of your budget you could omit the glovelets, replace the tap shorts with shorts you already own or skip the tutu. Don’t want to show that much skin? Trade the bandeau for a tank top of even a band tee. If you want to make this look sexier wear it with heals. If you want it to look more goth try platform boots or combat boots. You could even wear this with vans or cons and it would look awesome!

What do you think of this outfit? Let us know in the comments below.

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Car Free Day on the Drive

Car Free Day on the Drive

Car Free Day on the Drive

Venus & Mars will be vending at the Commercial Drive Car Day for the first time ever! Come check out our booth to see handmade clothing for steampunk, goth, festival gear, Burning Man, cosplay, costumes, LARP, Halloween or just every day life. As always we are accepting cash, credit and debit. Stop by and get some awesome rainbow shorts to start the summer right!

Welcome to where it all began… in 2005 we kicked off our first Car Free Day right here on the Drive.

Commercial Drive is a creative and eclectic neighbourhood east of downtown. There are many unique shopping, food and entertainment destinations, and the community has a love for its heritage history.

Our festival stretches across 15 blocks featuring amazing local artisans, musicians, community activities, delicious food, tons of entertainment and activities for all ages. As the place that Car Free Day began, Commercial Drive stays true to its grassroots beginnings and the story behind the festival. There is a strong message of advocacy and activism for providing car free spaces and green culture for the community.

Translink generously re-routes the Commercial Drive bus nearby on the festival day. With bus and skytrain options conveniently accessible to the festival there are so many ways to get here car-free!