Vancouver Christmas 2020

Christmas 2020 Giveaways




I am not paid to run this campaign, all the donors have donated their products/service for the giveaways. Many are local small businesses that have been negatively affected by the pandemic. Please consider shopping local to support these wonderful businesses and Modern Mama! #shoplocal



Daily giveaways posted to Facebook and Instagram around 4pm PST. Check back for daily updates Dec 1 to 12th.
To enter go to Modern Mama Fraser Valley or Modern Mama Vancouver on Facebook and/or @modernmamafv or @vancouvermodernmama on Instagram.

Science World

Northwest Biotechnology Inc

Day 12

Science World

“The World Needs More Nerds”, If you live in Greater Vancouver, you know Science World! Did you know that they are practicing all COVID safety protocols and still welcoming limited visitors. Masks are required by everyone aged 3 and older.  Even though their doors are open, they are only able to operate at a limited capacity but one way you can support their science learning initiative and keep this local non-profit organization going, is by purchasing some of their signature “nerd” swag! Looking for a unique and fun gift, consider gifting Science World swag this holiday season. Shop their online store. 

GIVEAWAY WINNER: S. Bolotin (Coquitlam)

Northwest Biotechnology

A new BC company that specializes in providing eco=friendly products and solutions for clients in retail, commercial, industrial, and agricultural fields.  Their hand sanitizer uses food-grade ethyl alcohol, natural food – grade moisturizer, and organic essential oils. It is super moisturizing yet does not feel slimy or sticky at all. Made locally in Surrey, BC this comfy sanitizer is strong enough for any workplace, but so gentle and perfect to use with children. A must have for the family!  Find them on Facebook , Instagram and the web.

GIVEAWAY WINNERS (6): R.Ty (Richmond), A.Purvis (Port Moody). K. Reilly (Abbotsford), C.Andrews (Abbotsford), A. McLeod (Surrey) and S. Hanan (Coquitlam)


Day 11

Haywire & Narrative Wines (OK Crush Pad)

From its ponderosa-surrounded location in beautiful Summerland, BC, Okanagan Crush Pad is a winery that is home to Haywire, Narrative, Free Form, and Bizou + Yukon wines. Our onsite Switchback Vineyard is organic, and in addition to being organic, many of our wines are vegan as well.
In addition to producing our own wines we also make wines for others who are seeking to establish their own wine brands. Ask us about the special brands and labels we have created with vintners, retailers and the sommelier community. Find them on the webFacebook and Instagram

Evolve Cellars

Every choice you make has intention – to accomplish, create, and grow.

With Evolve Cellars, their intention is to craft friendly and approachable wines, providing a pure expression of the grapes grown by our south Okanagan grower partners. Fruit-forward with a bright freshness typical of the area, their wines are a celebration of this great region and how we can all evolve together. Celebrate your next step forward with the natural spirit of the Okanagan in every bottle of Evolve Cellars. This Penticton winery can be found on  Instagram , Facebook and on the Web. 

Blue Grouse Estate Winery

A sustainable #cowichanvalley winery & tasting room. Tastings by reservation only & wine delivered to you from our website anytime Website  Instagram

Time Winery & Kitchen

While the literal definition of TIME may be elusive, it is an observed phenomenon which allows us to honour key moments in our shared journey through life. With 50 vintages of experience in the South Okanagan, the team knows that our unique terroir can offer the right wine to celebrate any occasion. TIME Winery is committed to creating wines that express the unique flavours of Okanagan wine country.

Built within a revitalized historic theatre in downtown Penticton, the heart of South Okanagan wine country, the new TIME Winery & Kitchen opened in the spring of 2018. Since then, TIME Winery & Kitchen has grown as a team and as a family, to reflect the quality and attention to detail that is found in our wines.  Find them on FacebookInstagram and the web.

GIVEAWAY WINNER: J.Reid (Abbotsford)


Day 10


Seana’s Delectables

Seana’s Delectables is more than just soups!! Offering tasty pre-packaged (in jars) delectables perfect for any occasion. A gift for anyone on your list. They made to go are made to make your life easier – great for busy parents/new parents and gifting! Jars come with all the dry ingredients needed to make anything from soups, cookies, brownies, teas, lattes, dog treats and rubs.  Check out their online store or contact Seana’s through Facebook.

Loli Sweet Designs 

Talia, is the 11 year old creative mind behind  Loli Sweet Designs.  This mother-daughter team creates and sells unique gift ideas. Loli Sweet Designs was birthed this spring. out of the Pandemic. Talia wanted to keep busy while home this past March, so she asked her mom if she would help her make her a wristlet keychain with her sewing machine. It turned out really well, so they decided to sell them for fun.  Then they added more items. They opened an Etsy page, a Facebook account and an Instagram account and before they knew it they had 950 Etsy sales plus additional sales from Facebook and friends and family. Loli Sweet Designs is based out of Coquitlam but they ship all across Canada. Check out our small business Sunday feature on this mother and daughter duo.

GIVEAWAY WINNER: C. Monkman (Surrey)



Day 9

First Aid Hero

First Aid Hero is a leading provider of Red Cross Babysitting & Stay Safe courses in the Lower Mainland. Prior to the Pandemic they were training over 4,000 youth per year!  They currently offer courses in: home alone, babysitting, stay safe and variety of first aid courses. You can find them on InstagramFacebook and the Web.  They are based out of Surrey, BC but they offer in-person training sessions (including private training sessions) all across the Lower Mainland and now they offer the courses online to anyone in Canada. Check out our recent small business Sunday feature on them!

DC Entertainment

Home of many of the comic heroes you have grown to love (and hate), DC entertainment is your source for anything DC.  Looking for a fun gift for that comic book lover in your life, you need to check out their online store. From apparel to home décor, they have something for everyone. Check out their online store.

GIVEAWAY WINNER: J. Cooksley (Aldergrove)



#operationcheer2020 Day 8

Day 8

The Indigenous Collection by Cap and Winndevon 

The Indigenous collection specializes in authentic North American Indigenous art which is featured on a wide-variety of products, all the artists are paid royalties on each item sold.  Their online store has beautiful puzzles, stationary, calendars, stickers, keychains and prints.  Beautiful gifts that are sure to get some smiles. Find them on Instagram and Facebook and their online store.

Arianna Mae Studios

Arianna Mae Studios offers piano and voice lessons to students of all ages, ranging in styles from classical to contemporary. They offer online music lessons with the recent exciting addition of in-person piano lessons from her home studio in Maple Ridge, BC, with COVID-19 protocols in place. Let’s bring out the artist in you!
Check her out on Instagram and Facebook. 

GIVEAWAY WINNER: L. Pim (Abbotsford)


Day 7

Magic Link Handwriting

Magic Link Handwriting was created by a certified speech & language therapist & dyslexia teacher. The classes/courses are designed for anyone including those who struggle with ADHD, Autism, Dyslexia, Aspergers etc.
Modern Mama has negotiated a 15% discount on all online courses. It makes a unique and useful gift!
Modern Mama recently published an article to the blog on Magic Link Handwriting.  You can find them on the web, Facebook and Instagram

GIVEAWAY WINNER: W. Chang (Vancouver)


Day 6

Day 6

Laura Winship Photography

I have had the pleasure of working with Laura on several occasions.  I have always looked forward to the pictures that we get done. She is always professional friendly and is careful to follow covid safety standards.  She has a real eye for this kind of work. Laura strives on being affordable to families, which is something I really appreciate.  I love getting our family photos done, and try to at least once a year, it is important to me. Being able to afford quality photos can be a challenge for many, and I love how Laura makes that an easy choice. Check out our small business Sunday feature on Laura. Laura is on Instagram and Facebook

I Luv It Natural Deodorant

Natural, handcrafted deodorant THAT WORKS!! Entirely free of aluminum, zirconium, parabens, triclosan or propylene glycol. I Luv It makes hand-crafted all-natural deodorants. They offer gentle invigorating scents that subdue odors all day without the use of overpowering perfumes or dangerous chemicals. Check out our small business Sunday Feature on them. Find them on Instagram, Facebook and the web.

Wood and Stencil Co

Run by a local mother and daughter duo. Wood and Stencil Co. is Knot your average DIY Craft Kit. They strive to use these DIY wood signs and canvas products to create joy and inspire creativity through crafting and building connections within families. You learn a bit more about this amazing duo check out their origin story here.  Find them on the webFacebook and Instagram

GIVEAWAY WINNER: J.Andre (Abbotsford)

Day 5

#operationcheer day 5

Kings Jewellers 

Kings Jewellers has been serving the Fraser Valley for almost 20 years.They were even voted “FAVOURITE JEWELLERS” in Chilliwack.  They are locally owned and offer custom design, watch and jewelry repair.  King Jewellers has an on-site Goldsmith and they do appraisals. They can be found on Instagram, Facebook and the web. 

GIVEAWAY WINNER: M.Gismondi (North Vancouver)



Day 4

Day 4 #operationcheer2020


Panorama Wellness Group 

Panorama Wellness Group is where healing comes together.  They are a group of professionals who are passionate about helping clients reach their emotional, mental and physical health goals.  Currently, they provide counselling and occupational therapy and are looking to add RMT and acupuncture soon. They have counselors that cater to an array of specialties in Adults and Children including: ADHD, parenting, relationship, trauma, anxiety, emotional coaching, depression, self-hard, trans-gender youth, intellectual disabilities and autism to name a few. Their therapists are trauma-informed which means that they are curious about what has happened in your past that is now affecting your present. They want to help you understand WHY you manage yourself the way you do, because we believe that will help you effect permanent change in your life and relationships. Check out our small business Sunday feature on them.

They are located in Murrayville, right beside the Langley Hospital.  Serving Langley, Aldergrove, Cloverdale, Abbotsford.  You can find them on Instagram, Facebook and the Web.

Silent K Organizing

Michelle Kneale is a Professional Organizer, who wouldn’t want someone to come in and organize their chaos! Let her help you get your space back! Serving the Lower Mainland, Fraser Valley, and the Sunshine Coast.  Contact her for a free consultation!

She can reached on Instagram and Facebook

GIVEAWAY WINNER: H. Jensen (Abbotsford)


Day 3

Day 3 #operationcheer2020

Creating Explorations

Creating Explorations creates natural, eco-friendly, non-toxic explore dough for children (and adults too!). Explore dough is unique because it is infused with natural essential oils, making playtime a calming and happy experience.  Essential oils are known to educe calm and invoke creativity and happiness. The dough also makes your hands feel and smell amazing!  Explore dough is available in 8oz and 4 oz and 2 oz containers. The 2oz containers make a great gift or party favor item.  In addition you can buy kits that include the dough and a variety of items that kids can further use to create with the explore dough. The possibilities are endless.

You can find Creating Explorations on Instagram and Facebook . To order, email creatingexplorations@gmail.com. Free pick up is available out of White Rock and Surrey (Fraser Heights), otherwise delivery and shipping is available for an additional fee. In September, they were one of  our small business Sunday features.

Willow Design Shop

Willow Design shop is based out of Surrey, BC . Jessica, the owner sells and ships to just about anywhere, worldwide.

Jessica designs and prints simple books to document life’s special moments. Willow Design Shop is a small shop that makes unique and customized baby books, planners and journals. These are precious books that make great gifts!

You can find Willow Design Shop on Instagram Facebook and on their website. In August they were one of our small business Sunday featured businesses. 

Little Kickers Fraser Valley

Little Kickers runs classes throughout the Fraser Valley for kids 1.5yrs to 7 years old.  Little Kickers provides programs that deliver high quality soccer skills, combined with important pre-school learning concepts such as colour and number recognition, sharing, following instructions and using imagination.  To see if there are classes in your area check out their website.

GIVEAWAY WINNER: M. Campbell (Maple Ridge)


Day 2


Breathe Salt Wellness

This Surrey clinic offers salt therapy (salt caves) as well as other treatments.  Salt therapy has the following benefits:

  • Clear mucus from the airways thus removing airflow obstruction

  • Enhance the mucociliary clearance mechanism in both asthmatic and healthy subjects

  • Balance airway-surface liquid

  • Provide anti-inflammatory and bactericidal effects

  • Reduce bronchial hyper-responsiveness

  • Help clear unwanted inhaled particles from the lungs

  • Improve lung function
    These sessions can make great gifts, especially for the person that is hard to buy for! For more information check out their website.

GIVEAWAY WINNER:  S. Sharma (Delta)

Day 1 

Day 1 #Operationcheer2020

Signed By Santa

A Fraser-valley business  that is all about bringing Santa memories and Christmas excitement straight to your home this year!  Orders can be shipped Canada-wide.  Let’s celebrate the gift of spending time together.

Personal note: my kids received their boxes Dec 1, and were mesmerized.  They were especially excited about the personalized letters!

There is so much more to this amazing new company, check out their Small Business Sunday feature   on Modern Mama, from November.

Glow Gardens Langley

A drive-thru event at its original location in Langley, BC.

Update as of Nov 25: opening date postponed to Dec 8

COVID-19 may keep us socially-distanced, but Christmas Glow is determined to bring the community together and light up the Fraser Valley for the holiday season!

The Glow Elves have created a brand new, COVID-friendly experience in Langley, back at the original home of Glow! Our drive-through, touchless light journey will take you through dazzling landscapes created by nearly a million lights. Take a leisurely 15-minute cruise into an illuminated wonderland that brings Christmas dreams to life.

Read With Sprout (HarperCollins Canada) 

They are growing the next generation of readers! Sprout is your one-stop-shop for parenting children 12 and under. Follow them  on Instagram and Facebook for parenting resources, giveaways, and reading recommendations from HarperCollins Canada.

GIVEAWAY WINNER: J. Caouette (Abbotsford)