If you are a dog lover, and/or someone who likes to fish, this local spotlight on Falvai Creative is especially for you!

The Man behind Falvai Creative

Mark Falvai is the owner and designer of Falvai Creative.

If you get a glimpse of Mark, you may recognize him from the HGTV show, Canada’s Handyman Challenge, wherein 2012 he won the title of Canada’s Best Handyman.

He continues to use that same knowledge and expertise, which helped him win the handyman challenge, in his everyday life.

Mark found out at a very early age that having a nine to five job wasn’t for him. Hence, he has been mainly self-employed in some design capacity for most of his working career. He has designed everything from fine furniture to home decor, and graphic art logos to greeting cards. He specializes in interior design for homes, restaurants and commercial spaces.

Most recently, he worked with the new Meatcraft butcher shop in Nanaimo, where he did all of the logo, branding, and complete space design. He also does design work for Bayshore Custom Homes in Parksville, whom, Mark says, are arguably the best around.

Not too long after the handyman challenge aired, Mark launched a company called Allure Tackle, offering new and uniquely designed fishing products. Last year Allure Tackle ventured into creating the world’s first Fly Fishing Advent Calendar.

Although Allure Tackle was recently sold, Mark kept the Fly Fishing Advent Calendars and created his new company Falvai Creative. The company not only sells the coveted Fly Fishing Advent Calendars, but his newest venture is an advent calendar perfect for your best furry friend!

The Dog Treat Advent Calendar

Falvai Creative has recently teamed up with their good friends at Kali Wags in Nanaimo, and are proud to present the Kali Wag – Dog Treat Advent Calendar.

The fun starts on December 1st when door number one is opened to reveal a cute treat-dispensing toy crocodile with a treat in its mouth. After that, your lucky pup will enjoy receiving a new delicious and nutritious treat every day until Christmas.

The treats are made in partnership with Kali Wags, a Nanaimo based company who stands behind their motto: Even fussy dogs love these! Falvai Creative is very excited to be working with a company with such a great product, strong business integrity, and an incredible love for dogs.

What’s Inside

The calendar is filled with treats in three flavours: organic grass-fed beef, wild sustainable Pacific salmon, and natural peanut butter. Other ingredients include carrots, oats, pumpkin, wheat germ, apples, whole eggs, flax seeds, oat bran, and kale.

Of Other Importance

  • Made in small batches
  • Quality tested by the Guelph Food & Technology Centre
  • 26% Protein Content
  • Holistic and balanced nutrition
  • Hypo-allergenic
  • Thick, crunchy texture for dental health
  • Handmade with extreme care on Vancouver Island
  • The treat-dispensing toy is BPA free

This dog treat advent calendar is definitely fun and stylish. Spoil your dog with it or treat another family to the fun, because after all, dogs are part of the family too!

The Fly Fishing Advent Calendar by Falvai Creative

The Fly Fishing Advent Calendar

Let’s not forget about what started this collection of fun Advent Calendars!

The Fly Fishing Advent Calendar delivers a set of must-have flies every true fly fishing enthusiast wants. On December 1st the lucky recipient will open door number one and find a high-quality, waterproof fly box. Over the next twenty-three days, your lucky fly fisher will enjoy receiving a new, hand-tied, fresh-water fly every day until his or her fly box is full, just in time for Christmas morning.  The name of each fly is printed on the inside of each door. Flies will vary.

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Shop the Collection

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Both the Fly Fishing Advent Calendar and the Dog Treat Advent Calendar are available at a variety of stores across Vancouver Island. If you would like to purchase them online, please click on the images above (hint: they ship anywhere!).

The dog treat advent calendar by Falvai Creative

So tell me, if you could receive any kind of advent calendar, what would it be?

Get creative here! Maybe you would enjoy mini bottles of wine or beer? How about a make-up or jewellery advent calendar? Or maybe you prefer to stick with the old favourite of gourmet chocolate!? What is one small thing you would love to receive every day for 24 days? Who knows, it may become the latest project of Falvai Creative and available to you next year!

Let us know in the comments below.

For another local artisan spotlight, check out Sticks and Stones Gallery


  1. I would love an advent calendar with mini decorations, 1 each day to decorate a table top tree, the last one being a star for the top…..

    • Oh, I like that idea! I may have to steal it and create my own for hubby.

  2. Joanne Fitter Reply

    I would LOVE an advent calendar with dog treats! My dog Blossom was rescued from Ireland to the UK and came with us to Canada! She is Number 1 in our lives!

  3. I love the dog treat advent calendar. My two girls mean the world to me

  4. Tanya Silbernagel Reply

    An advent calendar with essential oils or dark chocolate.

  5. Chocolate is still my favourite for an advent calendar. I would like good quality and perhaps a mixture of different artisan chocolates including white, milk and dark chocolate.

    • Yes, sometimes you shouldn’t mess with a good thing. I like the idea of gourmet artisan chocolates in a variety of flavours.

  6. Kelly Milholm Reply

    Well I am kind of obsessive, but my ultimate advent calendar would be a fat quarter of beautiful vintage fabrics ????

  7. I’d love a calendar that surprised me everyday, with something different, so no theme.

    • Hmmm, that could be interesting, Suezanne. Although I think I’m too much of a control freak for that, lol! (I’m not one for surprises).

  8. Okay I am a traditionalist here. I like the advent calender with chocolates. Would be great to have one with chocolates from around the world that would include a Christmas tradition from that country.

    • What a neat idea, Corinne! Educational yet fun (and yummy, to boot).

  9. Terry Larose Reply

    Good question and promotion! Since I’m new to the island for me personally I think it would be fun to receive coupons/discounts for stores and restaurants on the island !

  10. I would love an advent Calendar mixed with natural bath bombs/shower steamers, soaps and essential oils ????
    I think the doggy Calendar is very cool for our little furry friends ❤️

    • Elaine! You (and your dog 😉 ) won the Dog Treat Advent Calendar. Congratulations! I will contact you via e-mail as well, to give you further details.

  11. Heather MacLean Reply

    I would love to receive an advent calendar that I could share with my dog, maybe windows with suggestions where to take an off leash walk, a cut and clip or a chew toy.

  12. Susan Cornborough Reply

    Hmmmm….I think I would like any of the things listed above but I’d like maybe 3 of the calendars for that year to have a ‘surprise’ window. So that everyday I’d think ‘maybe I got the magic calendar, maybe today is the day’! That little extra bit of anticipation…. 😉

  13. Lynda Green Reply

    Reading through the comments, I love lots of them!
    Motivation quote and small scented candle idea is an awesome idea.
    A cat treat inspired advent calendar??
    Sugar free gum for kids???

  14. Shirley Armstrong Reply

    The wine and beer would be a great Advent calendar, will be passing this latest edition on to my friends and see if they enjoy it as much as I do. Thanks so much Kim for all the info you put in your articles.

  15. I would love mini lipsticks/lip glosses to try a different color every day to have fun and discover new colors that I might have never tried but absolutely love! Mini wine/beer would be cooolioooo too!!!

  16. An advent calendar with mini essential oils, including a brief used for description would be really neat. Especially holiday / winter blends or germ buster oils.

    • Ooh yes!! Young Living actually has one – with full bottles of oil, but it’s waaaayyy too much money!

  17. Gillian Stewart Reply

    What about tea, coffee, hot chocolate. A special drink every day would be lovely.

  18. Catherine Buchanan Reply

    I like the idea of a charm bracelet and special West Coast inspired beads / charms each day!

  19. I like the idea of wine! But have it be local. Or naturally scented soaps or tealights, again, local. A different scent a day.

    • Oh yes, a spa-inspired advent calendar would be great. I really like the scented soaps and tealight idea!

  20. Marlen Brooks Reply

    I would like to receive a positive or motivational message to practice each day and I take the chocolate with it as well.

  21. I would LOVE to receive an advent calendar that has mini bottles of wine and chocolates mixed in. I’d be in heaven 🙂

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