12 Unique Local Gifts Ideas For The Holidays

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12 Unique Local Gifts Ideas For The Holidays

Check out this local gift giving guide filled with unique gifts, fun experiences and spots to try all over the city. You’ll find something everyone will love and be supporting local small businesses!


1. A novel from Pulp Fiction Books

This fantastic independent bookstore is home to both used and new books so you´re bound to find exactly what you´re looking for. Instead of buying that perfect book to cozy up with from one of the ´big guys´, support the best local bookstore in Vancouver. You won´t regret it!


Where: 2422 Main St, 2754 W Broadway or 1744 Commercial Dr

Hours: Find their hours by location on their website.


2. A kayak rental from Deep Cove Kayak

Us Canadians know that just because it´s winter time, doesn´t mean we aren´t getting outside. Deep Cove Kayaks is located in one of the most picturesque locations in Vancouver and is a fantastic experience to gift for Christmas. Reserve a 2 hour rental with a buddy and get out on the water surrounded by snow-capped mountains.


Where: 2156 Banbury Rd, North Van

Hours: weather dependent so call 604.929.2268 to confirm


3. A 6 pack from Andina Brewing Co

A classic gift for the person who seems to have anything – you can´t go wrong with a quality craft beer from one of Vancouver´s tastiest breweries. Andina Brewing Co is a fantastic fusion of South American and British Columbian flavours that make their drinks super tasty and unique. We´re really into their Frida Kahlo Lavender Lager, but there´s so many you´ve got to try.


Where: 1507 Powell St

Hours: Tuesday-Thursday 2pm – 9pm, Friday-Saturday 12pm – 1am, Sunday 12pm – 8pm


4. Tasty holiday coffee beans from 49th Parallel

For the coffee lovers in your life, what better way to fill their stocking than with the newest holiday flavour from Vancouver based 49th parallel? They also have specialty tasting sets that are the perfect give-away for those wanting to mix and match. This tasty brew is super popular among Vancouverites so you can´t go wrong here.


Where: Check out one of their many locations or find it at another local cafe near you

Hours: Vary depending on location


5. An adorable tote bag from Banquet Atelier & Workshop

This cute shop in Granville Island is filled with fun gifts, but we´re obsessed with their Bread and Butter tote bag. A rich navy colour and a font that just pops – this is a fantastic gift idea. We can just imagine filling this adorable bag with the freshest produce from the Granville Island Public Market.


Where: 1249 Cartwright St

Hours: Wednesday-Saturday 12pm – 5pm


6. A chic ceramic vase from Walrus Design Inc

Walrus Design Inc is filled to the brim with the most stunning ceramics and home ware. Find beautiful bowls, decorative plates and vases that anyone can find a place for in their home. This shop is also one of our favourites for the perfect local stocking stuffers.


Where: 3408 Cambie St

Hours: Sunday-Friday 11am – 6pm, Saturday 10am – 6pm



7. A spa day at Butterfly Studios

With all this chilly weather, we´re really craving a pampering day at a local salon. Butterfly Studios in Kits has incredible nail artists and the most relaxing treatments that will relax and beautify you before the holidays. Even if you´re not going to be in flip flops anytime soon, a mani-pedi at Butterfly is the perfect treat for a Christmas gift.


Where: 3252 W Broadway

Hours: Monday-Friday 10am – 7pm, Saturday-Sunday 10am – 6pm


8. An annual Vancouver Art Gallery membership

Give the gift of culture and art this holiday season! The Vancouver Art Gallery yearly membership is fantastic gift for anyone that´s into the art scene in Vancouver. Members get free curated tours and tons of other benefits so we highly recommend checking this out.


Where: 750 Hornby Street

Hours: Saturday-Monday, Wednesday-Thursday 10am – 5pm, Tuesday/Friday 12pm – 8pm


9. Some chic jewelry from Wolf Circus

This Vancouver based brand has blown up in popularity recently. Made using recycled materials, you will not only be supporting local by shopping here, but also helping the environment! The gift of jewelry is one that never gets old so shop delicate rings, necklaces and earrings at this beautiful boutique.


Where: Find all the stores with Wolf Circus in stock here or you can shop online

Hours: Vary depending on location


10. Art supplies from Rath 

This incredible local art supplies shop is an artist´s haven. No matter if you are a beginner or experienced artist, there is everything here. You can find fine oil paints, cute sketchbooks and plenty of cards and prints. Show this little shop some love this holiday season!


Where: 2412 Main St

Hours: Every day 11am – 6pm


11. A vintage tee from F as in Frank

Another Main St love of ours, F as in Frank is our go-to stop for vintage shopping. They have a huge selection of awesome vintage t-shirts in every colour under the sun. Get cozy this holiday season in one of these funky vintage tees.


Where: 2425 Main St

Hours: Every day 11am – 7pm


12. A notebook from The Regional Assembly of Text

This BC-born fine stationary shop is one of the cutest in the city. Start the new year off write with a cute journal from this local spot. They also have plenty of planners, cards and calendars that we absolutely love.


Where: 3934 Main St

Hours: Monday-Saturday 11am – 6pm, Sunday 11am – 5pm


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