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Top 5: Places to Buy Local

November 20, 2023 |
Wendy Underwood
Eastside Flea

The holidays are here and that means shopping for loved ones, secret Santas, and a little treat or two for yourself. Whether you’re searching for a souvenir or looking for something truly unique, Vancouver-made gifts are sure to fill anyone on your list with joy. The city is home to lots of craft markets and maker fairs in the weeks leading up to Christmas, but the Vancouver also has some great gift shops where locally-made is a the name of the game. Besides supporting local artisans and brands, visiting stores with local goods often means avoiding crowded shopping malls. For a shopping experience that’s both pleasant for you and pleasing for those on your “nice” list, we have a five recommendations for places to shop for presents with a distinct Canadian and West Coast flair.

Granville Island
Granville Island
Food items, art, spirits, jewellery, and even whimsical brooms can be found at one of our favourite spots – Granville Island. The shopping district is overflowing with local craftspeople, artists, growers, distillers, brewers, musicians and eateries. Whatever that item is on your list, you can find it on Granville Island, from locally made honeys and salts, to works of art expertly crafted from glass, metal, wood and textiles, there is no better place to find an authentic West Coast creation.

Giving Gifts
4570 Main Street, Mount Pleasant
Giving Gifts is your one-stop-shop for locally made, fair trade, and eco-friendly products. Divided into five rooms, the shop offers items from over 100 local makers who are making a difference through their creations. The store brings local brands together and provides a space to sell their goods. Products here range from fancy sweatpants to reusable snack pouches with adorable prints. Other items you can find here include clothing, items for babies and kids, stationary, home décor, body care and items for living waste-free.

The Eastside Flea

The Eastside Flea
1101 Union Street, Strathcona
Touted as Vancouver’s hippest vintage and artisan market, the Eastside Flea is a spot for perusing collectables, upcycled items, and locally made goodies all while enjoying live vinyl deejays. More than 40 vendors set their tables up at Eastside Studios and in the outdoor courtyard. The Eastside Flea is also dog friendly (just like us!) so bring your four-legged buddy and don’t forget to grab lunch from one of the on-site food trucks. In the run up to Christmas, the market is open every Saturday and Sunday.

Local Boom
504 East Broadway, Mount Pleasant
This little space on East Broadway between Main and Fraser is chock full of local finds. Everything is sourced from small Canadian businesses, and many brands are from right here in Vancouver. You’ll find some food items, treats, great cards and stationery items, and some sweet smelling natural cleaning products, but where Local Boom really comes up roses is the personal care category. From luxurious body products, to locally-made candles, and the bath bombs to end all bath bombs (made by the owner!), you’ll find a gift for everyone at this place.

Much and Little
2543 Main Street, Mount Pleasant
Full of eclectic gifts and locally made clothing, visitors to Much and Little on Main Street might just leave with something they never knew they needed. The store is packed with beautifully curated everyday items along with women’s fashion from local designers. Some items come from outside of Canada, but each has a story to share and all are made with attention to form and function. Pieces are timeless and beautiful and make a perfect gift for anyone on your list (or yourself!)

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Photo Credits:
Feature Image – The Eastside Flea: The Eastside Flea website
Strolling through Granville Island: Granville Island Facebook page
Shelves of Candles and Cacti: Giving Gifts Instagram page
The Eastside Flea: The Eastside Flea website

Local Boom: Local Boom Instagram account
Much and Little: Much and Little Facebook page