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. Besides supporting local artisans, 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.
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.
4570 Main Street
Giving Gifts is your one-stop-shop for locally made, fair trade, and eco-friendly products. The shop offers items from over 60 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 locally made yoga wear (move over, Lululemon!) to reusable food wrapping made from beeswax. 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
550 Malkin Ave
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 50 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.
2629 East Hastings Street
As the name suggests, Tiny Finery is the perfect place for skillfully crafted gift items. Source pieces for the house and home or little indulgences for yourself like bath and beauty products, ceramics, handbags, candles and jewellery. Not only is this little shop big on showcasing local talent, it’s also a studio space for owner Stephanie Menard, who you can find creating pieces inside the store. She even offers repair services and custom jewellery design complete with gemstone sourcing. For those who prefer to give experiences rather than items, Tiny Finery also hosts workshops and private classes.
Much and Little
2543 Main St
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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Feature Image – a collection of goods from Eastside Flea: Eastside Flea Facebook page
Strolling through Granville Island: Granville Island Facebook page
Shelves of Candles and Cacti: Giving Gifts Instagram page
Eastside Flea: Eastside Flea Facebook page
Tiny Finery: Tiny Finery Facebook page
Much and Little: Much and Little Facebook page