Oh yes, the countdown to Christmas has begun, so why not start your holiday shopping this week and get ahead of the game?

Here’s our handy guide to help get you started.


The love of your life, your better half, your worse half – whoever it may be, surprise them with a tropical getaway (or a local beach trip in the summer) by gifting him or her a snorkel set with a note about the surprise. Find all kinds of snorkel and diving gear at the Diving Locker and Rowand’s Reef.

More of a winter sports person? Icebreaker has modern, high-quality merino wool clothing for men and women. Or, for luxury organic skin care products made in France, try the Bioethique Spa (they do gift certificates for their spa as well).


In our opinion, books are the best gifts you can buy for kids of all ages, and Kidsbooks has the best selection, plus helpful service, too. They also stock toys including wooden baby toys, craft kits, puzzles, and other fun stuff. Hip Baby has a well-curated selection of clothing and toys, including beautiful art supplies, puppets, pretend kitchen supplies, and costumes.


For the travelling friend, little vintage shop Stepback has a large selection of antique suitcases in stock right now (as well as some wonderful old xmas ornaments). Pair one of those together with a guidebook from Wanderlust or The Travel Bug. Or how about some funky music on vinyl from Zulu Records? Conveniently, they sell old record players as well. And Ming Wo is always a good choice for any kitchenware, such as quality knives, cast iron pans, and cool Espro coffee presses.


Keep this simple and fail-safe. Get a good bottle of wine at the Kitsilano Wine Cellar and add some chocolates to it from Chocolate Arts or Thomas Haas. Done.



Last modified: November 21, 2019

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