6 Shops for Great Grab and Go Christmas Gifts

Time is quickly ticking closer to Christmas Day!  It’s probably too late for any online shopping and with our busy schedules there’s hardly any time to get out and shop. Here’s a few handy local shops to grab & go,  during your lunch hour or after-work, with lots of great gift ideas.

Cook Culture Cooking School

Cook Culture:  Find all the kitchenware, large and small, that anyone could dream of, and cooking classes too.
Three Vancouver Locations: Downtown – 377 Howe Street, 1548 W. Broadway (near Granville), North Vancouver – 1238 Lonsdale Avenue and in Victoria too. 

Masc:  A huge inventory of skincare and grooming products plus a knowledgeable team to help find the best gift for the men on your list.
Yaletown – 433 Davie Street (near Homer)

Silk Road

Silk Road Tea:  Seasonal, herbal, black, white, green and wellness tea blends to match every need, and a great selection of tea inspired gifts and bundles.
Kitsilano – 2066 West 4th Avenue and in 2 Victoria locations.

Old Faithful Shop: Gifts, gadgets, stationary, furniture, homewares and more. Cool gift ideas and stocking stuffers at every turn.
Gastown – 320 West Cordova Street

Walrus: Clothing and accessories, home, garden, decor and more, Walrus has all sorts of fun, and interesting items to wrap up this Christmas.
Cambie Village – 3408 Cambie Street

Meinhardt Fine Foods: Festive foods, tastes from around the globe, gourmet gift boxes for every kitchen and grab a tasty take-out hot lunch or dinner while you’re shopping too.
2 Vancouver Locations: Downtown, Pacific Centre – 609 Granville Street, South Granville – 3002 Granville Street


10 Experiences for Last Minute Gift Giving.

If you’re still looking for Christmas gift giving ideas, time is running out, the shops are packed and delivery for online shopping is getting tight.  Why not choose a fun experience to give as a gift this year? A perfect gift for the person who has everythings, it’s also a green gift – no waste, no returns and no wrapping.

Here’s a few local experiences that are sure to suit someone on your Christmas list:

Theatre: Vancouver has a vibrant theatre scene, with theatre companies presenting shows for all tastes. Pick up tickets or a gift certificate from The Arts Club Theatre, Gateway Theatre, Firehall Arts Centre, The Cultch and more.

Cinema in Concert

Orchestra: There’s some great symphonic music experiences coming to town  that will make great gifts; Cinema in Concert with the China Broadcasting Film Symphony Orchestra, A Salute to Sinatra or A Classical Mystery Tour; Beatles Tribute with the VSO, Bach to the Future or other shows from Early Music BC’s spring line up

Cooking: Novices and experienced home cooks alike will each enjoy a cooking class at Cook Culture is just the ticket; learn some new skills or have a fun and tasty night out with a group of friends.

Mystery: Team building, a family challenge or an adventurous night out; Forbidden Vancouver take you on a walk through the city’s scandalous past or Vancouver Mysteries put you in the action to hit the street to solve a crime.

Pop: Tickets to a favourite concert are never a bad gift, with Bruce Cockburn, Lights, Portugal the Man, Milky Chance, Dua Lipa, Miguel and Katy Perry coming to town in the next couple months there’s plenty to choose from.

Canada Sevens

Sports:  First hand or arm-chair athletes will love a sports experience in their stocking; Canucks, Whitecaps, Lions or Canadians are great choices or Canada Sevens in March or get ahead with World Juniors Hockey Championships coming to Vancouver/Victoria in 2019


Festivals: Vancouver has some unique festivals that bring an ensemble of events together under one theme sure to appeal to someone on your list; PuSh Festival and Dine Out Vancouver are in January, DOXA Documentary Film Festival and Cherry Blossom Festival are in Spring, and many more gift options for passes and tickets run throughout the year.

Staycation: Everyone loves a getaway, even if it’s in your own town, a night at at a one of Vancouver’s great hotel can make an amazing change of pace at any time of year.

Pamper:  Spa, Floatation Tank, Salon gift certificates, even for just an hour can be rejuvenating as your recipient lets someone tend to their manicure, pedicure, massage or more.

Homecare: Almost everyone loathes having to do housework, why not give someone on your list a break with a gift certificate for housework, laundry or any household odd jobs,  do-it-yourself or hire a service to do it.

Hopefully this gives you some ideas on experiences and events to put under the tree to fit your Christmas gift giving list.

12 Days of Christmas Present Ideas – Day 6

Today’s 12 Days of Christmas gift idea is rather illuminating.  Something decorative for the home is always a great idea but even better when it’s practical.

Estandsons_img_0954I was lucky to recently receive an Established & Sons’ FOLD Lamp from Inform Interiors at IDS Vancouver, which lead to today’s gift idea.  The stylish lamp isn’t something I would think to purchase for myself but was a very welcome addition to the living room. Established & Sons, the British design brand curating innovative and contemporary design,  has a wide selection of beautiful, modern and practical pieces for the home, like the FOLD lamp.
Inform Interiors also has a wide selection of pieces in-store and online. From $20 glassware, to extravagant home furnishings, you’ll find inspiration for everyone on your list.


Christmas Shopping Ideas 2014 Recap

Christmas wishes 2012If you’re one for last-minute Christmas Shopping, you’ve left it down to the wire.  Santa is coming in just three more sleeps.

It’s too late for ordering online but you might find some ideas in my Christmas Shopping Lists over the last couple weeks.

Here are my gift ideas if you are looking for a:

Music Lover

Fitness Fan

Home Cook


Entertainment Nut


Libation Lover

Urban Trekker


Green Thumb


and check out some great boutiques to find awesome gifts in local Vancouver neighbourhoods.


Christmas Shopping for Music Lovers

RecordPlayerAlmost everyone has a music lover on their Christmas shopping list, but how do you find something unique and personal in this day of quick and easy digital downloads? Avoid the ubiquitous iTune Gift Card by finding something more personal to put under the tree.

Do they love live music? If you don’t see their fave performer coming to town then Ticketmaster Gift Cards will let them personalize your gift when their band hits the road.

With the resurgence of Vinyl Records, try to find their favourite on record for the classic sound of music. If they don’t have any thing to play a record on, there are great Record Players that plug in to your computer by USB or have self contained speakers.

Whatever you choose, it’ll be music to the ears of the person on your list.

Christmas Gift Ideas 2013 – Time

You’re almost out of time to get your shopping done, however you already possess one of the best gifts anyone can give. Give is a little bit of yourself, the gift of your time will make a difference in someone’s day.

Take an elderly friend or relative out for their grocery shopping or make a meal for them.
Offer to babysit for your friends who are parents and let them have a night out on the town.
Spend time with your family members at one of their favourite concerts or sporting events, even if it’s not your cup of tea.
The best present can be your presence.

Metro Vancouver’s Make Memories Not Garbage program has a great list of suggestions on how you can make memories of your own.

Christmas Gift Ideas 2013 : Hope

If you’re like most shoppers, there’s someone on your list who’s very hard to buy for because they have very few needs or wants.  Why not give them the gift of a donation in their name, giving something from someone with everyone to someone with very little.

CanadaHelps.org provides the perfect option if you’re not sure of the person’s favourite charity.  Charity Gift Cards allow you to select your own personalised card in the denomination of your choice and then the recipient donates it to the charity of their choice.

If you’re looking for something specific perhaps a look at the Plan Canada’s online shop, you can choose to donate or purchase a much needed or useful item for someone in a developing country.  Bed Nets to help protect from Malaria is just $10, planting a Fruit Tree to help a family feed itself is just $15, Goats to provide milk and meat is just $75, there’s much more to select from on the Plan Canada catalogue.

Whether you select one of these options or have your own favourite charity, giving the gift of Hope is a present everyone wants.