Independent shops to find great gifts for Vancouver dads

It’s no secret that finding a gift for Dad can be like the search for El Dorado: you could spend a lifetime looking for it! When you’re scrambling to find that ideal gift for an upcoming birthday, Father’s Day or the holiday season, turn to these great independent stores in Vancouver to find presents for your papa.

Lotusland Electronics & Music

2660 Alma St, Vancouver, BC V6R 3S2

Located in Point Grey, just beyond the borders of UBC, Lotusland is a hidden gem where audiophiles head to find gear, including turntables, speakers and everything you need to listen to classic vinyl. The store’s knowledgeable staff are focused on connecting customers with great sound, not on making a sale.

Old Faithful Shop

320 Cordova St W, Vancouver, BC V6B 1E8

Opened in 2010, Old Faithful lives up to its name by offering a consistently enjoyable browsing experience. Located in Gastown, the hipster general store has a modern-pioneer feel. Look no further for outfitting the Father John Misty-types in your life with artisanal cocktail tonics, personal grooming accessories and hand-crafted growler carriers.

Front & Company

3772 Main St, Vancouver, BC V5V 3N7

Though Front & Company is known for its excellent selection of consignment clothes for men and women, it also offers a wide variety of gifts and home decor items. The fashion side of the store offers stylish clothing and accessories from name brands (new and consigned), while the gifts side of the shop stocks a floor-to-ceiling collection of gadgets, novelty gifts and odds and ends.

Neighbour Shop

125-12 Water St, Vancouver, BC V6B 1A5

Tucked away from Gastown’s main drag, Neighbour is a finely curated men’s clothing boutique. If Dad loves contemporary fashion, he’ll be pleased as a punch to be dressed in refined duds from Neighbour. The minimalist store also carries magazines, accessories and designer objects from around the world that will surely delight dapper dads.

The Corner Store

2601 Main St, Vancouver, BC V5T 3E7

For the dad who’s inspired by street and hip-hop culture, The Corner Store stocks fashion-forward items that reflect international streetwear trends. The Main Street boutique carries the hottest sneaker releases from big-name brands like Nike as well as apparel from in-house clothing lines Complex Clothing and Four Horsemen, which are designed and manufactured in Canada.

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