Finding the perfect gift for a bride and groom can be difficult; you’ll want it to be unique, sweet, thoughtful and useful to their lifestyle. If you want to avoid shopping at big box stores and find something that’s unique, dare to go off the bridal registry and uncover beautiful treasures at these fantastic local and independent Vancouver gift shops. [Photo of Atkinson's]
Let’s face it, weddings are expensive. Once you’ve paid for the dress, the photographer and the bar tab, you might not have a lot of cash left over for decorative mason jars and chalkboard signs. If you’re planning a Pinterest-inspired big day on a budget, check out these Vancouver shops for DIY wedding decor and accessories. [Photo credit: iStock.com/Lisa Thornberg]
For locals, it goes without saying that our Native art is a cultural treasure, and for tourists, it represents a resource for great discoveries. Vancouver is a hotspot for art collectors, with a wonderful range of options for purchasing. From Inuit to Northwest Coast, contemporary to classic, here are some key Native art galleries in the city. [Photo courtesy of Lattimer Gallery]
The right candle can turn a practical bathroom into a spa-like sanctuary or a plain bedroom into an intimate Goop-worthy oasis. If you’re looking for an easy and affordable decor update, why not add the finishing touch to any room and set the mood with a beautiful candle? These Vancouver shops offer options that are sure to make you wax poetic. [Photo courtesy of Vancouver Candle Co.]
What’s the best part of summer, you ask? Why, shopping for new warm weather gear, of course! Prepare for Vancouver’s rain-free days filled with beach visits, camping, parties and barbecues by visiting these local boutiques, which offer the latest in summer essentials including sandals, bathing suits, sunglasses, towels and more. [Photo credit: iStock.com/GOTO_TOKYO]
Vancouver is a haven for musicians in more ways than one. Whether you play professional concerts on stage, busk on the street, or simply enjoy musical performances at home, you’ll find the instrument you need in these fine musical establishments. From guitars to pianos to violins, these shops have something for everyone. [Photo credit: iStock.com/AlexRodavlas]
The first day of school, the last day of school – or that day the tooth fairy had to leave $20 because she didn't have change – there are a lot of big days in a child's year, but none are as big as their birthday. Say "Happy Birthday" to the boys and girls on your shopping list with the perfect present from one of these kid-approved Vancouver retailers. [Photo courtesy of dandelion KIDS]
Decorate your home in style – without breaking the bank. You can have gallery-quality artwork in your home for under $500, even as low as $100 in many cases. Check out the budget-friendly eclectic collections at these vibrant Vancouver shops and galleries to add a little artistic flair to your space. [Image courtesy of Lattimer Gallery]
Have your Christmas presents become predictable? Stoke the yuletide flames with a romantic present for your special someone! Here are some top options for Vancouverites looking to give the gift of love. [Photo credit: iStock/PeopleImages]
Whether you're a longtime mutant booster or someone that just developed a taste for tights, stopping into your local comic bookstore is a year-round way to keep up with those caped crusaders. Here are some top spots in Vancouver to grab some comics. [Photo credit: Tourism Vancouver/Nelson Mouellic]
Every day can be Earth Day when you shop with an environmentally-conscious mind. There are plenty of shops offering sustainable and fair trade products – to help reduce your carbon footprint – in our beautiful city. Next time you shop at the following stores, you can feel good about helping the environment! [Photo credit: iStock/lolostock]
Some call it a hobby, while others may say it's an obsession, but there's no doubt that a lot of us are fixated on building up an impressive collection of some sort. For some, it's putting together a set of old Nintendo games for an at-home arcade, while others are looking out for a haul of vintage sports gear. Here are some surefire stops for all your vintage and collectible needs. [Photo by Laurel Borrowman]
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