Vancouver shops for unique Christmas gifts

Does your annual seasonal shopping often feel like an endless treasure hunt? These Vancouver boutiques, cute stores and artisan collections are the ideal go-to locations to find unusual and handmade items to delight anyone on your list.

Doctor Vigari Gallery

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X1-1816 Commercial Dr, Vancouver, BC V5N 4A5

This beautiful gallery puts the joy back into holiday shopping – even at the last hour. Well-curated, the spacious shop on Commercial Drive features artworks, jewellery, furniture, paintings, sculpture and accessories all made by local artists. Despite the quality and originality of many of the pieces, Doctor Vigari is a suitable option for a range of budgets – whether you’re shopping for a meaningful token or a statement gift to last a lifetime.

Paper-Ya

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9-1666 Johnston St, Vancouver, BC V6H 3S2

Budget time to explore this gem on Granville Island; it’s easy to get lost admiring the pretty items on shelf after shelf in the intimate store that specializes in paper goods and accessories. Choose from greeting cards, journals and notebooks, calendars, fountain pens, and games. Or, peruse the stunning, richly patterned wrapping paper and cute card selection to ensure all your purchases stand out under the tree.

Craft Council Of BC

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1386 Cartwright St, Vancouver, BC V6H 3R8

The official store of The Craft Council of British Columbia, Craft House is a simple, brightly lit gallery space featuring original works from artisans across the province. Highlights in the collection include an extensive selection of contemporary jewellery – with both precious and semi-precious stones and metals; ceramics, including plates, vases and sculptures; and other knickknacks such as purses, cards and homewares. Each item comes wrapped in its own box with a card describing the artist.

The Regional Assembly of Text

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3934 Main St, Vancouver, BC V5V 3P2

The Regional Assembly of Text has a reputation of charm and impeccable attention to detail – and deserves it. Walk into their intimate Main Street location and you’ll be greeted by neat rows of pretty and witty greeting cards and stationery. The shop’s unique aesthetic and playful tone in all their products make for delightful gifts.

Front & Company

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3772 Main St, Vancouver, BC V5V 3N7

Seasoned gift bestowers will know this brimming store well. You really can find whatever you need in this feast for the eyes, where floor-to-ceiling shelves offer everything from decorations to writing supplies to practical jokes. The store also stocks products with a range of aesthetics, making it a useful destination whether you’re searching for your refined and cultured best friend, or an office mate chosen in a Secret Santa draw. You’ll also find stocking stuffers aplenty.

Bird On A Wire Creations

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2535 Main St, Vancouver, BC V5T 3E5

An important feature in Vancouver’s thriving artistic community, Bird on a Wire Creations is more than a shop: it’s also a location for regular craft workshops and a support network for local artists who are dedicated to creating unusual, one of a kind items. In the calm, warm store, creative displays showcase jewellery, housewares, and bath and body items. Professional yet rustic, the products in Bird on a Wire often provide a different aesthetic to their gallery counterparts.

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