Vancouver shops for unique hostess gifts

Every good party guest knows it’s bad manners to show up to a shindig empty handed. You don’t have to spend a fortune on a hostess gift, but a thoughtful token of thanks goes a long way. From gourmet edibles to beautiful floral arrangements to fragrant soy candles, these local Vancouver shops have plenty of great gift ideas for when you need to show your appreciation to a hospitable host.

Celsia Florist

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1930 Arbutus St, Vancouver, BC V6J 3X7

Housed in a 100-year-old heritage building in Kitsilano, this family owned floral emporium is the place to go to find statement-making floral arrangements. Select your own preferred blooms or let these floral designers take charge and create a custom fresh arrangement to fit your budget. Botanical inspired designs are whimsical, natural and entirely one-of-a-kind. Celsia’s bouquets are reminiscent of English wildflower gardens, with a timeless-yet-contemporary appeal. Show up to a party with an armful of these gorgeous flowers and you’re sure to score invites for years to come.

Vancouver Olive Oil Co

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2571 Broadway W, Vancouver, BC V6K 2E9

This family owned retail store and tasting room is dedicated to all things EVOO. The shop carries more than 30 unique varieties of high-quality, extra virgin olive oils imported from around the world, as well as balsamic vinegars, small-batch sea salts, locally made preserves and handcrafted kitchen accoutrements. Oil and vinegar varieties range in intensity and change with the seasons to ensure freshness. We love the flavoured bottles infused with unique sweet and savoury tasting notes – think dark espresso balsamic vinegar or wild mushroom and sage oil. Visit during the holidays for pre-made festive gift baskets for foodies.

Swirl Wine Store

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1185 Mainland St, Vancouver, BC V6B 5P2

When in doubt, you can’t go wrong with a well-chosen bottle of vino. Skip the big-box liquor stores and head to this intimate shop in Yaletown to shop for the best B.C. VQA wines – you’re sure to find a bottle to suit just about every palate and price point. Easy-drinking Riesling from Grey Monk is a great choice for a summertime soiree while the Kalala merlot (with hints of black cherry, vanilla and nutmeg) is a full-bodied favourite for the colder months. For the festive season, you can’t go wrong with a bubbly bottle of sparkling.

Thomas Haas Patisserie

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128-998 Harbourside Dr, North Vancouver, BC V7P 3T2

If you’re shopping for someone with a sweet tooth, you can’t go wrong with sophisticated desserts from this renowned Vancouver chocolatier with locations in Kits and North Van. Thomas Haas specializes in elegant confections and chocolates infused with fresh fruits and exotic spices, flecked with crunchy and crispy nuts, and laced with full-bodied caramel syrups. Mix and match a custom gift box filled with assorted truffles and chocolates of your choice. Looking for a chocolate alternative? Pick up a 12-piece set of pretty pastel macarons or an adorable sachet of lemon shortbread cookies tied with ribbon.

Saje Natural Wellness

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1091 Robson St, Vancouver, BC V6E 1A9

Let’s face it, hosting a lavish dinner party or big bash can be seriously exhausting. For the party host who needs a little rest and relaxation, Saje carries a range of wellness accessories to help with the recovery process. Shop for chemical-free, essential oils, perfumes, cosmetics, home scents and a variety of restorative products. Therapeutic Sleep Well roll-on oil and the organic loose-leaf detox tea are perfect post-party remedies. Homebodies will also love the all-natural collection of fragrant diffusers, candles, room sprays and ultrasonic nebulizers – these high-tech toys purify and humidify the air while distributing a subtle scent.

Goodge Place

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1523 8th Ave W, Vancouver, BC V6J 1T5

British expats and lovers of all things English will swoon over the luxurious knick-knacks at this concept shop in Fairview. Part decor emporium, part coffee shop, part design lab – Goodge Place is a multipurpose space from mother-daughter duo Patricia and Emily McLean. Shop here for whimsical china plates, loose-leaf teas, fresh-cut flowers, artsy coffee-table books, delicate French cheese knives, silk scarves and many more indulgent hostess gifts. Looking for something a little quirky? We can’t get enough of the vibrantly patterned oven mitts, mugs, aprons and tea towels from London-based lifestyle label House of Hackney.

Old Faithful Shop

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320 Cordova St W, Vancouver, BC V6B 1E8

If you’re searching for handcrafted presents for the Kinfolk-inspired host, look no further than Old Faithful. As the name suggests, this Gastown shop is teeming with timeless goods and high quality craftsmanship. Shelves display an Instagram-worthy collection of simple luxuries: classic Canadian woollen socks, shiny copper candles, Mast Brothers chocolates, clean ceramics and a variety of other cult-worthy housewares. Coffee connoisseurs with love the brewing accessories from Chemex and all-natural flavoured syrups from Dave’s Coffee. If your host prefers cocktails over coffee beans, check out the selection of bitters, syrups, tonics and bar cart paraphernalia.

Strange Fellows Brewing

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1345 Clark Dr, Vancouver, BC V5L 3K9

A bottle of wine might be a perennial favourite when it comes to party gifts, but not everybody is crazy about vino. If you’re shopping for a host who prefers hops to grapes, a selection of locally brewed craft beer will help you win some brownie points. Located in a former carpet factory in East Van, Strange Fellows has made a name for itself with its Old World inspired brewing methods. In addition to selling cans and bottles of its signature ales, you’ll find t-shirts, refillable growlers and plenty of beer-themed merchandise for the brew-lover in your life.

Provide

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1805 Fir St, Vancouver, BC V6J 3A9

Upscale home decor accessories abound at this downtown specialty shop. Globetrotting owners Robert Quinnell and David Keeler scour foreign lands in search of beautiful furnishings and decorative items. The investment pieces might be outside of your gift-giving budget, but you’ll definitely spot a few affordable finds in store. We love the West Coast inspired tabletop items: live-edge wooden bowls and cutting boards, drink coasters made of maple or polished white marble, and gilded brass serving trays. Provide Home also carries a solid selection of home scents from local fave Vancouver Candle Company and iconic Parisian candle maker Cire Trudon.

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