Whether you're looking for unique Vancouver gifts to give to other Vancouverites or for ideas on unique Vancouver gifts for friends and family outside of Vancouver, this Guide to Vancouver Gifts has gift ideas for all occasions! Unique Vancouver gifts includes local gourmet food and drink, Vancouver fashion, First Nations art, athletic equipment, gifts for hockey fans, and much much more.
For more Vancouver gift ideas, see also: Top 10 Places to Shop for Gifts in Vancouver.
1. Vancouver Gifts: Local Gourmet Foods
Vancouverites are foodies; we all love gourmet foods! Food is also one of those Vancouver gifts that can be given to people you don't know well, or to people who live outside of Vancouver. (My Brazilian in-laws love the smoked salmon we send every year.) Here are my top choices for local gourmet food gifts from Vancouver:
2. Vancouver Gifts: Local Beer, Artisan Sake & BC Wines
It's easy to find Vancouver gifts for people who enjoy drinking, especially beer aficionados. My uncle from Atlanta, Georgia, was in beer heaven when he visited Vancouver; he loved sampling all the micro brews and craft beers. But local beer--which can make a great gift when paired with either a set of glasses from the brewery or a fun, brewery-label t-shirt--isn't the only alcohol made in Vancouver: you can find local wines and sake, too.
3. Vancouver Gifts: Local Vancouver Fashion
Vancouver fashion--fashion made and designed in Vancouver--is one of the top unique Vancouver gifts. Vancouver fashion, including accessories and jewelry, runs the gamut from the high-priced and super-chic to mid-range to inexpensive streetwear.
Where to shop for local Vancouver fashion: Vancouver Fashion Guide.
4. Vancouver Gifts: Local & First Nations Art
When it comes to Vancouver gifts, it doesn't get any more unique than a one-of-a-kind artwork. Buying contemporary art and paintings can be pricey--not to mention difficult, unless you really know someone's taste in art. But almost everyone--locals and visitors alike--would love a piece of BC First Nations art, which includes fine art, bento boxes, jewelry, home decor, and ceramics, and which have a wide price range to fit many budgets.
Where to shop for local and First Nations art in Vancouver: Art in Vancouver - Guide to Vancouver Art Galleries, Art Markets & Art Events.
5. Vancouver Gifts: Local History & Nostalgia
Love history and nostalgia? MOV--the Museum of Vancouver--has teamed up with local Vancouver retailers to create fabulous artifacts that reflect Vancouver history and make ideal gifts. The fun, creative items include home decor (including rugs), pillows, accessories, key chains, Cascade beer glasses, and more, and are sold at shops around Vancouver. See the MOV retail site for details on all the available merchandise and where to find it.
6. Vancouver Gifts: Indian Fashion & Accessories from Little India / Punjabi Market
Vancouver's Punjabi Market / Little India has great Vancouver gifts for both locals and visitors, and the price range will fit any budget. The shops in Little India / Punjabi Market have loads of inexpensive bangles and jewelry, purses, shoes, and budget Indian gifts and fashion, all of which make ideal gifts. There's high-end jewelry and fashion for more sophisticated tastes, too.
Where to shop in Vancouver's Punjabi Market / Little India: Punjabi Market Vancouver Shopping Guide.
If you can make it out to Surrey, check out the amazing Crossover Bollywood Se, which has gorgeous Indian fashion and truly beautiful beaded handbags.
7. Vancouver Gifts for Vancouverites: Athletic Clothes & Equipment
If you're ever truly at a loss as to which Vancouver gifts actual Vancouverites would love, you can always play to the odds. By which I mean, the stereotype that all Vancouverites are "outdoorsy" and we all do yoga is, to some extent, actually true. So gift cards to any of these athletic clothes and equipment companies will be used. (Even if the Vancouverite you're buying for isn't into sports and exercise, they still need to keep warm in the winter!)
8. Vancouver Gifts for Vancouverites: Canucks Gifts
It's another stereotype that everyone in Vancouver loves hockey and our beloved Canucks, but chances are, any Vancouver sports-lovers on your gift list does indeed love the Canucks. Canucks tickets would be an amazing gift, but you can also find great fan gifts that will fit any budget at Canucks Team Stores.
You can also order a Canucks Gift Basket at It's in the Basket.com.