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Vancouver Gift Guide - Top 10 Shops for Gifts

Top 10 Places to Shop for Gifts in Vancouver


Finding the perfect gift isn't easy, whether it's for a loved one or for your kid's teacher, for a birthday or for your company's Secret Santa gift exchange. Use this Guide to the Top 10 Places to Shop for Gifts in Vancouver to find unique gifts for any and every occasion.

See also: Unique Vancouver Gifts - Gifts For & From Vancouverites

1. Paper-Ya on Granville Island

Paper-Ya, Granville Island, Vancouver
Photo by Dana Lynch

One of my favourite stores on Granville Island and one of the best places to shop for gifts in Vancouver is the paper arts shop Paper-Ya, a dream for crafty paper artists, card-makers or anyone who loves blank books. Paper-Ya sells decorative and natural papers, bookbinding materials, journals, and out-of-the-ordinary cards and invitations, all of which make lovely presents.

The Original Paper-Ya Co Ltd.
#9 - 1666 Johnston Street
Vancouver, BC

2. Meinhardt in South Granville

Meinhardt Gift Box, Meinhardt, Vancouver
Image Courtesy of Meinhardt

When it comes to buying gifts for people you don't know well, food can be a great way to go. The first time I met my Brazilian in-laws, I gave them a gourmet Pacific Northwest food basket, and they loved the smoked salmon and Chukar Cherries. If you can afford to splurge, Meinhardt has the best gourmet gift boxes, ranging from all sweets to B.C. cheeses to English favourites. Or, create your own gourmet gift by hunting their aisles for the perfect combination of flavours.

3002 Granville Street
Vancouver, BC

3. Briers Home & Gift on W 4th Ave

Image Courtesy of Briers

Located on W 4th Ave, Briers is a local favourite for a wide range of gifts, including jewelry and accessories (they have a great collection of Matt & Nat handbags), novelty gifts, gag gifts, home decor, and baby gifts.

2025 West 4th Avenue
Vancouver, BC V6J 1N3

4. Wonderbucks on Commercial Drive

Wonderbucks, Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Photo by Dana Lynch

A Vancouver original, Wonderbucks carries "world bazaar"-style home decor, kitchen gadgets, housewares, plants, and bath accessories at discount prices, making it easy to find inexpensive, gender-neutral gifts for any occasion (e.g., for Office Secret Santa). It's definitely one of the best places to shop for gifts in Vancouver on a budget. Wonderbucks has two locations in Vancouver: one on W Broadway and one on Commercial Drive.

1803 Commercial Drive
Vancouver, BC

5. Peking Lounge in Chinatown

Peking Lounge, Chinatown, Vancouver
Photo by Dana Lynch

I have a true love of Chinatown's Peking Lounge, a fabulous mix of high-quality antique furniture and gorgeous contemporary Chinese home-decor. Since nearly everyone in Vancouver has at least a dash of Asian flavour in their home decor, it's hard to go wrong with a "China Chic" gift. If I have to buy a wedding gift for an unregistered couple, I always look here first.

Peking Lounge
83 E Pender Street
Vancouver, BC

6. Front & Company on Main Street

Front & Company gifts, Vancouver, BC
Photo by Dana Lynch

One of the best places to shop for gifts in Vancouver is Front & Company on Main Street. Front & Company has two parts: a used and new clothing shop and a gift shop. And, man, their gift shop is packed to the rafters with fun finds: everything from novelty items and gag gifts to home decor, porcelain, collectibles, and adorable baby gifts.

Front & Company
550 Main Street
Vancouver, BC

7. Buchan's Kerrisdale Stationary in Kerrisdale Village

Buchan's Kerrisdale Stationary, Kerrisdale, Vancouver
Photo by Dana Lynch

Locally-owned for over 55 years and beloved in Kerrisdale Village, this stationary-and-more shop is one of the best places to shop for gifts in Vancouver, including stationary, holiday wares, candles, and lovely accessories.

Buchan's Kerrisdale Stationary
2141 W 41 Avenue
Vancouver, BC

8. Artisan SakeMaker on Granville Island

Artisan SakeMaker on Granville Island, Vancouver
Image Courtesy of Artisan SakeMaker

Granville Island is one of the best places to shop for gifts in Vancouver, and, along with the aforementioned Paper-Ya, Artisan SakeMaker is one my favourites. This unique winery produces award winning, hand-made, small batch and fresh sake that makes a fabulous gift.

Artisan SakeMaker
1339 Railspur Alley
Vancouver, BC

9. The Comicshop on W 4th Ave

Comicshop, Vancouver
Photo by Dana Lynch

Located in Kitsilano (within walking distance of Briers, see above), the Comicshop is the place to shop for that super-hero-loving, graphic-novel-reading, uber sci-fi/fantasy fan on your list. Looking for pop culture posters or Captain America action figures? They've got both, and more.

The Comicshop
3518 W 4th Avenue
Vancouver, BC

10. Urban Planet at Metrotown

Metropolis at Metrotown
Image Courtesy of Tourism Vancouver

Like H&M but even cheaper (and way cheaper than Zara), Urban Planet has all the latest clothing and accessory trends for both genders, making it easy--and very budget-friendly--to load up on the latest styles or on inexpensive gifts like fashion jewelry, scarves, belts, and purses. If you're shopping for a teen who wants quantity over quality (I had a friend in high school who refused to wear the same thing twice), this is your store.

Urban Planet
Metropolis at Metrotown Mall
4700 Kingsway
Burnaby, BC

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