The Nice List: Christmas Shopping in Vancouver

The Christmas season is just around the corner, but it's never too early to start your shopping and there are a few neighborhoods you're going to want to check out. Downtown Vancouver is riddled with plenty of selection and it's here that you'll find familiar stores, high-end designer labels and department stores. Gastown is the place to go if you're looking for a stylish boutique and something unique. South Granville is a mix of known brands and smaller boutiques, while Main Street has a solid stash of vintage finds and unique treasures.

There are three major department stores in Vancouver: The Hudson Bay Company, Holt Renfrew, and Nordstrom. Each of these stores has something different to offer and it's worth exploring them all to find that perfect piece. And, if all that shopping tires you out, grab a seat at one of Nordstrom's three dining options and refuel.

Vancouver is an outdoor enthusiast's dream so it's no surprise that finding something for their next hike, ski trip or camping adventure is an easy feat. The best place to go to hook them up? Mountain Equipment Co-op, definitely. With an array of quality brands, they'll be stoked about a gift from here.

If you're shopping for the foodie or chef in your life, Ming Wo in Chinatown is a must. From their favorite knives and cookware to fun kitchen gadgets that make the perfect stuffing stuffer, the options here are plentiful.



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The Hudson's Bay Company can be dated all the way back to 1670, and it has evolved over time to keep up with their customers' needs. This location in downtown Vancouver on Granville St. and West Georgia St. is massive! They have just about...  Read More



What started as a small hat shop in Quebec City in 1837, has turned into a nationwide empire that is a fashionista's idea of heaven. Vancouver's Holt Renfrew is attached to the Pacific Centre and is three levels of high-end designer apparel,...  Read More



For anyone that's ever been a middle (or younger) sibling, you know what it's like to always get hand-me-downs and feel somewhat stifled by your older sibling's style. After growing up as a middle child, Linda Sin is expressing herself through...  Read More



In an era where buying something new is as readily available as water, it's easy to get lost amongst the steals and deals of mass produced goods. Old Faithful Shop restores our belief in buying quality, unique items that are both timeless in...  Read More



Mountain Equipment Co-op has the best quality and options for outdoor recreation and travel gear so that you can withstand the worst seasonal weather conditions! They have everything absolutely everything you'll need for the adventures that are...  Read More



Just like the restaurants in Chinatown, the shops are also a mix of old and new. One of the oldest shops in Chinatown is Ming Wo. Since opening up in 1917, Ming Wo has been a reputable and go-to source for professional cookware. They have...  Read More



Boasting 230,000-square-feet of retail space, Nordstrom's flagship store in Vancouver has everyone covered. Guests can expect to find everything from fragrances and beauty items to shoes, handbags, clothing and more for men, women and...  Read More



If you're looking for fashion inspired by Europe, Japan and NYC, head to Roden Gray. This awesome shop calls the cobblestone streets of Gastown home, and there really couldn't be a better locale for it. Step inside this contemporary store and...  Read More



Just a short bus ride or drive from Vancouver is Metro Vancouver's second largest shopping center, Park Royal. This large shopping center in West Vancouver offers a unique experience of both an indoor mall and an outdoor shopping village. With...  Read More


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