Still hunting for that perfectly unique gift for someone (or someone-s) on your list? In Vancouver? Head to Victoria Drive, between Hastings Street and East Broadway (i.e., our editor’s hood) for some truly special, local holiday finds. —Noa Nichol
the found and the freed. This small, independent antique shop holds one of the city’s best secret vintage collections, from furnishings (our office lamp comes from here) to clothing (our favourite denim jacket, too). The Found and the Freed also sells a selection of Canadian-made products, like mohair socks, pasta sauce and honey, that are stellar stocking stuffers.
the coast goods. This store, housed in a 100-plus-year-old building on the corner of Victoria and Charles, is stuffed with incredible gift items—products like scarves, serving bowls, stoneware and soaps (and that’s just the “s” items) by independent artisans and ethical makers. Just look for The Coast Goods‘ tropical pink door!
south china seas trading co. Travelling east, just shy of First Avenue, the foodie on your list will thank you (and hopefully feed you) for a gift from South China Seas. The store’s motto says it all: life’s too short for boring food. Find here a bounty of essential ingredients from Asia, India, the Middle East and Mediterranean, the Caribbean and Latin America, including fresh and fragrant herbs and rare spices, sauces and condiments, fresh and dried chiles, exotic fruits, vegetables and mushrooms, curries, chutneys and pickles, fragrant teas, fresh and dried pastas, uncommon rice varieties, seaweeds and sushi ingredients, fresh tortillas, Mexican cheeses and much, much more. http://southchinaseas.ca/
figaro’s garden. Got a plant lover in your life (don’t we all)? Since 2013, Figaro’s Garden has been a staple of the East Van community. Housed in the former Friendly Grocery, snag superb greenery, including coveted (read: trendy) houseplants and succulents, or a gift card, for the green thumb on your list.