6 Cool Pop-Ups to Shop This Christmas

Forget about the usual stores, these limited-time-only pop-up shops are filled with holiday gift ideas.

December 14, 2017

By Amanda Ross / Photo: Janis Nicolay

(Photo: Janis Nicolay.)

1. Frank and Oak

1173 Robson Street
December 14 to 2018

Although its Gastown flagship is way bigger, the new Frank and Oak pop-up is all womenswear, all the time from its pint-sized 700-square-foot Robson Street perch. The minimalist Canadian brand first launched digitally then followed up with bricks-and-mortar outposts like this one that showcase its quiet, unstudied-cool kind of casual. frankandoak.com

(Photo: Tiffany & Co.)

2. Tiffany & Co.

Holt Renfrew, 737 Dunsmuir Street
Now through March 5, 2018

Delighting brides-to-be since 1837, Tiffany & Co.’s little blue boxes manage to stay timeless and classic yet always of-the-moment. This season, the iconic brand sets up a pop-up shop in Holt Renfrew where everyday objects undergo a serious upgrade (sterling silver yo-yos with American walnut; tin cans reimagined in sterling silver; paper cups reborn as bone china in Tiffany blue). tiffany.ca

3. Hauser and Wirth Bookshop

Holt Renfrew, 737 Dunsmuir Street
Now through  January 13, 2018

International contemporary art gallery Hauser and Wirth opens a new outpost in Hong Kong in Spring 2018 but before then, catch the pop-up bookshop in Holt Renfrew for a curated mix of book titles (the art of Louise Bourgeois) and objects designed by artists the gallery represents (limited edition cashmere blankets by Mary Heilmann, skate decks by Paul McCarthy). hauserwirth.com

4. Little Mountain Shop Holid-eh!

4386 Main Street
Now through December 24

One of our favourite Pinterest-worthy charmers returns—the Little Mountain Shop’s annual Holid-eh! pop-up—with its array of handcrafted Canadian makers like Twenty One Tonnes, Petit Vilains Clothier Ltd and local Paper Label with their cozy jammies. littlemountain.space

5. Barter Design Co.

348 Water Street
Now through December 16

Sunshine Coast-based Kenneth Torrance, curator and owner of Barter Design Co., hosts the brand’s first pop-up in Vancouver by way of Gastown. Peruse collaborations with B.C. artists and craftspeople—clay bowls, beeswax candles, wood-and-concrete planters—all at competitive prices (to keep distribution local) and ethical percentages (so artists and manufacturers can keep doing what they love to do without resorting to Kraft dinner). barterdesign.ca

6. PopIn@Nordstrom Holidays featuring MoMA Design Store

Nordstrom, 799 Robson Street
Now through January 7, 2018

Known for its curator-approved gifts heavy on quality, creativity, and design innovation, the Museum of Modern Art partners with Nordstrom for the latest PopIn@Nordstrom Vancouver. Prices range from $10 for coasters disguised as toast to $6,000 for a giant clock made up of 24 small, round clocks choreographed together to form one digital display. nordstrom.ca

For more gift ideas, check out our 2017 Holiday Gift Guide!


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