Holiday Shopping on Main Street: 12 Great Gifts to Buy

The best thing about shopping Main? Making coffee (or beer) stops along the way.

November 16, 2016

By Stacey McLachlan

the-beach-people-tote01-cmykFor the Day Tripper

The Beach People Adventure tote ($139) features removable inserts to make room for all their road trip necessities.  Nineteen Ten, 

pinsFor the Accessorizer

Fashion trend alert: lapel pins—like these quirky, colourful enamel icons from the Good Twin Co. ($19)—are the hottest accessory for 2017. The Pleasant Shop,

mav_nemo_coral_75cm_lr_006-cmykFor the Shoe-Obsessed

Put some spring in his step with a pastel trio of waxed cotton Mavericks laces ($30) in chalk blue, mint green and salmon pink.  Eugene Choo,

For the Design Lover

The gold geometric detailing on the G Ceramics and Co. bud vase ($38) makes this piece a beauty whether it’s holding flowers or just sitting pretty.  Bird on a Wire Creations,

everything-wonder-balm-cmykFor the Beauty Buff

Swan by Kwan’s Everything Wonder Balm (from $10) works triple duty to keep your face, body and lips super-soft, but let’s be real: the vintage-Chinese-style packaging is what really caught our eye.  The Soap Dispensary,

For the Animal Lover

Give a shout-out to your finned friends with this illustrated orca unisex crewneck sweatshirt ($59).  Neighbourhood Quality Goods,


For the Little Picasso

Colourful, grippable Crayon Rocks (from $8) develop motor skills and budding artistic talent.  Giving Gifts,

For the Classic Beauty

The buttery-soft Eleven Thirty Lauri wallet ($45) in cognac-coloured Italian leather is the sort of classic piece that she’ll still be using next Christmas and beyond.   Still Life Boutique,

For the Collector

These tiny glass Vitriini boxes ($75) from Iittala are designed to showcase treasures in style.Vancouver Special,

For the Cartographer

Never get lost again with this vintage-map-print tea towel ($14).  Regional Assembly of Text,

For the Culinary Whiz

Transport precious chef’s tools with a Horace and Jasper seven-piece knife bag ($300), made from leather and lined with vintage kimono silk. Knifewear,

For the Budding Chef

Mini-cookbooks ($16) from Short Stack Editions tackle single ingredients (like eggplant) with reverence and ’70s-inspired graphic design.  Much and Little,

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