Whether you're looking for unique Vancouver gifts to give to other Vancouverites or for ideas on unique Vancouver gifts for friends and family outside of Vancouver, this Guide to Vancouver Gifts has gift ideas for all occasions! Unique Vancouver gifts include local gourmet food and drink, Vancouver fashion, First Nations art, athletic equipment, gifts for hockey fans, and much much more.
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Local Gourmet Foods
Vancouverites are foodies; we all love gourmet foods! Food is also one of those Vancouver gifts that can be given to people you don't know well, or to people who live outside of Vancouver.
- Meinhardt Gourmet Food Gift Baskets - smoked salmon, foods local to the Pacific Northwest, BC cheeses, etc.
- Finest at Sea on Granville Island and Seven Seas - smoked salmon and sustainable seafood
- Chocolate Arts - gourmet chocolates made with local, seasonal fruits and ingredients
- XOXOLAT Chocolates - fair-trade international chocolates and local, in-store treats
- Ten Ren Tea - beautifully-packaged Chinese teas
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Local Beer, Artisan Sake, and BC Wines
It's easy to find Vancouver gifts for people who enjoy drinking, especially beer aficionados. But local beer, which can make a great gift when paired with either a set of glasses from the brewery or a fun, brewery-label T-shirt, isn't the only alcohol made in Vancouver: you can find local wines and sake, too.
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Local Vancouver Fashion
Fashion made and designed in Vancouver is one of the top unique gifts. Vancouver fashion, including accessories and jewelry, runs the gamut from the high-priced and super-chic to mid-range to inexpensive streetwear.
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Local and First Nations Art
When it comes to Vancouver gifts, it doesn't get any more unique than a one-of-a-kind artwork. Buying contemporary art and paintings can be pricey, not to mention difficult unless you really know someone's taste in art. But almost everyone, locals and visitors alike, would love a piece of BC First Nations art, which includes fine art, bento boxes, jewelry, home decor, and ceramics, and which have a wide price range to fit many budgets.Continue to 5 of 8 below.
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Local History and Nostalgia
Love history and nostalgia? The Museum of Vancouver has teamed up with local Vancouver retailers to create fabulous artifacts that reflect Vancouver history and make ideal gifts. The fun, creative items include home decor (including rugs), pillows, accessories, key chains, Cascade beer glasses, and more, and are sold at shops around Vancouver. See the MOV retail site for details on all the available merchandise and where to find it.
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Indian Fashion and Accessories from Little India/Punjabi Market
Vancouver's Punjabi Market/Little India has great Vancouver gifts for both locals and visitors, and the price range will fit any budget. The shops in Little India/Punjabi Market have loads of inexpensive bangles and jewelry, purses, shoes, and budget Indian gifts and fashion, all of which make ideal gifts. There are high-end jewelry and fashion for more sophisticated tastes, too.
If you can make it out to Surrey, check out the amazing Crossover Bollywood Se, which has gorgeous Indian fashion and truly beautiful beaded handbags.
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Athletic Clothes and Equipment
If you're ever truly at a loss as to which Vancouver gifts actual Vancouverites would love, you can always play to the odds. By which I mean the stereotype that all Vancouverites are "outdoorsy" and we all do yoga is, to some extent, actually true. So gift cards to any of these athletic clothes and equipment companies will be used. (Even if the Vancouverite you're buying for isn't into sports and exercise, they still need to keep warm in the winter!) Mountain Equipment Co-op, Lululemon, and The North Face are popular options.
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It's another stereotype that everyone in Vancouver loves hockey and our beloved Canucks, but chances are, any Vancouver sports-lovers on your gift list does indeed love the Canucks. Canucks tickets would be an amazing gift, but you can also find great fan gifts that will fit any budget at Canucks Team Stores.
You can also order a Canucks Gift Basket online.