Five Places To Shop Local This Christmas

Snag some last-minute gifts in these great Canadian ‘hoods


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Whether you’re still looking for gifts to take home for the holidays or would rather check off your list once you get to your destination, consider shopping at some locally owned stores and boutiques in these hip, walkable neighbourhoods across the country.  

Gastown, Vancouver

Head to Vancouver’s oldest neighbourhood, where you can browse hundreds of independent shops inside historic buildings. Look for hipster stocking stuffers like earthy-scented beard oil or a pocket comb from 18th Amendment Barber Shop. Pick up unique holiday cards at Kimprints or soft cashmere knits for someone special at Kit and Ace’s original store.

Beltline, Calgary

This district that stretches along the south end of downtown is home to a large selection of locally owned shops. On 17th Avenue, be sure to stop in at “modern general store” Steeling Home for fun gifts like an engraved flask, graphic coffee mugs or puppets, plus tons of vintage jewelry and home decor. At SalvEdge Fashion, search for men’s and women’s consigned treasures alongside handmade items like those from popular local jeweler CoutuKitsch. 

Broadway, Saskatoon

The historic Broadway District in Saskatoon is home to some of the city’s best shopping, including lots of cool niche shops. If you’re looking for Saskatchewan-made gifts, stop in at Handmade House for pottery, prints and more. Your favourite foodies will appreciate gourmet domestic cheeses from Bulk Cheese Warehouse, then pick up the perfect newsboy cap from Hats and That.

Queen West, Toronto

If you’ve got fashion-lovers to shop for, head straight to Queen West. Toronto’s trendy fashion district is chock-full of boutique clothing, shoe, jewelry and even fabric stores. Look for graphic tees at Black Market Vintage or designer fur coats at 69 Vintage. At Lavish & Squalor, get Canadian-made Boulet boots and don’t leave without popping in to the Drake General Store for all things Canadiana like winter onesies, toques, backpacks and more.

Waterfront, Halifax

The beautiful Halifax Waterfront is a must-do year-round, but it’s also a great spot to shop local. At the 265-year-old Halifax Seaport Farmers’ Market you can meet local artisans selling everything from leather designs and photo prints to packaged dog treats and handmade soaps. At Bishop’s Landing, pick up a bottle of Nova Scotia’s Benjamin Bridge sparkling wine from Bishop’s Cellar (a perfect hostess gift) or stunning jewelry from Pearl City. 

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