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Downtown stores in a major city are bound to be bustling with activity, and lines, during the busy holiday season–so get off the beaten path and beat the crowds this year. Skip the last-minute gift shopping rush, and escape the city to find one-of-a-kind stores with cool locally crafted and curated gifts in the Valley, from clothing to art and homewares.
With boutiques nestled along charming streets, you can explore cozy and cool shops to find something special for just about anyone.
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Bureaux’s elegant and cozy selection of products ranges from tableware and textiles to handcrafted ornaments and children’s books. If you’re looking for holiday gifts, pick up cute and colourful stickers, candy and art supplies as stocking stuffers for kids, and check out their natural home scenting products from local Vancouver-based brand Vitruvi for anyone who loves local luxury home goods.
They have also recently launched their own personalized gifting service called Cadeaux, with a range of thoughtfully curated gifting options to suit your needs, and discounts available for corporate and group purchases. You can contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more.
Address: 120 – 33827 South Fraser Way
The Button Box is as cute as it sounds! Locally owned and operated, the shop name is inspired by the owner’s childhood memory of her very own button box. This boutique shop offers stylish women’s clothing, luxurious bath and body products that a perfect for gifting for those on your list who should indulge in a little self-care, as well as sweet baby products, home decor and small giftable items–perfect for a stocking stuffer (hint, hint.)
Address: 9369B Mill Street, Chilliwack
The Blue Dandelion is too good for just one store–you’ll find this local favourite sprouting up in several locations with a shop in Harrison, and their Blue Dandelion Baby and Toys storefront and a sister store named Bear Creek Collective, both located in Agassiz.
The locally-owned and operated collection of stores are committed to showcasing local artisans, selling products for self care, home decor, and games created by artists and entrepreneurs in the area. For gifts for little ones, you’ll want to make a special trip to swing by the Baby and Toys store for a great selection of products and toys.
Address: 140 Esplanade Ave, Harrison Hot Springs, BC V0M 1K0
Loved by locals and visitors alike, Artisan’s Attic and Fudgery is known as ‘The Best Fudge in Town!’ Your sweet tooth isn’t the only reason to visit, as they also sell a selection of small giftable items such as soaps, socks, and glassware. Pick up something sweet for yourself and for someone on your gift list.
Artisan’s fudge ships around the world, so when you find yourself thinking about your favourite flavour after the last morsel is gone, never fear, you can order more directly to your home!
Address: 326 Wallace Street, Box 67, Hope
Located in a charming small space in historic Fort Langley, owner Jen Ellis’ store showcases her beautiful original jewelry designs alongside over 100 Canadian designers and makers. The constantly evolving collection of thoughtfully curated goods includes homewares, bath and body, prints, and cooking items. You’re bound to find something that catches your eye!
Address: 105 – 23343 Mavis Avenue
Jewelry is a time-honoured, and often meaningful, gift that can last a lifetime. Especially when it’s a unique piece from a local artist or shop. Family owned and operated for over 40 years, The Gold Bin prides itself on shining the spotlight on BC’s roots, with a collection that features Indigenous jewelry and art, and intricate Celtic designed pieces.
Address: 33221 1st Avenue, Mission