Main Street—it’s your best bet for eclectic stocking stuffers, all-natural skincare and the coolest local art. Don’t forget your walking shoes and eco-friendly reusable tote bag.
The Best Holiday Gifts on Main Street
Pond Life by Hiller Goodspeed
Lucky’s Comics, 3972 Main St.
A hardcover collection of 146 charmingly lo-fi doodles (on pressing topics like cardboard boxes, haircuts and “understanding”) from Vancouver illustrator Hiller Goodspeed ($39). luckys.ca
Sneaker Cleaning Kit
Front and Company, 3772 Main St.
It’s the sort of thing that’s very useful, but also very boring to spend your own money on. Be a hero and toss this kit ($28) in your sneaker-savvy buddy’s stocking. frontandcompany.com
Craft Beer Growler
Brassneck Brewery, 2148 Main St.
In a busy block of breweries, Brassneck manages to stand out with not just a rotating selection of beers on tap, but also a few new designs on its growler bottles, often featuring illos from local artists (bottles from $3, beer prices vary). brassneck.ca
Vitruvi Stone Diffuser
Nineteen Ten, 4366 Main St.
Crafted from matte ceramic, the ultrasonic essential oil diffuser ($119) from cult fave Vitruvi is both an olfactory and visual pleasure—especially in this warm honey hue. nineteenten.ca
G Ceramic and Co. Bowl
Coco et Olive, 3707 Main St.
When the Main Street café repurposed its seating area into a homewares market during COVID, it stacked the shelves with pieces (prices vary) from Vancouver potter G Ceramic and Co. Stock up while you can. instagram.com/cocoetolive
Snack Land, 3011 Main St.
Shop the finest junk food from around the globe. Maybe we can’t travel much right now, but tom yum soup-flavoured Lays and Dublin’s own Tayto crisps can transport us in their own special way. 778-379-9667
East 29th Vital Serum
Kinto Kakomi Rice Cooker
Vancouver Special, 3612 Main St.
The heat-resistant ceramic pot ($110) goes from stovetop to table in style, while the cleverly engineered system of lids puffs every grain to perfection. vanspecial.com
Much and Little, 2543 Main St.
The enamel splatterware pitcher ($83) is well suited for a sunny, lemonade-fuelled afternoon on the patio, but trust us: it works just as well for egg nog. muchandlittle.com
Omakase Gift Box
Cultivate Tea, 2280 Main St.
A little something to sip and savour: a curated collection of rare teas ($50) selected by Cultivate Tea's brewing pros. cultivatetea.com
Soap Dispensary, 3718 Main St.
It's none of your business what they decide to pop into the tall Crew Bottle Co. glass bottle ($45), but it is your business to choose the punchiest colour for the silicon base. thesoapdispensary.com
Ellepi Klizia 97 Stapler
Eugene Choo, 3683 Main St.
Okay, we live in a paperless-office world... but that doesn't mean they don't deserve an iconic piece of po-mo Italian design to brighten up their remote-work desk. Get them a stapler ($32). Preferably, the red one. eugenechoo.com
Frasier Fir Candle
Welks, 3511 Main St.
The candle (from $11) is a best-seller for a reason. Give the smell of Christmas (or, more accurately, fir, sandalwood and cedar) to everyone on your list. welks.ca
Elizabeth Lyn Gold Waxing Luna Studs
Migration Boutique, 3620 Main St.
Earrings just look more beautiful when they're handmade by a local artisan. Everyone knows that. ($32) migrationboutique.com
Dry Arrangement in Twisted Arch Vase
Cream Mint Florist, 2541 Main St.
A bouquet that lasts and lasts and lasts ($95)—and a hip arched vase that lasts even longer. creammintflorist.ca
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