The Ultimate Vancouver Neighbourhood Gift Guide: Kerrisdale

The best gifts, giftable experiences and places to eat while you shop in Kerrisdale in 2021.

It’s a little off the beaten path compared to more bustling ’hoods, but Kerrisdale’s adorable boutiques and great sushi selection (we couldn’t pick from our top five) make it a go-to for shopping and snacking.

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The Best Holiday Gifts in Kerrisdale

Desert Fox Raincoat

Blake and Riley, 2150 W 41st Ave.
Boutique apparel store Blake and Riley is your go-to spot in Kdale for adorable kid’s clothes, like this raincoat ($259) from Dutch brand Gosoaky. The faux-fur lining keeps little ones cozy, while the waterproof exterior is ready for rain (and, realistically, mud).

Alu Fit Wallet

Forero’s Bags and Luggage, 2186 W 41st Ave.
Samsonite makes functional wallets ($80) that are great for travelling locally and abroad. The inner card mechanism operates kind of like a Swiss Army knife—want to see my ID, vax card and long-form birth certificate at the same time? No problem.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS100 Digital Camera

Kerrisdale Cameras, 2170 W 41st Ave.
Another local institution, Kerrisdale Cameras has been around since 1961. But it’s also staying with it—good news for the one on your list who’s been trying to take artsy photos with their iPhone 9 for far too long. Get them a needed upgrade with this compact point-and-shoot camera ($550, marked down from $850 until January 2).

Jellycat Toys

Petit Pont, 2045 W 41st Ave.
Jellycat, Jellycat, how’d you get so popular? The London-based company has been making plush toys (from $20 to $200) since 1999, but they’ve become immensely popular with children on this side of the Atlantic as well. Petit Pont has a sizeable collection that would be hard to resist even for a corporation-hater like Phoebe Buffay.

Indian in the Cabinet: Speaking Truth to Power

Hager Books, 2176 W 41st Ave.
Jody Wilson-Raybould’s book ($35) made waves around the recent federal election, but it’s a good read at any time of the year—and for any reader, not just the politically inclined. And where else to get it than the awesome, locally owned Hager Books, in JWR’s former Vancouver Granville riding?

Ooni Koda 16-Inch Gas-Powered Pizza Oven

Kerrisdale Lumber, 6365 West Boulevard
Unless you’re one of our (much) older readers, Kerrisdale Lumber has been operating longer than you’ve been alive. But the neighbourhood institution is still keeping up with the times in its centennial year. That includes this gas-powered pizza oven ($735) with a powder-coated steel shell for superior heat retention and weather resistance. For the pizza aficionado in your life, that’s amore.

Painting Classes

Academy of Modern Art, 2408 W 41st Ave.
Get the burgeoning Michelangelo in your life a painting class or two (prices vary) at AOMA, which offers both public and private classes most days of the week for all ages.

Where to Eat When You Shop in Kerrisdale

Ajisai, 2081 W 42nd Ave.
Asa, 2178 W 41st Ave.
Jiu Jiang, 5707 Balsam St.
Nakamura, 2055 W 41st Ave.
Shota, 5688 Yew St.

There are a lot of great spots to fill the tank in Kerrisdale, but we’d be remiss if we didn’t hit on some of the places cranking out excellent, top-of-the-line and often-underrated sushi. Between Ajisai, Asa, Jiu Jiang, Nakamura and Shota, there are more than enough options (with enough variety between them) to satisfy your hankering for sashimi and soy sauce.;;;

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