Whether you're looking for a present for your mom, dad, husband, wife, friend or for the kids, Victoria is busting at the seams with great gifts! Just check out these Christmas gift ideas and see for yourself.
Who says you can't fly to the moon, give your friends a bit of attitude or proudly display your love for rainbows and unicorns? With these funky socks you can face whatever the holiday stress may throw your way and look absolutely fabulous doing so. Pick your favourites for the whole family at Capital Iron, Heart & Sole or Oscar & Libby's.
The right, funky kind of PJs are the way to anyone's heart, especially if that person enjoys sleeping and breakfast in bed. Capital Iron doesn't disappoint with their holiday pyjamas. Wouldn't you love a funky Christmas onesie? For more great pyjamas in all colours, shapes and sizes drop by The Bay Centre and visit the Festival of Trees while you're there.
Forget about the traditional scarf and tie. Dive into the Patch's treasure chest of the coolest vintage finds for a truly exclusive gift. For a uniquely Victorian gift, head to Cowichan Trading or Sasquatch Trading and pick out a Cowichan Sweater. Combining Salish and European textile techniques, these sweaters are a true work of art.
The holidays should be a spirited affair! Spike the punch for some added holiday entertainment or hide a bottle of Victoria's finest spirits between Santa's gifts. Tell the staff at Vintage Spirits about your family's strange favourites and they'll be sure to recommend a drink that will be an absolute hit!
Special Collectibles and Odd Gifts
Browse Victoria's unique stores and you're bound to find some special gifts. At Vanity Fair, you'll find china, vases, small figurines, vintage purses and all sorts of interesting and unexpected knick-knacks. Next, go on a treasure hunt through Knightbridge Gifts and the Global Village. Between classic high end gifts from Britain and colourful handcrafted gifts from all over the world, you're bound to find something that will bring a smile to your loved one's face. For even more ideas, head over to the Irish Linen Store or the Tuscan Kitchen for table cloths, towels and other household items.
Filled with people who love the outdoors, Victoria is the perfect place to find a Christmas present for your outdoorsy friend, whether that be a game of backpack bocci (Robinson's), a lightweight bamboo shirt (ProtoXtype) or an unmistakable Canadian made Tilley hat. Frontrunners/New Balance, Ocean River and Capital Iron are also excellent stops for outdoor gift ideas.
Toys and Comics for the Young (and Young at Heart)
Home to stores jam packed with toys and collectibles of all sorts, Victoria is heaven for game and toy loving people. Tell the staff at Kaboodles, Cherry Bomb Toys or the Interactivity Board Game Café about the person you're hoping to delight and they'll pick out just the thing. Don't forget to take a peek at some more fun-loving local comics and game stores.
Shoes are the way to anyone's heart, especially the ones from Heart & Sole. Joyful dancing is practically inevitable with this stunning collection. And then there's always Baggins, with the world's largest selection of Converse and Vans the only limit is your imagination as they will also print your unique designs on the shoes.
Books and Adventures
For the bookworm in your life, no Christmas present will ever compare to the tales found between the covers of a book. Get lost in the magical land of stories and adventures at Russell Books or in Sidney's Booktown.
Home to numerous incredibly talented artists and jewellery makers, Victoria is your one stop shop for finding a sparkly piece of joy. For custom and unique jewellery check out Idar Jewellers, Melissa Caron's work and Jade Victoria.
If you're looking for a more personal gift, get crafting yourself (or just give someone the craft supplies so they can make their own present ;) ). Button & Needlework stuns with all kinds of wonderfully vibrant wool, Calico Cupboard is a one-of-a-kind quilting store and Bead Town Design offers classes along with a dazzling display of all sorts of beads, pendants and stones. The toughest choice to make is deciding where to go first.
They come in all shapes and sizes, smelling of a beach vacation or a musky library. Pick out a few at the Cuban Cigar Shop and watch as your dad (or whoever you're giving them to) sits back and allows the flavours of smoke, citrus, spices and honey to wash over him.