While it might be tempting to start typing Amazon into your web browser, it’s more important than ever to consider shopping at local small businesses this holiday season. Not only will you find the best and most unique gifts for family and friends, you’ll be helping these community gems stick around for years to come.

Get a jump start on your list by heading to passes.visitvancouverusa.com to unlock nearly two dozen discounts at retailers around the city! Check in at five participating shops to receive a free Vancouver tote bag, and check in at eight to be entered to win the $500 grand prize Visa gift card.

While we couldn’t possibly highlight all of Vancouver’s amazing one-of-a-kind shops, here are a few ideas to get you started. Find those with an asterisk on the Shopping Pass to see what deals they are offering, and head to our shopping webpage to browse even more.

UNIQUE BOUTIQUES

Soothe those winter wardrobe woes with pieces from local clothing shops that are sure to bring your closet up a notch. Downtown’s Believe Boutique* and North Vancouver’s new MeKo Jae empower women by helping them feel their very best. Wild Fern* taps into that classic Pacific Northwest style, BMBB Lifestyle keeps you looking good while staying fit, and Most Everything* brings vintage styles from every era back to life.

THE GIFT OF EXPERIENCE

We’re all becoming pros at finding new ways to explore our own city (or those nearby), but have you tried these yet? Bundle up and rent bikes for the whole family at Bike Clark County*, or zoom around with Zoot Scoot*! Check out Live Laugh Love Art for fun creative projects (including some you can craft at home), and test your problem-solving skills at NW Escape Experience.

Kafiex Roasters gift card

CAFFEINE BOOST

Let’s be honest…shopping can be hard work! Grab a gift card or a bag of beans at local roasters Kafiex Coffee Lab* or Compass Coffee* while sipping a latte to get energized for round two of gift buying. If you find yourself in Uptown Village, grab a cup to-go from Relevant Coffee or swing by Presso Coffee Kitchen’s trendy spot on Fourth Plain Boulevard.

TOYS AND TRINKETS

Shop games and toys for kids of all ages at Kazoodles*, and find handmade artisanal goods at the Night Market Vancouver’s pop-up storefront, NMV Pop Local*. From cute clothes and jewelry to journals and candles, Not Too Shabby* carries a little bit of everything for anyone on your list.

HOBBYIST TREASURES

Whether you have a music lover, avid gamer, or bookworm to buy for, Vancouver has just the place to find them the perfect gift to round out their collection. Head to Everybody’s Music* or 1709 Records for old-timey classics or modern tunes. Find the top games of all genres at Fate & Fury Games*, and a large variety of books, calendars, and puzzles at Vintage Books*.

Erik Runyan shopTREAT YOURSELF

Look tip-top for the holidays with a fresh eyebrow threading and new ‘do at D’s Hair & Beauty Supply*, and find a custom fragrance from Love Potion Magickal Perfumerie*. Hosting a few for dinner? Fill up on soaps and personal goods at Kindred Homestead Supply* before heading to Erik Runyan Jewelers* to pick out a new necklace sure to dazzle your guests.

GRUB & BREWS

Our annual dining month may be over, but it’s still important to support local restaurants through an inevitably tough winter. Purchase gift cards, grab take-out, or safely go out for a much needed date night. Head to the breweries for a special Brewcouver stamp offered between Thanksgiving and Christmas! Participating places will present a new brew or classic flagship for a pint, six-pack, or growler to-go—stay tuned for more details.

Check out our Couve Strong webpage for more programs, helpful links, and relevant blog posts to support the revival of our small business community.