Richmond, B.C., Canada (Dec. 4, 2014) - It's no muss, no fuss holiday shopping in Richmond. Home to five shopping hot spots - Steveston Village, the Golden Village, City Centre, East Richmond and Sea Island - shoppers will be sure to find plenty of parking (often free!) and something for even the most fickle folks on their lists. And with 24 convenient and affordable hotels in Richmond, it's easy to turn a shopping excursion into a fun weekend getaway.
If you're shopping for: The Fine Arts and Crafts Connoisseur
Head to: Steveston Village
Steveston is magical year-round and at Christmas this seaside gem goes all out with twinkling lights, streetside decorations and festive displays. The village's charming specialty shops are fully stocked with unique gifts including stoneware pottery, jewelry, shawls, hand-painted greeting cards, leather goods, kitchen utensils, tree ornaments, garden decor and lathe-turned wooden bowls. Don't miss Pieces boutique for Canadian art and heartfelt gifts, Sinfully the Best for artisanal chocolate treats, and the Gulf of Georgia Cannery's gift shop for tasty preserves, West Coast recipe books and locally crafted pottery. The Cannery also hosts a winter farmers' market bi-weekly from October through April with one pre-Christmas market day remaining: Sunday, Dec. 14 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. From jewelry to ornaments, these market gifts are handcrafted, and complimentary gift wrapping is available on site.
If you're shopping for: The Savvy Traveller
Head to: Sea Island and the Golden Village
Every jet-setting traveller needs an arsenal of products to ensure a smooth journey. Where better to shop than at the source? At the Vancouver International Airport (YVR), located on Richmond's Sea Island, there are hundreds of items big and small to make travel days a little more enjoyable - from bestselling travel memoirs (Hudson News) to luggage accessories (Travel + Leisure) to tech-toys (Boutique iStore). Gift hunters will also find several gourmet chocolate and souvenir shops including Crafthouse (run by the Craft Council of B.C.) for an ever-changing collection of handmade products from the easels, looms, sewing machines and kilns of B.C.'s local artisans. Travelling by air via YVR during the holidays? Once through security travellers will have access to luxury brands including Hermès, Chanel (at The Beauty Shop), Gucci (at Collection), as well as Ray-Ban, DKNY, Oakley and Prada at the Sunglass Hut. Diehard traveller with a fondness for Asia on the list? Richmond's Golden Village offers an authentic taste of Asia right here in North America, minus the jetlag. In the Golden Village there are more than 300 shops and services including Asian specialty grocery stores, Chinese herbal medicine shops, jewelry stores, art galleries and the latest Asian designer fashions at the city's three Hong Kong-inspired malls: Parker Place, Yaohan Centre and Aberdeen Centre. There are more than 15,000 Asian food items at the T&T Supermarket, including popular Asian snack foods, sauces and spices. Overwhelmed with options? Pick up a gift card at one of the city's top Asian eateries. Richmond is famously home to "the best Chinese food outside of China."
If you're shopping for: The Fashion Maven
Head to: Richmond's City Centre
Fashionistas and beauty buffs are easy to buy for at Richmond Centre, located in the heart of the City
Centre. Amidst the 200 stores and services, shoppers find the perfect mix of local brands like Aritzia and
Hudson's Bay, as well as international brands including Thomas Sabo, Sephora, TOPSHOP,
BCBGMAXAZRIA, Michael Kors, Forever 21 and Victoria's Secret.
If you're shopping for: The Tiny Tot
Head to: The Golden Village
Aberdeen Centre's two-dollar store Daiso is the No. 1 destination for stocking stuffers. From mininotebooks to novelty ice cube trays, it has everything needed to stuff stockings for the entire family - at $2 an item. Especially suited for tiny tots, Daiso offers a wide variety of festive and inexpensive treats including toys, puzzles, games, crafts and novelty costume accessories that are must-haves for the kids' dress-up trunk.
If you're shopping for: The Foodie
Head to: East Richmond
As food and vino go hand in hand, local fruit wines are the perfect gift for any passionate foodie. Located in the centre of Richmond's agricultural lands are three specialty wineries featuring both ice and fruit vintages: Lulu Island Winery, Isabella Winery and Canada Berries Winery. Ice and fruit wines also make for fresh additions to cocktails, or for a uniquely festive dish, can be enjoyed warmed up over desserts like cheesecake and ice cream. Another place to shop is The Fowl Farmer, which has a host of artisan products including locally made gourmet dessert sauces (try the dark chocolate mint!) and mulling spices for making those warm holiday beverages.
About Tourism Richmond
Tourism Richmond is a non-profit, membership driven destination marketing organization (DMO) whose primary mandate is to enhance awareness about the destination through sales and marketing initiatives
and by providing excellent visitor and member services. Ultimately, Tourism Richmond's goal is to increase economic wealth related to tourism for the City of Richmond and all stakeholders. The award-winning
organization is British Columbia's fourth largest DMO.
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