It’s that time of year when you try to find the perfect gifts for everyone on your Christmas list. But no matter who you happen to be buying for in 2020, why not add a few locally-made goodies to your holiday shopping list? Richmond is full of unique items guaranteed to trigger smiles when gifts are eagerly unwrapped on the big day. An added bonus—you can shop from the comfort of your own home. Many local businesses are offering both in store service, and online shopping options.
Looking for some unique gift items? We have some recommendations that will satisfy the pickiest person on your Christmas list.
SCOUT & CO
A one-stop shop for unique items, allow yourself plenty of time to explore the multitude of options at Scout & Co, a store jam-packed with gifts handmade by artisans in BC and throughout Canada. Like a walk-in Etsy boutique, you’ll find everything from jewelry to bath salts and from candles to kids’ slippers patterned like foxes. You can also pick up some funky Christmas cards to brighten up someone’s year!
You can purchase your gifts online, or visit the store for more options.
A MONKEY TREE EMPORIUM
From trendy home decor and functional kitchen gadgets, to fashionable handbags and dangling earrings, A Monkey Tree Emporium has your everyday needs covered. If you’re looking for a quirky gift that won’t break the bank, then the colourful (often mismatched) Solmate Socks will be perfect for your wallet.
You can shop in store, or purchase the items directly from A Monkey Tree’s online store. Please note that the store is only offering pick-up for online purchases right now; call them directly for more information.
BEATMERCHANT RECORD STORE
The Beatmerchant Record Store in Steveston Village is the place to go for vintage vinyl records, rare collectibles, music books and DVDs. There is even a collection of British comedies and dramas, including Coronation Street and Doctor Who—just ask Frankie, the owner, what he has available and he will be thrilled to tell you.
Walk into their cozy record shop in Steveston, or contact Frankie to have an item shipped directly to you. This will be the Beatmerchant Record Store last Christmas season at its brick and mortar location on Second Avenue. Starting next March, the store will be online only.
We’ve only highlighted a few local businesses, but there’s no shortage of boutique shops and gift ideas in Richmond. If you are looking for more inspiration, check out our shopping page for a list of local Richmond businesses.
A bottle of locally produced wine is the perfect Richmond gift and the city’s wineries have a wide array of options. Here are some local options for you to consider this holiday season.
LULU ISLAND WINERY
Consider Lulu Island Winery’s award-winning icewines or the delicious fruit wines as a holiday gift. The 2013 Pinot Gris and 2013 Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon icewines have won gold medals in international wine competitions. You can't go wrong with the raspberry or blueberry wines—add it to your Sangria mix, or pair it with cheese.
If you have a wine lover on your Christmas list, you can't go wrong with a gift basket filled with wine! Lulu Island Winery has four holiday gift baskets for you to choose from—Santa's Little Help, The Red Wine Lover, Santa's Favourites, and All You Need for Staycation. Each basket features a selection of its finest wines and local treats, including chocolates and salmon jerky. You can purchase the gift baskets online. Please note that shipping is only available within the Metro Vancouver area.
Looking for something different? Earlier in the year, Lulu Island Winery transformed some of its wine into hand sanitizer to donate to frontline health workers throughout the city. The Health Canada-approved and licensed hand sanitizers were produced with 75% ethanol distilled from locally grown grapes in Richmond and the Okanagan.
Wines and hand sanitizers are available for purchase online, and in their retail store.
The All You Need For Staycation wine gift basket. | Photo: Lulu Island Winery
COUNTRY VINES WINERY
Located within a short distance from Richmond Country Farms, Country Vines Winery is a family owned and operated farm with over 60 years of history in Richmond. This holiday season, Country Vines is offering a limited edition Christmas Advent Calendar—the ideal gift for all those wine lovers. Starting from $222, there are 12 carefully selected wines — you can choose from red, white, or a combination of both — to enjoy over the holidays.
You can purchase the Christmas Advent Calendar directly from the winery, or place an online order for delivery straight to your home. For a more personalized experience, head to the charming tasting room at Country Vines Winery Chat with the friendly pourers, savour a sample, and then pick up a few bottles, including their ever-popular Harvest Moon, a lovely dessert wine with aromas of candied cherries and apricots.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Country Vines Winery may have their own restrictions in place. Please check their website, or contact them directly if you have any questions.
Richmond is known as a culinary destination; there is no shortage of restaurants to choose from if you’re looking to treat your foodie friend or family member. Support a local restaurant by purchasing a gift card.
Here’s an idea. You can send your friend on a journey down the Dumpling Trail by purchasing a gift card from participating restaurants. Here are some Dumpling Trail restaurants offering gift cards:
For that sweet person on your list who loves chocolate more than life itself, Richmond has a couple of irresistible options.
SINFULLY THE BEST
You’ll find gift boxes of everything from caramel chocolates to ganache-filled bonbons and special seasonal treats at Sinfully the Best. There are a plethora of options available, from individually packaged chocolate bonbons, to scrumptious gift baskets filled with artisan chocolates, jams and dried goods. For a list of their Christmas delights, click here.
The owners of Sinfully the Best. are also a mastermind of creativity. Try one, or all, of the Seven Heavenly Sins chocolate bonbons. The Secret Pride, a dark chocolate with lavender and peppermint ganache, is a great choice for those who enjoy a fine balance of bitter and sweetness. If you want to Taste the Dark Side, there is Sin2, dark chocolate ganache squares with liquor-filled pipettes. Choose from citrus vodka, vintage port, and much more.
WILD SWEETS BY DOMINIQUE & CINDY DUBY
Renowned chocolate artisans Wild Sweets By Dominique & Cindy Duby have some amazingly creative holiday-themed confections available—including a series of unique cakes, such as the decadent Chocolate Crème Brûlée Gateau - Double Espresso. Wild Sweets has also curated limited-time holiday gift sets to make it easier for you to shop. Check out the Wild Sweets Cocoa Bean to Bar Chocolate Gift Tower, which features an assortment of their best selling cocoa bean-to-bear chocolates.
A limited number of items, including chocolate bars and gift sets, are available for shipping. Other items can be purchased in advance and picked up at their location. Wild Sweets By Dominique & Cindy Duby is opened for in-person shopping Friday to Sunday; pre-order to avoid disappointment.
Just remember: it’s okay to buy yourself a gift as well.
STEVESTON'S BEST OF BRITISH
One step into Steveston’s Best of British and you feel as if you’ve traveled all the way to the United Kingdom. Striking photographs of Queen Elizabeth II adorn the walls of Steveston’s Best of British, and a replica of the famous red telephone booth adds an extra touch to the authenticity of the store.
Here you can discover some beloved British treats, such as Walkers’ Mince Pies and Terry’s Chocolate Orange. There are also assortments of gourmet baked goods, such as scotch eggs and sausage rolls.
Steveston’s Best of British might offer imported goods, but they are a local business opened by two friends—Lenny Entwistle and Elly Fenton. Click here to read more about their story. If you are in Steveston, don’t forget to visit and pick up some gifts!
Everyone has an incurable coffee addict on their seasonal shopping list. But the trick to great java is to slow down and savour it, which is why you should buy them some top-quality locally-roasted beans they’ll take the time to enjoy. Steveston Coffee Co. and Rocanini Coffee Roasters both offer bags of their own-roasted options. And why not add a choice book from Village Books & Coffee House to your gift so they’ll have even more reason to sit down and savour their brew?
HOLIDAY SHOPPING PROMOTIONS
Enjoy special bargains from designer brands and sparkling Christmas decorations, including their magnificent 52-foot Christmas tree and giant nutcrackers at McArthurGlen Designer Outlet. The outlet will be open from 10:00am to 8:00pm daily, with reduced hours on Christmas Eve and New Years' Eve. Here's a tip—avoid the holiday crowd and consider planning your shopping trip from Tuesday to Thursday.
Did you know a few more luxury brands opened their doors at McArthurGlen Designer Outlet not long ago? Burberry, Max Mara, Matt & Nat, Tory Burch, Rossignol, and Herschel—you can find them all at McArthurGlen Designer Outlet.
KNOW BEFORE YOU GO
Please remember to practice social distancing, and wear a face covering/mask in all public indoor areas. For more information on the latest provincial health orders, please click here.
Consider shopping online, or calling the businesses in advance to reserve specific items.