When it comes to buying unique Christmas gifts for all your loved ones, it’s never been easier to shop local. And that includes Richmond, where independent businesses offer an enticing array of made-right-here treats and pressie possibilities.
But the trick is to know where to find them. Don’t worry, though: we’ve taken the guesswork out of the equation by doing the research for you. Read on for 10 great Richmond-produced gift ideas—then start your festive shopping ASAP!
Buy at: Lulu Island Winery, 16880 Westminster Highway, Richmond
This large, family-run winery has lots of lovely tipples for almost everyone on your list. But while it might be easy to match their Merlot, Muscat and more with friends and family members, their sweetly delicious icewines are an extra special holiday season treat. There are several options to consider (we love their Riesling Chardonnay variety), but why not drop by for a tasting to make your selection?
Buy at: Sinfully The Best, 110-12251 No. 1 Road, Richmond
This warmly welcoming Steveston store is filled with chocolatey temptation––and a brilliant array of pressie ideas. You can’t go wrong with a gift box of chosen-by-you treats that could include creamy caramels, flavourful ganaches and decadent bonbons. But be sure to peruse the handmade holiday creations here as well. This often includes chocolate penguins, chocolate igloos and chocolate boots brimming with wrapped candies.
Buy at: R Ki Coffee Lab, 110-8280 Lansdowne Road, Richmond
A pilgrimage spot for coffee connoisseurs, this hidden gem cafe is a short walk from Canada Line’s Lansdowne Station. Drop by for a beverage on a chilly day, then pick up a bag or two of their expertly house-roasted beans for that discerning java fan on your list. You’ll typically find rare, cleverly curated options here from Brazil, Ethiopia, Honduras and beyond––ask for recommendations from the friendly and knowledgeable staffers.
Buy at: Juvelisto Design, 120-3500 Moncton Street, Richmond
Located in the heart of Steveston Village, Juvelisto––it means ‘jeweller’ in Esperanto––is a magnet for local and visiting jewellery fans. Its bright, inviting interior showcases unique creations made by the store’s expert goldsmiths (check out the amazing fruit pod pendants) as well as the work of other artists from Canada and beyond. Browse the cabinets for glittering gifts or consider commissioning a custom design for someone you really love.
Buy at: Fuggles Beer, 103-11220 Horseshoe Way, Richmond
If you’ve been invited to a holiday house party this year, don’t show up empty-handed. Instead, take along a generous selection of canned beers from this celebrated Richmond craft beer maker. Drop by the brewery to assess (and taste test) their libations––but be sure to pick up some Javaverse Coffee Stout to-go. The perfect wintertime beer, this rich and fortifying concoction has a heady coffee and chocolate foundation along with sweet spikes of vanilla.
Lavender Skincare Items
Buy at: Lavenderland, 8460 Steveston Highway, Richmond
There’s always someone on your pressie list who truly deserves to be pampered, so why not treat them to a Nice & Tidy gift set from Richmond’s Lavenderland? Crafted from fragrant blooms grown and harvested right here on the farm, the set includes hand cream, hand spray, foaming hand wash and all-purpose cleaner. It’s one of many products available in Lavenderland’s onsite shop––their beautifully aromatic lavender sachets are perfect stocking stuffers as well.
Buy at: Little Fox Bakehouse, 1180-8181 Cambie Road, Richmond
Order online then pick up your box of luscious cream puffs from the friendly folks at Little Fox––a hidden gem bakery located just inside the entrance of President Plaza. Varieties include mango, matcha, milk tea and London Fog and each is a hinged pastry shell enclosing a velvety wave of creamy goodness. The only problem? Trying not to eat them all yourself before you hand them to your intended recipient.
Buy at: Village Books & Coffee House, 130-12031 First Avenue, Richmond
Looking for a unique children’s book by a Richmond-based author? Consider 12 Days of Christmas Under the Sea, penned and illustrated by Steveston’s Daniel Camp. This enchanting marine-themed adaptation of the well-known festive song includes three dragonfish dancing, nine narwhals jousting and, of course, a starfish in a coral tree. It’s impossible not to smile while turning the pages of this one! Order early from Village Books to make sure it arrives in time for Christmas.
Buy at: D-Original Sausage Haus, 130-12000 First Avenue, Richmond
Why not give the gift of great local charcuterie this Christmas? Steveston’s beloved German-style delicatessen is famous for its housemade sausages and it’s a great place to pick-up freshly made sandwiches to-go. But they also produce a special festive Charcuterie Night Box that’s the perfect way to enliven any party you’re heading to. The $75 box includes own-cured meats and accompanying cheeses as well as extras that can include crackers, jellies and olives. Not going to a party? Treat yourself and your loved ones at home instead.
Last Updated on December 1, 2022 by Tourism Richmond