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The winter holiday has arrived, with Christmas day just around the corner!

What a wonderful time of the year. Throughout November and December, locals and visitors can be seen bustling in and out of stores, shopping for presents to gift to their loved ones.

However, for some, it can be challenging to find the right gift. Don’t worry, we have you covered, here are some ideas for those still looking for that perfect holiday gift!

PACIFIC. AUTHENTIC. EXPERIENCES

Sometimes, the perfect gift doesn’t have to be tangible. A gift can be an immersive experience, which is why we invite you to discover Richmond, with your loved ones.

Richmond is defined by its raw beauty and dynamic cultural offerings. Our Pacific. Authentic. Experiences allow you to immerse yourself in the uniqueness of this destination and get to know the diverse characters that make up our city. Some of these experiences are available now or can be pre-purchased for an upcoming date in 2022.

Dine Like a Critic

Dine Like a Critic
Alexandra Gill talking to guests on her Dine Like a Critic culinary tour. / Photo: Tourism Richmond

The perfect holiday gift for someone with a natural taste for good food. Explore the evolution of Richmond’s vibrant Chinese culinary scene with Globe and Mail food critic, Alexandra Gill. Immerse yourself in a premium dinner experience and learn the ways of dining like a professional food critique at two award-winning restaurants.

This Pacific. Authentic. Experience is exclusively available now to small, private groups. Book your dining experience at: https://dinelikeacritic.com/richmond/

Pacific Plates

Pacific Plates
Guest enjoying their dining experience at Pacific Plates. / Photo: Tourism Richmond

Another perfect gift for the foodies. Surprise your loved ones with a culinary journey at the Vancouver Airport Marriott’s #PacificPlates. Discover the history and traditions of Richmond, BC’s diverse cuisine. Immerse yourself in an exclusive five-course dining experience, prepared by Executive Chef Michael Gonzales. Take your taste buds on a tantalizing and historic journey by experiencing each authentic and locally made dish. Learn about Gonzales and his team’s connection to the dishes and the customs and unique dining etiquette of each cuisine.

To book a Pacific Plates experience, please visit https://75west.ca/pacificplates/

The first experience will be held on February 24th, 2022.

Birding 101

Gift your outdoor enthusiast friend with a nature adventure!

Birding 101
One of the Birding 101 group members bird-watching with binoculars. / Photo: Tourism Richmond

Discover Richmond’s avian scene by joining local ornithologist and expert birder, Liron Gerstman, to explore the city’s birdlife and learn the professional skills of what it takes to be a birder. Richmond is a hotspot for over 300 species of birds, with its Pacific Flyway migration path fueling a diverse and rich ecosystem.

Tours are available now! Book your avian tour today at https://www.vancouverbirdingtours.com/birding-101

Wildlife Spectacular

Vancouver Whale Watch
Discover Richmond BC’s abundant wildlife. / Photo: Tourism Richmond

If you’re looking for a spring and fall gift, the Wildlife Spectacular is a perfect choice.

Surprise your lucky someone with a whale watching trip of a lifetime. Along with Richmond’s magnificent Orcas and majestic Humpback Whales, our destination is home to an abundance of species. Discover the Pacific West Coast’s diverse wildlife as you ride along the water. Witness the Sea Lions nesting and soaking up the sun on a nearby rock, while spotting the Bald Eagles soaring through the sky.

This trip is available during the spring and fall months (mid-September, end of October and April, and May). Book your tour in advance by visiting https://vancouverwhalewatch.com/tours-and-rates-2/

OTHER HOLIDAY GIFT IDEAS

If you’re looking for a tangible holiday gift, here are a few local options for you to check out.

Steveston Post Office
Steveston Post Office during the holiday season. / Photo: City of Richmond

Step into the winter wonderland, Steveston Village. As you walk along the quaint streets of the fishing village, you will notice shops lit up in decorative holiday lights.

For history lovers, treat that someone to an insightful tour of the Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site, or Britannia Shipyards National Historic Site. Learn about the history of Steveston’s many heritage sites, as you explore the village.

Find the perfect gift, by stopping by some of the shops that adorn the village streets, including Sinfully the Best, for some tasty, artisan chocolates, Prickly Pear Garden Suite for a wide selection of plants and garden equipment, or Nikaido, for high-quality local teas, stationery, and exceptional service.

BC Bird Trail

The perfect gift for a beer lover!

Treat your friends and family to one of the many BC Ale Trails! While you’re exploring Steveston Village, stop by Five Roads Brewing Tasting Room and try a delicious array of beers. If you’re feeling competitive, head on over to Monkey 9 Brewing for a refreshing drink, before stopping at Lucky 9 Lanes located next door.

Don’t forget to check out the BC Ale Trail’s new limited-edition Richmond Collab Beer with Fuggles and Warlock, Monkey 9 Brewing, and Tourism Richmond! Gift your friend with a 442 Squadron 4-pack of beer and receive a free mug along with your purchase.

Wild Sweets

12191 Hammersmith Way #2145, Richmond, BC V7A 5H2

Wild Sweets is ranked as one of the top 25 best chocolatiers in the world, known as being the only Canadian “science-based cocoa bean-to-bar chocolate-makers.” For those looking to find the perfect present combination of tasty and nutritious, Wild Sweets is the brand to check out. This chocolatier has a massive collection list including plant-based chocolates, bars, and snacks, corporate, and more. This chocolate brand is the perfect holiday gift for any occasion.

Shop for your sweet gift today by visiting the store or ordering online at https://dcduby.com/

McArthurGlen Designer Outlet Vancouver Airport

1000-7899 Templeton Station Road Richmond, BC V7B 0B7

McArthurGlen Designer Outlet
Christmas tree located at McArthur Glen Designer Outlet / Photo: Tourism Richmond

And last, but definitely not least, make someone’s dream come true by gifting them with a luxurious present from McArthur Glen Designer Outlet (McArthur Glen). Located just minutes from the Vancouver International Airport, McArthur Glen is the perfect place for locals and visitors to discover big brand names including Jimmy Choo, North Face, Hugo Boss, Armani, and more. A prime shopping location to find that perfect holiday gift for someone who enjoys the finer things in life.

McArthur Glen is open Monday to Sunday: 10:00 am – 8:00 pm. Closed on Christmas day.

Last Updated on December 22, 2021 by Tourism Richmond