Holiday Shopping on Vancouver Island Part I: Victoria

The holidays are right around the corner and while it an be so wonderful to shop for the people you love, it can also be stressful, especially if you’re shopping in a new town! That’s where we come in!  To help make your shopping experience fun, easy and local, we’ve made a list of our very favourite local shops so that you can find incredible gifts that have a distinctly West Coast feel for everyone on your list! If you’re staying right downtown at The Corazon or Landmark Executive Sub-Penthouse in James Bay at Beacon Hill View Condo or Reef Executive Condo or just a short drive at Barkley Manor Executive or Camden Green Mews, we will have you checking off your list in no time! From clothes and shoes to outdoor equipment and toys, we’ve got you covered no matter what you’re looking for! 

Outdoor Clothing and Accessories

Capital Iron

From its humble beginnings as a scrap business in the early 30’s, Capital Iron has grown into one of the most popular stores in Victoria for hardware, electrical, paints, clothing, housewares, fishing, marine, camping, barbecues, lawn and outdoor. With the feel of a traditional general store, friendly, helpful staff and convenient downtown and Langford locations, this is one of those, one-stop-shops where you can find everything you’re looking for and more!

Robinson’s Outdoor Store

For over 90 years, Robinson’s has been a valued part of Victoria’s outdoor community, providing the highest quality brands, knowledgeable staff right in the heart of downtown Victoria. At Robinson’s, they know that planning an adventure is as exciting as it is daunting and having the right equipment and clothing can make all the difference between a magical experience and a disaster. With custom fittings and incredible customer service, you’ll get exactly what you need no matter what you’re planning!

Fairfield Bicycle Shop

If there’s a cyclist on your holiday shopping list, then there’s no doubt that the people at Fairfield Bicycle Shop are the ones to go see! With gear for every member of the family, a large selection of bikes and a huge array of accessories, Fairfield Bicycle Shop is a must for everything cycling related! 

Clothing

Flavour

For high-quality mens and women’s clothing, Flavour is a must. You can find edgy basics and clean staples that can elevate a wardrobe or fun, funky items to give anyone’s style a little flare. This is a great shop to visit for anyone on your list and if you can’t decide, get a gift card! With free shipping over $100 to all over the US and Canada, this store is a must for the millennial fashion junky on your list

Cowichan Trading

The art of First Nations Peoples of the West Coast is stunning, high-quality and completely unique. At Cowichan Trading on the corner of Johnson St. and Government St. you can find authentic Indigenous-made jewelry, clothing, gifts and souvenirs that will wow anyone on your list this holiday. It’s the perfect place to add some authentic West Coast style to your trip down the LoJo shopping district. 

Pocket Clothing 

If you want to be environmentally conscientious this holiday, buying immaculate, high-quality consignment clothing is a great way to go. At Pocket Clothing, you can find brand name, current and vintage items for an incredible price. 

Home 

Paboom

If you’re looking for an eclectic selection of fun, unique and stylish homeware and decor, head to Paboom. This amazing, open-plan store is so pleasingly organized, it’s easy to spend hours looking at everything they have. Perfect for both little gifts and larger items, you’re sure to walk out with some incredible finds that don’t break the bank.

Vanity Fair Vintage Retro & Antiques

With shelves packed with vintage treasures from 50 different vendors, Vanity Fair Vintage Retro & Antiques is an antique lover’s paradise. If you’re looking for fine vintage silver, jewelry, china, militaria, curios or vintage toys, check out this incredible shop in Antique Row on Fort Street.

Femme Seventy

This little, local, online shop offers a carefully curated selection of sustainable homewares, fashion accessories and children’s clothing. With their impeccable taste and fashion-forward, monochromal catalogue, this is the perfect place to source beautiful pieces for the environmentally conscious interior designer on your list. With local delivery available and beautiful packaging, every purchase from Femme Seventy is sure to be convenient and stylish.

Food and Drinks

Victoria Public Market

This incredible, bustling, indoor public market is everything you could want in a local market. From fresh pies and incredible coffee to the best (and healthiest) alternative meat options and bean to bar chocolate, this is your one stop shop if you need to create a thoughtful gift basket or to impress the foodie in your life.

Silk Road Tea

If you have a tea lover on your list, you absolutely must head over to Silk Road Tea. They have an incredible array of teas, accessories, bath and body products and high-quality skincare. With friendly, knowledgeable staff and all the tea you could ever need, Silk Road is a great place for gifts! 

Rogers’ Chocolates

In the late 1880’s Charles Rogers moved to Victoria and opened a green-grocer in the very same spot as the store stands today. Soon after opening however, he noticed that the chocolates that he had for sale were incredibly popular. Capitalizing on this popularity, he quickly pivoted and changed his grocery store to a chocolate shop and made the chocolates right there on-site. If you want to give someone a real taste of Victoria, you can’t go wrong with Rogers’ Chocolates! 

Vintage Spirits

If you’re looking for a really impressive gift for the wine lover or mixologist in the family, head on over to Vintage Spirits. Here you’ll find the most extensive selection of cocktail tools, syrups, bitters and spirits as well as an astounding, expertly curated selection of new and old world wines and entire sections dedicated to vegan, sustainable and natural wines.  

Jewelry

Violette Boutique

If you’re looking for something a little extra special, Violette Boutique is a great place to start. With an incredible selection of delicate, unique and timeless jewelry, incredible skin care, heavenly candles and beautiful purses, a visit to this lovely store is a treat unto itself.

Artina’s Jewelry

For real West Coast statement pieces, you’ll want to head to Artina’s Jewelry on Government St. With an amazing array of handcrafted and hand-carved Canadian jewelry, you’re sure to find an exquisite piece for someone special.

Shoes 

Baggins Shoes

Since 1969, Baggin’s Shoes has been a staple in the Victoria footwear scene and today, they carry the largest selection of Converse and Vans sneakers in the world as well as offering in-house custom printing for any pair of shoes in the store. 

Heart and Sole Shoes

For a fantastic selection of exquisite, unique men’s and women’s shoes, Heart and Sole is the place to go. Here, you’ll be able to find obscure brands and incredible designs and be helped by incredibly knowledgeable staff. 

Alternative

The Papery

When it comes to gift giving, sometimes choosing the wrapping paper is as fun as choosing the actual gift! If this is true for you, The Papery is a place you’ll have to go in Victoria. Here, you’ll find out-of-this-world wrapping paper, unique stationary and notebooks plus lots of beautiful writing implements and fun knick-knacks perfect for stockings or souvenirs.

Oscar & Libby’s 

If you’re looking for something fun, colourful and a little bit wacky, Oscar & Libby’s is the place to go! From their extensive hot sauce collection to the wall of funky socks, this colourful store will brighten your mood and help you check a few gifts off your list! 

Kids

Timeless Toys

There are lots of places to find toys for kids, but why spend your time and money in a big box store when you can find the perfect gift among a thoughtfully curated selection of high-quality toys? This lovely, independent, family run store is dedicated to offering a wide variety of toys from around the world that will stimulate kids, physically, mentally or both! When it comes to little ones, why settle for anything less?

Cherry Bomb Toys 

This fun “Mom and Pop” operation is the perfect place for anyone on your list who love action figures, collectables or comics. With an enormous selection of toys and figures from mint condition to well-loved, this super welcoming store is perfect if you have no idea where to start. They can help you choose something no matter if you’re looking to gift something to a serious collector or just looking for something to make the little one on your list who loves action figures smile. 

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