Holiday Shopping on Vancouver Island Part II: Sidney and Beyond

When it comes to holiday shopping, Victoria isn’t the only place to find incredible gifts on Vancouver Island! This time, we’re heading up the Peninsula and then going up-Island to find the best places to get gorgeous gifts for everyone on your list. Even in the smallest Vancouver Island towns, people care about quality products and have opened shops to ensure that their community and visitors can find great items that are local, sustainable and unique! 

Sidney

If you’re staying at the top of the Peninsula at Oceanside Lodge on Saanich Inlet, Pendray House, Oceanfront Escape, Bazan Bay Beach House or any of the other incredible rentals in the area and looking for some great places to get some holiday shopping done, we’ve got you covered!  

Clothing

Miss Bliss Boutique

This bright, beautiful boutique is filled with chic, comfortable and affordable clothing and accessories for women of all ages. It’s the perfect place to find the right gift for the stylish women in your life!  

Moden Boutique

Meaning ‘mature’ in Norwegian, Moden offers incredible, investment pieces for women who want to have clothing that fits their lifestyle while elevating their wardrobe. With so much fast fashion out there, Moden is dedicated to filling their shelves with timeless, sustainably made pieces.

Cottons and Blues

Since 1979, Cotton and Blues has been the place to go for great jeans in Sidney. Throughout the years, many styles of jeans have come and gone but what has never changed is their dedication to quality products and great customer service.  

House of Lily Koi

This luxury consignment boutique is a great place to go hunt for clothing treasures. If you love thrifting, but are looking for a sustainable way to shop for high-quality and designer pieces for someone special, Lily Koi is a great option! 

Ecotopia Naturals

If you’re looking for a gift for the eco-warrior on your list, Ecotopia is the place to go! They are committed to sourcing items from local designers or products that are made in Canada that are high-quality, comfortable, fair trade, and ethically made. Everything they sell is made of natural fibers like organic cotton, hemp, linen, bamboo and soy!

Boutiques 

The Dancing Orchid

This lovely boutique gift shop carries a great selection of chic jewelry, housewares, bath and body products right in the heart of Sidney.

Cameron Rose Gifts

Since 2004, Cameron Rose has been providing Sidney with an incredible array of clothing, accessories, house wares and decor, games, toys, stationary and more! If you’re not sure what you’re looking for, Cameron Rose is a great place to get inspired! 

Food and Drink

Deep Cove Market

If you’re looking for something a little different for the gourmand on your list, have a look at the Deep Cove Market where they stock delicious and unique items that are sure to impress! 

Sea Cider Farm and Ciderhouse

With an extensive orchard and an incredible commitment to quality, Sea Cider ciders are exceptional. With unique flavours and a distinctly West Coast appeal, these ciders make a wonderful gift.

Shawnigan Lake & Mill Bay & Duncan

While you’re enjoying the peace and quiet at the Malahat Mountain House, Cowichan Lake Escape or Marble Bay Lakefront House shopping might be the last thing on your mind, but don’t worry, these great shops aren’t too far away! 

Wear It’s At Clothing

For up-to-the-minute trends, high-quality clothing, shoes, handbags and accessories and friendly service, Wear It’s At is well…where it’s at! 

Troll Brothers Quilt Shop 

This sweet, full service quilt shop in the little village of Shawnigan Lake is a real gem for quilters! With an impressive selection of beautiful material, including hand-picked quilting packages, this store is the perfect place for the quilter on your list.

Merridale Cidery

Delicious, sustainably made and naturally produced cider is what Merridale’s ciders are all about. Head over to the beautiful farm, have a tasting and some lunch and pick up a few gifts! It’s an afternoon well spent! 

Eclectic Avenue Vintage Boutique & Consignment

For show-stopping vintage pieces including vintage band t-shirts, hats, shoes, dresses and accessories, you can’t go wrong with a trip to Eclectic Avenue in Duncan. Browse online and pick up in store or head in and peruse the racks yourself, you’re sure to find that perfect one-of-a-kind gift you’ve been looking for!

The Duncan Garage and Ten Old Books 

This funky building is home to a lovely cafe as well as an amazing, rare and second-hand bookstore. It might be tiny, but this bookstore is packed with gems with special sections on local history, authors and special interests.  

Volume One Bookstore

This long-standing bookstore in the heart of downtown Duncan is filled with incredible new releases, bestsellers, classics, a large kids section and so much more. The friendly staff is always available to help you find what you’re looking for or offer recommendations to wow the bibliophile on your list. 

The Red Balloon Toy Shop

A beloved staple for the kids in the community, the Red Balloon right in the heart of downtown Duncan has an incredible selection of thought and imagination provoking toys, games, costumes and more. Whether you’re just perusing the aisles or heading in for something specific, The Red Balloon will spark your imagination and make you feel like a kid again. 

SaltSpring Soapworks

For 40 years, Saltspring Soapworks has been creating natural bath and body products that are simple and effective. Using the highest-quality, sustainable ingredients as well as producing and packaging everything by hand, this is one of the best, slow beauty brands that have products that really work! 

Pots and Paraphernalia

Located in a stunning heritage brick building just north of downtown Duncan, Pots and Paraphernalia offers customers a beautiful array of stunning kitchen and homewares. From the gorgeous flatware to rare, hard-to-find kitchen appliances to the finest quality bedlinen, Pots and Paraphernalia is the place to go for luxury home and kitchen items in Duncan. 

Nanaimo

All of these incredible shops and so much more are just a short drive away from Hammond Bay Executive Stay, you’ll have all your holiday shopping done in no time! 

Artzi Stuff

If you’re looking for one-of-a-kind gifts, this is the store to visit downtown Nanaimo. Sourcing only items made by local and BC based artists you’re sure to find truly authentic West Coast gifts that are stunning and well made.

Olive This and More

This interactive, hands-on tasting room and shop is a wonderful experience and a great place to get something really outstanding for the gourmand in your life. The friendly staff will guide you through a few tastings offering insights and recommendations to help you with your selection! 

Cherub Chocolate

At Cherub Chocolates downtown Nanaimo, owner and chief chocolatier Veronika Kononova uses only the highest-quality ingredients and single source Belgian chocolate to create her delicacies. A box of these is sure to impress because really, who doesn’t love chocolate?! 

Lobelia’s Lair Metaphysical Treasures

For the spiritual person on your list, it can be difficult to find them a wonderful gift that will truly resonate. At Lobelia’s, however, you can find the most beautiful spiritual accessories like crystals, tarot cards, singing bowls as well as the kindest service.

Strong Nations Gifts & Books

With a carefully curated selection of local and Indigenous items from all over Vancouver Island and Canada, plus books on a wide range of subjects related to Indigenous peoples and cultures from across Canada and the globe, this store is an incredible place to shop. In addition, Strong Nations also produces its own range of books and related products that are used in schools across Canada. This is an excellent place to come to learn more about the history, life and culture of the Indigenous peoples of BC.

Parksville

Parksville may not be a very big town, but there are still some great shops that are more than worth a visit while you’re staying at Columbia Beach House, White Heron Oceanfront Estate, Ravenwood Cottage and Nanoose Bay Country Home

Shades of Green

It’s safe to say that Shades of Green has been a trailblazer in the Parksville community when it comes to sustainable, earth friendly, Canadian sourced and fair trade products. Since 2009 this store has helped create a way for the community to access high-quality, sustainable products and participate in more environmentally friendly practices.

Wilde & Sparrow

If you’re looking for incredible clothes and locally made art and accessories, this is the shop to visit! With sought-after brands and investment pieces, Wilde & Sparrow is the destination for chic women’s clothing in Parksville.

Soak Lifestyle Boutique

At Soak, you can find everything from clothing and home decor to body products and kitchen gadgets. Almost everything in the store is hand-made from the Island and beyond or recognizable top-shelf brands. If there’s someone that is difficult to buy for, start here and let the incredible displays inspire you! 

Petal & Kettle

For the person on your holiday shopping list who really has it all, there’s Petal & Kettle. With their contemporary floral designs, thoughtfully curated gift sets and subscription options, you can finally find something they’ll love and appreciate. Have a stunning arrangement delivered or pick up a luxurious relaxation gift set or sign them up for a monthly flower subscription or a monthly gift set subscription filled with beautiful, locally sourced products.

Courtney

If you’re enjoying the beauty of Kye Bay Beach House during the holiday season, don’t worry! There are some really lovely shops to ensure that your holiday shopping experience is a pleasant one!  

Artifact 

At this lovely, thoughtful shop you can find beautiful limited edition, handmade items made by independent Canadian designers and artisans. If you want to support sustainability and reduce the amount of fashion waste, this is a great place to shop for slow fashion and pieces that are quality and built for longevity.

Sage and Tree Gallery 

With a strong connection with local artists this incredible shop is filled with beautiful pieces that are handmade right in the beautiful Comox Valley and BC. You can find a little bit of everything here from apparel and teas to glass art and jewelry. A gift purchased from is sure to be made with love.

I-Hos Gallery

At I-Hos Gallery, you’ll find a breathtaking collection of traditional and contemporary Northwest Coast artwork. The masks, jewelry, wood carvings and more are all produced by local First Nations artists. Because the gallery deals directly with the artists, you can be sure that you can learn about the artist themselves as well as support the incredible work of the First Nations artists.

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