Christmas shopping in Vancouver

Christmas gift shopping can be a daunting task. What to get, where to go, ‘If I treat myself first maybe it will give me gift ideas’. All of this over-thinking is counter-productive. Why can’t you enjoy what Vancouver has to offer while shopping around for that extra special gift? Use the city to arouse your creativity and pass on the Vancouver experience by way of a present this Christmas. Vancouver offers a range of activities this winter, with the simple beauty of them being the ability to combine Christmas shopping and a little Christmas treat from you, to you. Take in the wonders of the Vancouver Christmas Market (Nov 24 – Dec 24, The Plaza) whilst you sip on steaming gluvine and bite into some German Bratwurst. This is a perfect break from the hectic rush of Christmas shoppers, and also a great place to stock up the larder for the festive season. If you’re planning on doing some shopping with your friends, check out a Brewery tour (Granville Island Brewery) and enjoy a locally brewed beer after a hard day’s shopping.

Being a man myself, I know that men can be especially hard to buy for. We tend to impulse buy big and expensive things, justifying such purchases with the phrase, ‘it’s an investment’. Never fear, Grouse Mountain Zipline is here to help. A great couples or family day out, get the most out the beautiful scenery as you whizz through the sky with a mixture of exhilaration and wonder. For a little something extra, how about checking out the Saul Good gift baskets filled with locally sourced, quality food products, for some edible treats this Christmas.

As the house fills up over Christmas and excitement builds, grab the skis and snowboards and take everyone up to Grouse or Cypress Mountain to enjoy stunning views and crisp mountain air. I guarantee everyone be in bed early and give you some time to rest and relax. Follow that up with a trip to the Clutch to see a musical adaptation of a Dickens’ classic, returning to Vancouver for the third time; The Christmas Carol Project. If the idea of filling your house to the rafters with family and friends this Christmas is enough to bring on a migraine, twenty-nine hotels are participating in A Very Vancouver Xmas, with low holiday rates for activities and festive events across Christmas. This way you won’t even have to come up with the entertainment! To help you spread the cost this Christmas, and pay for those little extra treats, check out this Canadian credit card comparison website for great offers this Christmas. Happy shopping!

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