Here is the ultimate Kitsilano holiday shopping guide

Nov 27 2018, 11:03 pm

Brace yourselves Vancouver: we’re two weeks away until Christmas.

That means the city has gone into full festive lockdown; walls are adorned with lights and wreaths, and every holiday playlist is legally required to play “All I Want For Christmas Is You” at least once an hour. But most importantly, that means that the clock is ticking for you to go holiday shopping for your friends and loved ones.

If you’re looking for the best place to get your holiday gift shopping done this season, head on over to West 4th Avenue in Kitsilano to experience the holiday magic. Experience eight blocks of the area’s finest collection of stores, restaurants, and more, all bringing the Christmas cheer to make your holiday shopping even easier.

Red Mailbox

Santa Mailbox/Kitsmas

As a part of the festivities, start your day of holiday shopping by admiring the festive decorations along West 4th Avenue — mistletoe will be adorning every block, and the newly-trimmed inclusion tree will be at 4th and Yew.

If you have little ones with you, keep an eye out for the red mailbox on 4th and Yew as well, where children can drop letters to be delivered to the North Pole — and you can expect a letter back from Santa Claus himself!


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If you’re stuck on gift ideas, don’t worry. We’ve got gift ideas for him, for her, for anyone on your list this #Kitsmas. Head to our pick of stores along West 4th Avenue to find the perfect gift for your loved one.

For her: This Canadian sportswear brand will make the perfect gift for any of your athletically-minded friends or family, or even just those who appreciate athleisure. Keep her warm during the winter months with this cashmere scarf from Kit & Ace at 2235 West 4th Avenue.

Kit & Ace

For him: For avid outdoor lovers, head to Arc’Teryx, a Canadian-based clothing and sporting goods company founded in North Vancouver. Grab him an Arc’Teryx jacket to stay warm now that winter has begun. You’ll find the store at 2033 West 4th Avenue.


For the kids: For young adventurers, head to The Boardroom to grab a new Herschel backpack, or find plenty of top brand products at the best prices. The store is located at 1755 West 4th Avenue.

The Boardroom

For the baby: One of the best children’s stores in Vancouver, Hip Baby has all your gifts for young ones — such as the True North Strong and Free Tee. Stop by the store at 2110 West 4th Avenue.

Hip Baby

For the teens: For teens, head to Pacific Boarder to grab this trendy Taco toque. You can also shop from a wide variety of snowboarding, skateboarding, and surfing gear for outdoor enthusiasts. Explore them for yourself at 1793 West 4th Avenue.

Pacific Boarder

For the homebody: You’ll find a variety of essential beauty products and scented candles at Kitsilano’s Beauty Bar location. Try the Voluspa candle, which is guaranteed to make any house smell scrumptious. Find this and more at 2142 West 4th Avenue.

Beauty Bar

For the sassy: A locally-owned women’s clothing boutique focusing on West Coast fashion, you will be able to score unique outfits from Coco’s Closet. Spoil her with something cozy like a cashmere toque, gloves or some sassy Mother F*cker socks at 2190 West 4th Avenue.

Coco’s Closet

For the hard to buy gifts for: Evident from the name of the store, Oh My Gift has something for every occasion, especially the holiday season. Grab a small gift to use as a perfect stocking stuffer, or for those who are difficult to buy for, why not pick up a sleek Alkemista alcohol infusion vessel? You’ll find them at 2039 West 4th Avenue.

Oh My Gift

Be sure to tag all of your West 4th Avenue holiday moments using the hashtags #Kitsmas and #ShopWest4th — happy shopping!

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