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Shop Local and Give the Gift of Experiences, Too!

 

Make a shopping day an adventure day and include a visit to these world class visitor attractions when you pop into their one-of-a-kind gift shops. 

Most shops have been curated based on the exhibitions and interests of the attraction.  While you are sure to find the perfect gift consider adding a “green gift” too, tickets or even an Annual Pass will open the door to upcoming exhibitions, encouraging special interests and hands on learning opportunities.  Vancouver’s top attractions, and gift shops, are open and following safe and healthy protocols to ensure the well being of their guests!

Head out to UBC for three unique experiences, and great seasonal shopping, the UBC Botanical Garden, 44 hectares of gardens with over 8,000 species to explore, has a gift shop that offers exceptional items perfect for the green thumb on your list, consider a workshop or a membership along with a little something from the shop, book a visit today.

Just down the road, the Museum of Anthropology gift shop is brimming with an extensive collection of personal accessories, items for the home, gifts, and limited-edition prints. Reflecting current exhibitions, the MOA Shop features a curated selection of handcrafted objects created by local and international artisans. Proceeds from the shop support museum acquisitions, publications, and public programs. Tie in a visit to the must-see temporary exhibition Shame and Prejudice which closed closes January 3, 2021.

A short walk up the Main Mall is the Beaty Biodiversity Museum which has 500 natural history exhibits to be explored and a  gift shop that is stocked with a collection of entertaining and unique natural history hand puppets, books, giftware, cards, and clothing for nature enthusiasts of all ages.  Also, perfect for the trading card gamer in your circle, is the recently launched Phylo Card Game, which let’s players use their cards to build food chains, create stable ecosystems, sabotage opponents’ ecosystems, and rack up points in the process, learn more

The Museum of Vancouver, which just opened its most recent exhibition “A Seat the Table – Chinese Immigration and British Columbia”, offers three shopping opportunities.  Visit the Latimer Gallery Gift Shop in person, or online, this gift shop offers a variety of high-quality Northwest Coast art and giftware, as well as Vancouver-themed gifts from popular brands and local companies.  The Point Two Design Group have combed the MOV collection to create a series of digitally restored and beautifully colorized vintage art prints that represent Vancouver's history, or check out the late artist Tobias Wong’s, Sun Jars, these unique pieces of art capture sunlight during the day and emit it during the night through a solar light found within the jar.  Explore these gifts online at museumofvancouver.ca/shop

The Gallery Store, at the Vancouver Art Gallery is one of Vancouver’s greatest hidden gems offering a wide–ranging, uniquely Canadian selection of contemporary art books, posters, paper goods, jewellery and designer giftware, including a broad range of Emily Carr merchandise.  The enthusiastic and knowledgeable staff make it a truly satisfying shopping experience. And the icing on the cake is that all proceeds from The Gallery Store sales support the programs of the Vancouver Art Gallery!  Don’t forget to consider tickets or an annual membership too!

And of course, kids, and their parents too, will appreciate a gift, a game or a puzzle from Science World’s Kaleidoscope Science Store that is well stocked with games, activity kits and puzzles that entertain and educate at the same time.  And for the nerd in your life, support Science World’s fund-raising efforts through their “The World Needs More Nerds” campaign.  T-shirts, masks, and other Nerd branded items are available now .  And be sure to consider a family membership for the young family in your life.  Science World is open and is diligently adhering to Covid Safe protocols to ensure their guests health and safety.


The gifts shops at the Dr. Sun Yat Sen Classical Chinese Garden and the Vancouver Aquarium have gone online and they are both worth a virtual visit.  The shop at the Garden, offers a wonderful selection of ceramics, silk tote bags and many other items that encourage piece and tranquility for the home.  While the Vancouver Aquarium is on cute overload with marine themed clothes, games, puppets and puzzles available for purchase

Shop local, support Vancouver’s top attractions and have a wonderful holiday season.

 

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