Published:From seaside gift boutiques to budget-friendly Japanese superstores, Richmond's got something for everyone
Richmond, BC - The holidays are once more around the corner and everywhere, folks are beginning to seek out the perfect presents for their loved ones. Rather than scour numerous malls and outlets, shoppers heading to Richmond, BC will find a thriving retail scene with gift items ranging from the quirky to the drool-worthy. Simply put, Richmond is a yuletide utopia for one-of-a-kind finds. And with 26 convenient and affordable hotels around town, there's no reason not to turn your shopping excursion into a fun, relaxing weekend getaway. Did we mention that there's plenty of parking too?
A visit to Steveston is always a treat throughout the holiday season, when the quaint shops and boutiques dotted throughout the historic fishing village are set aglow with twinkling lights. Now a renowned West Coat shopping destination, Steveston Village has got everyone on your shopping list this year covered. Hunting for that special something for the lady in your life? Look no further than Bliss , A Monkey Tree and Pieces, elegant gift shops that boast unique locally-made jewelry. Got a chocoholic in your family? Head over to Sinfully the Best where delectable handmade artisan chocolates are prepared onsite. Seeking some fun playthings for tots? Splash Toy Shop always has the most desired and sought-after games and gadgets for kids. There's also The Prickly Pear Garden Centre for the green thumb in your life, Lofty Living Furniture Company for home décor aficionados and Jet-Lag Travel Fashion Boutique for all your trendy globe-trotting pals. Bonus: After burning off all that energy bounding through boutiques, recharge with a fresh seafood meal at one of the award-winning dock side restaurants.
Authentically Asian Treasures
With a population that is 65 per cent Asian (44 per cent of which are of Chinese descent), Richmond's City Centre, dubbed the Golden Village, offers highly authentic Asian shopping experiences without ever having to leave North America. Easily accessible via the new Canada Line rapid transit system, the Village boasts more than 300 shops and services including three Hong Kong-inspired malls, Asian specialty grocery stores, jewelry stores, art galleries and the latest Asian designer fashions. Start your shopping adventure at Aberdeen Centre, the largest of Richmond's Asian malls, where you'll find the only Canadian outlet of the $2 Japanese mega-store Daiso, herb and dried good stores and exquisite tea sets. Next door at Parker Place, be sure to grab a few packages of dragon beard candy - a must-try Chinese confection - to use as stocking stuffers. And over at Yaohan Centre, the Osaka Japanese supermarket serves up everything from ready-made dumplings to speciality chilli sauces - tasty add-on gifts for any Asian cuisine devotee.
The Biggest Brand-Names
Also located directly along the Canada Line are two major shopping malls that both contain all the most highly-coveted labels. Over at Richmond Centre, shoppers will find brands like Sephora, Apple and Banana Republic while Lansdowne Centre offers up Best Buy, Home Outfitters and Toys R Us. And to help spread some additional cheer, gift-wrapping is available at both malls in exchange for a donation to the Richmond Christmas Fund - a charitable initiative that distributes gifts and grocery vouchers to low-income residents.
The Vancouver International Airport, located on Richmond's Sea Island, offers a plethora of retail options for the jet-setting shopper. From bestselling books to high-end handbags, travelers can conveniently complete their holiday shopping during a layover or flight delay. In addition to boasting several flower, gourmet chocolate and souvenir shops, the airport contains numerous popular brand-name stores including Hermes, Lacoste, Sunglass Hut and one of only two Brooks Brothers in the province. And just in time for the holidays, the airport is opening the Lower Mainland's first Victoria's Secret outlet at the end of November. But if you're looking specifically to splurge on someone with a penchant for fine spirits, the duty-free shop does sell bottles of 70-year-old scotch retailing for $27,888 each!
Win A Richmond Shopping Spree!
To help spread some seasonal joy and prosperity, Tourism Richmond is currently running a Shop and Stay Giveaway. From now until the end of December, an array of amazing prize packages - which include everything from luxury accommodation to gift certificates - will be given away every two weeks. For more information, visit tourismrichmond.com/shop-stay.
About Tourism Richmond
Tourism Richmond is a non-profit, membership driven destination marketing organization (DMO). The primary mandate of Tourism Richmond is to enhance awareness about the destination through sales and marketing initiatives and by providing excellent visitor and member services. Ultimately, Tourism Richmond's goal is to increase economic activity related to tourism for the City of Richmond and all stakeholders. Tourism Richmond is British Columbia's fourth largest DMO.
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