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Find the Perfect Holiday Gift!

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Photo Credit: Alice Harold via Flickr

Looking to get your holiday shopping done early this year, but not sure where to go? There are plenty of retail options in and around Surrey, from the convenient Central City Shopping Centre to the fantastically huge MetroTown Mall in Burnaby and hundreds of excellent boutique shops in-between. We checked in with various toys, tech, fashion and new media mavens to find out where they’re shopping this season:

Surrey’s own Miss604 writes in about the places she likes to get her gifts around the Lower Mainland:

“There’s a little shop on Robson in Vancouver called Chocolate Mousse – it’s housewares, kitchenwares, cards, mugs, a bunch of unique items that are a bit more personal than Ikea. Otherwise I’m also going to Gourmet Warehouse this year for a few things, and you can’t go wrong at Granville Island.”

Yoyomama (keeping mums on-the-go in the know) has a favourite shopping spot for perhaps the most important genre of gift out there: toys for kids!

“Do you have that special someone on your list who’s difficult to buy for? That kid, big or little, who just has everything? Why not head on in to Toy Jungle and talk to their team of elves who are specially trained to find you that perfect gift.”

They have shops in Vancouver’s Kitsilano neighborhood, West Vancouver or South Surrey, so there should be one not too far from you. They’ve got everything from arts and crafts, construction toys and educational toys to puzzles, scooters and more.

Vancouver Vogue Fashion Blog offers a wide range of options, depending on who you’re buying for! “Here’s a few of my favourite shops to find something special for the holidays:

Hilary HenegarVancouver-based blogger focused on hyperlocal living and empowering individuals to benefit themselves, their communities and the planet. “For gifts that are beautiful, cherish-able, super unique and largely made locally, my first stops are Marche St George, Much & Little, Olla Flowers, Old Faithful and Body Politic. And I always find amazing items at the Got Craft? holiday sale and Beggar’s Banquet.”

Henegar notes: ”This holiday season, I’m also doing my holiday shopping through crowdfunding platforms, like Indiegogo.com, where I can contribute dollars to the projects my friends and neighbours are working on – for example, a documentary film, community event and conservation effort – in exchange for amazing rewards, which I can then gift to friends. And, to support those organizations that make tools like this possible, I’m donating to OpenMedia.ca and Wikipedia, whose work keeps the internet free, unfettered and democratic.”

Stephen Hui, Georgia Straight columnist, photographer and blogger. “If you’re getting camera stuff, Broadway Camera (Ed’s Note: locations in Vancouver and Richmond) is usually best. (I often just buy online off Vistek though. The latest mirrorless Nikon 1 cameras might be good gifts.)”

Where is your favourite place to holiday shop?