Finding the perfect gift for that special someone doesn’t have to mean driving into the city, or braving a big box store. In White Rock, you’ll find charming shops and services full of unique gift ideas. From local handmade treasures and cosy home decor to craft beer and experiences, there’s something for everyone on your list … even if the person on the list is you! And our small business owners are going above and beyond to ensure that your shopping experience is a comfortable one. From enhanced in-store protocols to curbside pick-up, and even delivery if you live a little farther away, there are plenty of ways to support local and get some cool gifts at the same time.
The gift shop at the White Rock Museum & Archives (14970 Marine Drive) is the perfect spot to pick up a unique gift from a local artisan or crafter before or after your walk on the historic White Rock Pier. Look for beautifully crafted jewellery and locally made pottery items. Browse the book selection and children’s items for great gift ideas for any occasion, and be sure to pop in and check out the latest exhibits.
For the tea lover in your life pick up a gift certificate for the High Tea Experience at Clancy’s Tea Cosy. Guests enjoy choosing their tea from over 50 varieties and then tucking into 3 tiers of decadence, including savoury bites, warm buttermilk scones with cream and jam, and tasty mouth-watering desserts. Or head to Angelic Teapot’s website for an aromatic collection of teas from around the world and beautiful tea accessories. Clancy’s Tea Cosy is located at 15223 Pacific Avenue.
Have a friend who is interested in the metaphysical or spiritual worlds? Visit, the eclectic Bella’s Miracle Shop (14841 Marine Drive), and browse the hundreds of different stones and crystals. Each crystal is purported to have its own healing powers. They also have a huge variety of home décor, gift items, books and jewellery. Or stop by Whitby’s Books (14877 Marine Drive) for a vast collection of books and gift items that “support healthy lifestyles, spiritual living and contentment of the Soul”.
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Love local and unique? Whether you’re shopping for your best friend (the one with the impeccable taste), your child’s teacher (no #1 Teacher mugs here) or your wife (or husband), let the lovely people at The Handpicked Home help you pick out a thoughtful, and maybe a thought-provoking gift. Some faves that we spotted are super on-trend beer flight paddles, gorgeous resin dipped cutting boards, adorable wooden signs and super cute toques! (1406 Johnston Road)
For the décor lover in your life, be sure to visit The Mason Jar for a beautifully curated collection of farmhouse-style décor items. The shop is full of wonderful gift ideas like rustic signs, those trendy prayer beads, delicious smelling candles, and gorgeous jewellery. We love this vintage-inspired sign … and if you’re lucky they still have some in stock! (15245 Thrift Avenue)
Photo Courtesy of The Mason Jar
Is there a little person in your life? Or someone who is about to have a little person? Check out the adorable Looby Doo for a beautifully curated selection of clothing and baby/kid accessories. We especially love these gorgeous organic cotton t-shirts from Miles Baby. (15218 Pacific Avenue)
Photo Courtesy of Looby Doo
Do you have a nature lover on your list? White Rock Sea Tours and Whale Watch Vancouver offer unforgettable adventure experiences. Give a gift certificate for a Whale Watching Adventure, Harbour Cruise or Sunset Cruise or choose any denomination and let your loved one choose their own adventure.
Photo Courtesy of White Rock Sea Tours & Whale Watching
The craft beer lover on your list will appreciate a growler and a fill or two from one of White Rock’s local craft breweries. White Rock Beach Beer Company‘s beers are named after White Rock landmarks, while 3 Dogs Brewing name their brews after, well, their favourite dogs! How awesome would it be to pair a growler with a stylish branded pint glass or a toque? Or tuck a few grunts (smaller than a growler) into a WRBBC grunt and growler carrier. And your friends with pups will look adorable with a 3 Dogs Brewing leash to match their 3 Dogs Brewing sweatshirt!
Photos Courtesy of White Rock Beach Beer Company & 3 Dogs Brewing
Shopping for an art lover? Stop by the Golden Cactus Gallery, White Rock’s only working art studio, and shop for stunning, one of a kind artworks by local artists Chris Maclure and Marilyn Hurst. If you see something that catches your fancy, be sure to make an offer, Chris and Marilyn love helping their art find new homes. And if your art lover would rather wear their art, many of their pieces have been transformed into beautiful kimonos, handbags and masks! (14833 Marine Drive)
And you can never go wrong with the gift of food! Pick up a gift certificate to your love’s favourite White Rock restaurant!
As more people are shopping online or having items delivered during the COVID-19 pandemic, White Rock City Council wants to encourage residents and visitors to buy from local businesses and “#ShopTheRock.” The City of White Rock is compiling a list of businesses who are offering shopping alternatives, including online shopping, delivery and curbside pickup to make shopping local just a little bit easier.