The Shopaholiblog: “Favourite” Plays Favourites For Christmas


Even for those who love hitting stores, December can feel daunting. Since we’re down with making things run as smoothly as possible for our readers, we thought it would be a good idea to seek out a few key and kickass Vancouver retailers who are in the know and ask for some directions, because even the most hardened getters-of-things done could use a compass in the yule maelstrom. We’re calling their contributions The Shopaholiblog (because it’s a fun word to say).

To start off, we’ve picked Carol Hyslop’s brain. Carol owns Favourite, a fantastic little shop tucked away on the top floor of Lonsdale Quay in North Vancouver. There you’ll find handmade, small-run gifts and accessories created by local and Canadian artists and designers – the very same sort of stuff you dig.


wreckUnder $20

Wreck Beach by Carellin Brooks ($16)

Why: “I love this book because it’s everything you always wanted to know about Wreck Beach, the best nude beach in the world, and it’s right on our doorstep!”

Who: “This item would be perfect for: anyone who has ever fallen in love with the natural beauty and nonconformity of the most beautiful beach in the world.”

Also: “Carellin Brooks is a Vancouver-based author and editor.”


fiveleft-popredweboptiUnder $50

Pop-up Wallet by fiveleft ($50)

Why: “I love this wallet because: it’s super slim and can hold cash and up to 10 cards. The unique leather is hand-dyed and impressions are made with found objects such as screws and bicycle spokes. Added bonus; *fiveleft wallets are handmade in Vancouver by Lincoln Heller.”

Who: “This item would be perfect for: the stylin’ man in your life.”


TBbraceltUnder $100

Our Lady Full of Grace bracelet by Toodlebunny ($95)

Why: “The reclaimed leather & chain braiding is part-Chanel, part-rockstar.”

Who: “This item would be perfect for your trend-setting girlfriend and it doesn’t hurt that Toodlebunny is handmade in Vancouver by Trudy Wynans.”


BR-HaarlemOver $100

Haarlem bag by Bronsino Designs ($440)

Why: “I love this bag because: it can be worn on the shoulder or messenger style, and the buttery soft Italian goatskin will get even more beautiful with age. And – you guessed it – Bronsino bags are handmade in Vancouver (by Denise Wilson).”

Who: “This item would be perfect for: any woman in your life…sleek and stylish for sis, but classic & practical for mom!”




Lonsdale Quay, 2nd Level | North Vancouver | 604.904.8840 |

There are 2 comments

  1. Those pop up wallets are fantastic. I saw them last year on the culture crawl, and if I hadn’t *just* bought a freitag wallet i’d have bought one in a heartbeat.

  2. Favourite Gifts is such a fabulous store! Great items for guys, girls, kids. Carol has created an environment that is fresh & delightful – a go-to spot for something special.