Shopping for the women in your life can be stressful. Boutiques can be intimidating, the selection overwhelming and the gift card selection at the gas station tempting. Here, where to find helpful staff and a gift she’ll love.
For the Fashionista
The mother-daughter duo that runs the Velvet Room boutique will help you find the perfect bag for mom and a memorable piece of handmade jewelry for your woman. Everything is designed and made in Canada. 2248 West 41st Ave., 604-264-8664.
For the Athlete
Even if she’s not into yoga, a gift from Lululemon will motivate the sporty girl in your life. Get her a pair of those bottom-enhancing yoga pants (note the waist, length and cut of her jeans) and you’ll both win. Various locations.
For the Chef
From preparation to presentation, Cookworks has everything for the chef in your life. Don’t know your paring knife from your santoku? Tell the staff what your lady likes to cook and they’ll offer ideas. 377 Howe St., 604-662-4918; 1548 West Broadway, 604-731-1148.
For the Homebody
Give your mom a set of luxe towels or sheets and she’ll take pride in your practicality; give them to your girlfriend and she’ll think it’s sweetly suggestive. Visit the outpost of leading Finnish design company Marimekko for a colourful collection (towels pictured above). 1233 Hamilton St., 604-609-2881.
For the Eco-conscious Consumer
North Shore-based online retailer Lavish and Lime has put together a handy gift guide for the green gal in your life. Call to ensure your order arrives by Saturday. 1-877-216-5463.