Imagine doing all of your holiday shopping in one stop and leaving with the gifts beautifully wrapped and ready to go under the tree. It’s now possible thanks to Tsawwassen Mills, the newly opened shopping centre that has quickly become British Columbia’s premiere outlet destination. With more than 180 stores—including 18 you can’t find anywhere else in the Lower Mainland—you’re guaranteed to find something for everyone on your list.
“Tsawwassen Mills offers so much more than your average trip to the mall,” says Kristina Shier, Marketing Director at Tsawwassen Mills. “With several first-to-market stores, a festive atmosphere and fantastic guest services, we’re confident you’ll enjoy your visit. You can cross off every name on your shopping list and have a fabulous time doing it.”
To get you started, here are some great gift ideas for the people on your list.
The little ones
Whether you’re looking for cute and cozy Christmas jammies or something special to wear for that photo with Santa, you’ll find plenty of choices at Children’s Place Outlet, Urban Kids and other children’s wear boutiques. Meanwhile, Mastermind Toys is a veritable Santa’s workshop with more than 10,000 entertaining and educational toys for children of all ages. You can also give the gift of experience at Build-A-Bear Workshop, where your little loved one will have the opportunity to design his or her own furry friend.
Trendy tween and teens
Stop agonizing over what to get the teenagers on your list and visit Journeys and Zumiez for the hippest threads, kicks and accessories on the block. No eye rolling guaranteed!
Don’t blow your budget on someone with expensive taste. Check out Michael Kors Outlet and Saks OFF 5TH—luxury designer retailers exclusive to Tsawwassen Mills that offer high fashion for low prices. If you’re shopping for the leading lady in your life, make sure to stop by jeweler Michael Hill and handbag designer Lorraine Sui.
The sports and outdoors enthusiast
It’s no sweat finding the right gift for the go-getters in your life with a full roster of retailers catering to active living. Shop at Sport Chek, Nike Factory Store, Reebok Outlet and Adidas Outlet for great deals on active wear and accessories, and head over to Pro Hockey Life for a breakaway collection of equipment, memorabilia and fan wear. At Bass Pro Shop, you’ll find tons of options for hunting, fishing and camping connoisseurs—from stocking stuffers such as headlamps and lures, to big-ticket times including tents and kayaks.
The healthy lifestyle guru
Her day starts with tea and yoga and ends with a vegan feast and a meditative activity. Add some fun and flavour to the lifestyle guru’s routine with a box set of seasonal teas from David’s Tea, the latest cooking gadget from Think Kitchen, a calming adult colouring book from Calendar Club, or some essential oil products from Saje Natural. Between Lululemon Outlet and Lolë, you’re sure to find some fresh fashions that will have her saying, “Namaste.”
Help the budding executive in your life dress for success with some office essentials and stylish statement pieces. Shop for women at the Banana Republic Factory Store and RW & Co. and for men at the Outlet by Harry Rosen and Brooks Brothers Factory Store. A sleek briefcase from Bentley will complete the look and have the young professional looking boardroom-ready.
The hostess who already has the mostest
Get invited back to the best holiday parties by showing your sincere appreciation with a memorable hostess gift. Pick up some festive glassware at Bowring, a tasteful holiday decoration at Bombay, a box of decadent chocolates at Purdy’s or a West Coast foodie gift basket from St. Jean’s Cannery Store.
Indeed, Christmas shopping certainly isn’t a chore at Tsawwassen Mills, where the stunning West Coast Christmas décor will surely get you in the holiday spirit. If you’re visiting with children, they can send a letter to Santa in a traditional or virtual mailbox and enjoy interactive holiday games in the play area. At Bass Pro Shop’s Santa’s Wonderland, little ones can meet the jolly old fellow and get a complimentary photo with him before working on some holiday crafts. When it’s time to shop, you can rent strollers embedded with entertainment tablets to keep young passengers busy while you browse.
Visiting from out of town? Take advantage of a courtesy shuttle from the ferry and hotel packages that include a $40 gift card to get your shopping started. Tsawwassen Mills is also giving away a $500 gift card every day until Christmas Eve, and donating proceeds from holiday gift-wrapping to the BC Children’s Hospital.