When I first move to a new place my priority is to suss out the best places to eat and get coffee. The next thing I do is find my favourite shops. I'm a firm believer in shopping locally and supporting small businesses because I come from a family who has their own small business. Tofino is perfect for this, although the town itself is very small it has a wide range of unique shops where you can find wonderful gifts for yourself or for your friends and family. I often find myself on my lunch break walking to my favourite shops looking for a card or present to send someone for their birthday or just because. Who doesn't love getting mail? This holiday season I suggest you check out the small shops in your town, I know I will be. If you're in Tofino this weekend then you're in luck because it's Jingle into Christmas. An event that happens every year where Friday evening the shops stay open late offering sales and treats. Head down to finish off your Christmas list!
Merge is a creative space and boutique tucked away in the centre of Tofino, BC. They carry a number of handmade pieces and carry many different artisan brands. From greenery to ceramics, from cosmetics to children's toys, there is a little something for everyone. I love supporting local shops, especially at Christmas when the materiality of the holiday can really get away from you. If you have any creative people in your life, I would highly suggest shopping here. Check out their website: https://www.mergetofino.com/ to see what they carry and what they are all about. They are a little tucked away from the beaten path, look for the little pink building behind the bank CIBIC Bank, 305B Campbell Street, Tofino, BC. Be sure to check out their beautifully curated Instagram page as well: @merge.tofino
Caravan Beach Shop Tofino:
Caravan Beach Shop is one of a kind, especially in its tiny size. Built by friends and family, it quickly became a necessary stop for anyone visiting the wild west coast. The shop itself represents the owner's interpretation of the Pacific Northwest Coast. The wooden building feels warm and cozy, like a cabin. From clothing for hiking or surfing, to the perfect gift cards, scented candles and soaps and even dainty one of a kind jewelry. This little beach shop carries something you will want. Before the holidays be sure to pop in, you never know you might find something perfect for that outdoorsy loved one in your life! Check out their website: https://caravanbeachshop.com/ to see what awesome stuff they carry and be sure to check out their Instagram to get inspired for your next coastal adventure: @caravan_beach_shop Located on the main drag, you won't miss it, 346 Campbell Street, Tofino, BC.
SALT Tofino, is a unique gift shop located in Tofino, BC. Located above the Whale Centre and next to the park, its location is in the centre of downtown Tofino, 411 Campbell Street. Whether you are visiting from afar and want to take home something to remember your trip by or need a gift for a friend, this is place to go. Check out their Instagram: @salttofino to see their great and fun merchandise. You won't be able to find some of the lines they carry anywhere else in Tofino. From Vancouver Candle Co. to Tofino Towel, SALT has some of the best gifts in town.