Our Senior Admissions Advisor, Ashley Funk, is an expert on all things Abbotsford. We asked her for her best advice on where to find amazing (not too expensive) Christmas gifts in Abbotsford. Happy Shopping!
Finding the perfect gifts for everyone on your list can be tough (at least for me, because I hate shopping). I also do my best to shop locally and ethically, whether I’m shopping for myself or buying gifts for other people. Luckily, there are some great options right here in Abbotsford, if you feel the same way I do! So, here are some of my favourite shopping spots right here in Abby.
Number 1: Spruce Collective. This is a great shop if anyone on your list is a home décor enthusiast, and it’s also a great place to find small gifts (jewelry, posters, men’s and women’s hair and skincare products, etc.). Everything in this shop is curated and chosen by some awesome Abbotsford ladies, who focus on stocking items made locally and by hand. You can find awesome cards for everyone on your list, too!
Number 2: Hemingway’s Used Books. I don’t know about you, but I have a lot of people on my list who are really into books and records. At Hemingway’s, you can find inexpensive used books, vintage records, or rare publications and magazines. If you’re looking for a specific used book or record, you can even request that they give you a call if they receive a copy of what you’re looking for – so great! (Bonus: Columbia students get 10% off when they show their ID card.)
Number 3: Cobblestone Kitchenware. I have lots of people on my list who cook, so this is also one of my favourite spots – you can find lots of fun kitchen gadgets, and also some higher-end gifts if you’re looking to spend a little more money.
Number 4: Thrift Shops. Abbotsford has some great thrift stores, where we all know you can find a multitude of treasures for not too much money. My favourites are MCC Centre Thrift and MCC Clothing Etcetera. If you’re looking for something vintage, quirky, or unique, thrift shops are such a great option! Plus, if you shop at an MCC store, the money goes towards some great causes around the world.
Number 5: Gift Cards. Abbotsford has some awesome local spots that may not be ‘shopping’ venues, but would work great if you just want to pick up a few gift cards for people on your lists. A few places that comes to mind include coffee shops like Duft & Co. Bakehouse, Café Amarti, Oldhand Coffee, and Sippchai Café. Or, if you’re looking for something a bit more unique, the Clay Cottage Ceramic Studio, where you can paint your own ceramics, would be a great gift option for a few people to participate in. Really, the options are endless. All the places mentioned above do gift cards, too!
This Christmas, do your best to shop locally and support small businesses – they’re part of what makes Abbotsford so great! If you need gift ideas for someone on your list, get in touch – I’m happy to share my gift-giving expertise.
Ashley Funk has been in her role as an Admissions Advisor at Columbia for just over 3 years. Prior to that, she graduated with her Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies. She is passionate about sustainable, ethical shopping, and loves being able to support local small businesses when finding gifts for the people on her list.