You may have noticed that downtown has been injected with a huge dose of holiday magic in the last few weeks. The snow took its time arriving (and then left, and then arrived again), but now that it’s here and the holiday lights are all up the city looks like a genuine winter wonderland. Downtown is the perfect place to get a jump on your holiday shopping, avoid mall traffic, and get a dose of the warm fuzzies you need this time of year.
So where to shop? Downtown Winnipeg has an amazing offering of stores all within walking distance of SkyCity, and our show room. We decided to do some very difficult footwork (just kidding – it was awesome), and uncover the best spots for you to purchase that special something for the special someone in your life!
Hudson’s Bay, 450 Portage Avenue
“The Bay Downtown” as it’s more commonly known in the ‘peg, is the last remaining department store throwback we have to the original glory days of Winnipeg. It was built in a time where people wore hats and gloves to go shopping, and there’s something about the place that just feels glam. Maybe it’s the big doors, or the beautiful window displays, or maybe it’s the feeling you get sauntering down Portage Avenue with all of the Christmas lights lit up. Bottom line: it’s magical and you should go. Best things to buy: cosmetics, accessories, and the traditional Hudson’s Bay striped clothes and goodies.
Mountain Equipment Coop (MEC), 303 Portage Avenue
Manitoba (and Winnipeg) are built for people who love the outdoors. You can fish and canoe in the middle of the city after all. Give the perfect gift to the great outdoors lover on your list with a quick trip to MEC. Need a canoe? A subzero tent? Hiking Boots? They have them all and more! Bonus is that their stuff is super high quality and made to last. Best things to buy: really warm winter gear, fun things to make the best out of winter (hello snowshoes!).
Hilary Druxman, 258 McDermot Avenue
Nothing makes a lady feel special like jewelry, and nothing make a lady say “Holy moly I’m super special!” like a gift from Winnipeg jeweler Hilary Druxman! Just walking into her gorgeous shop, you can easily become overwhelmed by gorgeous pieces that are designed for everyday wear, or a special night on the town. The collection is accessible luxury that allows the wearer to express her own unique, individual style. Best things to buy: the Athena necklace that benefits the local women’s leadership group by the same name, bracelets and charms that allow you to express exactly what the special woman in your life means to you.
Toad Hall Toys, 54 Arthur Street
There is no way that you won’t instantly feel like a kid walking into Toad Hall Toys. They pride themselves on their unique selection, old world charm, and friendly and knowledgeable staff, and rightfully they should! This store is truly amazing with something for all of the little (and big) kids on your list. They’re Manitoba’s largest and oldest independent toy retailer and carry a huge assortment of products from over fifty different countries around the world. From books to trains, magic sets, puzzles, and games, Toad Hall Toys will cross a lot of names off of your list. Best thing to by: a rock tumbler (the coolest), wooden train set, the coolest kite ever!
When your shopping is done and your feet are sore, come visit us at the SkyCity showroom at 279 Garry Street. We always have the coffee on and we’d love to see what you bought!