Gift hunting? Check out our cross-country guide of the best pop-ups in Toronto, Vancouver, Edmonton, and Montreal!

The Drake General Store
The Drake General Store

We know the holiday season has begun once the winter issue comes out, and once our inboxes fill up with emails inviting us to holiday parties, pop-ups, and sales. We’ve gone through them all (and checked the list twice!) to give you a collection of December’s best holiday sales. Put on your mittens and make the trek out to your favourite shops and markets, Canadian gals—you’ll save a bundle on gift buying, so you can buy yourself an early holiday treat.

Toronto:

The Drake General Store has opened a second Queen Street location to close out the year. (1140 Queen Street W., drakegeneralstore.tumblr.com)

Beautiful (and mostly Canadian-made) holiday goodies and apparel! Make a list before you go—you’ll be able to find something fun and playful for everyone on your list at this one location.

Fitzroy Holiday Pop-up Boutique runs December 2–31, at BYOB Cocktail Emporium. (972 Queen St. W., fitzroyboutique.com)

If you’re looking for a unique and inexpensive gift, look no further. This once-a-season pop-up shop carries independent brands like BB Dakota and One Teaspoon that can be hard to find in Toronto. The best part? Everything is under $200.

Robber with Diepo Holiday Trunk Sale, December 1–4, at Robber (863 Queen St. W., robberstore.wordpress.com)

Kick off the holiday season with deals on Diepo and holiday items from other brands including Lover, Filippa K, Steven Alan, and more. If you didn’t make it to the party, don’t fret: the sale lasts until December 4.

Toronto… continued

Philip Sparks Trunk Shop is ongoing at I Miss You vintage (63 Ossington Ave., philipsparks.blogspot.com)

After a successful trunk show during LGFW in October, Philip Sparks has decided to stick around at I Miss You vintage shop for the holidays. If you’re looking to give vintage-inspired wares, popular Canadian designer Sparks’ trunk shop is the place to go.

Jessica Jensen Holiday Shop runs December 1–30 at the Burroughes Building (639 Queen St. W., shopjessicajensen.com)

Find the perfect handbag and small leather accessories for every girl on your list at Canadian handbag designer Jessica Jensen’s month-long pop-up shop at the historic Burroughes Building.

FGI Designer Sample Sale Holiday Pop-up runs December 2, 12 p.m.–7 p.m., December 3, 10 a.m.–6 p.m. (1100 Queen St. W., fgidss.eventbrite.com)

Jewellery, bags, outerwear, skincare, and apparel: this sample sale has got it all. Our advice? Go early, bring cash, and don’t be modest.

Complex Geometries + Jeremy Laing End of Season/Sample Sale is on Saturday December 17 from 3 p.m.–7 p.m. at Jeremy Laing Studio (207A Cowan Ave., facebook.com/events/147457102027632/)

Vancouver:

One of a Kind Holiday Show runs December 8–11, at the New Vancouver Convention Centre (1055 Canada Place, oneofakindvancouver.com)

Check out Vancouver’s hottest holiday shopping event and pick up hand-made wares by emerging artists and local crafters. We’re especially excited for the Emerging Artist Gallery, which showcases seven upcoming visual artists.

Portobello West Market runs December 10–11 (1 Athletes Way, portobellowest.com)

Just like the last Sunday of each month, shoppers and local fashion lovers will flock to Portobello West in order to sample the unique wares of Vancouver designers. This holiday market includes local fashion talent and several chocolatiers. How can you stay away?

Edmonton:

Fashion’s Night Out is on December 2, 6 p.m.–8 p.m. at the Bay in the West Edmonton Mall (1755 8882 170 St., wem.ca)

The event promises new brands and holiday fashions on display, and the chance to meet and mingle with Western Canada Fashion Week designers. And just to make sure you’d be convinced, gift bags are promised. It’s on the invite.

Montreal:

Smart Design Mart 3rd annual showcase runs December 2, 5 p.m.–9 p.m., December 3, 11 a.m.–6 p.m., and December 4, 12 p.m.–5 p.m. (160 rue St. Viateur E. second floor, Montreal Quebec, smartdesignmart.blogspot.com)

This showcase features new designers and artists, not to mention local Montreal favourites. Whether you’re looking to give clothing, jewellery, or art this holiday season, the designers and artists’ mini-boutiques set up at the 20,000-square-foot empty garment factory.  There will also be a convenient gift-wrapping station set up with all of the proceeds from it going to a local charity.

TNT Holiday Sale, runs until the end of the season at TNT’s in Montreal and Toronto (4100 Rue St Catherine O., Montreal and various locations in Toronto,  tntfashion.com)

Visit the store during regular shopping hours and save big! We’ll be looking for marked-down SAM and Canadian line Valentine K.