The Montrealer's Last Minute Holiday Shopping Guide

Go for gusto in the Plateau


Things are always festive at Farfelu

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Christmas is less than a few days away, and you’re probably in the same situation as I am: you’ve got nothing done. According to a famous survey, one in five shoppers wait until the weekend before December 25 to start shopping. Fortunately, it’s not too late. There’s still time to find great gifts for your loved ones before Santa shows up in your living room. All you’ve gotta do is walk around the Plateau with a plan. Stressed about getting it done? I’ve got you covered to help save your Christmas from turning into a total meltdown.

9:00 am - Fuel up

Before jumping into the madness, head over to Kouign Amann on Mont-Royal for a delicious French croissant paired with a latté. Trust me, you’ll be glad you did.

9:30 am - Dive into books 

Once you’re up and running, cross the street to Bazar Renaud Bray to find great deals on a wide array of books, board games and kitchen stuff. The deals here are insane, so dig in and save!

10:00 am - Zone it up

After your trip to the library, head over to Zone Maison on St.-Denis.  This great store carries many one-of-a-kind gifts including travel accessories, home decor, kitchen gadgets and more. They will even wrap your gifts for free: amazeballs!

10:30 am - Get them something sweet

You’re almost done and doing great! Walk a few blocks north to Marius & Fanny. This high-end chocolaterie offers a delectable selection of pralines, truffles and everything in between. 

11:00 am - Calm down

You think you forgot something for aunt Martha? Run over to Farfelu on Mont-Royal to find a witty selection of flasks, kitchen wear, funky pillows and everything for the young at heart. They’ll wrap your trinkets too: one less thing to worry about!

It’s not even noon and you’re done! Before going home to wrap up your gifts, treat yourself to a well-earned drink at Taverne St-Sacrament located one block away. It’s time to wish a Merry Christmas to yourself!


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