The Ultimate Christmas Shopping Spots in North America

Looking for the perfect gift this festive season? Look no further than these super shopping cities! From brand outlets to boutiques, we’ve picked out our favourite places in North America to give that credit card a real workout…

New York

Well, this one’s a given, really! The city that never sleeps is one of the best places to take advantage of the often-favourable costs of your favourite brands in the States. Wandering the halls at the likes of Saks Fifth Avenue and Century 21 is an experience in itself, as you take in their festive displays and luxe gift ideas. Once you’ve loaded up your bags, enjoy a festive display in Times Square – New York goes all out for Christmas!


The idea of going out into the cold to do your shopping totally unappealing? Check out PATH – Toronto’s ‘underground city’, a walkway with 30km of shops and entertainment. Find stocking fillers at The Body Shop, hover for chocolate samples at Godiva and discover the wealth of small and large stores along the way. PATH also links loads of Toronto’s top tourist attractions, including the CN Tower and Hockey Hall of Fame.

San Francisco

For those who prefer their pressies to be more on the unique and quirky side, the boutiques of San Francisco’s offbeat shopping districts are sure to uncover the ideal gift for even the trickiest of recipients. The Haight-Ashbury and Mission districts are packed with vintage fashion and record stores, and where you’ll bump into the city’s coolest customers.


As well as being home to some of the world’s best theme parks, designer lovers will be in their element with Orlando’s stylish outlet malls. You’ll find the world’s biggest brand names, from Old Navy and Guess to Timberland and Converse, at great prices. With all these bargains to be had, you’ll definitely want to save some space in your case!


Perhaps not a city that immediately springs to mind for shopping – but if you’re buying for a music-mad friend or relative, an authentic gift from Music City USA will make their Christmas! Shop for vinyl at Third Man Records, owned by Jack White of White Stripes Fame, or pick up some stylish cowboy boots at one of Downtown’s numerous boot stores.

Los Angeles

Okay, this one might be more about the window shopping – but a stroll down Rodeo Drive might give you an idea what the rich and the famous have waiting under the tree! If you’re not quite that bankable yet, get the style for a fraction of the price down Melrose Avenue, home to all kinds of colourful and eclectic boutiques.

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