I don’t need much, and the things I want, I can largely do without.
But I wouldn’t mind a rowing machine and a new pair of running shoes.
As far as suggestions, keep it small and relatively inexpensive. Things like opinel knives, field notes memo books, or a copy of your favorite book always go over well. A friend got me a Lamy Safari fountain pen for my birthday, and it’s quickly become one of my favorite possessions. I’d definitely suggest those.
Maybe check out Bekah’s A Well Traveled Brand shop. Pretty sure she’s sold out now, but I bet she’ll have some things up soon.
Gift giving doesn’t have to be a big ordeal. Just keep it simple.
Vancouver is fantastic. I went in January, and the temperature was in the 40’s, and everything was accessible. Aside from room and food, you can hang out in Vancouver extremely cheaply, because there’s gorgeous free parks everywhere.
I definitely suggest hiking or biking round Stanley Park. Watching the sunset at Prospect Point is fantastic. If you’ve been on tumblr long, you’ve likely seen a picture of the large suspension bridge at Capilano Suspension Bridge Park. I think it’s like $30 bucks for a one time visit to the park, but if you don’t want to pay, you can go to Lynn Canyon Park, which has a smaller suspension bridge, and lots of great hiking trails, for free.
Check out Granville Island and Gastown, and I hear the Museum of Anthropology is aces, but I didn’t get a chance to stop in.
I honestly don’t remember the places I ate, but you should definitely try poutine, if you’ve never tried it. Also, there’s a bunch of really good ramen places around.