Think holiday shopping and you’re probably thinking long lines, elbowing each other and sweating away in the crowded malls. Hey, atleast that’s what I think and the main reason I tend to either shop in November or do everything online. Malls can be chaotic during the festive season and the only reason I walk in there is to enjoy the decorations and Christmas tunes. Well…the folks at RBC Avion have a holiday boutique that’s going to change the way you view holiday shopping if you live in Toronto, Halifax or Coquitlam. Definitely another proud AVIONER moment!
Disclosure: I am part of the RBC Avion Holiday Boutique Blogger Campaign with Mom Central Canada and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog, as always, are totally my own.
As you know we love our RBC Avion card and over the past seven years we’ve been able to use our points for a trip annually. Infact, the hubs and Little Monkey just booked their flight back to Nova Scotia for the holidays using our Avion points and I ended up forking out nearly $2000 for the same flight! OUCH right?
I was invited for a sneak peek of the Avion Holiday Boutique at the Yorkdale mall last week and I’m back to report that you should head out to the mall if you’re an Avioner! Please note that the RBC Avion Holiday Boutique is for Avion cardholders BUT the public can enjoy the valet parking, coat & parcel check and gift wrapping services for a pre-set fee (all coat & parcel check and gift wrapping fees are donated to Sick Kids). Kids are allowed and there were ramps at the Yorkdale Avion Holiday Boutique which would mean that strollers can get by easily (though if it’s busy, perhaps you can park it outside) and you can bring your friends in with you so that’s sure to make you a popular shopping buddy this season!
So if you’re an Avioner here’s what you can expect at the boutique :
Honestly, the complimentary gift wrapping and coat check itself was enough to get me to the mall. No more lugging around the heavy winter coats and the piles of gifts, sweating your way through the mall!! As if that isn’t enough, the space is designed to keep you calm… white lounge chairs to seat your tushies on as you sip the free coffee and nosh on treats with your friends. All the while your gifts are being wrapped and you are serenaded by live tunes (yes there’s a pianist!). Pure bliss!
If you’re the antsy type and don’t want to sit still, there’s a display of items featuring popular items from the RBC Rewards Catalogue and there’s a way to win some fancy stuff! As part of a ‘Not So Secret Santa’ contest all you have to do is tweet out a photo of an item, a selfie or parts of the lounge and gift something from the display to a friend (virtually of course). Tagging a friend and #AvionVIP with the item’s hashtag will put you in the running to win the item you tweeted and a $100 RBC Visa Gift Card! Please tweet at me the Kate Spade purse or Swarovski watch ;). Please and thank you!
Fear not folks… this isn’t JUST at the Yorkdale Mall, there’s also one at Square One in Mississauga and the Coquitlam Centre in Coquitlam, BC from November 22nd to December 31st. In addition, there’s a mini Avion Holiday Boutique pop up at Halifax Shopping Centre from December 1st to 24th. So get shopping folks! Buy me something nice will ya?
Are you looking forward to holiday shopping?