What type of Holiday shopper are you?
A. A shopper that see shopping as a treasure hunt rather than task. You breeze through the stores, stopping here and there to examine items that capture your attention. You don’t mind the lines up and the business, but rather go with the flow.
B. A shopper that dreads holiday shopping. You see it as a painful form of torture placed upon you year after year no matter if you are naughty or nice! The crowds, the people, the line ups and the hassle of it all raises your blood pressure and makes you meaner the Grinch or Mr. Scrooge.
I am definitely shopper A. I love browsing through stores, I get excited when I discover an amazing sale or unique treasure and I love the hum of excitement that hangs in the air during the holiday season. I love see the stores dressed up with holiday themes, I love the Christmas carols being played on the speakers and the smells of gingerbread lattes in the air. I love it so much (as do my children) that we have even ventured out to a mall on Christmas eve (when Daddy was working) to soak up the Christmas spirit.
My husband, on the other hand, is definitely a shopper B. When he goes shopping, he has a list, he enters the store, by passes the sales and goes to the section he needs. He does not browse, he does not stop to think if he needs anything else, but rather gets exactly whats on the list then heads to the check out. During the holiday shopping season, you can literally see his blood pressure rise, his patients grow thin and his dislike for shopping increase when placed in a busy mall setting.
That being said, we do treasure an annual holiday tradition, where we drop the kids off a grandparents for the evening and venture off to a mall or toy store to complete our Christmas shopping together. I look forward to this annual event and my husband dreads it. Luckily, his love for his kids and his enthusiasm to participate in the purchase of their Christmas presents wins out and he ventures into the crowds once a year.
This year I learned about an amazing opportunity that could mesh my love for holiday shopping and his short patience for holidays crowds; The RBC Avion Holiday Boutique.
Our Avion Adventure took us to Yorkdale Mall, the day after Black Friday. We pulled into the parking lot and began following the signs to Valet Parking. It took us about 15 minutes to get from one end of the parking lot to valet parking. Each lot that we passed was completely packed and there were at least a dozen cars waiting for the next spot to open up. As we drove past our 4th sign stating that the lot was full and happily pulled into the valet parking lot. Stress free, we handed over our keys and walked into the mall. Not only was I grateful that we save $15 dollars in parking (the normal valet fee), but we didn’t have to hunt down a parking spot in a place where there was clearly none available.
Avion Holiday Boutique
Anxious to check out the boutique, we headed there first. The Boutique was located across from Holt Renfrew, beside Mulberry and very easy to find. We were greeted by 3 beautiful smiling ladies, twinkling Christmas lights, Christmas carols being softly played on a grand piano and an air of relaxation. The boutique was very well laid out and provided many useful service for holiday shoppers:
- Coat & Parcel check
- Gift wrapping service
- VIP Lounge & Café
- Concierge/Porter service
- Food court reservations.
We began our tour of the Boutique at the coat check. It was nice to be able to leave our coats behind as we began our shopping adventure. We quickly checked out the wrapping station and the Lounge before speaking with the Concierge about arranging a meal in the food court. Quick and painless, we had a reservation! We began our shopping experience, knowing when and where we would end up for dinner.
The mall was very crowded, but DH seemed to be taking it in strides. We browsed stores and searched for perfect gifts for the kids. Along the way we visited Yorkdale’s 2013 Swarovski Crystal Wonderland. Our first stop was a magical crystalized forest full of beautiful iconic Canadian wildlife will surround Santa’s magical sleigh in Sears Court, then we continued on to see the spectacular Swarovski tree adorned with 20,000 Swarovski Annual Edition Ornaments in Yorkdale’s Centre Court. It was quite a magical experiences.
Avoiding the rush and lack of seating in the food court, we were able to enjoy our meal in the busy atmosphere. After dinner we finished up some more shopping before heading back to the Avion Boutique for a little more relaxation. A warm, freshly whipped complimentary hot chocolate and a comfortable spot to sit, we were able to unwind and gather our thoughts before completing our shopping task. At the end of the night, we simply called the valet service and our car was brought to us within minutes.
Shopping at Christmas time may not be my DH’s favourite holiday tasks, but the complimentary services available at the Avion Boutique sure made his experience this year stress free and enjoyable.
Are you an Avioner?
Honestly, I never knew it existed prior to this experience. Usually the only things my credit treats me to is a hefty interest charge. Knowing about these little luxuries and the other perks of being a Avioner, I’m beginning to rethink my credit card choice. Avion makes earning rewards easy! For every dollar you spend, you’ll earn 1 RBC Reward point. How easy is that?
Love to travel? For as low as 15,000 points you can fly on any airline, anytime with no blackouts, or seat restrictions. Travel with premium and extensive insurance packages including trip cancellation and protection for your trip, hotel, rental vehicle, and purchases.Not an Avioner? Not a problem. Visit the Avion Holiday Boutique and apply on-site or online (here) for an RBC Avion card – and start to experience the benefits too!