Shopping with two children is something else. Christmas shopping with TWO children can feel like fighting an up hill battle with a spoon. With little Zoe finding her voice and Ava being a bottomless pit, shopping has become harder and harder. If they’re not wanting food, they have to go to the bathroom or wanting to be held, shopping is exhausting! With the hustle and bustle of all the other shoppers, anxiety can really get kicked into high gear in busy malls and year after year, I’ve found the entire experience becoming more and more unpleasant.
This year RBC Avion treated us to an experience we won’t likely forget anytime soon. After visiting the big man in red for some Christmas pictures, some quick Christmas Shopping, we had pleasure of visiting the RBC Avion Holiday Boutique with Christmas presents in tow and two girls needing a bit of unwinding after all the excitement.
Miss Ava’s cookie radar was going off and she spotted the smiling face of the friendly staff behind the Cafe counter and in she ran to find many more smiling faces, beautifully decorated Christmas Tree’s, the gift wrapping station, comfy chairs and a jar of marshmallows on the Cafe Counter, hot chocolate and cookies was of most importance.
Zoe was off like a lightning bolt the moment I set her down, running around and investigating all the shiny lights and presents carefully wrapped underneath the tree’s. Thankfully we came armed with Dad to keep an eye on the littlest rowdy while Ava and I checked our gifts at the gift wrapping station. Ava picked out the wrapping paper, filled all the paper work out, signed her name and headed back to the comfy seats to finish her hot chocolate.
I bet by now you are wondering if there is an RBC Avion Boutique in your area? We were at the Metropolis at Metrotown located in Burnaby, BC but you can also find an RBC Avion Boutique at the Yorkdale Shopping Centre. RBC Avion Experiences will also be open in Halifax at the Halifax Shopping Centre and in Ottawa at the St. Laurent Centre.
RBC Avion members are treated to a well deserved break from the hustle and bustle of the season by providing them with exclusive and complimentary services. It’s RBC’s way of thanking Avioners for their loyalty and to help turn their holiday shopping experience from good to great! Services available at the Avion Holiday Boutiques:
- Valet parking (at Yorkdale Shopping Centre, Toronto ONLY)
- Coat and parcel check
- VIP lounge and café
- Concierge services
- Gift wrapping service
After Zoe had sufficiently tuckered herself out from the running and yelling, she was quite happy to sit down with big sis for some story time while we waited for the gift to be wrapped. Our two girls cuddled up and look/fought over books while Bruce and I enjoyed a quiet moment to enjoy our coffee’s in silence.
With a bit more pep in her step Miss Ava ran to go grab her present all wrapped up nice and pretty and couldn’t wait to show us all how beautiful of a job they did. We came home armed with beautifully wrapped gifts, a belly full of festive treats and memories of a fun and relaxed Christmas shopping experience under our belt. Shopping with two kids at Christmas time this year didn’t feel like such a chore thanks to the RBC Avion Holiday Boutique!
The RBC Avion Holiday Boutique is for Avion cardholders only but at Yorkdale Shopping Centre in Toronto, ON, the public can enjoy gift wrapping services for a nominal fee (to be donated to charity). In store boutique experiences begin November 27 until December 31, 2015, in Burnaby, BC at Metropolis at Metrotown and in Toronto, ON at Yorkdale Shopping Centre, during mall hours.
“Disclosure: I am part of the RBC® Avion Holiday Boutique Influencer Campaign and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own.”