The hardest part about prepping for the holidays is finding the perfect gift for everyone on your list, especially since heading to the mall during this time of year can be stressful… to say the least.
This year, we challenge you to switch it up, avoid the rat race at the mall, and shop local. Here’s why!
First, you can find your friends and family unique, high quality gifts that are perfect for each individual on your list.
Secondly, it’s more than a simple business transaction; you’re supporting a family, an entire community, and – even more importantly – our local economy.
And reason number three, there is more than likely always a good story behind each product, making it that much more special!
Here’s a guide to some (though not all) of the best local products you can find in and around Calgary this holiday season.
Everyone needs a letterboard, they just might not know it yet!
These crews are soft, cozy, and completely relatable! The best part is these happy crew-neck’s amazing price point… while still being designed, printed and made in Canada. #localpride
Coffee is always a well received gift, especially when it’s truly delicious. For the DIY expert in your life, gift them a package of CHRC green beans so they can try their hand at home-roasting.
Everyone has that one friend who is constantly dropping their phone. Select your desired wood type, choose your design, and these two bothers will create a unique, handcrafted, wooden case to protect their phone the next time it plummets. View the supported phone types here.
You can’t go wrong with gifting a set of minimalistic earrings or necklace this holiday season. AH Design jewelry is handcrafted and goes with any outfit, making it functional, fashionable and practicable – the perfect combo.
We all know someone who is obsessed with the outdoors and the Rockies in our backyard – and we don’t blame them. Gift them a local tee that speaks to their love and desire for adventure.
Surprise your special someone with a gift as sweet as they are! You can ‘drizzle’ this exquisite honey on just about anything, toast, coffee, Christmas baking… you get the hint. Be careful, one jar can be gone quicker than you think!
It’s a long running joke that no one likes getting socks for Christmas… but that was until Friday Sock Co. popped on the scene. Hilarious and purposely mismatched, you can find a pair of socks to get just about anyone on your list.
From mugs to planters to beautiful catchalls, these beautifully detailed ceramics will surely be a hit at your next gift exchange.
Dress up your tree with these wooden ornaments cut to replicate the shape of each province. The stunning photography that celebrates the memorable sites in each province will have you dreaming of future adventures throughout this beautiful country we call home.
You can’t forget about your furry little friends during the holiday season. Let’s be real, what pup wouldn’t love a drake bandana to strut around in!?
The gift of relaxation and soft, moisturized skin is probably one of the best gifts you can give. Plus, when it’s made with all natural and ethical ingredients, you literally can’t go wrong.
Calling all PB lovers! Once you’ve had a bite of this all natural peanut butter you’ll never be caught purchasing a grocery store brand ever again. Paired with a jar of honey or some delicious Christmas baking and this will make the perfect gift for all your friends and family – especially if you’re on a budget.
Every gal could use a little sparkle over the holiday season! Treat your leading lady to one of these beautiful, locally-made stack rings. They’re a subtle way to add a touch of glam to any look.
Dress up your gifts with a personalized note for your friends and family with these sassy cards and festive gift tags hand lettered, designed and created right here in Calgary. They also offer the best array of weekly day planners that the organizer in your life will love you for.
An ombre hand-embroidered fern is just what the plant-lover in your life needs to deck their halls with.
The littles in your life can always be treated with a chic look or two going into the new year. Plus, their mini loafers are just too cute to pass up!
A carry all pouch for anything and everything! It’s both practical and beautiful; what more could you ask for? Comes in three various sizes and three colour pattern combinations.
Pins are currently having a hot moment, and with designs like these done by local stationary designer Little Paper Me Co we don’t mind one bit. Paired with one of her Christmas cards, this is the perfect gift if you have to ship a ton of parcels to friends and family in other places.
These beautiful chains feature necklaces engraved with words that are simply lost in translation. This is a meaningful way of telling someone how you feel or re-inspiring them with a little touch of sparkle.