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Calgary Holiday Gift Ideas: $75 and under

A holiday gift guide from shops around Calgary, when you’re on a budget.

By Laura Pellerine

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1. Behind-the-scenes with the Lions at the Calgary Zoo
An interactive program that includes an informative talk about lions followed by a trip to the lion enclosure, $60, to register call 403-232-9300. Pick it up with a matching stuffed animal, like this lion by Ty, $14.99 at the Calgary Zoo.

2. Lomography Action Sampler Camera, 2.0
Takes four images on one print using four zooms. Comes with a 35 mm roll of film. $38.62 at The Camera Store.

3. Framed NHL Photo
Mounted 8 x 10” glossy action shots of Calgary Flames’ captain Jarome Iginla, and other league favourites like Sidney Crosby. $49.99 at Pro Hockey Life (4916 – 130 Ave SE).

4. Quadrilla Marbel Railway, Basic Set
Made with solid, natural wood, and colourfully painted blocks, the tracks and tunnels are easy to construct in a variety of ways for optimal speed. $69 at Gracie & Gruff.

5. Pylones “Nana” Grater, designed by Créa Créa
Colourful and playful designs for grating cheese, garlic, onion and lemon zest, made in France. $46.95 at Joints.

6. Fydelity Stay-Puft Stereo Backpack
A roomy backpack with a built-in, battery-powered amplifier to hook up to any MP3 player, and two side speakers. $75 at Little Burgandy, Market Mall.

7. Make Your Own Monster Puppet, by Melissa & Doug
Children can create hundreds of varying silly creatures with adjustable body parts. $34.95 at Livingstone & Cavell.

8. Scribble Bead Necklace
One-of-a-kind sterling silver piece designed and handmade by local jewellery designer Kari Woo. $54 at Influx Jewellery Gallery.

9. Laptop Sleeve by Built
A well-fitting sleeve made from neoprene, (typically used for wetsuits) to ensure your Mac or PC is well protected, various colours. $49.99 at The Apple Store at Market Mall.

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