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Holiday Gift Guide: Unique Finds and Great Buys in Edmonton

Still have some people to cross off you holiday shopping list? You’ve come to the right place! We’ve put together a fantastic ‘Tis The Season Gift Guide (pages 16 – 19 of our November/December issue — you can view the full version here).

Here are a few ideas to get you started!

For the Star Wars Fan: A Gift Voucher to the Star Wars Identities Exhibit at Telus World of Science Edmonton is redeemable for entry to the exhibit on any date or time. The exhibit is open daily 10 am – 10 pm until April 1, 2013, so there is plenty of time to redeem the vouchers and check out this much-raved about exhibit. Pair passes with a unique Star Wars item, like the exclusive Star Wars kitchenware from Williams Sonoma (West Edmonton Mall, 8882-170 St.), a Star Wars nutcracker from Chicken Scratch (10466 Whyte (82) Ave.), or a mini lightsaber kit from the Telus World of Science Gift Shop (admission not required to access the gift shop). Gift Vouchers can be purchased online at www.edmontonscience.com or by calling 780-451-3344.

Star Wars Stormtrooper Spatula
William Sonoma (West Edmonton Mall, 8882-170 St.)

For the World Traveller:  Travel enthusiasts will love the convenience and portability of a Crumpled City Map from Notables Stationary (12543-102 Ave.). These lightweight, waterproof, and tear-resistant maps can be easily crumpled up instead of tediously re-folded, and highlight directions to important monuments and other attractions in major cities around the world.

For the Coffee Lover: Pick up some unique holiday coffee blends from Roast Coffee House (10359-104 St.) like their Jack Frost Chocolate Mint roast or the Holiday Blend, which features notes of spiced cider and tangy fruits.

Aerial Landscape Plate by local artist James Lavoie
Alberta Craft Council (10186-106 St.)



For the Hostess:
Local artist James Lavoie designed this beautiful glass plate to resemble an aerial view of Edmonton; he has even made a limited-edition “winter version” that uses more muted colours to resemble the same view in the winter months when the grass is no longer green and most of the area is covered in snow. This unique, gorgeous artwork is the perfect gift for any hostess, art lover, or Edmonton local.

All My Friends are Still Dead
Shop AGA (2 Sir Winston Churchill Square)


For a Secret Santa Gift Exchange: All My Friends are Still Dead is a delightfully quirky book that, despite its juvenile cover, is full of adult-only humour. (Shop AGA, 2 Sir Winston Churchill Square). You can even pick up a matching tree ornament or t-shirt, adorned with the amusing dinosaur image, from Urban Outfitters (West Edmonton Mall, 8882-170 St.).

Sherpa Cover for Writing Instruments
Shop AGA (2 Winston Churchill Square)

For the Co-worker: Dress up your permanent marker, pen, or highlighter in a sleek, stylish cover — called a Sherpa — from Shop AGA (2 Sir Winston Churchill Square) and own every business presentation you give.

For the Fashionista: Simons is a Montreal-based department store that carries a wide variety of styles and fashion labels for men and women; everything from Simons’ own in-house designs to Armani can be found among the racks. The first Simons store outside of Montreal just opened up in West Edmonton Mall (8882-170 St.). Any fashionista would appreciate a gift from this shop!

Still looking for  ideas? Wondering where the locals shop?  Follow us on Twitter  @whereedmonton! We are ready to answer any questions, and give you more suggestions and tips! We also tweet about pop-up shopping events, craft and art markets, and other shopping events and promotions around the city. Talk to you soon!

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