Here are 10 sure-to-please gift ideas for everyone on your list this holiday season — all with a unique local twist!
1. A Reindeer!
Santa’s not the only one with reindeer! Adopt a reindeer (or a cute snowy owl or otter!) at the Edmonton Valley Zoo for a one-time fee and aid in improved habitats and enrichment materials for your animal. Though your new pet has to stay at the zoo, you’ll get a photo and plush animal to keep, as well as an adoption certificate and invitation to the annual Parent Appreciation event.
Available at: Edmonton Valley Zoo
2. Shave and a Hair Cut
Keep your coif well groomed and your facial hair in check with unlimited hair cuts, beard trims, and neck shaves from one of Edmonton’s trendiest Barber Shops.
Cost: $340+ Annual Membership
Available at: Barber Ha
3. Custom 6-Pack of Beer
Get the beer lover on your list a custom 6-pack of fresh, local beer! Head to Alley Kat Brewery and create a 6-pack by mixing any combination of their five flagship beers. Or, grab some bottles of their limited edition Blue Dragon IPA beer and gift someone a Blue Christmas (the beer-y best kind, of course). Plus: The Chocolate Orange Porter is a delightful adult version of the favourite holiday treat.
Available at: Alley Kat Brewery
4. Coffee Subscription
If you’ve got a friend who relies on their daily jolts of java, make sure they’re never without good coffee or espresso! Transcend Coffee offers monthly coffee and espresso subscriptions of their fresh, locally roasted, direct-trade beans. It’s coffee delivery… and they ship anywhere in Canada!
Available at: www.transcendcoffee.ca
5. Harry Potter: The Exhibition
Fans of Harry Potter’s wizarding world will love to experience Harry Potter: The Exhibition at Telus World of Science Edmonton, which features authentic props from the Harry Potter films. Gift vouchers can be redeemed for entry into the exhibition — open daily — through March 9, 2014. This is the last North American tour stop for the exhibit, so if you know an out-of-town fan who would love to see the exhibit… get them a Harry Potter hotel and ticket package that includes accommodations in Edmonton, tickets to the exhibition, and a few other special treats.
Cost: $19.50 – $26.50 for vouchers; prices for hotel packages vary
Available at: Telus World of Science and Edmonton Destination Hotels
6. Edmonton Colouring Book
Give the little ones on your list this adorable colouring book of Edmonton landmarks and attractions, illustrated by local artist Jason Blower.
Available at: Tix on the Square (retail store online, not online) or Etsy
7. Silver Screen Pass
Movie lovers can go see unlimited movies for a year at Metro Cinema with this all-in pass! Metro Cinema is an independent, single-screen theatre that shows a wide variety of films that are are not screened anywhere else in the city. From independent new releases to black-and-white favourites to Hollywood classics, daily screenings mean that there’s always something to see. If the price of an annual pass is too steep for your budget, six-packs are available, too.
Available at: Metro Cinema or Tix on the Square
8. Coffee and Chocolate Pairing Kit
These delightful pairings of Transcend coffee and Jacek chocolate are a treat for the senses! This kit contains packets of Transcend’s direct trade, locally roasted coffee beans and petite bars of Jaqueline Jacek’s handmade chocolate creations. Snacking on them together is a most decadent treat that Santa would be jealous of!
Available at: Transcend Coffee
9. A Concert for New York CD
The Edmonton Symphony Orchestra was honoured with an invitation to perform at New York’s legendary Carnegie Hall in May 2012, and now the music from this dazzling night in New York can be enjoyed again and again on a two-disc CD!
Available at: Winspear Centre
10. Word Art
Wear your love for the city of Edmonton on your wall with these sleek word art prints. If you’ve got friends and family living outside the city (or are simply dreaming of travel), there are designs for other Canadian cities, too.
Cost: $15 – $30
Available at: Far Sky Mapworks or Tix on the Square Retail Shop