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Where to Find Local Gifts in Calgary

By Anna Rybnickova

Courtesy of the Steeling Home

Going home for the holidays? Want to surprise your out-of-town relatives and friends with a truly Calgarian gift? Look no further, as we’ve compiled a list of places where you can find the best presents for your loved ones. For more inspiration, take a peek into our digital edition.

Steeling Home

Steeling Home is a home to many wonderfully original Calgary-themed items, including locally-made T-shirts, maps, prints, mugs, in-house made candles and other accessories. According to the store owner Jennifer Leblond, the hand embroidered hearts over the map of Calgary and Alberta (see below) are especially popular at this time of year.
Steeling Home, 1010 17 Ave SW, steelinghome.ca

Courtesy of the Steeling Home

Glenbow Museum Shop
The shop offers a variety of locally produced, hand-made items, such as jewelry, apparel, mugs, accessories and much more. The Glenbow Museum shop supports local and Indigenous artists by collaborating with Etsy, enabling aspiring Calgarian and Albertan artists to showcase their work.
Glenbow Museum Shop, 130 9 Ave SE, glenbow.org/shop/

Chapters – Indigo
Indigo is not only a bookstore – you can find many original gifts in its many locations throughout Calgary, as well as on their e-shop. These include many Calgary Flames-themed accessories, such as bottle openers, pucks or wallets, or the all-time favourite cookbook Calgary Eats by Gail Norton and Karen Ralph.
Multiple locations, chapters.indigo.ca

Courtesy of the Steeling Home

White Eagle Native Crafts
Owned and operated by First Nations people, this shop features native crafts, fashions, jewelry, blankets, moccasins and gifts. Check out their wonderfully colourful Regalia Scarves or the oh-so-fluffy and comfortable Manitobah Mukluks, perfect for harsh Calgary winters.
White Eagle Native Crafts, 9915 Chiila Blvd, on the Tsuu T’ina Reserve, Facebook Page

Alberta Boot Company
Calgary is not called the Cow-Town for nothing! Original cowboy boots are the perfect gift from this Wild West city. Alberta Boot Company has been making them since 1978 and since then has outfitted royalty, movie stars, entertainers, celebrities, athletes, public figures, religious leaders and everyone else who is caught in the fascinating air surrounding the Wild West.
Alberta Boot Company, 50 – 50 Ave SE, albertaboot.com

Courtesy of the Alberta Boot Company

Smithbilt Hats
And what goes well with cowboy boots? A proper hat, of course! Since 1919, Smithbilt Hats has been producing the cowboy hats for a wide range of clientele. Their signature “Calgary white hat,” which symbolizes hospitality, is ever-popular in Alberta and has even been worn by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. This accessory is the sign of a true cowboy so why not get it from a traditional business and support a local craft?
Smithbilt Hats Inc, 1015 11 St SE, smithbilthats.com

Courtesy of the Smithbilt Hats

Giving Back at 3 Calgary Restaurants

By MICHAELA RITCHIE and SILVIA PIKAL

Calgarians aren’t the only ones getting into the spirit of giving this season—many Calgary businesses have launched programs this December that give their customers a chance to give back. Consider supporting one of these local charitable diners the next time you step out. (more…)

Last Minute Holiday Parties in Calgary

By ELIZABETH CHORNEY-BOOTH

Procrastinate on planning a holiday party? These nick-of-time solutions will save the day! (Photo courtesy of Pixabay.)

Whether you’re entertaining clients and colleagues or catching up with friends, this time of year is prime party season. The holidays call for fun and frivolity around a dinner table or over a glass (or two) of cheer, but if you’re trying to put together a last-minute shindig, it can be difficult to navigate Calgary’s wide variety of wining and dining options. Whether you’re aiming to impress or just want to do some holiday socializing, there’s a spot in Calgary to help host a cheer-worthy celebration. (more…)

25 Things To Do in Calgary in December

By MICHAELA RITCHIE

A Tribe Called Red will bring their revolutionary sound to The Palace Theatre Dec. 1. (Photo by Matt Barnes.)

For some of you, Christmas has been top of mind for the past several months—but now that we’re just weeks away, the rest of us can no longer deny: ’tis the season! To help get you and yours’ in a festive mood, here are 25 of our favourite local celebrations and holiday traditions that you can take part in to count down the days until Christmas!

(If Christmas just isn’t your cup of holiday cheer, never fear! We threw in a couple of chilly activities, sans festivities, down below for getting out around town and making the most of our city at this jolly time of year—so keep scrolling, and get ready to bundle up!) (more…)

Where Calgary’s 2017 Holiday Gift Guide

By MICHAELA RITCHIE and HANNA DEEVES

This holiday season, shop Where Calgary’s favourite finds for under your tree. (Photo by Jason Dziver.)

There’s no denying that the holiday season is finally upon us—it’s in the window displays at the nearest shopping mall, it’s on the radio, and with Black Friday fast approaching, it’s even in our email inbox. For some, it’s a welcome arrival… and for others, not so much. But whether you’re a Saint Nick or a Scrooge, we know you’ll thank yourself later for getting started on your Christmas shopping now. While you’re at it, why not consider adding some of our favourite items from Calgary retailers to your list, and add some local flare to this year’s gift giving festivities? (more…)

Calgary Christmas Entertainment for the Whole Family

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Theatre Calgary’s staging of A Christmas Carol. Photo: Trudie Lee, courtesy Theatre Calgary.

Once Upon a Christmas
Weekends, Nov 23 – Dec 22
Christmas past is alive and well and perfectly enchanting at Heritage Park Historical Village. Go for a wagon ride, take in live historical theatre, sing holiday carols and pay a visit to jolly old Saint Nick. Three of the park’s historic homes open their doors to share the Yuletide traditions of Alberta’s pioneers. Admission, $8 adult, $6 child (does not include access to Gasoline Alley. Combined admission price for Once Upon a Christmas and Gasoline alley, $11 adult, $9 child, $5.75 senior).

•Heritage Park Historical Village, 1900 Heritage Dr SW, 403-268-8500.
Heritagepark.ca
•Maps and Reviews

[RELATED: Winter Activities For The Whole Family at Heritage Park]

A Christmas Carol
Until Dec 24

Charles Dickens’s beloved story of greed, redemption and the spirit of generosity is told in Theatre Calgary’s annual production of A Christmas Carol. The second year for director Dennis Garnhum’s revamped production marks the 20th year Stephen Hair, Calgary’s favourite Ebenezer Scrooge, has played the role of the miserly Christmas curmudgeon. Tickets $35 – $155.50. (more…)

Calgary Holiday Gift Ideas: $25 and under

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

By Laura Pellerine

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1. The Mighty Wallet by Dynomighty Designs
Made from 100% recycled polyethylene fibres, the material is tear- and water-resistant. $16 at iAppeal (1109B Kensington Rd NW).

2. Copper Pendant
Handmade with etchings by local artist Marbella Carlos. $19 at Eleven:Eleven (233 – 10 St NW).

3. Make It Yourself Jump Rope by The Pencil Grip, Inc.
Kit contains rubber bands to weave into a skipping rope. $10.95 at InGear.

4. Eclecto Notebooks
Handcrafted notebooks with pages from vintage magazines and books by Calgary designer Janine Vangool. $24 at Uppercase Gallery.

5. Honey Herbal Dog Shampoo Bar
Locally made with honey, beeswax, and pure essential oils. $4 at The BeeHive (311 – 10 St NW).

6. Vintage Garage Signs
Made from tin, with witty sayings and antique auto pics. $24.99 at Lift King’s Dream Garage, CrossIron Mills.

7. The Beatles’ Abbey Road Record
Ranked the 14th greatest album of all time by Rolling Stone Magazine. On this 1969 record you’ll find hits like “Come Together.” Price varies typically between $5 – $25 at Recordland (1208 – 9 Ave SE).

8. Polaroid Pins
Shrunken down Polaroid photographs of regional scenes by Calgary artist Stephen Murphy. $20 at Arts on Atlantic.

Calgary Holiday Gift Ideas: $100 and under

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

By Laura Pellerine

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1. Headphones by Roxy and JBL
Plush ear pads with an audio capacity of 40 mm. $79.95 at The Apple Store at Market Mall.

2. Glass Sushi Dish
Measuring at 3/4” of thick glass, and paired with stainless steel chopsticks. $79 at Murmur (111, 3411 – 20 St SW).

3. Classic Tigger
A limited edition, powdered marble and resin figurine designed by European artist Peter Mook. $99 at Artesano Galleria (1218c – 9 Ave SE).

4. Murray McDavid Scotch Whiskey
Malts distilled in different types of barrels and casks, like this Dufftown 1997 blend, aged in two casks: a traditional whisky cask and a California Zinfandel cask from Ridge. Limited edition runs. Bottles range in price from $58 – $90 at Bin 905.

5. Bella Bracelet by Sugarlime Jewellery
A seven-inch sterling silver bracelet with a Swarovski crystal bevelled heart and sterling silver wolf charm. Inspired by Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight series. $89 at Honey B’s.

6. Wind in the Willows
A Folio Society copy of this classic story by Kenneth Grahame. In its 5th printing, high-quality bound with linen pages and award-winning artist Charles van Sandwyk’s illustrations. $100 at Arts on Atlantic.

7. Men’s Shaving Kit
Antique-inspired chrome-plated shaving kit with a badger-hair brush. $89 at Plaza Mercantile at Heritage Park.

8. Amelia Mini Purse
Made with 300 hand-crocheted recycled pop tops.  Lightweight and lined with silver satin. $85 at Murmur (111, 3411 – 20 St SW).