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Christmas gift ideas Calgary

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

Where Calgary Gift Guide 2018

BY RACHAEL FREY, SILVIA PIKAL & SHAUNA MCGINN

In the often hectic holiday season, deciding on a gift for every person on your list can be pretty stressful. Our yearly gift guide has items ranging from children’s toys to high-end apparel, and we crafted it to encompass a wide variety of budgets, styles, and tastes. Plus, it features some amazing Calgary-based businesses and artisans – so if you’re looking to support local, you’ve come to the right place. If you’d like a printed version of the guide, be sure to pick up a copy of our November/December 2018 issue!

Photography by Jason Dziver.

FOR KIDS

Multi-sized playing marbles, $1.50 – $3.95, LIVINGSTONE & CAVELL

Mechanical robot toy, $44.95, LIVINGSTONE & CAVELL
A perfect item for the little science and tech lover, this toy robot also looks stylish displayed as part of funky themed décor.

What We See in the Stars by Kelsey Oseid, $22.99, SHELF LIFE BOOKS

Suede baby moccasins, $23, STEELING HOME
Warm, cozy, and durable, these booties are suitable for babies 0-6 months old.

Pizza sticker patch, $4.95, PAPYRUS

 

KITCHEN, HOME, & STATIONARY

Star and heart-shaped cookie cutters, $15 each, WILLIAMS SONOMA
An excellent add-on item for seasoned bakers, or a good go-to for a holiday gift exchange, these cookie cutters can be bought in sets or individually.

Marble star coasters, $43.95, WILLIAMS SONOMA

Gold place mats, $15 each, WILLIAMS SONOMA

Copper measuring cups, $101.95, WILLIAMS SONOMA
These copper pieces look great on display in any kitchen and hit all the marks when it comes to sleek, stylish and simple.

Copper ladle, $59.95, WILLIAMS SONOMA

‘Share’ serving plate, $101.95, WILLIAMS SONOMA

Reclaimed wood Alberta sign, $40, RURAL CREATIVE
This stunning locally made artwork comes in various colours, and is the ultimate way to show some love to our beautiful province. 

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas book, $25.99, CHAPTERS INDIGO

YYC dishtowel, $26, STEELING HOME
Whether you’re a Calgarian or not, this city-themed dishtowel is a lovely handcrafted accessory item for any kitchen.

The Golden Book of Fortune Telling, by K.C. Jones, $20.95, CHAPTERS INDIGO

Feminist Agenda notebook, $26, REID’S
This popular item from a local stationary retailer is great for the planner on your list who likes to make a statement.

1917 notebook, $20.98, REID’S

Kaweco rose gold fountain pen, $99, REID’S

Ruth Bader Ginsburg dissent mints, $5.95, LIVINGSTONE & CAVELL
The ideal stocking stuffer for Notorious RBG fans.

Gold treasure bars, $9.95, LAND & SEA

Moderne Art Deco magnifying glass, $39.95, PAPYRUS

 

CLOTHING & ACCESSORIES

Silver dotted custom boots, $560, ALBERTA BOOT CO.

Balenciaga knife metallic ankle boots, $1,740, HOLT RENFREW
New Year’s Eve, anyone? These stylish boots carry all the glitz and glamour while remaining wearable.

Saint Laurent Hi-Top leather sneakers, $775, SAK’S FIFTH AVENUE

Pyjama shorts, $49.95, VICTORIA’S SECRET

Snowflake wool mittens, $65, STEELING HOME
Because who doesn’t need a new pair of cozy mittens for the cold months ahead?

Salvatore Ferragamo Mini Vara Silver bag, $1,400, SAK’S FIFTH AVENUE

Bunny charm and coin purse, $550, LOEWE

Atom-patterned scarf, $44, BEAKERHEAD
Sold at Beakerhead, the storefront for Calgary’s yearly science-meets-art event, this stylish scarf is sure to become a beloved item for the science minds in your life.

Tanner Goods Journeyman card and cash holder in natural, $80, BROOKLYN CLOTHING CO.

Tanner Goods key lanyard in natural, $80, BROOKLYN CLOTHING CO.

Deakin & Francis cufflinks, $450, SUPREME MENSWEAR
Modelled after old school diving suit masks, find these timeless and unique cufflinks at one of Calgary’s most popular menswear boutiques.