I just had to share a local gift guide… There are so many great local products… most of these are from Calgary with a few being from further west… as you know buying local supports our local makers and companies and helps our local economy thrive… if you’re a US reader then be sure to checkout out these great gift ideas because you’re getting some of the sweetest products for a sweet deal with the current exchange rate! 🙂
1. Smash + Tess
The Sunday Romper ($86) It’s a Sunday Funday and what better way to celebrate than being comfortably chic? Oh… and maybe another round of mimosas 😉 You know what they say, “a Sunday well spent brings a week of content.” Mission accomplished. This romper needs no zipper, no buttons… nor introduction – it’s that fabulous! It’s spacious, stylish, and fits in all the right places. Looking for a new staple item? Look no further. Ensure your loved ones are comfy and cozy this Christmas!
Mountain Girl Camping Mug ($32) The perfect accessory for the mountain loving girl in your life!… take it camping or enjoy it snuggled up this winter at home. With this MOUNTAIN Girl Camping Mug from LBD’s LOCAL GIRL BRAND, everyone will be sure to know that the recipient’s heart is rooted deeply in the soul of the mountains!
Enamel Lapel Pins ($9.50 ea) Local artist Heather Buchanan, known for her hilarious Bad Puns, has created a cheeky collection of enamel pins. From slice of pizza, to Dorito, egg on toast, to boob, cactus and taco! Young or old, who wouldn’t want to wear either of these around!?
Drizzle Raw Honeycomb ($28) is a rare, seasonal specialty that is 100% edible. It’s the rawest and healthiest form of Drizzle Honey, coming straight from their local hives. The light wax combs are filled with fresh honey and you can eat them directly with a spoon, in a smoothie or paired perfectly with cheese, fruit, meat and breads. Can you say om nom nom nom nom?! Well the recipient of this treat surely will be saying it!
Organic Scarf ($44) These top selling Buttercream Organic Scarves get snapped up as quickly as freshly baked cookies out of the oven! Made with organic cotton, the double cowl infinity scarves are such an easy piece to add some whimsy to your day. They’re 58’ long and 9’ wide and come in the most adorable designs. S N U G G L Y and darling!
Knot Bangle – Brass (from $40) From beginning to the end, and back to the beginning. A simple, delicate knot bangle, a reminder of the continuity of life, and beauty of tomorrow. Dainty, textured wire, wrapped in a knot and soldered into a bangle. Big enough to slip on, small enough to wear as a key piece, everyday. Perfectly delicate and lovely – I’m off to order one for myself 😉
Point Ring ($35 ea) This lovely handmade jewellery comes in a variety of metals. You can also order custom pieces for additional cost… how about kicking it up a notch this Christmas is a custom piece for your loved one!?
Green Beans (from $12), Roasted Beans (from $18), Coffee Subscriptions (from $87) This company has heart and an immense love of coffee… you can even learn to roast the green beans yourself with guidance from their website!
The company found its inspiration over a percolated cup of coffee on a backpacking trip one morning in the rolling hills of Alberta. Since then, the company’s foundation continues to grow and evolve during backyard BBQs, weekend mountain adventures, and late nights under star-filled skies and scotch-filled glasses. Coffee has never sounded so romantic! Pour up a cup with your loved one and snuggle down for long winter!
Manly Man Soap Set ($24) These soap bars are the perfect gift for that special man in your life. Or treat yourself just because… This delicious set include 1 Tea Tree Eucalyptus Soap Bar Activated Charcoal, 1 Brown Ale Barley Soap Bar, and 1 Patchouli Hemp Seed Bar. Lamb’s Soap Works know that each and every product they put their heart and soul into creating, will end up being used on your skin – that‘s why Lamb’s only uses natural pure ingredients in all of their product lines. Because if their family wouldn’t use it, they don’t expect that yours would! Their natural products range from lip balms, to lotions, scrubs, soaks to soap… and every single one smells delicious!
Mammoth Beard oils ($25-30) are handcrafted in Canada with carefully selected ingredients, meaning you absolutely will not find any cheap filler oils, synthetic fragrances, or preservatives in any of their products. Their beard oils are available in two unique base formulas aimed at softening and strengthening beard hair, and conditioning the skin. With six unique scents to choose from (as well as unscented) there is a Mammoth Beard Oil for everyone. Have a bearded babe in your life?! This is the thing they’ve been missing!
11. Justine Ma
Mini Calm the F Down Wooden Flag ($15) How about a darling hand lettered wood flag to help you keep your love one’s reality in check 😉 nothing says love like a cheeky little gift for home or office to let them know you’re thinking of them when they’re feeling most aggravated!
12. Natura Soy
Man Candles ($23.95ea) Candles for the guys! Natura Soy Man Candles can transform any space into something more masculine and modern. A perfect addition to any man cave or bachelor pad. Settle back and relax to the mesmerizing crackle and flicker of the wood wick and true scents of nature (no flowers over here!). By swapping out all synthetic ingredients and perfume oils for pure plant-based ingredients that bring us back to what Mother Nature does best, Natura Soy’s hand poured soy candles will light up your everyday moments in the safest and most sustainable way possible.
13. Friday Sock Co
Beltline Socks ($15) This design was inspired by the many different breakfast restaurants in Calgary’s beltline. Can you smell the coffee? The sizzling bacon and eggs? Nothing like starting your morning with soft combed cotton on your feet and a full belly. *These socks do not contain gluten. Friday Sock Co has a greta assortment of designs with new ones popping up all of the time! They even have a sock subscription! Now that’s a gift that gives all year round!
14. Tamara Hackett
Mindful ABCs & Mindful 123 ($23 ea) Author, Illustrator, designer Tamara Hackett had created beautiful children’s books in an endeavour to connect with and teach her own children about gratitude, instincts, dreams… the big things. Her hope is to contribute to the tech-free moments of life to make them even better. Tamara knows that life is about those moments, snuggles in pillows, conversations about happiness and dreams of flying with hummingbirds in the clouds. Give the gift of incredible moments with these sweetly illustrated and incredibly thoughtful books.
The Silicone Donut Teether ($29.50) is Loulou LOLLIPOP’s signature teether loved by thousands of babies. This thing is so stinkin’ cute! You just can’t go wrong picking this up for any baby on your shopping list – they also have other adorable and hilarious shapes… everything from oreo cookies to french fries!
16. My Mila
Striped Flip Rim Toque ($20) The trendiest toques from newborn to adult!… be sure to checkout the darling baby harem pants as well… from newborn to 5T! Then lookout because you’ve just created the most fashionable little person with a gift from My Mila! Kick it up a notch and order one for everyone in the family for the ultimate adorbs factor 😉
17. Justine Ma
I <3 the Sh*t Outta You Onesie ($30) No description necessary for this bad boy!… OMG! It is so fu*kin’ awesome! Sizes 6M to 18M available for your darling bebe’s.
18. Snow Alligator
Model Kit ($25) – Calgary Tower, an easily recognizable part of Calgary’s skyline, is an iconic prairie monument and was created to honour the 100th anniversary of the Confederation of Canada (1867). It is home to the highest 360° observation deck in the world! The natural gas torch featured on the top of the tower was first lit in 1988 to celebrate the opening of the Winter Olympics, and continues to be re-ignited for various special events today.
Model Kit ($25) – Grain Elevator’s are known throughout the prairies as sentinels that dotted the skyline. They often had their community and operators name painted on the sides. These painted names would still appear on an elevator long after the town had either disappeared or been amalgamated into another community. A grain elevator spelled prosperity for any town that was along the railroad. Many of these cultural landmarks have been lost but some have thankfully survived.
All pieces are fully customizable! These model kids will give the little people hours of fun while they draw, paint, tape, and glue to create their own mini versions of local monuments.
AAAAAAAND There you have it babes! A local gift guide collection of great gifty gifts that you can pickup locally or order online right meow! If I’ve missed some of YOUR fave local brands or goods leave me a comment below to tell me what/who and please share a link to their goodies so that everyone else can fall in love with them too!