Supporting local has never been more important than now. When you are thinking of gifts for everyone on your list make sure to check out these 17 local businesses. Some who have succeeded to become worldwide success stories and some small treasured Calgary shops. This list should help you find the perfect gift no matter your budget.
For more ideas see, 15 One-of-a-Kind Places to Shop in Calgary
Sweet honey! Not many other gifts could be this sweet. Drizzle started in urban Calgary, the honey came from backyards and small plots around the city. Real, raw honey and all of its beautiful colours and unique flavours. Drizzle is now sold across Canada. Drizzle has an Everyday, Luxury and Superfood Honey Collection which includes premium, health-conscious ingredients, honey to help with anti-Inflammatory and immunity boosting.
2. The Alberta Craft Gallery
If you are looking for unique Alberta made gifts, you should visit the Alberta Craft Gallery. From handcrafted pottery and woodwork to home accessories by Alberta artists, you will find a curated collection of both contemporary and eclectic pieces here.
Address: cSPACE King Edward, 1721 – 29 Avenue SW #280. Calgary
3. The Livery Shop
If you are looking for a place that sells unique, local and ethical products you have found it! The Livery Shop supports local artisans and brings in the best of the best independent brands that range from Calgary’s backyard to around the world. Since November 2014, The Livery Shop has prided itself on the fresh feel of their store is truly a piece of art in itself and make sure everyone is welcome!
Address: 1119 10 Ave SE #100
4. Friday Sock Co
Who doesn’t love getting new socks? Friday Sock Co. launched in January 2015 in Calgary. The desire to create uniquely different sock designs that didn’t exist in the marketplace. Friday Sock Co. continues to strive to create one of a kind sock patterns that make people smile. Friday has grown its distribution to over 400 retail partners in Canada and the US. The sock line now includes socks for men, women, kids, as well as a new men’s luxury line, organic baby socks, Ugly Christmas Socks, and a monthly subscription too, a pair of randomly selected mismatched socks sent every month.
Address: 428 28 ST NE., Calgary
5. milk jar CANDLE CO
Candles are always a welcome gift. Launched in 2016, milk jar remains locally manufactured.
Milk jar set out to be a local, unique candle alternative to the synthetic paraffin wax candles on the modern market, there are two lines of candles available. One: with plant-based essential oils, and the other with phthalate-free fragrance oils, each candle is hand poured, features double-ply wooden wicks, and 10oz glass for a quality burn time of 50-60 hours.
A variety of fragrances to choose from, from Maple butter to spring rain, cotton and French vanilla. Private bookings for workshops are available in a hands-on and extensive 120-minute class on candle making and fragrance blending.
Address: 1450 28 St NE # 7
For the Barbequer on your list. Chimmi’s sauces are made with love in Okotoks. Started by husband-and-wife in 2014 with a secret Peruvian family recipe for fresh hot sauce that became locally famous as part of their Chimmi’s Fresh Grill food truck, they then expanded to include a chimichurri-style grilling sauce, a delicious spicy mayo, and a tangy spicy ketchup. Their sauces are carried at a variety of markets and specialty boutiques as well as some local grocery stores.
Ordering is also available online, sure hit is the Gable Box Gift which features Chimmi’s Hot Sauz, Chimmi’s Grillin’ Sauz and Chimmi’s Mayo or you can buy individual sauces at select locations of Save-On-Foods, Sobeys and Safeway. If you’ve never tried their sauces be sure to grab yourself some as well.
Address: Okotoks, Alberta
7. Village Ice Cream
Everyone loves ice cream right? Hand-crafted ice cream made in Calgary using only the very best ingredients. You can always pick up a gift card or stock someone on your lists freezer for the holidays and cold winter months.
Address: Victoria Park – 431 10 Avenue SE Calgary Alberta T2G 0W3
8. Master Chocolat
You can’t go wrong with chocolate, vegan and no added sugar options also available, baked goods, sauces and spreads all chocolate. Christmas packages or create your own boxes. There is also a hands-on chocolate course with Master Chocolat, Calgary’s very own father of chocolate Master Chocolatier, Bernard Callebaut.
Address: 130, 560 – 69th Ave SW, Calgary, AB
9. Local Laundry
The iconic YYC sweatshirt, every Calgarian should have one of these. Local Laundry was founded in 2015 as a way to use clothing to bring people together while creating a positive impact on the community.
Local Laundry has committed to donating 10% of profits to local charities that their customers help choose. They produce only made in Canada garments to support Canadian manufacturing, Canadian jobs, a diversified Canadian economy and to reduce carbon footprint. You can find Local Laundry garments in stores across Canada and online. The YYC and CAN logos can be found on t-shirts, hats, toques and hoodies.
10. Liz & Lottie
Not sure what to get, Liz & Lottie always has great gift giving ideas. Owners Nikki and Heidi, are your friendly neighbourhood founders and purveyors of everything chic. The two discovered that their shared sense of aesthetics and fashion could only lead to one thing… Liz & Lottie a unique boutique style store. Simple style, globally sourced, fair pricing and creative gifts, Liz & Lottie carries everything from jewelry, to kitchen accessories, clothing, to the best greeting cards. Their storefront in East Village is currently closed but online store is always open.
Address: 537 Riverfront Ave. SE. Calgary, AB
11. Ollia Macarons & Tea
Calgary’s first boutique macaron patisserie, serving French macarons with a modern touch. Give the gift of macarons and tea or Gift Certificates available for classes and workshops. Their online store features gift boxes of macarons and tea as well as other locally made products supporting other local companies.
Address: 810C 16th Ave SW, Calgary, AB, T2R 0S9
Locally made products for; face, body, lips and bath available, a handcrafted skincare company that prides itself on ethical products with a mindful curation of ingredients. Skwiik: pronounced squeak, like squeaky clean — just written a little unconventionally started in Calgary in 2017. They have a passion for curating ingredients that are not only good for your skin, but are also good for the communities in which they come from.
Address: 1450 28 St NE # 7
13. Amborella Floral
Flowers have a way of always putting a smile on someone’s face, what a perfect way to keep someone on your list always smiling with Amborella’s bi-weekly or monthly burlap wrapped bouquets floral subscription. This makes for a perfect gift for a friend, loved one, or yourself! Available to addresses within the city limits of Calgary. Amborella sources are Canadian-grown, with the vast majority coming from B.C. Amborella also recycles all of the packaging, including anything from cardboard to soft plastics. Last but not least, Amborella wraps all flowers to go home with you in recycled burlap, sourced from another local company Cafe Rosso.
Address: 2515 90 Ave SW
14. The Cardroom at Kricket’s
Kricket’s is one of Calgary’s favourite gift shops; Krickets is your neighborhood gift shop with an edge! Krickets’ve been providing happiness through unique wares for over 20 years. Krickets carries a variety of products from babies and kids to your pets and everything in between.
Address: 3518 Garrison Gate SW
For the hard to buy for man in your life, here you will find everything from, apparel to shoes, to grooming, to books; you name it you could probably find something here. The name says it all; Stuff, for him that is. Owner Spencer always wanted to have a storefront that was personally sourced and curated and held fast to a well-honed aesthetic. The products found at Stuff has been chosen for its quality, appearance, and price point, local artists, artisans, and manufacturers who pride themselves on producing quality products are also featured in the store.
Address: 709 11 Ave SW #102,
16. Burwood Distillery
For the drinker on your list Burwood Distillery is a great place to check out, they have everything from beer, to vodka and spirits and soda. Burwood Distillery started as an idea between friends and blossomed into a common vision to celebrate Alberta’s agriculture by bringing world-class spirits to Calgary. Everything at Burwood is local, their barley is grown and malted right here in Alberta, their honey comes from a family members honeybees just outside of Chestermere, AB and through Greidanus Honey Mill in High River, AB. They hand-crush every grain, hand-scoop every ounce of honey, distill every drop, and bottle and package it all in their northeast NE Calgary facility.
Address: 4127 6 St NE #15
17. Shop MADE
From the people behind the famous night markets, comes this shop showcasing artisanal items from Calgary and Alberta artisans. The shop provides a platform for diverse entrepreneurs, highlighting local artisans.
Address: CORE Shopping Centre and Eau Claire Market, Calgary
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