They say ’tis better to give than to receive. We say: Why not do both? For every $100 you spend at an independent retailer, $45 stays local – so put your money where your heart is! Those dollars add up to change, strengthening Calgary’s economy, keeping it unique, and generating the warm fuzzies you’ll feel from supporting all the local businesses that up the the one and only city of Calgary! And to help, we’ve got your guide to local gift ideas all right here!

Silk Road Spice Merchant
1403A – 9th Ave SE
Stocking stuffers, coworker gift exchanges, hostess gifts… try a mini spice set! (Starting at $13.99… or create your own for $2 + cost of spices)It also carries a variety of other spice sets, pepper mills, cook books, chai tea spices and the likes.
The Beehive
311 10 St NW
Secret Santa alert! Try some Christmas themed handmade soaps (Price: $7.50). All products are made in-store.Take a deep breath when you walk in. It smells so good in here! You’ll also find all kinds of flavoured honey, hand soaps, shampoos and creams.
Reworks Upcycle
1217B 9th Avenue SE
A little bird told us about these… Keep your flying friends chirping and stylish with a birdhouse made from old license plates! (Price: $40). Every product carried at Reworks has been made from something else… hence the term “upcycle”. Other gift ideas include jewelry made from bicycle inner tubes, a variety of items from Kitchen Papers, “seat belt” belts, vinyl record clocks, etc.
The Naked Leaf
305 10th St NW
Tea please! Buy the large and your favourite tea comes in a limited edition cannister created by a local artist. Price points for teas vary, but the cannister is included!Or grab one of their locally-made Naked Leaf chocolate bars, chai spice body wash, large cups with teaball included, etc.
Gummi Boutique
205 10th Street NW
Bring home the bacon! Everything from mints to candy canes… you’re covered! (Price: starting at $3.45). Other ideas: Giant gummi bear, bacon tree ornament, candy gift basket, giant super hero Pez dispensers.
Riva’s – The Ecostore
1237 9th Avenue SE
Beautiful Creamery Vanilla Nutmeg & Clove Bath set:
Creamery Crusted Salt – A healing blend of epsom salts and mineral rich himalayan pink salt. Infused with sweet sugar cane.Creamery Single Whipped Butter – A smooth layer of cream loaded with hemp, nutrient rich coconut tea and hydrating coconut creme.
$57.90 for the setKids and baby, clothing and shoes, to beauty products, home and decor, Riva’s provides the best Clean Living options it can find!
Espy
1009 9th Avenue SE
Assorted accessories from Desigual starting at $40 (necklaces, bags, mitts and hats).Espy also has a great assortment of cuffs, jeans, jackets, blazers, blouses, hats, jewelry and other designer items for that hard-to-buy for someone on your list.
Pages Book On Kensington
1135 Kensington Rd NW
Calgarian author alert! Winner of the 2012 Scotiabank Giller Prize. A literary thriller that spans continents, 419 is the story of a woman’s quest to track down the man she feels is responsible for her father’s death. (Source: www.willferguson.ca) And the Christmas Quiet Book, illustrated by Calgarian Renata Liwska, is sure to capture a magical holiday picture for your kidlets… young or old!

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