Shopping for the holidays can be stressful, but it doesn’t have to be. The answer may be (almost literally) in your own backyard.
As always, we encourage people to support local businesses in Edmonton, and the holiday season is no exception. Buying locally supports our economy, is more sustainable, and gives you the opportunity to find unique and thoughtful gifts. With a wide variety of options available, shopping local is sure to please everyone on your list.
Edmonton is home to some of the best local businesses that offer unique and meaningful gifts for your friends and family. Whether you’re looking for something practical or something special, enjoy our annual round-up of where you can find the perfect gift at a local business in Edmonton.
There are so many amazing businesses here in Edmonton that it was tough to narrow it down! We hope that this list of local holiday gifts will inspire you and help make your holiday shopping a little easier. Whether it’s for a loved one, family member or friend – there’s something here for everyone.
For the Entertainer
Now that we are seeing each other a little more often these days, the Entertainer in your life will love being able to host with style. And after the last couple of years, we are sure they will want some finishing touches that add a little joy to coming back together.
To that end, we love Mezzaluna Studio's napkins! Edmonton's very own Vikki Wiercinski puts her love of shape, colour and pattern on full display. This sustainable choice (made with 100% cotton) will be the life of the party!
For the Art Lover
For the art lover in your life looking for a new challenge, we cannot recommend Ferns School of Craft enough! Their centrally-located studio offers regularly scheduled workshops that focus on a modern spin on traditional textiles, such as weaving, embroidery, block printing and more! Give the fits of learning from Alberta's most dedicated and passionate textile artists.
For the Philanthropist
Finding the perfect gift for your resident philanthropist can be a real challenge. What can you get the person who is happiest when they're giving? find Edmonton is more than a secondhand shop. It’s a movement that provides essential furnishings to those moving from homeless and supplies low-cost, quality furniture and housewares for sale to the public. To date, this innovative startup has furnished 1581 homes, removing a rarely-discussed barrier for those moving out of homelessness.
For the Adventurer
If you have a woman on your list who loves getting outside and moving, SheShreds Mountain Biking has something for all levels. Explore mountain biking in all sorts of ways, from their Bike School, weekly group rides (Shredders), clinics, weekend adventures, field trips, family lessons, and private lessons.
For the Foodie
Edmonton has a lot of great local eateries, but let's talk about The Little Teapot Bake Shop. This home bakery specializes in delicious custom cakes, cupcakes, cookies and so much more. All of their treats are homemade with love and care, perfect for satisfying any sweet tooth! (We also hear that their gluten-free options are absolutely amazing! Perfect for those on your list with dietary restrictions).
For the Stylist
When Tennyola Inc. says that it's designed for opulence, it is not messing around. With exquisite, hand-crafted accessories, you're sure to make any fashionable person on your list very happy. They also provide custom pieces, perfect for a special occasion or memorable gift!
Regardless of who you're shopping for, the important thing is to show that you care. We hope this list brings you some inspiration and helps make your holiday shopping a little easier. Happy Holidays from all of us here at AMR Design!