I went to a mall for the first time in months on Friday afternoon and I was shocked at how busy it was this far ahead of Christmas. I can only imagine how much worse it will get in the coming weeks. I'm so grateful for online shopping!
Since people have clearly already started Christmas shopping, I thought I'd share my Calgary Gift Guide today. I've rounded up a bunch of my favorite shops and restaurants that are local to Calgary. Supporting small businesses is something I try to do on a regular basis, so sharing my favorites is pretty fun. Read on for some fun gift ideas.
Native Tongues gift card
I first discovered Native Tongues when my boyfriend suggested we go there for lunch. The tacos were amazing, and needless to say we've been back quite a few times to eat. Some of my favorites are their guacamole, tacos, and avocado toast. For Taco Tuesdays they have their tacos on special. If you have a foodie on your list of people to buy gifts for, consider a Native Tongues gift card.
I first discovered Drizzle at Etsy Made in Calgary. I taste tested two of their honeys and was pleasantly surprised at how good both of them were – not to mention how different they tasted compared to grocery store honeys. I sampled both the spring and summer honeys. They tasted quite different from each other because of the different flowers that are growing.
Drizzle is made in a sustainable manner, ensuring that bee populations are kept healthy. I've used it in baking as well as to sweeten iced tea.
Jen Gregoire Photography
Jen Gregoire creates some beautiful photography. I've talked to her before at markets and it's pretty cool to hear about her trips to find things to photograph. I actually bought a gift for my dad from her last year and he absolutely loved it.
Mackenzie Jones Silversmith
Megan Locken is the artist behind Mackenzie Jones Silversmith. When I first saw her artwork at the same I was at, I was immediately drawn to her table.
She creates some really gorgeous jewelry inspired by the mountains here in Alberta. I love her understated but pretty style – perfect for wearing everyday.
Village Ice Cream
I know I've mentioned Village Ice Cream on the blog before. Village has the most amazing ice cream. They're so serious about it, they even make the cookies that go in their ice cream. They make it all right here in Calgary. I've brought pints to get-togethers and people have raved about how good it is. They also have dairy free options for those who need them. Anyone who likes ice cream (really, who doesn't?) would love to get a pint or a gift card for Christmas.
Cerise de Lune
These bags from Cerise de Lune are perfect for makeup on a weekend getaway or for holding your phone, wallet, and keys while running errands. I love the cute colors and prints on the fabric.
Their passport wallets are perfect for someone who has a post-holidays vacation scheduled. The minimalist felt wallets are perfect for the guy in your life who likes to carry as little as possible. I love that because all the pieces are handmade you'll have something unique.
I bought my boyfriend beard oil from Adorn Infusions two Christmases ago and he still talks about how much he liked it. He's pretty picky about the skincare products that he uses, so the fact that he liked it so much really means something. If you're looking to get something indulgent, check out Adorn Infusions.
Be sure to also check out my Gift Guide for Fitness Lovers.
What's your favorite local small business to support? What do they sell?