Looking for a thoughtful, locally made gift for your loved ones? Here are some awesome Alberta-made products from across the province that make great gifts this holiday season.
Photograph courtesy of Black Diamond Distillery
Enjoyable in both hot and cold drinks, this apple-cinnamon liqueur is reminiscent of eating a delicious slice of apple pie in autumn. The St. Albert distillery infuses the liqueur with fresh cinnamon sticks to help give it its flavour. The 15 per cent liqueur recently earned bronze at the 2019 Canadian Artisan Spirit Competition. $20 or $33 depending on the bottle size.
Photograph courtesy of Clo’s General Leather Co.
The leather messenger bags from this Edmonton-based company are sleek and stylish with a bit of edge. The bags are available in three sizes (13, 15 or 17 inches) and four Redwing boot leather colour choices (black, brown, natural veg tan or a two-tone brown and black combination). You can further personalize the bag by adding a set of initials. $500 to $550 depending on size.
Photograph by Oak & Pearl Photography
Cozy Intentions’ bamboo jersey peace jumper is a comfy and versatile addition to any wardrobe. If that weren’t reason enough to get one, the company is also donating a portion of its loungewear sales to Grand Prairie’s Odyssey House Women’s Shelter. Available in black, heathered navy, rose-brown or heather rose. $89.
Photograph courtesy of Crystal’s Can Co.
Photograph by Jeremy Lukey-Simes of Filigree Patisserie
Filigree Patisserie has taken two beloved treats — macarons and chocolate — and combined them to create the ultimate chocolate bar. The bars are made in Edmonton with high-quality Valrhona chocolate and covered in pieces of macarons and, depending on the flavour, ingredients like dried cherries, cinnamon sugar or maple flakes. Choose from holiday flavours such as ginger snap, salted butter caramel, maple chai and more. $12 each.
Photograph courtesy of Lively Folks Candle Co.
Set the scene this holiday with a toxin-free, soy wax candle from Sylvan Lake’s Lively Folks Candle Co. Choose from seven scents including Peppermint Bark (pine, peppermint and bergamot), Leaves of Holly (plum, hollyberry and sandalwood) and Nightball (cedar, musk, vetiver and patchouli). $20 to $25.
Photograph courtesy of Medicine Hat Meat Traders
Wonderfully soft, flavourful and made with Alberta beef, this gluten-free beef jerky makes for a great stocking stuffer. The beef jerky comes in eight flavours: original, teriyaki, honey garlic, black pepper, chipotle lime, smoky maple, habanero hot and dill pickle. $7 per bag.
Photograph courtesy of Meghan MacWhirter
Photograph by Riana Lisbeth
Photograph by Crown Photography
Treat your coffee-loving friends and family to a few bags of locally roasted coffee beans from NRG Coffee, a roastery based in Camrose County. A gift box comes with your choice of three coffees featuring beans from El Salvador, Tanzania and beyond. $65.
Photograph courtesy of Of Cabbages and Kings Pottery
For the person that’s always on the go, pick up a beautiful wheel-thrown travel coffee mug from this Canmore-based pottery studio. Made by a father-daughter team, the travel mugs feature clay from Medicine Hat, are dishwasher and microwave safe and have a cork stopper. $34 for the eight-ounce size or $38 for the 12- to 14-ounce size.
Photograph courtesy of Oliver Apt.
Photograph courtesy of Rocky Mountain Soap Co.
All of Rocky Mountain Soap Co.’s products — including their natural bath bombs — are made in the company’s Canmore workshop. This gift set comes with six bath bombs in scents like vanilla coconut, eucalyptus, juicy orange and more. $35.70.
Photograph by Stash + Story
This Calgary-made baby book is a great gift for any expecting parents in your life. The fabric-covered box comes with well-designed pages to document a pregnancy, a birth story, baby showers, special milestones and more. Empty baby book boxes and inside page bundles are also available on their own. $89 for the baby book box with inside pages.
Photograph courtesy of StumpCraft
Designed, cut and produced in Calgary, StumpCraft’s laser-cut jigsaw puzzles double as a creative gift and a fun holiday activity. There are several smaller, multi-piece puzzles within each overall puzzle, which ultimately come together to recreate a piece of licensed Canadian artwork. Prices vary.
Photograph courtesy of Strathcona Spirits
Strathcona Spirits’ Marsala’s Frontier Waltz, part of the Edmonton distillery’s experimental series, is perfect for the spirit connoisseur who has tried it all. This is the first and only time this whisky will be offered, so pick some up while you can. Tasting notes include caramel, berry and rye. $38.
Photograph courtesy of Tessa M Designs
This Red Deer-based metalsmith and jewellery designer makes beautiful necklaces, earrings, bracelets and rings. What’s particularly great about the open double stone ring is that it’s adjustable and you can customize it with two of 18 raw stone options that include blue sapphires, opals and tourmaline. It’s a great way to add a personal touch to your gift. $60.