25 Gifts Under $25
Affordable gifts to fill stockings or for the office Secret Santa. The list starts with a $2 gift and ends with $25 gifts.
Stuff stockings with a refreshing soda from the Canmore-based brewery Grizzly Paw. If the recipient doesn’t already have a favourite flavour, choose the ginger beer — it's gingery without being too spicy. $1.79 from Willow Park Wines and Spirits and various other locations, 10801 Bonaventure Dr. S.E., 403-296-1640, willowpark.net; thegrizzlypaw.com.
If you’re shopping for an art lover, support a local maker and download one of LaViePrints’ geometric pieces for the recipient to hang on their wall. $4.50 each, from etsy.com.
These Explorer’s Press patches are the perfect stocking stuffer for both young and old. $8 each, from The Livery Shop, 1130 10 Ave. S.E., 403-453-7711, facebook.com.
This stocking stuffer will make baths sparkly, bubbly and grapefruit-y. $8.95, from Lush, various locations, lush.ca.
Surprise the beer-lover you know with a few hops-packed beer soaps instead of (or as well as) a six-pack of their favourite brew. $9 each, from Steeling Home, 1010 17 Ave. S.W., 403-245-0777, steelinghome.ca.
Bring that forest fresh smell into the home with this all-natural incense. This pack includes 32 cones and an incense holder. $10, from North American Quality Purveyors, 1207 10 Ave. S.E., 403-910, 9913, shopnorthamerican.com.
For the bookworm you know who can’t get enough Madeleine Thien, Joseph Boyden or Margaret Atwood. $10, from Chapters Indigo, various locations, chapters.indigo.ca.
For anyone who is serious about making cocktails, buy them this natural hardwood muddler to help with their boozy preparation. $12, from The Uncommons, 1325 9 Ave. S.E., 587-353-9337, theuncommons.ca.
One natural, toxin-free shampoo bar from the recently opened store Unwrapped Life will last the user 60 to 75 washes. The most popular shampoo bar scents are coconut lime, almond coconut and “sunkissed.” Throw in a shampoo bar travel tin as well ($3.50). Shampoo bars $12.50 each, from Unwrapped Life, The Market on Macleod, 7711 Macleod Tr. S.E., 403-473-4295, unwrappedlife.com.
Now you don't have to go all the way to the USA for one of these gourmet chocolate bars. Pick up the Coney Island (it's milk chocolate and caramelized waffle cone) as a stocking stuffer. $13, from The Livery Shop, 1130 10 Ave. S.E., 403-453-7711, facebook.com; compartes.com.
You can never have enough lip balm in Calgary. This one comes in biodegradable paper pots, making it the perfect stocking stuffer for those who love the environment. $14 from Rocky Mountain Soap Company, four Calgary locations, rockymountainsoap.com.
The wild has never been so cozy. These fun, purposely mismatched socks are part of Friday Sock Company’s Wilderness Collection. $15 per pair, from Friday Socks, fridaysock.co.
For the person you know who has mastered the catnap, give them this fun sleep mask this Christmas. It’s cute, but it’s also comfortable — it’s made from a plush velour material and has an adjustable strap. $18, from Sephora, various locations, sephora.com.
You’ll find this exfoliating product at Fresh Laundry. It’s 100 per cent natural and made with binchotan charcoal powder and pure vegetable fibres. $19 from Fresh Laundry, 1216 9 Ave. S.E., 403-475-7515, freshlaundry.co.
For the person on your list who loves shredded meat — and who frequently feeds large groups of people — buy them these grippy, heat-resistant meat shredders. The fact that they’re designed to look like claws is a fun bonus. $19, from Lee Valley Tools, 7261 11 St. S.E., 403-253-2066, leevalley.com.
This isn’t a gummy worm that’s going to disappear quickly. It’s two and a half feet long and it weights close to two pounds. $19, from Gummi Boutique, two Calgary locations, gummiboutique.ca.
In this cheeky calendar, 12 Calgarians from the restaurant and food scene strip down for a good cause. Proceeds from this calendar support Brown Bagging For Calgary’s Kids. $20, from Knifewear and 10 other locations in Calgary, 1316 9 Ave. S.E., 403-514-0577, knifewear.com.
Stay warm and show support for this local café. $20, from Café Rosso, five Calgary locations, rossocoffeeroasters.com.
Imagine the whole family sitting by the fire on a cold winter’s day, taking turns playing this game. Be sure to take it with you on that winter road trip, too. $24.50, from Chapters Indigo, various locations, chapters.indigo.ca.
This retro J.Crew flask comes in three colours: blue, green and red. $24.50, from J.Crew, Chinook Centre and one other location, 403-252-6196, jcrew.com.
These soapstones keep the giftee’s drink chilled — and they're funkier than an ice cube. The kit comes with six stones. $25, from The Uncommons, 1325 9 Ave. S.E., 587-353-9337, theuncommons.ca.
This gorgeous coffee table book from Calgarian Janine Vangool contains more than 900 images of typewriters in its 336 pages. $25, from Owl’s Nest Books, 815A 49 Ave. S.W., 403-287-9557, owlsnestbooks.com; uppercastetypewriter.com.
They’re slate so they won’t slip around on your coffee table and you can store all four in the bamboo case. $25, from Calgary Public Library Store, librarystore.ca.