Christmas Gift Guide — The Ultimate List

More than 90 gifts listed from the most affordable to the most extravagant.


BeBe Lip Mask

BeBe Lip Mask | Avenue Calgary Gift Guide

This moisturizing mask promises to make lips baby soft. $3, from The Face Shop, various Calgary locations,


Chocolate Cream Pocky

Instead of the usual Christmas treats, opt for this Japanese snack, which is chocolate-coated biscuits. $3.50, from Emart, 3702 17 Ave. S.W., 403-210-5577.


Animal Otter Aqua Mask

Otter Mask | Avenue Calgary Gift Guide

This adorable face mask that looks like an otter provides a surge of moisture — and fun — to anyone’s beauty regimen. $4, from The Amore at E.mart, 3702 17 Ave. S.W., 403-210-5577. 


Christmas Lollies

Stuff stockings with milk chocolate Santas, dark chocolate Santas or white chocolate snowmen. $6 for three, Purdys Chocolatier, various locations,


Oh Canada Pack of Buttons

These are the most patriotic buttons ever. The pack contains six buttons, each with a different Canadian theme and of a different size. $8, from Luke's Drug Mart, 112 4 St. N.E., 403-266-4142 and two other locations,


Binchotan Charcoal Toothbrush

One of the most popular products sold at Fresh Laundry, these toothbrushes have charcoal in every bristle which helps prevent bad breath and remove plaque. $9, from Fresh Laundry, 1216 9 Ave. S.E., 403-475-7515,


Needles and Pines Shower Jelly

Needle and Pine Shower Jelly | Avenue Calgary Gift Guide

Bring the forest to your shower with an infusion of pine needles and cypress leaf. $9 for small container, from Lush, various Calgary locations,


Silk Road Classic Hot Cocoa

This hand-mixed cocoa is a simple combination of Dutch-processed cocoa powder, a little sugar and a hint of ground vanilla beans. There are five other cocoa varieties to choose from too, including spicy Mexican, cardamom cinnamon and winter spiced. $10, from The Silk Road Spice Merchant, 1403 9 Ave. S.E., 403-261-1955,


Umi's Kitchen Coconut Curry Simmer Sauce

These fragrant sauces make preparing Indian meals easy. And the combination of ethnic spices, including Umi's own garam masala spice blend in the butter chicken sauce, is sure to please palates. $10 per jar, from The Cookbook Co. Cooks, 722 11 Ave. S.W., 403-265-6066,


Dapper Animal Plates

West Elm Dapper Animal Plates | Avenue Calgary Gift Guide

These sartorial beasts will dress up any table. $10 each, from West Elm, 868 16 Ave. S.W., 403-245-1373,


Organic Fair Soda Syrup

These soda syrups use botanicals to recreate classic soda pop flavours. Add a few tablespoons to fizzy water and enjoy. $11 for 250ml, from Sunnyside Natural Market, 10, 338 10 St. N.W., 403-270-7477,


Beer Shampoo Bar

It turns out, beer makes your hair shiny. This bar was designed to be used for hair but it works on your whole body. It softens and detangles hair but also makes your skin soft. $13, from Luke's Drug Mart, 112 4 St. N.E., 403-266-4142 and two other locations,


Spice Jar Measuring Spoons

Bakers will be pleased to hear that these stainless-steel measuring spoons are specifically designed to fit into standard spice containers. $16, from Lee Valley Tools, 7261 11 St. S.E., 403-253-2066,


Vintage Sudoku

The perfect game to play on a cold winter's day. Keep it at home for games night or pack it up and take it with you on your weekend mountain getaway. $18, from Chapters-Indigo, Chinook Centre, 403-212-0090 and several other Calgary locations,


The Peace Bridge Soap

Bathtime is luxurious with this handmade bar soap. And the lavender is a natural stress-reliever. $18, from Steeling Home, 1010 17 Ave. S.W., 403-245-0777,,


Forest Prayers Candleholder

This copper candleholder, from Noah's Ark in India, allows candlelight to shine through the delicate forest pattern. $18, from Ten Thousand Villages, various locations,


Stanley Stainless Steel Flask

This flask has several, very important properties. Because of the stainless steel, spirits can be switched and the taste won't be affected, and it's rust-proof. For something a little extra, get the base of the flask engraved. $20, from Luke's Drug Mart, 112 4 St. N.E., 403-266-4142 and two other locations,


RAD Packs Pencil Pouch

Keep pens and pencils together in a pouch made out of recycled denim. RAD Packs also make backpacks, shoulder bags and caps out of jeans. $20, from


Awakening: Artful Colouring Adult Colouring Book by Crystal Salamon

Artist Crystal Salamon's wildly creative collection of drawings satisfies colourers of every age and skill level. $20, from


Marimekko Tea Towels

These dish towels come in a wide range of colours and patterns, and are sure to brighten up any kitchen. From $20 from Kit Interior Objects, 725 11 Ave. S.W., 403-508-2533,


Airplant Terrarium Kit

Everything they’ll need to make a hanging terrarium. Perfect for the low-commitment-level gardener. $20, from Plant, 1335 9 Ave. S.E., 403-585-4226,


Cire Trudon Scented Matches

Scented Matches | Avenue Calgary Gift Guide

Each strike of these matches from the Parisian candle maker that was the provider to the royal court of Louis XIV produces a delightful blast of fragrance. $20 per box, from Modern Duke, 810 16 Ave. S.W., 403-283-3598,



This is Redpoint Media & Marketing Solutions' unofficial office game. We play it every Friday. It gets rowdy and it is always a good time. $22, from Mastermind Toys, 4307 130 Ave. S.E., 587-471-0459,


40 Below Volume 2: Alberta’s Winter Anthology

A collection of poems, stories and essays about everyone’s favourite winter topic — the weather. $22, from Shelf Life Books, 1302 4 St. S.W., 403-265-1033,


Kate Spade New York Large Notebook

Note taking can be trendy. This leatherette notebook has 168 lined pages, a ribbon bookmark and a pouch in the back for documents. $22, from The Bay, various locations,


Hudson's Bay Company 2015 Charity Bear

The Hudson's Bay Company Foundation's 11th annual charity bear honours the Scottish adventurer, Dr. William Tolmie. Only 12,500 Tolmie bears are produced. $22, from The Bay, various locations,


Kinda Blue Tribal Scarf

This cotton tasselled scarf is from Craft Link in Vietnam, an organization that works to help traditional craft producers in that country. $24, from Ten Thousand Villages, various locations,


The Sugar Cube Candy Subscription

This is the gift that keeps on giving. The Sugar Cube will deliver a box of candy to your door every month. It's great for families because it is a treat to look forward too and you can customize the size of the box delivered. Prices start at $25 for four to five servings of candy and go up to $150 a month for 45 to 50 servings (that package is mostly for offices). Order online at


Leather Fortune Cookie Key Chains

Fortune Cookie Keychain | Avenue Calgary Gift Guide

Local leather worker Kat Marks crafts a whole range of leather products from her Calgary studio, with the fortuitous inclusion of these key chains. $25 each, from Kat Marks,


Camp Brand Goods Heritage Toque

A classic toque in camel appeals to men and women. $25, from The Livery, 1130 10 Ave. S.E., 403-453-7711,; Meraki Supply Co, 103, 305 10 St. N.W., 587-333-6320,; The Uncommons, 587-353-9337,



From left: Friday Sock Co. Mismatched socks, $12 or $36 to $132 for three-, six-, nine- or 12-month subscription,; Instance socks, $15 from LESS17, 930 17 Ave. S.W., 403-228-9199,; Treeline socks, $35 from Meraki Supply Co., 305 10 St. N.W., 587-333-6320,; Antipast socks, $35 from gravitypope, 1126 17 Ave. S.W., 403-209-0961,; American Trench Fair Isle socks, $45 from North American Quality Purveyors, 1207 10 Ave. S.E., 403-910-9913,


P&T Wild Child Tea Sampler

This sampler is an introduction to some of the world’s finest teas. $28, from Inspirati, 2207 4 St. S.W., 403-244-4443,


Herbivore Botanicals Beard Tonic Sampler

The tonic sampler contains two nourishing, oil based tonics that make beards look healthier and nourish the skin. $28, from Fresh Laundry, 1216 9 Ave. S.E., 403-475-7515,


Needle and Pine Mountain Pillows

The Alberta Rockies have never been so cozy. $30 each, from Meraki Supply Co, 305 10 St. N.W., 587-333-6320,


The Kitchen Alchemist’s Botanical Gin Kit

Everything needed to turn vodka into gin — except the vodka. $30, from The Silk Road Spice Merchant and Kent of Inglewood, 1319 9 Ave. S.E., 403-457-1595,


Coal L The Roberta Headband

This soft acrylic headband will keep her warm whether she's on the ski hill or just walking down the street. $30, from The Source Skate and Snowboard Shop, 738 11 Ave. S.W., 403-270-3719,


Citrine and Citrus, Rose Quartz and Lemongrass, Amazonite and Peppermint candles, all by Salt Water Tea

Candles | Avenue Calgary Gift Guide

The combination of all-natural scents and soothing pastel colours makes this line of candles a multi-sensory experience. $31 each for large size, from Crafted, Calgary Farmers’ Market,


Limited Edition Moleskine Batman Notebook

Moleskine meets Batman on the cover of this notebook. The book itself has 240 ruled pages and themed stickers. $31, from Chapters-Indigo, various locations,


Local Laundry T-shirts

Show your pride for your 'hood by wearing a top designed and printed in Calgary. T-shirts $32 each; sweatshirt $55, from


Cococo Chocolatiers' Chocolate Cherries

Cococo Chocolatiers' chocolate cherries are a Calgary holiday tradition. The cherries are marinated in Italian cherry liqueur for at least 100 days, drained for 24 hours and then dipped in chocolate. $33 for a small box; $66 for a large box, from Cococo Chocolatiers, 315 8 Ave. S.W. and eleven other locations,


Marvis Toothpaste Set

This set of mini Italian toothpastes includes classic strong mint and unusual jasmin mint flavours. $35, from Lukes Drug Mart, 112 4 St. N.E., 403-266-4142,


French Kitchen Marble Utensil Holder

With this gift, chefs can keep their utensils collected together in style. $35, from Crate and Barrel, Southcentre Mall, 403-278-7020,


Shu Umera x Maison Kistuné Jewel-Fur-For-A-Wink False Lashes

These fantastical false eyelashes are definitely for real. $35 from Hudson's Bay, various Calgary locations,


Routine Gift Box

This sample box from Routine contains a 5ml container of all the brand's scents. $36, from Goldgrass Home, 1237 9 Ave. S.E., 403-452-1001,


True Confessions T-shirt

These sassy T-shirts from the local T-shirt line True Confessions have a number of phrases printed onto them, including "snacks are very important to me," "I need pizza" and "I'm actually a mermaid." $38 for T-shirts and $65 for sweatshirts, from The Uncommons, 1325A 9 Ave. S.E., 587-353-9337,; Purr, 101, 1220 Kensington Rd. N.W., 403-270-3585 and 601 17 Ave. S.W., 403-244-7877,


Surf Paddle Ball Set

Pack up these paddles for the family trip to the beach or cabin (or turn your kitchen table into a game site). $39, from The Uncommons, 1325 9 Ave. S.E., 587-353-9337,


Kiriko Pocket Square

This hand sewn pocket square, made using vintage and antique Japanese fabrics, is produced by the Portland-based company Kiriko Made. $40, from North American Quality Purveyors, 1207 10 Ave. S.E., 403-910-9913,


World’s Largest Gummy Bear

This five-pound candy is equal to 1,400 standard gummy bears. Sweet tooths will be satisfied. $40, from Gummi Boutique, 3919 Richmond Rd. S.W., 403-457-4864, and 205 10 St. N.W., 587-353-0031,


Calgary's 4D Cityscape Time Puzzle

$40, from Mastermind Toys, various locations,


Stovetop Popcorn Popper

Makes popcorn the right way — on the stovetop with you cranking the handle for a constant whirly motion to avoid burning. $40, from Crate and Barrel, Southcentre Mall, 403-278-7020,


Sephora Collection Beautiful Crush Blockbuster Palette

Everything a budding makeup artists needs to create a range of looks. $44, from Sephora, various Calgary locations,


Lumi Sunfold Printing Kit

For the crafty person you know, give them a gift that allows them to print patterns onto any fabric. The kit includes two colours of dye, a bottle, printing instructions, gloves and a step-by-step video. $45, from The Uncommons, 1325 9 Ave. S.E., 587-353-9337,


Aesop Resurrection and Reverence Hand Balms

The ultimate hand balms to counteract Calgary’s dry winters. $47 each, from Fresh Laundry, 1216B 9 Ave. S.E., 403-475-7515,


2015 Holiday Barbie Doll

Every year Barbie dresses up for the holidays, and this time she’s outdone herself in a full-length red gown. $45, from Toys “R” Us, various Calgary locations,


Made In House Petite Pioche Bottle Opener

These beautiful bottle openers are made from solid wood and stainless steel by a group of recent grads from the University of Alberta's industrial design program. $45, from Kartar, 1504 11 St. S.W., 587-889-5511,


Christian Lacroix Memory Game

A beautifully illustrated twist on the classic memory game from one of the fashion world’s most legendary designers. $45, from Holt Renfrew, Core Shopping Centre, 403-269-7341,


The Reveille Enamelware Mug

These enamelware mugs are designed by Calgarian Chris Pecora and are inspired by the bugle wake-up call in the military. $47 for two, from The Uncommons, 1325A 9 Ave. S.E., 587-353-9337,


Majesty Industries Wallets

Handcrafted vegan travel accessories for the stylish person on the go. $45 to $55, from Crafted, Calgary Farmers' Market,


Tanner Goods Canine Bowl

This collapsible water or food bowl is ready to go wherever their four-legged friend goes. $55, from LESS17, 930 17 Ave. S.W., 403-228-9199,


Kent of Inglewood Signature Steel Comb Model No. 3 by the Chicago Comb Co. and Horween Leather Sheath

A lifetime reminder to stay slick. $56 (comb) and $40 (sheath), from Kent of Inglewood, 1319 9 Ave. S.E., 403-457-1595,


Philosophy Pure Grace Layering Set

Layering with body wash, body cream and perfume is the key to this fragrance set’s long-lasting effects. $59, from Shoppers Drug Mart, various Calgary locations,


HBC Collection Bespoke Cap

Hudson’s Bay’s iconic multi-stripe point blanket in hat form, with the adorable addition of a fur pompom. $65, from Hudson’s Bay, various Calgary locations,


Seletti Desktructure Desk Organizer

A touch of whimsy for the desk. $75, from The Uncommons, 1325 9 Ave. S.E., 587-353-9337,


Ashley Nadalin Designs Black and Tan Necklace

Ashley Bagg's handcrafted wooden statement necklace adds drama to her outfit. $75, from


Scribble Bead Short Dangles

These sterling silver wire earrings are part of Kari Woo's Draw the Line collection. They're striking and reflect light from every angle, yet are lightweight. $75 from Glenbow Museum Shop, 403-268-4119, or


Hario V60 Drip Scale and Porlex Tall Hand Grinder

Grind and measure the perfect amount of coffee with this stylish combo. $78 (scale) and $71 (grinder), both from Phil & Sebastian, various Calgary locations,


Plant Light

Light up someone's life with this neon light-style sign (it's actually made with LEDs) that will remind them of happy days in the sun. $85 from Fairgoods, 403-351-0613,


Porter Wallet

Made in Japan, this military-inspired wallet has numerous pouches and sleeves for keeping cash and cards secure. $88, from LESS17, 930 17 Ave. S.W., 403-228-9199,


Kakkoii Wow Wireless Speaker

This beautifully designed speaker comes in a range of colours, including bright blue, bright orange and yellow. Charge the speaker for two or three hours and listen to music for up to four hours. $90, from The Uncommons, 1325 9 Ave. S.E., 587-353-9337,


CoutuKitsch Amie Amethyst Necklace

The statement necklace that says whatever you want it to say. $95 from The Livery Shop, 1130 10 Ave. S.E., 403-453-7711,


Caran d’Ache Pablo Coloured Pencils

Every colour needed to take an adult colouring obsession to the next level. $100, from Kensington Art Supply, 6999 11 St. S.E., 403-283-2288,


Frankincense Intense Face Cream

Wise men and women know that this face cream is clinically proven to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It also smells divine. $112, from Neal’s Yard Remedies, 2207 4 St. S.W., 403-460-8400,


Holiday Spirits Gift Set

Perfect for the locavore drinker, this gift set from Eau Claire Distillery in Turner Valley includes one bottle of Parlour Gin, one bottle of Three Point Vodka and two rocks glasses with the distillery’s logo. $130, from Eau Claire Distillery, 113 Sunset Blvd. N.W., Turner Valley, 403-933-5404,


Hand-Forged Carbon Steel Frying Pan

Master blacksmith Martin Reinhard makes an assortment of carbon steel frying pans from his studio in Nanton. With repeated use and good care, this will become a go-to pan. $150, from Willow Creek Forge, 2112 Main St., Nanton, 403-646-2244,


BB-8 Droid by Sphero

This app-controlled robot listens and responds to your voice, but it also has a mind of its own. $160, from Disney Store, various Calgary locations,


Battenwear Day Hiker Bag

Inspired by 1970s hiking bags, this New York City-made knapsack is the perfect size for day-to-day wear. $165, from North American Quality Purveyors, 1207 10 Ave. S.E., 403-910-9913,


Original Tour Gloss Rain Boots

These lightweight boots have many features of the classic Hunter boot, including the buckle strap, and the main difference is the glossy colour. $165, from The Bay, various locations, the


Kat Marks x Chin Whiskey Dopp Bag With Shaving Soap

A Calgary collaboration that will carry everything needed to groom in style. $169, from Chin Whiskey, 805 1 St. S.W., 403-245-1935,


Kay Bojesen Monkey

The original hanging monkey — a mid-century modern classic. $182, from Kit Interior Objects, 725 11 Ave. S.W., 403-508-2533,


Hästens Travel Pillow

This down pillow brings the comforts of home to the car or airplane. $190, from Riva’s Eco Store, 1237 9 Ave. S.E., 403-452-1001,


Boardwalk Skates Roller Skates and Shwings Gold Foil Wings

A retro blast from the past that seems perfectly of the moment. $225 (skates) and $7 (wings) from Nerd Roller Skates, 917 12 St. S.E., 587-353-8505,


Philips Sonicare DiamondClean Pink Edition Toothbrush

The ultimate tooth-brushing experience now comes in pink. $230, from London Drugs, various Calgary locations,


Cire Trudon "Odalisque" Room Spray

The ultimate luxury room spray from one of France's oldest candle makers. $245, from Modern Duke, 810 16 Ave. S.W., 403-283-3598,


A Brick from Calgary's Original "Home of the Blues"

Music fans can become part of the history of the National Music Centre. When a reclaimed brick is purchased, the buyer can engrave the brick with a personal message of up to two lines and will be able to see the brick featured on the Cornerstones Wall inside the newly restored King Eddy. $250, from


Oculus Pro Team HD 10X42 Binoculars

Crisp, bright, razor-sharp views of whatever they want a closer look at. $250, from Bass Pro, CrossIron Mills, 403-592-3900,


Viking Helmet

This 7th-century Vendal helmet reproduction is made with 16-gauge mild steel with butted chain mail to stay true to the original. $250 (stand not included), from Dark Age Creations, 508 42 Ave. S.E., 403-975-2547,


Konosuke Sakura Nakiri

Give their mis en place an upgrade with this ultra-sharp kitchen essential. $387, from Knifewear, 1316 9 Ave. S.E., 403-514-0577,


Cold Country Deluxe Size Sleeping Bag

This locally made wool-filled sleeping bag will keep them warm and dry thanks to wool’s naturally insulating and absorbent properties. $390, from Custom Woolen Mills Ltd., 30453 Range Road 272, Carstairs, 403-337-2221,


Wolverine 100 Mile Boots

These leather work-style boots are ideal for both practical and more formal situations. $400, from gravitypope, 524 17 Ave. S.W., 403-209-0961,


Tahitian Pearl Drop Earrings by Pearls Before Swine

Give these exquisite earrings by Montreal-based jewellery designer Himo Martin. $570 from gravitypope, 1126 17 Ave. S.W., 403-209-0961,


Lochcarron of Scotland Gents’ Heavyweight Kilt 

This top-end traditional kilt is made with eight yards of the finest tartan and is perfect for any member of your clan. $800, from Highland Scottish Gift Shoppe, 390 85 St. S.W., 403-286-1932,


Parmigiano Reggiano Wheel

If you buy someone an entire wheel of Parmesan cheese from Italian Centre Shop, store manager Gino Marghella will come over and crack it open for you himself. $900 to $1,000, from Italian Centre Shop, 9919 Fairmount Dr. S.E., 403-238-4869,


Custom Guitar

Commission a guitar that will inspire a whole new level of shredding. Starting at $1,500, from Burlesk Custom Guitars & Repairs, 143 Macewan Glen Way N.W., 403-809-8018,


The Sculpted Rocker

This stunning piece of furniture is made to order, featuring cherry, rosewood and walnut accents, and is a welcome addition to any family room. $6,750, from Kartr, 1504 11 St. S.W., 587-889-5511,


Cartier Tank MC Skeleton Watch

One of the world's most coveted luxury accessories is an heirloom-quality gift to remember. Price upon request, from Brinkhaus, 823 6 Ave. S.W., 403-269-4800,


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