Christmas Gift Guide — The Ultimate List
More than 90 gifts listed from the most affordable to the most extravagant.
This moisturizing mask promises to make lips baby soft. $3, from The Face Shop, various Calgary locations, thefaceshop-america.com
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.
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.
Stuff stockings with milk chocolate Santas, dark chocolate Santas or white chocolate snowmen. $6 for three, Purdys Chocolatier, various locations, purdys.com.
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, lukesgeneralstore.ca.
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, freshlaundry.co.
Bring the forest to your shower with an infusion of pine needles and cypress leaf. $9 for small container, from Lush, various Calgary locations, lush.ca.
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, silkroadspices.ca.
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, cookbookcooks.com.
These sartorial beasts will dress up any table. $10 each, from West Elm, 868 16 Ave. S.W., 403-245-1373, westelm.com.
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, sunnysidemarket.ca.
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, lukesgeneralstore.ca.
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, leevalley.com.
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, chapters.indigo.ca.
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, tenthousandvillages.ca.
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, lukesgeneralstore.com.
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 radpacksstore.ca.
Artist Crystal Salamon's wildly creative collection of drawings satisfies colourers of every age and skill level. $20, from crystalsalamon.com
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, kitinteriorobjects.com.
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, plantterrariums.ca.
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, modernduke.com.
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, mastermindtoys.com.
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, shelflifebooks.ca.
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, thebay.com.
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, thebay.com.
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, tenthousandvillages.ca.
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 sugarcubeyyc.com.
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, katmarks.com.
A classic toque in camel appeals to men and women. $25, from The Livery, 1130 10 Ave. S.E., 403-453-7711, theliveryshop.com; Meraki Supply Co, 103, 305 10 St. N.W., 587-333-6320, merakisupplyco.com; The Uncommons, 587-353-9337, theuncommons.ca.
From left: Friday Sock Co. Mismatched socks, $12 or $36 to $132 for three-, six-, nine- or 12-month subscription, fridaysock.co; Instance socks, $15 from LESS17, 930 17 Ave. S.W., 403-228-9199, lessoneseven.com; Treeline socks, $35 from Meraki Supply Co., 305 10 St. N.W., 587-333-6320, merakisupplyco.com; Antipast socks, $35 from gravitypope, 1126 17 Ave. S.W., 403-209-0961, gravitypope.com; American Trench Fair Isle socks, $45 from North American Quality Purveyors, 1207 10 Ave. S.E., 403-910-9913, shopnorthamerican.com.
This sampler is an introduction to some of the world’s finest teas. $28, from Inspirati, 2207 4 St. S.W., 403-244-4443, inspirati.ca.
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, freshlaundry.co.
The Alberta Rockies have never been so cozy. $30 each, from Meraki Supply Co, 305 10 St. N.W., 587-333-6320, merakisupplyco.com.
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, kentofinglewood.com.
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, sourceboards.com.
Citrine and Citrus, Rose Quartz and Lemongrass, Amazonite and Peppermint candles, all by Salt Water Tea
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, craftedtruck.ca.
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, chapters.indigo.ca.
Show your pride for your 'hood by wearing a top designed and printed in Calgary. T-shirts $32 each; sweatshirt $55, from locallaundryapparel.com.
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, cococochocolatiers.com.
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, lukesdrugmart.com.
With this gift, chefs can keep their utensils collected together in style. $35, from Crate and Barrel, Southcentre Mall, 403-278-7020, crateandbarrel.ca.
These fantastical false eyelashes are definitely for real. $35 from Hudson's Bay, various Calgary locations, thebay.com
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, goldgrasshome.com.
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, theuncommons.ca; Purr, 101, 1220 Kensington Rd. N.W., 403-270-3585 and 601 17 Ave. S.W., 403-244-7877, purrclothing.ca.
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, theuncommons.ca.
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, shopnorthamerican.com.
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, gummiboutique.ca.
$40, from Mastermind Toys, various locations, mastermindtoys.com.
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, crateandbarrel.ca.
Everything a budding makeup artists needs to create a range of looks. $44, from Sephora, various Calgary locations, sephora.com.
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, theuncommons.ca.
The ultimate hand balms to counteract Calgary’s dry winters. $47 each, from Fresh Laundry, 1216B 9 Ave. S.E., 403-475-7515, freshlaundry.co.
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, toysrus.ca.
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, kartar.ca.
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, holtrenfrew.com.
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, theuncommons.ca.
Handcrafted vegan travel accessories for the stylish person on the go. $45 to $55, from Crafted, Calgary Farmers' Market, craftedtruck.com.
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, lessoneseven.com.
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, kentofinglewood.com.
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, shoppersdrugmart.ca.
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, thebay.com.
A touch of whimsy for the desk. $75, from The Uncommons, 1325 9 Ave. S.E., 587-353-9337, theuncommons.ca.
Ashley Bagg's handcrafted wooden statement necklace adds drama to her outfit. $75, from ashleynadalin.com.
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, glenbow.org or kariwoo.com
Grind and measure the perfect amount of coffee with this stylish combo. $78 (scale) and $71 (grinder), both from Phil & Sebastian, various Calgary locations, philsebastian.com.
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, fairgoods.com
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, lessoneseven.com.
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, theuncommons.ca.
The statement necklace that says whatever you want it to say. $95 from The Livery Shop, 1130 10 Ave. S.E., 403-453-7711, theliveryshop.com
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, kensingtonartsupply.com.
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, nealsyardremedies.ca.
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, eauclairedistillery.ca.
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, willowcreekforge.com.
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, disneystore.com.
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, shopnorthamerican.com.
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 bay.com.
A Calgary collaboration that will carry everything needed to groom in style. $169, from Chin Whiskey, 805 1 St. S.W., 403-245-1935, chinwhiskey.com.
The original hanging monkey — a mid-century modern classic. $182, from Kit Interior Objects, 725 11 Ave. S.W., 403-508-2533, kitinteriorobjects.com.
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, rivasecostore.com.
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, nerdskates.com.
The ultimate tooth-brushing experience now comes in pink. $230, from London Drugs, various Calgary locations, londondrugs.com.
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, modernduke.com
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 nmc.ca.
Crisp, bright, razor-sharp views of whatever they want a closer look at. $250, from Bass Pro, CrossIron Mills, 403-592-3900, basspro.com.
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, darkagecreations.com.
Give their mis en place an upgrade with this ultra-sharp kitchen essential. $387, from Knifewear, 1316 9 Ave. S.E., 403-514-0577, knifewear.com.
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, customwoolenmills.com.
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, gravitypope.com.
Give these exquisite earrings by Montreal-based jewellery designer Himo Martin. $570 from gravitypope, 1126 17 Ave. S.W., 403-209-0961, gravitypope.com
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, highlandshoppe.ab.ca.
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, italiancentre.ca.
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, burleskguitars.ca.
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, kartar.ca.
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, brinkhaus.com.