Best Gifts to Buy in Calgary’s Design District

Seven gifts to buy in the shopping district along 11 Avenue S.W.


This shopping district takes its name from the high concentration of shops and art galleries, but there are plenty of other stores perfect for buying gifts.


A. de Fussigny XO Fine Champagne Cognac

A. de Fussigny XO Fine Champagne Cognac is a classy gift for those who appreciate the finer things, and with its smart, bright-orange box you don’t have to worry about gift-wrapping.

$117 at Metrovino. 722 11 Ave. S.W., 403-205-3356,


Staub cocotte

A seven-quart Staub cocotte in rich dark green will delight any home cook.

$450 at  The Cookbook Co. Cooks. 722 11 Ave. S.W., 403-265-6066,


Andy Warhol Polaroids 1958-1987 coffee-table book

This weighty Taschen tome is the ultimate coffee-table book, filled with famous faces and style icons galore.

$130 at Kit Interior Objects. 725 11 Ave. S.W., 403-508-2533,


Burton Beeracuda

The Burton Beeracuda is the best thing to happen to six-packs since, well, anything. The insulated “over-the-shoulder beverage holder” fits six cans end-to-end and features an attached koozie up front for when you want a cold-one close at hand.

$29.99 at the Source Snowboards and Skateboards. 738 11 Ave. S.W., 403-270-3719,


Pirate-face dish

A solid cast-iron pirate-face dish can hold loose change, keys or whatever else your matey has laying around.

$19.95 at Stuff. 102, 709 11 Ave. S.W., 403-209-2606,


Yeti Rambler vacuum bottle

Yeti is the it brand of cooler right now. The Yeti 18 Rambler vacuum bottle (pictured here in trendy seafoam) keeps cold beverages extra cold and hot beverages extra hot – ideal for either the dedicated home juicer or coffee nut who prefers to tote their own brew.

$40 at MEC. 830 10 Ave. S.W., 403-269-2420,


AW03 matte lip colours

Local make-up academy Artists Within has its own line of products and the AW03 matte lip colours have some- thing of a cult following. You can’t go wrong with the classic “Ruby” red for Christmas, or the more neutral “Flirt” – a good colour for any season.

$26 at Artists Within. 306, 822 11 Ave. S.W., 403-208-0034,



A bag of pretty pastel meringues tied with a bow will make your sweetie smile on Christmas morning.

$6.25 from Sucre Patisserie & Caf. 1007 8 St. S.W., 587-352-5505,

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