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Support Alberta – The Official Local Christmas Gift Guide

The Albertan Gift Giving Guide – Supports Alberta 

There’s no doubt this year was a tough one for us, Alberta. We took some hard hits. We had heated arguments. Let’s support our province and all the hard-working men and women trying to provide for their families. From Calgary, Edmonton … and beyond. 

This gift-giving guide is 100% Albertan. Every time you buy a gift from these shops your make an Albertan dance and help to support their family. 

This is the official ALBERTAN Gift Giving Guide.

1. Local Laundry

10% of profits go towards supporting local Calgarian charities

For: people who love to show off their roots

Price: $$

“We want to be Canada’s best company at building community through our five guiding pillars: representing where you come from; sharing stories from the community; collaborating with others who also want to have a positive impact; giving back through local charities, and; producing Canada made clothing.

We have committed to donating 10% of our profits to local charities that our customers help choose. We produce only made in Canada garments to support Canadian manufacturing, Canadian jobs, a diversified Canadian economy and to reduce our carbon footprint.

Local Laundry was founded in 2015 as a way to use clothing to bring people together while creating a positive impact on the community.We have donated more than $40,000 to local charities and we have collaborated with hundreds of community builders.” locallaundry.ca

2. The Seed Store

Calgary Manufactured Attire Made From Local Hemp Crops. 

For: people who adore the bohemian/hippy look and value sustainable clothing. 

Price: $$$

“By leading the way in local hemp manufacturing, “crop to top” as we call it, we have created a fun way for people to join our movement toward 2020. Our mission – all Seed clothing from local hemp crops in 2020. Seed’s way of life is local to the bone. Because what’s more communal than growing clothing together right in our own black dirt? From crop to top, right here in Calgary, Alberta.” theseedstore.ca


3. Valiance Designs

Handmade in the Small Town of Taber, Alberta

 For: Jewelry and Gemstone lovers  

Price: $

 “This shop has been inspired by my two precious boys. One on earth and one in Heaven. The name ValianceDesigns is very special to our family. It’s name is a translation of Riley, an Irish name, which means brave and courageous.“ (ValianceDesigns Facebook Page)


4. The Seven 80

Hilarious Source of things you don’t need

For: The Humorous Albertan 

Price: $

 Okay, so we are not 100% sure what the background of this company is besides that it’s based in Edmonton that’s self-described as, “just another lame-ass, low budget, local shop. Purveyors of dope stuff you don’t really need.” However, they sell the Alberta Beef Underwear and well that’s enough to make the list. Proudly Alberta Made. They also sell a lot of humours Edmonton attire for anyone with relatives in the city. 

5. Chisel And Hide

Wood and Leather Made & Processed in Canada 

 For: The person in need of a new leather bag, wallet, or unique mug holder

Price: $$-$$$

Owners Sandi & Dominic are currently living and creating out of our home in Vegreville, Alberta, Canada.  

We are a husband & wife creative team. We make everyday goods made from wood and leather.We started our business in 2017 and have become known for our line of mason jar leather sleeves that feature a hardwood handle.

We named our creation “The Woods Mug”. The Woods Mug was designed for my wife who loves to drink her beverages from a mason jar and requested that I design a wooden handle for a leather sleeve she wanted to make. It took months to get the feel just right, but now she is quite happy sipping her coffee every morning next to me.

Our goods are made using a variety of wood species and leathers tanned in North America. We try to keep our waste to a minimum by being innovative with our product design and packaging.”  (chiselandhide.com/our-story)

6. Love Plus Design

Working exclusively with Alberta Suppliers 

For: the ladies who love sassy gifts 

Price: $

“Love Plus Design was established in 2010 after knowing its counterpart, Awespiring Weddings, could offer a better experience for its clients.

Love Plus Design’s main focus at that time was wedding stationery; since then it has expanded slowly to include various other events, products, and gifts.Being part of the local business community, it is important that Love Plus Design does its part in supporting, collaborating, and inspiring other local companies. We are proud to work exclusively with Alberta suppliers.” loveplusdesign.com

7. Lemon Butter Studios

Working exclusively with Alberta Suppliers 

For: Teachers, Secret Santa Gifts 

Price: $

A ceramic artist and maker from YYC. A gift from her shop is one-of-a-kind. Our favourite has to be her ceramic “herb markers” but her hand made flower pots, and kitchen goods also make great gifts. 

8. Support AlBEERta 

A list of Calgary Based Breweries to make Beer baskets 

For: The Beer Lovers / for those whom you’re not sure what to get











9. Support Alberta’s Second Fuel

A list of Calgary Based Roasters

For: The Coffee Lovers / for those whom you’re not sure what to get if they don’t like beer

@loftcoffeeco – DeWinton, Alberta










In 1977, Mark Blumes, formerly a retail executive for the Hudson’s Bay Company, opened Mark’s Work Wearhouse in Calgary, Alberta. After much success in the Calgary store, located in the southeast corner of Calgary at Centre Street and Glenmore Trail, Marks expanded Canada wide. The company has since been bought by Canadian Tire Corporation (a Toronto based company) but the Marks headquarters remains in Calgary, Alberta.

Sport Chek

Sport Chek is the only national big box sporting goods retailer in Canada, with it’s flagship store originally in Edmonton’s Londonderry Mall. In 2011, Canadian Tire bought Sport Chek’s parent company, FGL Sports. The Head Quarters remains in Calgary, Alberta.


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