Our guide to local holiday gifts, focusing on decoration, textiles and workshops

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One of the most satisfying ways to tackle monoculture and keep a city exciting is to shop locally, and Edmonton businesses certainly appreciate your support, especially in this month that is their year.

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For those of you who are finishing your holiday shopping and looking for local suggestions, let us help you! Our latest gift guide of the season is a wide mix of lifestyle, fashion and home decor ideas in addition to our already posted targeted suggestions for books, food and local art, so we hope that it will help you. All aboard!

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Clo’s General Leather Co. (10047 80 Ave.): The smell of this place alone is worth seeing. Bags, wallets, belts, pet accessories, locally made leather care products – whatever you want. Sweet origin story too. “I was looking for a belt and a wallet and couldn’t find one in town here that I really liked,” says owner Kyle Closen, so he went to a local leather store, picked up some tools, and the rest is history. What you get here is a gift that will last, too.

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Custom crosswords : As personal as it sounds, a personalized crossword puzzle could hardly be a more personal, thoughtful gift. You provide the clues, answers and even a fancy headline if you want – the automated robot does the rest at printablecrosswordmaker.com . And it’s free too, unless you’re counting your precious time. Make sure you hit ‘create crossword’, PS, instead of the big green ‘start’ button.

Edmonton Holiday Gift Book : Simple, local, and a perfect way to hand out gift cards like you’re a seasoned poker dealer. Ten $ 20 gift cards from Adewunmi Skincare, Fleisch Delicatessen, Glass Bookshop, Hideout Distro (see below), Kind Ice Cream, Lot 34, Maven & Grace, Show Shine Shack, Sugared and Spiced and Take Care. Order at ygholidaygiftbook.com , then pick it up at the Glass Bookshop at 10242 106 St.

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The Edmonton Holiday Gift Book supports ten local businesses, with a $ 20 gift certificate from each.
The Edmonton Holiday Gift Book supports ten local businesses, with a $ 20 gift certificate from each. Photo provided

Fern Craft School (10350 122 St.): “Workshops for the semi-serious craftsman”, this textile workshop school teaches weaving, rug hooking, perforation, embroidery, knitting, sashiko, indigo, shibori, natural dyeing, block printing, bundle dyeing, fabric marbling and – yes – that old standard, basketry. They also carry supplies. In-person hours: 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday at the above address, and the full list of workshops is at fernschoolofcraft.com . $ 65 to $ 315, depending on the medium.

Grindstone course (10019 81 Ave.): The emerging superstar venue of the local theater scene also offers classes year round! These include – take a deep breath – Dance Combo, Intro to Improv, Musical Improv, Stand Up, Sketch Writing, Burlesque, Intro to Acting – each 275 / two months – and a kids / teens Drama Discovery class ($ 230), a kind of catch-all that explores stage awareness, character development and improvisation for the little party animal in your life. All the details on theatremeule.ca .

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Stash distro (12407 108 Ave.): Along with a wonderful gallery of cool art prints, the truly hip 124 St. Hideout features a unique selection of incense, calendars, cushions, concrete coasters, shirts and Flannel Foxes toques. , must-have Nasarimba artist shirts, and even local magazines, tapes, and stickers. And all of this is at least indie, if not local. You will find something here, do not hesitate, and dogs are welcome!

Hot stone spa (13075 156 St.): Open seven days a week, this is specifically the banya – Russian bath side – things I push here, a tradition dating back to at least the 1800s, including the hot bucket shower (you shoot on the rope), hot stone sauna and venik platza – fight (or another) with a paddle of healing oak leaves. Oh, besides the herbal tea! What to say except that it is incredible. $ 95 / hr for up to eight people; $ 150 / two “romantic” hours.

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The Essentials of Mother Earth (12316 111 Ave.): Cree medicine woman Carrie Armstrong founded this company to “share nature-inspired teachings rooted in the sacred plants of the Medicine Wheel.” A companion to her best-selling book, Mother Earth Plants for Health & Beauty: Indigenous Plants, Traditions and Recipes, her in-person store offers tea, handmade soaps, essential oils, hair care, and various herbal preparations and concoctions. base of cedar, sage, sweet grass and tobacco. The prices are really reasonable, starting at $ 2.50 for a bar of cedar soap.

Pet love : For the person who categorically refuses a gift, so much the better for them. But please donate to an animal welfare organization on their behalf. Some suggestions: Senior Animal Rescue ARTS , Little lost cats , Second chance! Animal rescue society and Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society .

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Printed with love : You might have noticed that this is the future – there are even flying cars now – so why not get something 3D printed for the one you love the most? That “one” might just be a plant, which is totally cool, and the trellises and pots of body positivity and hexagonal plants are especially interesting. Super cheap too, starting at $ 6 – local Edmonton pickup available once you order. Find them on Etsy.com , search for “printed with love YEG”.

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Some of Printed with Love’s body positivity articles. Photo provided

Whyte knight/Mars and Venus (10326 82 Ave.): Several times I have replied “where can I get my kid an old transformer” or “Star Wars figure” with the reliable Whyte Knight, really the last bizarre emporium of 82 Avenue de la organized pop culture madness, from 1950s comics and Atari cartridges to the first edition of Magic the Gathering cards. And, of course, a bunch of vintage Dungeons & Dragons supplies. Downstairs, Mars & Venus is also chock-full of everything witchy, punk-horror-y, and custom-sock-y (e.g. Mister Rogers, George Takei, Pickle Rick). Lots of locally made fashion too – just ask.

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Vivid print (10342 82 Ave.): Just down “the avenue”, last stop on our journey for total gift shopping satisfaction! Along with a selection of great prints from local artists including co-owner Bee Wealand, Vivid sells prints of old maps of Old Strathcona and baby Edmonton, historic photographs, and metal signs including Yellowhead Trail for you. don’t have to “release” one! Conveniently divided into “YEG”, “cozy cabin” and “city lover” at viveprint.ca , it is always better to pass. They frame too, so if you want a really cool job I can vouch for them 100%. But hurry, comrade flâneur, time is running out!

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