Looking to give some local gifts this year? We are big fans of supporting local, especially when some of our amazing clients are in the mix! There are a lot of awesome, local places where you can pick up some great gifts this year. If you’re looking for something unique that fits outside the realm of a typical gift, check out this list:
For the music lover
Enjoy a musical night out with tickets to see Chronos Vocal Ensemble. Chronos is an Edmonton-based vocal choir that provides a beautiful and vibrant experience to its audience. Chronos offers both online and in-person performances, so there’s a musical experience to fit every comfort level.
Chronos is a Sonder client.
For the family
Give a deeper look into someone’s ancestry and family story with Dorosh Heritage Tours. Specializing in genealogy research and customized tours in Ukraine, Poland, and Slovakia, Dorosh helps clients discover their European heritage and learn more about their family roots. For those who are interested in experiencing Ukrainian culture, Dorosh offers custom cultural tours that share Ukrainian traditions, lifestyle, dancing, food, and more.
Dorosh is a Sonder client.
For the coffee connoisseur
Know someone who is always on the hunt for the next best brew? The Grizzlar Coffee & Records is a sustainable coffee roaster located in downtown Edmonton. Their delicious selection of coffee, chocolate, and tea makes a perfect flavourful gift. They also have some pretty cool apparel to pair with your purchase. For a more experience-based gift, treat someone on your list to a hot coffee while you relax in their cool and comfortable cafe.
For the homebody
It’s important to have a space that looks and feels like home. A gift from Plum Home & Design is sure to make a house feel like a home with its beautiful selection of home goods, interior design services, and more. Plum also has a wide selection of other gift items such as jewellery and accessories, bath and beauty products, antique items, apparel, books, toys, and more.
Plum is a Sonder client.
For the giver
For the selfless giver on your list, consider donating to a charitable cause in their name, or volunteering your time. There are plenty of great organizations and non-profits in the city that are doing important work for the community and would benefit from your support. We encourage you to choose one that best aligns with a cause that is close to the donator’s heart. If you aren’t sure where to donate, WIN House and a Safe Place are excellent choices. Both organizations provide emergency services and shelter for women and children who are domestic abuse survivors.
Win House and a Safe Place are Sonder clients.
For the sweet tooth
We never met a cookie we didn’t like, and we think that statement holds true for most people. For a tasty treat that’s sure to please, we recommend a batch of cookies from Bloom Cookie Co. Bloom’s cookies are free from dairy, eggs, and nuts and are 100% vegan, making them the perfect gift for everyone on your list.
For the city enthusiast
Some people prefer experiences over tangible items as a gift. For the person on your list who is always looking to try new local restaurants and loves YEG adventures, check out Edmonton-based blogger and social media specialist, Linda Hoang’s website. Linda shares tons of information on where to go, where to eat, and fun things to do, including a full list of Instagramabble walls to inspire the influencer on your Christmas list. (PS – if you’ll be travelling outside of Edmonton for the holiday season, check out some of Linda’s other guides for food and travel around the world).
Linda Hoang is a Sonder client.
For the sustainable fashionista
Unbelts offers a wide array of durable, ethically made belts for bodies of every size. They are designed to make customers feel great in their jeans while creating quality jobs for those at the beginning of their supply chain. In addition to stylish belts, Unbelts also offers a variety of face masks and accessories that make great stocking stuffers. You can also take comfort in knowing you are purchasing from a company that is dedicated to a better planet. Unbelts donates 1% of their annual revenue to non- or not-for-profit organizations that have been verified to be taking positive action towards environmental sustainability.
Unbelts is a Sonder client.
For the foodie
If food is their love language (us too) we have a couple of local favourites they’re sure to enjoy. For those who prefer going out to eat, treat them to a meal at RGE RD or buy them a gift certificate! For those who prefer to cook up their own dish, check out the Butchery by RGE RD for a tasty selection of freshly cut meats.
For the bride-to-be
The White Gallery is a luxury, boutique bridal boutique that offers unique, beautiful wedding gowns that suit every bride. If someone on your list is getting married, help them find the perfect wedding dress by booking them a private appointment at the White Gallery. Each dress is hand-selected with the bride-to-be in mind, considering their unique style while upholding quality, craftsmanship, and responsible production.
The White Gallery is a Sonder client.
For the Homeowner
If you know someone who loves forward-thinking tech for their home, consider getting them a state-of-the-art home automation system from Peak Lifestyles. Based out of Calgary (we’re still going to consider them Alberta local), Peak’s home automation systems allow users to easily navigate and control their homes with the simple click of a button. They also offer custom packages that are tailored to fit the needs of each household.
Peak is a Sonder client.
For the natural-product enthusiast
For those who love filling their home with natural handcrafted items, Northworx offers a variety of home goods that are high quality and 100% Canadian. The four facets of the company offer a selection of unique gifts options. Choose from artisan soaps, wooden products, trivets, soap dishes, and other home goods. All of Northworx’s products are handmade in Edmonton by a local artisan. They make great additions to any home, spa or hotel!
Northworx is a Sonder client.
For the small business owner
If you have a small business owner on your list who is looking to boost their revenue, we recommend checking out Brighter Digital. They are SEO (Search Engine Optimization) experts who help small businesses gain business and revenue through local search and targeted digital advertising. They will also track and report on key metrics, keeping clients informed of their online performance.
Brighter Digital is a Sonder client.
For the artist
Shopping for an art lover? SNAP (The Society of Northern Alberta Print-artists) is a not-for-profit, artist-run centre that offers a variety of exciting printmaking classes, programs, and events, and more. If you’re shopping for more of an art supporter rather than an art creator, shop through hundreds of their limited-edition print options.
SNAP is a Sonder client.
For the boutique shopper
For a selection of fun and festive gifts, check out Shop Chop. They have a wide selection of home goods, plants and pots, jewellery and accessories, cards, puzzles and games, and more.
Whatever you do this holiday season, we hope you are safe, happy, and get to spend time with the ones you love. Happy holidays, from the Sonder team!