With literally only a few shopping days to go before Christmas, we are here to help with a few last-minute gift ideas. It is quite extraordinary; the variety of unique Made-In-The-Cool-Little-Towns gift options that can be found right here on Calgary’s Doorstep!
Here are some fun ideas from the artistic to the unusual….
Who doesn’t love a little glitter and glam for Christmas? Find something for the home, for her, and a something for yourself too!
Hand-blown glass ornaments and workshops:
- Firebrand Glass Studio, Black Diamond
- Okotoks Hot Glass Studio, Okotoks
- Suncatchers Design Studio, Bragg Creek
- Mosaic Art & Gift Gallery, Nanton
Engraved or custom designed jewelry:
and for a mishmash of locally made bangles and bobs check out these little gems:
- White Bull Clothing Co – High River
- Crabapple Cottage Clothing – Bragg Creek
- Branch Market & Studio – Black Diamond
- Created – Okotoks
- One of a Kind Art & Gift Gallery – Bragg Creek
- My Favourite Store – Bragg Creek
Get your family or loved one moving by trying something new How about a gift certificate from…..
- Guided hikes, cross country skiing, edible plant walks, Full Circle Adventures
- Fat Tire Bike will just about anywhere – Wheel Life Cyclery, Smack Cycles and 22x, Bragg Creek
- Golf Course games, swag or clubs, Nanton Golf Club, Highwood Golf Club, Turner Valley Golf Club, D’arcy Ranch Golf Club, Crystal Ridge Golf Club, River’s Edge
- Curling clubs in Okotoks, High River, Black Diamond
- White water rafting, Inside Out Experience, Bragg Creek
- Trailrides to sleigh rides – Moose Mountain Horseback Adventures, Bragg Creek
- Yoga & Mindfulness – Inspirit Yoga – High River, Yogadown – Okotoks, The Nest – Okotoks, Simply Yoga – Okotoks, The Heart of Bragg Creek – Bragg Creek
Our local wineries and craft distilleries and roasters will life your holiday with warmth & spirits.
- Try “Gin Rummy” straight up or in egg nog, Eau Claire Distillery, Turner Valley
- Get spicy and sweet in one bottle: Honey Meads, Chinook Honey Company, Okotoks
- Or a fruit and honey mead, Spirit Hills Winery, Millarville
- To get you started in the morning – fresh roasted coffee delivered to your door, Crickle Creek. & Fresh brew at Home Ground Coffee & Roasting House- Okotoks, Rebel Bean Roasters – Okotoks, Roast Coffee & Tea – Bragg Creek …. or if a fabulous blend of looseleaf Tea is more to your liking try TeaZehri in Nanton
From framing a holiday treasure to finding something uniquely one-of-a kind, these places have ideas!
- Original local artists & Studios: Pikes Studio Pottery and Metalworks – High River, Art and Soul Studio Gallery – High River, Leighton Centre – Millarville, Lineham House Galleries – Okotoks, The Lost American Art Gallery – Longview Bluerock Gallery – Black Diamond, Little Monkey Metalworks – MD of Foothills, Evanescence Art Gallery & Studio – High River
The breathtaking scenery and deep traditions of ranch life in the foothills surrounding our Cool Little Towns has inspired the beautiful and authentic work of many local craftspeople and artists whose work is collected around the world…
- Handmade Leather belts made on site at Longview Leather – Longview
- What says western better than authentic Alberta jerky from The Longview Jerky Shop – Longview
- See the inspired works of western artist Bernie Brown at the Boothill Gallery – Okotoks
- Saddles, Chaps, Bags & Such – Eamor’s Saddlery – Nanton
- Custom Belt Buckles – Olson Silver Company – High River
- Artisan Blacksmithing by Martin Reinhard, Willow Creek Forge – Nanton
- Did you know the popular TV series Heartland is filmed in and around High River – and did you know you can find genuine High River Home of Heartland merchandise at Walker’s Western Wear
- And for the cowboy in your life who has everything – perhaps a one of a kind Cigar Box Guitar from Soul Seekers Cigar Box Guitars at Eamor’s Saddlery in Nanton will put a song in their heart.
We could literally go on and on! There are so many nooks and crannies to explore that if you don’t have time to visit these great places before Christmas, keep this list handy for your ABC (anniversary – birthday – Christmas) list for 2018 or part of a Sunday drive.
City Sidewalks… busy sidewalks…. Not in our Cool Little Towns on Calgary’s Doorstep!!! Skip the holiday crowds and enjoy your holiday shopping with us this year