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The Ultimate Gift Guide to Local Shopping This Holiday

As the holiday season approaches, it can be stressful to find gifts for loved ones. Do not be afraid, Gateway is here with a holiday gift guide. The best part? This is a list of local suppliers and small Canadian businesses that you can support this holiday season! Not only will you check off your shopping list, but you may also feel good about supporting small business owners.

Unique gifts

Buy the chop

Just off Jasper Avenue, right here in Edmonton, Shop Chop has a range of fun and unique gifts ranging from fun mugs, cards for all occasions, self-shaped candles, tote bags, stickers, pins and jewelry. You can also find more traditional Christmas decorations such as decorative mini trees and ornaments. Shop Chop is the perfect place to stop by to stock Christmas items or gifts for everyone.

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Another photo from Shop Chop showing hanging items for home decor.
Victoria Nguyen

United by TMK

Edmonton’s newest local vendor shopping center recently opened at Kingsway Mall. Unite by TMK is a collaborative space allowing local suppliers to develop and develop at all stages of the business. With over 40 local vendors in one space, it’s easier than ever to support small businesses this holiday season at this one-stop shop. Customers can purchase clothing, candles, durable products such as beeswax wraps and reusable straws, soaps, home decor, delicious treats, and even fresh flowers.

Unite's front stand with fresh flowers
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The interior store of Unite.  Cabinets feature types of personal care items.
Victoria Nguyen

Majesty and friends

Located on 112 Ave., Majesty and Friends is a modern design boutique that features a selection of local and Canadian artists, designers and designers. You can find mugs, jewelry, pins and patches, stationery and more at this fun and vibrant shop.

Home / Lifestyle

Lot 34

Located on 118 avenue, lot 34 is home to unique and vintage pieces that are sure to spark conversation. With interesting decor pieces, books and knickknacks, this is a great place to discover for that homebody, vintage fanatic in your life.

Gifts and gadgets

As the name suggests, you can find freebies and gadgets at this independent business, located in Spruce Grove. The goodies include unique or hard-to-find kitchen items perfect for the home chef or the baker in your life.

Small plant shop

Located on Gateway Boulevard, this plant shop is the perfect place to boost someone’s plant addiction. A houseplant shop and terrarium supply store, you can find exotic plants as well as locally made items and botanically inspired decor such as pot holders and macrame pieces.

Books / Music / Media

Blackbyrd Myoozik

With locations in Edmonton (Whyte Avenue) and Calgary (17 Avenue), Blackbyrd Myoozik is an independent record store that has all the music essentials you need. From media like vinyl records and CDs to equipment like turntables and accessories, stop by this local business to find something for the audiophile in your life.

Edition variant

Check out this super cool comic book and graphic novel store located on Street 151. Whether you’re looking for an avid comic reader or just starting someone’s collection, Variant Edition is here to bring you your next favorite story.

Ascendant Books

With three locations, Ascendants Books offers books on astrology, dreams, and mediums that are not widely available in mainstream bookstores. Plus, it’s not just a bookstore – they also feature hand-picked crystals, jewelry, ornate statues, stylish clothing and decorations, candles, scented incense, tarot cards, and natural essential oils.

Fashion beauty

Pura Botanical

Located on 124 St., this independent business is a green beauty apothecary and perfume store. With an in-house production laboratory, all-natural skin care, body care, baby care and botanical scents are made and sold on site in a beautiful boutique. Each product is environmentally friendly, nutrient-dense, non-toxic, gluten-free and cruelty-free.

Lux Beauty Shop

Stop by this quirky apothecary devoted to hot, hard-to-find beauty brands beloved by celebrities, editors and beauty gurus this holiday season, located on 102 Avenue. With the ability to create a gift box or choose individual products by brand, this is a one-stop-shop for beauty lovers.

Quite whimsical

With five locations across Alberta, Pretty Whimsical puts the fun, eclectic and exciting vibe in your bath with a creative collection of quirky characters, shapes and unique bath products. Products include soaps and bath bombs. Check out this store for fun gift ideas!

Workshops / Courses

4 cats art studio

This studio offers art classes, workshops and parties. It is the perfect gift for your artist friends or those who want to learn. Classes range from cup making, clay working, watercolor painting and more.

Fern Craft School

This studio offers a variety of textile workshops including weaving, rug hooking, needling, embroidery, knitting, sashiko, indigo, shibori, natural dyeing, block printing, l eco-printing, bundle dyeing, fabric marbling and basket weaving.

Laurel is on Whyte

With classes and workshops available to learn how to design with fresh flowers to start your own business, or how to make centerpieces and terrariums, Laurel’s on Whyte has options for the green thumb in your life!

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