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Shop Local YYC Holiday Gift Guide

Updated: Nov 13, 2020

Shop local this festive season! With the holidays fast approaching it is the perfect time to consider buying from a local retailer. It means so much to the artists, makers and creators every time you decide to keep your money in the community by supporting their small business!

4 Reasons to shop local:

1. Local Economic Stimulus. When you purchase at locally owned businesses rather than nationally or internationally owned, more money is kept in the community because locally-owned businesses often purchase from other local businesses, service providers and wholesalers. Purchasing local helps grow other businesses and supports the families that are working on building their dream!

2. Environmental Impact Is Reduced. Small local businesses usually set up shop at markets, store fronts or online, providing a centralized variety that is much friendlier than overly crowded retailers and shopping malls. This generally means more sustainability and contributing less to mass consumerism, environmental impact and pollution.

3. One-of-a-Kind Products! Small businesses carry unique products and services that you won’t find anywhere else. When you shop at a chain store, any product you buy, hundreds of others will have it.

4. Personalized Service. A small business owner is going to go the extra mile to make you happy. Local businesses are owned by your neighbours and friends, they care about you and are invested in the well-being of your community and its future!

Local Artists & Small Businesses in Calgary:

The following list contains products from local artists, makers and small businesses that are independently own, female-run and certainly worth checking out. Each one offers something different and unique for everybody on your gift-giving list!

Carefully crafted gifts to support holistic health, spiritual wellness, ritual work & personal magick!

The Alchemy of Natural Home Fragrance + Self Love Skin Care

Handmade taxidermy and entomology art pieces made with ethically sourced materials in YYC. Alternative home decor items for your oddity collection.

Just a crafty mom in a big world! Trying to create pieces of art while I parent, climb and try all the things!

Hair that makes you feel like yourself. 🔮

I love lived-in colours, haircuts with movement, and soft effortless styles.

Recycle and upcycle. Turning the old and ordinary into new and extraordinary! I'm a crafter who tries to see the potential in everything.

Shop MADE provides a platform for diverse entrepreneurs, highlighting local artisans.

Hand made fiber art.

Creating pretty little knots for your home.

If you want it, I’ll knot it!

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