This year the Calgary Farmers’ Market will be open TWO extra days for all your holiday shopping needs! Our extended holiday hours include Monday, December 22 and Tuesday December 23 (9:00am – 5:00pm).
Take advantage of these extra days to pick up last minute ingredients for holiday entertaining and of course, gifts! There always seems to be a few that get left until the last minute, but don’t worry because the market has gift ideas for everyone on your list!
For the Kids
The market is a great place to shop for unique gifts for the little ones. Wild Things Baby Stuff has a great selection of knits, toys and accessories for babies and kids. They have beautiful handcrafted wooden toys and great (handmade out of recycled materials in Canada) hand puppets! You can even purchase a kit to make your own.
Berit Havre Designs has a plethora of toques, mitts and other cozy clothes, but the holiday favourite is definitively their extensive line of custom sock monkeys! Stop in to see them all. Canadian Comforts has some wonderful baby products made out of bamboo. The material is so soft and just perfect for the smallest people in your life.
D’Alpaca Peru is a great place to look for some colourful kid gifts. From hand woven sweaters to games, colouring pencils and jewelry, you’re sure to find something unique here. Did we mention the beautiful Dream Catchers?
And finally for the kids, big and small, in your life, Cribbage Works has a great selection of (you guessed it) crib boards, but also puzzles (for adults, kids or families), educational games and craft kits. These gifts are great because they include the gift of time spent with loved ones.
For the Parties
The market is absolutely the best place to stop if you’re heading to a holiday party this season. From potlucks to cocktail parties, we’ve got what you need.
Pick up some fruit wine from Field Stone Fruit Wines the next time you head out the door – they make wonderful host gifts. You can also mix up a great, festive cocktail with these wines! Going Nuts has great mixed nut trays to put out for guests, or try some crowd-pleasing dips from Stock and Sauce.
If you’re in need of a sweeter surprise, there is no shortage at the market! Papa Chocolat is the place to go for chocolate goodies. Also, try some delicacies from Orchid Pastry, cookies from Yum Bakery or homemade fudge from A Taste of Quebec , and that’s just the tip of the iceberg.
Other great host gifts to really impress include gift packs from Soffritto, spices from the Silk Road or even some specialty honey from Beeland! The possibilities are endless.
For the “I-have-no-idea-what-to-get-them’s”
You really can’t go wrong with the gift of food, and many of our vendors will package up a beautiful gift basket for the hard-to-shop-for person in your life. Pick up a basket from TotaliTea, Innisfail Growers, or Saskatoon Farm this season!
If you’re going to make your own basket, be sure to check out all the delicious goodies at La Cucina or Fresh Delicious.
For the Stocking
Sometimes stocking stuffers can be the best gifts. You know what they say about small packages! A great place to start looking for stocking fillers is Eden Essentials.
TotaliTea has some great tea-infused lip balms. Beeland has lip balms too, and some amazing beeswax candles. If you stop by Jolly Goods Candy Stop, you’ll be sure to find some great goodies. Papa Chocolat has some great items for stockings too.
Don’t forget about the beef jerky! A classic stocking stuffer – and we’ve got four different kinds! So many to choose from, but whether it’s from Longview Jerky Shop (beef jerky), Silver Sage (beef jerky), Wapiti Ways (elk jerky) or Olson’s High Country Bison (bison jerky) – you can definitely get jerky at the market.
For Someone Special
Nothing is harder than shopping for your significant other. We would recommend checking out Stillwater Designs for that perfect piece of jewelry (or clothing!) for her.
Art C Creations has some amazing hand-painted glassware, and cute wine accessories to go with it!
Knifewear is definitely the place to go when shopping for the man in your life. Beautiful knives are always a great gift, and they’ve also got a full line of shaving tools and accessories.
A gift you and your loved one can both enjoy – some beautiful bamboo sheets or new bamboo pillows from Canadian Comfort!
Don’t forget about our wonderful art selections at the market as well. Pick up a piece from Artistically Inclined, or a photograph from Ursula Krol Photography to really impress that special someone.
These gift ideas hardly scratch the surface of the amazing selection of products that our vendors have to offer! Make the Calgary Farmers’ Market your one-stop-shop this holiday season; you won’t regret it!
Wishing you a Merry Christmas and happy holiday season from everyone at the Calgary Farmers’ Market!
***Remember, we will be closed from December 24th – January 7th, reopening for regular hours on Thursday, January 8th, 2015. See you in the new year!