Tips for Shopping Local

Buying locally not only helps build a vibrant community, but locally made and sourced items feel extra special and can be a great way to show someone through your gift that they are seen and that you care about them.

Admittedly, it can be hard to know where to get started if you're wanting to shop local. Sometimes the ease of a quick online search or a big box store is what's feasible. That being said, you might be trying to shop local this holiday season, or you'd like to shift your year-round buying habits - and it might feel like to need to put on your detective hat to find those LED strip light adapters locally (this was last week's challenge!).

We've pulled together some suggestions and resources on how you can find new ways to nurture your local business community. We've got one list to get you thinking outside the box, and one list of online resources to help you find unique and meaningful gifts. Happy giving!

  • Hit up your local refilleries and boutiques- they often carry local goods in addition to all kinds of sustainable goodies. Open google and search refillery + your location. Here are some places for our YYC readers
    • I was excited to pick up some goodies from Without Co. for my husband's stocking... and some things for me! This beautiful shop is in Mission tucked just off of 4th street behind One Cycle.
    • I just recently came across The Grinning Goat, a vegan boutique. They have a robust online shop and a brick-and-mortar store on 17th avenue. 
  • Think about your local distilleries, breweries, bakeries and coffee roasteries for stocking stuffers, or to make a special drink for yourself this holiday season
    • Confluence Distilling is based in Calgary and has been spotted at Calgary Co-op Liquor!
    • There are way too many local breweries to choose from - I'm recommending you take a look at this Visit Calgary Beer Map!
    • It's great to give the gift of baking - but sometimes we don't always have the energy. Why not support a local bakery or patisserie like Yann's Haute Patisserie for some authentic French pastries *YAY!* They even have a small frozen section with plant-based croissants and petit pain au chocolat! (tested and approved by us!)
    • Heritage Roasting Company has some tasty roasts available for purchase AND they plant a tree for every cup of coffee purchased!

Online Resources to Shop Local Across Alberta and Canada

  • Check out the vendors from local markets that have moved online to find local makers, like Malou :)
  • Not Amazon  - hosts a page of small businesses for Calgary, Halifax, Vancouver, and Toronto. Once you go to the page for your city of choice, you can sort  through the vendors by category and navigate right to their webpage.
  •  ATB Marketplace - online marketplace of vendors in Alberta
  • Shop Local Canada  - search by location and category to look through Shop Local's member list
  • Put those Instagram contests to good use! You've followed the brands, now go and check them out for possible gifts (or for yourself hehe). 


Happy gifting!

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