Shop Local for the Holidays

As promised, here is our SHOP LOCAL for the HOLIDAYS gift guide!

We are heading towards the end of November people, which means your holiday shopping should be somewhere on your radar, if you haven’t started yet. Danni and I find that the Mojo and Moxie holiday gift guides are MOST REQUESTED – so this year we are gifting YOU with not just one – but two super unique guides to help you on your way…

If you missed it – we started November off with a bang with our 2020 Gift Guide for Teen and Young Adult Girls. Of course, with the introduction of that – we got the usual requests for gift ideas for teen boys, husbands, and just general uniqueness…

Well – this year we felt compelled to create a “Shop Local” list of some of our fav. shops here in YYC. Our local businesses need us terribly right now, and we want to support them, and a thriving economy in our hometown.

If you don’t live in Calgary – don’t panic – many of the retailers we’ve mentioned below have fantastic online stores AND the benefit of shopping with a small business is that if you give them a call – they are more than likely to have support, advice, and products you need and will get them to you with a smile.

Of course, this list is just a sampling of some of the great businesses we have had the pleasure of checking out this year, but nevertheless a helpful start for your holiday shopping….


I know many of us are looking for fun stocking stuffers for our young adult children or husbands. This is always a tough one, right?

We thought Crystal’s “Mama” line of hot sauces and her super unique salt rims (for the perfect Caesar) would be a perfect stocking addition or a special item to include in a lovingly prepared gift basket for a friend. Crystal’s sauces are made with locally sourced ingredients, no additives or preservatives, and zero added sugars.

shop local for the holidays

CRYSTAL’S products can be found at various retailers around YYC or shop their website.

SHOP HERE: Crystals Cans Company


The fashionista sisters of Era Style Loft will help you pick out the perfect gift for any woman on your list this year. Era has two locations in Calgary – one downtown on 17th Ave and the other (new addition!) in Aspen Landing. This upscale women’s boutique features popular brands such as Ba&sh, Anine BIng and MOTHER Denim, as well as beautiful jewelry, footwear and a gorgeous line of “Prosecco” scented body products. Have them create the perfect gift box for you in person, or check out their newly re-vamped online store for delivery right to your door.

VIsit Era: 917 17th Ave SW Calgary OR 122-326 Aspen Glen Landing Calgary



We love this men’s store in YYC cause it’s much cooler than we are 🙂 and we always find so many fun items for all the guys on our list. Stuff For Him features unique bar items, books, clothing, and grooming items in all different price ranges. We love the vibe – and the fact that they have a great online presence as well.

Visit Stuff for Him at 709 11th Ave SW




This mother daughter duo creates all sorts of luxurious skincare that are waterless, natural and preservative free. Our ULTIMATE FAVE is the oh so amazing, MAGIC BALM. If you live in YYC you know the dry air is a nightmare for your lips. Their MAGIC BALM is literally THE lip saver and another perfect stocking stuffer for anyone in your family.



Did you know you can buy the Worlds Best Boxer’s right here in Calgary?

Devon and Lang have the BEST most comfy boxer’s out there – perfect for long runs, or just long days. Since I’m not a guy (!) I don’t get the whole “pouch comfort” thing, but I’m going to take my hubby’s word for it and say it’s pretty important. This year every male in the house is getting a few of these gems. Love the colours, and love that they are local.

shop local for the holidaysDevon and Lang



I think of this shop as all things feminine and beautiful. Cinder and Sage features beautiful jewelry, unique hair accessories, and special travel cases and bags just to get you started. We also love their unique Christmas ornaments and fun home goods.

Cinder and Sage has a beautiful little loft location as well as an online store for your shopping convenience.

Find Cinder and Sage at :

2107B 4th Street SW, Calgary, AB (Located above 4th Street Pizza, between OneCycle & Frilly Lilly.)



Another local venture we love and came across at the Peak to Prairie Market a couple of weeks ago. I couldn’t resist buying a hat for a certain someone on my list who is way cooler than me but I always seem to find the perfect gift for. Love these hats created by another fantastic YYC entrepreneur. If you’ve got university or high school aged boys… think about adding one of these hats to their stocking.



I came across Penny Fausta while visiting another local business in the area and I am now hooked. In its very basic-ness Penny Fausta is a pharmacy. But this is not your neighbourhood Shoppers. Penny Fausta is stocked with all sorts of wonderfully unique items thoughtfully curated and displayed.

I love this place. While you can get all of your standard “drug store” fare – Penny Fausta makes going to pick up your prescriptions an adventure. I dare say you could fill quite a few stockings here alone…

Visit Penny Fausta:

217 – 19 St NW Calgary, AB



OMG – are you not just dying to try one of those cool Hot Chocolate Balls that everyone is making these days? Well – we’ve got you covered with our fav local chocolate shop. This Christmas they’ve got delicious chocolate goodies as usual (their Advent Calendars are already completely sold out for the season) – but they’ve also created the sought after Hot Chocolate snowball. You can’t tell me you don’t want one?

Visit The Chocolate Lab:

#4, 21 Highfield Cir. SE
Calgary, AB



Esmé has long been my fav place for the perfect mani / pedi, a spray tan or relaxing facial. Now with two locations here in Calgary, you can treat a special someone to the gift of beauty with a gift card, or holistic beauty products. Esmé is such a welcoming, non threatening environment and they take great care in ensuring all of their clients feel safe and protected while enjoying their treatments.

shop local for the holidays

Visit Esmé Beauty:

17th Ave Location: 825 17 AVE SW

RAMSAY Location: 9- 1020 11ST SE, CALGARY


Writing a list of all the places Danni and I love in YYC was pretty hard. There are so many wonderful, creative small businesses here in Calgary we couldn’t possibly list ALL of our favorites. The one thing I think we all recognize this year is that it is more important than ever to SHOP LOCAL. Let’s get out there – or “google” small businesses in YYC and shop online from these local businesses. They need us now more than ever – and if we want Calgary to stay vibrant and entrepreneurial, we need to show them some love!

Wishing you happy holiday shopping and feel free to comment below on some of your own personal favs!



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