How to Support Local Businesses Over the Holidays

Written By: Jessica Camara

It has been a difficult few months for everyone as we have had to adapt to the changing environment. The economic challenges due to COVID-19 have placed a great impact on local businesses. This is why it is important to encourage everyone to direct their holiday spending locally. Due to the government guidelines, many of us are not able to visit our friends and family over this holiday season. Shopping locally can help add a personalized touch to your gifts. The following are a few ways to support your favourite local businesses during this holiday season.  

Shop for Holiday Gift Sets

Shopping locally over the holiday season can add a unique twist to your gift ideas. The shops and boutiques in Calgary acquire niche products that you will not find at the big chain stores. Some businesses around the city have stocked up on special holiday items, making it is easy to find festive gifts that everyone is sure to love. The local businesses outlined below threw together some great holiday gift sets. 

Cocktail Kits

Craft beer market and Proof are providing cocktail kits available for online orders. These kits feature all of the necessary ingredients to handcraft these cocktails right from your home. 

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Gift Box

YYC collective has collaborated with local businesses all overCalgary and provided a platform to sell their products. Their online store allows customers to curate custom gift boxes with all of their favourite local items. 

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Purchase Gift Cards

Purchasing gift cards from local businesses is a great way to help out during this tough time. Gift cards for service type businesses can add a personal touch to the gift. Buying a gift card from a salon or spa is a great way to allow your friends and family to take a day to pamper themselves. Contribute to a hobby they are interested in or have always wanted to start. Many businesses have gift cards available to purchase online if you are unable to leave your household. Here are a few local services that would make a great gift. 

Music Lessons

Bow Lake Music has virtual gift cards available for an amount of your choosing. These will make a great gift to help anyone who has expressed interest in music lessons get started. 

Hair Salon

Ari & Blair is temporarily stopping services due to the new restrictions, but they have virtual gift cards available right on their website. 

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Put Together a Gift Basket

Putting a gift basket together can create a unique and memorable present for someone. Shop for all the things they love and add some of your favourite items to share with them. Creating a different theme for each basket will provide support to tons of local shops. The following are some ideas of what to include in the baskets. 


1905 Candle Co has a wide range of candles available making it easy to find the perfect scent. They added a few holiday and winter scents to their collection. 

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Coffee Beans or Coffee Accessories

Heritage Coffee has tons of coffee accessories and beans to choose from. If you are throwing together a few gift baskets you can purchase one of their sample boxes and add a sample or two into each basket. 

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Steeling Home has a wide range of unique holiday accessories. Adding an ornament with some personality can create a memory for someone each holiday season to follow. 

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Order online

Local businesses have expanded their online stores to adapt to the current shopping environment. For those that are not able to visit friends and family over the holiday season, you can order a gift online and have it delivered directly to them.  Some online stores allow personalized messages on the order and some stores even offer gift options with shipping. All of the businesses highlighted above have amazing online stores with an easy shopping experience. 

Calgary is filled with incredible locally owned businesses of all varieties. You can show some love to your fellow Calgarians this holiday season by turning to these businesses for all of your holiday gift needs. 

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