Wish Book 2022

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Wish Book

This is our third annual Wish Book, and we’re excited to show even more support for Edmonton shops, talented artists, and local non-profit organizations doing big, important community work this time of year.

Our popular, curated gift guides feature over 90 of our favourite finds from local boutiques and makers, ranging from books and toys to one-ofa-kind treasures. We wanted to roundup the best for those hard-to-buy-for people on your list especially, but we can guarantee you’ll want some of these products for yourself. (I mean—I’ve already bought some, too!)

We also hope this spirit of giving extends to community care, and we shine a light on several essential non-profits working hard to make this city a more accessible, helpful place. There are many ways to show support this holiday season, including online donations, magical events, and even incredible gifts that share proceeds.

We have many reasons to celebrate this year—and you’re one of them. Thank you all for the ongoing support and interest, not only for us, but for Edmonton as a whole. Let’s explore, taste, shop, cheer, laugh, drink, and celebrate our way into the new year together. Happy holidays!

It is possible that items may sell out or become unavailable during the run of this issue. While we cannot guarantee the selection and stock, we are confident that the shops featured will have even more incredible products to browse.

Wish Book

November/December 2022

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Welcome back, friends!
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Contents IN THIS ISSUE From Edmonton Makers For Foodies For Nature Lovers Gifts that Keep Giving For the Kiddos For Hobbying New & Old 13 19 25 31 37 43 Gift Guides Spotlights HOLIDAY CHEER Choose Your Own Celebration Cocktail Recipe and Q&A with Global Bartender of the Year Easy Holiday Recipes How To Keep Your Christmas Tree Fresh Our Holiday Spotify Playlist ESSENTIAL NON-PROFITS Edmonton’s Food Bank & Helpful Holiday Events Bent Arrow Traditional Healing Centre STARS Ambulance YEG Express for Santas Anonymous Christmas Bureau 9 22 34 46 47 16 28 29 36 40 PHOTOS: ADOBE STOCK Wish Book 2022 5
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Choose Your Own Celebration

December is a season for celebration! Many backgrounds and religions make up Canada’s rich cultural tapestry. Read more about some of the vibrant celebrations taking place this season.

Santa Lucia Day

December 13

Celebrated mostly in Scandinavia and Italy, this day commemorates the Christian Saint Lucia, who dedicated her life to supporting the poor and needy and is said to be one of Christianity’s first martyrs. Santa Lucia Day typically begins with a procession led by an individual wearing a white dress, red sash, and a crown of candles. Participants also sing traditional songs and share a feast of coffee and baked goods with family and guests!

Las Posadas

December 16–24

A religious festival celebrated in Mexico, parts of Latin America, and the United States, Las Posadas celebrates the journey that Joseph and Mary made from Nazareth to Bethlehem in search of an inn for Jesus’s birth. It often begins with a procession of community members and musicians re-enacting this key moment. For nine nights, the group stops at a new house or church, where they are eventually recognized and allowed in. Here, the group prays, sings carols, and breaks open star-shaped piñatas.

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December 18–26

Observed for eight days and eight nights, this Jewish festival of light commemorates the restoration of a temple in Jerusalem after the defeat of the Syrian Greeks. Every night, individuals light a candle on the menorah and celebrate by singing songs, playing the game of dreidel, and sharing food. Dishes, like latkes and the jelly-filled sufganiyot, are often fried in oil which serves as a symbol for the oil of the candelabra used to rededicate the Maccabees’ temple.

Winter Solstice

December 21

Also known as Yule, this is one of the oldest holiday traditions in the world! Traditionally celebrated on the shortest day of the year, this festival encourages people to reflect on the past and prepare for the year to come. Mistletoe and yule logs were used to symbolize life alongside decorations of holly and evergreen. Participants also take part in feasts and gift-giving. Sound familiar? Many currentday Christmas traditions were borrowed from Yule.


December 25

Christmas is celebrated all over the world in tons of different ways, with both secular and Christian traditions. There are Christmas markets in Germany, carp for dinner in Slovakia, and light festivals in the Philippines and Singapore. As the holiday commemorates the birth of Jesus Christ, many families attend church services and display nativity sets. In Canada, it’s the only holiday of the season recognized as a federal statutory holiday, and popular traditions include gift-giving, carolling, light displays, an indoor decorated tree, and family feasts.


December 26–January 1

First celebrated in 1966, Kwanzaa was created by activist Maulana Karenga and is based on traditional African harvest festivals. Even the name, which comes from the Swahili phrase ‘matunda ya kwanza,’ honours these ‘first fruit’ celebrations. Intended to celebrate African-American culture and traditions, this holiday highlights key principles like creativity, faith, and self-determination. There’s a lot of variety in how families celebrate Kwanzaa, but festivities typically include African drumming, storytelling, singing, dancing, and sharing a large meal.

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New Year’s Eve

December 31

Whether you believe in resolutions or not, New Year’s Eve in the Gregorian calendar is a chance to reflect on the past year and ring in the new one surrounded by loved ones. While many Canadians celebrate New Year’s Eve with fireworks, champagne, and kisses, there’s tons of unique traditions from all over the world. In Spain they eat 12 grapes, in Denmark they smash plates, and in Greece they hang onions on their doorways!


December 31

A traditional Japanese celebration that marks the final day of the year, Ō a day where individuals prepare to welcome the deity Toshigami-sama into their homes. Activities usually consist of cleaning and placing decorations around the house. Families also eat a dish of soba noodles called toshikoshi, which represents a long life. This is a spiritual day for many Japanese people, so they often visit Shinto shrines around midnight.


December 31

This Scottish New Year celebration is derived from the Norse and Gaelic winter solstice and involves singing, exchanging gifts, and sharing delicious food. A major custom for this holiday is ‘first-footing,’ where individuals cross the threshold of a friend or neighbour’s house with the intention of bringing them good luck. Scotland’s capital, Edinburgh, hosts a famous Hogmanay street party every year and welcomes visitors from all over the world!

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Edmonton Makers Gifts from

Edmonton and the Greater Area is stocked with gifted (no pun intended) makers, crafters, and artists. While some sell their wares in local boutiques, others cater to the farmers’ market crowds, Instagram followings, or wordof-mouth. And we’re word-of-mouthing our butts off for another year!

Prints & Beaded Chokers

Indigenous artist Tristen Jenni specializes in Traditional Woodland and Plains Cree art and works primarily as a tattoo artist, though she creates in many other media like water-colour painting, acrylics, and beading. Assorted from Tristen Jenni Art | 587-873-5733 | tristenjenniart.com

Compostable Shower Container

Third-generation jeweller Katie Joy handmakes a selection of fine jewellery through two lines: Tanis Jewellery features her custom gemstone pieces, and the Sparkle Bar specializes in permanently welded bracelets, anklets, and necklaces.

$75–$245 from The Sparkle Bar | instagram.com/thesparklebaryeg

Unique Albertan Artworks

Alberta Craft Council supports Alberta artists working in various media like fibre, clay, glass, metal, and wood. Edmonton artists with one-of-a-kind artworks available here include Frankie FBR, JoAnna Lange, Sharon Graham, Nataliia Iashnikova, and Amy & Tanner Skrocki.

Various from Alberta Craft Council | 10186–106 St. | 780-488-5900 | albertacraft.ab.ca

These 100% backyard compostable containers are designed to store and preserve your Jack59 shampoo and conditioner bars. Jack59 is an Indigenousowned and woman-led business who has stopped over 500,000 plastic bottles from going to landfills!

$20 from Jack59. 3620–98 St. | 780-270-0706 | jack59.ca

2023 Edmonton Calendar

Local artist and graphic designer Riyaz Sharan features 12 unique scenes from around Edmonton, including the High Level Bridge at sunset and the University of Alberta Botanic Garden’s annual Luminaria.

$25 from RSS Designs | 780-952-6067 | rssdesigns.ca

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The Embroidered Closet

Alexandra Stratkotter’s new book will help you elevate and repair your wardrobe with easy and inexpensive embroidery skills. Her website also includes cute embroidery kits!

$32 from Florals & Floss floralsandfloss.com

Don’t be fooled

Our Edmonton Makers could hardly be confined to this list alone. Keep an eye out throughout this book for more talented locals and their gotta-have products.

Hand-Beaded Earrings

These earrings are handmade by Traci C Chenoweth and Robin Chenoweth of Unconditional Love. The QUILTBAG stocks a rotating selection of varying colours!

$95 from The QUILTBAG | 10516–82 Ave. | 780-784-5265 | thequiltbag.gay

Edmonton Through the Eyes of Its Artists

Book containing 133 different works reflecting Edmonton cityscapes, selected by the Society of Western Canada Artists.

$39.95 from The Paint Spot | 10032–81 Ave. | 780-432-0240 | paintspot.ca

Handcrafted Perfume

These small-batch perfumes are vegan, cruelty-free, and unisex, with a percentage of proceeds donated to local community organizations.

$120 from Libertine Fragrance | libertinefragrance.ca

Find a selection of handmade ceramic tumblers and dishes from Edmonton-based creator Mary Roach, like a pinched porcelain tumbler or a spiked dish.

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Edmonton Artists Colouring Book

A collaborative project between SNAP Gallery and Latitude 53, featuring art from 23 different artists working in the Edmonton area. Proceeds support SNAP programming initiatives.

$20 from SNAP | 10572–115 St. | 780-423-1492 | snapartists.com

Eyemazy turns your eyes (and/or those of your loved ones) into unique personal art by capturing high-res photos of each iris. Choose from a variety of displays including metal, acrylic, and canvas.

$94–$340 from Eyemazy | 10820–82 Ave. | 587-744-0444 | eyemazy.com

Not only can you grab your favourite produce and treats at the farmers’ market, you can also pick up great local gifts. Vendors often rotate and may not be there each day, so you’ll have to keep an eye on their websites and social media if you want something particular—or just drop by and see what treasures you can find!

Some specific vendors that appear at Edmonton Downtown Farmers’ Market: I.A.M – Indigenous Artist Market Collective, Prairie Cedar Creations, The Fort Distillery, and Antiquorum Design. Some specific vendors that appear at Bountiful Farmers' Market: Page Turners Bookshop, Hedgepig Pottery, Humblewood Hats, and Pine Creek Tea.

Locally Designed Clothing

Designer Wedad Amiri’s collections include both casual and evening wear, with a focus on contemporary-yet-modest designs like long skirts, long-sleeved dresses, and hijabs. From Afflatus Hijab | 5509–130 Ave. | afflatushijab.com

Holiday Markets

Throughout the holidays, you can browse local pop-up fairs in-person in search of cool jewellery, toys, clothes, gourmet food, and more. Favourites include Royal Bison (Nov. 25–27 & Dec. 2–4), Geeky Gift Holiday Market (Nov. 19–20), and Edmonton Christmas Market (Nov. 30–Dec. 18). Check out our

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complementary November/December issue of Info Edmonton Magazine

Since 1980


Food Bank Edmonton's

Did you know Edmonton’s Food Bank was the first food bank established in all of Canada?

A small group of Edmontonians working within local non-profit organizations noticed a pattern: many of their clients experienced food insecurity and hunger, while the food industry, including grocery chains and farmers, threw away unmarketable but stilledible products. Their investigation, funding, and education started in 1980, and by January 1981 they were officially recognized as Canada’s first food bank.

It’s always been a community effort, and the food bank has grown and now has many local partners and supporters, from large corporations and community events to individual people like you.


Another annual holiday campaign is in sight, in effect November 21–January 6. The goal? 300,000 kg of food and 3.5 million dollars

That may sound like a lot, but it’s often just enough to last Edmonton’s Food Bank until the spring. And now, rising costs, stagnant wages, and still-uncertain work hours mean more people need the food bank’s services. “We are one of the first streams of non-profits and charities, in general, that see the effects of this,” says Chevy Cottrell, their Communications and Media Coordinator.

While last winter Edmonton’s Food Bank was serving around 25,000 people a month, as 2022 progressed the numbers increased to roughly 35,000

Events Coordinator Debbie Theuss notes that their annual Christmas campaign is meant to sustain the food bank’s resources until the warmer months, as donations often drop off dramatically right after the new year. “The trend of holidays, people are more willing to give. They just feel more generous,” says Chevy. Debbie reminds, “But we’re here all year round.”

If you need food, please call Edmonton’s Food Bank at 780-425-4190.

Take Note!

• Monetary donations help the food bank stock nutritionally balanced options, as well as diet-specific and essential non-food products.

• As they buy in bulk and are non-profit, the food bank can get better deals than the average supporter at the grocery store. Yes, nonperishable food donations are great, but money can often do more.

• Services from Edmonton’s Food Bank extend beyond food! They also offer free employment assistance, training workshops, budget advice, and personal counselling.

• Along with direct money and non-perishable food, you can donate an old vehicle, bottles they can exchange at the depot, auction items, and non-food items like deodorant, shampoo, toothpaste, menstrual products, and diapers.

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Hungry for Entertainment?

Many local groups are familiar with the ongoing needs of Edmonton’s Food Bank, especially around the holiday season, and build donation options into their events.

Geeky Gift Holiday Market

November 19 & 20

Entry to this event is a monetary or non-perishable food donation to Edmonton’s Food Bank! The 70+ vendors create and stock with geek-themed products in mind, like dice sets, cosplay aprons, collectibles, embroidered towels, nerdy jewellery, crocheted creatures, and more.

Alberta Aviation Museum | 11410 Kingsway NW. | geekygiftmarkets.com

Magical Christmas Music Gala



Come enjoy a plated meal, complimentary sparkling wine, silent auction, and an evening with master musician and storyteller Tom Jackson. He’ll be featuring his well-known Stories, Songs, and Santa Causes, including his famous "Huron Carole," in sup port of Edmonton’s Food Bank at their fundraising gala.

DoubleTree by Hilton | West Edmonton 16615–109 Ave. | edmontonsfoodbank.com/events/magical-christmas-music-gala

A Christmas Carol

November 26–December 23

Every year, the cast of Citadel’s A Christmas Carol joins guests in the lobby after the performance to rejoice in Scrooge finding his humanity and encourage monetary community support for Edmonton’s Food Bank. This year will be their 21st year in support of the food bank, and in total they’ve raised over $1.2 million! The show itself is David van Belle’s adaptation of one of the most famous Christmas tales of all time, now with favourite carols like “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas” and “I’ll Be Home for Christmas.”

Citadel Theatre | 9828–101A Ave. | 780-425-1820 | citadeltheatre.com

CP Holiday Train



Every year, the CP Holiday Train raises money, food, and awareness about food insecurity issues in support of food banks across Canada and the U.S. This year's performers will include Alan Doyle, Tenille Townes, Mackenzie Porter, and Lindsay Ell, and others, though the dates for each performer were not established at the time of publishing. Edmonton’s Food Bank will have collection stations set up on-site to welcome guests coming for this festive free concert.

South of the old Edmonton CP Station | 7935 Gateway Blvd. | cpr.ca/holidaytrain

DisEnchanted Market YEG

December 11

This whimsical Disney and pop culture-inspired market showcases local makers and small shops, hosts the popular Disney pin trading on-site, and has several ways you can donate to the food bank. While entry is free, they do encourage monetary or non-perishable food donations at the door. And a picture with Santa is only a donation away! There’s also a large raffle basket, with 100% of the proceeds going to Edmonton’s Food Bank.

Alberta Aviation Museum | 11410 Kingsway NW. | instagram.com/disenchantedmarketyeg

Candy Cane Lane

December 9–January 1

Beyond bringing people together and spreading holiday cheer, Candy Cane Lane does their best to also give back to the com munity. They have been supporting the Edmonton Food Bank for over 20 years and are the second-largest contributor, with an estimated donation of over 360,000 kilograms of food. Visitors are encouraged to bring non-perishable items for donation and can find large green bins on street corners.

Candy Cane Lane | 148th Street between 99 Ave to 92 Ave. | yegcandycanelane.com

(You can read more about this cool community event in our November/December issue of Info Edmonton!)

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Foodies Gifts for

Got someone on your list who is a bonafide epicurean? This list is for you! With delicious local products and quirky kitchen gadgets, it's easy to treat your special someone to all things gourmet.

Artisanal Apple Cider Vinegar

Using organic apples and 50% more vinegar than other brands, this unique product is the perfect addition to any pantry.

$38 from Red Ribbon Boutique | 12520–102 Ave. | 780-454-4336 | redribbon.ca

Chirpy Top Wine Pourer

Stainless steel and silicone wine pourer that chirps while you pour!

$39.95 from When Pigs Fly | 10470–82 Ave. | 780-433-9127 | whenpigsfly.ca

Friday Sock Co Socks

Everyone says you are what you eat, so why not wear it on your feet? Cute designs featuring pizza, eggs and bacon, and sushi. 85% Egyptian cotton, ethically made in Italy.

$16 from Red Ribbon Boutique | 12520–102 Ave. | 780-454-4336 | redribbon.ca

Salt or Pepper Grinder

Classic Peugeot 10-cm-tall mills are based on the first 1874 design and come in multiple fun colours.

$45 from Zocalo | 10826–95 St. | 780-428-0754 | zocalo.ca

Blue Wave Apron

100% cotton apron designed in Canada by Mezzaluna Studio. Machine washable.

$48 from Lot 34 | 6503–118 Ave. | 780-722-1153 | lot34.ca

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Assorted Ukrainian Cookbooks


Cilindro Olive Oil Bottle

Elegant doublewalled bottle, perfect for storing olive oil, vinegar, or balsamic. Handmade in Italy.

$35 from Violets | 10816–95 St. | violetsshop.com

$16–$40 from Alberta Council for the Ukrainian Arts | 10554–110 St. | 780-488-8558 | acuarts.ca

Wood & Epoxy Charcuterie Boards

Made by local Edmonton creators with vibrant epoxy inlays that represent different LGBTQ2S+ flags.

$80–$260 from The QUILTBAG | 10516–82 Ave. | 780-784-5265 | thequiltbag.gay

Whiskey Wedge

Say good-bye to watered down whiskey, this ice mold provides the perfect way to enjoy your favourite spirits.

$35 from Shop Harrow | 10177–125 St. | 780-752-0155 | shopharrow.ca

Locally Made Honey

A trio of honey made in Sherwood Park, containing smoked, iced, and raw varieties.

$32 from The Makers Keep | 10806–124 St. | 780-452-3891 | themakerskeep.com

to cook favourite Ukrainian dishes, like perogies, borscht, and cabbage rolls.
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Miyabi Birchwood Utility Knife

Not only are utility/paring knives great for precision work and versatile for both beginner and professional cooks, this one is a work of art. Made in Japan, it has a 140 mm SG2 steel blade and rounded Birchwood handle.

$360 from Knifewear | 10816–82 Ave. | 587-521-2034 | knifewear.com

Saskatoon Berry Jam

Delicious jam from local food and education company Pei Pei Chei Ow, which highlights contemporary Indigenous cuisine.

$15 from Royal Alberta Museum Shop | 9810–103a Ave. | 825-468-6006 | ramshop.ca

Duchess Cookie Kit

An easy-to-use kit to make famous Duchess cookies at home! Includes step-by-step instructions and specific ingredients.

Bitters Sampler Set

Add depth and complexity to your cocktails with these locally made organic bitters. This set features four 15 ml bottles.

$36 from Token Bitters | tokenbitters.com

$26 from Duchess Bake Shop | 10718–124 St. | 780-488-4999 | duchessbakeshop.com Customizable

Gift Box
customizable box that can be filled with locally made foods from small-batch artisans.
$50–$200 from Meuwly’s | 10706–124 St. | 587-786-3560 | meuwlys.com

For those in the know, Edmonton’s cocktail scene is unlike any other. With award-winning spots like Clementine and exciting new additions like Fu’s Repair Shop, it's safe to say there’s no shortage of delicious drinks to delight in this holiday season. Plus, there’s another reason Edmonton’s cocktail culture is so special: our city is home to the 2021 World Class Global Bartender of the Year, James Grant! We caught up with James to chat about life after winning and some of his favourite places to grab a drink in Edmonton.

Raise a Glass

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Enjoy one of James’s favourite winter cocktails, the Hot Toddy:

1.5 oz Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whiskey

1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

1 tablespoon honey

4 oz boiling water

Combine all ingredients in a warmed mug or teacup. Add the boiling water, stir to combine, and then garnish with a lemon wheel and a cinnamon stick.

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It’s been over a year since you were named the World Class Global Bartender of the Year. How has your career changed since your win?

It has changed my career in some pretty fundamental ways. Funnily enough, I find myself behind the bar a little bit less than I used to be. I’ve also had the opportunity to bartend around the world and meet bartenders from all over Canada and the world. While it's been a really great experience to be exposed to different markets, countries, and styles of bartending, it's also made me recognize how lucky we are to have such a strong sense of hospitality here in Canada and here in Edmonton. It's always nice to recognize how talented the people in your own backyard really are.

What are some of your favourite cocktail spots in Edmonton?

I love to go and have a drink at the bar at Yarrow. It’s a very quiet intimate little cocktail bar and their bar team has always been really excellent. Other favourites include Bar Bricco, Red Star, and Darling wine bar (which will be opening its new space in 2023!). After the pandemic, we lost a lot of bartenders and cocktail bars in the city, so it's nice to see new people stepping into those roles and seeing the industry start to come back to life a little bit.

What makes bartending special?

What I really love about bartending and what keeps me doing it is that I genuinely like hosting people and making sure they feel looked after and taken care of. Some of the ways I do that is by making cocktails, but it's also serving wine, making nonalcoholic drinks, making sure that the vibe in a room is what everyone in there is feeling. It's so much more than making drinks and opening beers and pouring wine. It's really getting a sense of what your guests need and going out of your way to make sure they are comfortable and having a really good experience. I did quite a few jobs before I started bartending and, when I arrived here, I realized that, because of the breadth of information out there on cocktails and spirits and beer and wine, I could keep learning about that everyday and still never know everything.

Favourite seasonal drink?

There’s a few cold-weather drinks that I always go back to. If I’m hosting a party, I might do a mulled wine, which is a really easy way to make a delicious drink for a large group of people. I tend to make things that are designed to serve a lot of people, so punch, eggnog from scratch, mulled wine. Maybe a hot toddy if it's just me or a single guest.

Favourite cocktail you made a part of the Diageo World Class Competition?

I was really proud of the last challenge we did as a part of the competition, which was a speed and storytelling challenge that involved four scotch cocktails. I was very proud of all of them, but there was one that was a peated scotch whiskey, some creme de cacao, orange liqueur and hot black tea. Then, I floated some freshly whipped cream on top with a little bit of orange oil. It kinda looks like a classic Irish coffee but it was very different in its own right and I was so happy with that cocktail.

You can find James online at oldgrayrabbit.com. On top of delicious drinks, he offers bar training, menu development, bookings for private events, and cocktail classes (which would make a great holiday gift for the cocktail lover in your life!).

Treat yourself to some of Edmonton’s finest cocktails!

Chanel No. 6 (Rose-infused Sake, Prosecco, Lemon) from Baijiu | 10359–104 St. | 780-421-7060 | baijiuyeg.com

Sarah’s Spiked Mango Lassi (Bacardi Rum, Mango Puree, Cardamom Syrup, Yakult Yogurt, Token Chai Bitters) from Fu’s Repair Shop | 9902–109 St. | fusrepairshop.ca

Angel in Disguise (Makers Mark Bourbon, House Brandied Cherry, Lemon, Egg White, Sugar) from The Common | 9910–109 St. | 780-452-7333 | thecommon.ca

Barraquito (Cognac, Amaro Montenegro, Cold Brew Coffee, Coffee Liqueur, Absinthe Infused Condensed Milk) from Clementine | 11957 Jasper Ave. | 780-756-4570 | barclementine.ca

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Nature Lovers

From the casual gardener to the back-country hiker, we’ve got you covered with this list. Featuring go-to guides, cute houseplant accessories, and nature-inspired art, find gifts for even the greenest of thumbs. Plus, if you’re shopping for someone who loves to get outside no matter the season, we’ve added some essential outdoor adventure items!

Boskke Sky Planter

Show-stopping hanging planter featuring an internal reservoir that keeps your favourite house plants hydrated for up to two weeks.

$26–$40 from Botaniful | 13851–127 St. | botaniful.ca

Chinook Trekker 22 Blue

Make the most of the winter months with these lightweight snowshoes with quickrelease buckles and ergonomic design. Perfect for moderate terrains and river valley walks. $79.98 from Breathe Outdoors | 10951–170 St. | 780-484-2700 | breatheoutdoors.ca

Plant Animal

Lightweight accessory for houseplants that can be inserted into soil or latched onto leaves safely. Comes in assorted adorable animals.

$10 from Shop Chop | 10265–107 St. | shopchop.ca

Guides for the Prairie Gardeners

From Canadian publisher TouchWood Editions, these books provide advice for successful growing and useful solutions for common problems.

$15 from Audreys | 10702 Jasper Ave. | audreys.ca

Window Planter

This colourful 21-inch-long talavera planter is perfect for the window ledge.

$65 from Zocalo, 10826–95 St. | 780-428-0754 | zocalo.ca

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Viking Wood Splitter Sword

Chop precision pieces of wood for the campfire—and look cool doing it—with these handcrafted tools by local creator Michael Thompson. Choose either a pointed or rounded tip, type of handle covering, and even a customized engraving.

$250–480 from Viking Wood Splitter | 780-405-0294 | vikingwoodsplitter.com

Beach Glass

This acrylic wine glass has a unique ball-andpointed-stem design that you can stake into a variety of terrains, including dirt and sand. It also floats on water and is dishwasher safe!

$20 from The Plaid Giraffe | 10340–82 Ave. | 780-439-6195 | theplaidgiraffe.ca

Mixed Media Artwork

Various nature-inspired mixed media works by Cree and Métis artist Nancy Desjarlais.

$550–$2,850 from Bearclaw Gallery | 10403–124 St. | 780-482-1204 | bearclawgallery.com

Squirrel Picnic Table

An adorable resting place and feeder for a furry friend. Made in Edmonton.

$29.99 from Urban Bird | 12038–107 Ave. | 780-288-2473 | urbanbird.ca

Knife Set

Campsite meal prep is made easy with this set containing stainless steel blades with sustainable wooden handles and a bamboo cutting board.

$99.95 from MEC | 11904–104 Ave. | 780-488-6614 | mec.ca

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Botanic Garden Pass

Take your pick from the Summer Pass, Year-Round Pass, or the ultimate Garden Experience Pass for unlimited admission to the University of Alberta’s Botanic Garden! Each pass features unique perks like first-in-line opportunities for garden events and special passholder pricing.

$55–$150 from University of Alberta Botanic Garden | 51227 AB-60 | 780-492-3050 | ualberta.ca/botanic-garden

Aeropress Coffee Maker

Weighing less than a hiking boot, the Aeropress is essential for back-country hikes and camping trips.

$42 from Ace Coffee Roasters | 10055–80 Ave. | acecoffeeroasters.com

Terracotta Watering Stake

Companions for your favourite flowers! Self-watering terracotta keeps plants hydrated with gradual moisture.

$14 from Village Goods | 10432–82 Ave. | 780-439-8349 | villagegoods.ca

Log Bowl

Bowls in various sizes, handmade locally from reclaimed logs.

$70–$285 from The Artworks | 10150–100 St. | 780-420-6311 | theartworks.ca

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Assorted Houseplants & Garden Décor

When shopping for those with a green thumb, there’s nowhere better than Salisbury Greenhouse! Browse unique houseplants, gardening supplies, and so much more. Check out the Nov/Dec issue of Info Edmonton to read more about Salisbury’s Enjoy Centre location.

Assorted from Salisbury at Enjoy | 101 Riel Dr. | in-store shopping only | 780-419-6812 | salisburygreenhouse.com

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Bent Arrow Traditional DONATE HERE!

ounded in 1994 by Brad and Shauna Seneca, Bent Arrow Traditional Healing Society is an essential hub of community services. When it was first founded, the organization primarily provided housing for Indigenous youth. “If you go hunting and you don’t have a good spirit about you, then your arrows won’t hit their mark. That’s where the name came from. It was referring to youth who didn’t have that love poured into them, so they weren’t hitting their targets,” shares Keleigh Larson, Senior Manager at Bent Arrow.

By continually devoting themselves to community and ceremony, Bent Arrow has grown since they were first founded 28 years ago. They now offer 22 different programs, ranging from housing, employment assistance, and youth and family services. “Our mission statement is really about helping families walk in both Western and Traditional worlds,” says Larson, commenting that, while many families receive education, there’s often substantial gaps in Traditional Knowledge. “Traditional Knowledge is so important. You need to have both.”

Another part of their growth includes finding gaps in their community and clientele and seeking to fill these needs with programs and partnerships. Their partnerships include the City of Edmonton and the C5 group (which also includes Boyle Street Community Services, Edmonton Mennonite Centre, Norwood Child and Family Resource Centre, and Terra Centre for Teen Parents). Although their clientele may differ from the other C5

organizations, Larson notes that this partnership has helped Bent Arrow in a variety of ways. “If it's an issue for teen parents or newcomers to Canada or Indigenous families, then it's probably an issue for everyone. That’s where we’ve really been able to advocate to government for change or for funding.”

In addition to their partnership programs, Bent Arrow offers cultural programming like beading and sewing nights, powwow nights, and seasonal events, like their annual Community Christmas Dinner that serves approximately 3,000 people They’ve also expanded to offer virtual programming, which Larson notes is an outcome of the pandemic.

For Larson, one of the best ways to support Bent Arrow is through spreading awareness, education, and support of Indigenous communities. “Partake in learning about culture and celebrating Indigenous youth and families. Make space for Indigenous art and artists, and be an advocate and an ally.”

The organization is currently accepting online donations and volunteers for their upcoming events. Readers are encouraged to reach out if they are interested in partnering with Bent Arrow.


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Bent Arrow Traditional Healing Society | 11648 85 St. | 780-481-3451 | bentarrow.ca NON-PROFIT SPOTLIGHT:
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STARS Ambulance Ambulance

If you or your loved ones are commuting at all this holiday season along vast stretches of snowy Alberta highways, or commuting into or out of a rural town, you’re technically within the jurisdiction of STARS Ambulance.

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This emergency care service has been evolving care across rural Alberta since its first mission in 1985. A study in the early 1980s proved that roughly half of trauma-based deaths could have been prevented if patients had received immediate critical care, and yet many rural communities were hours away from their nearest emergency room.

For founder Dr. Gregory Powell, even one preventable loss was one too many. In came the special helicopters, engineered to easily slide a rolling stretcher into the back and carry both aviation and air medical crew

STARS formally became known as an essential service in 1988, and another base was established in Edmonton in 1991. Their fleet has only been growing over the years, with more permanent bases later established in Saskatchewan and Manitoba. Many people are alive today, and may be saved this winter alone, because of STARS.

However, each patient flight costs approximately $5400 on average, which covers both aviation and medical teams, necessary medical supplies, and helicopter fuel. That cost does not cover the teams’ training, aircraft maintenance, and the organization’s other 24-hour support services

Ways to donate:

• Monetary online donations at stars.ca, in your name or as a gift

• Items from the STARS store, like the 2023 calendar

• Donations Team: 1-855-516-4848 or 403-516-4848

• STARS Calendar/Merchandise Office: 1-877-778-8288 or 403-216-1040

2023 STARS Calendar

The STARS annual calendar campaign has raised millions of dollars to help fund their ongoing emergency response services. $30 from starscalendar.ca

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Keep Giving Gifts that

Giving back is an important part of the holiday season. Whether through donating to a local charity or volunteering at a community fundraiser, there’s so many ways to make a difference. Plus, this year you can be mindful with your shopping list by choosing gifts that do good! We’ve compiled a list of items whose proceeds support those in need through essential community services.

2022 Stolley Adult T-Shirt

This unisex black t-shirt is available in sizes XS–4X. Proceeds support priority hospital needs for Stollery Kids.

$29 from Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation | 8440–112 St. | 780-433-7445 | stollerykidsstore.com

Assorted Artworks

Insulated Tumbler

10oz insulated cup features double-wall construction, keeps drinks hot for 5 hours and cold for 15 hours.

$25 from Second Chance Animal Rescue | 780-466-7227 | scarescare.ca

Original art pieces by members of the Nina Collective, a supportive and collaborative group of artists with developmental and other disabilities. Proceeds go directly to the artist and the collective to pay for supplies and expenses.

$30–$400 from The Nina Haggerty Centre for the Arts | 9225–118 Ave. | 780-474-7611 | thenina.ca


Earthy candle inspired by author Toni Morrison, made by local brand BLK ROSE. 15% of proceeds are invested in community initiatives.

Adopt-An-Animal Program

The Valley Zoo Development Society’s $75 program includes an 8" plush animal, adoption certificate, and reusable tin, with options to add zoo passes and gift cards.

$25–75 from Edmonton Valley Zoo | 13315 Buena Vista Rd. | 780-496-6924 | buildingourzoo.com

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Unisex Be Kind to Animals T-Shirt

Made from 60% combed ringspun cotton and 40% polyester lightweight jersey, with proceeds going towards animal rescue efforts.

$25 from Second Chance Animal Rescue | 780-466-7227 | scarscare.ca


100% recycled acrylic blanket made by Calgary brand Heartprint Threads. For every blanket sold, the brand donates one to a local charity in need.

$170 from The Maker’s Keep | 10806–124 St. | 780-452-3891 | themakerskeep.com

Insulated Mug

18oz mug made by local Edmonton company Lamose, exclusively engraved for the Edmonton Valley Zoo. Includes 100% BPA-free lid.

$50 from Edmonton Valley Zoo | 13315 Buena Vista Rd. | 780-496-6924 | buildingourzoo.com

Comfort Cushion

Hand-sewn cushion comes in a variety of colours and feature a positive mantra on one side and a pocket of mental health resources on the other. $5 from each item will be donated to the Zebra Centre, an advocacy centre specializing in children who experienced abuse.

$30 from Keep Your Cup Full | keepyourcupfull.ca

Prairie Fruit Arts Belt

From local brand Unbelts, made from reclaimed PET beverage bottles. $15 from every purchase is donated to QTBIPOC mutual aid collective Shades of Colour.

$49 from The QUILTBAG | 10516–82 Ave. | 780-784-5265 | thequiltbag.gay

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Indigenous Box

This subscription service promotes Indigenous entrepreneurship and became well-known thanks to its Seasonal Discovery Subscription Box that introduced subscribers to 5–7 unique products from Indigenous makers each Season. It’s so popular you may need to join the Waiting List! In the meantime, you can still Build Your Own Box to curate your own discovery.

$85 from Indigenous Box | indigenousbox.ca

6-Month Book Subscription

Receive one new book or two pre-loved books a month for 6 months, specially selected by the Daisy Chain staff based on your preference. Also includes monthly gifts from local small businesses!

$150 from Daisy Chain Book Co. | 12525 102 Ave. | 825-512-1342 |

Monthly Wine Club

From the folks behind Color de Vino, pick from a red, white, or mixed wine kit. Free delivery within the Edmonton area.

$55–$150 from Good Grape | 9606–82 Ave. | 780-439-9069 | goodgrape.ca

3-Month Coffee Subscription

Delicious, locally roasted coffee delivered to your door once every three months.

$81–$171 from Rogue Wave | 11322 119 St. | 825-461-5564 | roguewavecoffee.ca

YEG Food Box

Featuring products from Edmonton’s food scene including Red Balloon caramels, El Gringo salsa, Mojo Pickles spreads, and more.

$55 from YEG Box Co. | yegbox.ca

Looking for a gift that lasts longer than the holiday season? These services deliver unique products to your special someone’s doorstep for months after the holidays.
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Ready to make your holiday dinners shine? Our friends shared two easy, tasty recipes to try. If you make this Crown Roast by Alberta Pork and Orange Apricot Stuffing by Canola Eat Well, tell us how it turned out!

Easy Holiday Cooking

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How to Prepare a Simple Crown Roast

Before you can start, you will likely need to order your own Crown Roast (a bone-in pork loin fashioned into a circle) from a butcher or grocery store meat department in advance. But they may be on hand during the holiday season.

A handy tip is to count the bones on the Crown Roast: each will give a large serving of pork when sliced, and is an easy way to figure out how many people your Crown Roast will serve.

Ingredients & Tools to Start

Raw crown roast

Pepper and salt to season

Prepared stuffing (recipe suggestion to follow)


Large roasting pan

Paper towel

Aluminum foil

Meat thermometer


1. Preheat oven to 325°F (160°C).

2. Place the crown roast in a large roasting pan.

3. Pat dry with a paper towel and season with salt and pepper.

4. Cover each bone tip with a piece of aluminum foil.

5. Place a ball of aluminum foil in the cavity.

6. Roast as follows (generally 10–15 minutes per pound/500g)

• For Small Roasts (under 7 lbs/3 kg): Roast uncovered for 30 mins–1 hour.

• For Medium Roasts (7–9 lbs/3–4 kg): Roast uncovered for 1.5 hours.

• For Large Roasts (over 10 lbs/4.5 kg): Roast uncovered for 2–2.5 hours

7. Remove from oven, and drain off any excess fat into safe storage container (do not drain down sink).

8. Remove foil ball, and fill cavity with your favourite stuffing. (We have a delightful option next!)

9. Cover with foil to prevent drying. Roast for another 1.5 hours, or until meat thermometer reaches 155°F–160°F (68°C–71°C).

10. Remove from oven. Keep covered loosely with foil, and let rest for 10 mins.

11. Slice between each bone and serve!


Orange Apricot Stuffing

Fresh veggies, fragrant herbs, and orange juice make this dish your go-to for every holiday.


1 loaf sourdough bread, about 16 oz (500 g) crust on, cut into 3/4 (2 cm)–inch cubes

1/4 cup canola oil (60 mL)

1 large red onion, diced

3 celery stalks, diced

2 garlic cloves, minced

1/4 cup chopped fresh flat leaf parsley (60 mL)

1 Tbsp coarsely chopped fresh sage (15 mL)

2 tsp finely chopped fresh thyme (10 mL)

1 can (14 oz/398 mL) apricot halves in light syrup, drained, syrup reserved

2–3 Tbsp frozen orange juice concentrate, thawed (30–45 mL)

1/4 1/2 cup chicken broth (60–125 mL)

A Crown Roast can also be cooked on the BBQ for extra crispiness.

Additional Materials


Large baking sheet

Large saucepan

Large bowl


9x13 inch baking or casserole dish


1. Preheat oven to 300°F (150°C)

2. Arrange bread cubes on a large baking sheet in a single layer. Bake for about 15–20 minutes, or until dry.

3. In a large saucepan over medium high heat, add canola oil. Sauté onions, celery, and garlic. Cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 5 minutes. Stir in herbs and toss to coat vegetables. Transfer to a large bowl.

4. Add bread cubes and toss to combine.

5. Whisk apricot syrup and orange juice concentrate, and add to bread mixture. Toss to coat bread cubes. Add chicken broth.


The amount of stock added is dependent on the desired moistness of the stuffing.

6. Transfer to a canola oil sprayed 9x13 baking or casserole dish.

7. Bake at 350°F (180°C) for approximately 35–40 minutes, or until nicely browned and cooked throughout.

8. Serve on its own, or use in a Crown Roast.

A special thank you to Taste Alberta

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Time to Stuff a Plane

rom November 1–December 15, visitors to the Alberta Aviation Museum can help fill the resident Norseman bush plane with gifts in support of Santas Anonymous!

If you’re just exploring the museum and get caught up in the spirit of giving, the on-site museum gift shop stocks plenty of fun, adventurous toys for children of all ages. Santas Anonymous in particular accepts new toys for children up to 12 years old (though another organization we highlight on page 40 picks up the mantle for kids 13–17). The museum has run this Stuff-A-Plane program, called YEG Express to the North Pole, for several years and is excited to be supporting families once again in 2022.

Founded in 1955, Santas Anonymous was created to ensure that no child was left behind, especially during the holidays. Jerry Forbes, 1080 CHED’s production manager, had been inspired by his desire to share the holiday spirit with all families.

Other donation sites also pop up at locations all over the city, and it’s recommended that donations are received by early December so volunteers have time to sort and deliver gifts for the 2022 holiday season. At the Alberta Aviation Museum, you have until December 15 to participate and create magic for local children.

Alberta Aviation Museum, 11410 Kingsway NW, 780-451–1175, albertaaviationmuseum.com

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The KiddosGifts for

Whether that little in your life likes exploring, frolicking, snuggling, or creating, we’ve got some incredible local ideas that will last beyond the holiday season—and maybe even make you their favourite. Edmonton is full of kid-centric retailers, offering everything from functional apparel and accessories to cute toys and gadgets.

Lunch Box

Machine washable lunch box with print featuring adorable animals.

$40 from Red Ribbon | 12520–102 Ave. | 780-454-4336 | redribbon.ca

The Three Bears and Goldilocks

Designed by Edmonton illustrator Bee Waeland, this book is a new twist on a classic fairy tale! Specially designed to appeal to younger children.

$19 from Vivid Print | 10342–82 Ave. | 587-689-6375 | vividprint.ca

Hooded Bath Towel

100% cotton plush terry towel with adorable animal hood. Pictured is Drool the Dragon. $39.99 from Princess and the Pea | 10059–166 St. | 780-488-7748 | princesspea.ca

Ecokins Stuffed Animals

Made out of 100% recycled materials and available in various animal forms, including river otter, kangaroo, red panda, and elephant. Pictured is the Hanging Sloth 22.

$30 from Edmonton Valley Zoo | 13315 Buena Vista Rd. | 780-496-6924 | buildingourzoo.com

Finger Painting Kit

This set helps your toddler discover the beauty of art through finger painting. Includes 6 colours of water-based gouache, 2 stencils, 2 foam stamps, table protector, and apron. $13.25–$21.20 from The Paint Spot | 10032–81 Ave. | 780-432-0240 | paintspot.ca

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Critter Head Lamp

Cute and unique headlamp has an adjustable headband and two LED modes (flashing or steady). Suitable for kids aged 3 and up.

$20 from Max & Maude | #160, 11 Athabascan Ave. | 587-689-6128 | maxandmaude.com

Pokemon Stationery Set

This set includes assorted stationery items like pens, markers, a ruler, and a pencil case with fan-favourite Pokemon Snorlax.

$40 from Treehouse Toys | #2361, 8882–170 St. | 587-990-8338 | treehousetoys.ca

Mama and Mini Necklaces

Adorable matching text necklaces for mother and little one. Comes in silver, gold, or black.

$12 from Portage and Main | #712, 1 Kingsway Garden Mall |587-524-5426 | shopportageandmain.com

Robot Pet Shop

Featuring a storybook and an introductory mechanical engineering kit with 8 robots. Perfect for introducing children 5 and up to STEMrelated skills.

$44.99 from Hobby Wholesale | 6136 Gateway Blvd. | 780-434-3648 | hobbywholesale.com

Barbie Doll

Doll from Barbie’s latest Fashionistas line, designed to reflect the diversity children see every day. Includes manual wheelchair and ramp.

$31.99 from Mastermind Toys | 5236 Windermere Blvd. | 780-430-1385 | mastermindtoys.com

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Koala Knee High Socks

100% cotton unisex knee socks are machine washable and come in sizes for children aged 0-2, 2-4, and 4-7.

$8 from Portage and Main | #712, 1 Kingsway Garden Mall | 587-524-5426 | shopportageandmain.com

Baby Set

This set includes all the essentials for a newborn: full-snap footie, side-snap bodysuit, pixie bonnet, no-scratch mittens, and swaddle. Made from organic cotton.

$131 from The Skinny | Southgate Centre, 5015–111 St. | 780-244-0166 | shoptheskinny.ca

Multi-Game Wooden Blocks Set

Puzzle set features topple tower, kids puzzles, and domino game, as well as Indigenous Animals artwork by Coast Salish artist Simone Diamond.

$32.99 from The Village Toy Box | 2016 Sherwood Dr. | 587-545-4273 | thevillagetoybox.ca

Assorted Backpacks

3D creature backpacks made of durable and water-resistant neoprene. Pictured is the large Lion Backpack.

$20–$65 from Princess and the Pea | 10059–166 St. | 780-488-7748 | princesspea.ca

Candle Making Kit

This safe and easy-to-use kit uses 100% pure beeswax you can mould just with your hands. Each kit can make seven 4-inch candles.

$11 from Carbon Environmental Boutique | 10710–120 St. | 780-498-1900 | carbonboutique.com

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Bureau Christmas Bureau Christmas

riginally founded as a community event during the 1940s, the Christmas Bureau of Edmonton has been providing meals to families in need for over 80 years. “That tradition of neighbour helping neighbour is still what we hold true today,” says Lisa Dayanandan, the Christmas Bureau of Edmonton’s Manager of Partnerships and Engagement. Although the organization has grown significantly since its early days, the Christmas Bureau still pays homage to this initial mission of spreading festive joy. “From that first person who decides to click on the donate button all the way through to that volunteer who hands over a hamper, there are so many members of our community that are involved in making that happen.”

Their food hamper program was designed to assist anyone who is unable to make a Christmas meal happen. Individuals can apply online and choose from two options: a physical hamper

or a gift card . If they choose a hamper, Christmas Bureau volunteers pack and deliver packages that include a turkey or a ham, potatoes, vegetables, stuffing, and some chocolates and oranges. But the Christmas Bureau acknowledges that not all families eat a turkey or celebrate Christmas. In this case, individuals with their own festive traditions can opt for a gift card to do their own holiday shopping.

The Christmas Bureau also oversees Adopt-A-Teen, which provides gift cards to children aged 13-17. Prior to this program, most holiday gifting organizations had a cut-off of 12 years old, meaning that teens in need often received nothing. The Christmas Bureau of Edmonton addressed this gap with their new program, and are now offering Walmart gift cards of up to $75. Dayanandan notes that the organization sees these gift cards used in a broad variety of ways: on top of purchasing gifts for themselves, teens

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often use these funds to buy presents for their family or to supplement family groceries.

While the Christmas Bureau did see an increase in applications during the pandemic, they also note that certain COVID-19 specific government programs were in place to boost incomes. Now that the majority of these programs have fallen away, the organization is expecting a greater uptake in services, with an estimated 40,000 people in 2022. “Our programs are for anyone in need,” says Dayananandan. “You don’t necessarily have to be living in poverty. A need looks different for everybody.”

There’s so many ways to support the Christmas Bureau this holiday season and help them achieve their goal of $1.8 million You can donate online (christmasbureau.ca/ways-to-help/ donate) or in person at various markets around the city, like the

Hand2Hand Market or the Edmonton Christmas Market at Fort Edmonton Park. They also partner with the Fort Saskatchewan Correctional Institute to sell wooden toys made through an inmate training workshop. You can also attend one of their events, like their Christmas Carol concert on December 9 at the Winspear Centre!

“When I think about Christmas, I actually get more joy in the giving than the getting. And the Christmas Bureau is that intention on a broad scale.”

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Christmas Bureau of Edmonton | 12122–68
780-421-9627 | christmasbureau.ca

Hobbying New & Old

We all know someone who is always picking up a new pastime. Whether they have a passion for penmanship or a fixation on football, the person on your list deserves an iconic gift to nurture their curiosity. We’ve got you covered with this list featuring artistic materials, mind boggling puzzles, and more.

Edmonton Elks Helmet Bank

Plastic change bank featuring the classic Edmonton Elks logo.

$32 from Edmonton Elks Team Store | 11000 Stadium Road | 780-448-3557 | shop.goelks.com

DIY Polymer Jewelry Kit

This kit lets your creativity come to life with six colours of polymeric clay, metal moulds, necklace chain, and different earring backs.

$30 from Twisted Goods | Southgate Centre or Kingsway Mall | twistedgoods.ca

Bluenose II Schooner Model

Model kit includes all the planking and fittings required in order to build an advanced model of the famous Halifax landmark, the 1964 Bluenose II.

$229.99 from Hobby Wholesale | 6136 Gateway Blvd. | 780-434-3648 | hobbywholesale.com

The Legend of

Guitar TAB Book

Learn the soundtrack from this long-time favourite video game! Featuring 33 songs with both easy and intermediate guitar keys and full notation.

$22 from Amadeus Music | 17503 Stony Plain Rd. | 780-489-0289 | amadeusmusic.ca

Book Seat

An adorable gift perfect for all the literature fans in your life! Fits books, iPads, and eReaders for a hands-free reading experience.

$54.95 from Seasons Gift Shop | 8665 McKenney Ave. | 780-419-3582 | seasonsgiftshop.ca

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Triple Moon Yo-Yo

Uses Active People’s technology to seamlessly switch from basic to pro mode. Combines fixed axle, auto return, and free spin.

$19.99 from Great Hobbies | 5144–75 St. | 780-466-3388 | greathobbies.com

Pilot Parallel Pen

With a unique parallel plate structure, this pen is considered an advancement in calligraphy pen design, and is great for both beginner and experienced calligraphers. Choose from 6 nib widths.

$19.95 from The Paint Spot | 10032–81 Ave. | 780-432-0240 | paintspot.ca

The Joy of Bird Feeding

Founder of Wild Birds Unlimited, Jim Carpenter shares his top birding tips in this useful reference guide. Featuring practical advice on attracting, feeding, and identifying birds.

$38 from Wild Birds Unlimited | 12204–107 Ave., | 587-521-2473 | edmonton.wbu.com

2022 Holiday Coin Set

This holiday set features five uncirculated 2022 coins with designs of adorable animals like the beaver and the polar bear, plus the quintessential Christmas-y loonie with Santa and Rudolph.

$21.95 from West Edmonton Coin & Stamp | West Edmonton Mall | 8882–170 St. | 780-444-1156 | westedmontoncoinandstamp.com

DIE in the Dungeon Board Game

This single-player dungeon-crawling board game is suitable for ages 12 and up and lets that D&D fan play a round between group missions.

$54 from Pe Metawe Games | 11805–94 St. | 780-613-1024 | shop.pemetawe.com

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Star Path Constantin Puzzle

Solve this maze puzzle by navigating throughout three different layers. Designed by iconic puzzle inventor Jean Claude Constantin.

$32.99 from Comex Hobby | 8882–170 St. | 780-487-5886 | comexhobby.com

Stunt Kite

Entry-level, high-performance kite with a fiberglass frame. Offers excellent control in high winds.

$24.99 from Mastermind Toys | 5236 Windermere Blvd. | 780-430-1385 | mastermindtoys.com

Lord of the Rings Silver Coin

1-oz silver coin with a full engraved image of Elrond’s house from Lord of the Rings. Made from 0.999 pure silver. $184.95 from West Edmonton Coin & Stamp | 8882–170 St. | 780-444-1156 westedmontoncoinandstamp.com

The Joy of Mixology

This book contains recipes and interesting tidbits about famous cocktails, written by worldrenowned bartender Gary Regan. $40 from Cocktail Culture | 10642–82 Ave. | 587-404-5785 | cocktail-culture.ca

Baseball Card Set

Support Edmonton’s baseball team with these unique cards featuring players from the 2022 season.

$9.95 from Edmonton Riverhawks | 10233–96 Ave. | 587-802-2244 | shop.gohawks.ca

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How to Keep Your Christmas Tree Fresh

Putting up a real tree this year? Live trees can stay inside for about 10 days only, while cut trees can stay green for 2–3 weeks with proper care. Setting up your tree too early could mean a dry, brittle plant come Christmas morning. Keep those branches verdant with these helpful tips.

1. You can cut down your own Christmas tree or buy a freshly cut one from your local tree farm. Avoid any trees that were cut weeks prior, or any place where you see lots of needles on the ground.

2. Once you get your tree home, saw an extra half-inch to an inch off the bottom of the trunk. When trees are cut, the pitch oozes out and seals the pores. By sawing off the base, you will open up the pores and the tree will be able to absorb water.

3. Place the tree in a stable tree stand away from heating vents and fireplaces. If you’re using lights to decorate, make sure they give off as little heat as possible.

4. When you fill up the tree stand with water, make sure that the cut is submerged—look for a stand that can hold about four litres of water. A funnel-type watering can makes watering your tree very easy.

5. Check water levels daily and top up as needed. Trees are very thirsty and will use up to a gallon of water a day! A fresh tree, like a sponge, contains more weight in water than the tree itself weighs when dry, so you shouldn’t let the tree dry out.

6. If you have a live tree, make sure the soil remains damp but not soaking wet. Check your water level both morning and night for that first week especially.

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Supporting your local tree farms supports the local economy, so look for ones in your area! And many local clubs offer postholiday tree recycling services to keep the process accessible. PHOTO: ADOBE STOCK
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