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UNIQUE GIFTS FOR EVERYONE ON YOUR LIST

Author: Jennifer Allford

When Jennifer was a kid in Edmonton, her mom used to get her out of bed to go outside and watch the Northern Lights. She’s been waking up to the wonders of Alberta ever since, sometimes still in her PJs.

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When you wrap up a little bit of Alberta to put under the tree, you know it won’t end up in the re-gift closet or the return pile. Here is a list of gift ideas from around Alberta that your peeps will definitely want to keep. 

The gift that keeps on giving from Grande Prairie 

Give your dinosaur-loving niece a mug from the Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum, just outside Grande Prairie. The mug’s dinosaur skeleton logo represents a massive pile of dinosaur bones first discovered in the 1970s at nearby Pipestone Creek, one of the densest bone beds in the world. Paleontologists (including Philip Currie) figure the horned dinosaurs were wiped out in a flood. The architecturally stunning museum tells the whole story, including a heart thumping T-Rex chase, and there are plenty of pretty mugs in the gift shop.  

The sweet taste of the prairies from Edmonton 

Everyone loves dessert, so pretty much anyone on your list will appreciate Flapper Pie and a Blue Prairie Sky, a new cookbook from Edmonton food blogger, Karlynn Johnston. She’s taken gramma’s recipes and added a twist to recreate that graham cracker and custard prairie classic, Flapper Pie, along with White Chocolate Saskatoon Galette, Chocolate Buttercream-Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies and Root Beer Float Cupcakes. Here’s hoping the sweet tooth on your list invites you over to try out some of the 120 delicious dessert recipes.   

Cool wrapping from Calgary  

When your bestie opens up a hoodie from Calgary’s Camp Brand Goods, he just might catch a whiff of a camp fire in the foothills. The Instagram friendly brand has been selling ‘Scouts Honour’ zip hoodies, t-shirts, toques and other casual wear for just a few years but they’re already a staple among the best dressed set. Camp Brand Goods headquarters is in Calgary’s trendy Inglewood but you can find their goods online or in the hippest stores around Alberta.   

A gem of a gift from Banff 

Close the miles between you and mom with a piece of ammolite for Christmas. This rare and colourful gem changes colour as you look at it and it’s only found in one place on Earth – the eastern side of the Canadian Rockies at St. Mary River. You don’t have to go digging for your own. Just head to Banff for a nice stroll down Banff Avenue to the Rocks and Gems Store where you can find her the perfect set of ammolite earrings. For your rock hound cousin, you’ll be spoiled for choice, from mineral specimens to meteorites. 

Vintage pottery from Medicine Hat 

Send your favourite aunt home with a piece of Medalta pottery from Medicine Hat. In the 1920s, Medalta was a booming business, producing up to 75 per cent of Canada’s pottery and sending butter churns, bean pots and mixing bowls to kitchens across the country. While the company didn’t survive the 1950s, plenty of crockery did and have become collectors’ items today. Medalta pottery is enjoying a revival and if you can’t find the real deal you can pick up a replica piece or make your very own pottery at the Medalta Potteries National Historic Site in Medicine Hat.  

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