* UPDATED FOR 2022 *
Who doesn’t love counting down to Christmas?! (unless you’re a SCROOGE lol).
I love a good advent calendar—whether I’m following along each day myself or gifting a calendar for a loved one, the surprise, the treat, and the countdown to Christmas makes for a lovely holiday experience. What’s better than just any old advent calendar?
A locally-made one!
I’ve put together a list of Edmonton, Alberta-made Advent Calendars you can gift for yourself or your loved ones this holiday season.
Note: This list was originally made for the 2021 holiday season, and then updated for 2022.
If you are reading this in another year, chances are if a local business did it once, they’ll likely have an advent offering again so just be sure to check direct with them to see!
I’ll update the list as I find more local advent calendars before December.
Feel free to let me know if there’s one I’m missing!
Be sure to check the individual business websites for order deadlines / shipping and pick-up details! Many of these advent calendars sell out quickly and have specific deadlines / sale dates.
Advent calendars tend to sell out quickly and there’s the added time crunch as you need to get it in hand before Dec. 1. Check dates and don’t delay if you don’t want to be disappointed!
Edmonton-Made Advent Calendars
Total Calendars: 18
2022 List First Published: Nov 4, 2022
2022 List Last Updated: Nov 7, 2022
Please note: I have NOT personally tried every advent! This is just a listing of Edmonton-based advents.
This assortment of intuitively selected crystals is sure bring your sparkle and enchantment all season long. The crystal advent from Edmonton-based Cave and Canyon, has 24 drawers. Expect a mix of polished, raw, and carved stones and a whole lot of neat things never before seen at Cave & Canyon.
Cory Christopher and Justine Ma present a 12 Days of Christmas Advent Calendar! Shop the 12 Days of Christmas bundle featuring a mix of popular stationery elements and festive, new pieces fresh from the elves’ workshop. Comes in a Believe in the Magic present sack.
Countdown the days to Christmas with 25 unique flavours from local, licensed small home-based business Chocolate Escapade‘s hand-crafted, small-batch bonbons using ethically-sourced chocolate. 10 flavours are from their current collections and 15 flavours are specially made just for the holiday season!
Family-owned wine and spirits boutique Color de Vino has released their Festive Wine Advent Calendar that features the perfect holiday mix of 12 full size bottles (750ml), all tucked into our custom advent box with individually perforated openings to keep the surprise going!
Local olive oil and vinegar shop Evoolution is selling 24 Nights of Flavour with their olive oils, vinegars, blends, and seat salt advent calendar. The art work is beautiful, done by artist Jason Carter, and you get recipe videos too.
Advents don’t always have to be about treats you put in your tummies, how about daily treats for your mind? Local publisher Hingston & Olsen’s annual Short Story Advent would make a great gift for avid readers. Features 25 top-class short stories, selected in-house, by some of the best writers in North America and beyond.
Don’t miss picking up a popular advent calendar from the Italian Centre Shop, which features 24 mini versions of some of their top selling items (from kitchen gadgets and accessories to pantry favourites). In 2021 they sold out in MINUTES. This year they’re selling in-store (Nov 17 starting at 9 a.m.) as well as online (Nov 15) but with limited quantities!
JACEK Chocolate’s 2022 hand-crafted, hand-packaged Advent Calendars for adults is already sold out (you really need to be on it in October next year) but they are taking pre-orders for their Children’s Advent—new for 2022! Be sure to snag one before these inevitably sell out too.
The Barn Owl, a super cute country home decor store in Stony Plain, Alberta, is releasing their 2nd Annual Advent Calendar Box which includes a curated selection of 24 gifts—some Christmas decor, some everyday items, something delicious, practical, fashionable, and more!
Local chocolatier The Violet Chocolate Company wants you to countdown to Christmas with a delicious bite of chocolate each day with their chocolate advent. All chocolates are made with gluten-free ingredients and each day includes a note to help inspire small ways to celebrate the season and connect with loved ones.
Countdown to Christmas Day with tea! This online loose leaf tea shop carries over 50 flavours. Enjoy one new tea every day with this Tea Advent. Choose between a fully herbal tea calendar, and all black tea calendar, or an assorted tea calendar. Calendars are available in Black, Herbal, or Every Kind of Tea.
If you’re looking for more ideas for local gifts, check out a few of my other blog posts:
- 41 Edmonton Area Women Artists, Makers, and Entrepreneurs to Support (March 2021)
- Ultimate Guide to Edmonton-Made Gifts (Nov 2020)
- Spin the Wheel of Local – Support Edmonton Businesses (March 2020)
- Guide to Edmonton Dining + Shopping Itineraries ft. Women Owned Businesses (Mar 2020)
- Shop Local: Guide to Women-Owned Businesses in the Edmonton Area (March 2019)
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