Something that always catches my eye at local markets is gifts that are very explicitly Edmonton. Sometimes it’s our hashtag / airport code (YEG), cut into wood or copper. Sometimes it’s stunning illustrations of an Edmonton skyline or a specific local landmark. Whether you’re born and raised in the city or a transplant, there’s something about buying a gift that screams Edmonton that just brings a lot of joy.
So with the holiday season approaching (and well, really for any gifts, year-round), I thought it would be nice to put together a guide to Edmonton-made gifts that really show your love of the city—perfect for you, perfect for the Edmontonian (or Edmontonian at heart) in your life! Buying an Edmonton gift at this time is especially impactful because small businesses, artists and makers could really use your support.
Note: this guide isn’t just about celebrating great gifts from local makers (of which there are so many!), it’s specifically about EDMONTON gifts (by Edmonton makers). With some exceptions, lol.
If you’d like more great ideas for shopping local gifts, I link a some resources at the end of this post!
The Ultimate Guide to Edmonton-Made Gifts That Show Your Love of The City!
Total Gifts: 31
Last updated: November 10, 2020
If you buy a gift from one of these makers, let them know you heard about them from my blog! I don’t get anything, it’s just nice to know the blog helped local businesses get sales! lol
(Listed in no particular order!)
Wear your civic pride! Kristine MacDonald of Smithstine Copper makes stunning Edmonton necklaces! Buy a hand sawn copper path of the North Saskatchewan River, abstracted outline of Edmonton’s downtown skyline, outline of the Edmonton city limits stamped with YEG and more!
Edmonton: A Colouring Book contains 25 pages of landmarks and Q&A activities! This book by Snow Alligator/Jason Blower a wonderful tool for little ones (and old ones? lol) to learn about our city and its landmarks. Jason Blower also sells other great Edmonton illustrations!
The Edmontonia Trading Cards are an all-ages set of collectible trading cards that celebrating celebrate everyday life in this odd, charming, mostly frozen city. The set of 60 cards features text by Michael Hingston and all-new illustrations and photography from a dozen local artists.
Northside Pride! There’s all sorts of North Side Still Alive gifts from Majesty & Friends including notebooks, mugs, T-shirts, dishcloths, and coasters. The mug makes a great planter, pencil cup, cat water dish and more! Majesty & Friends sells lots of great Edmonton gifts!
A whole lot of Edmonton in an 18″ x 24″ poster. A cursory look at what makes Edmonton, well, Edmonton. From every mayor to West Edmonton Mall to the River Valley to the day known as Black Friday, This is Edmonton is a snapshot of where this city currently is and how it got here, by Nigel Hood of Hotel Design Co.
This 112-page, hard cover, full-colour, coffee table book takes you into the homes of 100+ of the city’s a-meowzing felines! Created and crowdfunded in 2016. 100% proceeds go to the Edmonton International Cat Festival, which raises money for Edmonton area cat rescues.
Order online or buy through Tix on the Square.
Get a real street sign with your name on it! Signs take about a week to be made in the City of Edmonton’s sign shop. Large sign holds 13-15 characters. Medium sign holds 10-12 characters. And Small sign holds up to 9 characters.
Cost: Inquire with Tix on the Square
Gift the story behind Alberta’s craft beer boom—an insider’s look that brings together tasting notes, social history, politics, and science. A perfect gift for an Alberta craft beer lover by Edmonton author Scott Messenger. (Although admittedly not as EXPLICITLY an “Edmonton” gift, I think it still works lol).
Beer from Edmonton’s craft breweries would also make great gifts too. The Growlery’s YXD Barley Wine is named after Edmonton City Centre Airport’s airport code (part of their Edmonton Blatchford series honouring the historic airport).
So that’s my Ultimate Guide to Edmonton-Made Gifts That Show Your Love of The City!
If you’d like to shop more gifts by local makers, here’s a few other resources:
- Edmonton Made Business Directory
- The Local Good Gift Guide
- The Makers Keep
- Royal Bison Art + Craft Fair
- 2020 YEG Local Gift Guide (50 Local Gifts Under $50)
Plus, check out some related shop local blog posts of my own: