Edmonton shops for ultimate Secret Santa gifts

Shopping for your coworkers, friends or Secret Santa recipients doesn’t need to be stressful. There are plenty of fantastic shops in the city that carry fun, quirky and reasonably priced gifts. If you’re seeking a unique gift that will leave an impression, these stores offer plenty of great options – and there is nothing generic about them.

The Wish List Gifts Ltd

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10464 82 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB T6E 2A2

Digging through the fun and sometimes kooky items at this filled-to-the-brim store is always an adventure. In addition to an extensive collection of art, they also sell beautiful lamps, jewellery, purses, accessories, bath products and more. They carry many locally made items, including chocolate bars, and a lot of the artists they promote are Canadian.

Jacek Chocolate Couture

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10140 104 St NW, Edmonton, AB T5J 1A7

This local chocolate company has made a name for itself with its decadent, gourmet truffles and chocolate bars, named after famous fashionistas. The business originated in Sherwood Park, and has since expanded to include a shop on the 104 Street promenade. If you can’t decide between the Jackie and the Marilyn, pick up the Artisan bar collection or one of the truffle collections, such as the Marie Antoinette collection. They also sell Advent calendars, sipping chocolate and various chocolate covered delights, such as dark chocolate covered cocoa beans.

Laurel's On Whyte

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8210 104 St NW, Edmonton, AB T6E 4E6

In addition to flowers, this fun store stocks items specifically chosen by the shop’s owner. This includes home décor, jewellery, bath products, gifts and body products from brands such as Tokyo Milk, Casa by Pureliving, Creative Co-op and Library of Flowers. And, if you can’t find an appropriate gift, you can always go with a gorgeous custom bouquet for a gift!

Carol's Quality Sweets

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12519 102 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB T5N 0M4

Searching for a gift for a friend with a serious sweet tooth? Carol’s has you covered. This retro candy shop not only makes its own handmade chocolates but also stocks every candy and chocolate imaginable, including plenty of European goodies. You’ll find every kind of Jelly Belly imaginable, a wall of penny candy, candy sushi kits, organic hard candies and more.

The Plaid Giraffe

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10340 82 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB T6E 1Z8

This cute Whyte Avenue shop is the ideal spot to pick out a gift or three for your fave female friend or coworker. They sell an array of beautiful jewellery, purses, toques, gloves, scarves, mugs and more. You’ll even find little bags of delicious Christmas candies and chocolates, perfect for stocking stuffers!

Evoolution Oils & Vinegars

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10130 104 St NW, Edmonton, AB T5J 1A7

If you draw a gourmet foodie or even an aspiring chef, you’ll want to stop by Evoolution for some gift inspiration. The store is beautifully organized, making it easy and quick to find a cranberry pear white balsamic vinegar or a Persian lime olive oil. In addition to a bounty of extra virgin olive oils and white and dark balsamics, you’ll also find sea salts (ranging from truffle to smoked) and a variety of other goodies, such as chocolates, Chardonnay hand-stuffed olives and jams. Best of all – they sell mini sampler packs of oils and vinegars, ideal for gifts.

Carbon Environmental Boutique Ltd

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12543 102 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB T5N 0M4

If you’re looking for a eco-conscious gift that is still chic, this is the ideal shop. Carbon carries a large variety of items, including bath and body products, candles, décor, books and eco starter kits. They also stock a section for babies and kids. All of their products are sustainable, ethical, non-toxic and, when possible, sourced locally.

The Briefing Room

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10151 82 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB T6E 1Z5

While you may not want to pick out underwear for your Secret Santa gift, the Briefing Room has plenty of other great gifts for guys. They also stock socks, ties, loungewear and swimwear, in addition to grooming and skincare items. A five-blade luxury razor, paired with almond aftershave cream and orange sandalwood aftershave soother is a slam-dunk gift for any man old enough to shave. Or, for the hirsute gentleman in your life, grab Bay Rum beard balm, an anti-static maple beard comb and organic peppermint lip balm.

Red Ribbon Gifts Inc

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12505 102 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB T5N 0M4

This quirky, cute underground shop holds a plethora of fantastic gifts for everyone in your life, from your cool aunt to your favourite bro. They stock a variety of clothing, footwear, scarves, gloves, jewellery, hair accessories and more. You’ll find unique gifts you won’t find elsewhere, while making mental notes of what to add to your own wish list for Santa.

Villages Goods

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10432 82 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB T6E 2A2

This store, located on Whyte Avenue, sells handmade fair trade items, such as jewellery, scarves, books, coffee, glassware and holiday ornaments. Artisans from 35 different countries contribute their talents to everything you’ll find in this shop. Their Christmas ornaments, in particular, are breathtaking and make beautiful gifts.

Whether you’re shopping for a wee babe or yourself, is there anything cozier than a onesie? Perfect for camping trips or hanging out at home on the couch (or in the crib),onesies are versatile and comfy – plus, is there anything a baby looks cuter in? These stores sell the most adorable onesies on the market. [Image credit: iStock.com/martinedoucet]
Kombucha tea, a slightly bubbly fermented drink made with a green or black tea base, is a sweet but healthy alternative to pop. Makers claim it can aid in digestive health, plus it just tastes fantastic. Often made from organic, raw ingredients, kombucha teas have exploded in popularity in the past decade. These Edmonton shops carry a variety of brands, including some Canuck favourites.
Linens may seem like a boring thing to purchase, but, if you search the right shops, you can find the most plush, decadent bath towels and pretty kitchen linens you’ll ever see. Having high quality bath towels is essential for a happy life and lovely kitchen linens – well, that just makes your kitchen all the more beautiful and fun.
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