Of course we should show our moms that we love them year-round, but Mother’s Day is the perfect time to spoil our favourite ladies a little bit extra. These shops carry a wide and unique selection of gifts that are worthy of your favourite mom. Image credit: iStock.com/promicrostockraw.
Calgary is an artistic city. It features its own art school (ACAD) and a great many art-supply shops provide creative inspiration as well as artistic tools. Whether you’re a painter of panoramas inspired by Calgary’s mountain and prairie surroundings, a portrait painter, potter or police sketch artist, you’ll find everything you need at these artful shops.
Dads can be notoriously difficult to shop for, but these city stores carry abundant gift ideas for your old man. Options include everything from books and loose-leaf tea to outdoor gear and specialty knives, as well as locally made loungewear. Image credit: iStock.com/pamelamoore.
Great baby shower gifts can be fun and practical or simply a treat for mom at a thrilling and stressful time when she could use a little self-indulgence. At these gift shops, baby-gear spots and maternity boutiques you’ll find toys and clothing as well as bed and bath gear for newborns, but also thoughtful treats for the mom-to-be.
A handful of established comic shops and independent bookstores offer an extensive selection of new comic book releases and back issues as well as presenting comic-themed events and artist meet-and-greets. Whether you’re a rookie comic enthusiast or a seasoned collector, here’s where to find graphic novels and comic books, memorabilia, collectibles and more. Image credit: iStock.com/Brendan Hunter.
If you’re new to the Calgary knitting and sewing scene and curious about suppliers, this list is for you. When you’re looking for someone that knows their way around a magic loop or a blanket stitch, your latest project will be in good hands with these expert sewing outlets.
Colourful knit sweaters embossed with stitched snowmen, pom-pom-adorned Santas and jingly bells have become a seasonal wardrobe staple, and ugly-Christmas-sweater parties are all the rage. So, if you want to celebrate Christmas with the most festive sweater you can find, here are some places you can find truly ugly Christmas sweaters. Photo courtesy Holiday Rejects.
Whether you’re training to be a cocktail connoisseur, or just want to learn to make a great drink, here’s where to get everything you need from recipes and bitters to syrups and gadgets. [Image credit: iStock.com/LiliGraphie]
These Calgary home scent and aromatherapy shops have all the fragrant products you need to ensure your home always smells great. Keep your home smelling fresh all day long with beautiful scents that fit your personality (or even your decor!).
It’s not tough to find gifts that incorporate green. Eco-friendly items may be ethically sourced, locally made, fashioned from organic materials or created without the use of harmful chemicals. Calgary is loaded with shops that either specialize in, or carry, eco-friendly merchandise. Here are a few such ethical, sustainable businesses. [Image credit: iStock.com/dolgachov]
Rock and gem shops are like art galleries for one of nature’s very own art forms, and the pieces on display can be just as beautiful and diverse as any art collection. Whether you’re an admirer of gems, a rock collector or a believer in the mystical powers of crystals and semi-precious stones, these shops carry a menagerie of minerals that’ll rock your world.
Whether you’re looking for the latest Gibson guitar, a sweet vintage drum set or cables and microphones, Calgary’s music stores carry loads of gear for both hobbyists and professional musicians. While some stores specialize in new instruments and accessories, amps and stage equipment, others carry vintage instruments as well as songbooks, sheet music and more.
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