Holiday Shopping Tour with Telus TV

A few weeks ago, I filmed a myEdmonton segment for Telus TV Community Programming. We spent an afternoon wandering through downtown Edmonton’s top local boutiques for original and local gift ideas.

(wish I could share the video here with you…. But honestly, I lack the video editing skills to properly do so.)

Here’s the shops we visited:

The Shop at The Art Gallery of Alberta: This store is packed full of great gifts. From locally-made jewelry to beautiful coffee table books to art kits for aspiring artists – this little shop does wonders to cross off the particularly difficult people on my list.

Coup {Garment Boutique}: This upmarket women’s clothing boutique sells the most beautiful gifts. Top picks include So Pretty Jewelry, glass.ful tumblers, cashmere scarves and trendy clothing.

Kerstin’s Chocolates: Yummy. Yummy. A chocolate lover’s paradise; a store packed full of the best chocolate. Grand gift ideas include a gift certificate for a chocolate tasting, a basket full of chocolate for the baker on your list, and cocoa nib caviar.

Transcend Coffee: Locally roasted coffee beans. Give a bag of coffee beans, a gift certificate or even a coffee subscription. 

Below are some of the gifts we highlight during the TV spot.

1. glass.ful: A locally-based company founded by two Edmonton women. Hand blown, tripled layered, coloured glass votives can be used as candleholder, vase, drinking glass or centerpiece. glass.ful is available at Coup {garment boutique} (101–10137 104 Street).

2. So Pretty Jewelry by Cara Cotter: Handmade jewelry with an ultra feminine design aesthetic layered with clean, modern and organic elements. Perfect for every gal on your list – girlfriend, mother, sister-in-law. Available at Coup {garment boutique} or give the gift of jewelry with a printable gift certificate redeemable on etsy.com or at Coup {garment boutique} (101–10137 104 Street).

3. A Jam Story:  Children’s Books by local illustrator Sarah Jackson. The adorable books teach important lessons on self-acceptance and realizing tastiliciousness. Available at the Art Gallery of Alberta.

4. CHILDish: Give the gift bound to make any kid smile – personalized dishes! You have the option to choose hair style, hair colour, eye colour, skin tone and create an image of each child. You’ll have a one-of-a-kind product. While the deadline has passed to put this under the tree, consider a printable gift certificate.

5. Kerstin’s Chocolates: Give the gift chocolate. Tastings include the history of chocolate, and how it is made from beans into bars. Then you taste a series of dark and milk chocolates from around the world, and we learn about what to look for when enjoying fine chocolates. Wrap together with Chocophilia®  line of milk and dark bars, drinking chocolates, Cocoa Nib Caviar ™. Available at Kerstin’s Chocolates (10139 112th Street)

6. Transcend Coffee Subscription: Fresh Transcend coffee in the mail each month. Each bag of coffee comes with a letter with information about the coffee, where it was grown, how it was processed, and brewing suggestions. For relatives and friends that live far away; it’s a great way to share a bit of Edmonton every month. Order online from Transcend Coffee.