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    ‘Tis the season for gifting! As you begin your holiday shopping, consider supporting small businesses by shopping local. Not only will you find some unique gifting picks for your loved ones, but you’ll also be helping these local businesses achieve long-term success and sustainability.

    Read on for our top holiday gifting picks from local retailers at Southcentre.

    For the Health and Beauty Fanatic

    After a stressful holiday season, no doubt everyone is in search of a little self-care. Help your loved ones achieve some zen with health and beauty gifts that will amp up their wellness practice. We love the bath bombs from The Bomb Bar and Charmed Aroma (which includes surprise jewelry in theirs!), and Oak & Tonic has a great selection of skincare products for all.

    Additional local health & beauty retailers:

    Rocky Mountain Soap Co. | Ao-Ta Beauty Salon | Tommy Gun’s Barbershop


    For the Fashionista

    The fashionista always loves to stand out from the crowd, and what better way to help him or her with some local finds? Elysian Boutique has some whimsical pieces for the free-spirited, while Blu’s has an impressive selection of designer goods any fashion lover will adore.

    Additional local fashion retailers:

    Bellissima | Sole to Soul Footwear

    For The Hometown Sports Fan

    Help those die-hard fans support their fave local sports teams by gifting them something from CGY Team Store – Calgary’s authentic team store and official retailer of the Calgary Flames and Calgary Hitmen Hockey clubs as well as the Calgary Roughnecks lacrosse team. With a variety of jerseys, headwear, T-shirts, and novelty items, there’s something for the whole family!

    For the One with a Sweet Tooth

    Indulge your sweet-toothed friends with some yummy local treats. Candy Heaven is the go-to sweet tooth destination, while Chocolaterie Bernard Callebaut is great for handcrafted artisanal chocolates and chocolate products. Meanwhile, The Nut Man has over 70 varieties of prepackaged nuts, candies, chocolate and mixes, perfect for gifting. As for the coffee afficionado? They’ll love Analog Coffee’s selection of roasts from their signature coffee line.

    For the Jewelry Lover

    There’s something magical about receiving a piece of jewelry over the holidays – be it a dainty necklace, a classic pair of gold hoop earrings or a showstopping ring. Joydrop has a curated selection of jewelry from female designers, while family-operated business Dana Dow Jewellers is a great option for custom pieces of fine jewelry.

    Add a little sparkle to your look

    Permanent jewelry is now available at Dana Dow Jewellers. Express your style with a variety of chains and charms.

    All-Around Crowd Pleasers

    For the people who are difficult to shop for, consider shopping at these local businesses for unique, crowd-pleasing gifts that will suit everyone. Both Collab and Twisted Goods offer a variety of goods from local makers including cards, ceramics and home décor, while Drops of Gratitude has some perfect picks for anyone looking to elevate their lives and live happier with more confidence and intentionality (their essential oil bracelets make for great stocking stuffers!)

    Additional retailers:

    Motive Art Academy | Plantsie| Art Space & Design


    Flex your Creative Muscles

    Join Motive Art Academy for a fun interactive workshop where you get to put your creative skills to the test or learn some new tricks firsthand from Motive Art Academy’s artists.

    Book your session here!

    It is still as important as ever to support local businesses this holiday season (and beyond). When you head to Southcentre, look out for the “Love Where You Live” stickers on local retail storefronts and be sure to pay them a visit.

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