Last Minute Made-In-Edmonton Gift Guide

It’s the week before Christmas and everybody is scrambling to get that perfect gift. Now if you’re somebody like me you don’t want to pick up just a generic gift or a gift card, so what is available on such short notice that is unique?

Well it looks like there’s a lot of Edmonton-made gifts and products that are perfect for the occasion whether it’s for a coworker, a friend, someone in a community organization, or a loved one. We’ve compiled a list of 5 last minute gifts which are perfect for the occasion.

Sweet Lollapalooza Confections

Yes, these are chocolates, but they’re not just any ordinary box of chocolates. Chocolatier Brett Roy uses some of the world’s rarest chocolates to make his internationally-acclaimed bonbons. Among the awards Roy has received include the top 10 chocolatiers in North America, international gold for many of the selections available in store, and an earned license to work with a sustainable farm growing Pure Nacional, a cocoa so rare it was once thought to be extinct.

You can buy chocolates individually, or in boxes you select, or assorted gift boxes already prepared. They have a shelf life of 4-6 weeks, although even more rare is finding box of chocolates which survive not being eaten for that duration!

Find them at Commerce Place. More info on website.

Bro Brick

Many people buy articles of clothing for men, like socks, underwear, or sweaters. A little something extra to go with that is BroBrick, soaps made for men with ingredients and scents such as Beer and Wasabi, Rum and Coke, Mountain Man, and Whiskey and Chocolate (made with another local chocolatier JACEK Chocolate Couture).

These are great small little gifts to bring along of you’re visiting family and friends abroad. As a tip, not only are there no soaps like theirs anywhere else, but they double as great air fresheners in your suitcase!

You may find a large selection of BroBrick products at The Briefing Room in Old Strathcona. Since we suggested socks and underwear, may we add that The Briefing Room has those in store for you as well? Visit the store on Whyte Avenue, or shop online at their website.

Hansen Distillery

For the adult crowd who enjoy some drinks to ring in the New Year, the family-run Hansen Distillery is a one-stop shop. The pride themselves in making their spirits and liqueurs using locally-sourced ingredients when possible.

The freshness of these ingredients undoubtedly help in the flavours they’re able to create as a truly prairie experience. Where else can you find products such as Mulled Cranberry Moonshine, Purple Cow Saskatoon Berry Cream Liquor, End of the Line Moonshine, and Morning Glory Chocolate Hazelnut Cream Liquor? For the undecided, they offer a Mini Bottle 4-pack, which is both cute and great as checked-baggage travel gifts. But hurry, they’re already selling out some of their selections. Visit them in store or on their website.

Besides the take-home product, Hansen also has distillery tours and tasting parties available, because why be alone when you can enjoy responsibly together?

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Thanks to Hansen Distillery, we also have a Purple Cow Saskatoon Berry Cream Liquor, tour, and tasting for 4 available for you to win! It’s a purely social media giveaway, so there’s no purchase necessary. Click here for contest details. There’s also a delicious eggnog recipe!

Escape Room

For those who value time with people more than things, why not give an experience instead? The X Realm is the city’s largest escape room and currently offers 5 escape room experiences ranging from a difficulty between 2 to 5 out of 5 difficulty level. Each room can accommodate up to 8 people.

Since the location is right on Jasper, it’s perfect for the urban dwellers who will spend the holidays here at home with friends after a meal together on a night out. Or have an experience just as a couple, because who wouldn’t want to be locked in a room with the person you’ll spend most of your life with? There’s no escaping those you are most familiar with.

For more on The X Realm bookings and Christmas offers, contact them through their website.

Edmonton: Then and Now

If the person you’re buying for is a history buff, Edmonton lover, office acquaintance, or for someone who is is new to the city, what better than a gift of permanence with a book about River City?

Fresh off the press is “Edmonton: Then and Now.” Photographer David Aaron put together a photobook with images taken at the same place before and after. What makes this book more enjoyable is that the ‘before’ images aren’t from a century ago, but from within much of our lifetimes in living colour.

The book has been flying off the shelves across the city. You can find copies at Audreys Books or select Indigo stores. The book is also available through the publisher visiting

If by chance the books do sell out, there’s an ‘Edmonton’ section at Audreys Books on Jasper, or Indigo in Old Strathcona.

This blog post was not sponsored.