Holiday Gift Guide: 2017 Edition

Photo by  Vian Esterhuizen

It seems we've arrived at the most wonderful time of the year! Snow, skiing, baking, songs of cheer and... gifts! Love it or hate it, we've all got gifts on the mind. Whether you are dreading starting the gift search or already day dreaming about customized gift boxes for every coworker, My New Neighbour hopes to aid your gift giving by sourcing beautiful, ethical and locally made gifts. Read on to discover thoughtful gifts for all! 

The Outdoor Adventurer

For the person who can often be found whispering to themselves "the mountains are calling..." 

The Happiest Collection |Sweaters to tell the world how happy it makes you.

Camp Shirts for Men & Women | A Canadian staple by Sitka.

Mountain Mosaics | Watercolour mosaics of Canadian wildlife by LNDart.

Hiking Socks | The perfect pair of hiking socks from Patagonia. 

Camping Cocktails | Dehydrated cocktail mix kit for camping with all natural flavours and no preservatives. Concocted by Bar Country. Available locally at Meraki Supply Co. 

AlBEARta Hat | #Albertapride snapback hat made in Canada, designed & decorated in Alberta by Alberta Apparel. 

The Yogi

Gifts for the mindful soul. 

Tea Blending Workshop | Blend your own loose leaf tea with Ollia Macarons & Tea.

Earth Friendly Yoga Mat | A yoga mat with incredible longevity that will biodegrade when it's reached the end of its life.

Inspiring Eco-Tees | Positive messages, fair wage factories, organic cotton and eco friendly dyes = a 100% feel good tee by Lovbird Design.

The Homebody

Our favourite items to cozy up inside with.

Hand Painted Knitting Bowl |18K gold painted porcelain knitting bowls made in Vancouver, BC. 

Gleurps Slippers | Fuzzy foot cozies made humanely from Gotland wool in New Zealand. 

Organic Cotton Sweatpants | Crazy soft organic cotton & recycled polyester sweatpants from Canadian online retailer Azura Bay.

Organic, Handmade & Wholesome Cookies | Cookies made in small batches in Cochrane with fair-trade and organic ingredients.

Artisanal, Home Grown Teas | Hand blended with ingredients grown on site, found in the wild or sourced from quality suppliers. Made in Chilliwack, BC by New Moon Tea Co.

Upcycled Crib Board | Stunning crib boards made in Calgary from mixed recycled wood. Handcrafted by Adrian Martinus.   

The Vegan

Gifts with compassion for our animal friends.

Dinner Date | Treat a beloved vegan to a family style dinner at the bright, hip and scrumptious Ten Foot Henry in Calgary. 

Vegan shoes | Modern, fashionable and ethically made shoes made in Portugal by Nae. Find them at the Grinning Goat in Calgary. 

DIY Cheese | Vegan cheese making kit by Urban Cheesecraft. Experiment and customize with nuts, seeds and veggies!

Wooden Watch | Gorgeous watches for men and women made in Vancouver from recycled wood by Tense Watches.

Velvet Poufs | Inspired by the traditional Moroccan pouf. Made in Vancouver from vegan, recycled and new locally sourced materials.

Vegan Make Up Brushes| Luxuriously soft, durable and cruelty free, these brushes are a top notch choice whether you are vegan or not. Bonus: they have an eco-friendly bamboo handle. Find brush sets and single brushes at WorldTown Cosmetics

The Eco Warrior

From zero waste to sustainable textiles to a new plant friend, gifts for the protectors of the Earth.

Beeswax Food Wrap | Re-usable, eco-friendly alternative to plastic wrap. Made by Goldilocks Wraps in Victoria, BC. 

DIY Terrarium Kit | Create your own succulent masterpiece to add a glimmer of green to your home. 

Bamboo Utensils | Reusable bamboo utensils in an easily transportable and colourful, case by To Go Ware. A zero waste staple! 

Upcycled Mittens | Cozy, one of a kind mittens made from vintage sweaters, leather and buttons by Mittens Addiction. Check out their Facebook and Instagram for events and markets where you can find these mittens, or send them a message to order a custom fitted pair! 

Screen Printed Textiles | Absolutely adorable handkerchiefs, travel pouches and totes made with sustainable fabrics and eco-friendly dyes. Handcrafted by Jenna Rose Handmade.

Plastic Free iPhone Case | Made from plant-based materials that are compostable when the case has reached the end of its life. Created by Pela Case.

The Kitchen Creative

Tasty gifts for the culinarily inclined. 

End Grain Cutting Boards | End grain boards are the champion board for prolonging the lives of your knives. Knifewear's cutting boards are durable, easy on knives and an elegant addition to the kitchen. 

Food Tours | Rediscover your favourite Calgary neighbourhood, with your mouth! Hosted by Calgary Food Tours. 

Wine, Beer & Cocktail Classes | A variety of events to increase your knowledge of everything from whiskey to cocktails to white wine pairings with Willow Park Wines & Spirits. 

One of a Kind Spices | Fresh, high quality spices and spice mixes from Silk Road Spice Merchant in Calgary.

Specialty Cooking Classes | From brewing kombucha to spiralizing your veggies, the Social Supper in Calgary has a class for your inspired chef! 

Unique Baking Supplies | Cookie cutters, sprinkle mixes and decorating kits that make us giggle with glee! Unusual baking supplies for the creative baker by The Sparkling Pantry in Calgary.

The Spa Enthusiast

For the clean, green, spa-loving machine.

Cozy Robe | The cuddliest robe to feel cozy and cute in for a DIY spa day. Made in Montreal, find this super soft robe at Azura Bay.

Earth Friendly Spa Day | A spa experience that honours the Earth with eco-friendly and organic products at Leela Eco Spa. 

Organic Body Care Gift Sets | Om Organics offers pure, organic ingredients in luxurious, delicious body care products. Made in Inveremere, BC. 

All Natural Bath Bombs | Build your own bath bomb set with Rocky Mountain Soap's natural, wholesome and hand pressed bath bombs. 

Shampoo & Conditioner Bars |  Package free, natural shampoo and conditioner bars from Unwrapped Life. A tried and true My New Neighbour favourite! Also available in Calgary at Outside The Shape.

Nail Polish| High pigment, high quality nail polish by Butter London. Free of 7 toxic chemicals found in your average nail polish.

The Cute Couple

Gifts for two.

Pottery Class Gift Card | Get your Swayze on with a date night pottery class. 

Rotating Minimalist Photo Display | Printed photo sharing goods made with responsibly-sourced materials. 

Handcrafted Toffees | Freshly made, melt in your mouth toffees. Salty, sweet, spicy and nutty...just like love! Created by Sweet B's Toffee Shoppe in support of cancer research. 

Framed Wildlife Illustrations | Art that reflects the beauty of Alberta. Made in Calgary by Akamina.

Customized Rustic Home Decor | Personalized names and cute quotes on a handcrafted wooden sign. Made in Alberta by Little w Studio.  

Artisan Gift Box | Gift boxes featuring Canadian and international artisan goodies by The Good Box.

The Kids

Tiny humans like gifts too, right?

Art Classes | All kinds of adorable and entertaining art classes for every season. Mugs, clay ornaments, painting and more! Classes available at 4Cats locations in Calgary, Victoria, Vancouver and London. 

Cuddle Blanket | This cozy hand stitched blanket is made with unbleached organic cotton for the littlest of littles. Handcrafted in Calgary by Sunday Design Studio. 

Modern Wooden Toys | Funky n' fun wooden toys and decor made from gorgeous woods, water-based paint and beeswax finish. Created in Squamish, BC by Trae Designs.  

Cooking Classes | Cooking classes and camps for kids by Poppy Innovations in Calgary. They have adult classes for cooking, gardening and preserving too! 

Handmade Cloth dolls | Modern cloth dolls and doll accessories handmade by Lola Made Dolls in Calgary.

Baby Shoes | Soft soled baby shoes in dreamy colours and patterns. Made in Alberta by Parker and Posie.

May the joy of supporting gifts made locally and with love for people and the planet inspire your gift giving this season!

This gift guide is not sponsored, each item is handpicked with love by My New Neighbour! 

PS: We want to be transparent with you! You should know the Azura Bay items have "affiliate links" which means if you decide to buy from Azura Bay after reading our gift guide, we will get a small percentage of the sale. 100% of our earnings go towards keeping My New Neighbour up and running. We are happy to partner with Azura Bay in this way as their values align well with ours!