Shop Local: A Holiday Gift Guide to 17 of Saskatchewan’s Best Makers, Producers, Artists and Authors

Mid-November I was 100% full-steam ahead for Christmas lights, festivities and celebrations.

Somehow, it’s suddenly two weeks out and I have yet to begin any of my Christmas shopping.

If you’re like me and still in search of a few gifts for your loved ones, I have a list of some of my favourite local artists, creators, authors and craftspeople from Saskatchewan.

Disclaimer: I’m thankful to have worked with a few of these companies over the years and personally recommend each of their products. Saskatchewan truly has some talented makers! However, none of these mentions in my list are sponsored and none are affiliate links, just my genuine recommendation of wonderful Saskatchewan items (and people) I enjoy.

OUTDOOR GEAR

Photo Credit: Scobel Media

WILD PRAIRIE DESIGNS
Owner: Kim Ducherer
Location: Neilburg, Saskatchewan

Chances are you’ve seen me wearing one of Wild Prairies Designs toques the last couple of years. They are some of my favourite slouchy, cozy and super-cute toques to wear. The best part is they have swappable fur poms in three different sizes so you can choose what size and colour to wear.

I’m also obsessed with Kim’s leather fur-trimmed mittens and can vouch for their warmth on cold winter days.

Shop Wild Prairie Designs collection here.

Photo Credit: Wild Angle Textiles

WILD ANGLE TEXTILES
Owner: Kara Deshaies
Location: Esterhazy, Saskatchewan

Kara from Wild Angle Textiles is a Home Economics and Visual Arts teacher and also a very talented maker.

Her prints and patterns are adorable and so cute on babies and young children but also for adults as well. (I’m such a huge fan of the prints she selects – so representative of Canadian outdoor culture). She crafts minky blankets, bibs, burping cloths, rompers, infinity scarves and slouchy toques. She also uses fur from local trappers for her toques.

Photo Credit: Little Shop of Hammocks

LITTLE SHOP OF HAMMOCKS
Owner: James Jackson
Location: Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

I’ve been following Little Shop of Hammocks for years on Instagram. He is a master in his craft of top quilts, under quilts and hammocks. James’ shop is a custom shop so he doesn’t stock pre-made items unless listed. Everything is handmade by him in the order it’s received so you might not have time to order anything for Christmas – but keep his products in mind for future gifts for friends and family who love the outdoors.

Photo Credit: Something from Nothing Mittens

SOMETHING FROM NOTHING MITTENS
Owner: Karen Boldt
Location: Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

No two mittens are alike with Something From Nothing Mittens. Like Little Shop of Hammocks, I’ve been following Karen for years. She crafts felted wool mittens from recycled wool sweaters. It’s fun to not only see what she finds in second-hand stores but how she so expertly crafts them into beautiful and warm mittens.

BOOKS AND MAGAZINES

Did you know I love reading even more than I love travel?!

There are so many talented authors and publications sharing the best of Saskatchewan stories, culture and history.

Here are four of my favourite books and magazines published this past year.

FORGOTTEN SASKATCHEWAN
Author: Chris Attrell
Location: Shaunavon, Saskatchewan

One of my favourite Saskatchewan photographers, I was so excited when Chris Attrell’s book “Forgotten Saskatchewan” came out this fall.

He’s spent years capturing Saskatchewan’s rural history of iconic buildings that have long been abandoned. His images are haunting yet beautiful.

This book is a fantastic Saskatchewan keepsake for any coffee table.

Buy it here.

Photo Credit: Momma Inspiration / Kathleen Germs

“H” IS FOR HOME – A SASKATCHEWAN ALPHABET
Author: Amber Antymniuk
Location: Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

Amber is an educator, author and illustrator based in Saskatoon. This year she self-published a children’s book “‘H’ is for Home – A Saskatchewan Alphabet” that touches the nostalgic roots of those who grew up in the prairies. Her watercolour illustrations are simple yet poignant – which you can purchase separately if you’re looking to buy art for a loved one.

The book is a great buy for both young and old. Purchase it directly here.

PRAIRIES NORTH MAGAZINE
Owners: Rob and Amanda Soulodre
Location: Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

Prairies North is one of the top magazines in the province sharing Saskatchewan stories by local writers and photographers. They also have welcomed me into their Farmhouse Family as a regular contributor of my own Saskatchewan adventures.

A subscription to their magazine is an affordable gift and one I give both my mom and grandma every year.

You can purchase an online subscription of four issues per year here.

110 NATURE HOT SPOTS IN MANITOBA AND SASKATCHEWAN
Author: Jenn Smith Nelson (Saskatchewan)
Location: Regina, Saskatchewan

Nature is one of my favourite places to escape the digital world and reconnect again. Which is why I was excited to receive a copy of Jenn Smith Nelson and Doug O’Neill’s “110 Nature Hot Spots in Manitoba and Saskatchewan.”

I carried the book to Manitoba with me this past summer and crossed off a few of my favourite adventures in the province here at home. It’s a wonderful guidebook to gift to family and friends or keep on your own bookshelf.

Purchase Jenn’s book here.

FOR THE HOME

I admit I’d rather spend time outdoors than hang out at home or cook. But I will happily stand around awkwardly in the kitchen with my spatchy-spatch ready to stir something while someone else cooks for me! I only have two recommendations for this category, as I’m clearly not an expert, but these two companies are fantastic!

Photo Credit: Turning the Grain

TURNING THE GRAIN
Owner: Matt Tumbach
Location: Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

Matt Tumbach’s Turning the Grain woodwork is a stunning and wonderful gift for those who love to prepare tasty meals. Not only does Matt make cutting boards, coasters, and wooden bowl sets but he also crafts scoops, hand-turned wine stoppers and tie clips. He’ll even create a custom piece for you if you have something specific in mind.

Photo Credit: Turning the Grain

Perhaps my favourite custom piece he’s created is a framed wooden soundwave of a daughter saying “I love you Mommy.”

Photo Credit: Twig and Stone Handmade

TWIG AND STONE HANDMADE

Owner: Paige Surine
Location: Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

This is truly one-of-a-kind modern decor and I’m obsessed. Their Instagram account is particularly aesthetic! They craft planters and candle holders from concrete in a variety of neutral shades for really beautiful pieces that would suit any home.

CLOTHING

Photo Credit: Katee Pederson

TRUE LEAF COLLECTION
Owner: Ashley Prodahl
Location: Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

I have been absolutely obsessed over Ashley Prodahl’s hand-made, reversible bathing suits. I tell everyone I know about them because I think it’s so amazing that’s she’s designing and sewing such practical and lovely swimwear (perfect for travel as a 2-for-1). Her prints are bright, floral and fun and you can mix and match your custom order or purchase ones she’s already made.

She’s also made beach bags and travel and coin pouches. I take them everywhere and use them for both toiletries and tech equipment. Plus, a portion of proceeds from each purchase goes towards animal shelters in Saskatchewan.

Shop her collection here.

Photo Credit: Social Made Local / Josh Alex Photos

SOCIAL MADE LOCAL
Owner: Tyler Babiy
Location: Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

Social Made Local is a digital grassroots movement to encourage community and creativity amongst content creators and those looking to participate in some urban exploring. But it’s also a socially responsible apparel line that’s a perfect gift to help inspire the tech-savvy friends and family in your life to make content that creates a more loving and accepting world.

Check out Social Made Locals collection here.

FOOD & DRINK

I could include dozens of amazing growers and producers in this local food and drink listing. We are a plentiful province!

These three suggestions are ideal to add to stockings, include in gift baskets and perfect to bring along to holiday parties as a thank you. They also make it easy to avoid gifting people “stuff” if you’re more of a minimalist.

As a bonus – they’re all great bring-along’s for any hiking or canoe trip (handy tip: pour the wine into a bladder to make it easier to carry into the backcountry).

MEATCHOPS LEATHER SHOP
Owner: Chelsey Parkers
Location: Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

Chelsey Parkers is a motorcycle-riding, beef jerky-making super-talented entrepreneur. Meatchops Leather Shop focuses on making prairie-bred, grass-feed beef jerky as well as creating custom leather goods.

Her jerky is perfect to take on hiking or canoe trips as well as stash in your car for after-work or post-school hunger pains. It makes the perfect gift for the commuter, the kids or the outdoorsy one in your family.

Purchase some yummy jerky here.

WOLF WILLOW WINERY
Owner: Family-Owned
Location: near Outlook, Saskatchewan

I have two recommendations for a Christmas present – purchase the experience of glamping at Camp Wolf Willow and enjoy some Wolf Willow Wine while there. Or bring a bottle of Wolf Willow’s prairie fruit wines with you to the in-laws Christmas meal. They have haskap, cherry, rhubarb and sweet mead.

You can purchase here or at a local liquor store.

Photo Credit: Bar Over 3H Honey

BAR OVER 3H HONEY
Owner: Julie Ann and Kelly Howe
Location: near Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan

My first foray into specialty flavoured honey was with a small pot of Bar Over 3H’s cinnamon honey. It was a game-changer and honestly, now it’s hard to go back to regular honey. Julie-Anne also has unique flavours like licorice, pumpkin spice, lavender and cocoa honey. It’s a perfect stocking stuffer or great in a gift basket.

For prices, check out Julie Ann’s honey here.

JEWELRY

THIMBLE AND TWINE

Photo Credit: Thimble and Twine Shop

Owner: Kirstin Aitken
Location: Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

Kirstin’s delicate and handcrafted Saskatchewan and Canadian-themed jewelry is beautiful. The detailing is exquisite. Each piece has a purpose as a portion from each necklace and bracelet goes towards Autism families in need. She also crafts pieces for other provinces as well which makes a great gift for those not in the province.

You can purchase her pieces here.

KR JEWELRY

Photo Credit: KR Jewelry

Owner: Karen Robson
Location: Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

Karen Robson’s uses brass soldered-link chains and gemstones to craft unique pieces that are perfect for layering – from necklaces to earrings and bracelets. The vibe of her jewelry is strong yet feminine with a touch of earthly whimsy. See her beautiful pieces on her Instagram.

I always love learning about new brands in the province – if you’re a maker, crafter or creator, feel free to shoot me a message and tell me about what you do! I’d love to feature you in a future article or list.

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