Each year I put together a list of companies I personally enjoy as part of my local Saskatchewan holiday gift guide.
This year the pandemic has made it even more difficult for those running small businesses. Shopping local is a great way to support your neighbours, your friends, and fellow Saskatchewanians in their businesses as well as help boost the local economy.
Click here for last year’s listing of 16 of Saskatchewan’s best makers, producers, artists and authors. They’re great suggestions for this year too!
*Disclaimer: I’m thankful to have been gifted or purchased items from several of these businesses over the years. Saskatchewan truly has some talented makers! None of the mentions in my list are sponsored however a few may have affiliate links. These links help support my own small business at no additional cost to you.
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Food + Drink
Cre8 Vodka – Smooth 42 Craft Distillery
Owners: Adam Dombowsky + Sacha Elez
A classic story of small-town creativity. Owners Adam and Sacha bought up the local curling rink for $1 and turned it into a distillery. While they have a great selection of premium alcohol and moonshine, what really sets them apart is their Cre8 Eco Vodka. They’ve crafted 333ml of vodka (without the water) into a 1000ml bottle. This way you can make your own flavour by adding in your choice of fruit or spices and topping with water. Then I recommend mixing with your favourite holiday drink. It’s great for entertaining guests or gifting.
You can purchase a box of 12 bottles here or find it at these Saskatchewan locations.
3Gen Orchards and Gardens
Owner: AJ Williams and Family
Location: west of Saskatoon
This is the perfect gift to share with loved ones in the Saskatoon area. 3Gen Orchards and Gardens is a 3-generation local farm that has created a 14-week subscription box of fresh seasonal fruits and veggies grown right here in Saskatchewan. Each box is different as it’s based around our summer growing season. Deliveries are made to locations within the city for pickup. This is as close as it gets to having produce from your mom or grandma’s garden and is a perfect gift idea for those hard-to-buy individuals in your life.
Owner: Yohannes Petros
Yohannes is doing it differently when it comes to hummus. Beginning in his home kitchen in 2009, his primary focus has been on real and fresh ingredients. His products are unique in their thick texture and full flavours. My favourite is the Moroccan Seven Spice. I also enjoy the behind-the-scenes content he shares on his Instagram account of how everything is made.
Wendell Estate Honey
Owners: The Wendell Family
Wendell Estate Honey is pure, raw and natural artisan honey harvested from a single-family farm near Macnutt. Not only is it award-winning, but they also appeared on Season 7 of Dragon’s Den. It’s perfect for a stocking stuffer, in a gift basket or as part of a Christmas breakfast or brunch spread.
Home + Lifestyle
Hikes for Families: A Guide to the Canadian Rockies
Author: Annika Mang
Author and adventurer Annika Mang from Born to Be Adventurous proves adventure doesn’t have to stop when you have children. Her first book was inspired by her two young daughters who are every bit as intrepid and independent as her. Annika has put together a practical and helpful guide on hiking in the Canadian Rockies with your family.
Owner: Marea Olafson
Location: Between Wynyard and Dafoe on Highway 16
Marea Olafson works in her basement studio to craft twice-fired handmade bowls, mugs and plates. She sells them in her little roadside shop along with a variety of other crafted goods from creatives and makers in the nearby communities. Working on the honour system, it’s a help-yourself-style store where customers leave money with a note on the pad on the table or you can send an e-transfer.
Little Victory Candles
Owners: Lucas and Julia Buckingham
This year more than ever is the year to celebrate little victories, which is what Little Victory Candles is all about. Their small-batch candles are hand poured and made of 100% soy. The scents are delicious and a few include Dandy’s London Fog, Beach Bum, Cinnamon Spice Vanilla Bun of Merriment, Cottage and Satsuma Mandarin. They’d make for a thoughtful and eco-friendly gift.
Pickle & Bee Natural Products
Owner: Liz MacDougall
I’ve been making the transition to more natural and refillable personal products and Pickle & Bee is one of the best local companies to provide just that. Liz launched her business after battling cancer as a young mom. She was in search of safe and organic products that were locally sourced but couldn’t quite find what she was looking for. So she created them herself. Today she has a whole line of lip balms and scrubs, body butters, natural deodorants and shampoo and conditioner bars.
Owner: Courtney Stallard
Location: Pilot Butte
I recently discovered the talented Courtney Stallard and her wood wall art company Rustic Green. Her pieces are effortlessly country (or mountain) chic and are all custom handcrafted in her woodshop home garage. Even better – much of the wood she uses are upcycled reclaimed pieces. To say I’m obsessed is an understatement – particularly with her wood wheat sheaves that are so Saskatchewan.
Clothing + Brick and Mortar Stores
Owners: Abbie, Deena and Lana
Belong Lifestyle is much more than a consignment shop and place to purchase curated pieces for every body type. The three ladies behind this community-oriented company are all about inclusion, support and a sense of belonging. These women are as vibrant as the beautiful pieces they sell online and in-store. Any piece would make a perfect Christmas gift.
Pop by in person or take a look at their online shop here.
Life Outside Gear Exchange
Owners: Matt Johnson and Nancy Broten
I love a good new-to-me item and strongly believe the right piece can be a perfect gift as well. Giving gently used, high-quality items a new home is a great way to embrace sustainable fashion as well as support a newly-opened Saskatoon store.
You can search their ever-changing selection of items here or shop in store.
Owner: Karlee Raiwet
The Alternative shop and refillery at Local Market YQR makes it easy to purchase quality, locally made and sustainable gifts without all the packaging. Owner Karlee Raiwet is passionate about inspiring others to live towards an alternative lifestyle and has carefully curated an amazing selection of high-quality Saskatchewan and Canadian-made health, beauty, home and household products.
Shop The Alternative’s online store here or in person in Regina.
Owner: Josh Turner
Playing into my outdoor and adventure-loving side, Saskamper has created a line of apparel based on how we camp and explore the outdoors here in Saskatchewan. They have bunnyhugs, t-shirts, hats and scarves and even a cute little Buffalo plaid toque for babies.
Shop their online store here.
Comment with Your Local Business
Are you a local, small-business here in Saskatchewan or know someone who is with the perfect gift items for the holidays? Drop the details in the comment section including what kind of items the business sells so others can find and support local this season!