It’s time for my annual Saskatchewan gift guide where I share some of my favourite Saskatchewan makers, creators, producers and entrepreneurs and the products and experiences they sell.
For the last three years, I’ve put together a list of Saskatchewan-made holiday gift ideas to encourage people to shop and support locally. It’s also an opportunity for me to share some of my favourite products made right here at home.
If you’d like to take a look at the previous year’s lists, check them out below:
Please note some of these links may be affiliated. Which means if you purchase the item through them, not only are you supporting the local businesses whose products these are, but you’re also supporting my own small business.
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Made in SK Gift Ideas for Christmas
In no particular order, here are some of the best items to gift to loved ones all while shopping and supporting local this year.
For the Traveller
Tammy Leonew designs and crafts handmade leather bags and accessories out of Martensville. I’ve been a fan of hers for years, following along on her Instagram account and seeing all the beautiful items she creates. In particular, she crafts leather passport holders stamped with the shape of Saskatchewan on it. It’s the perfect gift for the traveller in your life. No matter how far away your family or friends find themselves from home, they’ll never forget where they came from.
Shop her Etsy store here.
Back 40 Wilderness First Aid Course
If your loved ones enjoy the outdoors as much as I do, you’ll want to get them a 20-hour Wilderness First Aid Course (and then buy them the 40-hour for their birthday!). I did both my 20-hour and 40-hour with Rebecca from Back 40 Training earlier this year and I honestly wish I had done it sooner. It’s an (educational) experience versus buying a physical item and it supports a local women-run business. Extra bonus is it’s perfect for an outdoorsy person as rain or shine, Rebecca’s courses go ahead in the outdoors all year regardless of the weather. This gift is also peace of mind if you ever worry about your loved ones on adventures or want to make sure those you adventure with are trained to help in case something were to ever happen to you in the outdoors.
I cannot recommend Rebecca’s course enough. It’s not just the content and highly realistic scenarios she puts together but her passion for keeping people safe so they can continue to have incredible adventures in the outdoors.
Book in a course here.
Tasta Airstream Getaway
Tasta Airstream is a getaway that takes staying in a vintage camper to another level. It’s the perfect idea for people who love the gift of an experience and prefer a glamping getaway to traditional camping and RV’ing.
“The Dale” is located on five acres of land south of Saskatoon in the hamlet of Furdale. It makes for the perfect getaway from the city or a great getaway to the city (depending on what you’re looking for.) On arrival, you’ll find a complimentary bottle of wine, homemade sourdough bread and s’mores ready to cook on the outdoor propane fire pit. There’s also an option to include locally sourced ingredients from local shops for a delicious meal grilled and enjoyed al fresco on the wooden patio underneath strings of twinkle lights.
Relaxation Experience at Float Now
Floating is the ultimate for relaxation, meditation and sensory deprivation. If you’ve never heard of it – you climb inside a float tank with 1000-lbs of Epsom salt and float in body-warm temperature in the dark for upwards of 90-minutes. Why? Because it’s a fantastic way to relax and get away from the demands and stresses of everyday life. Which also makes it a great gift idea. It’s the perfect experience to give to someone to treat them to a relaxing and unique experience. If you’re curious you can read more about Float Now Saskatoon.
Grab a gift card for your loved one here.
READ MORE: Why I Float and Why You Should Too
To Keep Warm in Winter
It’s the perfect gift for the person in your life who can’t stay warm in our frigid winters. Creator Tracey Goldade has reinvented this tube-shaped hand warmer with a multipurpose approach. The tubes not only keep your hands warm on cold days with their thick thermal layers, but they have an interior pocket to stash heat packs for added comfort as well as a zipper that turns them into a seat cushion. You can also use them as a pillow when travelling or camping. With four different designs, there’s an option for everyone on your Christmas gift list.
Purchase a Tube here.
The theme of this Christmas gift list tends towards the outdoorsy and Provincial Clothing is no exception. This up-and-coming clothing brand focuses on Saskatchewan-centred outdoor designs. They can customize your favourite Saskatchewan lake on a shirt, sweater, jogger or duffle bag. Or you can choose one of their in-house “Lake Life” or “Live Life Outside” designs.
A perfect stocking stuffer at Christmas while thinking ahead to the summer months we all love here in Saskatchewan. But with the hot weather comes the bugs. This bug bite balm is in a convenient lipbalm tube and is made of simple all natural ingredients including beese wax, coconut oil, baking soda, lemongrass oil and wintergreen oil (so it smells great too!). Greener Living Products is a local company based out of Melfort and are focused on providing USDA Certified Organic alternatives when it comes to personal hygiene and cleaning products.
Buy it here.
Flat Out Delicious
Jenn Sharp’s debut novel “Flat Out Delicious” is the definitive Saskatchewan foodie guidebook for those who are interested in and passionate about our growers, gardeners, farmers, producers, ranchers, chefs and winemakers. Jenn dives deep into what – and who – produces some of the best food in the world, right here in Saskatchewan.
Buy it here.
Grain Elevators: Beacons on the Prairies
Chris Attrell brings all the nostalgia with his second book Grain Elevators: Beacons on the Prairies. These prairie sentinels once dominated Saskatchewan’s southern landscape but, today, are becoming a rare sight to see in small towns. Chris captures the beauty and history of these impressive landmarks in his newest book.
If you’re a fan of Chris’s work, consider checking out his first book “Forgotten Saskatchewan” which explores life as it used to be in the prairies in his series of haunting images.