A family looks through toilet paper rolls on their front steps in Porchtraits by Neil Zeller
Grab your copy of Porchraits. Calgary Families in Isolation During COVID-19 | Photo: Neil Zeller

Holiday Gift Guide

Give the gift of arts and culture this season while supporting local

Amy Jo Espetveidt

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The holidays are upon us and many are trying to find the perfect gifts for those we cherish. Luckily, these great offers make it easy to give the gift of arts and culture while supporting the local community at this incredibly important time.

Alberta Craft Gallery

Surround yourself with beautiful, meaningful fine craft and treat yourself, and those you love with one-of-a-kind objects, created by talented emerging and established artists in Alberta. The Alberta Craft Gallery is constantly adding new items to its online shop, and its retail shop in both cSPACE and downtown Edmonton remain open to the public with the necessary health measures.

Explore its gift guide at albertacraft.square.site and get shopping.

Calgary Folk Music Festival

The Calgary Folk Music Festival worked with its friend and illustrator Helen Eady to design some unique and high-quality festival merch for you, just in time for the holidays! Available online now with free curbside pickup, these items make the perfect gift.

Have a look inside the merch tent at calgaryfolkfest.myshopify.com.

Calgary International Blues Festival

Calgary International Blues Festival’s annual holiday sale returns and features 2021 four-day transferable passes for just $99. Should it be required to redesign next year’s festival, the organization will honour your passes and, if it needs cancel, refunds will be available. But make sure you hurry! Prices go up in the new year.

Find your pass at calgarybluesfest.com.

Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra

Looking for that special music lover? The Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra has released a series of masks and socks inspired by its virtual concerts, orchestra adventure series, and the year of Beethoven. Now’s your chance to stock up on the perfect musical stocking stuffers for your friends and family—not to mention yourself. Proceeds from all merchandise sales directly support the Calgary Phil and limited quantities are available.

Head to calgaryphil.com to shop.

Principal Second Violin Lorna Tsai wearing the Icon(ic) Mask in Olympic Plaza

Principal Second Violin Lorna Tsai wearing the Icon(ic) Mask | Photo: Courtesy of the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra

Green Fools Theatre

If you’re looking for a Christmas present that allows for physical activity and creativity, the Green Fools have you covered with circus gear for sale! This awesome local group is on a mission to use circus and physical theatre to empower youth and every purchase made helps get it closer to that goal. Orders can be made online and curbside pick-up is December 18 and 23 from 2:00 to 5:00pm.

Find juggling balls, stilts, diablos, and more at greenfools.com.

Porchraits by Neil Zeller

Created by local photographer Neil Zeller, this initiative found Calgarians who were looking for good among the tough times of a worldwide pandemic. His first photography book, Porchraits. Calgary Families in Isolation During COVID-19, offers a glimpse of the work Zeller did (from a safe distance) to capture photographs of Calgarians at home, during the spring and summer of 2020.

Grab your copy or purchase as a gift at porchraitsbook.com.

Stage West Calgary

With dinner and a show, Stage West Calgary gift cards make awesome presents. Valid for attendance between now and September 2022, you can’t really go wrong. They also have options for its grand buffet dinner in 2021 or simply give a card of non-expiring Stage West dollars.

Find the options at stagewestcalgary.com.

Vertigo Theatre

Still looking for some Christmas gift ideas? Vertigo Theatre has the perfect stocking stuffer for you! For only $21.99 plus GST, give the gift of theatre… virtually! This package includes downloads to all three Vertigo Mystery Radio episodes currently released.

Head to tickets.vertigotheatre.com to purchase.

WP Puppet Theatre

Have a puppet lover to buy for? WP Puppet Theatre has a variety of unique items that could be the perfect gift for a loved one. Check out its handmade puppets, one-of-a-kind art pieces, crafting and performance materials, classes, and more! Each of one of its items has a story behind it and you can feel good knowing you are supporting a local non-profit organization.

Explore its shop at wppuppet.com.

Have a deal that’s not listed above? Email us at events@calgaryartsdevelopment.com to be added.