Give some gifts that will inspire health and fitness while also supporting Calgary and surrounding area businesses.
AM Adventure Apparel AM adventures is a Canmore company which sells women’s leggings, tank tops, totes, robes, dresses and beanies which feature pictures of Alberta’s beautiful landscape. They make a great gift for anyone that loves the mountains, Calgary or activewear. Everything is handmade in Canmore and printed with eco friendly inks in Canada. They can also be picked up in Canmore if you don’t want to pay shipping.
Friday Sock Co Friday Sock Co makes cool mismatched socks that anyone should be proud to flash on a walk or at the gym. The company is based in Calgary and the socks are ethically made in Italy with a portion of all sales donated to charity. This year they have these great tree themed socks with every pair bought going towards planting 25 trees. You can also support the Calgary Library with socks patterned off the building design.
Routine Deodorant Created by two Calgary sisters, Routine is some of the best natural deodorant around. As well as being effective, they have many different scents and their products accommodate almost everyone with vegan, non scented and sensitive skin choices. They also donate some of their money to charity. With everyone needing deodorant it’s a good present if you run out of ideas. If you’re unsure of what scent to purchase they also have small sampler packs to buy so you don’t have to choose.
Aleppo Soap Abdulfatah Sabouni created this soap company two years after he had come to Calgary from Syria. A 4th generation soapmaker his soaps feature olive oil and laurel oil and can be used on your hand, body and hair and wouldn’t dry your skin out. While there’s many good soaps being sold, this one will be sure to win anybody over.
Lowen’s Natural Skincare Created by a Calgary pharmacist, Lowen’s Natural Skincare sells a wide range of hair and skincare products that are perfect for Calgary’s dry climate and suit anyone’s skin type. They use local, organic or fair trade ingredients as much as possible and some of their products are vegan. While many of their products are unscented, they have a wide selection of scented lip balm flavors which are unique and creative.
Design Minimalism Apparel Design Minimalism sells cleanly designed hats and shirts reminding us to play, climb, jump and unplug. They are especially perfect for anyone that climbs or skips and they come in kids, women’s and male sizes.
King Athletics If you want to buy some workout or loungewear staples like sweats, shorts or tank tops for you or someone else, consider King Athletics. The apparel is made completely in North America with the cotton grown in North Carolina, the fabric made in Montreal and the cutting and sewing done in Calgary. Things come logo free so it’s great for anyone that isn’t into branding.
Local Laundry For anyone that wants some locally themed apparel you can grab some YYC branded sweatshirts, tshirts and more. You may even be able to get something with your particular community on it. All the graphic design is done by Calgarians and while some of their current stock isn’t made in Canada, they are switching to using Canadian manufacturers. 10% of profits from purchases are donated to charities.
Camp Brand Goods If you want the perfect clothes for camping or chilling, Camp Brand Goods are the way to go. They are based in Calgary and have their own shop, The Livery. Their clothing features fun, camp themed prints and a lovely In It Together Line where a portion of money goes towards Camp Fyrefly, an LGBTQ youth camp.
Alberta Apparel Let’s face it with Calgary’s cold winter days it’s hard to have too many sweatshirts and hoodies. You can grab some fun Alberta themed hoodies and shirts with the highlight for hikers being the Hike Alberta toques and badges. Hike Alberta is one of the largest hiking Facebook groups for Alberta and this makes it easy to find fellow hiking enthusiasts in the mountains.
Rooted Meal Prep Meal prep companies are all the rage these days. If you know someone that’s a vegetarian, grab them a gift certificate to this Calgary based meal prep company. They have portion options for families and couples.
Fitter First Fitter First not only sells active office and fitness equipment, they make it themselves too. Simply click on the Made in Canada link to find the Canadian made products. We love their balance boards and bongo boards and they have things for every level of fitness as well as products for kids.
YYC Growers If you know someone that loves local produce get them a gift certificate to YYC Growers. They’ll get fruits and vegetables grown locally in Calgary backyards as well as the surrounding area.
Many fitness studios, gyms and massage studios are also locally owned so they are also great to buy gift certificates from if you know a person frequents one of them.
If you need more gift ideas check out our previous list of great Calgary product’s or our list of experiences you can give. If you’re shopping for kids don’t forget about the City of Calgary Recreation Stocking Stuffers.