December 10, 2019
Malls during the busy Christmas shopping season can be intense. If you can find parking without engaging in a cat-and-mouse game of stalking other shoppers from the exits, then once you’re inside, it’s a sea of fellow shoppers and checkout lines a mile long.
A better way to get some of those last minute gifts is to stop at your neighbourhood Calgary Co-op store. There’s a surprisingly versatile array of items you can find that make beautiful stocking stuffers, last minute presents, or chic and cheerful hostess gifts—and no one will know you nixed the mall!
Stocking Stuffer Ideas at Co-op
Does your family do traditional Christmas stockings, packed with vintage favourites like fresh mandarin oranges, a toothbrush and chocolate treats like Co-op’s popular Pecan Clusters?
Pop into your local Co-op to pick up all kinds of items that are perfect for the stockings. You can find little niceties like bath bombs, and essential oils, or even beautiful handmade soaps from local Aleppo Soap company. Don’t forget to pick up some magazines for the stockings too, for reading after all the gifts have been opened! Another fun stocking stuffer that’s also practical, is to buy a pack of Co-op Car Wash gift packs.
This holiday season, give the gift of a sparkling clean car. Gift packs of 5 car washes are available at any Calgary Co-op gas station or food store. For your gift recipient to redeem them, they just need to bring the ticket in to the gas bar cashier to get a wash code.
Give the Gift of Beauty
If you’re looking to put together a quick and easy gift bag for someone, a stop at Co-op can make this easy. Put in some beautiful soaps or fragrant body wash alongside a scrubber sponge, body brush or bubble bath. Round out the gift with some of those essential oils for the bath or add in an essential oil diffuser or pebble diffuser and you’re giving the gift of relaxation.
Gift Packs and Passes
We all want to give the gifts that really do keep on giving, and sometimes that’s as good as getting a gift card or pre-paid passes to great Calgary events and venues.
You can pick up gift cards for events like GlobalFest, Calgary Hitmen games, Flames games or Calaway Park. You can also find movie passes from Landmark Cinemas, Family passes to InjaNation or get your pals outdoors with passes from Resorts of the Canadian Rockies (RCR) or Lake Louise.
Chocolates & Treats Galore: and Made-in-Calgary Options!
A box of chocolates is the gift that never goes out of style, but did you know that aside from the wide variety of packages boxed chocolates that are familiar, like Turtles, Quality Street and Ferrero Rocher, you can also find all kinds of local sweets and treats too.
From handmade Sweetsmith Candy Co. brittles to Calgary Italian Bakery’s phenomenal holiday Panettone (already wrapped in a pretty red box!), you can find lots of local treats that are great for stockings or secret Santa exchanges too!
Pack up a local gift bag to bring as a hostess gift
A fun gift idea if you’re heading to stay with out of town or out of province friends or family is to pack up a Calgary-made gift bag featuring all kinds of foods and treats made right here in Calgary and best of all they’re all available at Co-op.
This year we’re adding Spokes flavoured potato crisps, a bag of Phil and Sebastian artisan coffee beans, Drizzle Honey, Zinter Brown Antipasto or Pepper Pots, Hellish Relish, Medicine Hat Jerky, and Minhas Craft Sodas to our hostess gift bags. This is a great way to introduce your loved ones to all the great local products Calgary and Alberta have to offer, and you only need to stop at one place—your neighbourhood Calgary Co-op store!
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