December has officially arrived and its time to launch our first ever Holiday Gift Guide 2019 and Instagram Contest!
Every item in this guide will be given away in daily contests over on our Instagram page running December 5, 2019 December 11, 2019.
Recently the City of Calgary launched #BuyLocalYYC, a celebration of local businesses and services in Calgary. We wanted to get involved to help spread the good word about supporting local businesses especially throughout the holiday season.
Weve partnered with some of our favourite local businesses (there are more than we can count) to bring you this holiday Gift Guide. Here you will find something for everyone including chocolate, beer, spirits, cookbooks, popcorn, spices, coffee, and restaurant gift cards.
But this is more than just a Holiday Gift Guide every item you see on this page is going to be given away in a contest over on our Instagram Page!
Instead of supporting the big box stores or doing all your shopping online, take a peek at some great gift ideas for the holidays featured below.
Bakersbeans 2019 Holiday Gift Guide
Best of Bridge Cookbook Comfort Food
Best of Bridge cookbooks and recipes have become staples at dinners and celebrations across Canada and many recipes are now part of family traditions.
The Best of Bridge ladies, Emily Richards and Calgary based Sylvia Kong, are back with another bestseller and 175 simple recipes for every night of the week. Youll find recipes like the Smoky Tomato Chickpea Soup with Grilled Cheese Croutons, Pineapple Pulled Pork Buns, Curried Turkey Pot Pie and more.
Giveaway: 3 x Best of Bridge Comfort Food Cookbooks (December 5th)
Cococo Chocolatiers Chocolate Gift Pack
In our house the holidays arent complete without a little chocolate in the pantry. Chocolate manufacturer Cococo Chocolatiers believes everyone needs to embrace a Cococo chocolate lifestyle over the holidays and we couldnt agree more!
These guys create award-winning chocolates and handcraft fine cocoa confections using couverture chocolate made with Rainforest Alliance Certified sustainable & fair trade cocoa and cocoa butter. New to the line up this year is the fourth kind of chocolate made with pink cocoa beans, Ruby Couverture. Definitely a need, not a want this holiday season!
Giveaway: Dark Chocolate Dipped Cherries 9 pc, Ruby Cocoa Ingot 300g Bar, Milk / Dark Chocolate Shavings 200g (December 10th)
Crafty Cocktails Full Kit & Old Fashioned Kit
Crafty Cocktails offers a monthly box subscription service that includes expertly curated craft cocktail ingredients, tools and recipes all delivered to your doorstep in a stylish box.
Each month discover a new box delivered to your door with everything required (except the booze) to create perfectly balanced craft cocktails at home featuring the best quality, local ingredients. Love making cocktails? Sign up today!
Giveaway: 2 winners, 1 Crafty Cocktails Full-Size Box and 1 Old Fashioned Kit (December 9th)
Citizen Brewery Basket of Goodies
Citizen Brewing Company is both your neighbourhood craft brewpub and hidden beer oasis. Located in a residential / slightly industrial area just down the road from a bus depot, Citizen Brewery strives to make beers people want to drink.
Youre going to want to check out their core line up of beers, rotating seasonals, dog friendly patio, plus some of the best brewery burgers and bites North of downtown Calgary.
Giveaway: Gift Basket with a hoodie, hat, pint glass, growler and fill, mix beer 4 pack (December 12th)
Silk Road Spice Merchants Popcorn Seasoning Kit
Silk Road Spice Merchants in Inglewood has more than an extensive assortment of spices, they also offer accessories, supplies, books and gift packs. Their Spice Sets are seriously one of my favourite things as they are beautifully packaged in a box with whole spices added to the box making it a stunning gift to give, and to receive.
Everyone enjoys popcorn, thats why this is the perfect gift to give this holiday season!
Giveaway: Popcorn Seasoning Spice Set (December 14th)
Sunterra Market Cookies
Sunterra Market is a family-owned company featuring farm to market products. They offer fresh ingredients from their own farms, and the local farms and businesses they support.
Their unique European-style shopping experience ensures they nourish customers with affordable, fresh, wholesome food, offer a unique selection of items throughout all their stores and keep prices affordable.
Grab a coffee while you shop, take a break for lunch, pick up one of their take home meals or fresh ingredients to whip up an easy and delicious meal. They are a full grocery store for all your one stop shopping.
Giveaway: Sunterra Holiday Cookie Collection (December 11th)
Midtown Kitchen and Bar Gift Basket
A stroll through Kensington isnt complete without stopping in to Midtown Kitchen & Bar for a bevy and a bite. From tap takeovers, local collaborations, house and guest taps, and supporting community through various events, Midtown also offers up a variety of delicious bites on their menu to suit all appetites.
Come for the beer, stay for the foodor is that come for the food, stay for the beer?! Either way you wont be disappointed!
Giveaway: Basket filled with gift cards, wine, glasses, accessories, hoodie and hot sauce. (December 7th)
Poko Popcorn Tin of Popcorn
Poko Popcorn was born out of the minds of a small group of friends in a tiny kitchen in Calgary. Their popcorn is made in small batches in each Poko Popcorn location and they offer a variety of sizes and flavours to choose from.
While delicious to eat, its also fun to craft garlands with popcorn for your holiday decorations!
Giveaway: 1.0 gallon tin of popcorn (December 8th)
Moonlight and Eli Champagne + Fondue Bar for Two
Champagne is the drink most associated with love, and love comes in many shapes and sizes, as do champagne glasses. The bubbles of the carefully selected sparkling wines at Moonlight & Eli cut though the richness of the fondue they offer making this duo the perfect pairing.
Fondue options include cheese or chocolate and for those who prefer still to sparkling, there is a lovely selection of wines available.
Giveaway: Fondue and Champagne for Two (December 6th)
Eau Claire Distillery Gift Pack
Situated about 35 minutes southwest of downtown Calgary in a historic hamlet called Turner Valley, is where youll find Eau Claire Distillery.
The distillery is housed in the circa-1929 Turner Valley Movie Theatre and Dance Hall that in early days served as town hall, political rally centre, dance hall and community gathering spot. They produce their spirits using local Alberta grain and offer a variety of spirits to wet any appetite.
These spirits are the perfect accompaniment to any cocktail, even a cocktail subscription box!
Giveaway: Christmas Gin, Apple Brandy, 2 glasses (December 15th)
Analog, Fratello, Corbeaux Bakery Gift Card
Local coffee company, Fratello Coffee is available both wholesale and at any of their five Analog Coffee retail locations in Calgary. The Fontaine brothers work directly with farmers in the worlds best coffee growing regions to produce a product that is not only delicious, but also ethically sourced.
Their bakery Corbeaux Bakery, offers European food and baked goods available in the Analog cafes, through their wholesale division and catering. These items are made fresh daily using locally sourced ingredients.
We like this coffee so much weve even included them in our 10 Days of Coffee Round Up!
Giveaway: Gift Card (December 13th)