I am a huge advocate of shopping locally. Especially with Alberta’s current economy, it is more important than ever to support small businesses. To make shopping local even easier this holiday season, I’ve created a list of some my favourite Alberta based makers and retailers. You don’t have to leave your house to shop local and save a bit of cash along the way. I mean, if you can save yourself a trip to the malls this holiday season, that in itself is priceless. *Takes a Tylenol just thinking about Chinook mall*. This gift guide is in no way sponsored and I have purchased products from all of the following companies so I can personally stand behind the quality of these products. (Disclosure: I am the girl boss behind BARK.) The wonderful and kind humans behind these local businesses have offered up exclusive discounts + offers to you all! These discounts are valid between Nov 21 – Dec 10, 2017. To redeem your discounts,  use the code “SIMPLYKINDLY” upon checkout at the select online shops. Feel free to share this gift guide with your friends and family and support these lovely small businesses by giving them a follow on Instagram (links below).


This awesome husband and wife duo are the makers and designers behind co|create, a company dedicated to crafting quality modern house decor. My personal favourites of their work include their beautiful concrete dishes and their minimalistic hand painted shelves. Follow them on Instagram here: www.instagram.com/co.create.co

Discount: Use code “SIMPLYKINDLYSHIP” for free shipping


Nicole Bracey is the boss babe behind Salt Water Tea‘s beautiful handmade jewelry and crystal infused candles. I love her lemongrass crystal infused candle which reminds me of an adult KinderSurprise. Once your candle is finished burning, there is a pretty crystal surprise inside the candle! She is also the co-owner of Greater Goods, a darling boutique and tea bar in the charming community of Bridgeland in Calgary, AB. Follow her shop on Instagram here: http://www.instagram.com/saltwaterteajewelry

Discount: Use code “SIMPLYKINDLY” for 10% off your purchase


Kelly is passionate about curating Canada, which is what Little Blue Canoe is all about. This online store based in Calgary carried a beautiful range of Canadian products from paper products, home decor, to apparel. Kelly is also the designer behind The Happiness Collection, a line of apparel, accessories, and more! Follow her shop on Instagram here: http://www.instagram.com/littlebluecanoe

Discount: Use code “SIMPLYKINDLY” for 15% off your purchase


BARK is my small business dedicated to serious dog lovers. I wear many different hats including: designer, baker, and threader. I love collaborating with local artists and businesses! My best sellers include Drake dog bandanas, “Dog Mom” key tags, scrunchies, and my “Pizza Puppies Prosecco” line. Check out my Etsy shop for some neat gift ideas for the crazy dog people in your life! Follow BARK on Instagram here: http://www.instagram.com/SHOP.BARK

Discount: Use code “SIMPLYKINDLY” for 15% off your purchase


Aja Horsley created Drizzle out a desire to showcase the unique qualities of raw, unadulterated honey, while supporting the health of local bee populations and empowering sustainable production in beekeeping. Drizzle Honey is definitely a staple in our home and our Airbnb guests LOVE it! My favourite way to have it is drizzled (no pun intended) over blue cheese on top of a savoury cracker. P.S. Aja has also released a sweet (hehe) new recipe book available on her online shop. Follow Drizzle Honey on Instagram here: www.instagram.com/drizzle_honey

Discount: Use code “SIMPLYKINDLY” for 15% off your purchase


Find the perfect gift for the vintage decor lover via Prairie Bazaar . It is my go to for all things vintage for my home. It is so thoughtfully curated and the collector + curator, Ellen, is a total gem. Her mission for Prairie Bazaar is to help you find those unique vintage treasures that speak to you. When it comes to colour, she is  a firm believer that more is better. My favourite pieces from her include a brass turtle (my very first pet was a turtle named Petry) and an adorable flamingo planter. Follow Prairie Bazaar on Instagram to make all your brass and rattan Pinterest dreams come true: www.instagram.com/prairiebazaar

Discount: Use code “SIMPLYKINDLY” for 20% off your purchase


Leanne is the wonderful little illustrator behind Little Me Paper Co.  Her quirkiness, kindness, and positivity is contagious and it reflects in her work. Little Me Paper Co is a full service stationery studio offering bespoke wedding stationery, greetings cards and other lovely printed paper goods. Whimsical, cheeky and full to the brim of personality, Little Me’s signature style is unique, artful and sure to make the recipient smile. Catch her at local markets around Calgary this holiday season and be sure to pick up some adorable holiday cards and gift tags!

Follow Little Me Paper Co. on Instagram here: www.instagram.com/LittleMePaperCo

Discount: Use code “SIMPLYKINDLY” for 15% off your purchase (with exception to custom wedding invites)


Dog Dog Goose is a handmade pet accessory outfit that was started in January 2012. They specialize in custom leather dog collars as well as pet care products and accessories. All items are made by hand with love in St Albert AB Canada by Lauren Van Keulen. In the past spring, I purchased one of her stunning leather collars for my dog Bruno (a 75 lb greyhound cross) who can pull quite a bit when he is excited and it has held up amazingly. It is so beautiful to look at and the craftsmanship behind it is seriously remarkable. She is an avid Harry Potter fan and a serious dog mom – definitely my kind person! Follow her  on Instagram at www.instagram.com/dogdoggoose

Discount: Use code “SIMPLYKINDLY” for 15% off your purchase


Natura Soy is my go to when it comes to holiday scented candles. Colleen DeSantis’ personal passion for eco-conscious living was what kindled her ambition to begin crafting handmade candles that not only support the health of the environment and people, but also emanate true brilliance and authentic charm. Her creative quest toward mastering both the art and science of producing some the most luxurious and eco-friendly candles was what led to the launch of her company based in Okotoks, Alberta, Canada. Her adorable little glass containers of matches also make for a practical and adorable stocking stuffer gift! Follow Natura Soy on Instagram here: www.instagram.com/NaturaSoy

Discount: Use code “SIMPLYKINDLY” for 15% off your purchase


Meghan Whirter is the colourful girl boss behind all of your pin and pom pom dreams. Based out of Lethbridge, AB, she designs fun pins and plush pom poms to up your outfits with a punch of colour. Her “Cup of Ambition” pins are currently on pre-sale on her Etsy shop. Her pom pom earring, necklaces, and garlands can be ordered directly through her via Instagram DM. Be sure to follow her on Instagram to add some colour to your www.instagram.com/MeghanMacWhirter

Discount: Use code “SIMPLYKINDLY” for 15% off your purchase


Discount: Use code “SIMPLYKINDLY” for 15% off your purchase

I hope you choose to support the movers, makers, and shakers this holiday season . Be sure to check out Market Collective for a fun, unique holiday shopping experience at the Inglewood Yellow Warehouse!

A huge thank you to co|create, Salt Water Tea, Dog Dog Goose, Little Me Paper Co. Natura Soy, Drizzle Honey, Prairie Bazaar, Meghan MacWhirter, HOBBYSMITH Glass Co., and Little Blue Canoe for generously offering exclusive discounts for readers of SIMPLY + KINDLY Blog.
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