It’s the time of gifting and holidays so it’s also important to give back to to the community- the local businesses who are continuing to strive in providing the best products and services. Rather than purchasing gifts from the big box stores, how about supporting some local businesses? Here are some of my favourite picks that work great for guys or gals!

Here are some of my favourites this year.

for the health conscious:


Bo & Marrow

My friends at Bo & Marrow recently expanded to Vancouver so my friends back home can add this to their list of things to gift!

We all have that friend that may eat pho probably too much, and could really drink some broth at home.

Try this Pho Real broth, it’s pho real good.


The Gut Lab

they’ve got bone broth (which may not be the most ideal for a stocking stuffer or under-the-tree…) BUT they have the best potions making it super easy for the busy bosses we know to incorporate a healthy boost in their diet.

check out the rest of their potions here.

(ps. remember to check the IG post to see how you can win these potions!)





for the foodie:


Bushwick Kitchen

try the Bushwick Kitchen Weak Knees Gochujang Sriracha. This dream sauce can be found at Luke’s Drug Mart. They even have a gift set! (it’s aesthetically pleasing and in 3s)







Drizzle Honey

sweeten your loved ones’ lives with some locally sourced honey! There’s a spring, summer and holiday flavour (which will be back in stock on Nov 20!).

Use code “JennyxDrizzle” for 15% off!





Ollia Macarons

We all know that one person who loves macarons- give them a box of the new holiday flavours or better yet, give them the gift of a macaron making 101 class or a wine pairing class!






for the adventurous:


Calgary Heritage Roasting Co

we all need an enamel mug of some kind for those camping photos so why not add this simple, yet beautiful cup from Calgary Heritage Roasting Co?

whether it’s their delicious coffee, hot chocolate, or an alcoholic beverage of  your choice, this will make your IG game lit.



for the feminine:


Joie De Cristaux 

not only are these beautiful, elegant pieces easy to pair with outfits, every stone signifies a different meaning.

stay tuned on their website for new product!




Beach Beauty

someone needs a pamper? How about one that is toxic-free, cruelty-free and organic? they do everything from facials to manicures to waxes. 2 locations on 17 th ave and 4th street.






for the stationery lover:


Wrinkle and Crease

everything that you ever need to make sure your desk is filled with essentials- calendars, greeting cards, gift tags, notepads, you name it.

it’s simple, and it’s focused on the important things.






for the ethical-and-sustainability-focused friend:


Nourish Sweat Soul

even as a souvenir, this would be one heck of a gift. having a play on ‘calgary’- they source all their materials (including their dye!) ethically and sustainably.

fun fact: the dye is veggie dye!

check out the rest of their collection here.


for the person with a new home:




Modern Speak 

we all need something to add to a new home- why not a letter board? it’s simple and a great addition to add some style.






a must for everyone who lives in calgary:

xx balm

lip balm. all of it. local beeswax, hand poured and made with ingredients that you can pronounce?

i’ve gone through 3 from beginning to the very end until the thing at the base popped out. that’s how good they are. usually i lose them ¼ way or ½ way.

get them online or find out where you can get them here.

Use “MODERNXX” to get 15% off your order!



Neal’s Yard Remedies

some skin-saving products goes a long way. this pack can last a month! you’ve heard them complain about trying to find the right skincare products, and the dry weather- give this kit and they’ll be happy.

they have multiple kits for the different skin types!

check them out here.







hope you’ll consider some local options when thinking of gifting! happy holidays!