2020 Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

December 10, 2020 by University District

Holly, jolly University District present ideas!


With the season of giving around the corner, the U/D team has been scouting the neighbourhood!  There are so many items to love for everyone on your list. Maybe a few treats for yourself as well!


Let’s Stroll Main Street


Join us on a treasure hunt sure to score big smiles from everyone on your list: wine lovers, pet lovers, beauty lovers and decor aficionados alike. No matter who you’re shopping for, nothing is far from U/D!


First Stop: Market Wines



With the opening of more homes, we were able to welcome so many more neighbours!


Located at 4109 University Ave NW, the second location of Market Wines has the bottles and accessories you could dream of giving. With safe in-store shopping, pickup, and delivery throughout Calgary, you can gather your gifts in no time at all!


For the wine lover: With wines from around the world, almost anything the wine lover on your list could want is here! You can even gift a wine pack for those who are looking to expand their palate.


For the craft beer aficionado: Signing on to the Calgary craft craze, Market Wines has a growler bar full of local brews! Switched out weekly, a fill of the newest local creation is sure to please the beer drinker on your list. Cans and bottles are available too. A create-your-own six-pack of Calgary beer is a great choice for those who want to try more!


For the scotch sipper: Even if you’re not sure what the difference is between peat and smoke, Market Wines can help you find the scotch or whiskey that distinguished sipper on your list has been dreaming about!


Detour Must: Pet Planet



Whether you have a fur baby to spoil this Christmas or you’re just helping out the new pet parents in your life, Pet Planet has you covered! Located at 4121 University Ave NW, the store is based on animal health first and is known for its high-quality food, toys, and more!


Treats for the good boys and girls: With a focus on cats and dogs, Pet Planet lets you treat your furry friends guilt-free! With all-natural brands using specialty flavours like duck and lamb, your good boys and girls won’t know they’re eating healthily!


Pet Planet University District presents generous specials regularly promoted on their social media channel, with full details in store! For example, enjoy 15% off on Treat Thursdays! Follow them on Facebook!


Playtime accessories: Whether you’re buying for a big dog or a little kitten, you’ll find the perfect toy to keep them entertained! If you’re not sure what’s best for the animal on your list, you can chat with Pet Planet to get advice on the top toys for your feline or canine besties.


Healthy living: Just like people, animals need vitamins! With tasty supplements that can be added to foods or given alone, you can give the gift of health this Christmas to ensure many more happy holiday seasons together!


Denim and Smith/Curious Hair Salon



For the friends and family who always love to look perfectly put together, check out Denim and Smith/Curious at 4113 University Avenue NW! Whether it’s the bearded man in your life who would love a hot shave at Denim and Smith or your Instagram-model bestie who lives for hair treatments and skincare products, you can get it all at Curious. With physical distancing in effect, both grooming destinations are offering product pick up options! Check their front door signage for specifics about how to order and pick up gifts or contact them directly here Denim & Smith and Curious.


Skincare: Curious is committed to good skin and hair, not only through appointments but also high-quality products – so you know you’re getting the good stuff. Plus, throughout the whole month of December, Dermalogica products are buy-one, get-one 40 percent off – so you can treat yourself while gift shopping!


Haircare: Denim and Smith Barbershop is focused on giving men the treatment they deserve. And like Curious, they have a special December deal perfect for gift shopping! Buy a shampoo and conditioner to get a 40 percent discount on a third product – your giftee will have the healthiest hair around!


Gift Cards: Know someone who would love a salon trip come the new year? Pick them up a gift card! Both shops offer gift cards in-store, so pop in today and finish up your shopping curbside!


Save-On_Foods Floral



More than just a grocery store, Save-On-Foods at 4163 University Ave NW also has a stunning floral section perfect for those looking to give a gorgeous present! They also offer a number of festive arrangements perfect to bring seasonal scents and holiday style home.


For the committed plant parent: Select an orchid for those folks on your list who love elegant blooming plants and have the time to care for them! Already decades old by the time they’re sold in stores, these blooms are the gifts that keep on giving.


For the one you love: Red valentine roses don’t have to wait for February! Matching just about any Christmas décor and recalling romance, these are the perfect flower gift for your partner.


For the bright personality: With both tabletop and vase bouquets, Save-on-Foods Floral has so many colourful options for the people on your list who light up the room! From oranges and reds to pinks and purples, these flowers are sure to brighten up winter. With easy access to two-hour free parking, both surface and heated underground, it is easy to stop in for a visit!


Bring On 2021



Seeking gifts that will keep giving after the holiday season? With new retailers including Village Ice Cream, Orangetheory Fitness, and Monogram Coffee joining the U/D community in 2021, now is the perfect time to pick up some stocking stuffer gift cards or find other items from them online! See who else is coming to U/D.



Looking for something you can make yourself to share this giving season? Check out these cookie recipes we featured earlier this year! ‘Tis the season! You’ve got this!


There are so many moments and community milestones to celebrate and anticipate here at University District. Keep pace and stay connected! We share so many of our adventures in and around U/D on social media – follow along at University District on Facebook, @udistrictyyc_ on Instagram and Twitter, too! check out our top social post of the year right here!

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