The Retailers at U/D Reveal Their Top Holiday Secrets

December 15, 2023

The holiday season is here—are you scrambling trying to find a perfect gift? We checked in with some of our U/D retailers to gather their top holiday secrets. 

Curious Hair Salon

Calgary’s winters are very dry and finding the right products is essential for maintaining healthy hair. Curious Hair Salon reveals the top hair care secrets to combat winter and elevate your year-round hair care routine:

According to Marisa, “Calgary winters are notorious for being dry, causing hair to lose moisture, succumb to frizz, and adopt a lacklustre, brittle appearance. The key to combating these winter hair woes? Hydration, hydration, hydration! Curious Hair Salon recommends the 8HR Night Serum and the Blond Absolu 2% Hyaluronic Acid Serum from Kerastase to replenish and lock in moisture, rescuing your hair from the harsh effects of Calgary’s cold temperatures.” 

The serums make for a great last-minute stocking stuffer, or a great treatment to help you feel your best this holiday season.

Curious Hair Salon in University District offers full haircare services and an array of products.

Just like a solid skincare routine is vital for your face, a purposeful hair care routine is equally important. For all-year hair care, Curious Hair Salon says that the foundation for great hair starts in the shower, and the right shampoo and conditioner are critical components of your year-round hair care routine. 

Looking to go one step further? Curious Hair Salon says a detangler with built-in heat protection will streamline your styling process and shield your strands from the rigours of heat styling, ensuring your hair remains healthy and vibrant throughout the year. Don’t forget about the Denim & Smith as your go-to barber located right next door. 

Bottoms Up Scrubs

Bottoms Up Scrubs offers a wide selection of scrubs, including ones with holiday themes.

Bottoms Up Scrubs reveals three secrets to simplify holiday shopping for the scrub-wearers in your life: 

  • For all those hoping to receive a new set of scrubs this holiday season, visit Bottoms Up Scrubs in U/D to create a “wishlist” that can be kept on file. That way, when your loved ones pick out your new scrubs, the team will know precisely the size, colours and styles you’re hoping for! 
  • If your loved one has shopped at Bottom Up Scrubs previously, the team can access the purchase history to help you pick the best new set for them! 
  • When in doubt, gift cards make a great gift. Not only does this let the person pick out the right size, colour or brand for their needs, but it also allows people to save up for the more expensive items, like a good pair of shoes or a new stethoscope. Bottoms Up Scrubs sells gift cards in-store and online. 

The biggest secret? Bottoms Up Scrubs will be offering a Boxing Week Sale on their new line of affordable scrubs, priced at under $100 before any discounts. Customers can expect 10 per cent off the line, a gift with purchase and a chance to win some scrub giveaways. Be sure to mark your calendar!


AdaptAbility is the ultimate holiday secret for family members with diverse and special needs. Recognizing the potential financial and emotional challenges faced by many families, particularly those caring for individuals with complex medical needs, AdaptAbility encourages overwhelmed families to connect with local organizations that serve those with disabilities. Some examples are Easter Seals Alberta, Sinneave Family Foundation, Autism Calgary, Parents Survival Resource Society and Calgary Ultimate Santa. These organizations have valuable information including holiday tips and insights into charitable support that can be helpful during this season.

AdaptAbility aims to make life better for those with special and diverse needs.

In anticipation of kids returning to school after the holidays, AdaptAbility also stresses the importance of engaging in meaningful discussions with our children to encourage the importance of inclusion. AdaptAbility encourages integrating children’s literature focused on diversity into these discussions. 

A great gift idea can come from AdaptAbility’s curated selection includes books addressing various disabilities, such as autism or cerebral palsy and the importance of empathizing with others. These resources serve as invaluable tools in guiding conversations about inclusion and offer insights into how we can actively contribute to creating an environment that encourages empathy, assistance and inclusivity in our daily lives.

A New Year’s Resolution: Prioritizing your Health in 2024

The secret to prioritizing your health year-round is planning ahead! Life can get crazy and we can often end up putting our own needs on the back burner. Pre-booking the appointments that often slip our minds, like six-month dental check-ups with University District Dental and yearly eye exams with Clara Optometry, can help us put our health first. Scheduling these appointments ahead of time will not only help you secure your preferred appointment time but also ensure your health is a priority in 2024. 

Investing in fitness class packages and memberships is also a great way to prioritize your health and guarantee that you’re scheduling time for yourself. Orangetheory Fitness and YYC Cycle in U/D offer monthly memberships that help you plan ahead, prioritize your fitness and hold yourself accountable to your goals. Whether you can manage eight workouts a month or want the freedom to go as often as you like, these fitness destinations make it simple to plan your monthly workouts and easily pre-book them online. Plan ahead and prioritize yourself in 2024. 

Not sure about the right gift? Why not a gift card to one of the many retailers in U/D. From dining to entertainment, there is sure to be something in this community for those you love most. For a full directory of the retailers at U/D, please visit this link.

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