It's Christmas, and that means gift guides are everywhere. Why did I want to do one?
Truthfully, it’s because I created one for my personal website and then needed to justify the at-work time I spent on it. The solution was easy. Kick Point is located on one of the best streets in Edmonton: 104 Street. Why not feature the fabulous business in the area (many of whom are already personal favorites)? Dana loved the idea and most of our neighbors did too. My hope is that the the recommendations below will help you finish up your Christmas shopping. You’ve got a week, make it fabulous!
The 104th Street Gift Guide
10130 104 Street NW
Olive Oil & Balsamic Vinegar: $12+
If you have a food lover on your list, you need to stop here. Put together a beautiful gift box of your favorite oils and vinegar, or leave it to to the team at Evoolution to assemble. We easily spent an hour in the shop chatting and sampling, if you’re looking for a great gift and excellent customer service, Evoolution is my top pick.
10111 104 Street
You might think that a wine store that doesn’t sell bottles of wine for less than $10 might be rife with pretentious nonsense, but you’d be wrong. I walked into Devine and talked to the owner about this gift guide. He handed me a smoked chicken drumstick. That’s my kind of people. Plus, they know and love what they sell. Going to a party or ten? Stop in and stock up — their mixed cases are fabulous!
Blue Plate Diner
10145 104 Street
The Blue Plate is one of my favorite things about 104 Street. Maybe because it’s where my husband and I shared our first date, or maybe because the food is damned delicious. Okay. Both. Nothing says Merry Christmas quite like an intimate dinner at one of Edmonton’s most well-loved diners. If you’re lucky, you get to sit by the wolf lamp.
10142 104 Street
Cut: $55+ (for the ladies)
Sure, Christmas is about giving gifts to others, but you should really do nice things for yourself too. Head to Blunt and let them work their magic before you hit all those holiday parties. I’d let the folks at Blunt have their way with my hair — just sayin’.
10184 104 Street
Recycled Rascal: $149.99
Carbon has the most unique eco-conscious housewares, bath & body products, and decorative items for sale in Edmonton. They have a lot of really neat recycled Christmas decorations right now; I fell in love with the puppy wearing antlers made out of recycled magazine print. Someone buy him for me? Don’t let the sticker shock you, they’ve got great gifts starting around $10.
10150 104 Street
Organic Goodies: $10+
If you’re looking for items to tuck into a gift basket, a hostess goodie bag, or a chef’s stocking – pop into Pangaea. All of Pangaea’s products are organic, and a great number of them are local too. There’s all kinds of goodies in this store, but the idea of a spoonful of The Chocolate Doctor’s ambrosia seemed like the perfect treat to me!
10363 104 Street, Building B, 3rd Floor
Invader Handbook: $10
How did a digital and branding agency sneak into this gift guide? They made rad notebooks to commemorate their first year in business. People need notebooks; especially notebooks with robots on them. Because ONST is full of awesome, they are donating profits from notebook sales to the Bissell Centre.
Eye Care Group
10360 Jasper Ave
Designer Glasses: $500+
Glasses should never be boring. And if you, or someone on your gift list is always wearing glasses, they deserve some fantastic designer frames. Eyecare Group has everything from traditional to trendsetting. Our top picks included: stunning wood frames, red velvet frames and bright purple cat eye frames. If you aren’t sure what to pick, let Kim wrap up a gift card for you. The gift cards come wrapped in an adorable glasses case!
10359 104 Street
If you haven’t visited the north side of 104 Street you need to. Tucked into the second floor of the Mercer building is the gorgeous boutique coffee shop Roast. They have a wall full of coffee related items for you to tuck under your tree for the hyper-caffeinated individual in your life – including re-loadable coffee cards. If quality time is more your speed, steal away for a cozy cup of coffee in front of their fireplace.
10125 104 Street
Afraid to buy a gift for that fashionable person on your gift list? Don’t be. Just get your behind into The Helm and let them take care of you. Technically a menswear shop, there are a handful of items that I’d like wrapped and put under the tree with my name on them: cashmere socks, gorgeous peacoats and silky scarves — just to name a few.
10156 104 Street
Christmas is all about quality time, so why not share a pint with your pals at Kelly’s. And if you’re around on Christmas Eve, partake in a Kelly’s tradition, starting at 6:30pm owner Kelly will be serving up Christmas dinner. If you don’t have plans, make them now.
One More Thing
There were a couple of businesses that were closed when we made our rounds, or were otherwise unable to get consent to participate in our gift guide, but we don’t want to leave them out! Show some holiday cheer to: Dauphine Bakery, 104th Street Grill, Tzin Wine & Tapas, Coup Boutique, Lit Wine Bar, Bubble Buzz and All Style Nails.
Love, Sarah & the Kick Point crew