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Sustainable Gift Ideas

Oh, the holidays. A time full of rosy cheeks, family gatherings and -- let’s face it -- shopping. While most of us love the act of giving and receiving, it’s easy to get caught up in holiday excess.

The upcoming holiday season gives us an opportunity to think twice about the gifts we’re giving -- as well as the items we purchase year-round -- and the lasting impact of a gift culture where more is always better. The good news? The purchase decisions we make can actually make a huge difference, especially if you carry a new attitude about all of the "stuff" we accumulate with you into the next year. So, if you’re looking for ways to reduce your holiday footprint this year, here are few suggestions to get you started:


Handcrafted Items


Opting for locally made, handcrafted gifts is a great way to go. Gifts such as handmade pottery, clothing, jewellery, and skin care products make great, thoughtful gifts while supporting our local makers. The Holiday Collection hand-poured candles by Coal and Canary are available now in the Nature Shop.


Local Edibles


Gifts that you know will be used are those that are consumed. Support your local farmers and businesses by gifting some locally grown goods, like honey, wild rice or even a gift certificate for a local farm. Harmony Honey, the fruits of the labour of FortWhyte Farms' youth-led co-operative, is available in the Nature Shop.


Experiential Gifts


Another great way to give green is to not give any thing at all. By giving the gift of an experience, you create a lasting memory for your loved one, without adding to the noise. We’ve got a whole slate of awesome outdoor experiences lined up in the coming months that will make great unique gifts (think kite boarding, open fire brewing and cabin yoga). A FortWhyte Alive Membership is another great experiential gift that lasts an entire year, and makes a difference for a local environmental non-profit. And, you guessed it, you can pick up a voucher for these gifts at the Nature Shop!

We're here to make your sustainable holiday shopping a breeze. Join us on Saturday, December 5 and Sunday, December 6 for the Nature Shop's Annual Holiday Shopping event! Shop from our collection of unique, nature-inspired and handcrafted gifts. Enjoy free gift wrapping, draws, and savings. FortWhyte Alive Members save 20%, and 10% off for guests! (Excludes sale and consignment merchandise.)



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