Christmas shopping is always stressful for me. Figuring out what people will actually want and use plus fitting in the shopping time is HARD. Add in COVID and this year is even worse. I decided that I am going to make even more of a conscious effort to shop local and you should too. For those of you in Alberta, consider a drive to Bentley, Alberta. It’s halfway between Calgary and Edmonton so it is a great road trip for both! Plus there are lots of things to do in winter too!
Why Bentley? Well, we are a tiny town with big appeal! You can shop without stepping foot in a mall and find great gifts for everyone on your list. Need ideas? Well, I’m glad you asked! I asked each of my business friends to highlight one of the great gift ideas at their store. This list is not all-inclusive because we can’t show you everything. You’ll just have to come and visit!
Bentley, Alberta Gift Guide
Wallets and Soap for Men – Merry’s Mercantile isn’t just for women! Give your favourite man one of our leather wallets from Rocky Mountain Outfitters in Sundre. They last FOREVER. Plus our bars of Men/Boy Don’t Stink soap has been super popular with men and the women who smell them.
While you are shopping for the men in your life, don’t forget we have great women’s clothes like Smash & Tess, KanCan jeans and Wanakome hoodies as well as Barefoot Venus and Thymes bath and body products. Something for everyone!
Game Night for the Family – This holiday season give a gift to your whole family to enjoy from Benner’s Billiards. A custom pool table is a great family gift that keeps everyone entertained for many many hours during the cold months. Plus, we can customize your table to fit into any decor and budget.
No room for a pool table? Darts is a fun family game that can fit into any home. Plus we have lots of darts supplies that make the perfect gift for your friends or family that want to learn or perfect a fun game.
A shiny new bike! – Bentley Cycle is open! With holidays just around the corner, we offer a wide variety of gift ideas for the cyclist in your life. Bikes, baskets, cell phone holders, mugs, socks, and even earrings! We do gift certificates, layaway and have financing options. The real, teal Bentley Cycle. Big town selection with small town great service! ~ Merry
All-Natural Cleaning Basket – Make cleaning fun with a gift basket from The Boho Apothecary. It contains our best-selling Clean Freak, hand-painted dish towel and kitchen soap all nestled into an artisan knitted basket. Clean Freak uses hydrogen peroxide and a natural degreaser derived from the orange peel to deep clean your dirtiest places such as tubs, toilets, and stoves. Use this on any surface to eliminate the ickies and watch it work with the fizzing properties of hydrogen peroxide. (I use Clean Freak at my house! ~ Merry)
Also check out her 100% natural skincare products and 100% Alberta-made gifts too!
Coffee, Tea and Treats – At The Drop Coffee & Tea, we pride ourselves on offering fresh locally roasted coffee. Being a take-out-only shop, we take time to research and use only compostable and/or recyclable cups, lids, straws and containers.
We have fresh baked goods daily, locally produced honey and a variety of fresh or frozen meats. For this holiday season, we will have sample size as well as large bags of our specialty roasted coffee and stocking stuffer size packages of hot chocolate buttons. Not sure what to buy? We have gift cards available in any denomination. (Grab a coffee and a muffin before you shop! Sipping a latte while shopping is a best practice. ~ Merry)
Custom succulent or tropical plant – A plant lovers dream come true, Earthy Accents will be full of fresh seasonal aromas during the holiday season. Welcomed by warmth and a smile you are sure to enjoy our assortment of plants, seasonal florals and artisan gifts. Come for a visit and see what’s in store. Leslie can help you pick a plant that even YOU can’t kill.
Unsure that is true? Visit her anyway for cozy blanket cushions, caramels and locally made jewelry! (Leslie has reformed my plant-killing ways! ~Merry)
Go Fly a Kite! – Embrace the breeze — year round! Yes, WINTER, too!
Come on in and feast your eyes on the spectacular display of colour at The Kite Guys in Bentley. The Kite Guys offer all sorts of wind things for all sorts of people: kites, whirligigs, flags, windsocks, twisters, banners, self-flying seagull deterrents and more. Repairs and customized one-of-a-kind items (like the Maple Leaf flag above), too! We are currently operating by appointment and online only. Call (403-658-5483) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org) to set up a convenient time to shop in person with our experts.
Solmate Socks – In addition to beautiful women’s clothing, Queen Bea has a great selection of stocking stuffers like Solmate Socks. Solmates are made from recycled cotton mill ends. They are super comfortable, very durable and just plain old fun to wear!
Give the Gift of Beauty – RK Hair and Company is Bentley’s newest hair salon (and where I get my hair done! ~ Merry). RK Hair & Company carries the exclusive Aveda brand which is plant-based and sustainably produced. The packaging for our holiday packs is made through a program in which women in third world countries are paid well for their talents which helps them provide for their family. Talk about a win-win!
In addition to amazing hair and body products, RK Hair & company will also be running a Gift Certificate promotion from November 15, 2020 – December 23, 2020 Purchase one gift card worth $150.00 or more and receive a second gift card of $25.00 free!
Give the Gift of Pampering – Check out the gift packs available at Altered Images including Surface, Eleven and Design Me hair care products, kids and adults bath sponges, Hempz Christmas scents and more!
Want to give a gift for later instead? Gift certificates are available for any service at the salon including manicures, pedicures, cuts, colours, hair extension installation, gel nails, waxing, lash extensions, lash lifts, henna brows, brow lamination, hot shaves, teeth whitening, ear piercing and tanning!
Be a Shopping Hero
See! There’s something for everyone on your list in Bentley. You can sip, shop and enjoy without the crowds. We can’t wait to see you this winter!