Interior photo of Tix on the Square gift shop

Best Gift Shops

Where to shop for unique, thoughtful and locally made gifts

Featuring a neat edit of housewares, stationery, jewelry and found objects, Artworks is your go-to for design-conscious shoppers. You can get ahold of anything from vintage brooches to smartly-designed Scandinavian products.

Shop Chop is a hair salon converted to funky little gift shop with an ever‑changing selection of plants, decor, home goods, jewellery, greeting cards, hair products, candles, pins and patches….need we say more? They are also the best place to find trendy & office‑friendly decorations to “you-ify” your space.

Edmonton’s obsession with coffeeshops shows no sign of slowing down. But if you want the right equipment to make flat whites, lattes and americanos at home, head to National Cappuccino. This store sells top-of-the-line coffee equipment for residential and commercial uses. 10265 97 Street

EAC Shop (formerly TIX on the Square) name is a little misleading considering that they stock work from over 250+ #yeg local artists, makers, jewellers and potters. It’s hard to walk in here and leave empty handed. There is something for everyone at this not‑for‑profit box office and gift shop. Find them on the corner of Churchill Square.

From upcycled earrings to hand-carved ceramics to limited-edition prints, creative Edmonotians are making wonderful things all over the city. So if you’re keen to shop and support local, EAC Shop, run by the Edmonton Arts Council, is where you’ll find the best gems from Edmonton makers.

The Alberta Craft Council promotes the work of artists and artisans throughout Alberta, and has galleries and adjoining shops in both Edmonton and Calgary. There are somewhere between 15-20 exhibitions a year, and the media can range from sculpture to glass to ceramics — and anything in between. Take home a one-of-a-kind item from the shop, which features the work from more than 150 Alberta artists.

If you’re standing in Churchill Square, you can’t miss the striking Art Gallery of Alberta, wrapped with silver ribbons representing the aurora borealis and the North Saskatchewan River. Inside you’ll find a number of galleries spread over three floors and the Shop AGA gift store on the main floor. The store offers, of course, a mix of art-related paraphernalia, products from Picasso to Monet. Its jewellery, made by designers across the country, is especially popular. Shop the large selection of homeware, such as hand-painted mugs and bowls, tea towels and more.

A visit to see the Royal Alberta Museum exhibitions can easily take just as long as the time spent shopping at its gift shop. You will of course, find the usual, dinosaur figures and toys that will delight a kid, but about half of the items sold are accessories, socks and housewares that are are especially popular with grownups.

River Valley Printing Co. prints and sells high quality prints from talented tattoo artists around the globe. They’re also known to throw some of that artwork on mugs, pins and even rugs! Visit them in the CoLoft building.

Described as “The bookshop of your dreams,” Glass Bookshop is not playing around when it comes to unique gifts. Along with their stacks on stacks of the latest literary lustables, you will find candles, puzzles, and a tight curation of other local goods.

Nowhere Fast Studio is both a shop and a brand located in the CoLofts Building. Nowhere Fast quietly keeps skate culture alive in #yegdt. Find skate decks, streetwear, publications from culture photographers and more and of course, Nowhere Fast gear.