Top 9 Canadian Gifts from the Whyte Museum Shop

The holiday season means a lot of different things to different people. For us at the Whyte Museum we see it as a great opportunity to support local artists and our community by shopping local. Make it a Canadian gift this season and stop by the Whyte Museum Shop on Bear Street. 

We've compiled a handy list of gift items made right here in Alberta and British Columbia that are available at the Whyte Museum Shop...

#1. Cuddly Creatures

If you've got kids on your shopping list who love wildlife make sure you take a look at these adorable hand needle felted animals by Holly Boone of Edmonton, Alberta. Made from carefully selected materials these little guys will bring a smile to anyone's face. 

#2. Inspired Fashion

What about the friend who likes to take fashionable art to the next level? Lindsay Rempel transforms the paintings from her Okotoks studio into wearable art like scarves! Give the gift of art and the mountains all in one soft, colourful gift.


#3. Wood-n't You Like This Gift?

All joking aside, Robert Jakobsen's hand crafted wooden items are as functional as they are beautiful. Made largely from reclaimed wood indigenous to British Columbia, Jakobsen's woodworking skill is evident once you pick up one of his pieces. 

#4. Badlands Clay

Looking for something that inspires a little more spirit of the Badlands into someone's day? Why not gift them a handmade mug from Drumheller, Alberta? Janet Grabner's clay creations will win over any archaeology or geology enthusiast on your list!

#5. Stones Are a Girl's Best Friend

Inspired by nature and her love of the outdoors Nicole from Bragg Creek, Alberta brings out the beauty of natural stones in her jewelry. These buffalo earrings are the perfect gift for the nature-lover you're shopping for!  

#6. Sacred Bears

Looking for something to give the wildlife advocate in your life? How about an adorable handmade bear ornament from Edmonton, Alberta? These little guys are hand-crafted by Darlene Storgeoff and pair great with a walk through Colleen Campbell's exhibition "Eastern Slopes Grizzly Bears: Each One Is Sacred". 

#7. Cook Your Way Through the Holiday !

Looking for a unique present for the master chef in your life? The Great Canadian Masters Cookbook from the Canadian Museum Association brings together Canadian chefs from across the country to curate recipes inspired by paintings by Canadian artists! Look for paintings from the Whyte Museum's art collection like Mount Biddle at Lake O'Hara by Aldro T. Hibbard (1925) and its corresponding recipe!

#8. Change for the New Year

Need something to store those loonies and toonies in? Why not use one of these soft leather zip pouches made by Jeff Joe of Valleyden Leather Designs Inc. in Vancouver, BC. Fill them with change, keys, jewelry, and savour the soft leather feeling in your hands. 

#9. A Gift from Mary Schäffer 

Mary Schäffer was an explorer, photographer, botanical painter, writer, and mapmaker in the Canadian Rockies, and she has a special gift for you! Made right here in the Canadian Rockies by O'Canada Soapworks our Whyte Museum Mary Schäffer soap takes inspiration from Mary's botanical paintings she made while exploring the Rockies. Grab a pack of 4 mini soaps for a small gift or stocking stuffer!

The Whyte Museum Shop is open Daily, 10 AM to 5 PM
Take 20% off your purchase on Saturday, December 2nd
Holiday Closures on December 24th, 25th, 26th & January 1st


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