Gifts Out of the Ordinary

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A unique selection of curated gifts, for the hard-to-buy-for. As it is more important than ever to shop local, many of the amazing gift ideas on this list are from local, small businesses.

HEART OF THE HOME
Unique western style area rugs that convey your western style within your home, are like artwork for the floor. Find a number of interesting shapes and designs at Cody & Sioux. Inquire for pricing. www.codyandsioux.com

FOR THEIR TUMMY
A gift that embodies the best of Alberta: solid, bold, rich, authentic, and spirited. Alberta Whisky Cakes come heat-sealed and most elegantly packaged, ready for gift giving, and with a lithographed ‘Artist Card’ promoting the work of a local emerging artist. True local spirit and taste in every sense. $40. albertawhiskycake.com

FOR THE TIME-STRAPPED RANCHER
The greatest gift you can give someone is time. Better Than Home Coin Laundry located in Okotoks, Alberta is a drop-off dry cleaner depot that caters to customers with western roots! Custom ironing and alterations for cowboys, cowgirls and cowpokes alike. They have designated machines for your pet and horse blankets, saddle pads, Navajo blankets and heavily soiled attire – perfect for those hectic days on the ranch! Leave the heavy cleaning to them. (403) 938-7788

Better Than Home Coin Laundry can handle the toughest laundry jobs, including heavy winter horse blankets.

IMPRESSIVE AMBIENCE
Just in time for the holidays, the all new ROMAL RAIN candles from Shannon Lawlor Galleries are ready for the giving! This thoughtful pairing of leather and Cuban cigars will offer you memories of the West through a luxurious scent, as the candle burns with great ambiance. Snuggle up and appreciate the sensory delight curated by one of Alberta’s foremost western virtuosos. $45-$70 www.shannonlawlor.com

THE WINE IS SO DELIGHTFUL
It may be frightful outside, but wine is always delightful! Toast your host or the ones you love most with horse themed wines this holiday season. Everyone will be trotting up to the bar for another glass of these fun and naturally festive selections of holiday cheer! Find them at your favourite local liquor purveyor.

FOR THOSE WHO HAVE EVERYTHING
Don’t know what to get the people who have everything? Memberships and subscriptions make wonderful gifts that keep on giving throughout the year and come with a host of benefits for all the people on your gift list. Alberta Equestrian Federation? Reining Alberta? American Quarter Horse Association? Subscription to Western Horse Review Magazine? Support local clubs, publications and your loved one’s passions all with one thoughtful gesture.

www.westernhorsereview.com