Christmas is a time for excitement and gift-buying, but finding the perfect gift can be stressful. We sometimes feel distracted by the quick, trendy commercialization of Christmas, and oftentimes, these impulse buys end up in the trash not long after the holidays are over. We believe that shopping sustainably means giving a gift someone will genuinely love and avoiding unnecessary waste and over-commercialization. Big box stores tend to lure us in with flashy displays and low prices but it is so gratifying knowing your money is going back into your community instead of the pockets of some big-company CEO. As a small business, we wholeheartedly believe in supporting our local businesses and the local economy. Unfortunately, in the past few months, we have seen many local Regina storefronts close and we would love to encourage you to shop local this year!
With that in mind, why not treat yourself or your loved ones this holiday season with these great gift ideas? Giving gifts to loved ones is one of the most rewarding parts of the holidays, but we also believe that treating yourself is also super important! In that spirit, we have put together this gift guide - whether you need ideas for gifting or treating yourself with a little holiday cheer, we’ve got something for everyone!
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And in case you didn’t find anything in our gift guides that resonates with you, you can find many, many more options by checking more of our favourite local businesses!
Share the Joy of Fun & Entertainment
Jelly Mask Facial
Facials are super relaxing but they also are super fun - like with hydro-jelly masks! Ooey gooey magic hydrating mask is a very cool experience.
Salon Gift Card
An easy way to pick up your mood and have a good time? Get your hair done! Give the gift of a gift card towards their next hair service!
Dessart Sweets (@dessartsweets) & Exotix Candy (@exotixcandyregina). Give the gift of silly, nostalgic, delicious, sugary goodness! These very cool local shops carry all sorts of unique candy treats! Never thought Kraft Dinner gummies could exist, but Dessart’s has them! They also have imported treats, obscure flavours of pops and snacks, and all the pickle stuff you could ever dream of.
Get Active + Have Fun
Ultimate fun for the whole family! Run, jump, climb and play at Sky Park (@skyparkregina), get bouncing and have the time of your life at Get Air trampoline park (@getairsports), or hit up Planet Lazer for some laser tag. Take your littles to Klimerz Indoor Playland to play and crawl around (@klimerzindoorplayland). Have a blast playing glow-in-the-dark mini golf at the VicSquare MiniGolf (@vicsquareminigolf), or hit up the bowling alleys at Golden Mile Bowling or the Glencairn Bolodrome for some fun glow bowling!
Puzzles or Games
Or stay in with the fam jam and play some games or make some puzzles. There are lots of local shops dedicated to toys, games, and puzzles that are fun for the whole family.
Paper Umbrella (@paperumbrellask)
The Painted Parasol (Lumsden) (@thepaintedparasol)
Zippity Zoom Toys (@zippityzoom)
Take a Cooking Class
A unique experience offered by Schoolhaus Culinary Arts (@myschoolhaus) in Regina is a cooking class with a professional chef in a super cool learning environment. Cook your heart out, drink some wine, and enjoy the yummy meal you have created!
Give the gift of a super fun experience (bonus: you get to go too and spend time with your fave humans!). Check out what local concerts, events, comedy shows, musicals, local productions, tradeshows, sports, etc are coming up and snag some tickets!
Work as a team with your pals to puzzle your way out of a room! Different themes and puzzles are available! Escape Club (@escapeclubyqr) on Dewdney also has a board game cafe & licensed bar to keep the fun going after the mystery has been solved.
District 3 Escape Rooms (@district3escape)
Escape Manor (@escapemanoryqr)
Mystery Mansion (@mysterymansionregina)
Locally Brewed Beer
Regina has lots of local breweries with great drinks and a fun ambience. One of our faves is Pile of Bones (@pileobonesbrews) - they have fab beer, great food, and wearable merch that we love!
Rebellion Brewing Co (@rebbrewregina)
Malty National Brewing (@maltynational)
District Brewing Company (@districtbrewing)
Turn your home into a jungle (or add to your pals' collection)!
Rooted (@rootedld) is one of our fave local plant shops. Their team is so helpful and they have super fun plants and pots. Definitely ask for advice to be sure you are purchasing animal-friendly plants and beginner-friendly plants!
Give the Gift of Relaxation
Give the gift of massage with a gift certificate or by prebooking a treatment. Massage is one of those quintessential relaxation gifts and we would have been remiss to have left it off! Book with Dani at Salon Society or your fave local massage therapist.
Facial & Skin Care
We are huge fans of luxurious skin care treatments and the Custom Facial offered by Hope, Alex, and Dani is a seriously amazing relaxation experience featuring steamy towels, two masks, and a heavenly scalp massage.
Similarly, give the gift of home skincare! Dermalogica has a great range of gift sets and incredible products that bring the relaxation home - home spa day anyone?
Blowout Club Membership
Give the gift of stunning hair for 30 days - these SASO Blowout Memberships really spoil you with VIP treatment! You commit to one blowout a week for 30 days and we commit to giving you the best head massage, gorgeous hair, and a special package price!
We are big believers that pedicures are one of the ultimate spa experiences. They bundle relaxation, massage, and gorgeous toes all together! Our gal Alex used to be a massage therapist so her massage skills are next-level.
Everyone loves some quality bath products. There is something so nice about taking a bubble bath or watching a bath bomb fizz. Lots of local makers create the best bath products from quality ingredients and safe perfumes. There are tons to be found at local vendor markets like Handmade Sask (@handmadesask) or Brick & Mortar (@brickandmortarsk)!
Insider Tip: Try a hair mask from Salon Society when you soak in a bath to nourish your hair while you relax!
Cozy up with a good book! Find the perfect book for your pal or get them a gift certificate to find their own. Centennial Books and Spafford Books are great local independent bookstores to check out. Plus one of Regina’s coolest bookstores is Awarehouse Books (@awarehousebooks) - full of crystals, incense, and of course books - it is a must-visit store in Cathedral!
Cozy Local Mugs
Everyone knows that your drink tastes better out of a cozy mug! Regina has many local pottery artists that make the cutest mugs - we highly recommend you snag one for yourself!
Fave local artists + local shops:
PrairieMoon Handmade (@prairiemoonhandmade) - if you can get your hands on one - she sells out fast!
Wildfire Ceramics (@wildfire_ceramics)
After the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, few things sound better than resetting in a sensory deprivation float tank! Check out Smith & Best Float Studio for this super cool experience.
Candles are another classic for a relaxing ambiance. For a wonderful gift, grab a locally made candle in a favourite scent!
Hygge Candle Co. (@hyggecandle.ca)
Conjure Apothecary (@conjure.apothecary)
Ruby Reid Candle (@rubyreidcandles) - you can shop these when you go for your float at Smith & Best Float Studio!
Is there anything more relaxing than loving your home? In our opinion, plants give an instant ambiance boost to any space. They are bright, lively, O2-creating machines that make us so happy (is it any wonder we have turned Salon Society into a jungle?).
Our local faves:
Dutch Growers (@dutchgrowers_regina)
Rooted Landscape & Design (@rootedld)
Little Big Plant Company (@thelittlebigplantcompany)
Enjoy a Little Indulgence
Is anything more indulgent than a decadent dessert spread? Grab a pack of macaroons, cake pops, cupcakes, specialty chocolates, or maybe even a pint of artisan ice cream from one of our local shops! Gifting to someone and don’t know their preferences? Give a gift card!
Special mention to the sourdough donuts from our neighbour The Everyday Kitchen (@theeverydaykitchen) - these doughnuts are heaven (and so is their whole drink and menu lineup!)
Dandy's Artisan Ice Cream & Luxe Artisan Chocolates
(@dandysartisanicecream & @luxeartisanchocolates)
Le Macaron (@le_macaron_decadent_desserts)
Queen City Cakes (@queencity_cakes)
Berry Lush Bites (@berrylushbites)
Are sweets not for you? Hit up The Local Market (@localmarketyqr) (another one of our fave neighbours!) or The Nut Man for some fabulous sweet and salty options. If the selection feels overwhelming, grab a gift basket with some variety!
Hot Tip: When shopping the Nut Man’s select you HAVE to try their Rye Bagel Chips (they are NEXT LEVEL!!) and their Saskatchewan-local Drake Meats Jerky!
Meat + Cheese Boards
Enjoy a fabulous night in with friends with a delicious charcuterie spread. Takeaway Gourmet and The Italian Star Deli have all the cheese, meat, bread, and specialty items required for making a great appy platter. Or save yourself the time and effort and have one of these fab local stores do the work for you and custom make a beautiful creation tailored to your tastes!
Takeaway Gourmet (@takeawayyqr)
Italian Star Deli (@italianstardeli)
Pair that cheese board with some wine! Support our locally-owned liquor stores and grab a hostess gift! All the wines and spirits you could think of in a wonderful local store.
Willow Park Wines & Spirits (@willowparkwinesregina)
Urban Cellars (@urbancellarsquance)
Hair Care Sets
There's nothing quite like the confidence boost from having beautiful hair. Give hair the love it deserves with a gift set like the Oribe Gold Lust Collection, one of Kevin Murphy's many options like In The Thick Of It or Yours Everlasting, or Kerastase's Blond Absolu Lumiere set! You can find all of these and lots more options online and in-store at Salon Society.
Shop local clothing and pick that perfect wardrobe item! Say “No” to Shein and lead-tainted clothing, and take a stand against fast fashion by choosing stylish pieces from Seed Sustainable Style, Havik Clothiers, Four Girls Boutique, Oliver’s Men’s Wear, and T+A Vintage.
Looking for your littles? Check out some of Regina’s cutest kids' boutiques Little Kinfolk and Little Prairie Kids for all the tiny humans in your life.
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Make anyone's home Pinterest-perfect with some gorgeous plants. Ask the helpful staff for recommendations for animal-safe plants and plants for beginners. Or if you are an expert plant parent: splurge on a fancy pants plant that only you could keep alive!
Rooted Landscape & Design (@rootedld)
Little Big Plant Company (@thelittlebigplantcompany)
Dutch Growers (@dutchgrowers_regina) - And when you visit Dutch Growers, definitely also check out their boutique for quality clothing, gorgeous home decor, and so much more!
Everyone loves a night out on the town! Plan one for yourself and your pal or gift a date night to your favourite couple. We have so many amazing restaurants and pubs in Regina - there are SO MANY to choose from - some of our favourites are:
Avenue (@avenue_regina) - Creative cocktails and tasty food
Homestead (@homesteadbaryqr) - Yummy cuisine and an extensive wine list!
Circa 27 (@circa27lounge) inside the Hotel Sask - A gorgeous cocktail bar and a wonderful dining experience (also a fab brunch!)
Wann Izakaya (@wannregina) Japanese Gastropub & Tispy Samurai (@tipsysamurai) Bar & Charcoal Grill - Enjoy great sushi, ramen, yakitori, and other offerings in the great atmosphere.
Caraway Grill (@caraway_grill) - Incredible Indian cuisine
Tommy’s Speakeatery (@tommysspeakeatery) - A very cool gastropub in the Lakeview area. Delicious tacos, nachos, burgers, and more - amazing margaritas. Super cool atmosphere.
Silvia’s Italian Café (@silviasitaliancafe) - Go here for delicious, authentic Italian food!
20Ten City Eatery (@20teneatery) - Fine dining atop one of Regina’s tallest buildings - and during the warmer months, their seasonal rooftop patio has incredible city views.
The Lancaster (@thelancaster) - A favourite local pub and restaurant with delicious soft pretzels.
Chachalacas Mexican Cuisine (@mexicancuisinechachalacas) - One of the only places to get Mexican food in Regina, Chachalacas truly delivers authentic flavours.
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