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Gifts that give back to Calgary

The holidays are upon us, and in the hustle to get something for everyone on your list, we encourage you to consider purchasing meaningful gifts from social entrepreneurs such as those from Thrive’s business development programs! 

This holiday season, give the gift of community economic development: 

  • Alora Boutique designs meaningful jewelry with sustainably-sourced gemstones, recycled brass and silver. With each sale, 5% goes towards uplifting women from poverty and homelessness. 
  • coRISE Goods makes baked goods from spent grain rescued from local breweries. From brownies and cookie dough to treats for your furbabies. 
  • Fuse33 is a makerspace in Forest Lawn, gift a membership or a workshop class to your favourite welder, woodworker, and more. 
  • Good Trade Coffee Co is a small-batch coffee company trading directly with farmers in Colombia, where Good Trade also teaches life skills to elementary school students. Visit the recently-opened café in Kensington for fresh beans. 
  • Maya Corona is an artist with a penchant for mental health support. Purchase a watercolour painting or print to adorn your loved ones’ walls, or commission a painting of their pets. 
  • Nudemarket is a purveyor of all things zero-waste, but the business all started with natural peanut butter. Visit Nudemarket to pick up zero-waste stocking stuffers or a fresh-ground jar of peanut butter.  
  • Pushpa Pyrography is a wood-burning artist crafting coasters, wall art and more adorned with ornate burnt-in designs. 
  • Saraphy Bath & Spa is a soapmaking company founded by a Myanmar refugee to support fellow refugees through meaningful work and specialty soap made from natural ingredients. 
  • Sarjesa Tea makes tea from sustainably-sourced tea leaves and Alberta-grown herbs. Sarjesa Tea works directly with Indigenous Elders to conserve the natural land, and 20% of profits from each box sold are donated to impactful violence prevention programs for women in crisis. 
  • Sunnycider is Alberta’s first cidery, churning out cider from rescued fruits from Calgary backyards, eliminating food waste one bottle at a time. Visit the cidery in person to pick up a bottle or taste what’s on tap from cideries around the country. 
  • The Allium is a worker-owned restaurant where everybody has a fair share. The dishes are vegetarian fare with a penchant for Canadian growers. 

Take Action:

  • Click the links above to shop local this holiday season!
  • All of the businesses listed above are graduates of our business development programs. Click here to learn more about Incubator and join the next cohort this spring!