Your McMurray Local Gift Guide
Your McMurray Local Gift Guide with Jen Kennet
With hundreds of options for tools, automotive accessories, sporting goods and hunting supplies, Canadian Tire is a one-stop shop for your Mr. or Ms. Fix-It in your life or anyone close to you who enjoys the Northern great outdoors! With the addition of a Homewares section which includes everything from cake decorating supplies to small kitchen appliances, and a large selection of children’s toys and games – it’s possible to cross off your entire Christmas list in this locally owned location. For those who are working long hours or find it difficult to make it into the store, you can order items online and arrange to pick up in store! A great option for shift workers or those with limited opportunity to go in-store.
Jen’s Pick: Mastercraft 24” 5 drawer Tool Chest and Mastercraft 24” 4 drawer Tool Chest. Win-win situation! He gets a place to pull all of those tools and you get your garage back as a warm place to park.
102-19 Riedel Street
Peter Pond Mall
Fort McMurray’s Premier Shopping Centre experience. With almost 70 stores and restaurants to choose from, it’s easy to cover your shopping list while staying out of the cold winter temperatures. You can purchase Peter Pond Gift Cards in any amount from $5 to $500. Gift Cards can be used in any store/restaurant within Peter Pond Mall (excluding Money Mart).
If you are looking for a suggestion for the trendsetter in your life, check out SpareParts. Located on the second floor, SpareParts boasts its cabin-meets-rustic style with all of the latest trends. Carrying brand name sunglasses, bags and watches, even tuques, socks and SAXX underwear.
Jen’s Pick: Check out the Vitality Jewelry line for the special man in your life. Pieces in gold, hematite in black. Simple, unflashy items for men.
Peter Pond Mall
9713 Hardin Street
Unit 2050, Upper Level Peter Pond Mall
Everybody deserves a little “me time”, but Tommy Guns in Fort McMurray refers to it as “He Time”. With 2 locations to choose from, Clearwater Landing and Stoneycreek village, schedule your brother, father, son, significant other or that wonderfully-bearded man you know in for some pampering. With a large array of products and services, as well as an app to “check in” when you arrive and hold your place in line, the average dude can come in and kick his feet up in this retro-man cave while he waits for his haircut. For ages 0 and beyond, there is an option for all hair lengths and styles.
Jen’s Pick: A gift certificate for the Original Classic Shave coupled with Grooming Products for at home.
Tommy Guns Clearwater Landing
Unit 109, 19 Riedel Street
Tommy Guns Stoneycreek
Unit 104, 100 Riverstone Ridge
Points North Gallery
Points North Gallery is your local treasure trove if you are looking for work from diverse Canadian artists. Points North Gallery focuses on local and regional artists to bring some of the North to your home. Everybody has that friend who is difficult to buy for because they love fine, original gifts, this is the place where you would find a gift for them. Carrying a variety of items from prints and paintings to honey and yarn, Points North Gallery can cover all your bases and provide you with a one of a kind piece. Perhaps you already have a sketch or painting you would like framed? Points North Gallery offers this service as well.
Jen’s Pick: If buying a physical product isn’t what you were thinking, sign up for knitting classes to give an “experience” as a gift to keep on giving!
Points North Gallery
B3 10015 Centennial Drive
Dunvegan Gardens located near Draper Road is the key to your family’s landscaping and gardening needs. The garden centre is open from spring to late fall and entering the business is an experience of its own. Beautifully laid out with a koi pond in the back of the greenhouse and rabbits lining the garden centre. Year round there are home décor items and classic children’s toys for sale. In the winter time, the centre is completely transformed to become a winter wonderland. Stroll through the greenhouse turned Candy Cane Lane and get yourself in the Christmas Spirit. Don’t forget to load up on Christmas décor such as figurines, signs and wreaths on the way out.
Jen’s Pick: Stock up on Christmas ornaments. Dunvegan Gardens offers a large variety of ornaments for all the important people in your life. Instead of buying miscellaneous bulbs, pick out unique, one-of-a-kind baubles for those you love.
128 Garden Lane
Chocolates and Candlelight
Chocolates and Candlelight is locally owned and operated and in the business of helping McMurrayites get their chocolate fix. With a large selection of chocolates, including all fillings you could think of and no sugar added version, as well as various treats and jelly belly jelly beans, it would be impossible to not find something to suit your sugar craving. Come in for the delicious chocolates and browse the beautiful home décor and candles, as well as check out the line of Kameleon Jewelry and Sunglasses. Call ahead and you can create your own basket as a gift for a group or office.
Jen’s Pick: For the teachers, coaches, instructors, mail people and coworkers you need to buy for, choose the Medium 16 piece box of assorted chocolates. You can hand pick your treats or choose a pre-made option.
Chocolates and Candlelight
Bay 4 – 122 Millennium Drive
Keyano Theatre Company’s Presentation of A Christmas Carol
Running from November 23 through December 2, this production is guaranteed to be fun for the whole family. The Keyano Theatre Company will present its own take on the classic story by Charles Dickens about Ebenezer Scrooge and the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future. Packed full of local talent, a variety of options are available to attend a show: preview night, opening night, regular showings and a matinee to work into all family schedules.
Jen’s Pick: Make a night of it and couple a show with dinner. Pre-order beverages with the London Bar so you can enjoy a drink during the intermission.
8115 Franklin Avenue
Vista Ridge Ski/Snowboarding hill and Tube Park. Vista Ridge is open year round with seasonal options for the outdoorsy person. Offering 60 acres of skiing and snowboarding terrain with 5 lanes of tube runs in the winter, Vista Ridge is fun for the whole family. Bring your own gear, or rent from there, there are skiing and snowboarding options for the very young or the beginners to the experienced. Vista Ridge is proclaimed to be the “best non-mountain winter recreation in Alberta”.
Jen’s Pick: While you are enjoying your winter recreation, pick up a season pass for the Vista Ridge Aerial Adventure Park open during the Summer season. Zip-lining, climbing, jumping and swinging is what you can expect from the Adventure park. For ages 7 and up.
1 Spruce Valley Drive, Saprae Creek, AB
2018 Alberta Winter Games
From February 16 to 19 of 2018 the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo will play host to the 2018 Alberta Winter Games. With a variety of sports such as figure skating, alpine skiing, women and men’s hockey, badminton and many, many more, there are options for everyone. Locations and tickets are yet to be announced, please follow the website for further details as they come forward.
Boston Pizza family restaurant and sports bar, home of Pasta Tuesday, with 2 locations offered in Fort McMurray. The place to go for a quick dinner on a Wednesday with the kids or after work drinks on Friday to kick off the weekend, even order take out on an evening where you just don’t have the energy to cook. What better way to thank your employees than a gift card to a local restaurant for those evenings after a long day at work. Spend $1000 on gift cards and you receive $100 for free, an excellent gift for a small business!
Jen’s Pick: For the family who could use an extra treat or a little break, buy them a $50 gift card! Purchase between November 14th and December 31st and receive an extra $10 coupon, just enough for some pizzas AND dessert. The gift that keeps on giving!
Boston Pizza Timberlea
110 Millennium Drive
Boston Pizza Downtown
10202 MacDonald Avenue
Absolute Serendipity is a little piece of whimsy in downtown Fort McMurray. A local business who supports other local businesses, Absolute Serendipity for the DIYer or the person who would love to DIY but doesn’t have the time, but REALLY wants something that looks like they made it themselves. The storefront offers various paint options, paint accessories, hardware, handmade gifts, educational workshops and even finished restored furniture. Staff are knowledgeable and offer suggestions and advice for those new to the DIY world or seasoned experts.
Jen’s Pick: Gift cards are the way to go for this unique store. There are so many choices, it would be so hard to decide! If you would like a more personal touch, create a DIY starter pack with brushes and accessories with a gift certificate to choose their own paint colour.
206-8706 Franklin Ave.
Cool Blondes Salon
Tucked away between the Boys and Girls Club of Fort McMurray and the River Pointe Shops is a gem of a salon called Cool Blondes.
If you have ever seen someone walking around McMurray with that incredible blonde hair, they likely had it done by Andrew and his staff at Cool Blondes.
Their claim to fame is beautiful blonde colours that are difficult to achieve, but are skilled in all hair colour techniques, including fashion colours.
Step into Andrew’s salon and you will walk out feeling like a supermodel.
Jen’s Pick: Treat your sweetheart to a cut and colour by Andrew himself to update their look for 2018.
Cool Blondes Salon
12-36 Riedel Street