Forget maple-leaf toques and moose-addled t-shirts. Using our guide, visitors to the city can jettison clichés and take home unique souvenirs from top Edmonton gift shops. From locally-made art to attraction-specific replicas, each of these Edmonton gift shops has items that will suit any taste, budget or luggage size. Locals visit these shops for a great selections of fashion, art and home decor products that you can’t find anywhere else in the city. One of the best things about these Edmonton gift shops? You can buy anytime! These stores are open year-round and you can shop without having to pay admission to the attractions.
1. SHOP AGA
At the retail branch of the Art Gallery of Alberta, you’ll find art-inspired products, quirky merchandise and handmade goods from 45 Canadian artisans (including 21 from Alberta). It’s a great place to find made-in-Canada gifts for everyone on your list; there’s a great selection of toys and activities for children, fun stationary designs and stylish yet functional fashion accessories.
• Where Recommends: the impressive selection of original art books that showcase the work and themes from past and present exhibits at the gallery.
• Shop AGA, 2 Churchill Sq., 780-392-2499, website. Tue 11 am – 5 pm; Wed 11 am – 9 pm; Thu – Sun 11 am – 5 pm; Closed Mon.
2. ALBERTA LEGISLATURE GIFT SHOP
Virtually everything in this Edmonton gift shop has been made by an Albertan artisan, including gourmet food, books, leather accessories, photography and pottery. There’s a selection of typical souvenir memorabilia, too. This is the place to go for something truly native to region.
• Where Recommends: The Legislative Assembly of Alberta Tea Blend, a specialty mix of green and black teas created exclusively for the Legislature.
• Alberta Legislature Gift Shop, 10820-98 Ave., 780-422-3982, website. May 1 – Sep 30: Mon – Sun 9 am – 5 pm; Oct 1 – Apr 30: Mon – Fri: 9 am – 5 pm, Sat – Sun 12 pm – 5 pm.
3. ROYAL ALBERTA MUSEUM GIFT SHOP
After Queen Elizabeth II visited the museum in 2005, it was renamed from the Provincial Museum of Alberta to include “Royal” in the title and the gift shop was transformed to carry products with a more distinct regal flair. Find unique souvenirs like museum reproductions, exhibition catalogues, educational games and museum publications, as well as several products inspired by current exhibits and created by local artisans. Jewellery, crafts, history books, educational games and activities are also on offer.
• Where Recommends: Everything! The proceeds from all purchases support the maintenance and development of museum exhibits.
• Royal Alberta Museum, 12845-102 Ave., 780-453-9100, website. Daily 10 am – 5 pm.
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4. TELUS WORLD OF SCIENCE EDMONTON GIFT SHOP
If you’re travelling with children, then this is the place to shop! Find a fantastic selection of science-themed educational games and activities, as well as fun novelty items for kids and kids at heart.
• Where Recommends: Check out the selection of rotating products that complement the latest feature exhibit.
• Telus World of Science, 11211-142 St., 780-451-3344, website. Sun – Wed 10 am – 6 pm, Thu – Sat 10 am – 8 pm.
5. TIX ON THE SQUARE
This fun, eclectic shop is located right in the heart of the downtown arts district. Whether you’re shopping at City Centre Mall, taking in a show or concert or dining out at a great restaurant in the Square, be sure to browse the unique selections produced by local artists—pottery, jewellery, photography, quilts, clothing, magazines, and plenty of unique souvenirs adorned with Edmonton imagery. The shop also houses the TIX on the Square Box Office, which sells tickets to a variety of performances—everything from improv to festivals to theatre—at local venues.
• Where Recommends: The City of Edmonton archive products. They have a fun, retro look to them, especially the historic black-and-white streetscape prints.
• TIX on the Square, 9930-102 Ave., 780-420-1757, website. Mon – Fri 10 am – 6 pm; Sat 10 am – 5 pm; Sun 12 pm – 5 pm.
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