In The Market

I have lived in a few different places across Canada, which has exposed me to a lot of neat local traditions, customs, and events – our country is vast and diverse, and the better for it! One such event is Market Collective, one of the longest-running and biggest holiday markets in Calgary, with over 70 new artists and 200+ vendors total. It runs every weekend throughout the holiday season – the kickoff was last weekend, however you still have three more chances to check it out (December 2-4, 9-11, and 16-18) and pick up some locally made goods. Not only is a great way to support talented artisans and shop local, it’s a perfect place to find one-of-a-kind gifts that are just a little different than what you’ll find in regular stores. The good news for the rest of us is that many of these brands also sell online – so you can still support Canadian businesses no matter where you call home in our lovely country. Below I’ve highlighted a few of my fave gift ideas at Market Collective this holiday season!


Loyal Loot Log Bowls – From $75
I feel like these log bowls end up on a Canadian gift ideas list annually – and for good reason. Crafted from reclaimed trees (that fall due to weather or infrastructure), these novelty nature bowls are lovingly turned into usable bowls that function as works of art and serveware. Buy multiples for a high impact look, or fill it up with candies to adorn your desk. Available in a huge range of colours, there is a longer lead time for custom bowls, but if you’re at Market Collective you can pick one up on the spot – Loyal Loot is one of 70 new vendors this year!


Heather Buchanan Pop Culture Art Prints – From $15
I can’t get over how much I love so many of these quirky art prints from Heather Buchanan. Riffing on 90s nostalgia in particular – from Fresh Prince to Wayne’s World to Home Improvement to the Big Lebowski – these surprisingly realistic prints are a wonderful gift idea for your BFF. Available in three sizes and too many fun variations to count (as a note, you can also get tons of cool other prints too) it’s a snap to pick one up for everyone on your list.


Camp Brand Goods Hoodies – $90 each
This cuddly collection of hoodies and tees has a minimalist, outdoorsy vibe with all of their designs, with a hint of retro throwback for good measure. Ideally suited for those who love the camping life, or are moreso suited toward an apres ski cocktail in a ritzy lodge, you’ll find yourself reaching for your Camp Brand Goods items more often than not. Fun fact, each week of Market Collective also features a community initiative. The weekend of December 9-11, you can buy a card in support of TreeEra, which represents 25 new trees being planted – and get a free gift from Camp Brand Goods to boot!


CoutuKitsch Jewelry – From $25
I love me some good affordable jewelry, and CoutuKitsch’s collection is right on point. With understated boho-influenced pieces that still make a statement, this full collection of bracelets, earrings, necklaces, rings, and even belts should be your first stop when sussing out some affordable sparkly gifts for your besties.


Adrian Martinus Recycled Cutting Board – $80
Ugh. Covet so hard. SO hard you guys. Literally everything in Adrian Martinus’ Etsy shop has my shopping fingers twitching. Not only do they look beautiful – they’re partially made from recycled skateboards to give your pieces a one of a kind look. Not in the market for a cutting board? The artisans at Adrian Martinus also create everything from rolling pins to baseball bats to bowls. Swoon.


Routine Natural Deodorant Sampler Pack – $52.99 (on sale for $25 this week!)
For the eco and health-conscious beauty babe in your group, pick up this cool multi-pack of all-natural deodorants from Routine. She can find her signature scent while trying out the brand’s effective and clean natural deodorants, free from dubious ingredients like aluminum zirconium and aluminum chlorohydrate. Because this post happens to be going up on Cyber Monday week, you can also pick up this set for half the regular cost – and potentially split it amongst your loved ones or use it for stocking stuffers.


As I mentioned above, Market Collective is still on for three more weekends – and you can still pick up tons of crazy cool gifts online as well if you can’t make it in person. For details on the vendors and what’s in store for you at the event, visit the Market Collective website for event times, location, and more!


Now excitingly, I get to give away one of Loyal Loot’s covetable log bowls AND a Market Collective GC to a lucky reader of mine. Want it to be you? Here’s how to enter!

1) First off my friends! You must be a Canadian Gift Guide subscriber to enter this giveaway. Just find the ‘Gift of Gab’ box on the righthand side of this page and either hit ‘Follow’ or enter your email address. Once you’ve done that, leave me a comment by December 12, 2016 with a link back to your favourite gift idea from any of the Market Collective vendors I shared with you above.

2) Entries are limited to one per person / per email address / per household (or more if you score bonus entries). A random draw will be conducted on or around December 13, 2016 to select the winner(s), who will have 48 hours to respond before another winner is chosen in their place.

3) Entries are limited to Canadians that have reached the age of majority in their province. Quebec is not eligible for this promotion.

4) Bonus Entry #3: Follow Loyal Loot on Twitter and send out a Tweet tagging them + me (@cdngiftguide) that links back to this post.

5) Bonus Entry #2: Follow Market Collective on Instagram and either Regram one of their photos and take a photo from their site and share it on your own feed, tagging them in it. Leave a link back to your photo in the comments below in a separate comment.

6) Bonus Entry #3: Follow Market Collective on Twitter and send out a Tweet tagging them + me (@cdngiftguide) that links back to this post.


173 Responses to “In The Market”
  1. doreen lamoureux says:

    I subscribe by email … Thank
    Ireally like the
    dorcontest at gmail dot com

  2. Joan G. says:

    I’m in need of a new cutting board. The Adrian Martinus Recycled Cutting Board looks great.

  3. I really like the range of this artist! This one piece interesting, with really great depth:

  4. Debra says:

    I’m intrigued by the deodorant, but love the workmanship of the artists featured.

  5. aketch says:

    The log bowls are lovely. I love the colour range.

  6. Susan says:

    I love this cutting board from Adrian Martinus and think it is cool that he recycles skateboards!

  7. Malti Chaitan-Mohan says:

    Loving the look of the deodorants…..would love to try them….

  8. Aimee says:

    I am a subscriber
    I love the log bowls.

  9. Dee says:

    I love the log bowls. I wish I lived in Calgary to shop the other artisans too.

  10. Karen Daniel says:

    I love the log bowls.

  11. Toks W says:

    I adore the cutting board!

  12. ikkinlala says:

    I love the cutting board, and this crib board is also very cool:

  13. Danielle says:

    The log bowls are too awesome. I really love this Margot Tenenbaum print:

  14. laura says:

    I like the log bowls that you are giving away as a prize-

  15. Deanna Barkley says:

    Really like the natural deodorants found at I am always looking for natural products that work. Thanks for the giveaway.

  16. Lindsey says:

    I would get a log bowl in Mandarin –

  17. Alyssa says:

    I’m loving the loyal loot log bowls. I love the fun colours!

  18. mousecat says:

    This is a great gift idea!! Love it! Never seen anything like it before!!

  19. Dominic cloutier says:

    I LOve the clueless print!!

  20. Karen Delmar says:

    Another great “gift ideas” post! The log bowls really are awesome and who wouldn’t love one to call their own 🙂 I must say though the Heather Buchanan prints caught my eye 😉

  21. louise says:

    I’m a Canadian Gift Guide subscriber I really love the log bowls, they are so neat looking

  22. KellyPC says:

    I love those log bowls! I’d like a size 4 or 6 in eggplant!

  23. Catherine Burke says:

    Love the log bowls – was looking at them in store in Streetsville on the weekend. These are nicer.

  24. gloria konelsky says:

    I like the sweater-sweater-wearing days are upon us!

  25. Alana LeSueur says:

    Okay.. so many to choose from , but my favourite gift idea from the Market Collective Vendors, just has to be the Loyal loot Log Bowls. So cool..

  26. Lori W says:

    I love the log bowls in your post. very unique.

  27. krysta d says:

    These bowls are so cool! I’ve never seen something like this before. Great gift idea:)

  28. Kathleen L says:

    I love these Abra rings from CoutuKitsch – I was going to buy one but they are sold out

  29. Jennifer C. says:

    I love the log bowls!!! Here is the link to my favourite:

  30. Barbara B. says:

    I love the log bowls.

  31. Kim K says:

    I love the converted log bowls, so unique!

  32. AshleyAC says:

    My favourite gift idea is . . . this would be perfect for my friend because she has this vehicle and goes camping in it all the time!

  33. KT says:

    Love those log bowls! What a cool prize! I also like the natural deodorant sampler. Would love to try them:

  34. Vanessa L. says:

    I’m in love with this necklace from CoutuKitsch!

  35. vinci777 says:

    I am a email subscriber. Like the awesome and unique style of


  36. I’d love the CoutuKitsch Jewelry

  37. Courtney A says:

    Loyal Loot Log Bowls are beautiful!! I love them 🙂

  38. Jessica Manning says:

    CoutuKitsch Jewelry are gorgeous ! Would love to win something from this collection ! 🙂

  39. tess rosario says:

    The Loyal Loot Log Bowls are so cool!

  40. Aarone Mawdsley says:

    i like the deodorant sample pack

  41. AliKira says:

    I would love to try the natural deodorant sample pack:

  42. Denae Boucher says:

    Would love in a green olive colour.

  43. Alison K says:

    I’m a Canadian Gift Guide subscriber. My favourite gift idea would be CoutuKitsch’s Hera Hand Chain

  44. BobbiJo Pentney says:

    I am following your gift of gab

  45. Alison K says:

    Bonus @loyalloot Entry: Followed Loyal Loot on Twitter and tweeted

  46. Alison K says:

    Bonus @MarketCollective Entry: Followed Market Collective on Instagram and regrammed

  47. Alison K says:

    Bonus @mrktcollective Entry: Followed Market Collective on Twitter and tweeted

  48. CL Chin says:

    i like the jewellery from CoutuKitsch.

  49. Theresa C. says:

    Love the Loyal Loot Log Bowls for myself – but would love to gift the Routine Natural Deodorant Sampler Pack!

  50. alexa says:

    love the sweaters

  51. Love the deodorant sampler! Following on Instagram!

  52. Brenda Penton says:

    My favourite gift idea is the Routine Natural Deodorant Sampler Pack

  53. Samantha D. says:

    My favourite is the Routine Natural Deodorant Sampler Pack.

  54. Samantha D. says:

    Followed @loyalloot and tweeted:

  55. Samantha D. says:

    Followed @mrktcollective and tweeted:

  56. Samantha D. says:

    My favourite is The Cupcake table from Loyal Loot. My younger daughter would love to have this for her room.

  57. Wanda Bee says:

    I am a subscriber. My favourite item is the Adrian Martinus Recycled Cutting Board.

  58. Wanda Bee says:

    I follow Loyal Loot on Twitter and I tweeted:

  59. Wanda Bee says:

    I follow Market Collective on Twitter on Twitter and tweeted:

  60. jordan says:

    Is Bulls are to die for my mother would absolutely love them as a gift

  61. Samantha S says:

    My house wouldn’t be complete without this portrait of the Log Lady. I must have it ❤

  62. Linda says:

    I think the best gift idea here is the Camp Brand hoodies –

  63. Brieann Woods says:

    I love the toques from Camp Brand Goods! I think they make such a good Christmas gift with our Canadian winters and are wallet friendly too!

    xo Brie

  64. Julie Barrett says:

    I absolutely love the Heather Buchanan pop culture art prints! Especially the Seinfeld and Fresh Prince ones! So cool!

  65. Susan Stevens says:

    Although all your ideas here are great, I really like the jewelry at

  66. MarionG says:
    My fav from Camp Brand Goods. Cheers. Something to keep me cozy from my hometown. Cheers.

  67. juliag says:

    I love the Log Bowls, especially the storm coloured one.

  68. Milly says:

  69. Angela Mitchell says:

    I love the Solange Necklace from CoutuKitsch:

  70. Tamara Attanasio says:

    LOVE the Loot log bowls! All of the items are fantastic though!!

  71. I love the cutting board,,,,so unique and look at those colors

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