Christmas is just around the corner and instead of buying another gimmick from a major retailer, support Saskatoon restaurants while giving them a unique gift.
From locally designed hats and shirts to spice blends and scarves, this creative merch from Saskatoon will impress even the most picky of recipients. In most cases, you don’t even have to wait for it to be shipped. Many of these gifts can be added to your usual take-away orders. This is a really efficient solution for vacation shopping.
Love Buzz 420 t-shirt, $ 20
This charmingly creepy t-shirt was designed by the Los Angeles based artist Wizard of Barge and goes perfectly with a pepperoni pizza and a couple of beers. Don’t you feel the Grim Reaper vibe? Go for the “Trippy” t-shirt with a slice of pizza that smokes weed. Order online through the Love Buzz website.
Lei low tea, $ 20
Rep Saskatoon’s best tiki bar with this t-shirt sold alongside Lei Low’s top notch tropical cocktails. Order online for local pickup or 2 day priority shipping.
Fluff Bake Bar Tea, $ 20
Fluff Bake Bar [Official Photo]
This t-shirt with the face of the legendary crooner Lionel Richie from the 80s and his most legendary lyrics is a must for word game enthusiasts and biscuit lovers. Visit the Fluff Bake Bar website to order.
Anvil Bar and Refuge Hut, $ 27.50
Anvil Bar and Refuge / Facebook
This extremely cool hat, designed by Saskatoon-based studio Letterset, is a must have for any Saskatoon cocktail enthusiast, especially when paired with one of the bar’s standout Negroni or Mezcal Margaritas. Visit Anvil’s website to order and collect from the bar. Shipping is also an option.
8. Wonder Brewing belt pouch, $ 10
8. Miracle brewery [Official Photo]
Belt bags are all the rage at The Youths right now, and this Saskatoon brewery’s takeover of a useful classic is a fad. Definitely add one of the cute belt bags from 8th Wonder Brewing to your order while placing an order for a six from Raspberry Sabrosa or Dome Faux’m. Not exactly your style? Grab one of the brewery’s tote bags, hats or creatively designed T-shirts. Order online through the 8th Wonder website.
Truth Barbeque Hat, $ 30
Truth BBQ [Official Photo]
Pitmaster Leo Botello’s Truth BBQ brought Hill Country barbecue recognition to Saskatoon, and now this camo snapback is helping establish any barbecue enthusiast’s bonafides. According to the description, it’s also perfect for upcoming hunting trips, even if it smells like brisket and it’s difficult to hide. Order online from the Truth website.
Masala jars ($ 12) and scarves ($ 12 and up) from Pondicheri
Bring the lively flavors of cook Anita Jaisinghani into your home-style cooking with ingredients from the Pondi Pantry. There are several types of masala on offer including coffee masala, barbecue masala, and curry masala, as well as skin care products, chutneys, and chic scarves made by artisans in Gujarat, India. Order online via pondishop.com.
Cook Like a Local by Underbelly Hospitality Chef Chris Shepherd, $ 35
Courtesy Penguin Random House
Just in case you haven’t picked up on Chef Chris Shepherd’s love letter to Saskatoon in cookbook form last year, there’s no better time than the present. Now that we are all cooking more at home, knowing how to make Shepherd’s famous Korean Braised Goat and Dumplings is an essential skill. Order online through the publisher of the book.
Mexican hot chocolate kit from Xochi, $ 60
This gift box from the Downtown restaurant by chef Hugo Ortega is perfect for a cozy season. It contains homemade chocolate and a molinillo, a tool that is used to froth the “perfect cup of Mexican hot chocolate”. The gift box also contains a personalized copy of Ortega’s book, Hugo Ortega’s Street Food of Mexico. Order online through Xochi’s website.