The Complete 2019 Gift Giving Guide
There are people that are hard to buy for, and then there are people who are HARD to buy for. For those kind of hard-to-buy-for folks on your list that present a challenge to your gift-giving skills every year, we have just the things that will get them crossed off your list in no time.
Choose from an assortment of experiences, products or services that can be used now, or next summer when they come for their annual trip to the Cypress Hills. Whether it’s a Gift certificate, a product that gets shipped to you, experiences you can use now or later this summer, or gifts that you travel to get, we’re sure you’ll find what you’re looking for.
The Gift of Self Care
Northern Lights Vintage Spa, is an oasis and a sea of calm in what some might think is an unlikely place – the Town of Maple Creek. Located only 20 min from the Cypress Hills Centre Block, this amazing spa offers massage therapy, manicures, pedicures and a long list of other aesthetic services which can take care of you from top to toe. Get a gift certificate by contacting them directly, book a package for your favourite girlfriends or family members, or book a special “Pamper Me” gift package…as a gift…to yourself!
Also at Northern Lights Vintage Spa you’ll find their gift boutique, which includes a large selection of wellness-focused gifts. Lotions, shampoos, essential oils and skin care products made with natural organic products that are good for you and good for the environment. Crystals and lamps that will centre your energy. Try an organic tea, or slip into moccasins made in Canada from genuine Canadian leather. To see more of their products visit their website at: https://www.northernlightsvintagespa.com/gift-boutique/
Cypress Hills Winery Wine
What goes well with Spa services? Why wine of course! First introduced as part of a visitor experience that everyone loved, the Cypress Hills Winery built a fan-base that can’t get enough of the fruit wines and meads that they offer. If you live in Saskatchewan, you would be hard pressed to not find a liquor store that carries their products, and if you live in Alberta, particularly Medicine Hat, you can find them at Co-op and other liquor stores! Don’t live in either of those fine provinces, or prefer shopping from the comfort of home? The Winery has your back with online sales that will see them mail your wine selection, directly to you or to the wine lover on your list!
A Bit of Romance and Cowboy Comfort
Have a couple on your list? Help them reconnect and spend a warm, wintry weekend cuddled up at the Historic Reesor Ranch, with the Cowboy Comfort Winter Romance Package. Let them enjoy this winter escape in the cozy Cowboy’s Cabin or Bunkhouse while indulging in the special gift basket that awaits as they arrive, complete with a bottle of Cypress Hills Vineyard & Winery wine (see above!). They can further unwind in a two-person jet air Jacuzzi tub and after a great night’s sleep indulge in a hearty cowboy breakfast, with all the ingredients supplied so that they can prepare it in their cabin. You can book it directly online for them on the Reesor Ranch website, or buy a gift certificate and let your gift recipient decide when to go. (Note: There is a summer version of this package as well!). You can also use a gift certificate towards their Horseback Riding or ATV Adventures, their Wine in the West Tour, or any of their other accommodations. To book this package or buy a gift certificate, contact them at:
Elkwater Lake Lodge – Ski, Stay & Play
What’s better than getting to ski the hills at Hidden Valley Ski Hills in the beautiful Cypress Hills? Not having to leave at night and getting to experience a cozy night at the elegant Elkwater Lake Lodge as part of their Ski, Stay and Play package. Package includes a night at the beautiful Elkwater Lake Lodge , breakfast at the Bugler Dining Room, and an adult lift ticket to the nearby Hidden Valley Ski Resort. A great way to spend a weekend or mid-week getaway. Buy it online now for the ski adventurer on your list, or purchase a Gift Certificate from the Lodge and let your recipient decide what to put it towards. They can shun winter and look to summer, or choose instead to put it towards a Wine in the Hills, Wine Festival Package!
Contact the Elkwater Lake Lodge directly to discuss purchasing a Gift Certificate.
Broken Spoke Fine Art Gallery & Gifts – Attention Art Lovers
For the Art lover on your list, nothing beats a chance to own an original piece of artwork to add to their collection. Featuring Gallery Artists such as Andrew Kiss, Glen Scrimshaw, Jane Bueckert, Gena Lacost, Susan Woolgar, Richard Henry Freely and more,, Broken Spoke Fine Art Gallery also boasts an amazing Gift Shop where you can shop for everything from wellness products to art-inspired gifts like their Turkish Lamps. They also have an amazing selection of quartz and crystals, gems and stones. Give them a call to have them make up a one-of-a-kind gift basket, or connect with them to learn about the different gallery offerings they showcase. Better yet, visit them at their Maple Creek location, and enjoy a peaceful afternoon surrounded by beauty, while also crossing items off your Christmas list!
Located in Eastend, SK this colourful pottery will be the hit of your Christmas season. Choose from one of a colourful array or head to their red and white Christmas-themed bowls and mugs. Did you know they even have a Pot Party – paint your own pottery experience (that includes a large bowl and is the same cost as the large bowl already painted?). Get a gift certificate for a Pot Party or pottery purchase, or purchase the specific colours you want, and owner Nick Saville will ship them to wherever you need! (Be sure to check out his “Netflix Bowls” with a handle to make eating in front of the TV simpler!). Field and Fable in Swift Current also carry some of Nixavl’s stock.
Pro-Tip: A great Christmas idea is to purchase Nixavl’s small bowls, fill them with a Christmasy treat (like your homemade nuts and bolts) and then wrap them up for a group of friends, relatives or co-workers. At only $20 a bowl, you can gift 10 for only $200 (+ mailing costs if you can’t pick them up yourself). #ShoppingDone
The Daily Grind Roastery & Coffee Shop – Fresh Roasted Coffee
Coffee is an amazing gift for any coffee lover on your list, because you know it’s something they will use. But when it’s freshly roasted, it just doesn’t get any better. The Daily Grind Roastery and Coffee Shop in Maple Creek offers three in-house specially designed blends using organic, fair-trade beans that are sourced ethically. Carried by some Co-ops in Saskatchewan, at JB’s Fish and Seafood and the South-End Co-op in Swift Current, and of course at The Daily Grind in Maple Creek. The Daily Grind can also mail your purchase to anywhere in Canada. Coffee comes in 454g and 227g packages, and includes:
Dark Horse: A blend of dark-roasted Peru and Honduran beans the Dark Horse has all of the interest and mystery of a good dark roast coffee with none of the bitterness.
Classic Cowboy: A mix of medium and medium-dark coffee beans, this coffee is their best-seller and is cowboy-tested. Works well in the percolator, on the trail over a campfire or in your favourite espresso machine.
Rancher’s Roast: A bright smooth coffee made from beans combined from a medium Costa Rica and a medium Peru, the Costa Rica provides brightness, while the Peru ensures the coffee is not acidic. The perfect gift for a hard-working rancher, or any hard worker, who needs coffee to get their day started.
Grotto Gardens – A Private Shopping Experience
Sadly closed in the winter months to give staff a chance to restore before another busy season, Grotto Gardens Country Market has an incredible gift shop bursting with amazing products, that they will open up just for you, so that you can experience an exclusive shopping experience. Look for colourful wraps and ponchos, fresh local pure honey ($13.99), or a gift pack of Saskatoon Jams all packed up and ready to ship ($19.99). This is a great idea for an afternoon with friends, family and your favourite shopping enthusiasts!
You can also get ready for the upcoming Goat Yoga 2020 season with gift certificates for your yoga and/or goat fans! Contact them at to arrange your private shopping experience, have them ship a little taste of the Prairies be it jam or Saskatoon jams directly to your gift recipient, or to purchase Goat Yoga passes!
Willowbend Motel Special – Laugh & Stay Offer
What can be better than the gift of laughter? A growing trend in the gift-giving world is the gift of experience, and laughter is the best experience of all! With more people feeling the need to cut down on “stuff” and grow their list of memories, this is a great solution for those looking for gifts for older friends or relatives, who usually have almost everything they need or want.
To help you gift the gift of experience, Willowbend Motel is offering a special rate for those who want to take in the February showing of “Jimmy the Janitor” offered up by Cowtown Productions. Canada’s “Best Good Clean Comedy Fun” Jimmy the Janitor is the personal of Sandy Gillis, a native Cape Bretoner now living in Prince Edward Islands. With 11 CD’s to date, a successful nationally syndicated radio show, many comedy appearances on CBC Radio-TV and the Comedy Network. Show will start at 7:30pm with doors opening at 6:30pm. Hosted at the Armories, there will be a tumbola table, 50/50 tickets, and a cash bar. Tickets available online and at Hill Country Clothing and P&V Clothing.
Simply purchase your Jimmy the Janitor tickets online here: https://visitcypresshills.rezgo.com/details/220791/jimmy-the-janitor-comedy-show-maple-creek-sk – then call or email the Willowbend Motel in Maple Creek at the information below to book your special pricing for a night’s stay on February 7th! Cost is only $79.00 (plus taxes equals $89.44 total) to enjoy a single queen room in the heart of Maple Creek, right across from The Rockin Horse Cookhouse and Bar!
Cowtown Getaway – Golf Stay & Play Package
Yet another great offer brought to you by the folks at Willowbend, you can either book a night’s stay at the Willowbend Motel, OR a campsite at the Willowbend Campground and Cabins, just a short distance from the Motel, and receive two massages from Northern Lights Vintage Spa and a day of golfing at the Maple Creek Golf Club.
The Rockin Horse Cookhouse & Bar Gallery – Food with a side of Art
Stop in at one of the best places to eat in Maple Creek, and enjoy an opportunity to shop for fine artwork created by local artists including photographs, paintings, and ironworks as part of the art gallery hosted right on the walls of their dining room. Great food and great art combined!
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Town of Gull Lake – Remembering Your Roots
Are you originally from Gull Lake? Still live nearby? Have a homestead that calls you back every so often? Or just have strong roots? Celebrate those roots with these incredible shirts offered up by the Town of Gull Lake. Call the Town Office at 306 672 3361 or email them at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Carefree Adventures – the Gift that Keeps Giving
A unique Christmas gift for the paddling lady in your life, Carefree Adventures has a limited supply of these t-shirts left in Sm, Med, and Lg. This gift also gives back. At only $20 per shirt, $10 of your purchase is donated to the Medicine Hat Women’s Shelter. Please contact John at email@example.com to purchase or learn more!
Ranchhouse Meats – Foodie Fun
Running out of time to find the perfect gift? Ranchhouse Meats in Shaunavon has you covered with a fantastic gift pack including our latest merchandise! Pick one of their pre-made baskets, or customize yours to fit your gift recipient perfectly! The perfect gift for the foodie in your life!
The Shop – Annual Christmas Catering
Sometimes the best gifts don’t come wrapped in a bow, but rather in tin foil. If you have someone on your list that could use a little help in the kitchen, The Shop Cafe & Catering in Maple Creek can absolutely lend a hand. Whether you’re looking for a main dish, sides, appetizers, desserts or trays of sweets, they’ve got the goods! Check out their lists of products below, call in your order, and then pick up – perfect for those travelling down the Trans Canada Hwy on their way to Grandma’s for Christmas!
The World’s Largest Gift
The World’s Largest Gift (Photo in Dropbox)
Want to thrill the little dino-lover in your family? Give them a Scotty the T. rex inspired gift from the Royal Saskatchewan Museum gift shop, paired with a promise or a coupon to come see Scotty, the WORLD’S LARGEST T.Rex ever discovered, up close and in person at one of her two locations – the Royal Saskatchewan Museum in Regina, or the T. Rex Discovery Centre in Eastend. Contact them at: 306-787-2815 , email them at: firstname.lastname@example.org , or shop their Regina location to discover the latest products.
Pro-Tip – Members of the Museum can present their membership card and The Museum Shop will give all members a FREE Scotty the T. rex ornament!
Too Many Choices?
Still can’t decide? You can always choose a gift certificate to any of the many businesses you’ll find at www.visitcypresshills.ca and give them the gift of experience! Check out all of our Guided Tours and Experiences here: http://www.visitcypresshills.ca/tours/