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Holiday Gift Guide 2022

Every year, when the Christmas season is around the corner anxiety builds for many of us as we try to find THE PERFECT GIFTS for everyone on our list.  Well, we’re here to help!  And our options dive into items that are fair-trade, local, whimsical, stylish and artistic.  Essentially, the antidote to buying another tie, or plastic thing-a-ma-jig. This is gift giving… elevated.

The Prints and The Paper

The Prints and The Paper is a shop filled with things that owner Sandy Muldrew loves – graphic art prints, books, cards and cool stuff, the shop has an eclectic air that will surprise and delight.  Those who love a little bit of kitch with their cool (think limited edition, numbered and framed silk screen prints, cardboard wall art, and all manner of books, toys and stationery) will have a hard time sticking to their list.

The Makers Keep

A place for local artisans and small businesses to sell their creations;  Kind of a store but also kind of a marketplace, that’s The Makers Keep.  The four locations in Edmonton and area carry local, handmade goods that you genuinely might not find anywhere else.  From coffee to candy, sweatshirts, and socks to greeting cards, jewellery, candles and almost everything in between, plan to stay a couple of hours.  Or, if you prefer, grab a coffee, put your feet up and shop online.

Village Goods

For over 35 years, Village Goods has been supporting fair trade and selling a dizzying array of items that are produced by craftspeople, farmers and small enterprises from countries around the world which have traditionally been impoverished.  Through their work, Village Goods has created opportunities for many talented artisans to be paid fairly, become independent and improve their quality of life.  Thrill the person who has everything by choosing one of the many, many completely unique items at Village Goods.  Shop in person or online.

When Pigs Fly

Gift shops usually fall into two categories – chic & stylish or cheerful & cheeky!  When Pigs Fly is definitely cheerful & cheeky.  With a mind-bending volume of gift items, gag gifts, home décor, greeting cards, toys and more, this spot is stocking stuffer central.  Shop online for a limited selection of popular favourites or make a trip to the store to browse the whole kit and caboodle in person.

Be-a-Bella Candy and Gifts

Do you ever feel like eating ice cream, or digging into a bag of candy while shopping the day away for accessories, games, baby items, gloves, scarves and about 100 other things you didn’t know you’d love?  Ok, perfect, us too!  That’s why Be-a-Bella is on this list.  This candy store + ice cream shop + nifty gifty shop may have a bit of an identity crisis but at the same time, it works.  Painted in black and lime green on the outside, the whimsy doesn’t end there.  Candy jars line the walls in the candy section which is fronted by a massive selection of hard-to-find sweets and sweets in theatre boxes (just like at the movies!) but make your way around to see every little detail of the shop.  This is another amazing stocking stuffer stop.

Hideout Distro

A little bit beatnik, a little bit luxurious, a lot innovative…  Hideout Distro is an unusual blend of gift shop, artists’ studio and curated vintage boutique.  If “something different” is your mantra when it comes to gifting, you’re sure to come across it here.  Pottery, clothing, books, candles, jewellery – these are just some of the pretty, practical and playful things you’ll find.  With an easy-going vibe, this dog-friendly space is also a fun stop and shop for a holiday gift to yourself.

You know what else makes a fantastic gift?  An experience!  Check out last week’s blog on Things to Do in December for events that still have tickets available.  Speaking of experiences, we also highly recommend our spectacular 1, 2, 3 Rewards deal for a gift and a getaway to remember!

Terms and Conditions

The “1,2, 3 Pick Your Rewards”, Terms and Conditions and Blackout Dates 

Rewards Program campaign dates

Reward package available to book from January 5, 2022 for stays to December 31, 2023 for rewards except for possible blackout dates. At present there are no blackout dates scheduled.

Rewards are subject to while supplies last.  Substitutions of equivalent kind, value may be made as necessary.  Rewards are non-transferable, no cash value, no cash back.

  • Rewards are non-transferable, non-exchangeable, have no cash value, no cash back.
  • Rewards cannot be combined with any other offer or promotion.
  • Reward deal is net non-commissionable.

Blackout dates

At present there are no blackout dates scheduled. 

In the event blackout dates are scheduled, any guest who makes a booking for a hotel stay during the blackout period prior to the blackout period being named will receive the rewards they are booked for. 

Rewards Program offerings

Book one night’s stay with Edmonton’s Best Hotels and receive your choice of one of three $50 rewards excluding blackout dates:

  • $50 Gas Card or
  • $50 Prepaid Mastercard, or
  • $50 Ultimate Dining Card

Book two night’s stay with Edmonton’s Best Hotels and receive your choice of one of five reward packages excluding blackout dates:

  • $150 prepaid MasterCard, or
  • $75 Gas card and $75 MasterCard, or
  • $75 Gas card and $75 Ultimate Dining Card, or

Book three night’s stay with Edmonton’s Best Hotels and receive your choice of one of four reward packages excluding blackout dates:

  • Three Night Reward 1: $225 Prepaid Mastercard
  • Three Night Reward 3: $75 Ultimate Dining Card + $75 Prepaid Mastercard + $75 Gas Card

One choice of reward per stay. 

Guest must be 18 years of age or older at time of redemption. 

Prepaid Mastercard’s can be used for online purchases only. In Canada, prepaid Mastercard’s cannot be used at any retail outlet (including your hotel) with point-of-sale systems.

Rewards distribution

Rewards will be emailed directly to guests within 48 hours of Edmonton’s Best Hotels confirming their check-in.  Rewards are not provided by the hotel’s front desk.   All rewards are sent electronically. 


Guest must reserve a minimum of 24 hours prior to arrival.

Rewards are NOT available for reservations made less than 24 hours in advance of arrival.

Reservations made directly with hotels and not through Edmonton’s Best Hotels are not eligible for rewards. No exceptions. Rewards are only provided to guests who book through Edmonton’s Best Hotels online booking platform.  Booking reservation confirmations will have Edmonton’s Best Hotels branding on them. Rewards not provided for hotel reservations during specified blackout dates.

Reservations cannot be extended by hotels for additional rewards.

Guests may add a night to an existing one-night deal reservation and receive additional rewards if the request is made a minimum of 24 hours in advance of arrival.

Booking terms and conditions

Rewards provided for more than one night, must be for consecutive nights under one registration under one name at one property. In addition, no more than up to three consecutive nights will be honoured. If a guest checks in for three days and then checks out and re-checks in for the next day, this is considered a consecutive night booking even if the second booking is made at different hotel.  

There must be a minimum of three days between bookings.

Multiple reservations for the same person for the same night(s) is considered a double booking and only one of those bookings will be eligible for rewards. For example, if a guest books two nights on x and y date and then makes another two-night booking for the same dates at the same hotel or another hotel, EBH considers this a double booking and will honour rewards for only one of those bookings. 

Is there a limit on the number of bookings I make on different dates?  Edmonton Best Hotels welcomes repeat business.  Some of our guests visit Edmonton every month.  Please note as stated earlier there must be a minimum of three days between bookings. Please also note stated blackout dates.

Cancelling and date changes to reservations

If a guest wants to cancel or change the dates of their booking.

What if I want to cancel my booking?  Edmonton Best Hotels must cancel your booking (not the hotel).  If you want to cancel, contact info@edmh.ca and let us know.  We will cancel your booking and send you a cancellation number for your records.  Please do not cancel directly with the hotel.

What if I want to change the dates of my booking?  You must contact Edmonton Best Hotels at info@edmh.ca and let us know you want to make a date change.  Your original booking must be cancelled first.  You will receive a cancellation number for your records.  Then, you must rebook for your new dates.  The hotel nor Edmonton’s Best Hotels cannot make date changes to the original booking.  Please note this does not guarantee you will receive the same hotel rate when you rebook for different dates.

Any questions, please contact Edmonton Best Hotels at info@edmh.ca 

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