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Alberta Venture’s 17 (Business) Days of Christmas 2013

Still scrambling to get your Christmas shopping done? Haven’t even begun to scramble? Don’t fret, we’ve got you covered – check this space every business day before Christmas for a new gift idea!

Dec 20, 2013

by Jim Kerr

Does the thought of Christmas shopping send shockwaves of stress through your extremities? You’re not alone. You’re also in luck, because here at Alberta Venture, we understand.

If you’re stuck for Christmas gift ideas this season, make sure you visit this space every business day between now and December 25th for a brand new gift idea. So trade in those sleepless evenings for Silent Nights and enjoy the holiday season!

December 20: Jack Daniel’s Sinatra Select

This special edition Tennessee Whiskey is made using specially crafted barrels that are designed to provide an extra full character and a darker rich amber colour to the spirit. This release honours the friendship between Jack Daniel’s and Frank Sinatra, who was regularly seen on stage with his favorite drink nearby. Put a smile on the face of the Sinatra fan in your family with this 90 proof bottle of the classic Old No. 7 Tennessee Whiskey.

Price: $165
Available: Liquor Connect

December 19: Galaxy Gear Smartwatch

If you’re shopping for someone who likes to be on the cutting edge of technology, you might want to look at Samsung’s Galaxy Gear Smartwatch. The watch’s Bluetooth 4.0 technology connects the device to your Samsung Galaxy Note 3 smartphone and a 1.9 megapixel camera allows you to take pictures and videos right from your wrist.


Price: $279.99
Available: Best Buy

December 18: GoPro HD HERO3+ Black Edition

Surprise the adventurer on your shopping list with the latest wearable camera from GoPro. The GoPro HERO3+ Black Edition records video in Ultra HD and takes 12 megapixel snapshots, which you can preview on your smartphone. The camera can even be controlled using a WiFi remote.


Price: $449.99
Available: Best Buy

December 17: Nike Fuelband/FitBit Force Fitness Watch

Got a fitness nut on your shopping list? Hook them up with the latest in wearable fitness technology by tossing a Nike Fuelband or FitBit Force fitness watch under the tree for them. These products tabulate your steps, calories and other physical activities to track your activity in a day.


Price: $149.95/$129.99
Available: Apple Store or Best Buy

December 16: iPad Air

Christmas is a great time to score some new gadgets, so why not look into an iPad Air for that special someone. The iPad Air weighs less than half a kilo, is 20 per cent thinner than previous models and comes with a 9.7-inch Retina display. The iPad Air comes in four storage sizes from 16-128GB and in either “Space Grey” or silver.


Price: From $519
Available: Apple Store

December 13: Samuel Adams Utopia Beer

This rare beer comes in a 710ml golden vessel containing a blend that includes a bourbon cask-aged beer from Kentucky, a port barrel-aged beer from Portugal and a Belgian-style ale. It’s a rare find, but one that will put a smile on the face of the beer aficionado in your life.


Price: $199
Available: Liquor Connect

December 12: Going Hunting?

There’s a lot of good hunting in Alberta, so chances you may have an avid hunter on your Christmas list. Why not treat them to a Weatherby LazerGuard Vanguard Bolt-Action rifle from Cabela’s? If the person you’re shopping for is more the ice fishing type, Cabela’s also stocks items like the Aqua View Micro 5 underwater camera.

Price: $999.99
Available: Cabela’s

December 11: Philips Hue Connected Bulb

Looking to add that certain je ne sais quoi to a room, or help someone else do the same? Pick up the Philips Hue Connected Starter Pack to control the colour of a room’s lighting using your iPhone or iPad from wherever you are. The bulbs use as much as 80 per cent less energy than traditional bulbs and can set the mood like no other product on the market.


Price: $199.95
Available: Apple Store

December 10: Hit the Slopes

Help your kids enjoy the winter weather this year with a Canadian Ski Council SnowPass. That lets them hit the slopes three times at each of the participating ski areas for just $29.95. Or, you can also pick up a ski pass for one of Alberta’s world famous ski resorts.


Price: $29.95
Available: Ski Canada or Go Ski Alberta

December 9: Breville You Brew Coffee Maker

It’s tough to stay on top of those New Year’s resolutions without a strong cup of coffee in hand, so why not give that special person on your list a head start? The Breville You Brew coffee maker has a built in grinder, seven brew strength settings and five flavour settings, making it an excellent choice this Christmas.


Price: $349.99
Available: The Bay

December 6: A bottle of age-dated Macallan

Age-dated bottles of The Macallan single malt Scotch have been replaced by the 1824 line, which comes in four colours – gold, sienna, amber and ruby. Those reflect the natural colour of the whisky out of the cask and are a perfect gift for the Scotch lover in your family.


Price: $63.99

December 5: Rob Ford “Confession Tie”

Where were you when Rob Ford admitted to smoking crack cocaine? The only thing more memorable than the admission itself was the tie Mr. Ford was wearing at the podium – featuring the NFL team logos. Never forget that moment and be a “hit” at the office with your very own Rob Ford Confession Tie!


Price: $18

December 4: Bonobos Style

What do you get for the man who has almost everything? How about some new threads from Bonobos? With everything from flannel shirts to cardigans to belts and other accessories, there’s something for every guy on your list at this online store.



December 3: A Letourneau Guitar

If you’re looking to purchase a guitar for someone this holiday season, look no further than Morinville’s Letourneau Guitars. Len Letourneau builds handmade classical guitars, based on the principles of famous 19th century guitarist Antonio Torres. This is a dream purchase for the classical guitarist on your list.


Price: $4,500

December 2: Bigshot Camera

Are you shopping for a budding young photographer or someone who recently picked up the hobby? The Bigshot DIY point-and-shoot comes with everything you need to construct a camera, including a three-megapixel image sensor, a 1.4 inch LCD screen and a wheel with three built-in lens options. The Bigshot even comes with a hand crank for a bit of extra juice once the rechargeable lithium-ion battery dies.


Price: $89 plus shipping & handling

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