Local Gifts – Holiday Shopping in Battle River Country

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A shopping trip through Wainwright takes you along 10th Street in the historic downtown area. Several storefronts along this main drag transform into a winter wonderland once blanketed with snow, so not only is the street a picturesque place to be over the holidays, but it also provides enough local shopping to check off everyone on your Christmas list. And if you can’t find what you’re looking for in downtown Wainwright, many of the smaller communities around Battle River Country have their own products to offer.

Armstrong’s 1908

Armstrong’s 1908 has been a local staple in Wainwright for over 100 years and could be your one-stop shop for the holidays. You’re likely to find a gift for everyone on your list from their vast catalogue of items.
When it comes to furniture, Armstrong’s carries all the top brands for mattresses, living room sets, and dining sets, as well as smaller furniture. And as the holidays approach, so too does winter, so whether it’s for gifting or yourself, you’ll find gear here for curling, skating, and hockey. And there is more! You can also browse their selection of ladies’ and men’s wear, both of which have some cozy winter options for Christmas.

Globe Footwear

This local community fixture has footwear for every age but can especially assist with gifts great for winter. Globe Footwear brings in Canadian-made moccasins in various colours and styles (short booties, long boots). These sheep’s-wool-lined boots are the warmest, softest, and most comfortable way to make someone feel warm this Christmas. Also new to Globe is the Frank Lyman clothing line!

Toys and Treasures

As the holiday shopping months are here, you may be considering the younger people on your list. Wainwright’s Toys and Treasures likely has all you’ll need for toys, family games, and unique stocking stuffers. While toys are in their name, the gift shop also carries a wide array of items that can appeal to different ages and styles. The treasures you can encounter on a trip here include stylish decorations for the home, seasonal handmade gifts, florals, and clothing.

Front Porch Mercantile

Shopping in downtown Wainwright offers many fabulous ways to get the perfect gift, and Front Porch Mercantile provides enough variety to make it possibly your only stop downtown. If you’re shopping for the young or trendy, then you’ll appreciate Front Porch’s stock of women’s accessories like hats or scarves; cozy winter arrivals like cardigans and hoodies; quality footwear and outerwear; or their FarmFresh line of body products. If you can’t decide while you’re in the store, you can shop online or grab a gift card for the stockings.


While you can purchase Voila!’s wide range of products online, we recommend stopping in to peruse and shop. You’ll get a great idea for anyone on your holiday shopping list who is into style, trends, and inclusive clothing “meant to fit a real woman’s body.” If you don’t want to take the gifting risk on apparel, these shelves are also filled with gorgeous accessories, home décor and wall hangings, diffusers and oils, organic soaps, jewelry, and bedding.

Daines & Daubney

You can find fashion-forward everything at Daines & Daubney. Along with a huge selection of trendy women’s and baby apparel, this boutique clothing store also has a unique array of gift items like DIY fairy gardens, home and office items, bath and body products, and a large assortment of scented candles.


Crabapples offers a boutique shopping experience with a selection of the unique, the vintage, and the pieces of apparel you won’t find in a big box store. Along with clothing, you can shop for smaller gifts like accessories and jewelry.

Irma Home & Garden

As a 5000 square-foot store, Irma Home & Garden is a great place to start your holiday shopping, especially if you’re still unsure of what to buy. As you browse their aisles of unique and crafty gifts, you are sure to gather inspiration for everyone’s lists. With several affordable products, Irma’s is also a great place for office/work exchange gifts.

Wainwright Jewellers

As one of Wainwright’s longest-standing businesses, the Wainwright Jewellers family is a trusted place to spend a bit more on those special gifts. You can shop jewellery and watches for men and women or add to existing pieces with pendants and charms. They have a large selection of commemorative jewellery as well.

Wainwright Flower Cart

The most notable thing about the arrangements from the Wainwright Flower Cart is the care put into the cutting and preparation of the flowers. Second, are the efforts put in by staff to source the most unique plants and flowers from all around the world. As you shop for others, you may be able to purchase a little gift for yourself, too, with plenty of seasonal holiday arrangements from which to select.

McRae Floorcovering

You may not expect a flooring store on a holiday shopping list. However, you could be looking for a way to surprise your partner this season, and home renovations could be the perfect way to do so. But if renos aren’t in the plans, McRae’s is still an excellent way to gift unique home décor items for every room of the house.

Can’t find what you’re looking for? Consider something a bit more unique or tasty food or drink ideas.