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UNB Alumni Holiday Gift Guide 2023

Author: UNB Alumni

Posted on Nov 24, 2023

Category: UNB Saint John , UNB Fredericton , Young Alumni

Share your UNB pride this holiday season!

'Tis the season for supporting ‘local.’ The 2023 Alumni Holiday Gift Guide highlights products and businesses by our very own #ProudlyUNB alumni around the world. UNB alumni are creating and contributing exciting things to their communities and beyond. Get your seasonal shopping done from the comfort of your home, while discovering the unique items created, written, owned or run by talented UNB graduates, like you.

Scotiabank Giller Prize winner: Study for Obedience

Give the gift of reading with the 2023 Scotiabank Giller Prize winning-novel by UNB master of arts alum Sarah Bernstein (MA'12). Study for Obedience explores the world of a woman who leaves her hometown to move to a "remote northern country" where locals, already suspicious of newcomers, become hostile toward her as she tries to find a way to shape her life. Purchase a copy.

Book a design consult: Virginia Ann Interiors 

Give the gift of design! Book a consult with Virginia Ward (BA'04) of Virgina Ann Interiors for that person in your life who's been wishing for a room refresh. With virtual consults available and various packages to fit their styling needs and scope, there are options for every project. Book a consult.

Memoire: Social Oblivion: Raised in Black Canada

Thandiwe McCarthy (BRSS'20) is a writer, spoken word poet and seventh generation Black Canadian. Part prose and part poetry, Social Oblivion: Raised Black in Canada explore's Thandiwe's life raised in a big Black family in the small town of Woodstock, and explores identity, culture and education in rural and urban New Brunswick. Give the gift of reading.


Athleisure: Forty Luxe the Label

Josée Forbes (BA'17) founded her athleisure-wear brand, Forty Luxe The Label, in August 2020. Offering a wide selection of women's and men's athleisure, both online and at their storefront in Saint John, NB, Forty Luxe makes the perfect gift for someone who loves style, comfort and quality. Shop now.


MFMG Cosmetics: Makeup for Melanin Girls 

Tomi Gbeleyi-Curtis (BA'13) is the Toronto-based founder of Makeup for Melanin Girls (MFMG), a line of colour cosmetics for dark skin tones. She has grown the company out of a mission to serve an under-served market. This season, discover MFMG's eyeshadow pallette and lash collection. Shop now.

UNB College of Extended Learning: Leisure Learning

Looking for a unique gift for the lifelong learner in your life? Think outside the box! Give the gift of a fun, creative or inspiring course from CEL. From drawing, acrylic painting and yoga to screenwriting, photography, Spanish and much more, there is something to suit every person on your list. Shop for courses.

ProudlyUNB Merchandise

This holiday be #ProudlyUNB and fashionably warm with a selection of UNB alumni swag from toques, socks, scarves, blankets and more! These make perfect gifts for any fellow UNBers in your life who love sporting their red and black, and keeping warm this winter season. Show your UNB pride and shop now.

Previously featured gifts

Looking for more gift ideas? Check out some of the products and businesses we’ve featured in past editions of the Alumni Holiday Gift Guide.

Symbodi: Vertiball & Vertigun 

Featured on Dragon's Den and created by UNBers Curtis Kennedy (BScME, DTME) and Aaron Turner (BScME’17, MScCHE’20), Symbodi has reinvented the way they treat muscle and back pain. Its mounted, handsfree Vertiball and Vertigun systems allow for self-administration and complete relief of any muscle group/area, conveniently and effectively. A perfect self-care gift! Shop now.

The Chocolate Lab Inc.: Artisan bonbons and confections

UNB alumni Eva Choi (BScGE’03) and Dallas Southcott (BA’95) have taken chocolate making to the next level with their Calgary-based company, The Chocolate Lab Inc. A gift box of their colourful and delicious bonbons is sure to please the chocoholic you're buying for this year. Shop now.

FOSH Apparel Inc.: Wrist watches 

Pick which watch best suits the trendy person in your life. FOSH Watches, co-owned by UNB young alumni Josh Bubar (BBA'15) and Frank Keating (BBA'15), creates high quality watches for today's style-conscious professionals. Shop now.

Rising Tide Gifts: Curated box of Atlantic Canadian products

A specially curated box filled with products exclusively made in the Atlantic provinces. Founded by Ingrid Munroe (BA'13), The NB Box, now Rising Tide Gifts, was born from her love of supporting small businesses and each box is filled with all the best locally made products. Shop now.


Do you have a business or product of your own, or know a fellow UNB graduate who we should know about? We’d love to hear from you! As we continue to build an inventory of alumni-owned businesses and share their wonderful stories, we invite you to reach out to submit your business or product. Reach us at alumni@unb.ca