Nova Scotia Gift Guide
You didn't think we'd create all of these gift guides and not make one that celebrates our home province, did you? Of course, we wouldn't. We have never been more proud of our local businesses than we are this year and we're excited to share our Nova Scotia gift guide with you. We've put together a local wishlist that celebrates all things Nova Scotia to help you shop local where you can this year.
This roundup has a great mix of Nova Scotia gift ideas from experiences to local food products to home decor and local booze. There's something for everyone in these guides. And, if you still can't find that perfect something, we hope this will serve as inspiration as you shop local this year. Be sure to check out our other guides (listed below) as well.
1. Doodle Journals 2. Virtual Cooking Class 3. Craft Brews: Tata Brew | Good Robot | Chill Street | Big Spruce 4. Map Art 5. Spice Blends 6. Virtual Theatre 7. Hiking Gear 8.Golf Package 9. Local Spirits 10. Staycations 11. Travelotto Tickets 12. Touques 13. Baked Goods 14. Kilted Chef Swag 15. Wine Tours 16. NS Wines 17. Charcuterie Boxes 18. Shuck It Sweater 19. Salt Blends
Gift Ideas that Support Local
If you loved our experience gift guide, you're going to love the virtual cooking classes that Kitchen Door is offering. Listen, things are different this year but that doesn't mean we can't “gather” in new ways (like virtually). I'm also pretty excited about Neptune Theatre's answer to the pandemic – a subscription that allows you to stream exclusive Neptune theatre content straight into your home. You can also never go wrong with the gift of a staycation at Whitepoint Beach Resort, am I right?
If the foodie gift guide and boozy gift guides got your attention, we've got you covered. We've said before (but we'll say again) that one of our all-time favorite gifts was a curated box of wine. But you don't have to stop there. If you've got beer lovers on your list, why not put together a custom craft beer box full of some of their favs like Tata Brew, Good Robot (hello – their hard seltzer is amazing) and Chill Street (for the cider & soda lovers).
Also, there are local spice blends like Big Cove foods' Mary had a lot of lamb. Trust me, this will become your new favorite spice.
And then there are Saltwreck maps, who've been on in our gift guides from the beginning. Why? Because we LOVE them. We've been buying and gifting these maps to our friends and family for years and love sharing this local company with you whenever we can.
We're also excited to add some new gift ideas to the mix this year like these Doodle Lovely journals & doodle by numbers. Are they not the cutest?!? There are so many amazing gift ideas here from photography sessions to local cookbooks and everything in between.
I would love to hear what's on your wishlist this year…let me know in the comments. And, keep your eyes peeled because our 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways (and maybe a few bonuses) are officially live. We LOVE being able to do this for you each year and can't wait for you see what this year's giveaways look like!
Nova Scotia Gift Guide | Details & Shop Links
We want gift-giving to be a breeze for you this year. So, we've taken some extra steps in our guides to provide more details on each item we're featuring.
Whitepoint Beach Resort
Whitepoint beach resort has something for everyone. This family-friendly resort on the South Shore of Nova Scotia offers everything from oceanfront cottages to lakeside retreat rooms. With an onsite restaurant, in-ground swimming pool, kids zone and regular entertainment in the Founder's Lounge you'll never run out of things to do.
Where to buy: Online at https://www.whitepoint.com/
Neptune at Home
Saltwreck Map Art
Saltwreck makes beautiful map art that makes a statement. After their first Nova Scotia heritage map, they went on to create over 30 different maps representing all parts of Canada. The maps are simple yet impactful and make a beautifully thoughtful gift.
Where to buy: Online at Saltwreck's Esty shop.
Doodle Lovely Journal
Give the gift of self-care with a doodle lovely journal! We love the “stress less and feel happier” motto and are gratitude journalers ourselves. This is a true self-care gift that is perfect for anyone in your life who needs a little more “me” time.
Where to Buy: Online at Doodle Lovely
Virtual Cooking Class
Learn from a professional Chef, in the comfort of your own kitchen! You can choose to shop for yourself for your class or have an ingredient box assembled and delivered to you. Virtual cooking classes are a fun way to hone your cooking skills while learning a new recipe.
Where to buy: Online at www.kitchendoor.ca
Big Cove Spice Box
Here to rescue you from your dinner rut, Big Cove Foods makes amazing spice blends that will inspire your dinner plans! All-natural spices and other products are delicious and easy to use, delivered to you in sustainable packaging.
Where to buy: Online at https://bigcovefoods.com and offering free shipping on orders of $75 or more
Tata Brew Gift Packs
For the craft beer lovers in your life, a Tata Brew gift pack makes a great gift. Stuff one of these fabulous coolers with all the Tata brew swag (and a few brews, of course) like a t-shirt, glassware, bottle opening, hat, ornament and even a mask!
Where to buy: Online at https://tatabrew.com or in-store
Good Robot Brewing
Good Robot, like all of the breweries in our guide this year, are going above and beyond to make ordering and delivery a breeze! Just pop onto their website, select what you'd like and they'll deliver to your door. They also offer merch so you can build a custom gift pack!
Where to buy: Online at https://good-robot-brewing.myshopify.com or in store
Chill Street Gift Packs
Chill Street is a one-stop-shop and they can curate some amazing holiday gift packs customized to your wishlist. They've got cider, wine-ciders, and old-fashioned sodas plus lots of swag from glassware to apparel and are offering Canada wide shipping!
Where to buy: Online at https://chillstreetcraftbeverageco.com or in-store
Photography sessions are a FANTASTIC gift for almost anyone. Whether you're an entrepreneur or personal brand (like us), family, couple, business owner, a new mom (you get the point) we're always wanting great photos of ourselves. Amy offers packages that start as low as $100 for mini sessions!
Where to buy: Online at https://amyhollowayphotography.com
Fox Harbr Resort
In a hectic world, Nova Scotia’s Fox Harb’r Resort is a haven of civility, character, cuisine, comfortable luxury and East Coast charm. Here morning drives are perched above the ocean. And your rush comes from exploring our great Northumberland Shore outdoors.
Where to buy: Online at https://www.foxharbr.com
Local spirits and liqueurs make a wonderful gift for anyone on your list who enjoys a cocktail. Barrelling tide is famous for its liqueurs and spirits but they also have vodka sodas and (my personal favorite) the “Bar in a box”!
Where to buy: Online at https://barrellingtidedistillery.com
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Colchester hosts the Travelotto program each year where you buy 1 ticket and get the chance to win trips, cash and other prizes monthly. This year, they're highlighting the Atlantic Bubble with some epic staycations!
Where to buy: Online at https://colchester.bigbrothersbigsisters.ca/travelotto-2021/
Wine & Food Tours
Wine. Tours. Need we say more? Our local wine region here in Nova Scotia is astonishing and Grape Escapes takes the guesswork (and driving) out of planning your trip. Choose from a variety of different tours then sit back and enjoy!
Where to buy: Online at https://sipandtastetours.com
Shuck It Crewneck
When the cold weather hits, just say Shuck It and grab this cozy unisex crewneck sweater. Designed and printed right here in Atlantic Canada by Sandy Toes Shop. Crystal (pictured here) is not only our very own East Coast Mermaid, she's also a pal and we ADORE her stuff!
Where to buy: Online at https://sandytoesshop.com/products/shuck-it-crewneck
Salt is part of our way of life here in Atlantic Canada. We are surrounded by the crisp waters of the North Atlantic. It just makes sense that we put these waters to use in a sustainable way to produce a local product and help to grow the economy. Join our Tidal Salt Family today and be a part of relocalizing sea salt.
Where to buy: Online at https://www.tidalsalt.ca
Who doesn't love shareables? Boxed bites catering creates custom boxes, boards and tables including sweet boxes, charcuterie boards and so much more.
Big Spruce Brewing
See a theme? Of course, you do! We love craft beer and why not use this opportunity to support our local brewers! Big Spruce has all kinds of ways to spread holiday cheer like with this curated gift pack that includes beer, cozy socks, a Big Spruce buff and a branded toque.
Where to buy: Online at https://shop.bigspruce.ca where they offer Canada wide shipping
Coldstream Clear has become an iconic name in the Nova Scotia spirits market with everything from premium spirits to their famous vodka sodas and holiday collections (like candy cane liqueur). Gift one of their holiday collections or curate your own collection.
Where to buy: Online at https://www.coldstreamclear.com
Curated Wine Box
HOLIDAY SPECIAL – It’s the season for GIVING!
Indulge this Christmas and receive a $25 gift card to Avondale Sky Winery & Restaurant! Also, with every case sold, Avondale Sky Winery will donate $25 to Christmas Angels.
Where to buy: Online at https://avondalesky.com/collections/wine
Special Edition Wine
For the wine lover, there's nothing quite like receiving limited edition wines. This year marks the 20th anniversary for Grand Pre wines and they're celebrating with a special release 20th Anniversary wine! Additionally, the Viva Nova collection makes a perfect gift as well.
Where to buy: Online at https://grandprewines.com
Kilted Chef Tools
The Kilted Chef, Alain Bosse has been delighting at-home cooks with his daily live cooking show for months. He brings the joy of cooking, right into your own home and now you can get your hands on his favorite culinary tools from his series of cookbooks to his famous butcher block cutting boards.
Where to buy: Visit his online shop at https://kiltedchef.ca/shop/
If you have adventurers on your list, this is a no-brainer! We (adventurer's I mean) are all about the gear and gadgets and Trail Shop has literally everything you could possibly want in that department from headlamps to camping food and everything in between.
Where to buy: Online at https://www.trailshop.com or in store
From the most amazing slippers you've ever owned to PJ's to toques and scarves, Take It Outside is a shop you've got to visit in-store or online. They've got so many gift ideas at every price range that you could literally do all of your holiday shopping there.
Where to buy: Online at https://takeitoutside.ca or in store
Duckish Gift Set
The Duckish All-Natural Bath and Body Gift Set is the perfect thing for everyone on your list from your wife/mom/sister/girlfriend to your colleague or kids teacher! GIFT SET INCLUDES 1 lip balm, 1 ultra-moisturizing mini body balm lotion stick, 1 large body balm lotion stic,k and one 2-pack of dye-free bath bombs. Made in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Where to buy: online at https://www.duckish.ca/collections/frontpage/products/all-natural-bath-and-body-gift-set
Ivy House Getaway
Give the gift of luxury with a 2-night staycation at Ivy House in Lunenburg. Package includes Two-night stay in either our honeymoon or park view suite. (Booking expiry: December 31, 2021), 1 beautiful floral bouquet from Tulipwood Floral, a bottle of Nova Scotia bubbly to share with your sweetie. $400.00 taxes and fees included.
How to buy: package must be booked by contacting [email protected]
Still, Stuck on Gift Ideas?
Guys, we're so stinkin' proud of our local shops and business owners this year! I actually find myself getting emotional about it. We're so unbelievably grateful that we're in a position to support them and it doesn't stop with this gift guide. Over the next few weeks, we're hosting a series of LIVE happy hours on our Facebook page. These shows will highlight some of our local businesses and the amazing gift ideas they've got for you.
And, on top of that, we've got our annual 12 days of giveaways happening right now! You can find all the juicy details right here and be sure to leave us a comment here and let us know if you found this guide helpful.