12 Gifts For Anyone Missing Nova Scotia

Pretty much anything on the Local Wishlist would make a great gift for expats dreaming of being home for the holidays. But we’ve chosen a dozen gift ideas that will really make them wistful for Nova Scotia. And there’s still time for shipping!

1. Nova Scotia Pressed Flower Print

This delicate print is a digital reproduction of an original design by Wolfville’s Seek & Bloom, with every flower grown, handpicked and handpressed in the Annapolis Valley. A beautiful memento of Nova Scotia summers!

2. Nova Scotia-Themed Holiday Cards

Now’s the time to start organizing your holiday cards, and sending a locally-themed one is bound to tug at the heartstrings of homesick expats. These three are from Jill + Jack Paper, Bard Bard Bard, and Stephanie Boutilier.

3. Tidal Salt 2018 Holiday Gift Box

Dartmouth’s Tidal Salt does a limited-edition sampler collection every holiday season of their flavour-infused local sea salts, and they tend to sell out early, so try to pick them up soon if you can. We can’t wait to try the new Black Rocks salt.

4. Nova Scotia Christmas Pillow

We love girliture’s pillows, and this one has a festive message on lightweight cotton canvas. We’ve got more than one on this year’s list – check out the Christmas Tree Farm pillow as well – that are perfect reminders of home.

5. Nova Scotia Tartan Wool Toque

Truro’s My Home Apparel elevates the classic NS tartan with this stylish toque, and they’ve got a matching scarf and mittens available as well. 5% of all My Home’s profits are donated to initiatives to end homelessness in Canada, and their Hats for the Homeless campaign donates warm hats to people in need.

6. Jill’s Chocolates Nova Scotia Edition

Maple Caramel, Sea Salt Caramel, Glen Breton Caramel, Cabot Trail Mix and Mixed Sea Life are included in a 12-piece box, and we’re pretty sure you’re going to want a few boxes for yourself, as well as to send away.

7. The Kitchen Party Cookbook

Jenny Osburn’s popular cookbook is subtitled “Recipes For Potlucks, Shindigs and Good Times In The Maritimes”, so you know it’s going to be good. It even features a Nova Scotia food map, so it’s a must-have gift for anyone missing home.

8. Nova Scotia-Themed Ornaments

What a fun way to send a memento of home, that can be hung on the tree every year. And these three – by Jampy, Stephanie Boutilier, and Ashwurks – are all fairly flat and easy to ship. You’ll find more in our Trees & Trimmings section.

9. Sugar Moon Brunch For Two Gift Box

Sugar Moon Farm’s gift box – which includes maple syrup, maple butter, pancake mix and fair trade organic coffee – ships anywhere in Canada, which makes it easy to deliver a just-like-home experience to someone living away.

10. Maritime Tea Towels

A classic message and a reminder of their own “good times in the Maritimes”. These pretty tea towels are made of 100% flour sack cotton in Mahone Bay, and there are several other East Coast themes in the online store.

11. Nova Scotia Heritage Map Print

Saltwreck’s specialty is heritage maps for all of Canada, but they’re a proud Yarmouth-based business. We chose this map print to represent this year’s Wishlist, and it showcases some of our many historic place names, in this land known for thousands of years as Mi’kma’ki.

12. Taste of Nova Scotia Advent Calendar

This clever advent gift box ships directly to your homesick pal, and delivers 24 days worth of local food treats, including locally-made jams, cookies, sea salt, oat cakes, seafood chowder mix and so much more. Check out the Buy Online link for a full list.

These are just a handful of the hundreds of local gift ideas available in this year’s Local Wishlist. Head to the full list and start browsing!

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