From craft kits to hands-on lessons, these local gift ideas will cultivate a creative spark in even the most difficult-to-buy-for person on your list. This holiday season, give them the gift of inspiration.
Any budding photographer would love the opportunity to learn to take better photos in an outdoor classroom. Picture Perfect Tours has been rated as the #1 photography tour in Canada by TripAdvisor, and their learning experiences are for anyone of any skill level, even if they only have a smartphone camera.
Cooking is absolutely a creative experience, but one that benefits from a little expert guidance. Summerville’s Flying Apron Inn & Cookery offers a variety of hands-on, demonstration and specialty classes, from pasta making to French classics. You can even combine them with an overnight stay at the inn.
3. & 4. Felting Kits
You know we love these felting kits from Lunenburg Makery – we even featured the blue jay on our Wishlist sneak peek back in early November. They have even more adorable kits on their website, like the sloth, beaver and polar bear cub, and the kits include all materials, plus step-by-step instructions. Perfect for any crafter that’s been inspired to try their hand at felting.
Kids love crafts, too! Encourage hands-on play with one of Genius Premium Craft Boxes’ DIY kits – we can’t resist this melting snowman. You’ll find dozens of other craft kits on Genius’s website, and at the Halifax Seaport Farmers’ Market on Saturdays.
Subtitled “Guided Exercises For An Artful Wander”, this journal from Hubbards’ Doodle Lovely is designed as a series of progressing doodling exercises to lower stress and spark creativity. You can probably think of a few people on your list that would appreciate that, so maybe you should introduce them to the benefits of doodling.
These clever embroidery kits are handcrafted in Hook, Line & Tinker’s studio in Ketch Harbour, and artist Laurie Dolhan is definitely inspired by the sea. Materials, instructions, and “feel-good handmade vibes” included. As a bonus, 5% of all profits go to Adsum for Women and Children.
Writers and urban sketchers should always have a notebook at the ready for when inspiration strikes, and it’s even better if that notebook is as pretty and durable as this seagull one from Kat Frick Miller. Kat has other patterns available as well, and we want them all.
Knitting never goes out of vogue, and nothing inspires a knitter more than gorgeous new yarns in vibrant colours. Elegantly Twisted’s luxury yarns are dyed with various methods, including kettle dye and hand dye, in their studio in Dartmouth.
10. Flower Press
We first discovered Oake Living’s flower press kits last year, and we’ve been eager to try one ever since. These sturdy wooden presses come with a strong cotton strap and, of course, handy instructions on how to press the little treasures you pick up on nature walks.
Bonus Gift Ideas!
We’re not sure that these gifts inspire creativity, exactly, but they definitely encourage it. Fundy Treasures’ Bay of Fundy stone guitar picks are made of agate, and come with their own handcrafted leather pouch. Meanwhile, these denim camera straps from Halifax Paper Hearts are so pretty, you might not notice how practical and durable they are. Gifts for a guitarist and photographer? Check, and check.
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!