Last Minute Local Gift Guide

We know the feeling – that low-level panic that sets in when you don’t have everything checked off on your holiday shopping list, and it’s getting too late to order. Don’t worry! There are so many local gifts that you can still get, many of them from the Local Wishlist. We’ve put together a little guide to help you finish that list, and many of these local gifts are still available right up until December 24th.

First off, experiences make great gifts. And even better – they’re available as tickets or gift certificates, that you can buy even at the very last minute. You should head straight to our Travel & Experiences section for a great selection of memorable experiences. Our category sponsor is White Point Beach Resort, and they have some really unique experience packages this year, like lobster fishing, winter surfing lessons, and a virtual Sable Island tour. Or what about a gift certificate for a weekend getaway in one of their romantic cottages?

There are plenty of other experiences on that list that really stand out – cooking lessons (and maybe an overnight stay) at The Flying Apron Inn & Cookery, wine tours from Grape Escapes (they have a Beer Bus, too), axe throwing at Timber Lounge, and ticket deals for Neptune Theatre and The Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo. There are other gifts for the whole family to enjoy together, like Discovery Centre memberships, and a March “Beach” Break. And you can’t really go wrong with a probably well-deserved spa day at Spirit Spa.

Our Home & Garden sponsors at Made in the Maritimes have stocked over 60 items from the Wishlist this year, and they still have many left, at one or more of their three locations. You can pick up some great gifts at the very last minute, too – on Christmas Eve, their Bedford location in Sunnyside Mall is open 930am-5pm, the Hydrostone shop from 10am-4pm, and their Scotia Square pop-up 9am-2pm. Grab a few of those gingerbread man maple syrups to fill stockings!

Our Kids’ Toys & Clothing category sponsor Nurtured is a one-stop shop for picking up those last few things from Santa for the kids. If you’re looking for toys, we love their catamarans, mini-flips, sticker sets, language blocks, and the Toymaker of Lunenburg’s name train. My First Book of Canadian Birds is well stocked, and you may still be able to find Mi’kmaw Animals as well. Their Merino wool base layers and zip sleepers will keep the kiddies warm all winter, and they still have good stock of Yellow Birdhouse’s floral headbands, Money Penny’s pompom skirts and Padraig slippers. (And psst…they have gifts for parents, too.)

Beyond experiences, consumables make for great gifts as well, especially for the “they already have everything” people on your list. You should still be able to find most of the items in our Food & Drink section. Farmers’ markets are a good place to start, and if you’re in Halifax, check out The Shelf at Halifax Seaport Farmers’ Market for a great selection – they stock items there even when the vendor can’t be at the market themselves, and can customize a gift box for you.

Here are a few more businesses that we know are well stocked and ready for last-minute shopping:

Amanda Cashin – Amanda’s 2019 desktop calendar is in good supply, and should be available at all of her retail locations.

Andrea’s Jewelry Design – Andrea will have her pendants and other handcrafted jewelry at the Halifax Seaport Farmers’ Market this Saturday.

Annapolis Valley Luffa – They’ve stocked up all of their retailers with plenty of body sponges and scrubbers, so you should be able to find them. Check the website for retail locations.

Argyle Fine Art – They’ve recently restocked Basil Doucette’s folk art birds, and they also offer shipping, local pick up, and gift certificates.

Beck & Boosh – They’ve sold out of their items on the Wishlist, but they have many more pretty items in their Truro store, as well as gift certificates available right up until Christmas.

Body Honour – They offer local pickup on all products, including the DIY Beeswax Food Wrap Kit, and will be at the Halifax Seaport Farmers’ Market this Saturday.

Coastal Ties – They have a great range of bow ties, and we especially love their holiday collection. Best of all, they offer local pickup in Sackville, so you can still grab one or two for gifts or a holiday party.

Design Corner – Local pickup is available in downtown Halifax for Design Corner’s wonderful calendars, bookmarks, stickers, magnets and more. Contact Jodie through her Etsy shop.

Doodle Lovely – Their Creative Mind, Happy Soul journal is available until the 24th, and if you can’t find it at a retail location, you can pick it up from them in Hubbards.

Duckish – Not only do they offer gift cards for their skincare products, but when you purchase online, they’ll make a donation to Dress For Success Halifax in the amount of 20% of the gift card’s value. As an added bonus, you’ll receive store credit in the amount of 20% of the value. Check their website for more details.

Earth Elementals – We spotted dozens of their holiday soaps in stock at Pete’s in Halifax. They’ll also be at the Halifax Seaport Farmers’ Market on Saturday.

Faire Child – Their children’s outerwear is well-stocked, and they offer quick shipping with FedEx.

Far Far Away Shop – They’ll have inventory available of their Maritime-themed tea towels right up until the 24th. Use the coupon code HFX-PICKUP for local pickup in Halifax or Mahone Bay.

Fiore Botanica – They have a good selection of products available, and offer gift certificates, as well as in-store pickup of online orders at their Lunenburg location (open until 2pm on Christmas Eve). Even better, they have a sale on right now for 25% off, with a free UPS/courier upgrade for online orders. Check out their website for more details.

Genius Premium Craft Boxes – Nurtured, Jennifer’s of Nova Scotia, Fiddleheads, and Pumpkin Village are all fully stocked with craft kits, including our favourite flubber putty melting snowman, and Genius will also do local pickup in the Halifax area.

Hubert and Belle’s – They have a good selection of buoy pillows in stock, and were making more this week. Available in the Port Maitland shop, or can be shipped quickly.

Inkwell – The street car magnet, streetcar map print, and ocean playground print are all in stock at Inkwell’s Halifax location. They also have many other items from the Wishlist in stock, including these prints: Colleen MacIsaac’s Night Sky, Jill+Jack Paper’s Hello Halifax and Mull River Shuffle, and Paper & Wings’ Lighthouse, Smoke Stack and Schooner. You’ll find Anther & Apiary honey and oat soap, Scrub lip scrub, Aflame’s leaf teardrop earrings, Jill+Jack Paper’s Halifax tattoo, La-La Land Handmade’s coin wallet, Design Corner’s Betty White fridge magnets, Keephouse’s tea towel and screenprinted coasters, and JAW Pottery’s hanging planter, ceramic mug and ceramic wine glasses. You’ll also find these books: EveryBody’s Different on EveryBody Street, My First Book of Canadian Birds, If I Had an Old House on the East Coast, The Kitchen Party Cookbook, and the Creative Mind, Happy Soul Journal.

Jac-Out-Of-The-Box Jewelry – Their Courtyards & Unicorns Necklace is still in good supply, and as well as still being in stock at the Cape Breton Centre For Craft & Design, they also offer local pickup, and will arrange overnight shipping if needed.

Jampy – Their SeaFlakes ornaments are well-stocked at retail locations, and make a great last minute gift to take to holiday parties.

Kelly’s Burlap Wreaths – Kelly’s charming wreaths are winter-themed, rather than holiday-specific, so make a great, cheerful gift. And she delivers within the HRM, so message her on Facebook.

Laughing Pear – There’s a good chance you’ll be able to find their tub truffles, soaps and other products at retailers, including Made in the Maritimes, but Laughing Pear is also offering local pickup in Sackville right up until Christmas.

Lens Make A Picture – Author John Morris says he’s made sure retailers are well stocked with his books The Maritime Cookbook and Maritime Favourites in 15 Minutes.

Lodestone Soaps – They’re offering free local (Halifax) pickup and delivery of bath and beauty bar orders of $20 or more.

Lynn Johnson – Her sweet little Season’s Tweetings paintings should be in stock at Made in the Maritimes, but you may have to check to see which location. Last we heard, they were definitely at the Hydrostone store.

Nourish NS – Their holiday card campaign is still available right up until noon on the 24th.

Paper & Wings – They’re no longer shipping from their online store, but have stock of their prints available at Inkwell and Duly Noted.

Planters Ridge – All of their products, including the Sparkling Mead, Rummed Cider and holiday wine gift boxes on the Wishlist, are well-stocked and should be available right up to the 24th.

Rose Studs – They have lots of inventory of their lovely handcrafted earrings, and can offer free local pickup in the HRM for last minute gifts. Send a message through Facebook.

Shelagh Duffett – Local folk artist Duffett has several of her cheerful prints on this year’s Wishlist, in both the Cards & Prints category and Pets & Pet Lovers. She also has an adorable children’s book called CATalphabet. You’ll find her at the Halifax Seaport Farmers’ Market this Saturday.

Spiffo! – They have lots of stock available, but because of the busy season, haven’t been able to get everything up on their website. If you’re looking for something in particular that you don’t see on the site, contact them to set up an appointment to visit their in-home showroom.

Sugar Moon Farm – It might be too late to send a Brunch For Two Gift Box, but Sugar Moon can send a printable gift certificate for any of their events or products – just contact them by phone or email.

The Glass Bakery – They still have puffins and other birds in stock, and both Made in the Maritimes and Going Coastal have been well-stocked. The studio shop in Mill Cove is open by appointment for pick up until Friday.

The Little Red Door – Terri Buckland’s handmade earring art is in stock and should be available right up to the 24th at the Wheaton’s and Cavicchi’s locations.

The Quarrelsome Yeti – They’ll have their hand-printed apparel at the Halifax Seaport Farmers’ Market Saturday and Sunday.

Tidal Salt – The holiday gift boxes have been selling out fast at retail locations, but they’re also offering local pickup in the Halifax/Dartmouth area up to December 23rd, and brand new e-gift cards.

Teebags – They have e-gift cards available, for their eco-friendly reusable fabric bowl covers, cheese bandanas, sandwich wraps, and snack bags.

Toni Losey PotteryCoffee pour over sets are available at Kept and Here nor There, and there are lots of mugs available at Made in the Maritimes. Toni also has pour overs and mugs available if you want to contact her directly.

Touch The Dutch – You’ll find a good selection of Anneke van Bommel’s jewelry at Kept in Dartmouth, including her gold drop silhouette earrings.

True North Designs – They’ll be selling their sequined pillows right up to the end – use code HFXLOVE for 20% off local pickup in North End Halifax.

Vesuvius Media – Their board games Dwar7s Winter and Covil: The Dark Overlords are in stock at The Board Room Game Cafe and Cape & Cowl.

Wool-a-Fibers – They have a good supply of the pet bandanas with reflective tape. Pick them up at Tan’s Coffee in Windsor, or send a private message on Facebook.

This gift guide is a selection of items we know are still available from the Local Wishlist, as of this writing, but there are probably many more. Contact the vendor if you want to make absolutely sure something is still in stock, but be open to other suggestions and you’ll probably find something absolutely wonderful – and local. And if we haven’t mentioned it here, it doesn’t hurt to ask if they have local pickup, overnight shipping, or gift certificates. Happy holidays!

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