Sneak Peek: A Dozen Gift Ideas From The Local Wishlist!

An early preview of The Local Wishlist, our 8th annual buy-local gift guide, filled with gift ideas that are made by or sold at independently owned businesses in Nova Scotia. The Local Wishlist is curated from hundreds of gift submissions from across the province. It’s free for local vendors to apply, thanks to the Government of Nova Scotia, our Presenting Partner, and some amazing local businesses and organizations who help to sponsor the project. Now take a look!

Elemental Coloration Lipsticks

These artisan-crafted lipsticks are vegan and cruelty-free, and made with natural ingredients like fair-trade, organic dark chocolate. Even the outer packaging is compostable. They’re from Cosmic Tree Essentials’ line of holistic cosmetics, made in Wolfville.

Dreams of Sable Island Scarf

Blue sky, seagulls and wildflowers. Nova Scotia artist Brianna Corr Scott’s delicate illustrations are printed on an organic cotton gauze scarf, inspired by her book “She Dreams of Sable Island”, which you’ll also find on the Wishlist when it launches.


Women Who Make – 2020 Postcard Calendar

A celebration of women living creatively, and the magic they make! Each month’s image can be cropped to a postcard when it’s done. Illustrated by magic-maker and creative woman Sarah Duggan, from Dartmouth.

Beach Lover’s Flower Vase

Sea glass, beach sand and imprints of seashells are fused into these vases, making them a sentimental gift for anyone who misses the ocean. Lovingly made in Cole Harbour by Wabi Scotia Pottery’s Amy Noel.

Harbour Ring

A very special piece from Dartmouth’s Grund Designer Goldsmith, featuring a bird’s-eye view of the heart of our city: the harbour. “Our bridges & ferries connect us, but it is our community that makes it the place we call home.”

Custom Bow Tie

This handsome doggo’s sporting a bow tie from the South Shore’s Little Linc, and you can choose from two dozen patterns for your own good boy. A dollar from every purchase is donated to the SPCA, so you should buy him a few.

Halifax Crane Pop-Up Card

It’s Halifax’s biggest tourist attraction in 3D, thanks to the creative pop-up engineering of Bardbardbard. Wish everyone a “Merry Cranemas” this holiday season.

Forest Treasure Romper

The print of this romper was inspired by little treasures found in the woods, and designed by a local artist for Mossy Nook Creations in Hubley. An adorable holiday gift for the smallest person on your list.

Smeuse – Archival Print

More forest shenanigans, with this “parade of woodland creatures on important party business”. The sweetest of prints from Halifax’s very talented Tegan Thomas.

Experience the 100 Wild Islands

We love experiences for gifts, and Nova Scotia’s 100 Wild Islands sounds like an unforgettable local holiday adventure. Murphy’s Camping on the Ocean offers up boat tours and kayaking, as well as a campground with an incredible view.

Pierced Porcelain Ornaments

We discovered Debra Kuzyk’s gorgeous tiles and pottery in picturesque Annapolis Royal, where she works from a studio called Lucky Rabbit and Co. These porcelain ornaments are hand-printed with her original designs.

Chocolate Gift Boxes

At least a few of the people on your list deserve some decadent, hand-crafted chocolates, and Rousseau Chocolatier in Halifax offers a dizzying selection of dark, milk or mixed chocolates to fill their gift boxes. But don’t leave without buying a big box for yourself, as a prize for getting everything on your list locally this year.

That’s it for our sneak peek, but we can’t wait to show you the full list! Watch for it on November 12th.


The Local Wishlist is made possible by our Presenting Partner:

Nova Scotia

As well as a wonderful group of local partners:

Made in the MaritimesChristmas Tree Council of Nova ScotiaNeptune Theatre

And our Friends of the Wishlist:

Halifax Seaport Farmers' MarketWhite Point
NimbusKeptDiscovery Centre

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