11 Gifts For Your Favourite Foodie or Home Chef

Do you have an enthusiastic foodie or aspiring local chef on your holiday shopping list? These 11 gifts from the Local Wishlist are made in Nova Scotia, and perfect for prepping, cooking, and eating local.

The Chef’s Box

A curated gift box for home chefs, filled with local ingredients from fleur de sel to infused oil, and even cultivated sea vegetables. Spark some culinary inspiration with this collection from Taste of Nova Scotia.

Handcrafted Recipe Book

A hand bound book, made for passing down through generations, by Mule Mother Books in Halifax. Finely crafted but complete with important little details, like organizer tabs.

Herb Stripper

Any home chef will tell you it’s the simple tools they value the most. This elegant wooden herb stripper separates the stems from the leaves quickly and easily. It’s made in Kingston by We Craft Wood.

Holiday Schooner Box

A gift collection of five sea salts, harvested from the Northumberland Strait. And from now to December 14th, if you spend $60 or more in their online shop, Tidal Salt is offering a bonus “Lump O’ Coal” – a 10g jar of Black Rocks lava salt.

Magnetic Knife Holder

Ashwurks’ knife holders use rare earth magnets to hold tight to those sharp blades. They’re crafted in Waverley, and available in a variety of wood grains.

Cooking Classes

The cookery school at Flying Apron has a great reputation, and offers a variety of seasonal classes, but the ultimate culinary experience includes booking a weekend stay at their inn for your favourite chef. They also have a gourmet food shop on site.

Baby Gouda Wheel & Hot Pepper Jelly

If you’ve ever sampled anything from That Dutchman’s Cheese Farm in Upper Economy, you know this is a gift any foodie would be very thankful for. Just make sure you don’t forget to buy extra for yourself.

Dartmouth Smokestacks Serving Board

More Dartmouth pride! These serving boards feature the famous Tufts Cove smokestacks, and are made in Lunenburg by Oceanview Woodworking, for The Trainyard General Store.

Dinner at Bessie North House

A foodie’s dream: a seasonally inspired 7 course meal at a farm to table restaurant, in a 130-year-old Valley farmhouse. Even better if you can share in the Bessie North House experience.

Festive Truffles

Limited edition truffles created for the holiday season by Rousseau Chocolatier, with ingredients from Nova Scotia’s finest distilleries, breweries and cideries. There are three different collections, but don’t wait too long or they’ll be gone!

Local Food Gift Card

For a budding chef, this may be the ultimate treat: a gift card to Local Source Market, the gateway to discovering how delicious local food can be. It can be spent on fresh produce, cheeses or meat, or on items from a variety of local businesses.

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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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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