The 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, especially 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, we always say that experiences make great gifts. And even better – they’re available as tickets or gift cards, 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 adventures. Our category sponsor is Neptune Theatre, and they have some really special gift offers this year, like dinner packages with local restaurants, or a fantastic price on a hotel/dinner/theatre combo. Or what about tickets to some much-anticipated upcoming shows? Check out their Musical 4-Pack for inspiration.

East Coast Balloon Adventures, Birkinshaw’s Tea Room, Murphy’s Camping on the Ocean

There are plenty of other experiences on that list that really stand out – a camping trip to Nova Scotia’s 100 Wild Islands, a hot air balloon ride across the Annapolis Valley, an off-the-beaten-track glamping adventure, winter surf lessons, a luxury afternoon tea. Cooking lessons, a seven-course meal or a wine tour would be a thrill for a foodie on your list. And how about a reiki session, yoga lessons or a little floatation therapy?

Our Home & Garden sponsors at Made in the Maritimes stocked so many items from the Wishlist this year, and they still have many left, at one or both of their two 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, and the Hydrostone shop from 10am until at least 4pm. Grab a few of those paper bag soaps to fill stockings!

Discovery Centre, White Point and Nimbus, Kept

Gift certificates to White Point Beach Resort would never go astray, and besides the bunnies and the breathtaking views, another drawing card would be the events they have lined up all year long. This winter, for example, they’ve partnered with Nimbus Publishing for a special Read-treat Getaway. And speaking of Nimbus, you shouldn’t have any problem finding their featured titles at local booksellers over the holidays, but if you want to order from their website, do it soon – most orders arrive within two days, but try to get your orders in before the 20th, to be safe.

Our friends at Discovery Centre always have gift cards available, and if you purchase a gift of membership by December 20th, you’ll get a bonus limited edition stuffie. And don’t forget about the Discovery Shop when you’re looking for last minute toys, games and puzzles – they’ll be open every day until 5pm from now up to and including the 23rd, but then closed for the holidays. You can head to Kept Gifts & Housewares on the 24th though – they’ll be open until 4pm on Christmas Eve, with a great selection of local gifts. And, they have 50% off all of their holiday decor starting today, so you can add some last-minute sparkle to your own home!

Planters Ridge, Halifax Seaport Farmers’ Market, Rousseau Chocolatier

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. Just make sure you get what you need this weekend—they’ll be open Saturday and Sunday until 3pm, and then closed for the holidays.

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

Adolie Jewelry Company – All of their products, including the mini studs and necklace on the Wishlist, will be available right up to December 24th. They also sell gift cards, and offer local pickup in Dartmouth.

Amos Pewter – All of Amos’ products, including their ornaments, will be available right up until Christmas, in their Mahone Bay and Halifax shops. They do sell gift cards as well.

Anchor & Tree – If you spotted the oak plant holder and those cool concrete pots, you’ll be happy to know that they can be delivered locally this week in HRM. Anchor & Tree also have gift certificates available, both digital and printed. Just contact them through their Etsy shop.

Anything Oil – Most of their stock, including the hair oil and beard oil, is available for local pickup in Halifax, but pickup can also be arranged in Little Harbour, Stellarton, and Moncton. Contact them by phone or through their website to make arrangements.

Argyle Fine Art – They still have a good amount of stock available, including our beloved folk art birds, and can deliver in HRM (usually for free) if needed, or make arrangements. They also have gift certificates and can arrange overnight shipping up until this Thursday. They’ll be open on Christmas Eve until 2pm.

Art Gallery of Nova ScotiaAGNS memberships include all sorts of bonuses in addition to a year’s worth of free admissions, and are available at the gallery or online.

Ashwurks – They’ve stocked up well with all of their products at Ashwurks, and they always offer overnight shipping in Nova Scotia, and to major cities in New Brunswick.

Black Bow Gift Co. – This curated gift box company is offering local pickup in Halifax right up until the 24th, and can arrange express or overnight delivery, or a courier if required. You can contact them by email ( or through their website’s contact form to make arrangements.

Cosmic Tree Essentials – Their lip balms, colour sticks, bath salts and other gifts will be available at Market Between the Mountains while supplies last, and just through December 21st at the Wolfville Farmers’ Market and at, with orders placed after the 21st shipping in the New Year.

Design Corner – Locations for all of their many items on this year’s Wishlist are well-stocked, but you can also arrange local pickup in Halifax until December 21st. Just contact Jodie through her Etsy shop.

Donn Sabean – Donn’s smallest pieces have sold through, but she should still have wool and silk scarves, as well as other products, available right up through Christmas Eve.

Duckish Natural Skin CareDuckish offers shipping online up until December 22nd, and they do have an option for local pickup in Halifax.

Du Nord Skin Care – All products are back in stock and available until the 24th. They also have gift certificates available, either for pickup in the HRM, or by email.

Earth Elementals – Their holiday soaps are sold out online, but you should still be able to find them at Pete’s, Local Source Market, and Cosmic Hippie.

East Coast Balloon Adventures – One of our favourite experiences on this year’s list, and they can send a gift certificate by email right up to the 24th. Just contact them through the email address or phone number on their listing.

East Coast Box Company – They still have stock of all gift boxes, cookie cutters and rocks glasses and can arrange free local pickup in Hammonds Plains. (They also have those cookie cutters in the shape of Newfoundland, Cape Breton, and Oak Island, in addition to the Maritime provinces.)

East Coast Glamping – They offer gift certificates for glamping experiences on their website, and can do so right up until noon on December 24th.

Élana Camille Creates – Élana is offering local pickup for tote bags and art prints this Saturday, December 21st, at the Halifax Brewery Market from 8am to 1pm.

Faire Child – The shipping deadline for holiday purchases is December 21st, but you can make arrangements for local pickup in Dartmouth right up until the 24th.  Email or call the number on their website.

Gray Area Designs – Their sweet little wire ornaments are available for local pickup in Dartmouth. Contact them through Facebook.

Grow A Lotus Yoga – Their Be Like A Tree children’s book is well-stocked, and they even have signed copies at their studio. They also offer gift certificates and local pickup at their studio, in North End Halifax.

Grund Designer Goldsmith – It’s too late for custom work, but handcrafted pieces like their Lumière or sail pendants, or this year’s Harbour Ring, are still available until Saturday. They’ll be open at their Dartmouth location until 5pm on the 21st.

Halifax Henna – Their ornaments aren’t available for order now until after the holidays, but there are digital gift cards available on their website that can be used for those, or for learn-to-henna kits or private lessons.

Halifax Paper Hearts – They’re well-stocked at Duly Noted, and you can even find some of their cards and pins at Sobeys!

Hello Sweetie – Their fun holiday cards are well stocked at all of the shops listed.

Inkwell Boutique – Their Inkwell Originals prints, cards and magnets are all still well-stocked, as well as most other featured items that list them as a location. You know you’ll find some great locally-made gifts at Inkwell regardless, and they’ll be open until 2pm on Christmas Eve for you to stock up.

Jacqueline Steudler Art – Jacqueline’s collage pieces are replenished on a regular basis in December at the Designer Craft Shop, and will be available until December 24th and beyond.

Josephine Clarke Textiles – The hand-dyed zipper pouch and other great gift items are available at Josephine’s studio in Port Hawkesbury right up until the 24th. Contact her at to make arrangements for free local pickup, or overnight delivery at an additional charge.

Lynn Johnson Custom Art – Lynn still has some stock of her lovely paintings in the locations listed, and will be replenishing later this week.

King & North Chocolate – There should still be stock of their chocolate bars at Inkwell and Trainyard General Store right up until Christmas Eve.

La-La Land Handmade – There are still cat gang tshirts and coin wallets in stock, and Leigh-Anne is offering free delivery or pick up in HRM all week. You can email her at, or send her a DM through Instagram, Facebook or Etsy.

Megan & Alana’s Crochet Creations – If you’re looking for some of their sweet hats (they make them for adults, too), you can contact them via Facebook to arrange local pickup in the Bridgewater or New Germany areas. They also offer gift certificates!

Moongirl Art – Artist Tamara Sharkey has no problem with stock of her wonderful artwork (she prints to order), and offers local pickup in Dartmouth.

Mountain Meadworks – The Rosemary Ellen mead on the Wishlist is now sold out, but they’ll have a similar mead with hemlock, rosemary and coriander at their last two market dates (see the listing), as well as their three other flavours.

Murphy’s Camping on the Ocean – Interested in that 100 Wild Islands experience we mentioned? Murphy’s has gift certificates available by email for both camping and boating.

Nova Scotia Nature Trust – Their Adopt an Acre gift will be available up to and including the 24th and available for pick up in their Dartmouth office. They also offer Adopt a Turtle, Adopt a Family of Birds and Adopt an Acre of Coast!

Nova Scotian Crystal – That beautiful Celebration Candleholder is still in stock, along with many other lovely gift options, and their showrooms at 5080 George Street and 3204 Barrington Street are open every day until Christmas Eve. They offer gift certificates and local pickup at both locations.

O Sweet Madeline – If you’re looking for the stockings or scrunchies from the Wishlist or something that you spotted on their Facebook page (they make sweet dresses), local pickup is available in the Mount Uniacke area right up through December 24th, so send them a message.

Patty May Art – Patty offers gift certificates and still has some pieces of artwork left. Email her at to arrange local pickup in Dartmouth.

Penelope And Michele – They still have stock of items on the Wishlist – like the reusable coffee filter and cutlery pouch – and can accept local pick up in Upper Tantallon until Christmas Eve. They’ll also make deliveries into Halifax on Monday, December 23rd.

Picture Perfect Tours – A fantastic gift for photo buffs, and we’ve had great feedback from people who’ve taken these photography tours. You can buy e-gift certificates on their website for any amount, at any time.

Planters Ridge – Their Port Williams location is well stocked with spiced mead, rummed cider and that chocolate wine, and they’re open on the 24th until 3pm.

Robertsons Farm & Apothecary – If you don’t have any luck picking up some of Robertsons’ products at the Wolfville Farm Market, contact them directly through their website to arrange local pickup in Canaan.

Rousseau Chocolatier  – They are very well stocked in their Halifax shop, with chocolate gift boxes and bars, plus those caramel spreads and so much more. The best news? Their limited edition Festive Truffles may still be in stock right up through the 24th!

rub that RUBS – Their gourmet spices are well stocked in stores, and they’ll be restocking right up until the last shopping day. Email Lori at to arrange delivery or local pickup in the HRM, or overnight shipping for an extra charge.

Saltwreck – You can count on good old Saltwreck – they offer super fast shipping within Nova Scotia, with orders arriving within 1-2 days, and an upgrade to express shipping if you really need it. Plus, they’ll never run out of stock of those beautiful map prints (our fave is still the Acadian Deportation Cross).

Sara Bonnyman Pottery – The Tatamagouche shop will be open on December 19th and 20th (10am-5pm). That’s your last chance to buy Sara’s espresso cups or soap dish before the holidays.

Sarah Jane Conklin – One of our favourite books on the list this year, Nesting Grounds, has been restocked at all of the locations listed. You can also contact Sarah Jane through her website about local pickup at her studio in the Fall River area.

Scrub Inspired – Scrub is well stocked with all of their scrubs and soaks and the like, and they offer local pickup in Cape Breton all year round.

Tatamagouche Brewing Co. – They’ll still have gift items like that hat and pin on the Wishlist (and, you know, beer) as well as gift cards available at their shop right through the holidays. In most cases, they’re able to arrange overnight shipping, or courier delivery.

Tegan Thomas Illustration – Those sweet little seal stickers are sold out, but Tegan’s Smeuse hedgerow print is still available at Inkwell.

The Far Far Away Shop – Gift cards are available for their other business, Nor°easter, but not for Far Far Away. However, stock is good for both, and local pickup is available in Halifax and Mahone Bay.

The Floatation CentreFloatation sessions or memberships can purchased online right up through Christmas.

The Glass Bakery – Coveting that sweet little sledding puffin? There should be stock of that and other products right up through Christmas. You can also contact them through their website to arrange pickup at the studio in Mill Cove.

The Gnome Garden – Those adorable Christmas gnomes? You can still get them, with local pickup in Dartmouth until Friday, December 20th. Send them a message through Facebook to make arrangements.

The Little Red Door – These handcrafted earrings in a variety of styles have recently been well-stocked at Cavicchi’s Cafe, La Quaintrelle, A Good Day Cafe, and all Wheaton’s locations.

The Trainyard General Store – Their ferry pillows and cutting boards are still available. They also report that they have stock of several other items on our list: Body Honour beeswax wraps, Jampy Seaflakes and Storm Chips ornaments, Far Far Away’s Merweiner tea towel, Circle & Wick candles, Alexis Ceramics mini cups, Anther & Apiary deodorant, La-La Land Handmade pouch, Seek & Bloom Nova Scotia magnet, Saucy Face Sweet Arse pin, King & North Cookies & Caramel chocolate bar, Hook Line & Tinker embroidery kits, and Lunenburg Makery felting kits. They’ll be open until 1pm on Christmas Eve.

Third Generation – You should be able to find all of their preserves in all of the locations listed, but you can also arrange to pick up orders from them directly in Dartmouth. Just email them at

Touch The Dutch – Anneke says her jewelry and other items can be rush shipped anywhere in North America, and last minute within the Atlantic provinces. You can also contact her through her website to arrange pickup in Lunenburg County. And you’ll find her at the Lunenburg Farmer’s Market on December 19th and 23rd.

Van Dyk’s By Nature – Besides the wild blueberry juice and creamed honey on the Wishlist, Van Dyk’s also has some great gift boxes available. The locations in their listings are well-stocked, but you can also call Nichole at 902-682-7717 to arrange local pickup at their plant in Caledonia.

We Craft Wood – The herb strippers and book page holders are well-stocked at the locations listed, but you can also contact them at to arrange local pickup in Kingston.

Wool-A-Fibers – If you want some of these sweet felted wool diffusers, they offer shipping and gift certificates, and also local pickup pretty much any evening in the Windsor area. Send a message through their Facebook page to make arrangements.

Argyle Fine Art. O Sweet Madeline, Faire Child

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!

Take Me To The 2019 Local Wishlist


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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