Many Thanks: Notes on the 2019 Local Wishlist

As the dust settles from the holiday season, and we wrap up another successful Local Wishlist, I can’t help but feel incredibly lucky to have been part of this project for another year. This was the eighth year of the Wishlist, and I’m still overwhelmed by its impact. This year the list featured over 460 gifts from more than 200 local makers, artisans and small businesses from across Nova Scotia, and it was viewed and used by tens of thousands of our readers.

The Local Wishlist campaign runs for six weeks each year, from November 12th to December 24th, but it takes many months of organizing and support from a team of people to pull together. I’m so grateful to each and every one of you that helped to make the 2019 Wishlist a success.

First and foremost, endless thanks to our Presenting Partners at The Government of Nova Scotia. You’ve been supporters of the Wishlist for five years now, and have been the perfect partners in every way. You work hard to promote local businesses, and to inspire people with the buy-local message. Your support is quite literally what makes the Local Wishlist possible, and we’re so proud to work with you on this valuable project every year.

A big thank you as well to our Category Sponsors at Made in the Maritimes, the Christmas Tree Council of Nova Scotia, and Neptune Theatre. You were all eager and enthusiastic to sponsor our project this year, and it’s been an honour to work with every one of you. Not only are you all notable examples of successful local businesses and organizations, but you obviously care so deeply about supporting the greater community.

Thank you to Halifax Seaport Farmers’ Market and White Point Beach Resort for returning as our Friends of the Wishlist, and for being tireless promoters of the many local artisans under your respective roofs. To Nimbus Publishing, Kept Gifts & Housewares, and Discovery Centre, who all joined us this year, thank you for understanding the importance of the Wishlist project, and for supporting our buy-local message throughout the campaign. We were so happy to have you take part! And thanks also to Craft Nova Scotia, for your support of the list through the years.

And to our wonderful participants, who filled the list with your best work, another hearty thank you. There are so many talented makers and businesses right here in Nova Scotia, far more than could ever fit onto one list, but you represented them well. Thank you for sharing the Wishlist and our message throughout the campaign, this really is a group effort. Our appreciation to you, and to everyone who took the time to apply to the list.

My warmest thanks go to Michael, my partner in all things, who keeps everything running smoothly, and can always be counted on for whatever I need, from formatting product listings late into the night to making sure I remembered to eat in those busiest days pre-launch. I appreciate all of it!

A big thank you to Matt, who was such a tremendous help with promoting the Wishlist this year, and amplifying our message to reach even more readers. Warm thanks also to Gillian, the founder of the Local Wishlist all those many years ago, and my greatest inspiration.

And to you, dear readers… Your support and encouragement, your desire to keep your holiday spending in the province, and to discover new local businesses—you’re why we do this every year. Thank you for spreading the buy local love with your friends and family, on social media, and with your hard-earned dollars. You helped us to show everyone how easy it is to find wonderful, locally-made gifts. And I do believe that, together, we inspired more people to keep it local.

Wishing you all love and joy in 2020, and we hope to see you all again in the fall, for our 9th annual Local Wishlist!


P.S. As many of you remind us, the Local Wishlist is a great year-round resource for discovering local businesses. The 2019 version will remain online until late October, just before our 2020 launch. Follow the link below to browse the list at any time until then, and sign up for our mailing list if you want to be kept in the loop about the next Wishlist.

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

About the author

Kate Kirkpatrick

A Nova Scotia native, Kate chased the bright lights of other cities for a while, but eventually found her way home. She's the minder of all things Halifax Bloggers. And yes, she loves this town.