12 Gifts For Anyone Whose Heart Is In Nova Scotia

Pretty much anything on the Local Wishlist would make a great gift for expats dreaming of being home for the holidays. But we’ve chosen a dozen gift ideas that will really make them wistful for Nova Scotia. And there should still be time for shipping. But hurry!

24 Days of Taste Advent Calendar

An advent for foodies! Full of tasty treats handpicked by Taste of Nova Scotia from a variety of local food and beverage producers, and ready for shipping. Or maybe this should become a new tradition in your own house?

In The Balance

A print of original wooden artwork by artist Will Cooper, based in Lower Canard. Will’s work is impressive and distinctive, but also shows his sense of humour, especially in this quirky, cheerful piece.

Pop-Up Halifax

The first pop-up book from paper engineer Brad Hartman, of bardbardbard fame! You’ll recognize his work from greeting cards, including two in this year’s Wishlist. This full-colour book features six iconic city scenes, and is available soon from Nimbus Publishing.

Smoke Fired Dream Catcher Ornament

Speaking of dreaming… These exquisite dream catcher ornaments are crafted by Mi’kmaq artist Nancy Oakley, from Eskasoni First Nation. Each piece is one of a kind. They’re polished with a stone, then glazed and smoke fired, and embellished with sweetgrass. A gift with real significance, available from Made in the Maritimes.

Ferry Ride Candle

A gift that smells like the sea salt breeze (plus a bit of sage and white spruce) drifting over the harbour where they used to take the ferry to work. That’s going to trigger some happy memories. A hand-poured, natural soy wax candle from Halifax’s Paper Hearts.

Frig Sakes T-shirt

We all know more than a few people to gift with this! A classic expression in other parts of the world as well, but particularly popular here in Nova Scotia. And still clean enough to wear in polite company. Made by Nor’easter Apparel, based in Martin’s Point.

Nova Scotia Joy

We’ve got quite a few wonderfully curated gift boxes featuring locally-made products on this year’s Wishlist. But this one from Black Bow Gift Co might be one of our favourites. Because isn’t the Local Wishlist all about spreading Nova Scotia joy?

Nova Scotia Jigsaw Puzzle

John Morris of Lens Make A Picture is making jigsaw puzzles from his photos now, and this was his first. This iconic view of Prospect Harbour will definitely tug on a few heartstrings for anyone missing our beautiful province. 1000 pieces, and it includes a large-size poster.

Acadian Toque

For anyone with Acadian roots, this one-size-fits-most 100% wool hat from Sheep’s Clothing would be a more than welcome gift. It features the tricolor blue, white, and red of the Acadian flag, with a gold star. And of course it’s made right here in Nova Scotia. Contact Sheep’s Clothing directly about shipping.

Nova Graphica: A Graphic Anthology of Nova Scotia History

A “vibrant history of ghost stories, folklore, industry, politics, and vibrant Black, Indigenous, LGBTQ and immigrant communities”, more than than just lobster and fiddles. Featuring 15 local artist contributors, this unique anthology is available at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia.

Horizon Sea Glass and Sterling Silver Earrings

If it’s local jewelry you have in mind, you can’t get much more local than earrings made of sea glass sourced from a beach right here in Nova Scotia. Tumbled by the ocean and made by Sea Glass Designs in Dartmouth.

Maritime Slang Tea Towel

A reminder of home for expats with a sense of humour, featuring many of the colourful expressions they’re missing out on while they’re living away. From a wonderful collection of tea towels by Far Far Away Shop.

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 Category Sponsors:

Made in the MaritimesNeptune TheatreNimbus
Taste of Nova ScotiaHalifax Chamber of CommercePeace by Chocolate
Art Gallery of Nova Scotia

And by our Friends of the Local Wishlist:

White PointChristmas Tree Council of Nova Scotia
The Trainyard General StoreDowntown Halifax Business Commission

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.