Sneak Peek: A Dozen Gift Ideas From The 2021 Local Wishlist!

Here’s an early preview of the much-anticipated Local Wishlist, our 9th annual buy-local gift guide, filled with gift ideas that are made by and 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  amazing local businesses and organizations who help to sponsor the project. Now take a look!

Holiday Cards

Our Cards & Calendars section is going to be chock full of loveliness this year, so no excuses for buying boring cards from a big box store. Sarah Duggan’s collection of holiday cards, shown below, is a good example of how much wonderful choice you’ll have. There are so many talented artists and illustrators in Nova Scotia, let’s support them!


Another talented local artist is Briana Corr Scott. You’ll have spotted some of her work on past Wishlists, and this year she published a book that she describes as the perfect gift for anyone with a love and appreciation for nature. It’s a reimagining of Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale Thumbelina, with an environmental message that will resonate with modern parents.

Wooden Wick Holiday Collection

Two young twin sisters and entrepreneurs from the Annapolis Valley took the initiative to start their own candle business, and Noël & Co was born. All of their candles are made with virgin coconut soy wax and natural wooden wicks. “Merry and Bright” is one of four scents from their new Holiday Collection.

The Shore Heirloom Blanket

With nights getting cold, the idea of curling up under a cozy new blanket is very appealing. This one from Sydney’s Sunlit Valley is hand knit, and comes with a handmade dust bag to keep it safe and make it last for generations.

Weekend Wanderer Boyfriend Tee

Nor’easter Apparel claims to have the softest tees in Nova Scotia, and this one looks like it might live up to that. With a classic look that isn’t big and boxy, it’s made for weekend road trips, or even just wandering to the sofa with a good book.  Created with love from the East, as they say.

Forest Animals Cotton Tote

The worst thing about these super-adorable cotton totes from Michele Faulkner? Deciding which one to buy! Maybe all eight — they come in fox, hedgehog, squirrel, chipmunk, raccoon, rabbit, owl and deer prints, with a complimentary print on the back. One for every day of the week, and a bonus.

Holiday Gift Box

Hands up if you’ve been to Obladee and had a great time lingering over wine and cheese. Now you can gift some lucky person with the at-home Obladee experience! Every box includes a bottle of wine, 3 wedges of local cheese, house-made chutney, house-made chocolate, and crisps – all beautifully bundled with a personalized gift note.

Loon Complete Embroidery Kit

Even craft novices can get in on the stitching action with this and other beginner embroidery kits from Ketch Harbour’s Hook, Line & Tinker.  The kits include everything they’ll need, right down to the needle. You’ll see a whole flock of birds on the Wishlist when it launches!

Dog Bandanas

Never mind that this is the cutest dog you’ve ever seen (except for yours, of course), but what about that bandana? Hen & Goose, based in Eastern Passage, have a bright and colourful line of bandanas and dog collars, not to mention leashes, tags, and pet beds. Cute dog not included.

The Roasting of the Chestnut

Winter sprites celebrate the Solstice with a traditional roasting in this charming 8 x 10 inch print from Halifax artist Tegan Thomas. We’ve had an eye on Tegan’s work for awhile, and think this print will bring some seasonal joy to adults as well as children.

Sky Series

Timeless and elegant local sparkle from Dartmouth’s Grund Designer Goldsmith.  Perfectly crafted stud earrings that will almost certainly become your loved one’s favourites, available in Solis (gold), Aurora (rose gold), and Luna (platinum).

Hot Air Balloon Ride

After the year (or two) we’ve all had, it’s time to soar. Gift them with a rare and memorable experience from East Coast Balloon Adventures, and a bird’s eye view of the Annapolis Valley from the basket of a hot air balloon. But make sure you get to come along!

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 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.