12 Gifts For Your Favourite Foodie or Home Chef

Do you have an enthusiastic foodie or aspiring local chef on your holiday shopping list? These 12 gifts from the Local Wishlist are made in Nova Scotia, and perfect for prepping, cooking, and eating local.

Food Tour Gift Certificate

Here’s a culinary experience with options: gift certificates are redeemable toward any Neighbourhood Tour or Seafood Tour offered by Curated Food Tours in 2022. Their Neighbourhood Tours are designed for locals, and feature highlights from Downtown Halifax, the Spring Garden and Quinpool areas, and the North End.

Holiday Pack of 6 Spice Blends

This is a dream gift for home chefs, straight from Shivani’s Kitchen in Windsor. Six authentic Indian spice blends, including chai, garam, tandoori, and vindaloo masalas. With any luck, you’ll benefit from the results.

Family Brunch Box

Nova Scotians know there’s no such thing as too much maple. And this brunch box from Sugar Moon Farm successfully tests that theory, with maple granola, maple butter, maple mustard, and of course their famous maple syrup.

Artisan Rolling Pins

Made from local burr maples, these smooth artisan-crafted rolling pins are perfect for pastry or dough work. Available in both English (straight) style, or French (tapered), from The Butler’s Pantry in Amherst.

Nova Scotia Mayflower Tea Towel

This 100% cotton tea towel from Inkwell Originals is more than just a pretty and practical kitchen accessory. It also provides inspiration and a reminder that that beauty can thrive amid adversity.

Ultimate Charcuterie Experience

The best curated gift boxes inspire the recipient to have an experience, and this one from Lupins and Fog definitely does. An ocean-themed maple charcuterie board with matching bowl, condiment bowls and spoons, various chutneys and other treats, all made right here in Nova Scotia.

Smoked Salmon Box

What a treat for lovers of smoked salmon! And there are many. Afishionado Fishmongers in Bedford have put together a gift selection of four of their best products, using sustainable blue Atlantic salmon smoked in-house.

Herb Stripper

Any home chef will tell you it’s the simple tools they value the most, the ones they reach for again and again. This wooden herb stripper, made in Greenwood by We Craft Wood, separates the stems from the leaves quickly and easily.

The Canteen Gift Card

Food lovers don’t necessarily want to cook their own meal. A gift card to a favourite (or new to them) local restaurant, like award-winning The Canteen on Portland, would always be welcome. You’ll also find a Digby Pines dining experience on the Wishlist, and a dinner and show option from Neptune Theatre, in collaboration with Bianca Aperitivo Bar.

Tidal Salt Sampler Box

A gift collection of five sea salts with complex flavours, featuring Maple, Fire, Smoked, Coffee and Lime. Harvested from the Northumberland Strait by Dartmouth-based Tidal Salt.

Gift of Giving

There’s a gift of wine, which is always welcome, and then a gift with a little bit more. This gift bag from Muwin Wine Estate & Bulwark Ciders contains a bottle of rosé and a bottle of cider, with proceeds going to the NS SPCA and Feed Nova Scotia.

Food Gift Card

Even enthusiastic home chefs have trouble getting dinner on the table when life gets hectic. For busy friends and family, Dartmouth’s Divine Dishes offers fresh and frozen meals and desserts that are always made from scratch.  A gift that’s pretty much guaranteed to be appreciated, especially around the holidays.

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:

Neptune TheatreNimbusTaste of Nova Scotia
Evergreen FestivalWhite PointDowntown Halifax Business Commission
Art Gallery of Nova Scotia

And by our Friends of the Local Wishlist:

Christmas Tree Council of Nova ScotiaThe Trainyard General Store
Crafty Owl Artisans MarketHalifax Partnership

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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.