Thankful: Notes on the 2021 Local Wishlist

As the holiday season comes to a close, and we wrap up another successful Local Wishlist, I can’t help but count my blessings to have been part of this project for another year, especially after the disappointment of cancelling it in 2020. This was the ninth year of the Wishlist, and I’m still amazed by its impact. This year the list featured 483 gifts from nearly 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 an entire team to pull it together. This year, without provincial funding, we weren’t able to hire the additional people we needed, but somehow we made it happen. I’m so grateful to each and every one of you that helped to make the 2021 Wishlist a success.

First and foremost, huge thanks to our Category Sponsors, who stepped up during a difficult time to offer their support and show how much they care about the local community.  To our returning sponsors Made in the Maritimes, Neptune Theatre and Nimbus Publishing, and our new sponsors Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Taste of Nova Scotia, Peace by Chocolate and Halifax Chamber of Commerce: your support is quite literally what made this year’s Local Wishlist possible, and we’re so proud to have worked with you on this valuable project.

A big thank you as well to our Friends of the Local Wishlist, who really proved themselves as friends this year. White Point Beach Resort, Christmas Tree Council of Nova Scotia, The Trainyard General Store, and Downtown Halifax Business Commission: 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.

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 personal thanks go to Michael, my partner in all things, who keeps everything running smoothly, and is always there with whatever I need, from proof-reading and formatting to keeping me well-fed during the busiest days pre-launch. As always, I’m so grateful for your support.

And to you, dear readers… Your loyalty and encouragement, your strong 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 2022, and we hope to see you all again in the fall, for our 10th 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 2021 version will remain online until late October, just before our 2022 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 2021 Local Wishlist


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

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.