12 Gifts For Anyone Missing 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!

Sun & Sea Necklace

If you’ve been a fan of the Wishlist for a long time, you’re probably also a fan of Aflame Creations Jewelry, based in Chester. Their stunning handiwork often seems influenced by living near the ocean, and wearing this pendant will conjure up personal memories of Nova Scotia’s sun and sea.

The Great Unknown

Artist Will Cooper is known for his unique wooden mosaics with curving lines and bright colours, bold and whimsical in pretty much equal measure. A high quality print of this (or of Close Encounters, also on the Wishlist) can still be shipped as a gift in time for the holidays.

Peggy Paper Doll Kit

Nobody does paper dolls like Briana Corr Scott, and she’s got three beauties on the list this year, all equally welcome gifts for the children on your list. But come on — Peggy from Peggy’s Cove?! This one just has to be tucked in your holiday care package, if there are kiddies on the receiving end.

Blue Ocean Rope Bowl

Tell us this bowl doesn’t have a distinctly Maritime feel. It’s part of the Rope Home Collection from Warm, Wooly and Woven, and it’s a beautiful receptacle for just about anything your gift recipient can think of. Maybe even photos of home.

Nova Scotia Toque & Frig Sakes Hoodie

Two cozy items of clothing perfect for shipping, one with a classic Bluenose ship motif, one with classically colourful Maritime slang.  Fill yer boots with some right nice gift ideas from Sheep’s Clothing and Nor°easter Apparel.

Nova Scotia Calendar 2023

We’ve got a few special Nova Scotia-themed calendars on the Wishlist this year, and this one from Deep Hollow Print in Kentville features reproductions of original linoblock prints made by a letterpress printer (aka very cool old-timey printing).

Buddy the Bluenose Reindeer and the Christmas Dinner Rescue

Another sweet gift for the little ones away from home this holiday season. By Bruce Nunn with illustrations from Brenda Jones, and published by Nimbus Publishing, the hilarious story of reindeer Buddy continues. Save the Christmas Lobsterpalooza!

Nova Scotia Lighthouse Tree Ornaments

These ones can’t be tucked in a card, but the extra packaging is worth it. Replicas of actual East Coast lighthouses in 38 different designs, from Halifax’s Eastwood Pottery.

Whale Shaped Wine Caddy

Honestly, there are some things that are just better when they’re shaped like a whale. Like this carved wooden wine caddy by Seabright Wood Co in Tantallon. Hurry if you want time to get it personalized.

Holiday Breakfast Box & Seaside Box

And finally, you can’t go wrong with a curated gift box of Nova Scotia treasures, culinary or otherwise. This assortment of breakfast goodies from Taste of Nova Scotia and sea-themed collection from The Maritime Box are both packed up and ready to be shipped to your lucky friends and family members.

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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Evergreen FestivalWhite PointDowntown Halifax Business Commission
Art Gallery of Nova Scotia

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Christmas Tree Council of Nova ScotiaThe Trainyard General Store
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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.