We know the feeling — that low-level panic that sets in when you don’t have everything checked off on your holiday shopping list, and it’s getting too late to order. Don’t worry! There are so many local gifts that you can still get, especially from the Local Wishlist. We’ve put together a little guide to help you finish that list, and many of these local gifts are still available right up until December 24th.
First of all, we’ve always said that experiences make great gifts. And even better: they’re often available as tickets or gift cards, that you can buy even at the very last minute. You should head straight to our Travel & Experiences section for a great selection of memorable adventures. There are so many experiences on that list that really stand out — adventures like a glamping getaway or a private, guided scenic boat tour of the 100 Wild Islands; tastings at a sugar camp or of wine around a cozy riverside fire; a luxury vineyard holiday; tickets to the East Coast Cider Festival in May or a 6-course tasting menu restaurant meal in March; a floatation therapy or infrared sauna session, or a hydrating facial. And for animal lovers, sponsoring one of the animals at Shubenacadie Wildlife Park.
Our Travel & Experiences category sponsor is Neptune Theatre, and they’ve recently added some special packages for their 2023 productions. What about tickets to some much-anticipated upcoming shows, like Fall On Your Knees or Billy Elliot? They also have packages for dinner and a show, or a getaway package with Halliburton Hotel. There’s just no way you can go wrong with an event like those to anticipate.
If books under the tree is one of your family traditions, Nimbus Publishing has dozens of new titles this year, and you can choose a quick shipping option on their website right up until the last few days. But if you miss the deadline, many of their books can be found at local, independent booksellers right up until Christmas Eve.
Art Gallery of Nova Scotia has a fabulous gift shop at its Hollis Street location in Halifax, and its selection is impressive, featuring many local and Indigenous artists. As of today, their stock of items from the Wishlist is still good, including the Jordan Bennett Collection pins featured above. The gallery shop will be open on December 24th from 10am-2pm for last-minute shoppers, and they’ll be open late on Thursday the 22nd, until 9pm.
Gift certificates to White Point Beach Resort are guaranteed to be a welcome gift, and you can buy them right up to the last minute, for any amount that fits your budget, starting at $50. Besides the bunnies and the breathtaking views, they have events and getaway packages lined up all year long. “Magical seaside moments’ is what they promise at White Point, and they’ve been delivering on that since 1928.
The Trainyard General Store’s shop on Portland Street in Dartmouth features a vast array of local gift items, far more than the ones featured on the Wishlist (we especially love their local landmark jigsaw puzzles), so it’s an ideal destination for last-minute gift pickups. They have a good selection right now, and they’ll be open from 10am-3pm on Christmas Eve. Ask them about delivery and local pickup options.
A perfect reason to head up Shubenacadie way is a visit to Crafty Owl Artisans Market, a gift shop dedicated to promoting local artisans and a great place to do last-minute shopping. They’re well-stocked, especially with items from the Wishlist, and they’ll be open on the 24th until 3pm. You can also order online and they offer free delivery to East Hants and HRM, but note that for HRM delivery, you’ll need to place your order by the 22nd.
Beyond experiences, consumables make for great gifts as well, especially for the “they already have everything” people on your list. You should still be able to find most of the food or drink items on the Wishlist. Farmers’ markets or specialty groceries are a good place to start, and most of the wine, beer and spirits can be found at NSLC or specialty shops, or direct from the vendors’ locations. Look for more details in our Food & Drink category, sponsored by Taste of Nova Scotia.
Here are more businesses that we know are well stocked and ready for last-minute shopping:
Amos Pewter: Their shops on Lower Water Street in Halifax and Main Street in Mahone Bay will be open every day until Christmas Eve, and on that day until 3pm. You should be able to find most of their jewelry and ornaments that are on the Wishlist. Maybe even that little fox sculpture, our favourite!
Ana + Zac: They offer gift certificates on their website, and if you order early enough to get last-minute shipping (or you want to buy a treat for yourself), they have a special discount code for Local Wishlist readers: 20% off regular priced clothing and alpaca knits, now through December 24th, with code HFXBLOGGERS20.
Argyle Fine Art – They still have a good amount of stock available, including our favourite folk art birds, and you can ask them about local delivery. They also have gift certificates, and their Barrington Street location will be open on Christmas Eve until 3pm. Up until the 22nd, they’ll be collecting donations of warm clothing (or cash) for the Navigator Street Outreach. With a donation, you’ll be entered to win a Golden Ticket Voucher for their Pre-Shrunk Show, which is valued at $175 plus tax at the show in January 2023.
Black Bow Gift Co: They’ll still be selling curated gift boxes right up through the middle of next week. Place your order by December 21st for shipping anywhere in Canada, or local Halifax hand delivery and pickup. Rush options are available.
Duckish Natural Skin Care: Duckish products, including gift sets and shampoo, conditioner and body wash bars, can be found at The Trainyard General Store, Organic Earth Market, and many Sobeys locations. Check their website for details.
Hen And Goose Pet Supply: You can pick up their adorable pet bandanas and collars from their shop in Eastern Passage, but only until December 22nd. After that you may still find some at The Trainyard General Store.
Inkwell Modern Handmade Boutique: Inkwell is always well-stocked, and they’ve carried lots of items from the Wishlist this year, including from their own Inkwell Originals line, all of which are still available as of today. They’ll be open at their new South Park Street location every day through December 24th, and closing that day at 2pm. They offer local delivery, curbside pickup, and gift certificates.
Jacqueline Steudler: If you’re looking for a really special gift for an art lover, Jacqueline should still have some of her work available for purchase right up through the 24th. You can contact her through her website.
Lahave River Berry Farm: Their delicious spreads, chutneys and other products are available directly from their farm in Middle Lahave right through to December 24th, and also at various retailers throughout the South Shore.
Laura Lotus Love: You probably spotted Laura’s standout pieces in our Jewelry section this year; bold pendants and bracelets, and delicate earrings with a distinctive style. Fortunately, she’s offering local pick up, meet up, and gift certificates, so get in touch with her through her website (email or contact form) to make arrangements.
Lunenburg Rum Cakes: They’ve baked their last batch for the season! But it was a big one, and you should still be able to buy their cakes at Pavia Gallery, Ironworks Distillery, the Halifax Seaport Market, Lunenburg Seaport Gifts & Treasures in Port Medway, and at the Lunenburg Farmers’ Market on December 22nd.
Mable & Rose Handmade: Their jewelry will be available right up until the 24th. If it’s too late to ship, contact them at [email protected] to arrange for local/last minute pick up in the Halifax area.
Melissa Morrison Jewellery: Gift certificates can be purchased on their website, or at the shop at 3422 Hwy 331, LaHave. Shop hours are currently 10am-2pm and by appointment, but they’ll be extending hours closer to the big day. Grumpy Urchin rings ordered online can be picked up in the shop by selecting local pickup in the checkout.
Rousseau Chocolatier: Even if you miss out on their limited edition holiday chocolate bars, Rousseau’s shop on South Street in Halifax is full of chocolatey goodness. They’ll be open until 2pm on Christmas Eve to pick up last-minute treats.
Sheep’s Clothing: They have a large collection of beautiful handmade knitwear, and should have most of their products available until December 24th; if they sell out of any particular item, that will be indicated on their website.
Sunday Silence Coffee Co: They’ll have all of their artisan-roasted coffee available right up through the 24th, and they’ve got a very long list of retailers in the Where to Buy section of their website. If you’re on the South Shore, go right to the source, and pop in to The Barn in Mahone Bay!
The Tea Brewery: They’ve got some great tea sampler packs and gift baskets, and they’ll be available right up to the 24th. You can buy gift certificates on their website or in their Mahone Bay store, and they also offer local pickup.
Yellow Petal Handmade: If their sweet Enchanted Animals wristlet bags and pouches caught your eye, for yourself or as a gift, they have a special offer exclusively for Local Wishlist readers: 15% off of any items in the Enchanted Animals collection, now through December 24th, using discount code WISHLIST15. Curbside pick up can be arranged for local orders in Upper Tantallon.
These are just a handful of the hundreds of local gift ideas available in this year’s Local Wishlist. And many of them are still available. Head to the full list and start browsing!