Submissions for our annual Wishlist are now open! The Local Wishlist is a curated holiday gift guide filled with gifts made in Nova Scotia or available at independently owned businesses in the province. If you make a product or offer a giftable experience in Nova Scotia, it's free to apply. Close to 60,000 people used… Read More
Yes, friends, here's exactly what you've been hoping to hear. We can confirm that there WILL be a Local Wishlist in 2021. Many of you have written to tell us how important the Wishlist is to you, and how much you missed it last year. Some of you have compared it to a current-day version… Read More
Hello Local Wishlist supporters and friends,
We’re very sad to announce that the Local Wishlist will not be published this year. We’ve been working very hard behind the scenes for months to secure funding, but were ultimately unsuccessful. Due to Covid, many provincial government programs that might have supported our initiative have been put on hold, and without government support, we simply can’t afford to deliver a Wishlist. Many thanks to Michelle and others at the Government of Nova Scotia for their efforts.
It’s incredibly disappointing, because we’re all so proud of what the Wishlist has accomplished. Helping to promote and encourage so many wonderful local makers and businesses every year is what makes the holiday season joyful for us. We feel like we’re letting everyone down when they need our support the most.
We hope to publish the 9th edition of the Local Wishlist in 2021, and will do whatever we can to make this happen. If you’d like to help, please send us an email and let us know how the Local Wishlist helps your business or makes your holiday season, and why you want to see it back next year.
Thank you for your support all of these years. We wish all of Nova Scotia’s crafters, artisans, and businesses a happy and successful holiday season. We’ll continue to support you as best we can. We hope to hear from you soon, and to see you again in 2021.
Kate and the Local Wishlist team
As the dust settles from the holiday season, and we wrap up another successful Local Wishlist, I can’t help but feel incredibly lucky to have been part of this project for another year. This was the eighth year of the Wishlist, and I’m still overwhelmed by its impact. This year the list featured over 460… Read More
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… Read More
And wine, and beer, and cider, and mead... As you must know by now, we've got incredible craft distilleries, breweries, cideries and vineyards in Nova Scotia, with far more available than we could ever show you in the Local Wishlist. But we've chosen a few standouts from our list, to help you gift good local… Read More
Who needs a trip to the spa if you can recreate it in your own home? When life is chaotic, a long, uninterrupted soak in the tub can feel like a million dollars. Give them a little local pampering this holiday season with bath and spa essentials made right here in Nova Scotia. Seas of… Read More
Do you have an enthusiastic foodie or aspiring local chef on your holiday shopping list? These 11 gifts from the Local Wishlist are made in Nova Scotia, and perfect for prepping, cooking, and eating local. The Chef’s Box A curated gift box for home chefs, filled with local ingredients from fleur de sel to infused… Read More
There are just so many good reasons to buy local this holiday season. And many small local businesses are offering some great deals this weekend, so it's even easier to keep your money right here. We’ve rounded up a list of locally owned Nova Scotia businesses who are holding a Black Friday, Small Business Saturday,… Read More
It's easy to be a nature lover in Nova Scotia, where all it takes is a short trip (or a short walk, if you're really lucky) to stroll in the woods or sit by the ocean. If you have someone on your list who's inspired by nature, especially a bird watcher or a big fan… Read More