14 really cool gift ideas that were made in Nova Scotia

A sneak peek of The Local Wishlist, our 6th annual buy-local gift guide that’s filled with gift ideas that are made by or sold at independently owned businesses in Nova Scotia.  The Local Wishlist is curated from hundreds of gift submissions from across Nova Scotia. It’s free for local businesses to apply thanks to some amazing local businesses and organizations who sponsor the project.

The links on this page will take you off our site to the sites of the artists featured or one of their local online retailers. Browse the full list, filled with hundreds of Nova Scotia gift ideas, HERE.

1.  Wanderers Map (TM)
A perfect gift for someone who loves travel. This limited edition gift was designed and made in Nova Scotia by Halifax Paper Hearts. That delicate vial pictured on the left contains 100 gold push pins to track your travels with. Order one online before they’re gone!

2.  Missing The Maritimes Box:
Bennett’s Boxes has put together this curated gift box filled with pieces from Nova Scotia Makers.  The one above was created exclusively for Made in the Maritimes. It’s a limited edition that’s going quickly, click here to order and send online

Bennett’s Boxes also have custom boxes and other themes. We recently sent their baby box across the country to some friends to celebrate their new arrival and this was such a simple way to send beautiful handmade gifts. Order and send one online.


3. Flower Press:
These darling flower presses are handmade in Nova Scotia by Oake Living. A perfect gift for your crafty friends and those who love spending time outdoors. It comes with how-to manual on how to press your natural treasures. Comes in two sizes 5″x 5″ and 7″x7″. Order one online.


4. Holiday Pillows

Girliture’s locally made holiday pillows are SO popular each year, and they always go quickly. So this is more of a reminder that, if you’d like one, act fast! You’ll find a selection at Made in the Maritimes (locations in Halifax’s North End and at Sunnyside Mall in Bedford) and you can also order online.

We’ll have the full list of retail locations in the Local Wishlist!

5. Atlantic Animal ABC

This book is not just adorable, it’s a great introduction to both ABCs and wildlife in Atlantic Canada. Filled with vibrant paper collage illustrations, Angela K. Doak’s whimsical animal interpretations are a great teaching tool for introducing baby to alphabet and animals all at once, and leave lots of room for play!

Order one online from Nurtured HERE .

Full retail list will be available in The Local Wishlist!

6. Picture Perfect Tour:

This gift idea has also been tested in my house. We gave my dad a certificate for the Historic Halifax tour  from Picture Perfect Tours two years ago. Not only did he learn a number of new photography tricks, he learned a lot about historic Halifax, too. He’s still talking about it, so next time I give this gift I’m getting one for myself at the same time. Gift certificates are available in any amount and can be ordered with the click of a button.

7. Die-Cut Dog and Cat calendars:

Calendars are one of those somewhat mandatory gifts in my house, rarely one I get excited about, but I’m already pumped about getting and giving these die-cut dog and cat calendars from Design Corner. They’re handmade in Nova Scotia and come in a ton of different designs, not just for those like me who are obsessed with animal friends.  As you tuck the current month in behind, the scene changes at the top. Your calendar will never look the same during the whole year!

You can pick these up online here.

8. Catnip Pizza Cat Toy

I’m excited that this year we’ll have some gifts for cats on The Local Wishlist. This pizza catnip toy is handmade by Felinefun in Kingston, N.S. using certified organic catnip, polyester fiber fill, eco-friendly felt and no adhesives! Machine stitched for ultimate durability. Each pizza is 5″x 3.5″. Order one online HERE!

9. Bay of Fundy Stone Guitar Pick

These were one of the most popular items on our 2016 Local Wishlist. They sold out a week after we launched the guide.  They’re handmade by Fundy Treasures from quality agate and jasper found along the shores of the famous Bay of Fundy, home of the world’s highest tides. It’s also home to some of the world’s most beautiful agate, Nova Scotia’s official gemstone. They come with a leather pouch locally handcrafted in Nova Scotia. No two picks are alike making them a unique gift for the guitar lover in your life!

If you want to get your hands on one this year, I suggest ordering early. You can place orders online.

10. Kitchen Party Cookbook
Jenny Osburn is back with another volume of delectable dishes called The Kitchen Party Cookbook: Recipes for Potlucks, Shindigs, and Good Times in the Maritimes! Joel Plaskett said that The Kitchen Party Cookbook is “the proof in the pudding” that Nova Scotia is “a great place to live and eat.” I’m going to go ahead and assume Joel’s taste in food is as epic as his music and add this to my WANT list.

Order it online HERE or do some double support local duty by picking it up at Atlantic News (5560 Morris Street, Halifax)

11. I’m Mew Here Baby Bodysuit:
Poison Pear makes adorable hand printed baby bodysuits for future cat lovers. Available in black or white, in sizes 3-6m, 6-12m, 12-18m, and 18-24m 100% cotton. Pick one up in person at the Halifax Seaport Farmers’ Market. Poison Pear is there Saturdays 7 a.m. – 3 p.m. and Sundays 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. (located upstairs). You can also buy one online.

12. Lumière pendant

The Lumière pendant by Grund Designer Goldsmith takes custom giving to the next level.  Made with your help, your hammer marks are meant to be an indelible record of your efforts and love for this individual. Available in pure gold, platinum & silver.

Visit Grund Designer Goldsmith or give a call to inquire about ordering:
15 King’s Wharf Place
The Anchorage Building (Above Just Us Coffee)
Suite 105
Dartmouth, NS

13. Yellow Bird House Headband:
Add a whim of handcrafted nautical delight to a stocking this year. This wool felt headband is made in Halifax and designed to fit tiny newborns on up to the big kids. Pick one up online HERE.

14. Wave Rings:
For those looking to keep the sea close to their heart! These sterling silver rings are made in Lawrencetown Beach, Nova Scotia by Bridget Turner Jewellery. Meant as a reminder of catching waves, playing in the surf or enjoying a beautiful sunset on the beach.  Pick one up online HERE.

These are made in Lunenburg

The Local Wishlist is now online! Discover hundreds of gifts made in or sold at local businesses in Nova Scotia in our annual gift guide HERE.



The Local Wishlist is made possible by our Presenting Sponsor:


Select Nova Scotia

And a fantastic group of local partners:

Made in the MaritimesTake it OutsideWhite PointNurturedBedazzledhfxCTCNS

And our Friends of the Wishlist:

Halifax Farmer's MarketMaryann's Gifts

About the author

The Local Traveler

Two travellers' tales of finding adventure on the East Coast. This blog is dedicated to the best parts of travel, and to discovering, celebrating and promoting things to do in our corner of the world, and sometimes beyond. We especially love craft beer, day trips, romantic escapes, local food & hidden gems. Join our community on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram and share tips and photos of your favourite East Coast adventures.

Facebook Twitter Instagram YouTube