Seasonal / Shopping November 27, 2017

10 Christmas Gifts That Are Quintessentially Halifax

Are you planning on shopping in Halifax for Christmas this year? Are you unsure of what to get for Secret Santa or a special someone on your list? Perhaps you would like to send the perfect local gift to relatives or East Coast-natives who live far away?

If you’re looking for something quintessentially-Halifax to give this Christmas, we have some ideas for you!

1 – For the beverage connoisseur in your life.

Purchase a growler of their favourite local beer, cider or spirit! Here are a few of our favourites:

Brightwood Brewery – 35 Portland St, Downtown Dartmouth
Garrison Brewing – 1149 Marginal Rd, Downtown Halifax
New Scotland Brewing Co. – St, Downtown Dartmouth
Harbour Brewing Co. – 7955 Hwy 7, Musquodoboit Harbour, Eastern Shore
Chain Yard Urban Cidery – 2606 Agricola St, North End Halifax
Lake City Cider – 35 Portland St, Downtown Dartmouth
Compass Distillers – 2533 Agricola St, North End Halifax

2 – For a teacher, in a stocking, or as a host(ess) gift

Handcrafted in Nova Scotia, Amos Pewter makes collectible Christmas ornaments! They also sell jewelry, home décor and tableware, so there are plenty of options to choose from, no matter who you’re buying for.

» The Amos Pewter store in Halifax is located at 1751 Lower Water St.; you can also order online!

3 – For your out-of-town visitors

When you’re looking for a special gift for visiting family or friends, head to The Plaid Place or Island Beach Company for something uniquely Nova Scotian! Shoppers will find tartans, souvenirs, salt water taffy, t-shirts and more at these traditional souvenir shops.

4 – For the culinary enthusiast

Foodies always appreciate a great maple syrup! Acadian Maple Products has been in business for more than 30 years, and is the largest processor of Nova Scotia maple syrup.

And that’s not all you can get at their store. You can also find maple cream, jams, coffee, maple BBQ sauce and more!

Acadian Maple Products is located at 13578 Peggy’s Cove Rd. in Upper Tantallon.

5 – For children (of all ages!)

Try your luck at one of the fantastic local toy stores in Halifax!

Woozles, located at 1533 Birmingham St., is Canada’s Oldest Children’s Bookstore! There you’ll find suggestions like A Halifax ABC, Nova Scotia Lullaby, A Bluenose 12 Days of Christmas and Relative Happiness. See more.

Photo: Woozles

6 – For your corporate gifts

Did you know that NovaScotian Crystal is North America’s only mouth-blown, hand-cut crystal maker? You can’t go wrong choosing one of their Christmas ornaments, stemware, candle-holders or other corporate gifts for the more professional relationships on your list.


8 – For ANY stocking – everyone loves a cute Halifax stocking stuffer!

There’s nothing more quintessentially-Halifax than a stuffed lobster toy! Or is there?? What about a Theodore Tugboat tub toy? Whatever you’re looking for, there are plenty of local products that will remind the recipient of their favourite parts of Halifax.

Theodore Tugboat tub toys can be purchased online, or at Murphy’s Company Store at 1751 Lower Water St; plush lobsters can be purchased online from Clearwater Seafoods, or at the Clearwater Store at 757 Bedford Hwy.

You can also pick up some great stocking-stuffers before heading off on your holiday travels at the pre- and post-security shops at the Halifax Stanfield International Airport.

» Don’t miss: 10 Places to Find Locally-Crafted Gifts in Halifax

Photo: Ambassatours

9 – For the art-lover

How about an East Coast-style painting? There is a wonderful selection of artists and galleries throughout the Halifax region to suit any taste!

Here are some of our favourites:

14 Bells Fine Art Gallery – 5523 Young St, North End Halifax
– Art Gallery of Nova Scotia – , Downtown Halifax
Halitecture Photography –
MireauArt – online at or call 902 429 7078
– Studio 14 Gifts & Gallery – 2393 Agricola St, North End Halifax

TIP: For a completely unique and personalized gift, why not commission a painting rather than hunting down the elusive “perfect piece”?

10 – For the adventurer

If you’re looking for the perfect gift for someone who loves the outdoors and Halifax, then why not support a local tour company and let them play tourist in the city?

A gift certificate for a local tour or outdoor activity would be appreciated by any local adventurer – especially if it’s a brand new experience!

Here are a few ideas to get your adventure started:

Great E.A.R.T.H Expeditions
East Coast Outfitters
Kattuk Expeditions
I Heart Bikes
Segway Nova Scotia

Photo: Great E.A.R.T.H. Expeditions

Good luck shopping and Happy Holidays from Halifax!!

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