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10 Christmas Gifts That Are QUINTESSENTIALLY Halifax

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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 beer lover in your life: Purchase their favourite Halifax brew in a growler!

Alexander Keith’s growlers are sold at the Brewery Market at 1496 Lower Water St.


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 Island Beach Company.

Shoppers  will find tartans, souvenirs, salt water taffy, Halifax t-shirts and more at this traditional souvenir store!


4 – For the culinary enthusiast: Foodies will 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!): There are some fantastic locally-written children’s books from authors right here in Nova Scotia! Kids will love to see familiar landscapes and stories with recognizable landmarks by these locally-based books.

At Woozles on 1533 Birmingham St. you can find suggestions like A Halifax ABC, Nova Scotia Lullaby, A Bluenose 12 Days of Christmas and Relative Happiness.


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 by 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 stocking stuffer!

There’s nothing more quintessentially-Halifax than a stuffed lobster! They can be purchased here from Clearwater Seafoods.

You can also pick one up on your holiday travels at the Halifax Stanfield International Airport or at the Clearwater Store at 757 Bedford Hwy.


9 – For the art-lover: An East Coast-style painting from Mireau Art.

There is a wonderful selection of paintings, cards and more in beautiful watercolours available via MireauArt.com – you can even commission a painting as a gift!


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 Great E.A.R.T.H Expeditions, East Coast Outfitters, Kattuk ExpeditionsI Heart Bikes, Segway Nova Scotia or Murphy’s on the Water would be appreciated by any local adventurer!


Good luck shopping and Happy Holidays from Halifax!!

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Originally published December 2014 by Laura Snow – Updated December 2017

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