Give the Gift of Local 2020

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Give the gift of local this holiday season! Use the holiday season to give back to the local businesses in your community and at the same time find amazing, personal gifts and experiences for your friends and family. Keep reading for our list of a few different local, culinary-inspired, gift ideas below.

Culinary Experiences

Inspire future culinary experiences and adventures with the gift of a Nova Scotia food or drink package. From crafting your own spirits at Steinhart Distillery’s GINStitute by the Sea, to Grape Escapes Wine and Lunch Escapes, or a chef night at Sugar Moon Farm there are so many options. Visit our Culinary Packages Page for even more suggestions. 

Gift Cards to a Local Restaurant

For the person that loves local restaurants purchase a gift card for when they can safely return to their favourite spot to dine out. Nova Scotia is filled with culinary destinations that will make any foodie happy. For a list of all Taste of Nova Scotia restaurants, click here.

Wine, Cider, Beer or Spirits

Raise a glass this holiday season to local wineries, cideries, breweries, and distilleries. For the craft beer fan, try a seasonal brew like Garrison Brewing’s All Lit Up or Nine Locks Brewery’s Champagne IPA, or gift certificate to one of Nova Scotia’s many breweries.

If you’re looking for something a little more spirited, spice up the holidays with Coldstream Clear Candy Cane Liqueur, Compass Distillers Boston Tree Gin, Raging Crow Distillery’s Spruce Tip Gin, or a seasonal product or gift certificate to a Nova Scotia distillery.

A bottle of wine is perfect for almost any occasion. Nova Scotia is known for our signature Tidal Bay, our very own appellation wine. From wine baskets to gift sets, Nova Scotia wineries have lots of holiday gifting options to choose from. 

Nova Scotia cideries are offering several cider gift pack options for the holidays. Lake City Cider‘s line up features their Spice Up Your Life holiday cider, Bulwark Cider has created a 12 Ciders of Christmas Advent Cider Box and Chain Yard Urban Cidery is featuring their frostbite cider. Check out our Taste of Nova Scotia member page for even more local cider options. 


Decadent December

Whether you need a treat for your own holiday table or a gift for a holiday stocking, chocolate fits the bill! We’ve rounded up some of our favourite local chocolatiers who are offering online ordering and contactless pick up including Petite Patrie Chocolate, Sweet Spot Chocolate Shop,  Gourmandises Avenue Chocolaterie, and Chapel Cove Chocolate.

Coffee and Tea

If you know someone who enjoys a good cup of coffee or a hot mug of tea, consider gifting locally roasted coffee from Laughing Whale Coffee RoastersJust Us! CoffeeNova CoffeeAuthentic Seacoast Company Full Steam Coffee, or tea from The Tea Brewery or Cochrane Family Farm’s online shop.

Artisanal Items

four spices from Big Cove Foods

For something a little different, gift a unique Nova Scotia culinary product. Tangled Garden, Helen B’s and Galloping Cows create jams and jellies using Nova Scotia ingredients and are currently offering online ordering. Big Cove Foods gourmet spice blends and Shivani’s Kitchen spice blends or ready to use sauces are perfect for those who enjoy spending time in the kitchen. Keep it spicy with Mad Gringo’s hot sauce, spicy beans, and Tidal Salt sea salt! Alternatively, NovaScotian Crystal produces beautiful local crystal that’s a perfect gift for anyone on your list!

A Cozy Getaway

Gift a night or two for a future visit at your favorite Nova Scotia getaway. Cozy cabins and resorts are all around the province. Treat yourself or your loved ones to a vacation, staycation, or weekend escape at White Point Beach ResortDigby Pines, The Quarterdeck Beachside Villas & GrillFox Harb’r Resort, Oak Island Resort & Conference Centre, Liscombe Lodge Resort and Conference Centre, Pictou Lodge Beach Resort, Argyler Lodge and Restaurant, Chanterelle Country Inn & Cottages, Lane’s Privateer Inn, or Blomidon Inn. Gift cards for future use are available at each of these resorts.

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