Valentine’s Gifts with a Local Twist

Hello Valentine – Love is in the Air!

Nove Scotia Love

Valentine’s Day has arrived once again. Though it’s supposed to be about showing the love, it’s often preceded by a sense of stress. If you’re panicking over what to get the fan of local in your life as a last minute gift idea, fear not – we’ve compiled a list of great gifts that are sure to make their heart beat a little faster!

Romantic Night Out

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A fool-proof option! From Yarmouth to Cape Breton, Taste of Nova Scotia members are ready to complete your Valentine’s Day with a delicious, locally-sourced meal. Treat your sweetheart to a romantic night out with a three-course meal at Harbour City Bar and Grill. Want to take it a step further? Make it a weekend getaway and take in the Valentine’s events at Atlantica Oak Island Resort.

Something Sweet

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Another classic option, no Valentine’s Day is complete without a little sweet touch – and local options makes the gift that much sweeter! Both Sweet Spot Chocolate Shop, Gourmandises Avenue Chocolaterie, Jill’s Chocolates and Just Us! have a perfect assortment of delicious goodies. In search of something a little more risqué? Look no further than Sugah! – they just brought back their Tantric Tablet Collection – seven hand-crafted chocolate bars each infused with seven different ingredients with reputed aphrodisiacal qualities.

The gift of seafood

Speaking of aphrodisiacs, we all know the reputation oysters have! Members like Bay Enterprises Ltd., Eel Lake and Sober Island Oysters have your oyster needs covered, while wineries like Benjamin Bridge and L’Acadie Vineyards have the perfect sparkling wine to pair with it. Not into shucking at home? We hear an oyster date at The Press Gang or Agricola Street Brasserie calling your name!

A love of craft

Planters Ridge Winery

With the growing popularity of local beverages, there’s a good chance you or your partner are a fan of at least one! A tour of their favourite vineyard, brewery, cidery or distillery is a gift that’s sure to make their hearts swell fondly. Stop by Planters Ridge to tour their vineyard and stay awhile longer for a glass of wine (or two!)

Made with love

There’s no gift that shows more heart than the gift of homemade. Whether you’re opting to make breakfast in bed (try this Lobster Eggs Benny recipe) or preparing a special meal, the Taste of Nova Scotia recipe section has all kinds of great recipes to get you going. Our recommendation? Start the day off right with hearty breakfast – Pancakes made with Valley Flaxflour, bacon from Meadowbrook Meat Market or The Pork Shop and a serving of fresh fruit from Noggins Corner Farm Market. Don’t forget the Full Steam coffee from Authentic Seacoast Company!

Gift baskets

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When in doubt, a gift basket showcasing the best products Nova Scotia has to offer is sure to capture any heart! Give the gift of a Taste of Nova Scotia gift basket – trust us, the local fan in your life will love you for it.

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