Your Guide to The Best Local Gifts in Halifax

After a long year, the holidays are a time to set aside your day-to-day responsibilities and enjoy the company of your friends and family. Part of showcasing your appreciation for loved ones during this time usually involves the hunt for the perfect, most thoughtful gift.

Recently, more people have been pledging to buy local rather than supporting big-box businesses. You can find the perfect gift this holiday season and contribute to creating a strong, vibrant, and sustainable community at the same time by shopping local.

There are no shortage of local gift options in Halifax. From jewelry and clothing, to sweets and preserves, you are guaranteed to find thoughtful, tasteful, high quality gifts for everyone on your list right here at Bishop’s Landing. Here are some one-of-a-kind gift ideas you can find in our waterfront community!


Jewelry always makes a sentimental gift that’s fit for any occasion. Frida Necklace

For distinctive fine jewelry made with precious metals and exquisite diamonds, visit Frida Custom Fine Jewelry. Frida offers a specialty design service allowing customers to create a distinctly unique piece. In addition, Frida carries a wide collection of jewelry from a number of local designers.

Pearl City is the best place to find high quality pearl jewelry in Halifax, at the best price. The elegant hand-strung pearl bracelets and necklaces are guaranteed to make an impression on any gift recipient this season. If pearls aren’t their cup of tea, explore the selection of pieces made with semi-precious stones and silver.


Clothing & Accessories

Alexa Pope DressFor the fashionista in your life, visit Alexa Pope to pick up the trendiest and most unique apparel and accessories. Alexa Pope carries popular brands from across the world that aren’t available anywhere else in Halifax, including:

  • Tiger Mist – A go-to brand for event dresses, cool crop-tops, and trendy rompers.
  • Felony Case  – Make your cellphone an accessory with these signature marble and kaleidoscope iPhone cases.
  • Criminal Damage  – This U.K based brand is known for their streetwear style hoodies and t-shirts. (They carry menswear too!)


Sweet Treats

Gift BasketsFor the person with a sweet tooth, we’ve got a wide selection of locally sourced and handmade goods at retailers Sugah! and Rum Runners Rum Cake Factory (conveniently located beside each other!). The chocolates and confections at Sugah! feature local ingredients such as sea salt harvested on Nova Scotia’s Atlantic Coast, dried cranberries from Lunenburg County, and even locally brewed Garrison beer for their beer brittle.

For an authentic Nova Scotian treat, grab a rum cake from Rum Runners Rum Cake Factory. The rum cakes consist of a rich, golden cake topped with pecans and coconut, and soaked with rich, sweet rum from Glenora Distilleries in Cape Breton.

They also put together incredible gift baskets full of local goods that can be customized for different taste buds–these are perfect as corporate gifts or for a special someone!



Holiday Spirits

Bishop’s Cellar is one of the few independent liquor stores in Nova Scotia, so technically anything you pick up from here counts as buying local. For a great Nova Scotian gift, how about a bottle of Luckett Vineyards Tidal Bay or Steinhart Organic Maple Vodka? Check out the wide selection of beers, wines, and spirits available on their website and find the perfect gift for that hard-to-buy-for person with your copy of their 2016 Gift Giving Guide.


The Gift of Grub

haskapa gift cratesHaskapa carries a wide assortment of products made with the haskap super berry, grown right here in Nova Scotia. For great gift ideas check out their gift crates filled with jams, honeys, syrups, and more. Haskapa also has a extensive library of innovative recipes that can be whipped up as the perfect addition to any holiday celebration.

And when in doubt, you can’t go wrong with a gift card. In addition to all the incredible independent retailers we mentioned above, everyone appreciates a night off in the kitchen with the gift of a night out for dinner. In Bishop’s Landing, The Bicycle Thief, Ristorante a Mano, Hamachi Steakhouse and Little Oak all have holiday gift card options available.

Holiday shopping doesn’t have to be a hassle. Come visit us at Bishop’s Landing, your one-stop-shop for everyone on your gift list this season! Stay up-to-date on holiday promotions and events by following us on Facebook and Twitter.