Last Minute Local Gifts

Christmas is just a few days away. Where did the time go? The rush is on, but there’s no need to panic. We’ve got some great ideas for last minute local gift shopping.

Have a foodie on your list? How about a membership to a local Community Shared Agriculture program (CSA)? Imagine a weekly delivery of locally grown or produced vegetables, meat and more. It’s a gift that gives and gives and gives. And it supports local farmers across the province. There are plenty of options. Click here for a list of Nova Scotia CSAs.

Local services make great gifts. Many of those services are provided by small businesses in your community. How about some pampering at a local spa, maybe car detailing for Dad or some help with housecleaning from a local cleaning service? The list is endless. A little creative thinking about who’s on your list and what businesses are in your community is all you need.

Explore the arts. You’ll find local artists and galleries all around the province. How about a print from a local photographer? We’re also fortunate to have numerous professional and community theatre and performing arts groups throughout the province. Tickets to a local performance are a thoughtful gift for any arts lover. And let’s not forget about the many Nova Scotian musicians who tour and play all around the province. Giving someone on your list tickets to a live show or putting one of their CDs under the tree also help keep the local creative economy alive and well. For a handy list of what’s happening on the Nova Scotia music scene, visit our friends at Music Nova Scotia.

Give a taste of Nova Scotia. Everybody eats and everybody appreciates a break from cooking now and then. That’s why a gift certificate from a local restaurant makes a great gift. Not only does it support the local restaurant industry, it helps support the local producers those restaurants buy from. Our friends at Taste of Nova Scotia are all about exceptional local culinary experiences. Check them out for more ideas.

Consider a local act of kindness. They go a long way in our communities. During this season of giving, consider giving to a local charity or community organization. It could be a gift of your volunteer time, you could pick up some produce for the local food bank on your next grocery run, or pick up a local gift and donate it to a toy or clothing drive. How about making a donation to a local charity in the name of someone on your holiday gift list?