Are you searching for the perfect, unique, local, last minute, out-of-the-ordinary gift for that hard-to-buy-for person on your list?
Look no further!
We’ve partnered with the Municipality of Colchester to curate a list that will have you shopping close to home and ticking off those boxes.
Raging Crow | North River
Raging Crow Distillery’s Cajun Chocolate Liqueur is unique to the distillery and it’s so thick that it’s sold in a jar. It is very versatile and can be used as a drizzle over desserts, as a topping for ice cream, or it makes a great dipping sauce for fresh fruit. It also makes a wonderful grown-up hot chocolate or a decadent martini. It is 19.6% abv and made with two premium cocoas with just a hint of heat on the finish.
Fogtree Forest | North River
This beautiful blend was named Farmer’s Salve because it is hearty, well rounded and good for what ails ya! Originally intended to heal eczema with its anti-inflammatory and restorative properties, it is also a great all purpose salve for just about anything from dry and cracked skin, cuts and scrapes, burns, bruises, bug bites, and even hair. Ingredients include olive oil, coconut oil, plantain, calendula, yarrow, red clover, chamomile, peppermint and tea tree essential oils. And a little goes a long way!
Abalone Retreat | Stewiacke
A gift certificate for a spa is a great choice for your holiday gift giving. At Abalone Spa, you can choose from massage therapy, energy healing, esthetics, hair and tanning. Their rose gold tungsten and stainless steel unisex abalone shell rings are a unique option, helping to promote feelings of peace, enhance beauty and encourage compassion. Gift certificates can be purchased for a dollar amount or a specific service and there is no expiry date.
Noveltea Bookstore & Gifts | Truro
Did you know that NovelTea has expanded to include a location dedicated to books and gift ideas? Check out their unique, book themed candles, like this Goblin Market candle, inspired by the poem of the same name by Christina Rossetti. For any literary fans on your list who enjoy a night tucked in reading a good book, this is the gift you’re looking for. The candles are locally made in small batches and hand poured on site in Truro, Nova Scotia.
Jenny’s Cocktails | Truro
From garden to glass, Jenny’s Cocktails drink syrups are handmade from all natural ingredients. Each one is fresh, inspired by the season, and, when possible, locally sourced. Choose from a wide selection of classic favourites and new cocktails. Inspired by the classic Cosmopolitan cocktail, the seasonal Cranberry Orange drink syrup is made with fresh Nova Scotian cranberries with a touch of orange.
Van & Co. | Stewiacke
If you have a foodie on your list, the Holiday Grazing Boxes at Van & Co. are the perfect savoury gift. Keeping exceptional flavours in mind, these luxury charcuterie style boxes may be the best local gift giving experience you’ll have this Christmas. You can expect select cheeses, cured meats, fresh fruits, their signature red pepper jelly and all things charcuterie. Combined with an olive medley, savoury snacks, dark chocolate and so much more! All boxes are hand styled daily, shareable and ready to eat.
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L’NU’K Clothing | Millbrook
Give the gift of L’NU’K Clothing Co. to your family and friends this holiday season. This ‘4 MEDICINES’ t-shirt, which features the four sacred medicines that are used by many Indigenous people across Turtle Island — tobacco, sage, cedar and sweetgrass — is a 2021 bestseller! This style is available in three seasonal colours: maroon and white, olive and black, and light grey and black.
R&B Adventures | Tatamagouche
Give the gift of extreme comfort with Asportuguesas footwear. Each pair includes ultra soft uppers from sustainable natural wool and a 100% natural ‘cork’ sole that is born off a tree and is retrieved every nine years without the tree ever being cut down. You’ll feel proud to be a part of a community concerned about the environment and you can go just about anywhere in your Asportuguesas footwear.
Coyotes Knit & Stitch | Millbrook
Each knitted snowman is knitted from its hat to its body and the wooden base is hand cut from a maple tree and then coated. They are stuffed with love and fiber and they make a perfect display piece in your home. With a light dusting of snowflakes, a warm winter hat and a scarf, these little handmade snowmen by Coyotes Knit & Stitch make those cold winter nights look warm and cozy.
Earltown General Store | Earltown
Earltown General Store is taking orders for their two local specialty gift baskets, featuring all of your favourite things. The Holiday Charcuterie Basket is filled with a mixture of local cheese, locally cured meats, house made pickles, jelly, and mustard. The Classic Basket focuses on house made preserves, foodie items such as hot drinks, mustards and sea salts, garlic, artisanal chocolates, local crafts and more. To place your order, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Village Christmas Store | Tatamagouche
The Village Christmas Store on the second floor of C.G. Fulton Pharmacy in Tatamagouche is carrying three holiday hoodies this year. Ranging in size from small to 3XL, there is one for everyone on your list. From clothing to candles, jewelry to home décor, and so much more, you’ll find all kinds of festive options to choose from right in the heart of the north shore.
Truro Medi Spa | Truro
The Vivier Ultra Purifying Clay Mask ($68 plus tax) would make a great holiday gift for any skin type. It is carefully crafted with red and white kaolin clay, alpha hydroxy acids and salicylic acid to draw out impurities, firm the skin and absorb excess sebum. This purifying mask helps reveal flawless-looking skin without excess shine. A great way to remind your loved ones to make self care a priority in the new year.
Fundy Textile & Design Ltd. | Truro
Here is the ultimate Christmas bundle from Fundy Textile & Design Ltd. & Haskap Highland Orchards. The fleece Nova Scotia Tartan throw blankets from Fundy Textile & Design Ltd. are a customer favourite. And the sweet, tangy… intense Haskap Berry Preserve and Haskap Juice Drink are the perfect, locally grown, delicious and nutritious products made by Haskap Highland Orchards. Get your cozy goodies from Fundy & Haskap today, before it’s too late!
Gravity Luxury Domes | Maitland
Give the gift of a getaway like nothing else in Nova Scotia. Overlooking the historic Shubenacadie River, the folks at the new Gravity Luxury Domes would like to invite you to watch the eagles, peer down on the ‘Shubie Rafters’ playing in the waves, or relax in your private getaway. The domes are sparkling clean, well-appointed and have everything you need to be comfortable. Serving customers from all over the world, you and your loved ones can enjoy your dome away from home.
Holiday Buzz Box | Truro
The Holiday Buzz Box is packed full of local goodies, which makes it the perfect gift for everyone on Santa’s nice list. Each box includes:
• Jenny’s Cocktails Fresh Mint Drink Syrup
• Stanfield’s Cozy Cotton Socks
• Mélicious Chocolat Choco-Marshmallow Bomb
• Country Roads Rustic Decor Holiday Mug
• Lightsy Ginger + Fig Candle
• Green Oaks Nubians Coffee Goat Milk Soap
• Jen Power Art Holiday Card