Buy Local Support Local
I think that it is extremely important to support small business owners and creators. By shopping local this Holiday season you are directly supporting these creators instead of supporting some large box store.
Show your loved ones that you care this Holiday season with gifts created right here in the Maritimes.
Niley Designs creates doormats, baby onesies, and decorative pillows in Halifax, Nova Scotia. We have one of her mats sitting outside our front door!
Favourite Item: Golden Retriever Doormat
You can buy online via their Etsy shop.
Puppy Riot is a Dartmouth based company that makes special bandanas for your fur baby as well as dog collars and accessories. Our girl Lily has one of these bandanas. People often think she is a boy but they won’t make that mistake anymore with her in her pretty purple floral bandana!
Favourite Item: Personalized Dog Bandana
You can buy online via their Etsy shop.
PEI Smoke Fired Pottery
PEI Smoke Fired Pottery creates hand thrown smoke fired, raku, and horse hair pottery as well as functional pottery! Fun fact: this is actually my parents business (so, of course, I have to be a good daughter and include them).
Favourite Items: Mugs
They are currently taking custom orders. Click here to contact them!
Coldstream Clear Distillery
Coldstream Clear is a Nova Scotia distillery that creates handcrafted spirits. They have rum, vodka, and liquors available. Our bar cart is stocked with their products! These spirits are so unbelievably smooth and great for sipping on ice or adding to cocktails.
Favourite Items: Candycane and Apple Pie
You can buy online via their website or from the NSLC.
Power Designs is a Dartmouth based woodworking company creating furniture and home decor. This talented sibling duo can create just about anything you can imagine!
Favourite Item: Blanket Ladder
Wall + Wonder
Wall and Wonder is a Dartmouth based company creating a wide range of home decor including prints, mugs, pillows, and bedding. Special for this Christmas season they are creating custom Christmas ornaments!
Favourite Item: Pineapple Print
Twig and Feather
Twig and Feather is a sweater and knits line based in Halifax. Allie and I both own sweaters from here and we LOVE our cozy, chunky sweaters from Twig and Feather.
Favourite Item: Ava Cardi
You can buy online via their website.
Sea Fever Rum
Sea Fever Rum is a Nova Scotia-based company creating oak matured, craft blended rum.
Favourite Item: Spiced Rum
You can buy at your local NSLC, ANBL or PEI Liquor Store.
Halifax Paper Hearts
Paper Hearts is a Halifax, Nova Scotia-based company that makes cards, prints, and maps. Everything is printed in small batches by a local printing house and hand packaged here on the East Coast.
Fun fact, Paper Hearts started because the owner was struggling to find a wedding card for two women and this inspired them to make their “let’s grow old together” cards.
Favourite Item: Wanderer’s Map
Foxhound Candles are hand blended and poured in Nova Scotia. They take inspiration from peaceful adventures and seasonal wonders. Their unique scents are amazing and the simplistic design makes my minimalist heart soar.
Favourite Item: Forest Flora Candle
Letter Board Company
The Letter Board Company creates felt letter boards on Prince Edward Island. Boards are available in a variety of sizes and colours.
Favourite Item: Extrovert Letter Board – Oak Frame with Black Felt
You can buy online via their Etsy shop!
Jenn Atkinson is an acrylic and oil painter based in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Jenn Atkinson creates original paintings, prints and mugs.
Favourite Item: Fog of Uncertainty
You can buy online via her website.
Atlantic Canada Bonus:
Ragmaw is a Newfoundland based company that creates handmade leather purses. They upcycle materials and create magical unique pieces.
Favourite Item: Triple Zips
You can buy items online via their website.
This holiday season don’t forget to buy local! By supporting local businesses you are putting money back into your local economy and helping out real people this holiday season instead of large corporations.