Local Tips / Seasonal / Shopping November 27, 2017

Where to Find Perfect Secret Santa Gifts in Halifax

The nights are getting longer, the days chillier, and the shopping malls much busier – all signs point to the holidays fast approaching! For many of us this means that it’s time to start gift shopping for friends, family, and of course the beloved (and occasionally stressful) Secret Santa exchange.

The great thing about holiday shopping is that it can be a great excuse to spend a day or a weekend around the city, enjoying the local retailers and larger shopping centres that make Halifax such a great shopping destination. And lucky for you, we can help you find the perfect gift for ANYONE on your list – including your Secret Santa recipient!

1 – The Foodie

Halifax is a food and drink lover’s paradise and there’s no better gift to give than a taste of the province’s delicious, and very locally-oriented food and drink culture.

$ A bottle or two of locally-made wine, beer or spirits
– Some suggestions: Halifax Distilling Co. Good Robot, Bishop’s Cellar
$$ A gift certificate to their favorite local restaurant
$$$ Tickets to a food or drink-based event happening in the city this winter
– Try: Savour Food & Wine Festival (Jan 15-March 15, 2018) or the Craft Beer & Local Food Celebration (January 18, 2018)

2 – The Fitness Fanatic

If you’re looking for gifts in Halifax for a fitness enthusiast then you’re in luck! Halifax has plenty of great activities that will keep even your most active friend, family member or co-worker busy and very grateful for your gifting skills!

$ A day pass for Seven Bays Bouldering
$$ A 2-Week Unlimited New Rider Pass to SpinCo Halifax
$$$ A 10-Class Pass (or other pass) to Rio Pilates & Yoga Studio


3 – The History Buff

From pirates and privateers to famous ships and legendary explosions, Halifax has a long and unique history. Tap into the province’s roots for the people in your life who love history.

$ A historical-fiction book featuring Halifax.
– Suggestion: Tides of Honour by Canadian author, Genevieve Graham. It’s a story set amidst the horrors of war and the aftermath of the Halifax Explosion – perfect for any historical fiction-lover!
$$ An annual family pass to a museum or historical site
– Suggestions: Nova Scotia Museum of Natural History or Maritime Museum of the Atlantic
$$$ A night at the infamous Oak Island 👻

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4 – The Adventurer

Winter in Halifax has PLENTY of outdoor activities, so we suggest a gift that involves enjoying the great outdoors for your favourite local explorer.

$ A toboggan to enjoy one of Halifax’s best tobogganing hills
$$ Snowshoes for a lovely winter walk
$$$ Cross country skis to enjoy these top ski spots

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 5 – The Culture Enthusiast

With plenty of cultural activities and events happening throughout the city, it’s easy to find the ideal gift for your most refined friend or family member. Enjoy any of the plays, movies, music and art happening all the time around Halifax.

$ Passes to the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia
Tip – Be sure to tell them to check out the Maud Lewis exhibit!
$$ Pottery, painting, or another piece of artwork from a local artisan or gift shop
$$$ Tickets to a show at Neptune Theatre – or better yet, a holiday show!

okmattdavid - art gallery@okmattdavid

6 – The Sports Fan

Halifax is home to a professional basketball team, The Halifax Hurricanes, and the local-favourite junior hockey team, The Halifax Mooseheads. The Scotiabank Centre in downtown Hallifax offers plenty of opportunities for sports fans to watch these local teams!

$ Tickets to the Halifax Hurricanes or the Halifax Mooseheads
$$ A pair of skates to use at the Emera Oval (or just enjoy a skate together for free with complimentary rentals!)
$$$ A day-pass to Ski Martock (only an hour’s drive from Halifax)

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Now that you’ve made your shopping list and checked it twice, all that’s left to do is have an enjoyable and safe festive season!

Need some ideas for holiday family fun? Check out our top five holiday activities for families to enjoy in Halifax.

Did you kill it with your Secret Santa gift this year? Let us know what you did for your gift exchange on Facebook or Twitter!

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Originally published Nov 22, 2016 – updated November 2017