Shopping November 28, 2017

TOP 5 Places in Halifax to Find Locally-Made Gifts

Finding the perfect gift can certainly be stressful, no matter the occasion. Holidays, birthdays, weddings and baby showers can be difficult to decide exactly what to bring. Fortunately, Halifax is home to plenty of amazing independent retailers that offer unique alternatives to mass-produced products that can often found online or in larger shopping centres.

Save yourself some time and stress and check out this list of the Halifax region’s best places to purchase locally-crafted gifts.

1 – Jennifer’s of Nova Scotia

5635 Spring Garden Rd – Downtown Halifax

Located on one of Halifax’s most vibrant streets, Jennifer’s of Nova Scotia is a family owned shop. They’ve been in business since 1978 and proudly sell products that are 100% handcrafted by local artisans from Atlantic Canada.

This is a store where you’ll have no problem finding the perfect gift for anyone on your list!

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2 – Kept

75 King Street – Downtown Dartmouth

This is a local-favourite and is one of the best places in the Halifax area to purchase gifts for loved ones (or for yourself!).

The products available at Kept are sourced both locally and internationally and include everything from home decor, jewelry, paper goods, children’s clothing and toys, and much more.

A visit to Kept is not only great for gifts, it’s always a fantastic way to spend a day. Hop on the ferry, grab a coffee from Two If By Sea, discover Kept and spend the day exploring downtown Dartmouth.

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3 – The Halifax Distilling Company

1668 Lower Water Street – Downtown Halifax

The Halifax Distilling Co. is an independent locally owned and operated distillery, tasting room, and gift shop, located right on the Halifax waterfront.

The best part of browsing the rum cakes, jellies, preserves, apparel, collectibles found at the Distilling Co. is that you can take a tour and sample the product – only so you can see for yourself that you’re getting the very best Nova Scotian spirits. 😉

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4 – Made in the Maritimes Artisan Boutique

2 locations:
5527 Young StreetHydrostone – North End Halifax
1595 Bedford Hwy – Bedford

Made in the Maritimes is a locally-sourced boutique that sells 100% handcrafted Maritime products.  range from pottery, cards, woodwork, housewares, art and much more.

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5 – P’lovers Canada

3 locations:
52 Queen Street – Dartmouth
3059 Gottingen Street, Hydrostone – Halifax North End
Mahone Bay, NS

P’lovers (originally derived from Piping Plovers, a small Nova Scotian shore bird) describe themselves as, “the lifestyle boutique with a conscience”.

Their range of eco-friendly products – including a variety of home decor, fashion, art and plenty more – are gifts you can feel good about purchasing!

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Be sure to check out your local markets like the Halifax Seaport Farmers Market and the Alderney Landing Farmers’ Market for other great gifts and local treasures.

For more local gift ideas, travel inspiration and MORE, follow Discover Halifax on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter!

And don’t forget to tag @DiscoverHalifax on Instagram and #DiscoverHalifax for a chance to have your Halifax adventures featured!


Originally published November 2014  – updated November 2017


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