December 3, 2020
There’s no doubt about it, most of us are already looking ahead to 2021. But before we say “so long” to 2020, we do get to enjoy the holiday season. It’s a great time to share some cheer and help your loved ones end this year on a good note. We’ve seen more than ever this year the importance of supporting locally-owned businesses. That’s why, for this year’s gift guide, we’ve focused on some of the Maritimes’ best local shops, services, and attractions. Regardless of your ability to shop in-person or online, we’ve got you covered! So make your list and check it twice. Here are some ideas to cap off your holiday shopping that sure are nice!
Nothing says holiday snacking like delicious cheese. For that foodie on your list and their evolved palate, a delicious aged gouda or freshly-baked sweets would really tickle their taste buds. Glasgow Glen Farms is a family-run business that specializes in artisanal cheese and baked goods. You can visit their website to order the best of what’s in their cellar, or you can visit the farm in New Glasgow, PEI. While you’re there, pick up some cheese and plenty of other treats — from charcuterie boards to fresh, oven-fired pizzas.
Made in the Maritimes Artisan Boutique has two locations in the Halifax area for those in the area. But if you’re outside the Maritimes for the holidays, don’t worry — they also ship across Canada! With a mission to promote the arts, this Nova Scotia business carries a curated collection of Maritime-made products — including arts, crafts, toys, treats, cards, and many other items. Whether it’s stained glass and driftwood art or a tartan coaster, we’re sure your ‘artsy’ person will love their unique gift!
For that loved one who just wants to hike all year, or likes to feel at one with nature, we suggest the ultimate Maritime camping experience, courtesy of Fundy National Park. Fundy is a short drive from Saint John, New Brunswick, and has something for everyone. For your outdoor enthusiast, fully-insulated rustic cabins are available for rent, and are tucked away nicely in the park. They can enjoy hiking with great views of the Bay of Fundy, a beautiful night sky, and more privacy than a campground. Reservations can be made on the Parks Canada website, where you can choose a location just a short walk from their vehicle. Or they can hike in along the trails for a full experience. They’ll certainly enjoy the comfort of a quiet cabin away from it all!
We all have to shop for this person. What they often need the most is some time to spoil themselves. So why not stuff their stocking with fragrant soaps and bath and body products? All-natural soaps from New Brunswick-based Rosemary Wellness Soap Co. can be found in dozens of stores in the Maritimes. Don’t want to get out into the shops? No worries! Their products can also be ordered directly from their website and shipped to you — or straight to your person who has it all (who doesn’t love getting pumpkin spice scented soap in the mail?).
Yes, you! Nobody deserves these holidays as much as you do. It’s not too early to start thinking about hitting the reset button on 2020 and planning your adventures for next year. And there’s no better way to get started than by giving the gift of travelling by ferry to explore nearby destinations and support Maritime businesses. Come explore incredible getaways that are a stone’s throw away! When you do, let Fundy Rose and Northumberland Ferries take care of some of the driving for you, so you can relax and enjoy the hospitality!
Looking for more gifts? Here are some additional resources to help you find local businesses you can shop from this holiday season:
From all of us, to all of you, have a safe and happy holiday season!