By Kate Watson
The countdown to Christmas is on, and if you’re wondering what to get that special someone on your list, wonder no longer.
Hello Dartmouth has canvassed several of our lovely local businesses for some unusual gift ideas in a range of prices.
It’s easy and fun to shop local this season!
Bodega Boutique, 20 Wentworth Street 902-877-1823
Gift Suggestion: A gorgeous silver bib necklace
Who would like this gift?: Stylish women who love pretty things
Dartmouth Heritage Museum Gift Shop, 26 Newcastle Street 902-464-2300
Gift Suggestion: A bright green hand-knitted neck cowl made of soft merino wool by “Woolens by Emma” and a black leather messenger bag made by “Ox Leathers“. Both are local products.
Who would like this gift?: The women in your life
Price: Neck Cowl is $30.00 and messenger bag is a steal at $69.00
FoodNoise, 158A Portland St 902-877-8185
Gift Suggestion: Give the gift of health this year. FoodNoise has partnered with Dana Landry, Homeopath to bring you 6 Weeks to a Happier, Healthier YOU focusing on the mind/body connection and how our brain effects our gut, deals with emotional eating triggers and much more.
Who would like this gift?: Anyone who is wanting to improve their overall health and wellness. This program is targeted at addressing the physical, emotional and mental barriers that we face in our daily lives.
Price: $275.00 Early Bird – Ends December 31st, $295.00 Regular Pricing or $250.00 if you join with a buddy
Frosting Cake & Event Design, 166 Octerloney Street 902-449-CAKE (2253)
Gift Suggestion: An adorable and delicious cake pop gift set including one custom snowman and a small chalkboard sign with a personalized message, all in a wrapped gift box.
Who would like this gift?: It’s a great gift for teachers, daycares, etc
Price: $15 + HST for 6 cake pops (Pre-orders only)
Humble Pie Kitchen, 77 King Street 902-431-0444
Gift Suggestion: Gift certificate so people can choose from offerings like “Chicken Cranberry Camembert Pie” or “Steak n Cheese Pie”
Who would like this gift?: Foodie/meat pie lover/anyone who’d enjoy a delicious meal
Price: $8.00 (Buy a few!)
Iain’s Incredible Edibles, Products made in the Grace United commercial kitchen. To order, call 902-464-9663
Gift Suggestion: An assortment of ginger sparkles, chocolate peanut butter balls, cherry shortbread, sugarplums, chocolate candy cane cookies and cherry balls. (Gluten-free!)
Who would like this gift?: People with gluten allergies, or anyone who enjoys delicious treats
Kept, 75 King Street 902-469-5378
Gift Suggestion: Choose from a collection of Nova Scotian treasures. The tree, wreath and ornament were all manufactured in NS. (The driftwood comes from provincial beaches!) The mugs and tea towel were designed by Dartmouth-based Power Promotional Concepts. These items can all fit easily in a modest suitcase, or the towel and ornament can slip into an envelope to get to their destination.
Who would like this gift?: Anyone nostalgic for Nova Scotia
Price: $10 to $40
Kings PIER Curated Collections, 13 Kings Wharf Place 902-461-1963
Gift Suggestion: An elegant vintage wool coat and accessories
Who would like this gift?: Any woman on your list who wants to be warm and stylish
Price: Coat $65 (genuine fur collar), wool Stewart clan scarf $9, genuine fur 50’s hat $55, (Or pick up a gift certificate…for each $50 gift certificate, get $10 credit at Kings PIER)
Souper Duper Soup, 156 Ochterloney Street (around the back) 902-222-7513
Gift Suggestion: Give the gift of lunch or dinner. With Souper Duper gift cards, people can grab a full lunch or a take-and-bake dinner. (Or purchase Souper Duper cookie boxes and mixes as a thoughtful hostess gifts)
Who would like this gift?: Seniors, students or anyone who needs a break from cooking
Price: Available in denominations of $10 or $25
Staggers Pub & Grub, 26 Portland Street 902-406-3661
Gift Suggestion: Give the gift of comfort with delicious food from Staggers.
Who would like this gift?: People who like good food, live music or karaoke in a friendly neighbourhood pub
Price: Purchase gifts certificate from $5.00 up
Strange Adventures, 101 Portland Street 902-444-2140
Gift Suggestion: Gift certificate so people can choose what they really want
Who would like this gift?: Anyone who enjoys reading comics and graphic novels, or someone that’s a fan of pop culture toys and collectibles
Price: Any amount you choose (Although we recommend one million dollars )
Sugar Shok, 112 Portland Street 902-465-2904
Gift Suggestion: This funky candy emporium has gift certificates, and makes custom candy bouquets. How about 24 chocolate bars in a neat package for $50 or an “Old Timey Candy” pack for $30?
Who would like this gift?: Who wouldn’t??
Price: Everything is made to your budget. Call to order yours.