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Cravingdani's 2023 Holiday Gift Guide

The holiday season is finally here and it is the perfect time to show some local love. I’ve got you covered with thoughtful gifts that warm the mind, body and soul from Nova Scotia & New Brunswick.

 

 

Self-Care Gifts

 

Self-care is essential for maintaining a healthy and balanced life. Many of us do not find enough time in our busy week to take a second and put ourselves first. Check out these thoughtful local self-care gift ideas.

 

  •          True Clinic - I have visited Will from True Clinic in the 'Hydrostone for many years now. I personally get botox in my forehead and between my eyebrows. He does everything from Botox, Filler, Liquid rhinoplasty and more. I have written and in depth article about my experience with Will and you can view that here! They have 15% off their gift card sales so make sure to follow them on social media.


  •         Bedford Skin Clinic - My first experience with filler and Botox was from The Bedford Skin Clinic. The ladies who work here are fierce, strong and support one another. They are knowledgeable and provide the perfect Medi spa. From Botox to neck lifts and Emsculpt, you will for sure find something for anyone!



  •         Kaylee Elizabeth Beauty This is the first local moisturizer that has ever worked on my face! This wonderful, strong nurse from Halifax developed a formula that my face and skin LOVE! It is scentless, creamy, oil free and I can not support this wonderful mother enough!





  •          Pink Lotus Skin– I am usually a little nervous when trying new skin care but recently I have tried their morning mimosa body scrub and I have never had softer better smelling skin. The scent is not strong when on you but it LASTS!

 

Places to Get Away

 

Are you looking for a unique gift? Think about planning a weekend getaway or a staycation. These local staycation spots are perfect for those who enjoy exploring or needs a break.


  •         Petite Chalet - Petite Rivere, Nova Scotia – I have posted about Petite Chalet in the past and I can not get over how perfect this experience was. Picture this, you’re secluded by trees while you soak in a wood fired hot tub with the sound a river passing. You’ve just cooked steak and vegetables on the BBQ and you are relaxing for the evening. This is the perfect stay-cation. Minutes away from La Have and Lunenburg – a weekend away will be priceless. My friend Adam and his family run this beautiful Air BNB and I can honestly say the customer service itself is top notch.



  •         Groudswell, D'Escousse, Cape Breton - Treat yourself or your loved ones to a luxurious ocean front cottage that is literally seconds away from a beautiful pub in Isle Madame. Enjoy the coast or rent a kayak for an added adventure. Gifting a trip to this tranquil spot will give you brownie points for sure!


  •        Tiny Home Surf Western Head, Liverpool, Nova Scotia – If you are looking for a little adventure, check out Surf Western Head. You will be seconds away from the town of Liverpool and seconds away from a stunning cliff with a beautiful view. This tiny home has a bedroom and loft, a full kitchen, living room and woodfired stove. Listen to the waves crash and the sun set while you sit on the top of this tiny home.



  •        Wilson's Coastal Club. Boutilier's Point, Nova Scotia– The newest owners have created an oasis less than 30 mins away from Halifax. These cottages boast wood fired hot tubs and saunas that are right on the ocean. With beautiful accommodations and wonderful amenities, this is definitely a spot you want to call home for a weekend.





Lifestyle Gift Ideas

 

Upgrade the daily lives of your friends and family with these practical and stylish lifestyle gifts that will always be in season.

 

  •         Coastal Cove Candle - Elevate your space with a sophisticated minimalistic candle or wax melts that smell amazing. Coastal Cove has scents like Citrus and Sage, Toasted Marshmallow and my personal favourite Maple Sugar Cookies.


  •        Burning Flame Candle Company -  This wonderful local business has more fun and funky scents. With Burning Flame Candle Company, candles are more than wax and wick, they are an adventure. From Moon Mist to Fruit Loops and Pumpkin Spice Latte – your home will definitely smell a little more fun with these scents around!



  •         Beaumonde Jewellery  If you are looking for fun and funky earrings that do not turn your ears green, you need check out Beaumode Jewellery. This amazing jeweller is from Dieppe, New Brunswick. I have tried so many of her earrings and they elevate any and every outfit and style. You can also work with her to design your own stunning set for a special occasion!



 


Experiences

 

Discover the magic of gifting “experiences”, where the memories created will be cherished for years to come.

 

  • The Hive Studio & Café – If you liked the clay café – you’ll love the Hive Studio! This little family business has the best studio where you can paint clay by yourself or with others. This relaxing spot is great to have an experience and be able to bring something home and keep forever! I have known the owner for over 20 years, and I hold her close to my heart.


  • Chef Garrin Many people underestimate the power of a good cooking class. Whether it is by yourself or for a bachelorette or birthday – you will learn to make an amazing meal and have a blast doing it. Cooking is an art and Chef Gerrin has mastered it. I have participated in a couple cooking classes with Chef Garrin and I now have cherished memories and some great cooking tips!

 

Holiday Treats

 

'Tis the season for indulging in delicious treats! These gift ideas are perfect for satisfying the sweet tooth and spreading holiday cheer.


  • Antoinette’s Cheesecakes Let them eat cake! I am sure you all know that my best friend, Antoinette, has the best cheesecake in the city. This is a delightful gift this holiday season for anyone with a sweet tooth. With delicious seasonal cakes like Candy Cane, to their standard classics like Moon Mist and New York Cherry – you’ll find a flavour for everyone. Antoinette’s also has vegan, gluten-free and keto cheesecakes for those in your life who have dietary restrictions. For an extra special treat, asked for a mixed box which will give you one of each flavour available! Watch out for her newest location in Lower Sackville to be open very soon!


  • The Cookie Jar – I am so proud of this little bakery in my hometown, Moncton, New Brunswick. If you follow me, you know her cookies are a staple in my household especially when I visit family! They are stuffed with perfection and I will always advocate for the Nutella cookie being the best! With weekly flavours and delivery through Canada Post, you’ll fine a flavour for the entire household delivered to your mailbox.


  • Michelle Ashley's Bakery  Three Words: Hot Chocolate Bombs. I have been getting my hot chocolate bombs from here for years before she even had a shop. During the worst holiday traffic her partner rushed to make sure my hot chocolate bombs were delivered on time. They are so fun and super flavourful. They elevate my holiday season and are super fun to make, even as an adult. Her little shop now has cakes, cupcakes, chocolates and more. This makes her one of the best places for Christmas dessert shopping!

 

My favourite thing about Christmas is not the presents but the presence. Experiences matter to me and each of these gift ideas are an absolute personal favourite of mine.

I hope this 2023 Holiday Gift Guide helps you find something for your special some or something special for yourself.


Happy Gifting!

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