• Miah Acebedo

nova camp's holiday gift guide


Did you know that small businesses make up 97.9% of businesses in Nova Scotia? There is literally no better time to support small businesses, you know, with the 2020 sh*t show and all? it was somehow the longest year and the fastest year?


Personally over the pandemic and launching Nova Camp, drove me to support more small businesses. I encourage you to shop local, shop small, shop ethical and step out of your

shopping comfort zone! Trust me, you'll be glad you did.


Below, you'll see my top picks for local businesses in multiple different categories!


Support where you can, show love where you feel, and make sure to follow them all on their social media. you can still support a small business


for the adventurer

  • The Trail Shop - one stop shop for adventure outfitting, if you're shopping for an adventure lover, you'll find the perfect gift for them here

  • Seven Bays - bouldering gym & cafe in the north end, a vibrant place to get some work done (purchase for when it’s safe again!)

  • Live Life in Tents - the ultimate Cape Breton adventure experience with hiking adventures, glamping and tubing down the Margaree River

  • Clean Catch Baits - 100% biodegradable soft bait fishing lures

  • The Harbour Watercraft - jet ski & sea kayak tours/rentals on the Halifax Waterfront

  • Seacow Outdoors - East Coast local Inflatable SUP designer & manufacturer

  • Nova Camp (we weren’t not gonna plug ourselves)


for the local foodie

  • Cafe Lara - a cozy cafe in the north end that treats you like family, visit for take-out service, window service (perfect for walks with the pup), and the perfect stocking stuffers!

  • The Bread Lounge - affordable (and delicious) sandwiches that are perfect for your day adventure

  • Hali Deli - grab my regular order of a grilled cheese with fries, or an iconic smoked meat sandwich if that’s your thing

  • Elle’s Bistro - enjoy endless flavours of milkshakes and the best brunch for your buck!

  • Local Source Market - a grocery market on Agricola Street with a great selection of baked goods, organic local veggies, coffee and more!

  • Yeah Yeahs Pizza - the ultimate pizza joint, make sure to stop in and see the hundreds of plates of pizza art

  • Kitchen Door Catering - fresh meals to go, cooking classes and delicious catering for any crowd!


for the sustainability + wellness lover

  • Fiends Collective - a witches & wellness collective in a North End studio, find yourself in this space

  • The Tare Shop - a zero waste cafe & bulk store in the north end. find an incredible selection of bulk from food to beauty, and sustainable products for your home

  • Ana and Zac - Sustainable and Ethical Slow Fashion. Check out this beautiful plant-filled shop on Agricola Street and shop the cosiest basics

  • The Loot - preloved & ethically sourced vintage fashion. Shop here to live out your 90’s/early 2000s dreams!!! Don’t forget to check out Anna’s dope figurine collection of The Simpsons

  • Luminate Co - a wellness market in Bedford where you can shop sustainably, plastic free bulk and local beauty products

  • Nova Scotia Fisherman - natural skin care made with nova scotia sea kelp

  • Hardcore Recycled Accessories - upcycling goods to new fashionable accessories, embroidery, patches and a trade-in program!


for the craft beer/cannabis lover

  • Canadian Lumber - premium natural rolling papers for the mindful smoker

  • DoobTool - cannabis case & multi-tool for the active cannabis user that fits in your back pocket!

  • Good Robot - home to north end misfits, you’ll find great beer, great eats and great company!

  • Propellor Brewing - local craft beer. When safe, check out their Gottingen Street location and play vintage arcade games in the basement!

  • Sourwood Cider - raw, unfiltered, gluten/sugar free cider, also home to Floyd’s Sandwiches


for the person who is on the go


a few more favourites

  • Pro Skates - one of the coolest stores in town carrying all skateboarding and snowboarding essentials. Stop in and say hi to their resident frenchie, Oland, grab a snack from their new roomie Underground Snax and get a haircut at Oddfellows Barbershop

  • Studio 14 - a north end gallery for all your quirky, indigenous & canadian made art from intricate ornaments to Maud Lewis

  • Jennifer’s of Nova Scotia - a true maritimer’s gift shop that carries local artisanal products like pottery and pewter

  • Bookmark - locally owned bookstore where you can find everything from local authors and cult favourites to puzzles and stationary

  • Florence’s Collection - a colourful north end shop to curate your home decor, she always has the best mirrors!

  • Tender Commodities - an instagram shop for the best goodies for your home, you’ll find some truly unique pieces

  • Bricks & Birches - your #1 designer for residential & commercial spaces. follow along on their instagram for the dreamiest spaces.

  • Halifax Paper Hearts - local stationary company that makes the sweetest, quirkiest and cutest cards for any occasion. They even make custom options!


Wherever you may be reading this from, please stay safe and support local this holiday season!


For more ways to shop small this holiday season, check out Not Amazon for local businesses in Halifax, Toronto and Calgary and Vancouver.


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