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holiday shopping

Hot Shopping

By Suzanne Rent



Lovers of local art will enjoy the offerings at The Dart Gallery on Portland Street in Dartmouth. Owner Jane MacDougald sources local artwork such as paintings, pottery, jewelry, and collectibles. The gallery also hosts art shows. Art consultation services, installation, and lease-to-purchase financing options available.


Mic Mac Mall

Mic Mac Mall

• With more than 120 stores, Mic Mac Mall in Dartmouth offers a variety of high-end retailers and special services perfect for seasonal shopping, anchored by iconic department store The Bay. Three floors of shops includes American Eagle Outfitters, Bath and Bodyworks, Lush, and Forever 21.
• Situated in the West End, Halifax Shopping Centre is the city’s largest shopping mall with 160 stores and services. Shop for a winter wardrobe at Banana Republic, American Eagle Outfitters, or Cleo. Find matching shoes and handbag at Aldo, Naturalizer, or Coach. One-stop-holiday shopping for everyone on your gift list.


Jennifer's of Nova Scotia

Jennifer’s of Nova Scotia

P’lovers, with locations on South Park Street in Halifax and Queen Street in Dartmouth, is the perfect destination for the shopper who likes to make purchases that are sensitive to the Earth. The product line includes eco-friendly art, clothing, books, stationary, home décor, jewelry, and items for the outdoors.
• Since 1978, Jennifer’s of Nova Scotia on Spring Garden Road has been a big supporter of Atlantic Canadian artisans who make unique gifts and works of art. The selection includes pottery, glass, wood, pewter, jewelry, and food; you’re sure to find something special for everyone on your holiday shopping list.




Woozles on Birmingham Street is Canada’s oldest children’s bookstore. It boasts shelves of books that inspire any imagination. Titles include those for baby’s first year of reading to those for young adults. Beyond books, Woozles hosts Battle of the Books, book clubs, book fairs, and more.
• For comic lovers, Strange Adventures, Comics and Curiosities on Prince Street in Halifax is a treasure trove of new and old comics, games, clothing, toys, and more. The award-winning comic book store also hosts Free Comic Book Day.


Liquid Gold

Liquid Gold

For the foodie on your shopping list, find savoury gifts of olive oil and vinegars at Liquid Gold in The Hydrostone and Sunnyside Mall in Bedford. All of the oils in store are ultra premium and made with the best crops in any season. The balsamic vinegars are made in a family-owned facility in Moderna, Italy. Pestos, tapenades, mustards, and confits will help finish off the shopping for any choosy cook.

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For gifts for those with a sweet tooth and a huge sense of fun, visit Freak Lunchbox at its Barrington Street location in Halifax or in Sunnyside Mall in Bedford. This colourful store is bursting with nostalgic novelties such as Pez and Pop Shoppe. Grab a bag of bulk candies in myriad varieties or check out the bobbleheads of cultural icons.


Canadian Holiday Markets Open Until Christmas (or Nearly)

Vancouver Christmas Market. Photo by GusF.

By the time the second week of December rolls around, a number of Canada’s pop-up holiday markets, like Calgary’s huge Spruce Meadows Market, have come and gone. But if you’re getting a “late” start to your shopping, you still have time to find unique gifts at these holiday gift fairs. (more…)

Booksellers Choose Top 2011 Canadian Travel Books

Canada’s leading book magazine, Quill & Quire, asked booksellers across Canada to share their predictions for the best-selling Canadian travel titles this holiday season.

One of the most frequently named books was Canadian Pie (October 2011; Penguin Canada), a collection of kooky cross-Canada adventure stories, by Will Ferguson, author of Happiness and Hitching Rides with Buddha: Travels in Search of Japan.

See all of the travel book picks at QuillandQuire.com.

50 Gifts for Travel Lovers

By Carissa Bluestone and Shannon Kelly

Whether your friends and family are jetsetters or armchair travellers, you’re bound to find something on our list of gifts that they’d love. (more…)

Top Holiday Gift Picks at Toronto’s One-of-a-Kind Show

In Toronto this week or weekend? Consider checking some Christmas shopping off the list at the annual One of a Kind Show.

The huge show, with approximately 800 vendors of high-quality contemporary crafts and food, can be overwhelming. Luckily, FashionMagazine.com has done some of the legwork for you, choosing eight stylish Canadian-made gifts. (more…)

12 Stylish Suitcases You Can’t Lose on the Conveyor Belt

Recently, we overheard a woman at baggage claim relaying a sob story to an airline attendant: she had mistakenly taken the wrong suitcase and now hers was nowhere to be found. The luggage in question: a nondescript black roller exactly like 90 percent of everything ever wheeled through the revolving airport doors. (more…)