12 days of holiday gift giving

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Looking for something a little different this holiday season? Or perhaps you’re just stumped for ideas for that hard to buy for person on your list. We’ve got you covered! 

We’ve taken inspiration from the holiday classic The Twelve Days of Christmas and put a modern spin on things - because unless you’re a budding ornithologist, nobody needs that many birds.

Partridge in a pear tree

Take inspiration from this classic first-day gift and find some partridgeberry jam or perhaps a pear-flavoured liqueur from a local distiller.

Two turtle doves

Doves are the symbol for peace—something we can all use around the holidays. Why not find some beautiful pewter dove ornaments to help decorate the tree?

Three French hens

Instead of French hens, we’d suggest French pastries instead. Croissants, pain au chocolat, or macarons are a sweet treat. Oui oui!

Four calling birds

Phones are good for more than just playing games and texting—they also make phone calls! Make sure your clumsy friend's phone is protected with a custom phone case.

Five golden rings

This one is easy! Who wouldn’t want a little something sparkly for the holidays. Atlantic Canada has a treasure trove of talented jewelry makers and craftspeople for all your bling needs. Or better yet, why not open a bank account at your local credit union on behalf of somebody and turn gold rings into gold coins?

Six geese a laying

Our winters here can get awfully cold, so what about a goose-down duvet or jacket to help keep the chill away?

Seven swans a swimming

When’s the last time you went for a dip in a pool? Swimming is a gentle form of exercise and most local gyms, schools, or sports complexes have a pool. Go ahead and give a little time to make a splash.

Eight maids a milking

The last thing any of us want to do after a long week at work is housecleaning. Spoil somebody by purchasing a gift card from a local cleaning service and give them a chance to put their feet up.

Nine ladies dancing

There’s always plenty of opportunity to tap your toes and find the beat in Atlantic Canada. Treat somebody special to a night of live music from a local musician. Slow dancing optional!

Ten lords a leaping

Many communities have a figure skating club—check to see when there are performances or ice-shows for the public and take a friend to watch some local talent leap, spin, and fly.

Eleven pipers piping

For the friend with a sweet tooth, sign them up for a cake decorating class where they’ll pipe, ice, and frost all kinds of treats. And if you’re really lucky, maybe you’ll even be invited to be a taste tester.

Twelve drummers drumming

Give the gift of music—or rhythm. Unleash a budding rock star by giving drum (or any instrument) lessons. Just don’t forget the ear plugs, too!