The Barnacle team will be away at sea for the month of July, check back in August for our next print issue!

South Shore Gift Guide

(Illustration: Onya Hogan-Finlay)

To avoid the more consumerist nature of the holiday season, you and your loved ones might forgo gift giving, give upcycled gifts, or gift experiences instead of items.

For those who want to put something under a tree, here is a South Shore Gift Guide for convenient local shopping. 

  1. Vintage holiday gift box. Pearls Vintage put together the sweetest gift boxes with a scarf, earrings, and a card. 11 King Street, Lunenburg.
  2. Box of chocolates. Ploughman’s Lunch is selling boxes of their hand-made chocolates. 4645 Hwy 331, West Dublin.
  3. Nordic spa pass. Sensea Spa has become a must-visit destination. They offer physical and digital gift cards. 40 Sensea Road, Chester.
  4. Art print. My ‘Queer All Year’ print has been my most popular seller this holiday season. Order at for delivery or local pick-up.
  5. Mustards, jams, and syrups. The LaHave Bakery makes delicious pantry items. 3421 Hwy 331, LaHave.
  6. Books. There are several fantastic bookstores in our area. Check Block Shop Books (Lunenburg), Lunenburg Bound, or LaHave River Books.
  7. Pottery mug. Everyone loves a handmade pottery mug. Try Westcote Bell Pottery at 3447 Hwy 331, LaHave.
  8. 2024 desk calendar. Emma Fitzgerald created a 2024 calendar with illustrations of Nova Scotian scenes. Find Emma at
  9. Bike accessories. For the person in your life who loves to cycle, check out Scotia Cycle in Hubbards, Sweet Ride Cycling in Mahone Bay, or the Lunenburg Bike Shop
  10. Cake and pies. Let them eat cake from Famous Town Pie Shop. 16 Orchard Street, Mahone Bay.

Follow Meghan Doucette on her adventures online at


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *