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Posted by jessicawadden@gmail.com on November 16, 2021
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Newfoundland Christmas Gift Guide

Looking for the perfect gift for a friend living away as a reminder of home?  Or can’t figure out what to buy for your family here in Newfoundland?  Here are some ideas that you might find helpful.

For Mom – Locally Made Accessories.  Ethereal Boutique is a great choice for one stop shopping for mom.  Not only does it have stylish clothes, they have a local section with jewelry and gifts. 

For Dad – Micro Brewery Merchandise.  There are a lot of craft breweries in Newfoundland and most have a selection of t-shirts and hats available to purchase. Brownie points if you figure out Dad’s favourite and include some beer with the gift.

For Nan – Fancy Soap.  This year treat Nan to some nice Bakeapple Lotion from St. John’s Soap Works.  They have lots of great locally inspired and made sops, lotions and bath balms.  The nicest smelling grandmother (AKA Grandmudder) at bingo.

For Pop – A Local Joke Book. Is it even Christmas if your grandfather isn’t cracking joke or two.  Downhome Publishing has a Humor section, you are sure to find something good for a few laughs.

For Kids – A Newfoundland Christmas Book.  Support local authors and expose your children to some of the rich Newfoundland traditions that surround the holiday season.  Here are a few that my kids enjoy: “A Newfoundland Christmas.” by Dawn Baker; “Santa’s Sleigh is on Its Way to Newfoundland.” by Eric James and “A Puffin Playing by the Sea: The 12 Days of Christmas in Newfoundland and Labrador.” by Gina Noordhof.

For a Special Friend – Chocolate.  How can you go wrong.  And Newfoundland Chocolate Company had made gifting simple with their pre-selected gift boxes.  I recommend the “Taste of Home Box” for a special friend that won’t be home for Christmas this year. 

For a Coworker – Newfoundland Stationary.  A unique but thoughtful gift for the office gift exchange.  You can purchase beautiful notebooks at Whink featuring local artwork by Krista Power and they are also printed locally.

For Anyone – A Gurgle Jug.  These funny little fish shaped jugs are not only functional and stylish, they are a great conversation piece for a dinner party.  When you pour water out of your jug it makes a fun gurgling sound.  You can purchase these a few places around town but HOME on Water Street has a great selection of colours that would match whatever kitchen decor they happen to have.

This is just a short list, Newfoundland has so many talented artists and crafters.  It can be a fun family activity to go check out the local Fall Fairs and Christmas Shows.  For homemade crafts and baked goods, check out the Cape Broyle Fall Fair happening Nov 27 from 11-3 at the Riverside Lounge.

There is no shortage of gift ideas!

What would you add to the list? Let me know!

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