Category Archives: Local Gifts

Valentines Day Gifts for all of us — even you!

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Valentines Day gifts: Asking for a friend Valentines Day is here again, and with it the PRESSURE to find perfect Valentines Day gifts. And, well, frankly to enjoy Valentines Day. (Or is it Valentine’s Day?? Stay tuned till the end for a brief polemic on the use of attributive apostrophes!*) Fear not. Auntie Erin is […]

More than local gifts: Holiday 2021 is all about YOU.

vLife Holiday Blog Local Gifts and Self-Care Dec 2021

You’re in for a treat this month. Why? Because in addition to plugging the many benefits of local gifts this festive season, I’m gonna get personal about my journey as a recovering holiday stressball. Local gifts are closer — and easier — than you think. Before I overshare, I want to acknowledge a few things: […]

Local gifts. The perfect solution to supply chain anxiety.

vLife Blog 2021-11 Supply Chain Local Gifts image

Worried about that pesky supply chain? Local gifts to the rescue! As yet another pandemic festive season barrels down upon us, our thoughts turn to making the hopes and dreams of our loved ones come true. Of course, here at vLife, we want you to think local gifts first. And this year, taking a buy […]

Local Valentine’s gifts perfect for your special person

vLife Valentine 2021 Blog image Show Your Love with Local poster with heart and hand holding gift

Spoiler alert: This post is definitely about finding local Valentine’s gifts for that special someone. Or someones. Even if that someone is YOU. For a day meant to celebrate love, February 14th can strike fear into the hearts of even the most seasoned gift giver. Finding the best gift for Valentine’s Day is entirely subjective […]

Top 10 Holiday Season Traditions, COVID-Style

vLife You Can Do it Holiday Traditions COVID-StyleErin Elaine Casey showing surprised santa

Ah, holiday season traditions. We’ve all got them, whether we like it or not. Getting your s**t together this holiday season is a little more complicated than usual. And let’s be real — you’ve had enough self-improvement for one year. What you need is someone who understands. Someone who gets you. Someone whose holiday observations […]

On local gift baskets and how they saved my holiday bacon

Local Gift Basket curated by vLife writer and passionate buy local supporter Erin Casey

Local gift baskets — and shopping for said baskets — has taught me a lot this holiday season. Mainly that while I seem to be quite good at locating and spending money at small businesses near me, I am NOT very good at actually assembling my haul of local goods into an attractive package. Before […]

Support Local with Small Indie Gift Offerings for the Holidays

Buy Local for the Holidays over Blue Presents with snow and star filter

We couldn’t agree more! The run up to the winter festive season is a wonderful time of year here in Nova Scotia. And a great opportunity to explore more small indie gift options. Whether you’re a watching Holiday Movies on repeat from Nov 1st or rushing to get your last-minute shopping done on Dec 24th. […]

9 Ways to Shop Small & Local this Holiday Season

Two hands giving a red and gold wrapped local gift

How can you shop local? Let me count the ways… But first, a moment of recognition of the stresses that can accumulate with all the demands on our time during the Festive Season… Holiday Stressors The Pressures of the Holiday season can mount pretty quickly – and it seems to start mounting earlier and earlier […]