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Giftware

Hot Shopping Halifax: Metal Works

Pendants and other jewellery are available at Aiktens Pewter.

Handmade pewter collectibles, décor, tableware, jewellery, ornaments and more are the specialty at Aitkens Pewter in the Historic Properties on Upper Water Street.

Close by on Lower Water Street is Amos Pewter, where you can watch pewter being cast and learn about the company’s award-winning designs. Buy a gift or something for yourself on site.

Hot Shopping: 3 Timeless Souvenirs to Take Home

NovaScotian Crystal

Looking for a souvenir that you can treasure for years to come? These items at local Halifax shops are far from the typical tourist fare.

1. Make your photos stand out or pick a new print at Frame-It, on Spring Garden Road. Get a custom-designed frame or choose from more than a thousand styles to fit your home décor. Take a look through the catalogue collection of artwork, including Peggy’s Cove scenery and the Bluenose.

2. Looking for a special gift? Go local with creative sculptures, jewellery, ornaments and more at Amos Pewter, on Lower Water Street. This store is full of Nova Scotia handmade designs, including new collections and traditional pieces.

3. Impress your guests at the next dinner party and visit NovaScotian Crystal for formal glasses, dishes and other crystal creations. Canada’s only maker of mouth-blown, hand-cut fine crystal recently launched its Canadian Spirit line, available in the George Street showroom or at the Pier 21 Gift Shop on Marginal Road.

Hot Shopping: Paper Pleaser

As part of American retailers’ continued Canadian invasion, California-based Papyrus has opened two specialty stationery boutiques in Toronto’s financial core. Greeting cards—often handmade with details like rhinestones or fabric affixed with tweezers—are the bread and butter of this 60-year-old family-owned company, which also carries notecards, wrapping paper and giftware such as picture frames and journals.