2019 PEI Holiday Gift Guide

It’s the most wonderful time of year again, when the fa la la’s and tidings of good cheer abound and season’s greetings flow from us like eggnog. It’s also the festive season of giving, and presents come in so many forms. From kind deeds and warm wishes, to cozy gatherings and thoughtful gifts carefully chosen for our loved ones – holiday joy and those giving feelings are part of everything we do this time of year!

Gift giving can be so much fun but if you’re fresh out of inspiration, it can feel more burden than bliss to find that *perfect* thing for those you love. This year, instead of roaming aimlessly from store to store, take a page out of our book and add a little PEI-style inspiration to your shopping list. Not sure where to start? No worries! This Island Gift Guide will get you moving in a Christmas-y direction, and you’ll be hearing those fa la la’s again in no time!

 

Island Winds

PEI fans will rejoice with a heartfelt gift from Island Winds! Familiar island tunes swirl out of these island-made chimes, taking you back to a simple Prince Edward Island summer. Whatever your favourite island memories may be, the sounds of the chimes will bring you right back to that moment. The ocean breeze, the red-dirt road, your favourite Anne book – each chime is made with the greatest intention and care, becoming the soundtrack to your days, whether they’re spent here on the Island or dreaming of your next visit!

 

PEI Coffee

Waking up on Christmas morning to find a stocking thoughtfully filled with delights from from Island coffee roasters would be a little bit of holiday magic for the coffee-lover on your list. Wrap up a little café tour de coffee with beans from a few different PEI favourites such as Samuel’s Coffee House, The Kettle Black, and Receiver Coffee Co. Bonus: grab a coffee for yourself while you’re there, what a way to keep a spring in your step while you shop!

 

The Redhead Roamer

One look around this awesome Island and you’ll know this: Prince Edward Island is the most beautiful place in the world and those of us who live here are some of the the luckiest people on Earth. Why not give someone a bit of that beauty this year? Stephanie McQuaid (a.k.a The Redhead Roamer) has a sense of adventure and an incredible eye that produces some absolutely stunning photos of the PEI. Her prints make a brilliant addition to any home. Or, make your gift a touch more personal with “Drone Your Home“. It’s a fun way to capture a unique memory of a favourite place!

 

Village Pottery

A gift to use on the daily — a piece of one-of-a-kind pottery from an artist who contributes to the beautiful works at Village Pottery — is always a welcome gift under the tree! From the amazing colours and shapes, to the care and passion that goes into creating the pieces, it’s no surprise that each and every mug, teapot, plate, bowl, and vase (just to mention a few!) is a true work of art. Inspired by PEI and all its colours, it just doesn’t get more wonderfully local than a gift with a story to tell from Village Pottery!

 

A Little Cheer Right Here! 

Giving local this season could also turn into finding a few new favourites for yourself as well! If you’re looking to find a great gift to bring along to the party, or maybe a new holiday signature tradition for your Christmas celebrations, PEI Liquor features products by local wineries, breweries, distilleries, and cideries that are creating wonderful, and even award-winning products ideal for the holidays! Add the final touch to your Christmas dinner with the perfect wine pairing, or wow your crowd with holiday cocktails as you finish decking the halls.  Looking for some non-alcoholic options for the holidays? Check out their tried and true recipes for mocktails that will be a huge hit all season long!

 

MacAusland’s Woollen Mill

Authentic, hand-crafted, beautiful, and cozy – those are four qualifiers for the perfect Christmas gift, and conveniently, four ways to describe the infamous and wonderful MacAusland’s Woollen Mill blanket! One of the oldest Island businesses around, the Woollen Mill has a rich history dating back to 1870, and all these years later they continue to create blankets that will last for generations to come. Still a quaint, family run operation, these blankets are known world-wide and we’re proud to call this business Islander-made!

 

 

 

COWS, Anne Chocolates, and Raspberry Point Oysters

What is the holiday season without a party (or 5)? Whether the party is rockin’, or a total snooze-fest, there’s always one thing that makes it better — great food! It doesn’t matter if you’re the host or guest, you are guaranteed to be everyone’s favourite person by bringing some serious decadence from COWS, Annes Chocolates, or a box of treasures from the ocean – Raspberry Point Oysters! Shuck away at some delicious treats (just don’t forget the knife!), dive into an award-winning cheese plate to go with your wine, or a few Cow-Chips for a little late night snacking… um, where’s our invitation?! Bring on the party snacks!

 

We are surrounded by beauty and community here on Prince Edward Island, it’s so inspiring! And this time of year, we can truly feel that inspiration as we gather with friends and loved ones to celebrate the Holiday season. This place is full of treasures, delights and unique ideas. When it comes to planning your Christmas shopping, embrace a little of that Island magic and give a gift that’s made right here!

 

For more holiday inspiration, check out Meet the Makers, 7 Magical PEI Christmas Traditions, Proof that PEI Winters are Amazing, and Ways to De-Stress this Holiday Season.co