Holiday Gift Guide: Gifts for Children

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Trying to keep it simple this Christmas when it comes to kids presents? Here are some neat local gift ideas to think about.

AND remember to enter the draw at the end of the post, for a chance to win vouchers for three 12″ pizzas generously donated by Pizza Delight Antigonish!

 

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Lost Realms Games, Comics & Used Books • Fun classic comics and games for different ages, such as Scooby-Doo team up graphic novels, Junk Art block building game (Christmas sale price: $64.95), Tanks miniatures, Rhino Hero super battle 3D card stacking game. $14.95-$96.95

 

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The Posh Peppermint Home & Gifts • Powerful Pillows send positive messages to kids at bedtime. These pillowcase painting kits by Nova Scotian company, Artburn Inc., make a special gift! An activity that leaves them with a pillowcase to treasure for years to come!

 

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Haliburton PharmaChoice • The Grinch is back! The Grinch tells the story of a cynical grump who goes on a mission to steal Christmas, only to have his heart changed by a young girl’s generous holiday spirit. Share the love of the season with a Grinch, Max or Cindy-Lou of your very own. $24.99

 

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Antigonish Co-op Country Store • Various toy farm animals and Schleich Farm World toys such as a Western riding kit, a rodeo kit and a hay conveyor kit! $3.99-$35.99

 

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Cameron’s Jewellery • Cute and cuddly plush stuffies any child would love. $15-$25

 

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Leaves & Limbs Hunting & Fishing Outfitters • A wide selection of children’s clothing including insulated children’s camouflage style overalls, winter suits and Bogs. $45.99-$84

 

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Antigonish Skatepark Association • Cool flat brim hats to support and promote the new local skate park. $25

 

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Holiday Giveaway!

Enter the draw* for a chance to win vouchers for three 12″ pizzas generously donated by Pizza Delight Antigonish!

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*Draw will take place on Saturday, Dec.15, 7:00pm EST.

Looking for more ideas, check out the previous gift guides:

Holiday Gift Guide 2018: Gifts For Him

Holiday Gift Guide 2018: Stocking Stuffers

Holiday Gift Guide: Gifts for the Whole Family

Antigonish holiday gift guide for families 2018

 

Sometimes it’s easier to buy something for the whole family instead of individual presents. Browse through this gift guide to find gift ideas the whole family can enjoy together.

And remember to enter the draw at the end of the post, for a chance to win a $25 gift card generously donated by Vacheresse’s Meats Antigonish!

 

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Lost Realms Games, Comics & Used Books • We offer lots of fun family activities weekly! Did you know we have ESCAPE Room? Book an appointment and experience what’s it’s like to solve clues to escape the room in time ($20/person). We also offer many FREE activities such as Dungeons & Dragons (Tuesdays 6:00pm-9:00pm), Board game evening (Wednesdays 6:00pm-9:00pm), Warhammer 40k (Thursdays 6:00pm-7:00pm), Family Fun Day 1:00pm-5:00pm (Saturday-monthly) and we have Super Smash Bros Melee (for only $2) and Friday Night Magic (Fridays 7:00pm-9:00pm, $5-$22).

 

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The Arts House • Youth and Adult Art Lessons. This Christmas give the gift of art to the creative people in your life. The Arts House is a new cultural space that aims to support all artists and creative people in Antigonish. We offer art lessons for youth and adults in a wide variety of mediums. These include pottery, animation, creative 3D printing, qigong, and much more.  Please contact us at antigonishartfair@gmail.com to purchase gift certificates for our January, spring or summer courses. $140-$150

 

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Asana Yoga & Massage • A gift certificate for yoga! We offer multiple yoga passes, such as 5 classes for $69, 10 classes for $126.50, 1 month unlimited for $120 and 3 month unlimited for $300. We also offer discounted pricing for students and seniors.

 

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Thirty-One Gifts • Spruce up any home with these wonderful accents, accessories and organizational items. Join Andrea Smith’s Facebook page for great gifting ideas for everyone on your list! Starting at $12

 

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Antigonish Town & County Library • Choose from a variety of books available at the local library.

 

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Cameron’s Jewellery • Enjoy the countdown to Christmas with this beautiful wooden Advent calendar. The laser cut wood details make this an original piece that can be passed down to generations to come, and it lights up too. $100

 

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Highland Bike Shop • Louis Garneau snowshoes. Snowshoes make winter walking fun and give you a great excuse to get outside and enjoy the outdoors with family and friends. $90-$200

 

Winter sports equipment rentals are easily accessible too! Another fun family activity is fat biking! Come in to check out what we have available. You’ll surely have a great time with our fat bikes and our hybrid skis! $25-$45

 

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Leaves & Limbs Hunting & Fishing Outfitters • From ribs to pies, lock in the delicious smoked flavours of your food with this Camp Chef smoke vault! $394.99

 

Or enjoy this food dehydrator; make anything, from jerky to fruit and veggie crisps! $139

 

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Holiday Giveaway!

 

Enter the draw* for a chance to win a $25 gift card generously donated by Vacheresse’s Meats Antigonish!

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*Draw will take place on Wednesday, Dec.12,  7:00pm EST.

Looking for more ideas, check out the previous gift guides:

Holiday Gift Guide 2018: Gifts For Him

Holiday Gift Guide 2018: Stocking Stuffers

 

Holiday Gift Guide: Gifts For Her

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There are so many wonderful products available in Antigonish this season to please everyone on your list. If you are still looking for ideas, browse through the Antigonish Holiday Gift Guide: Gifts for Her to find a lovely gift for the special women in your life.

And remember to enter the draw at the end of the post, for a chance to win 4 Complimentary Breakfasts generously donated by the Snow Queen Family Restaurant!

 

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Asana Yoga & Massage • A gift certificate for a massage, a wonderful present for her to relax and recharge! We offer 30 min, 45 min, 1 hour and 1.5 hour massage ranging from $55-$130

 

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Lost Realms Games, Comics & Used Books • Squirrel Girl graphic novel, locally made bracelets, Batman classic series premium collection Batgirl resin statue, Ex Libris board game. $14.95 -$129.95

 

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Thirty-One Gifts • So many beautiful and practical accessories to choose from. Convenient wallets, lovely scarves, a variety of purses and elegant backpacks. Our product is well made, stylish, and combines fashion with function. Join Andrea Smith’s Facebook page for great gifting ideas for everyone on your list! Starting at $20.99

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Antigonish Co-op Country Store • Stylish BOGS, super comfortable and waterproof $103.98

 

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Cameron’s Jewellery • A wide selection of classic Bering watches. $150-$400

 

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Leaves & Limbs Hunting and Fishing Outfitters • A must for the winter: a comfy fleece throw to keep her warm. $59

Or a warm pair of proudly made in Canada mittens. $79

 

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Festival Antigonish Summer Theatre • If she loves the theatre, take advantage of this limited time offer holiday promo – available at the Bauer Theatre until December 14th! To place your order, call (902) 867-3954 or email boxoffice@festivalantigonish.com. $50

 

or she might enjoy some stylish theatre products like this water bottle, artistic tote bag or bistro coffee mug, all locally designed and produced. $12-$20 taxes incl.

 

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Holiday Giveaway!

 

Enter the draw* for a chance to win 4 Complimentary Breakfasts generously donated by the Snow Queen Family Restaurant in Antigonish!

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*Draw will take place on Monday, Dec.10 , 7:00pm EST.

Looking for more ideas, check out the previous gift guides:

Holiday Gift Guide 2018: Gifts For Him

Holiday Gift Guide 2018: Stocking Stuffers

 

Holiday Gift Guide 2018: Gifts For Him

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It’s not always easy to find gifts ideas for the special men in your life, so browse through the Antigonish Holiday Gift Guide: Gifts for Him for a few gift ideas to get you started.

Plus remember to enter the draw at the end of the post, for a chance to win a $25 gift card generously donated by Canadian Tire Antigonish!

 

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Antigonish Co-op Country Store • Durable BOGS work boots. $169.99-$173.99

 

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Cameron’s Jewellery • A wide selection of Lee Cooper watches. $100-$120

 

And classic BERING watches. $150-$400

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Lost Realms Games, Comics & Used Books • For the board game and comic book enthousiast, Zombicide Black Plague board game, Settlers of Catan board game, Dungeon & Dragons special edition collection (player’s handbook, Monster manual, DM guide & DM screen), Action comics 80 Years of Superman, the deluxe edition. $39.99-$229.95

 

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Thirty-One Gifts • Classy totes and various organizational items for any occasion; traveling, sports or simply storage. Make it special by personalizing it with a monogram. Starting at $16

 

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Festival Antigonish Summer Theatre • For the theatre enthousiast, take advantage of this limited time offer holiday gift voucher – available at the Bauer Theatre until December 14th! To place your order, call (902) 867-3954 or email boxoffice@festivalantigonish.com. $50

 

or gift him some stylish theatre swag like this water bottle, artistic tote bag or bistro coffee mug, all locally designed and produced. $12-$20 taxes incl.

 

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Leaves & Limbs Hunting and Fishing Outfitters • BOGS hunting boots. $129

 

A wide selection of bows. Starting at $219

 

Or a variety of crossbows. Starting at $450

 

Under Armour clothing such as T-shirts, hoodies, jackets and more for any occasion. Starting at $30

 

If meat jerky is his thing, then this is the perfect gift! He’ll love this Jerky Master kit and additional seasonings to prepare jerky anytime. $12.99-$94.99

 

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Holiday Giveaway!

 

Enter the draw* for a chance to win a $25 gift card generously donated by Canadian Tire Antigonish!

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*Draw will take place on Saturday, Dec.8, 7:00pm EST.

Looking for more ideas, check out the previous gift guides:

 

Holiday Gift Guide 2018: Stocking Stuffers

Holiday Gift Guide 2018: Gifts Under $50

Holiday Gift Guide 2018: Gifts Under $20

Antigonish Farmers’ Market Holiday Gift Guide 2018

Holiday Gift Guide 2018: Stocking Stuffers

Antigonish holiday gift guide stocking stuffers 2018

 

Sometimes the best presents are the smallest ones. Let’s be honest… everyone loves receiving stocking stuffer gifts on Christmas. So here are a few gift ideas to add to your list for December. Browse through the Antigonish Holiday Gift Guide 2018: Stocking Stuffers AND enter the draw at the end of the post, for a chance to win a $25 gift card generously donated by Kent Building Supplies Antigonish!!

 

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Festival Antigonish Summer Theatre • Get our ever popular holiday gift voucher, $50 for two theatre tickets, redeemable for next summer. Limited time offer. Available at the Bauer Theatre until December 14th. Call (902) 867-3954 or email to place your order boxoffice@festivalantigonish.com

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Or gift one of these beautiful Festival Antigonish merchandise: water bottle, artistic tote bag or bistro coffee mug, all locally designed and produced. $12-$20 taxes included

FAST merchandise

 

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Lost Realms Games, Comics & Used Books • Find many small items that fit perfectly in Christmas stockings, such as these Dungeons & Dragons unpainted miniatures, Hogwarts castle and sticker book, seven piece gaming dice or Citadel miniature plastic glue. $4.95-$18.95

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Thirty-One Gifts • Enjoy functional products that make your day easier. We offer something for everyone in the family; from purses and accessories to storage and organization solutions for your home and your life. Our product is well made, stylish, and combines fashion with function. Join Andrea Smith’s Facebook page for great gifting ideas for everyone on your list! Starting at $4

 

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Simply for Life Antigonish • We have a variety of healthy snacks and food options for busy people on the go! Our natural market is organically based and we carry a range of different items to fit your nutritional needs, including organic, pasteurized, gluten-free, non-GMO, vegan, vegetarian, keto-friendly, etc. We work within the community and carry many local products to Antigonish! You don’t need to be a member to shop our market. Stop in between Monday and Saturday to check out our products! $1.69-$49.99

SFL stockings

 

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One Stop Pet Shop. Choose from a variety of cat treats, cat toys, unicorn dog toy, shampoo, and dog treats to add a little something special in your pet’s stocking this Christmas.

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Highland Bike Shop • Happiness is warm, dry feet on a cold winters day! Come in and check out our Darn Tough socks. These socks are NO bunch, NO Slip, No Blister. Repel bacteria and odour, and you’ll never believe it but each pair comes with a no strings, no conditions lifetime guarantee! $25-$40

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Cameron’s Jewellery • Beautiful Ne’qwa art reverse painted ornaments. The perfect Christmas collectable item. Every design is created by painting on the inside of mouth-blown glass! $30

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Funky Munkys • The perfect addition to any stocking. These colourful bath bombs, natural lip balms, lip glosses, soaps and bath salts are the ideal stocking stuffers. Plus the holiday themed bath bombs and the ever so trendy unicorn horn bath bombs are a must! $3-$20

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Holiday Giveaway!

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Enter the draw* for a chance to win a $25 gift card generously donated by Kent Building Supplies Antigonish!

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Thank you to all the Holiday Gift Guide supporters!

 

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*Draw will take place on Wednesday, Dec.5, 7:00pm EST.

 

Looking for more ideas, check out the previous gift guides:

Holiday Gift Guide 2018: Gifts Under $20

Holiday Gift Guide 2018: Gifts Under $50

Holiday Gift Guide 2018: Gifts Under $50

antigonish holiday gift guide 2018 under 50

 

Find wonderful gift ideas from local businesses in the Antigonish Holiday Gift Guide: Gifts under $50.

AND enter the draw at the end of the post, for a chance to win a $25 gift card generously donated by Coles-Indigo Antigonish!

 

 

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Cameron’s Jewellery • Elegant jewellery sets. Cubic zirconia snowflake pendant and stud earrings (left) and Mystic topaz pendant and drop earrings set with sterling silver (right). $45 and $50 – chain sold separately $15
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Fresh water pearls with amethyst crystal jewellery set – earrings, bracelet and necklace. $40

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Simply for Life Antigonish • These big bottles hold 2.2L of water, making it that much easier to get your daily water intake in. Fill it up in the morning and you’re all set for the day! Bottles come in frosted and glossy designs, silver, rose gold, and coloured caps. This is perfect for people who travel or work in an environment where they don’t always have access to refill their water bottle, anyone who struggles getting in enough water throughout the day, or for those who are always on the go! $19.49-$24.49

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Haliburton PharmaChoice • Decorate for the Christmas season in style with this ceramic LED Christmas tree, green truck ‘welcome’ sign and flameless snowman candle. $24.99-39.99

haliburton under $50

 

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One Stop Pet Shop. A little something for everyone. Keep your dog warm and stylish with a winter coat and sweaters, spoil your cat with a window seat, or buy a loved one some neat accessories such as this horse grooming tote, a horse rhinestone hat and a purple western saddle pad. $20-$50

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The Posh Peppermint Home & Gifts • Gurgle Pots are a unique gift that come in 3 sizes and lots of colors. These special pots add a little whimsy to a home and produce a charming “Gurgle” sound when you pour from them. These can also be used as a vase for flowers. Each comes with a little card which explains where the name and idea of Gurgle Pots came from. Adorable!

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Lost Realms Games, Comics & Used Books • Find a wide selection of fun action heroes, board games and toys in our store, starting with these Ghostbusters select action figures, Carcassonne board game, Warhammer 40k First Strike starter set  and Adventurer’s Campsite; unpainted miniatures. $24.95-$39.95

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Leaves & Limbs Hunting and Fishing Outfitters • Gorgeous pillows inspired by nature. Suede fabric buck pillow and distressed brown suede bear pillow are a must add-in to any rustic decor. $45

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Steinhart Distillery • This gin has a juniper-driven nose, with lemon zest, citrus, almond and floral notes. Very complex. It has a round mouthfeel, with a pleasant warming spiciness, with anise and white pepper. This gin helped Steinhart be accepted into the London Gin Guild; a rare honour for a North American distiller. It is a great gin for a classic Gin and Tonic enthusiast. Our special edition blue bottle is definitely a keeper! $35

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Holiday Giveaway!

Enter the draw* for a chance to win a $25 gift card generously donated by Coles-Indigo Antigonish!

Simply COMMENT below on this post

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Town of Antigonish

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*Draw will take place on Friday 9:00pm EST.

 

Browse through the previous gift guides:

Holiday Gift Guide 2018: Gifts Under $20

Antigonish Farmers’ Market Holiday Gift Guide 2018

Holiday Gift Guide 2018: Gifts Under $20

Antigonish gifts under 20 copy

 

Join me in celebrating the special holiday gifts the local businesses have to offer!

Throughout the Holidays I will be posting a series of online gift guides providing readers with a curated list of local gift ideas.

 

 

So, let’s begin with the first one of the series…

Browse through this Local Holiday Gift Guide: Gifts Under $20 for local gift ideas AND enter the draw at the end of the post, for a chance to win a $25 gift card generously donated by Kent Building Supplies Antigonish!

 

Antigonish gifts under 20

The Posh Peppermint Home & Gifts. Foxhound Collection soy candles come in many scents and smell so good! Who doesn’t love a delicious smelling candle especially when they are made in Nova Scotia?! Very cool!

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Leaves & Limbs Hunting and Fishing Outfitters. Rustic bear print clay mugs. Perfect for your morning coffee, tea or hot chocolate for the cold winter days. $18.99

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Cozy up all winter long with a pair of super soft socks reading socks. $12.99 to $18.99

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Simply for Life Antigonish. Gift certificates can be used toward our natural market products or our nutritional services. There is no limit or minimum on how much you can put on our gift certificates, so this makes a great gift! Everyone is welcome to shop our natural market (you don’t need to be a member to shop here!) and students get an additional 10% off products on Tuesdays.

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Haliburton PharmaChoice. Dress for the holidays with Two Left Feet ugly sweater hipsters for women, ugly sweater trunks for men, Christmas socks and Christmas leggings. Festive fun and oh so fabulous! $9.99 to $19.99

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Cameron’s Jewellery. Choose from a wide selection of colourful Christmas tree ornaments, something for every style of holiday decor. $5 to $10

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Lost Realms Games, Comics & Used Books. A little something for everyone in the family: POP Figures, Rick & Morty – Total Rickall Card Game, Exit Escape Room Games, and Heroclix Secret War Battleworld Figures. $14.95 to $18.95

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One Stop Pet Shop. Ideal gifts for anyone who loves to ride horses: from lunch bags, to riding gloves, Barnie’s horse treats and brushes. $10 to $20

 

And for your furry friends, why not spoil them with toys and gadgets, such as the popular cat crazy circle toy, cat brushes, Tuffy dog toy lobster, Benebone chew toy for powerful chewers, and Kong Wubba dog toys. $11 to $18

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Antigonish Skatepark Association. Enjoy a full customized clothing line and merchandise that supports the local skate park. A wonderful gift for any skater or anyone who would like to promote the skate park by wearing the Antigonish Skatepark Collective team logo.

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Antigonish Co-op Country Store. Your pets will surely appreciate a few new toys for the holidays. Be sure to check out the wide selection of cat toys and dog toys carried by the local Co-op Country Store.

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Giveaway!

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Enter the draw* for a chance to win a $25 gift card generously donated by Kent Building Supplies Antigonish!

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*Draw will take place on Friday 9:00pm EST.

Easy DIY Holiday Planters

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A quick way to spruce up your front porch during the holidays is to display a couple of festive planters. However, they can be quite pricey. So why not try to create your own this season for a fraction of the price?
You may already have most of the materials for this simple DIY… if not, all of the supplies can be found at any craft store or dollar store and some even in your back yard.

 

Materials

♦ 2 deep planters

♦ gravel (or large rocks)

♦ 6 wet floral foam blocks

♦ 8 evergreen tree branches of similar size. I like incorporating different types of tree branches, like spruce, pine, cedar, etc.

♦ festive decorations, such as large bows, red winterberries or holly, pine cones and ornaments.

 

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Instructions

1. Place gravel at the bottom of the planter to give it some weight. This is especially useful if the planter will be placed outdoors and may risk being blown away by strong winter winds.

2. Add pre-soaked floral foam on top of gravel

3. Firmly place the base of the branches into the foam

4. Accessorize by adding festive decorations

 

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A few helpful tips…

♦ Select a holiday decor style and colour scheme first. Whether it’s traditional, rustic, modern or eclectic, decide which style you like best, then gather the decorations that suit that style.
♦ Place the larger branches in the back of the planter first, then fill in the front.
Symmetry is key.

♦ Make sure that the planter is visually balanced with holiday decorations.

♦ Fill in the bald spots. Use smaller pieces of pine branches to fill in any empty areas, so that the planter looks full.

 

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Happy holiday decorating!

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Rustic Holiday Decorations

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I love mixing the old with the new when it comes to Christmas decorations.  This simple potpourri holiday craft is easy to make and will make your home smell wonderful too!

 

 

 

Materials

 

♦ bag of holiday potpourri

♦ stitching needle

♦ thick thread (e.g. twine)

 

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Instructions

 

♦ Cut the thread to a desired length and make a knot at the end of it.

♦ With the needle and thread pass through each piece of potpourri.

♦ Make a loop knot at the end of the thread.

♦ Hang on door, door handle or display on mantle.

 

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This is a great craft for kids and can easily be turned into a garland for the Christmas tree.

 

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Happy decorating!

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Aldona’s 5 Healthy Holiday Tips

Aldona MacNeil

by Aldona MacNeil

Break out the Stretchy pants!  The Holidays are upon us and so begins the Season of indulgences and Holiday Cheer.  It seems like every other weekend there’s another Holiday Party where we’re surrounded by treats and sweets and eggnog, etc; all the things we enjoy but also add a couple notches to our belts if we overindulge. We don’t have to let the Holidays undo all our hard work and progress we’ve made this year.

 

We can enjoy ourselves and make it through the Holiday Season unscathed if we go in with a plan and enjoy our Holiday Cheer in moderation.  Here are my top 5 Healthy Tips to help you do that.

1. Make a Plan

Take a look at your calendar and mark off your “Holiday Cheer” days; the days you have a party or an event or when you’ll be surrounded by Holiday indulgences.  Now that you see your month at a glance, you can make a plan for those Holiday Cheer days and the days surrounding them. Indulge only on those days; every other day in the month is just a normal day so you should be eating healthy nutritious meals/snacks in the right portions.  On your Holiday Cheer days, eat healthy nutrient dense meals/snacks leading up to the party so that you are not starving when you get there.   People will often “save their calories” and not eat all day because they are saving themselves for the party.  This is not a good idea.  You will arrive feeling famished and overeat on the things you should be eating in moderation.

 

2. Moderation Not Deprivation

The Holidays are not the time to deprive yourself of the things you enjoy.  Tis the Season to be Jolly after all.  Depriving yourself of the things you enjoy will just turn you into Scrooge; but the trick is to have your treats in Moderation.  On your “Holiday Cheer” days enjoy the treats you love but don’t go overboard.  So instead of filling your plate with everything available, you might have 1 or 2.  Put your food on a plate so you can keep track of what you’re eating.  Slow down and savor every bite.  You’ve been waiting all year for these special treats so take your time and enjoy them.

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3. Survey the Buffet

When you walk into a party and see all the yummy foods, it’s easy to just grab a plate and dive in.  Instead take a step back.  Take a look at what’s available and decide what you’ll have before you start making your way around the table.  Decide on Healthier options first.  Once you know what you’re going to have, grab a plate (a smaller size if you can) and make your way around.  You don’t have to have everything at the buffet… a little bit of everything adds up to be too much.  So be selective and choose which items you’ll have and enjoy them in moderation.  Make one trip; don’t keep going back for more.  If you are bringing a dish to the party, bring a healthier option so everyone can enjoy something nutritious.  Pass on the foods you can have any day of the week; instead choose foods that are Holiday specials.  For example, during Christmas dinner pass on the potatoes and dinner rolls (you can have those any day) and choose dressing instead.   Or pass on the chocolate chip cookie and go for a peanut butter ball.  Choose foods that are special and that you only get during the Holidays, and pass on the basics that you can have any other day.

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4. Stay Hydrated

Dehydration can lead to overeating because it brings about the same sensations as being hungry, and often times when we feel hungry we’re actually dehydrated.  Over the Holidays we enjoy socializing with Friends and Family, and we tend to do this with a beverage in hand.   And because we are drinking “liquid”, it’s easy to forget to drink water.   Try and drink at least 8 cups of water each day, more if you are physically active.  It’s important to stay Hydrated if you want to feel energized and healthy over the Holidays.

 

5. Love Yourself 1st and Stay Active

The Holidays bring Joy and cheer but can also be a time of stress and anxiety.  It’s easy to feel tired and worn out at the end of the day with all the hustle and bustle we do to get things done.  We are so focused on creating a perfect Christmas for everyone else, we sometimes forget about our own needs.  If you want to be the best YOU over the Holidays, be sure you are taking care of YOU.  That includes staying active and doing activities that you enjoy.  Getting your workouts in early in the day will not only give you energy but will also help relieve some stress and anxiety.  Some people think that exercise makes you tired, it doesn’t, it energizes you and gets the endorphins pumping, and it will help burn off some of that “Holiday Cheer”.   You’ll feel so much better and have the energy to make it through the crazy chaos of: shopping, baking, cleaning, decorating, wrapping gifts, etc.  Engage in activities and exercises that you enjoy and have fun with it.  Taking care of your Health and Fitness during the Holidays will be one of the best gifts you can give yourself and the ones you love.

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The Holidays are meant to be enjoyed and are not a time to expect perfection; just do your best and forget the rest!  If you go in with a plan and the right attitude, you will find greater success than if you just wing it.  Accept that there will be days when you will overindulge, miss a workout, and not check everything off the “to do list”.  Don’t let guilt or negative feelings take away the joy of the Holidays.  Instead, just let it go, and focus on what you need to do to make these Holidays the Happiest and Healthiest you can.   One bad day is not going to derail you, but a month of bad days will.  So if you have a bad day, just let it go and nail the next day and the day after that.  Look forward to your “Holiday Cheer” days, and do your best to stay on track the rest of the time.   That’s really all you can do.  Every positive healthy choice adds up so make the best choice you can in that moment.

Wishing Everyone Health & Happiness this Holiday Season and all the best in the New Year!

Aldona

Aldona MacNeil

Aldona MacNeil
(BSc.Phys.Ed., M.Ed.)

Aldona is a senior lab instructor in the Human Kinetic Department at St.FX University. She is a certified Fitness Instructor and Healthy Eating and Weight Loss coach with CanFitPro.   She teaches fitness classes in the Antigonish area and also coaches clients online to help reach their health and fitness goals.  If you are looking for advice or support with your health & fitness, you can reach her at www.tenacity.fitness

 

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