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That’s a wrap: 6 merry and bright local gift ideas

Tis the season to consider homegrown makers and designers on your shopping sprees.

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Leather wallet, Victoria Brumwell

Your hard-earned cash will seem much more valuable crammed in one of these hand-painted wallets, made using up-cycled scraps of 100 percent leather. Find Brumwell's creations at Big Pony's Holidze pop-up on December 13 (Art Bar,1873 Granville Street, 5-10pm). $30

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Oland ornament, Jana Wicha

If your pal's Christmas tree is looking thirsty, you better give it a drink. Halifax printmaker/embroiderer Jana Wicha's roster of beverage themed embroidery (see also La Croix, Schooner, Timmy Ho) gives any old holiday decor a little buzz. Give the gift of vitamin O via janawicha@live.com. $30

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Qulit, Colour Block Workshop

Handmade in Dartmouth, using up-cycled wool blankets as batting, Emily Lawrence's modern quilts touch on every last hue in the rainbow. Order a custom palette in two sizes, or hit her up for one of her one-of-a-kind designs, largely inspired by the throwback blankets she's bringing back to life. Say hey to Lawrence this Saturday, December 8, at Holiday Hygge (Halifax Brewery Market, 1496 Lower Water Street, 8am-1pm). emilylawrence.art/colourblockworkshop

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Ferry socks, Dartmouth Clothing Company

Cold toes season means these puppies are in high demand. If you want to get your hands (and feet) on a pair Dartmouth Clothing Company says you better run, not walk. Strange Adventures, 5110 Prince Street, $20, dartmouthclothing.ca

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Herbal bitters, Landilixir Wilderness Elixirs

Straight from a biodynamic herb farm on the south shore comes Landilixir's made-from-scratch apothecary and botanical skincare. These wildcrafted bitters aren't just good for taking your cocktails up a notch, they're also an awesome, toxin-fighting natural digestive aid. Bhavana Yoga Boutique, 3063 Gottingen Street, $18

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Cat gang shirt, LA-LA Land Handmade

Meowy Christmas from Leigh-Anne Hiltz, she has the cat person in your life covered with her screen-printed t-shirts. Rep your feline friends in three colours via LA-LA Land's Etsy page, or by sending a DM to @lalalandhandmade. $30

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