Everybody has one – that special person on their holiday list that’s just plain hard to buy for. Where can you find the perfect gift - one they don’t already have - that’s sure to make their eyes light up on Christmas morning? Look no further than your local NSLC store. We’ve got gift buying all wrapped up, with some truly unique products that are sure to please.
If you’re looking for something really unique for the beer lover on your list, then our limited edition, six-litre Unibroue Grand Reserve is sure to surprise and delight. It’s a special Belgian-style beer that ages well and pairs beautifully with a wide range of foods, from cheese and fish to grilled meats. We only brought in 30 of these, so you’ll need to move fast in order to take one home. There are some left at the Port at the corner of Birmingham and Clyde Streets, and a few at our Bayers Lake and Quinpool Road stores. The extra-large bottle looks a little like a giant bottle of champagne and is beautifully packaged in a wooden crate. They’re perfect for sharing with friends and family over the holidays as a one-of-a-kind treat too. This special gift sells for $149.00
Gift packs that provide an assortment of a producer’s wares are always popular. And we have a great assortment of beer, local wine and spirit gift packs to choose from.
One of our favourites is the Nova Scotia Spirit Company’s gift pack, which features three 750 ml bottles of their most popular brands: Fisherman’s Helper White Rum, Blue Lobster Vodka, and Willing to Learn Gin. All three are among NSLC’s top five selling local spirit varieties for 2017, and they’re attractively packaged in a gift-wrap-able wooden crate. This local gift pack sells for $99.99.
The Vernissage Syrah Cabernet Purse is pretty sweet too. This attractively packaged 1500 ml French vintage is getting rave reviews, and makes an attractive and affordable gift for friends, co-workers, or even as a to-me-from-me treat for under the tree.
If you didn’t pick up one of our craft beer advent calendars don’t despair. We still have some great craft beer that’s perfect for gift giving – either in gift packs or as singles, as well as special 750ml editions. The Classic Ales Gift Pack includes four, 500ml bottles of England’s most popular brews. We also have the Wychwood Brewery Beers of Character Collection, which offers four of England’s bestsellers including Hobgoblin, the country’s current number-three-selling craft brew. Both of these gift packs sell for under $20.00.
NSLC’s great selection of local and seasonal craft beers provide holiday shoppers with a great opportunity to assemble their own unique craft beer gift basket. Drop by any of our stores to pick up a selection of singles from among our many local listings today. Place these in one of our free 6-pack carriers to create a great gift of beer discovery!
We also have some very special Italian beers in store from Ex Fabrica, a microbrewery located in Milan. Although famous the world over for its wine, Italy’s craft beers are also gaining in popularity. We’ve brought in three selections, each in distinctive 750ml bottles: a Golden, Scottish and Pale Ale, under the Italian names Ciara, Rozza and Amaricana. The bottles sell for $18.95 each, and make great gifts on their own, or as a trio.
Veuve Clicquot, the delicious and popular sparkling wine, has packaged its product in a special edition collectors’ tin just for the holidays. Each tin has been crafted to resemble a directional sign and bears the name of a famous international city, along with the distance between that city and the Veuve Clicquot Winery in Reims, France. The tins have been selling fast and now there are only a few left at the Port and some of our bigger stores – better move fast if you’d like to take home one of these limited edition gifts.
Sparkling wines are growing in popularity, and locally-produced selections are quickly becoming recognized as some of the world’s best. Nova Scotia has great growing conditions for sparkling wine grape varieties. Combine that with our talented producers, and you’ve got some great quality sparkling wines that are sure to light up the holidays for the people on your holiday gift list. There are lots of local sparkling wines to choose from, and quite frankly, we like them all. A few new varieties to keep an eye out for include Luckett Vineyard’s new Phone Box Fizz, and Lightfoot and Wolfville’s Bubbly White. While not new to our stores, Benjamin Bridge’s Nova 7 continues to be one of our best sparkling wine sellers and a proven holiday favourite.
More and more during the holidays and all through the year, our customers are seeking out quality over quantity. Nowhere is that trend more apparent than at our Port by the NSLC store in downtown Halifax. Our assortment of rare spirits has attracted an international clientele, and that’s driving significant change in the range of products that we’re offering for sale.
This holiday season, we’ll be bringing in one of the rarest whiskies in the world. The Bowmore 50 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky was distilled on a very cold day in December of 1961, and laid down in two ex-bourbon hogshead casks. This whisky has spent half a century maturing in Bowmore’s No. 1 Vaults. Today, just 50 bottles of this truly exceptional single malt remain and will be released in 2016.
Bowmore’s Nova Scotia representatives will be on site at the Port in late December for a special tasting of various products, and the 50 Year Old will be in the store and on display. The Bowmore 50 Year Old is the most expensive bottle ever acquired by the NSLC, and it retails for about $35,000. It is the only bottle that will be available in Canada, and collectors from Ontario have already expressed an interest in purchasing it for their collection.
While the Bowmore is likely out of reach for most gift buyers this season, we still have lots more great gift ideas and promotions in store, and with our knowledgeable, helpful employees ready to serve, finding the perfect gift couldn’t be easier. Keep in mind that NSLC Gift Cards are another great option that let the people on your list discover their own favourites. Plus, we have attractive gift bags and tags, to help make NSLC your one-stop shop for the holidays. Please keep in mind that for our unique gifts and holiday gift packs, availability is limited, and stock levels change every day. We recommend visiting our website to find out which stores are carrying specialty gifts you plan to buy. Mynslc.com has lots of other great gifting and hosting tips, as well as recipes to help make your season even brighter.
Happy shopping, Happy Hosting, and Happy Holidays!