HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE: LOCALLY MADE GOODS!
How exciting is it that we live in an area where there is so much creativity and artistic talent?? Gift something unique, one-of-a-kind, and extra special this year, all while supporting local! Take a peek at our roundup of fabulously-beautiful, locally-made items…
ORGANIC LAVENDER TEA TOWEL
Absorbent, lint-free, quick-drying, soft, utilitarian, and, most importantly, CUTE! Meet Hearth & Harrow‘s natural cotton flour sack tea towels! Each towel is made with environmentally-friendly, water-based ink, and screen printed by hand in small batches in the great state of Maine. We’re all about this hand-crafted goodness!
Pinstripe Planters from Eliot, Maine artist Elizabeth Benotti, are the newest edition to the studio’s collection. The simple yet unique design would be a lovely addition to any home. Or perhaps a colorful addition to your office?? Mix and match the varieties of sizes and colors to create your own story and unique look.
HEART KNOT NECKLACE
Ooh la laaaaaaaaaa! This necklace is as nautical-chic as they come! Made on the coast of Maine, this necklace features genuine leather and authentic remnant boat line. Compliment any outfit with the adjustable features, and be reminded of salty air, and days by the water, no matter where life takes you! Available at Wildwood Oyster Co.
‘Tis the season for HATS GALORE!! Bebo Hats are hand-knit with soft, luxurious 100% merino wool yarn, and come in a variety of happy colors. Select a natural or faux pom pom to top your chapeau with a stylish flare—ooh la la! Made in Maine. Hand washable. Available on ETSY!
CUTE NEW HAMPSHIRE MAP
Celebrate your favorite states, (Whoops, did we say that out loud??). Okay, okay, ONE of your favorite states with this sweet print of New Hampshire designed by Brainstorm in Dover, New Hampshire! The best part about this piece of art?? Part of the proceeds benefit SELT! Hashtag #GIFTINGWITHAPURPOSE
COCOA SANTÉ GIFT BASKET
This winter-warming treat from Harbor Sweets includes two tins of hot cocoa mix, four individual packets of hot cocoa, a cheery snowman mug (cutie!!), and six locally-handmade marshmallows on a wooden tray. Cocoa Santé products are made in New Hampshire with organic cocoa, organic sugar, and all-natural ingredients.
OYSTER MEASURE NECKLACE
Express your love for oysters with WATTS in Maine’s simple, yet one-of-a-kind statement necklace. This pendant is an exact replica of the measure used in harvesting oysters from natural beds—it’s just a little bit smaller for fashion purposes. This necklace is made in New England and tells a story—all while having a timeless, classic appeal! Available in silver and brass.
NEAR & NATIVE CANDLES
The Sea Salt & Citrus Candles from Fitz & Bennett Home smell just like a leisurely day by the coast—a dreamy thought, isn’t it? Made with coconut wax, these candles burn evenly and are also refillable for one dollar an ounce. How easy and eco-chic is that?? ($12 for travel size, $28 for large).
SEA URCHIN BOWL & OYSTER PLATTER
Maine’s got it going onnn!! How beautiful are these pottery pieces?? We’re confident they speak for themselves…but pop by Inside Out to experience the real magic of these serving wares in person! Made in Boothbay Harbor, Maine. YAY LOCAL!
Raw, unprocessed honey from West End Apiaries is created with the help of bees that live right here in Portsmouth’s West End! If you live in the area, this local jar of honey could contain pollen from your very own garden! It really puts a unique spin on “honeeey, I’m hooooome” doesn’t it? (Available at White Heron Tea & Coffee, in-store only).
SWAN’S ISLAND MERINO COASTAL THROW
This heirloom blanket is all about “cozy” with a capital “C”! Breathable, warm, and lightweight, this blanket is woven by hand in Northport, Maine with soft merino wool and alpaca. Available in White, Gray, and Marine at Daytrip Society.
ESTIE OTT EARRINGS
Designed locally. Produced locally. Sold locally. This seems like a triple-win! Summer House Furnishings recommends gifting handmade jewelry from Seacoast artist Estie Ott this year, and we’re alllll about it. Estie’s selection of jewelry is made with solid brass and gold fill. Available in-store only.
“M” IS FOR MAINE TEE
How sweet is this tee from Hills & Trails?? We just adore it and are CRAZY about the color combo! The soft tri-blend fabric (featuring original screen printed art) makes this unique tee a wonderful addition to any wardrobe—for men, women, and kids alike! Wash cold. Tumble dry. Wear often!
HERBAL REVOLUTION TONICS
Herbal tonics are known to aid good health and well-being all winter long! Choose from four Maine-made tonics at Yarrow in Kittery, Maine:
- Restore Tonic – beet, ginger, and herb-infused
- Digestive Tonic – ginger, lemon, and herb-infused)
- Elderberry Tonic – elderberry, mushroom, and herb-infused
- Turmeric Tonic – turmeric, ginger, and herb-infused
These classic, classy, and oh-so-New England-y totes from Eliot, Maine-based Hoist Away Bags, are available in two sizes—both of which are perfect for overnight trips and weekend getaways!! (Is that the mountains calling our name??) Each tote features a spinnaker sail drawstring top, and an outside pouch with zipper pockets and straps long enough to go over your fluffiest winter coat! All of Hoist Away’s bags are created from authentic, retired sails with a bit of the sail legacy stitched inside.
HAND-PAINTED HOLIDAY CORAL CLUTCH
Winter reds and coastal accents are perfect for Christmas in New England! Hand-painted right here on the Seacoast, this clutch from Sewcialite is stylish, versatile, and oh-so local!
YEAR-LONG CHOCOLATE SUBSCRIPTION
We’re prettttty sure our chocolate dreams just came true. Fine chocolate bars delivered right to our doorstep every other month?? Count us in! With every year-long chocolate subscription, Enna Chocolate will send three bars of handmade chocolate, six times throughout the year, to a location of your choice (local pickup available)! This is a great opportunity to taste heirloom cacao, as well as specialty bars such as “Night at the Movies”—dark chocolate loaded with hand-roasted almonds!
NEW HAMPSHIRE ORNAMENTS
When it comes to searching for a locally-made or Seacoast-inspired gift, you can always count on Jodi at Whims & Whatnots to showcase a large selection of products. Whether your gift recipient is a Granite State native, or an enthusiastic New Hampshirite, let these New Hampshire-made ornaments be a holiday reminder of their happy place.
HANDMADE WOODEN CUTTING BOARDS
These beautiful cutting boards are made in Maine by artist Nico Evans. Available in sweet Wallingford Square at Tayla Mac Boutique!
CARDINAL CHOCOLATE BOX
A beautifully-crafted fabric box filled with sweet treats from Salem, Massachusetts-based chocolate company, is a wonderful way to share a classic gift assortment for any chocolate-lover! Personally, we wouldn’t be opposed to gifting ourselves with this one… Hmmm…. Harbor Sweets’ famous chocolates (including the buzzed-about Sweet Sloops) are showcased here in two cardinal boxes painted by a local artist—hello double local.
NUBBLE ON ANOTHER SUNNY DAY CLUTCH
This coastal clutch is all about Seacoast style!! Local artist Emily Kalina‘s original art dazzles this zipper pouch that is printed on both sides. Learn more about this carryall, and “view” more Nubble Light-inspired products from Emily’s collection!