Your Ultimate 2016 Maine Holiday Gift Guide [over 200 gifts!]

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Behold! The 5th Annual Ultimate Maine Holiday Gift Guide! 

Using the items and shops represented here, you can find a gift for every single person / style type / price restriction represented by your friends, families and colleagues.

Shop using this list:

  • to support local craftspeople and businesses.
  • because Maine is awesome and we make awesome things.
  • instead of supporting billionaire owners of soulless conglomerates. 

If you’re new to this list in particular, basically it works like this:

  • There is a photo of a gift we like.
  • There is the price (when there is a price available). 
  • There is a link to the shop / vendor from where you can order it.
  • You should definitely explore the shops further. The gifts here represent just a small percentage of all of the awesomeness out there.

PLEASE consider taking at least 10% of what you were intending to spend on holiday shopping and make a donation to one or more of the glorious organizations linked at the bottom of this list. 

Additional notes of import: 

  • Honestly, while this list is of my design, my wife Jaime architected this one from start to finish for the second year in a row. She spent over 20 hours putting it together. And many, many thanks to everybody who offered valuable suggestions and recommendations. 
  • If you like exchanging money for gifts face to face, there are a ton of craft shows throughout the state. If I missed anything, please feel free to email me at alex [AT] knack-factory [dot] com.
  • On Friday the 18th of November I will be on Maine Public's Maine Calling discussing this and other Maine-made awesomeness, so please consider tuning in then.
  • A quick shout out to PICNIC Holiday Sale, which was the inspiration for my first gift guide a few years back. It’s an amazing event.
  • All photos come by way of merchant websites, and so the quality of images was contingent on what they had available. A very quick, hopefully helpful note to vendors: There are about 75 – 100 vendors we had hoped to include that we could not because high resolution photos were either not readily available online or easy to embed. I wrote about considerations regarding commercial photography here
  • Should you ever want to talk about what commercial photography or video production might look like for your business, let us know

FINALLY. 

Throughout the list, you'll find great recommendations and testimonials from these folks. Many thanks to everyone who took the time to make a suggestion. 

Happy Shopping! 

Love,
Alex + the Knack Factory Team

WEARABLES

Men's Downeast Tee [$25] by way of Fox Island Printworks

Men's Downeast Tee [$25] by way of Fox Island Printworks

BeerME T-Shirt [$25] by way of LiveME

BeerME T-Shirt [$25] by way of LiveME

Squid Leather Tab Belt [$48] by way of Belted Cow Company 

Squid Leather Tab Belt [$48] by way of Belted Cow Company 

Vest [$65] by way of American Roots 

Vest [$65] by way of American Roots 

Jane Dress [$169] by way of South Street Linen 

Jane Dress [$169] by way of South Street Linen 

Bra Fittings [variable] by way of Étaín

Bra Fittings [variable] by way of Étaín

Imagine Maine T-Shirt [$25] by way of More & Co. 

Imagine Maine T-Shirt [$25] by way of More & Co. 

Beet The System T-Shirt [$20] by way of Queen Beet Designs

Beet The System T-Shirt [$20] by way of Queen Beet Designs

Zip Up Hoodie [$40] by way of Allagash Brewing

Zip Up Hoodie [$40] by way of Allagash Brewing

Linen Tunic Shirt Dress [$140] by way of Always Piper

Linen Tunic Shirt Dress [$140] by way of Always Piper

Canoe Moc [$175] by way of Wassookeag Moccasins

Canoe Moc [$175] by way of Wassookeag Moccasins

Counties of Maine Crewneck Sweatshirt [$42] by way of byBethany

Counties of Maine Crewneck Sweatshirt [$42] by way of byBethany

Custom Shoe Gift Card [variable] by way of Quoddy

Custom Shoe Gift Card [variable] by way of Quoddy

Dirigo Hoodie [$65] by way of Loyal Citizen 

Dirigo Hoodie [$65] by way of Loyal Citizen 

I love my screen-printed Dirigo hoodie by Loyal Citizen. It’s always a good conversation starter when I’m anywhere outside of Maine. It’s honestly almost certainly the most comfortable sweatshirt I own, too.
— Ben Goodman, Mission: Readiness
Original Duck Boot [varies by style] by way of L.L. Bean

Original Duck Boot [varies by style] by way of L.L. Bean

JEWELRY

Heritage Area Code Necklace [$52-65] by way of Becoming Jewelry

Heritage Area Code Necklace [$52-65] by way of Becoming Jewelry

Perfect Catch Ring [$88] by way of Watts in Maine

Perfect Catch Ring [$88] by way of Watts in Maine

Stud Earrings [$8] by way of Autumn Equinox

Stud Earrings [$8] by way of Autumn Equinox

BFF Necklace [$28] by way of Lofted Designs

BFF Necklace [$28] by way of Lofted Designs

Earrings [$45 - $65] by way of Yikes Studio

Earrings [$45 - $65] by way of Yikes Studio

Wrap Latch Bracelet [$86] by way of Silver and Stone

Wrap Latch Bracelet [$86] by way of Silver and Stone

Gold Beaded Necklace [$40] by way of Stellar Creature

Gold Beaded Necklace [$40] by way of Stellar Creature

Silver and Copper Spinner Ring [$60] by way of Maggi Blue: Magpie Creative 

Silver and Copper Spinner Ring [$60] by way of Maggi Blue: Magpie Creative 

Helio Pendant [$224] by way of Heather Perry Jewelry

Helio Pendant [$224] by way of Heather Perry Jewelry

Nothing makes a woman feel more powerful than a beautiful piece of jewelry, and Heather Perry does it right! With collections inspired by history and (rebellion from her) “past life” as a commercial jewelry designer, Heather knocks it out of the park with every piece she puts love into. You will feel like a warrior.
— Abbie McGilvery, Owner/ Social Media Strategist at From The Nest
Guitar String Earrings [$25] by way of Stringin' Along With Me

Guitar String Earrings [$25] by way of Stringin' Along With Me

Chicks in Hats Necklace Pendant [$16] by way of Made Made & More

Chicks in Hats Necklace Pendant [$16] by way of Made Made & More

Sterling Silver + Lemon Quartz Necklace [$95] by way of Morgan McGeehan Designs

Sterling Silver + Lemon Quartz Necklace [$95] by way of Morgan McGeehan Designs

Signet Drop Necklace [$85] by way of Cat Bates

Signet Drop Necklace [$85] by way of Cat Bates

Layer Rivet Ring [188] by way of Ponomo

Layer Rivet Ring [188] by way of Ponomo

Personalized Cuff Bracelet [$65] by way of Kerri Ann Designs

Personalized Cuff Bracelet [$65] by way of Kerri Ann Designs

Lunar Necklace [$98] by way of Quench Metalworks

Lunar Necklace [$98] by way of Quench Metalworks

Rope Bracelet [$26] by way of Sailwinds Trading Co

Rope Bracelet [$26] by way of Sailwinds Trading Co

Necklace [$48] by way of Maggie Bokor

Necklace [$48] by way of Maggie Bokor

Heart Shaped Porcelain Necklace [$15] by way of LaceWoodStone

Heart Shaped Porcelain Necklace [$15] by way of LaceWoodStone

ACCESSORIES

Beach Tote [$165] by way of Hoist Away Bags

Beach Tote [$165] by way of Hoist Away Bags

Buoy Block Clutch [$200] by way of Eklund Griffin

Buoy Block Clutch [$200] by way of Eklund Griffin

Eklund Griffin is based in Cape Elizabeth. They’re two daughters of a lobsterman that combined the love of the ocean with their artistic talents. Super-high quality leather goods, and they have the best-made tote bag I’ve ever seen. I’m biased, but I care about the ocean and the connection to people that make their living there. These girls feel the same.

— Kyle Jackson, Entrepreneur + Guy Who Cares About Ocean-Based Industries
Hair Ties (set of 5, assorted colors) [$9] by way of DayTrip Society

Hair Ties (set of 5, assorted colors) [$9] by way of DayTrip Society

Hand Stitched Leather Clutch/iPad Case [$80] by way of Intervale Mercantile Co.

Hand Stitched Leather Clutch/iPad Case [$80] by way of Intervale Mercantile Co.

Patten Bowtie [$59] by way of Bowline Co.

Patten Bowtie [$59] by way of Bowline Co.

Vintage Navigator Cufflinks [$135] by way of Chart Metalworks

Vintage Navigator Cufflinks [$135] by way of Chart Metalworks

Navy Wax Canvas Clutch [$35] by way of Maine Bags and Goods

Navy Wax Canvas Clutch [$35] by way of Maine Bags and Goods

"Rangeley" Beanie [$95] by way of Woodboogah

"Rangeley" Beanie [$95] by way of Woodboogah

Chebeague Island Duffle [$225] by way of SeaBags

Chebeague Island Duffle [$225] by way of SeaBags

iPad Padded Sleeve [$27] by way of KennebunkportDesigns

iPad Padded Sleeve [$27] by way of KennebunkportDesigns

Dirigo Enamel Mugs [$36] by way of Might & Main's 1820 Collection

Dirigo Enamel Mugs [$36] by way of Might & Main's 1820 Collection

Wax Canvas Crossbody Bag [$198] by way of Rough and Tumble Bags

Wax Canvas Crossbody Bag [$198] by way of Rough and Tumble Bags

Rogue Front Pocket Wallet [$50] by way of Rogue Industries

Rogue Front Pocket Wallet [$50] by way of Rogue Industries

Barrel Gym Duffel [$35] by way of Catalyst for Change 

Barrel Gym Duffel [$35] by way of Catalyst for Change 

Headgehog Pocket Comb Multitool [$14] by way of Zootility Tools

Headgehog Pocket Comb Multitool [$14] by way of Zootility Tools

Bait Bag Clutch [$75] by way of Alaina Marie 

Bait Bag Clutch [$75] by way of Alaina Marie 

The Jack Satin Black [$285] by way of Traps Eyewear

The Jack Satin Black [$285] by way of Traps Eyewear

“When I give gifts I look for things that inspire me. Stories that make me feel connected to the brand. Two examples that come to mind immediately are Alaina Marie and Traps Eyewear. In the case of AM, their bags, inspired by lobsterman’s bait bags, are beautiful but also pull on my heart strings due to their sustainability values and handmade quality . I guess I have a thing for lobster, because Traps also makes handmade products from salvaged lobster traps. Whether it’s sunglasses or handbags, I appreciate companies playing homage to Maine craftsmanship. These companies embody that.”
— James Morin, COO, Flowfold
Dirigo Beanie [$35] by way of Might & Main 1820 Collection

Dirigo Beanie [$35] by way of Might & Main 1820 Collection

Ellis convertible cross body shoulder bag [$298] by way of Kurier

Ellis convertible cross body shoulder bag [$298] by way of Kurier

Billfold Wallet [$30] by way of Flowfold

Billfold Wallet [$30] by way of Flowfold

Organic Linen Knitting Bag [$12] by way of Madder Root

Organic Linen Knitting Bag [$12] by way of Madder Root

BABIES + KIDS

Solar System Tee [$20] by way of Pinecone + Chickadee

Solar System Tee [$20] by way of Pinecone + Chickadee

Toddler Bowties [$10] by way of Yarn & Cloth

Toddler Bowties [$10] by way of Yarn & Cloth

Rock Blocks [$35/30 piece set] by way of mainelanddesignco

Rock Blocks [$35/30 piece set] by way of mainelanddesignco

Block Printed Onesie [$18] by way of NikLinDesigns

Block Printed Onesie [$18] by way of NikLinDesigns

Electric Loog Guitar [$199] by way of Little Boutique

Electric Loog Guitar [$199] by way of Little Boutique

Lumberjack Plaid Handpainted Canvas Kids Slip-Ons [$45] by way of Two Chickadees Designs

Lumberjack Plaid Handpainted Canvas Kids Slip-Ons [$45] by way of Two Chickadees Designs

Lobster Leggings [$22] by way of Baby Haus

Lobster Leggings [$22] by way of Baby Haus

Seri's Dollhouse Set [$347] by way of Elves & Angels

Seri's Dollhouse Set [$347] by way of Elves & Angels

Organic Baby Bandana Bib [$10] by way of Anne Riggs Designs

Organic Baby Bandana Bib [$10] by way of Anne Riggs Designs

Zippered Pouch [$29] by way of Trosko

Zippered Pouch [$29] by way of Trosko

Onesie [$23] by way of Creation Lab

Onesie [$23] by way of Creation Lab

Handmade Shirt [$48 - $64] and Handmade Sweats [$64] by way of Rudy Jude 

Handmade Shirt [$48 - $64] and Handmade Sweats [$64] by way of Rudy Jude 

Teething Necklace [$12] by way of Bird and Bear Boutique

Teething Necklace [$12] by way of Bird and Bear Boutique

Organic Baby Overalls [$46] by way of BAOBA

Organic Baby Overalls [$46] by way of BAOBA

Treasure Hunter's Kit [$37] by way of Moss and Grove

Treasure Hunter's Kit [$37] by way of Moss and Grove

Kids ECO Apron [$32] by way of Aventyr

Kids ECO Apron [$32] by way of Aventyr

Maine Baby Blanket [$52] by way of GoBabe

Maine Baby Blanket [$52] by way of GoBabe

Eco Dough [$20] by way of Eco-Kids 

Eco Dough [$20] by way of Eco-Kids 

Football Diaper Cover [$10] by way of Siena's Maine Design

Football Diaper Cover [$10] by way of Siena's Maine Design

Play Kitchen [$175] by way of The Toymaker's Daughter

Play Kitchen [$175] by way of The Toymaker's Daughter

Baby Blanket [$48] by way of Lilleputt 

Baby Blanket [$48] by way of Lilleputt 

Whale Baby Onesie [$17] by way of Milo in Maine

Whale Baby Onesie [$17] by way of Milo in Maine

Hamburger Bodysuit [$18] by way of The Wishing Elephant

Hamburger Bodysuit [$18] by way of The Wishing Elephant

Red Buffalo Plaid Baby Booties [$20] by way of Two Little Beans Co.

Red Buffalo Plaid Baby Booties [$20] by way of Two Little Beans Co.

Classic Log Cabin Playset [$18] by way of RoyToys

Classic Log Cabin Playset [$18] by way of RoyToys

HOME

Canvas Lunch Bag [$39] by way of Erin Flett

Canvas Lunch Bag [$39] by way of Erin Flett

Mason Jar Sleeve [$25] by way of Maine Leather Co.

Mason Jar Sleeve [$25] by way of Maine Leather Co.

Ceramic Stoneware Vase [$140] by way of Angela Adams 

Ceramic Stoneware Vase [$140] by way of Angela Adams 

Bar Pilot Bottle Opener [$95] by way of Chart Metalworks 

Bar Pilot Bottle Opener [$95] by way of Chart Metalworks 

Steel Enamel Tumblers [$24/pair] by way of mainelanddesignco

Steel Enamel Tumblers [$24/pair] by way of mainelanddesignco

Democratic Fundraiser Cup [$60] by way of The Democratic Cup

Democratic Fundraiser Cup [$60] by way of The Democratic Cup

Coffee Machine [$116] by way of ANK Ceramics + Farrell & Co. 

Coffee Machine [$116] by way of ANK Ceramics + Farrell & Co. 

Custom Pillow [varies] by way of Designs by Sarge

Custom Pillow [varies] by way of Designs by Sarge

Original & unique, handsome in their simple design and beautifully constructed, Designs by Sarge accent pillows are a tasteful way to put the final signature on a room. Masculine canvas and plaid flannel wildlife silhouettes to salty seaside pastels, reminiscent of favorite quaint Maine destinations; perhaps a sequined splash of holiday color! Perfect for those local or those who will reminisce over this wonderful place we call home.
— David Alan Hamilton, Business Process Analyst
Coquina Mug [$34] by way of ANK Ceramics

Coquina Mug [$34] by way of ANK Ceramics

Hand Woven Baskets [varies by style, size, and maker] by way of Maine Indian Basket Alliance

Hand Woven Baskets [varies by style, size, and maker] by way of Maine Indian Basket Alliance

Cotton Herringbone Blanket [$313] by way of Brahms Mount

Cotton Herringbone Blanket [$313] by way of Brahms Mount

Treeline Natural Pillow [$32] by way of Hills & Trails

Treeline Natural Pillow [$32] by way of Hills & Trails

One-of-a-Kind Handprinted Kitchen Towels [$23] by way of Pretty Flours

One-of-a-Kind Handprinted Kitchen Towels [$23] by way of Pretty Flours

Muddler [$65] by way of Handsome Tool Co. 

Muddler [$65] by way of Handsome Tool Co. 

The Maine Lobster Kit [$35] by way of DayTrip Society

The Maine Lobster Kit [$35] by way of DayTrip Society

Leather Recipe Organizer [$34] by way of Gallery Leather

Leather Recipe Organizer [$34] by way of Gallery Leather

Celebration Platter [$175] by way of Meg K Walsh

Celebration Platter [$175] by way of Meg K Walsh

Eco-Egg Coloring Kit™ [$10] by way of Eco-Kids

Eco-Egg Coloring Kit™ [$10] by way of Eco-Kids

Ployes [varies] by way of Bouchard Family Farms 

Ployes [varies] by way of Bouchard Family Farms 

I love Bouchard’s Ployes! They are delicious and easy to prepare, and I feel like they are a pretty uniquely Maine food. I like to imagine Acadian woodsmen eating a stack of of them before going into the forest for a day’s work- they don’t slow you down like regular old pancakes. I like to serve them with a nice hot ladleful of wild blueberry compote.
— Salli Wason, Rosanna's Ice Cream
Coffee Cup Sweater [$15] by way of Of the Other Earth

Coffee Cup Sweater [$15] by way of Of the Other Earth

Coffee Subscription [$25.99] by way of Tandem Coffee Roasters

Coffee Subscription [$25.99] by way of Tandem Coffee Roasters

Soap Connoisseur [$18] by way of ClearStory Glass

Soap Connoisseur [$18] by way of ClearStory Glass

Dan Wallin designed Monitors [variable] by way of Terra Speakers and E.B. White Poster by way of Might + Main

Dan Wallin designed Monitors [variable] by way of Terra Speakers and E.B. White Poster by way of Might + Main

Maine Bike Chain Print Comforter [$89-129] by way of Brooke Hamilton

Maine Bike Chain Print Comforter [$89-129] by way of Brooke Hamilton

Wool Dryer Balls [$29] by way of LooHoo

Wool Dryer Balls [$29] by way of LooHoo

Wooden Spoons [$24] by way of CarvedWoodenSpoons

Wooden Spoons [$24] by way of CarvedWoodenSpoons

Oyster Plate [$64] by way of AECeramics

Oyster Plate [$64] by way of AECeramics

Organic Urban Earth Blend [$16.50] by way of Coffee By Design 

Organic Urban Earth Blend [$16.50] by way of Coffee By Design 

Tea Towel [$14] by way of Leighton Point Linen

Tea Towel [$14] by way of Leighton Point Linen

Lobster Caddy [$40] by way of LobstahTrapCaddy

Lobster Caddy [$40] by way of LobstahTrapCaddy

Black + Green Carved Plate [$38] by way of RMVCeramics

Black + Green Carved Plate [$38] by way of RMVCeramics

Meridian Dining Chair [$1,270] by way of Thos. Moser

Meridian Dining Chair [$1,270] by way of Thos. Moser

Ice Cream Cone Holder [$10] by way of JTWoodworks

Ice Cream Cone Holder [$10] by way of JTWoodworks

Ceramic Maple Leaf Plate [$24] by way of The Good Supple

Ceramic Maple Leaf Plate [$24] by way of The Good Supple

Hand Printed Lobster Tea Towel [$16] by way of Morris + Essex

Hand Printed Lobster Tea Towel [$16] by way of Morris + Essex

Coffee & Vinyl Subscription [$33/mo.] by way of Tandem Coffee Roasters + KMA

Coffee & Vinyl Subscription [$33/mo.] by way of Tandem Coffee Roasters + KMA

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Light Switch [$13] by way of iDillard

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Light Switch [$13] by way of iDillard

Positivity Pencils [$7] by way of Earth Angle Arts

Positivity Pencils [$7] by way of Earth Angle Arts

Maine Candle [$28] by way of Seawick Candles

Maine Candle [$28] by way of Seawick Candles

Electric Candle Lamps [$16] by way of The Good Supply

Electric Candle Lamps [$16] by way of The Good Supply

Rocky Bottom Chicken Mug [$30] by way of Jessica Teesdale

Rocky Bottom Chicken Mug [$30] by way of Jessica Teesdale

Maine Slate State Cheese Board [$26] by way of A&E Stoneworks

Maine Slate State Cheese Board [$26] by way of A&E Stoneworks

Frog Nightlight [$42] by way of Happy Owl

Frog Nightlight [$42] by way of Happy Owl

Condiment Cup [$15] by way of Fletchers Mill

Condiment Cup [$15] by way of Fletchers Mill

Lobster Measure Bottle Opener [$20] by way of Maine Coast Creations

Lobster Measure Bottle Opener [$20] by way of Maine Coast Creations

Pine Cone Tea Lights [$13] by way of Sparky's Honey and Maple

Pine Cone Tea Lights [$13] by way of Sparky's Honey and Maple

Pets

Handmade Pet Tag [12] by way of Lofted Designs

Handmade Pet Tag [12] by way of Lofted Designs

Maine Rope Dog Leashes [$16] by way of Maine Rope Mats

Maine Rope Dog Leashes [$16] by way of Maine Rope Mats

Dog Collar [$25] by way of The Belted Cow

Dog Collar [$25] by way of The Belted Cow

HOLIDAY

Advent Calendar [$85] by way of Worthy Goods 

Advent Calendar [$85] by way of Worthy Goods 

Jingle Bell Rock Card Set [$12] by way of BartandParcel

Jingle Bell Rock Card Set [$12] by way of BartandParcel

Menorasaur Triceratops Menorah [$85] by way of The Vanilla Studio

Menorasaur Triceratops Menorah [$85] by way of The Vanilla Studio

Scratch-N-Sniff Holiday Cards [$6.60] by way of Three Little Words Paper

Scratch-N-Sniff Holiday Cards [$6.60] by way of Three Little Words Paper

Metallic Anchor Stocking [$50] by way of SeaBags 

Metallic Anchor Stocking [$50] by way of SeaBags 

PRESENTS! [$4] by way of Ferdinand 

PRESENTS! [$4] by way of Ferdinand 

Oval Holiday Bird Ornament [$10] by way of Swallowfield

Oval Holiday Bird Ornament [$10] by way of Swallowfield

Christmas Countdown [$20] by way of RunningBlynd

Christmas Countdown [$20] by way of RunningBlynd

Set of 6 Holiday Cards [$20] by way of Foreshadow Press

Set of 6 Holiday Cards [$20] by way of Foreshadow Press

Plantable Card [$7] by way of reinCARDnation

Plantable Card [$7] by way of reinCARDnation

I love the greeting cards from reinCARDnation. They’re plantable seed paper greeting cards that grow into flowers. Her cards are made in Maine, of her original prints of artwork, environmentally friendly, a gift and card all in one. Each recipient can plant the card and continue to enjoy it by watching flowers grow instead of throwing it away or storing it in a box for years.

— Nathan O’Leary, Co-Creator of CrateFull of Maine and CEO of Mainely SEO
Hannukah Card [$4] by way of Morris and Essex

Hannukah Card [$4] by way of Morris and Essex

BODY

White Pine + Sage Soap [$5.50] by way of Bigfoot Soap Co. 

White Pine + Sage Soap [$5.50] by way of Bigfoot Soap Co. 

Nasty Women Lip Balm [$4] by way of Long Winter Farm

Nasty Women Lip Balm [$4] by way of Long Winter Farm

Frenchies' Classic Collection [$35] by way of Frenchies

Frenchies' Classic Collection [$35] by way of Frenchies

Cologne Sampler [$25] by way of Portland General Store

Cologne Sampler [$25] by way of Portland General Store

Anthoimmune™ Organic Elderberry Syrup [$18] by way of Maine Medicinals

Anthoimmune™ Organic Elderberry Syrup [$18] by way of Maine Medicinals

Maine Medicinals is one of my favorite local companies—they’re good people, and they make good stuff. I love their Organic Elderberry Syrup, and I think it would make a loving and thoughtful gift.
— Liz Woodbury, Overheard in Portland
Body Cream [$38] by way of Finn & Co. 

Body Cream [$38] by way of Finn & Co. 

Cold + Flu Salve [$15] by way of Rooted Earth Farm

Cold + Flu Salve [$15] by way of Rooted Earth Farm

Olive Oil Soap [$5] by way of Dr. Dandelion

Olive Oil Soap [$5] by way of Dr. Dandelion

After Shave Lotion [$12] by way of Coast of Eden

After Shave Lotion [$12] by way of Coast of Eden

Soap [$14] by way of Wary Meyers

Soap [$14] by way of Wary Meyers

Whiskey After Shave [$18] by way of The Good Supply

Whiskey After Shave [$18] by way of The Good Supply

EATING + DRINKING

Whoopie Pie [$2.50] by way of Amato's (I'll take, like, 100 of these.) 

Whoopie Pie [$2.50] by way of Amato's (I'll take, like, 100 of these.) 

Hot Sauce [$3 - $7] by way of Lost Woods Hot Sauce

Hot Sauce [$3 - $7] by way of Lost Woods Hot Sauce

“In a world where one can purchase 17 different kinds of Sriracha at the supermarket, it is important not to let Maine classics like Lost Woods Hot Sauce fall by the wayside. It’s tangy, kind of hot, and weirdly addictive (especially when added to New England Clam Chowder).”
— Joe Ricchio, Dispatch + DownEast
Fruit Filled Crumb Tart Sampler Pack (4 oz. ea) [$17] by way of Oats Any Time

Fruit Filled Crumb Tart Sampler Pack (4 oz. ea) [$17] by way of Oats Any Time

Handcrafted Chocolates [$23] by way of PR Craft Confections 

Handcrafted Chocolates [$23] by way of PR Craft Confections 

Maine Brew Bus Tour [varies] by way of Maine Brew Bus

Maine Brew Bus Tour [varies] by way of Maine Brew Bus

The Maine Brew Bus offers guided tours to local breweries and distilleries. The ticket price includes samples, histories, and the futures of the fascinating people who brew and distill in the great state of Maine. At the beginning of each tour, the bus is full of strangers, at the end of each tour, the bus is full of friends! It’s a great way to spend an afternoon brewery hopping in Portland.
— Baylis Harriss, Server/Bartender at Cafe Stroudwater
Vodka [$30] by way of Cold River                                                                                            

Vodka [$30] by way of Cold River                                                                                            

Sugar Cubes [$8] by way of Vena's Fizz House

Sugar Cubes [$8] by way of Vena's Fizz House

Fresh Maine Lobster Pot Pies (2 for $65) by way of Kennebunk Inn + FoodyDirect

Fresh Maine Lobster Pot Pies (2 for $65) by way of Kennebunk Inn + FoodyDirect

Bitters [$15] by way of Coastal Root Bitters

Bitters [$15] by way of Coastal Root Bitters

Fudge [$3.50] by way of Christopher Hastings Confections 

Fudge [$3.50] by way of Christopher Hastings Confections 

Drinking Chocolate [$12] by way of Bixby

Drinking Chocolate [$12] by way of Bixby

Gourmet Butter Set [$40] by way of Casco Bay Butter

Gourmet Butter Set [$40] by way of Casco Bay Butter

12 Cupcakes [$28] by way of East End Cupcake

12 Cupcakes [$28] by way of East End Cupcake

Raw Vegan Organic Chocolate [starting at $5] by way of Wild and Alive Organics

Raw Vegan Organic Chocolate [starting at $5] by way of Wild and Alive Organics

Thai Kit [$50] by way of Gneiss Spice

Thai Kit [$50] by way of Gneiss Spice

Maine Potato Donuts [$22] by way of The Holy Donut

Maine Potato Donuts [$22] by way of The Holy Donut

Thais Sauce Gift Set [$40] by way of Watcharee

Thais Sauce Gift Set [$40] by way of Watcharee

Molten Lava Cake [$5] by way of Jarva Cakes

Molten Lava Cake [$5] by way of Jarva Cakes

10 Pack Sampler [$20] by way of Raye's Mustard

10 Pack Sampler [$20] by way of Raye's Mustard

Beer Tour [varies] by way of Maine Beer Tours

Beer Tour [varies] by way of Maine Beer Tours

OUTDOORS

Waxed Canvas Anchorpak [$140] by way of Anchorpak

Waxed Canvas Anchorpak [$140] by way of Anchorpak

Porch Bell [$115] by way of US Bells

Porch Bell [$115] by way of US Bells

DemerBox Waterproof Speaker [$399] by way of DemerBox

DemerBox Waterproof Speaker [$399] by way of DemerBox

The best hidden gem for the music lover in your life – especially the one that needs dry storage, Bluetooth, and a waterproof charging station! Made on Preble Street in Portland, Maine using Pelican Cases, The DemerBox is a must have this holiday season.

— Abbie McGilvery, Owner/ Social Media Strategist at From The Nest
Hand-tied Flies [$20] by way of The Good Supply

Hand-tied Flies [$20] by way of The Good Supply

ART

Photographs [$30] by way of Kari Herer

Photographs [$30] by way of Kari Herer

E.T. Small Screenprint [$16] by way of Kris Johnson

E.T. Small Screenprint [$16] by way of Kris Johnson

Vintage Pig [$50] by way of Fiber and Water

Vintage Pig [$50] by way of Fiber and Water

Adam Hughes' John Hodgman "Vacationland" Poster [$15] by way of John Hodgman (I don't think that this was made in Maine but it's about Maine by way of John Hodgman so it wins.)

Adam Hughes' John Hodgman "Vacationland" Poster [$15] by way of John Hodgman

(I don't think that this was made in Maine but it's about Maine by way of John Hodgman so it wins.)

Plant These To Help Save Bees Print [$14-32] by way of Hannah Rosengren

Plant These To Help Save Bees Print [$14-32] by way of Hannah Rosengren

Matted Print [$20] by way of Lobstering Is Art

Matted Print [$20] by way of Lobstering Is Art

Book Poster [varies] feat. Photography by way of Winky Lewis 

Book Poster [varies] feat. Photography by way of Winky Lewis 

Wilt Magazine #1 [$22] by way of Wilt 

Wilt Magazine #1 [$22] by way of Wilt 

Truthful Greeting Card [$4] by way of Hannah Anais Hermes

Truthful Greeting Card [$4] by way of Hannah Anais Hermes

Mountains of Maine Print [$15] by way of Hills & Trails

Mountains of Maine Print [$15] by way of Hills & Trails

The Kitchen Molecules Print Set [$55] by way of Yakawonis Quilling

The Kitchen Molecules Print Set [$55] by way of Yakawonis Quilling

Walking Dead Print [$20-140] by way of iDillard

Walking Dead Print [$20-140] by way of iDillard

Aliens Poster [$20] by way of Ryan LaMunyon 

Aliens Poster [$20] by way of Ryan LaMunyon 

BOOKS, MUSIC + HOBBIES

Sock Yarn [$24] by way of On The Round

Sock Yarn [$24] by way of On The Round

You won’t find a better gift for a knitter in your life — the colorways from on the round are hand-dyed and unique with names like Northern Lights, Ectoplasm, and Cosmic Rainbow that spark the knitter’s imagination. Madder Root: the perfect companion to your yarn stash are madder root’s hand printed trundle bags. They’re funky and functional. What could be more Maine? Long Winter Farm’s body products have recently become my favorites. The snarky, clever descriptions on their website will make you keep browsing but their long-lasting soaps, light and amazing smelling perfume oils and the creamiest lip balm in all the land will make you keep buying.

— Erin Day, Media Coordinator, Anatomy Trains
One Morning in Maine [$18] by way of Longfellow Books

One Morning in Maine [$18] by way of Longfellow Books

Stop Here. This is the place. [$15] by way of Susan Conley and Winky Lewis 

Stop Here. This is the place. [$15] by way of Susan Conley and Winky Lewis 

Anna Kendrick's Scrappy Little Nobody [$16] by way of Bull Moose

Anna Kendrick's Scrappy Little Nobody [$16] by way of Bull Moose

Already Home Recordings Vol. 1 [$10] by way of Samuel James 

Already Home Recordings Vol. 1 [$10] by way of Samuel James 

Laura Freudig and Kevin Barry's Halfway Wild [$18] by way of Islandport Press 

Laura Freudig and Kevin Barry's Halfway Wild [$18] by way of Islandport Press 

Deserts of Youth [$8 digital, $15 vinyl] by way of Lisa/Liza

Deserts of Youth [$8 digital, $15 vinyl] by way of Lisa/Liza

Sketchbook [$28] by way of Purplebeanbindery

Sketchbook [$28] by way of Purplebeanbindery

Walking Through History [$20] by way of Maine Historical Society Museum Store 

Walking Through History [$20] by way of Maine Historical Society Museum Store 

Betsy Thompson's Sunrise, Moonrise [$8] By way of Simon & Schuster

Betsy Thompson's Sunrise, Moonrise [$8] By way of Simon & Schuster

Julie Falatko and Tim Miller's Snappsy The Alligator [$17} by way of Penguin Random House

Julie Falatko and Tim Miller's Snappsy The Alligator [$17} by way of Penguin Random House

I plan on giving the kids in my life books by local authors: “Snappsy the Alligator (Did Not Ask to Be in This Book),” by Julie Falatko; and “Sunrise, Moonrise,” by Betsy Thompson for littler kids.
— Liz Woodbury, Overheard in Portland
Very Machine [$4 digital, $14 vinyl] by way of An Anderson

Very Machine [$4 digital, $14 vinyl] by way of An Anderson

GIFT BOXES, BAGS + CERTIFICATES

Made in Maine Gift Crate [$25-100] by way of CrateFull of Maine

Made in Maine Gift Crate [$25-100] by way of CrateFull of Maine

Local Economy Gift Card [varies] by way of Buoy Local

Local Economy Gift Card [varies] by way of Buoy Local

East Coast Girls Collection [$40] by way of DayTrip Society

East Coast Girls Collection [$40] by way of DayTrip Society

Restaurant Gift Certificate [variable] by way of Piccolo Note: We don't typically include restaurant gift certificates because there are so many great folks, friends, clients and otherwise, that we'd feel obligated to recognize. Ilma and Damian, though, have killed it in the charitable giving department this year and we appreciate their efforts in a huge way. 

Restaurant Gift Certificate [variable] by way of Piccolo

Note: We don't typically include restaurant gift certificates because there are so many great folks, friends, clients and otherwise, that we'd feel obligated to recognize. Ilma and Damian, though, have killed it in the charitable giving department this year and we appreciate their efforts in a huge way. 

Community Giving 

Some great organizations doing important work to make Maine a better place. Please consider supporting their efforts by making a donation.

  • Maine Youth Leadership "Working with Maine youth to seek out, recognize and develop their leadership skills."
  • MaineShare "Providing funding to over 40 statewide organizations working every day to make Maine a better place to live."
  • Hardy Girls, Healthy Women "Dedicated to the health and well being of girls and women."
  • Cultivating Community "Creating and sustaining greater access to healthy, local foods; empowers people to play many roles in restoring the local, sustainable food system; and models, teaches, and advocates for ecological food production."
  • Maine Humanities Council "Using literature, history, philosophy, and culture, the MHC brings people together in conversation that crosses social, economic, and cultural barriers."
  • Speak About It "Partnering with high schools and colleges to educate, entertain, and empower students to create positive change within their communities, advocate for and practice healthy relationship habits, and prevent sexual violence."
  • WMPG "Empowering University of Southern Maine students and community members to create diverse, innovative, high quality media, foster the exchange of ideas, and celebrate the many cultures of USM and surrounding communities for broadcast to the world."
  • Maine Youth Rock Orchestra "Reinventing and revolutionizing music education through programming, concerts and opportunities for all of our students, building them musically and emotionally, while contributing to better our communities around us."
  • SPACE Gallery "Supporting contemporary arts projects, championing artists, and encouraging an open exchange of ideas."
  • GrowSmart Maine "Building lasting prosperity without sacrificing the quality of life that defines Maine."
  • Travis Mills Foundation "Benefitting and assisting wounded and injured veterans and their families."
  • Good Shepherd Food Bank "Relying on its relationships with Maine’s food industry in order to gather millions of pounds of food each year."
  • Preble Street "Providing accessible barrier-free services to empower people experiencing problems with homelessness, housing, hunger, and poverty and to advocate for solutions to those problems."
  • Woodfords Family Services "Committed to the support and inclusion of people with special needs and their families in Maine communities."
  • Maine Public "Connecting the people of Maine to each other and to the world through the open exchange of information, ideas and cultural content."
  • Maine Children's Alliance "Committed to improving the lives of Maine’s children, youth and families."
  • Girls on the Run Maine "Transformational physical activity based positive youth development program for girls in 3rd-8th grade."
  • Bangor Area Homeless Shelter "A facility open 365 days a year, providing both overnight shelter as well as a Day Program."
  • National Alliance on Mental Illness Maine "Grassroots, membership-based organization established to enhance the lives of everyone impacted by mental health concerns by offering support, education and advocacy statewide."
  • Sexual Assault Response Services of Southern Maine "Providing free and confidential services to victims of sexual assault since 1973."
  • Planned Parenthood NNE "The largest reproductive health care and sexuality education provider and advocate in northern New England."
  • Frannie Peabody Center "Committed to compassionate care for those affected by HIV/AIDS in Maine."
  • Pine Tree Legal Assistance "Providing high quality, free, civil legal assistance to low-income people in Maine."
  • Catholic Charities "Empowering and strengthening individuals and families of all faiths, by providing innovative, community-based social services throughout Maine."
  • Friends of Casco Bay "The leading environmental organization working to improve and protect the environmental health of Casco Bay."
  • Maine Audubon "Working to conserve Maine’s wildlife and wildlife habitat by engaging people of all ages in education, conservation and action."
  • ACLU Maine "The state's guardian of liberty... active in the courts, the legislature and the public sphere to defend the Constitution and the Bill of Rights for all Mainers.
  • The Telling Room "Nonprofit writing center dedicated to the idea that children and young adults are natural storytellers... The power of creative expression can change our communities and prepare our youth for future success."
  • EqualityMaine "Maine's oldest and largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) political advocacy organization."
  • STRIVE "Serving tweens, teens and young adults with intellectual & emotional disabilities."
  • Maine Legal Services for the Elderly "Providing free, high quality legal services to Maine’s socially and economically needy elderly age 60 and over."
  • Disability Rights Maine "Enhancing and promoting the equality, self-determination, independence, productivity, integration, and inclusion of people with disabilities through education, strategic advocacy, and legal intervention."

The following organizations make up Maine Initiative's 2016 Grants for Change Racial Justice Grantee Cohort. Each of these 10 organizations embody a unique approach to racial justice and racial equity issues in Maine.

  • In Her Presence "Through connecting with immigrant women and girls, we grow our collective empowerment so that our voices may lead in our communities."
  • Maine Immigrants' Rights Coalition "Helping low-income immigrants improve their legal status and works for more just and humane laws and policies affecting immigrants."
  • Maine Inside Out "Initiating dialogue, develops leadership, and builds community across boundaries with collaborative original theater, inside and outside correctional facilities."
  • Maine-Wabanaki REACH "A cross-cultural collaboration that successfully supported the Maine Wabanaki-State Child Welfare Truth and Reconciliation Commission."
  • Mano en Mano "Building a stronger community in Downeast Maine by working with diverse populations to provide educational and affordable housing opportunities, remove barriers to health and social services, and advocate for social justice."
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Fellows "A student-centered group with the mission to advance racial equity and social justice in the Greater Portland area."
  • New Mainers Tenants' Association "Bringing landlords and New Mainers together.."
  • Raise-Op Housing Cooperative "A Lewiston-Auburn-based organization offering democratically controlled housing to its members and organizing residents to build equity for themselves and the greater community."
  • Somali Bantu Community of Lewiston/Auburn "Assisting the Somali Bantu refugee community with the transition to our new lives and to our new home here in Maine." 
  • Tree Street Youth "Supporting the youth of Lewiston-Auburn through programs rooted in academics, the arts, and athletics in a safe space that encourages healthy physical, social, emotional, and academic development while building unity across lines of difference."