Maine’s most stylish and affordable gifts, made in Maine
Maine is more than just a home for people; It’s a way of life. Maine people are passionate about their state, so much so that some want to represent it in any way they can. Do you know someone who is passionate about Vacationland? Whether they live here year-round, have a summer home, or just love to visit, here are some great gift ideas for the holidays or anytime. These are also great resources to check if you’re involved in a real estate deal with buyers who are moving from out of state, and want to welcome them to Maine with a gift.
Box of Maine is a small, family-owned brewer’s business. They offer over 80 items and allow their customers to customize gift boxes. Depending on your budget, you can choose five, seven, or 10 items to be included in your box.
Although not everything on their list of options is made in Maine, they certainly have ties to Maine. For example, Moxie may have originated in Massachusetts and is now owned by Coca-Cola, but the greater Lewiston-Auburn area celebrates the soft drink every year with a heavily attended Moxie Festival in nearby Lisbon.
Down East Store
With so many custom-made items right here in Maine, The Down East Shop has collaborated with local artisans from all over the state, offering everything from locally handcrafted bags and hats to unique home decor, handcrafted jewelry, and more since 2017.
They are a small team that wraps, packages, and ships all items from their Rockport location. They closed their store at the beginning of the pandemic, but their online store is always open.
You’re probably familiar with navy bags, because they’re very popular. In case you haven’t, they’re known for their tote bags, which are handcrafted from recycled sails, making them so unique that no one is exactly like the other. Although they have expanded their locations across the country over the years, there is not much about this company that is not local. All of their bags are designed and sewn at their headquarters at Custom House Wharf in the heart of Portland’s waterfront, just off Commercial Street.
If their bags are a little out of your budget, they offer a range of Maine-themed accessories as well.
Ian Maxut launched Tinderland Candle at the end of 2022 in Cornish, Maine, with the goal of creating sustainable, natural candles made in Maine. All candles are hand poured using a blend of natural coconut wax and soy wax infused with essential oils to help fill the room with wonderful scents.
We asked Ian what his most ‘Maine’ scents are.
My favorite “Maine” scents are Maine Winter (a beautiful blend of pine, rosemary and cedar), Great Northwoods (a wonderful pine scent) and Balsam Fir (the perfect Maine Christmas tree scent). Our best seller recently, for fall, is Spiced Apple Cider, which is a wonderful blend of apples, cinnamon and vanilla.
Whether you’re looking for a Maine scent, a holiday scent, or many other seasonal scents, these will fill your home or anyone on your holiday list with wonderful scents.
Woods Mine is located in Norway. In collaboration with other partners in Maine, you can find apparel, apparel, accessories and home goods, as well as pillows and blankets that are hand-sewn right here in Maine.
You’ll be hard-pressed not to find something for a Maine lover on your list. You can visit their store during business hours or order from their online store.
Lisa Marie Made in Maine
Lisa Marie has been promoting Maine products in Maine for over thirty years, and has continued to expand her love for locally made products. According to her website, she collaborated with about 50 craftsmen and craftsmen in 2003, and has since collaborated with many others.
Its stores in Portland and Bath remain family owned and operated, and are proud to promote 400 other small Maine businesses that make the likes of jewelry, pottery, photography, books, clothing, chocolate and much more.
With locations in Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts, Stonewall Kitchen is a Maine-based company headquartered in York that features a café with items made from ingredients on its shelves. You’ve probably tried the infamous jam or delicious mustard.
They are also known for their sauces and jellies, among other locally made items. They also have a lot of Maine kitchen items, like hand towels and dishes.
Here are more options:
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