Whether it’s in their store or on their website, support the small businesses in your town and towns like yours. No matter who’s on your gift list this year, one of these businesses will have the perfect present for them. The products from these businesses will likely be easier to wrap than what we’ve featured in our gift guides (see those here: Part I | Part II | Part III)!
So, what are you looking for?
Art & Jewelry
With two North Shore locations, Mahri has built on the legacy of its late namesake by continuing to offer wearable art while also expanding into clothing, toys, and gifts. Started by Newport, RI natives, Anchor Bend Glassworks plays a prominent role in the Newport art scene. Their designs are innovative and creative – look at their art and process here.
The League of NH Craftsmen features exactly what you’d expect they would – work from the Granite State’s finest craftspeople. At Lisa Marie’s Made in Maine, you’ll find hundreds of one-of-a-kind products from Maine makers. You’ll never know what you may come across at either of these stores!
Food & Drink
Don’t wait to check out the holiday menu at Sandpiper Bakery! This female-owned Ipswich, MA bakery creates seasonally-influenced menus that support local farmers and practice sustainability. In the heart of Salem, MA sits a store with a mission to celebrate food from small (and local) producers. Browse The Cheese Shop’s selection of cheeses and wines in person or online.
For two decades, Shelburne Vineyard has been pioneering and championing Vermont wines. Find both classic and modern wines at their beautiful winery. If you can’t make it to Shelburne, they can also ship to select states.
For the tiny humans in your life, pop over to Pocket Full of Posies at their Osterville, MA store or on their website. They carry high-quality children’s items meant to be passed down.
Fit in a stop to Green Envy Boutique while enjoying Stowe, VT’s great outdoor activities. They feature top brands offering “elevated essentials.”
All Wildwood Oyster Co., handbags and accessories are inspired by salt air and made locally in our beautiful state of Maine, sewn one product at a time. Designer Becky McKinnell believes in making handbags and necklaces that are fun to wear and will get even more beautiful with age.
Biking, hiking, skiing, snowshoeing, running, climbing – The Arcadian Shop in the Berkshires has an expert for everything. You’ll find a wide range of clothing and gear at this Lenox, MA store. Looking for something to take out on the water? Placid Boatworks in Lake Placid, NY set out with a mission to create the finest pack canoes the Adirondack waterways have ever seen.
Feed a love of reading with a gift from an independent bookstore. When you can’t make it to the store, you can always order online. Support places like The Odyssey Bookshop in South Hadley, MA and Northshire Bookstore in Manchester, VT by purchasing from them.
Health & Wellness
Since opening in 1928, Woodstock, VT’s Clover Gift Shop has been a go-to source for gifts and home décor and, since 2016, locally-made CBD products.
A Little Bit of Everything!
Paper goods, puzzles, jewelry, art supplies, housewares…and the list goes on! Swallowfield in Northeast Harbor, ME offers them all while celebrating contemporary design, women-owned companies, ethically-made goods, social justice, and the beauty of Mount Desert Island. Camden, ME’s Once A Tree offers a wide selection of unique items. Their goal is to showcase as many Maine craftsmen as possible.
For both the Boston General Store in Brookline, MA and the Town Wharf General Store in Mattapoisett, MA, their wide range of offered products celebrate craftsmanship. Shop online or in store for both of these establishments.
Find something from the past at Thoreauly Antiques. In the heart of Concord, MA, the dealers at this antique store are bringing in new items daily. There’s always something new to discover!
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