The ultimate holiday gift guide for shopping around Portland and Maine. We have chosen hand-made products from makers around Maine that you are bound to love. Happy Holidays and please enjoy!
Our Favorite Products
This “Home Crate” from CrateFull of Maine brings a tasteful touch of Maine to every room in the home.
These clothespins are perfect for your home! Running Blynd’s clothespins have numerous different cute designs that you can buy in mixed pattern or single pattern packs, ranging from four to twelve clothespins.
Help make the wonderful aromas of winter in Maine last year-round. These sachets from Mandaleigh HOME are hand-packed with fresh balsam that your house guests, hosts, and family/friends will love. Use them as stocking stuffers, keep them in your sock drawer, or put them in your glove box.
Hand, screen printed products for around your home. Not only does North Circle Studios create Tea Towels – the owner, Pamela, screenprints dinner napkins, reusable produce bags, and Swedish cleaning cloths, as well!
What’s better than the state of Maine and the act of opening a bottle? Not much. Tripp Hammer Forge’s hand-forged bottle openers are a great gift for people who are interested and connected to depictions of the great state of Maine – like Trout, Moose Antlers, and Hop Leaves.
These syrups and mixers will spice up any cocktail, mocktail, dessert, or even your morning tea and coffee. Royal Rose Syrups are the house syrup of Split Rock Distilling. It reveals the true spirit of their liquors, unlike other syrups used in-house before. Use these Maine flavors to show your loved ones a true taste of Maine that they can incorporate into their daily lives.
Enjoying a cool cup of eggnog, Maine-brewed IPA, or holiday cocktail? Put it on a coaster! Even better if it has the Maine flag burned into it. All of The Burne Cellar’s products are hand-burned in Brunswick, Maine.
Maine themed wine glasses gifted with a local bottle of wine – nothing better! You may have to look elsewhere for the bottle of wine, (perhaps Old Port Wine Merchants) but look no further for the glass! ReclaiMEd Sign Company makes etched wine glasses. The etched designs range from the obvious, in the picture provided, to sailboats, pine trees, loon, trouts, different variations of the state of Maine, and the written word “Maine”.
Shop in Portland
The Salt Cellar is for all of your adventurous chef friends. Their current deal, A Three-Pack of Gourmet Sea Salts for $24, will allow you to choose three unique flavors for yourself, a family member, or a friend. If you need another gift on the side, they have a great bath and spa products, as well!
Fitz and Bennett, located in the Old Port, has a great collection of houseware products, many products from local makers. These are just a few of our favorite products – The Eventide Cook Book, The Ceramic Maine Ornament, and The Skiers Mini Pitcher.
After all of these months in semi- and full-quarantine, we all need a way to relax and refresh. Soakology is open for in-person business! They allow you to choose a personalized steaming soak solution that will fit all of your needs. What luck! You can soak your feet in their high-quality essential oils and sip their hand-selected tea.
Angela Adams creates home decor including collections of furniture, area rugs, and accessories. This clutch bag shows their unique design that can be seen on many of their rugs. It’s great for makeup, toiletries, or as an everyday wallet!
Support family business and visit Bobbles & Lace! This aunt and niece team have a shared love and history with style. Lindsay had a mobile boutique in LA and Valerie founded Bobbles jewelry in Marblehead, MA. Come check out their affordable fashion!
Maine is a community that is rich in talent, craftsmanship, and creativity. Flowers & Candy knows that! They carry handcrafted, small-batch leather, wood, and metal products that have strong utility and beauty. You can truly find something for everyone here!
Baby shower, bridal shower, wedding present, house warming present, and stocking stuffers. Blanch + Mimi truly has it all! Their carefully curated collection is truly perfect for any occasion.
Everyone’s mood throughout this whole pandemic. Old Port Card Works obviously gets it. Visit them on Moulton Street for shirts, socks, soaps, fun knick-knacks, bags, and more. If you can’t make a decision, then purchase a gift card so your gift recipient can choose their own!
Se Vende showcases hand-selected jewelry and other products from small makers in countries like Turkey, Israel, Argentina, and Bali. You should be happy to know that the owners, Olive and Sage, are friends with many of the artisans they buy from! Visit them on Exchange Street in Portland and Main Street in Damariscotta.
Do you remember how good it feels to hold a new book? Encourage your friends and family to put down the remote and pick up a book! Although Longfellow Books isn’t currently open to the public, they are available for curbside pickup and are waiving any shipping fees! Place your orders via their website or call them at (207) 772-4045.
Visit Venn + Maker in the West End of Portland. They carry high-quality, handmade goods, and they have strong relationships with the talented makers who supply the store. Their products include pillows, candles, jewelry, cards, apothecary products, kitchen supplies, and more.
In early 2020, Fiore Home set up a shop within Venn + Maker. They offer modernly upholstered and wood furniture – the only retailer in Maine to carry Ethniccraft, a Scandinavian-inspired furniture line.
Judith is a concept shop with a focus on women’s contemporary clothing, accessories, and special objects. Their flagship store, on Middle Street, carries dozens of popular designers. The store’s products are constantly rotating and will fit anyone’s taste or needs.
Are you more interested in shopping sustainably? Find yourself at Find! Located in Portland’s Old Port and the Historic Arts District, Find carries carefully selected second-hand and vintage clothes – original, upcycled, and altered apparel – as well as vintage and locally made jewelry.
Motifs may be one of the best stores in Portland, Maine for stocking stuffers, knick-knacks, housewarming gifts, and hostess gifts. This store carries a little bit of everything – candles in varying sizes, face masks, nature-themed puzzles, house decoration, and more.
Unique, handmade art! Walking through Abacus is always always a fun experience – you’ll see products that you’ve never seen before! They carry handcrafted, silver jewelry, unique decorations for the home, and, our favorite right now, their prints! Visit Abacus in Boothbay Harbor, Freeport, Portland, Kennebunkport, and Ogunquit.
Season after season, Bliss continues to be one of New England’s most sought after shopping destinations. Visit them in Portland, Maine, Portsmouth, New Hampshire, or online. You’ll find dresses for all occasions, stacks of jeans, lovely sweaters, seductive lingerie, and much more. Visit Bliss for a selection of hand-picked brands and products!
“There is an inherent beauty in something made one at a time.” Rough and Tumble’s products are made to feel rugged and understated. The leathers and textiles are regularly changing which keeps their products constantly developing. Visit them on Middle St in Portland, Main St in Brunswick, and online.
Portland Dry Goods carefully curates their product line to serve their local customers and presents out-of-towners a look into what fashionable Mainers are wearing today. They carry men’s and women’s especially, and US-made soft goods, clothing, and footwear. Recognized brands include Redwing, Barbour, Canada Goose, and Carhart’s Work In Progress.
Eat & Drink in Portland
Restaurants have been getting creative since the beginning of COVID. It has been crucial that they create different ways to generate income while keeping them and their customers safe. We have chosen some local businesses with alternatives to traditional dining that we think you will love.
Local 188 has picked up a side gig, Grocer 188. Check out their website for a list of groceries – dry & canned goods, produce, garden goods, dairy, meat and fish, paper goods, and take-out beverages including beer, wine, house cocktails, and house-made kombucha.
Local 188 is also open for indoor and outdoor dining. They have heat lamps outside to keep customers warm in the cold weather, high ceilings inside, and socially distanced tables. Purchase gift cards, so friends and family members can either order groceries from Grocer 188, come in to eat, or take out meals from Local 188.
Sur Lie is providing an alternative to traditional dining with Sur Lie Farmer Baskets. The Farmer Baskets provides about four meals per person. It offers a weekly selection of rotating vegetables from local farmers and cheese from local cheesemakers. They also have ready-to-cook meats that you can add to customize your basket, as well as bread from Standard Baking Co. There are many other ways to customize your basket – check it out here!
Who doesn’t love wine during the holidays? Maine & Loire brings you a carefully curated collection of natural wine. Many of the shop’s favorite producers are from a place in France called Maine-et-Loire, mainly the Loire Valley. Give gift cards, bottles, curated packages, and wine shares. The employees are passionate and knowledgeable. They will help you find the best choice for your friends and family!
Located in downtown Portland, Maine, Vena’s Fizz House has mastered drinks for the whole family – from botanically infused sodas to mocktails to cocktails. Our favorite products, as featured in Cratefull of Maine’s Cocktail Crate, are their infusion jars – just add liquor and enjoy!
Although visiting breweries may be out of season, it’s always a season for beer! Allagash Brewery finally has six-packs of Allagash White. They are available for walk-in pickups and delivery. Beer lovers will be thrilled!
One of our favorite perks of the pandemic has been cocktails to go – Blyth & Burrows offers their signature cocktails to go (as long as you order food, as well – per Maine State law). Along with their cocktails, you can order craft beer, wine by the bottle, and food, of course. If you’re feeling extra generous, buy the staff a round!
Nothing better to bring to a dinner party than cheese, meat, fancy crackers, and a nice bottle of wine. The Cheese Shop of Portland is available for in-store shopping and curbside pickup! They carry popular Maine-made products like Mill Cove and Rustic Bakery Crackers, Shovel and Spoon Dips, and local meats. Online ordering is as easy as 1, 2, 3, 4.
If you decide to visit the Cheese Shop or order curbside pickup, make sure to stop by Maine Craft Distilling for seasonal slushies to go – drink them while you’re waiting! You can also pick up their canned cocktails – the Maine Mule, Blueberry Lemonade, Cranberry Island Cocktail, the classic Gin and Tonic, Italian Orange Spritz, and a Blackcap Vodka and Soda. If you want to bring a good bottle of liquor to a dinner party, check out their selection here.
Who doesn’t love a candle? Some might consider it the best gift around – you really can’t go wrong. Even better, are locally made, soy wax candles from Mainely Candle Co.
Pemaquid Oils’ product line is perfect for anyone interested in all-natural healing and good energy. Essential Oils, Hemp Extract Oils, and body salves, balms, and oils make for perfect stocking stuffers for friends and family! This young, small business has collected its products from all over the world to deliver high quality, natural, and pure products that are sure to make a positive splash in your life.
Eliza, of Morris and Essex works with other talented workers in her farmhouse in Cornish, Maine to create hand-printed scarves, tea towels, cards, face masks, and more! These products are perfect for a full day – coffee in the morning, a scarf to keep you warm, and a face mask to keep you safe.
Imagine being able to wear this cozy, funky, well-designed sweatshirt every day – especially in colder weather. As we often experience in the Northeast. More & Co. designs these sweatshirts, but most importantly, they make these crazy prints!
Shop Maine Crafts Association for a collection of art and products from makers around Maine. These products are specially selected to bring customers the best of Maine makers. Products include jewelry, personal care items, and ceramic, wood, paper, stone, glass, and fiber art.
Love lobster, but can’t have it every day? So do we! Bring this Lobstah Trap Caddy into your kitchen for silverware, napkins, condiments, or spices. I wouldn’t be past using it as a shower caddy!
Maine Sea Bags are a staple Maine product. If you’ve spent any time in Maine, then you know that they are a favorite local item. The sun, sea, and salt shape these bags and accessories before they are transformed into these nautical products.
Share Maine with your friends and family. Cratefull of Maine curates and creates gift crates with products from makers around Maine. Some of their wonderful crates include a Blueberry Crate, a Snack Crate, a Chocolate Crate, a Lighthouse Crate, their new Maine Home Crate (with products from this gift guide!), and their infamous Taste of Maine Crate!
For your earth-loving, sustainable, and fashion-forward friends, choose Suger. The designer, Roxi Suger uses sustainable, plant-based fabrics. She has been at the forefront of the sustainable clothing movement, as well as committing herself to charity.
Local masks have definitely not been hard to come by. However, we think it’s good to have reliable businesses that you know have good products as well as knowing you’re supporting local makers. Give the gift of local masks to family members and friends:
- Casco Totes
- 320 Ink
- Ann Tracy
- Anne Riggs Designs
- Face Mask Just ASK
- Baggu Face Masks from Fitz & Bennett
- Singer Vintage
It feels like the State of Maine’s flag (green pine tree and blue star) has become more and more popular over the past few years. Original Maine has a few key products that use the flag, like trucker hats, clutches, and pillows.
Give the gift of sweets! These cinnamon buns from The Cupboard Cafe in New Harbor, Maine are shipped all over the country for holidays, special occasions, or to say ‘I love you.’ There is nothing better than cinnamon buns on Christmas morning. Just saying! They can be saved in the freezer or shared immediately with friends and family.
Anyone from Maine, who has ever visited Maine, or has shown any interest in Maine would probably enjoy a lobster roll. Eventide Oyster ships their brown butter lobster rolls all over the US. We all know that there is nothing like fresh-picked lobster, so this is just about as close as you will get!
Baseball can be a bit controversial, but Buoy Bat baseball most definitely is not. Bring the whole family outside at first thaw, and get swinging! Everyone will love this game from LiveMe. You can also get t-shirts for everyone in the family! Can’t go wrong with this.
We hope this gift guide finds you well this holiday season! Please continue to support Maine businesses through these trying times. We need to do everything we can to keep them in business! We are in this together. Happy holidays, from Portland Old Port!