‘Tis the season and with so many gifts to get and so little time to get them, we’re here to help with the Ultimate Gift Guide to Shopping In Portland, Maine and beyond.
CrateFull of Maine
If you’ve got someone in your life that seemingly has everything, there’s always a CrateFull of Maine. Each crate is filled with a variety of Maine-made products that are catered to chocolate lovers, lighthouse lovers and more.
Designs By CC
One of the most eclectic shops in the Old Port is Designs By CC. The entire store is filled with a fabulous array of Maine-made tourmaline jewelry as well as extensive gold and vintage collections.
Flowers & Candy
Don’t be fooled by the name, Flowers & Candy has more than just flowers and candy. They carefully curate their collection of beauty products, shoes, hats and more.
Maine Souvenir Shop
You’ve probably seen dozens of people walking around with hats and shirts featuring the classic Maine flag logo. Where do you find that? At the Maine Souvenir Shop along with a selection of other products all created and crafted by Maine makers.
Books remain one of the great timeless gifts that can be given during the holidays and Sherman’s Books has plenty of them. Maine’s oldest bookstore resides in the Old Port and is stocked with new releases, classics and children’s titles.
If you’ve got a home cook in your life or an aspiring one, LeRoux Kitchen is chock full of items to make your home kitchen feel profession. From grill pans to griddles, dutch ovens to cast iron pans along with all goodies to make your meals taste delicious.
There’s something magical about walking the aisles of a toy store and it’s still a reality in the Old Port at Treehouse Toys. The aisles are filled with some iconic toys as well as the current-day best sellers.
Portland Trading Co.
It’s not just food and drink that’s trendy in Portland, it’s also some of the modern boutiques. Portland Trading Co. falls into that category, with a great selection of men’s and women’s products for those looking to enhance their style.
Lisa Marie’s Made In Maine
If you’re looking to score a truly unique gift for someone in your life, Lisa Marie’s Made In Maine can probably help. The store is filled with hundreds of one-of-a-kind products from Maine makers.
The Fish & Bone
What about the pets? At the Fish & Bone, they offer a selection of Maine-based pet products that include durable toys to high quality pet products that will leave your furry friend very happy.
A gem in the Portland scene, Chart Metalworks offers up everything from necklaces to earrings, key rings to money clips. All of their pieces are handcrafted to create an extra special feel.
Coast City Comics
If you need to spice up your shopping experience with some fun, swing by Coast City Comics. They’ve got plenty of great stuff for sale, like back issues of classic comics, board games, video games, toys and more. But they’ve also got an arcade where you can take a break.
Whomever said candy isn’t the perfect holiday gift was completely wrong and Dean’s Sweets can prove it. They offer up a variety of gourmet Maine made truffles and other chocolate-to-go gift boxes that will put a smile on anyone’s face.
Sea Bags aren’t a secret anymore but that doesn’t make them any less fashionable and in demand. Sea Bags recently opened their new flagship store on Commercial Street that features an incredible selection of designs ready to be had.
A longtime favorite of locals in Portland, Longfellow Books remains a destination for those that still enjoy walking the aisles of a well-organized bookstore that features new and familiar titles.
Pinecone + Chickadee
If you’re stumped on an idea for someone special, Pinecone + Chickadee may be the perfect place to find the answer. A shop filled with unique oddities, vintage finds and unusual items, it’s a place you walk into with no expectations and walk out of with a bag full of items.
Fitz & Bennett Home
If you want your home (or someone else’s) to stand out, make sure to stop in at Fitz & Bennett Home. A store filled with uncommon home decor items as well as other novel holiday gifts.
The Salt Cellar
One of the most unique stores in Portland, The Salt Cellar offers a variety of bath and spa products as well as sea salts. They specialize in Himalayan salt blocks and salt lamps. If you’re into experiences, pay close attention to their salt vault.
Danforth Pewter has become known for their annual selection of holiday ornaments. Beyond that, the store is filled with other holiday decor, oil lamps and handcrafted gifts.
For the furry family members in your life, holiday gifts abound at Uncommon Paws. Whether it be designer collars, leashes and harnesses or other quirky toys and all-natural products, your pets will feel the love.
Cool As A Moose
If you’re looking to snag anything and everything with Maine printed on it, Cool As A Moose has you covered. From hats and shirts to magnets and mugs, you won’t have to guess where you are when shopping inside the store.
D. Cole Jewelers
Since 1981, D. Cole Jewelers has been specializing in rings, bracelets, necklaces, earrings and other original, handcrafted jewelry. A family-owned business, they remain a fixture in Portland’s Old Port.
Another family-0wned business, Chilton Furniture continues to produce quality, handcrafted American-made furniture as they have for more than a century. Looking for an original or exclusive design? Look no further.
Portland Dry Goods
Another sneaky good shop to grab hip, high-quality his and hers clothing is Portland Dry Goods. The store also features well thought out shoe and accessory pairings as well.
Get Maine Lobster
Lobster as a gift for the holidays? You bet. Get Maine Lobster offers up a variety of different ways to get your hands on delicious Maine lobster and pass the goodness onto someone in your life that will truly savor every bite.
A Maine-based manufacturer, designer and retailer, Jill McGowan has become well-known for her white shirts. They’re in stock at the Jill McGowan flagship store along with many other casual women’s offerings.
Zen Bear Honey Tea
Surprise a tea drinker in your life with something special from Zen Bear Honey Tea. All their tea offerings are gently infused with herbs, spices, honey and more that make this a flawless (and warming) holiday gift.
Delighting fans for nearly a decade, Alaina Marie specializes in mesh handbags that were inspired by a lobsterman’s bait bag. Crafted with marine-grade materials, they are fashionable, durable and handmade in Maine.
For home cooks everywhere, Skordo remains a one-stop shop for every need possible. From gift sets and recipe kits to cookbooks and spice blends, Skordo can help make an amateur chef feel like a professional.
Whether you love to ski, surf, hunt or drink beer, there’s a LiveME shirt, hoodie, or hat that will represent your lifestyle. The brand continues to be strong in Maine with a variety of fashionable offerings online.
Escaping from it all does sound awfully inviting and you can pretty much accomplish that with a trip to Fortland. It’s a camping resort set within Civil War Fort Scammell on House Island in Casco Bay that features some serious glamping options and beautiful scenery.
A boutique spa offering massages, foot soaks and more, Soakology remains a local favorite. Soakology is also home to a tea bar, featuring a variety of different delicious beverages to enjoy while reaching zen.
So you really want to be a good home cook and don’t know where to start? Bravo Maine can probably help. They offer a variety of cooking demonstrations and classes, for individuals and families alike.
Perhaps one of Portland’s best kept secrets, the Recovery Room quietly exists as a hip IV spa perfect for people who need to recover from a lively night out or those looking for a little help with small medical issues.
H&E Paint Bar
There’s getting your nails done and then there’s taking your nails to another level. H&E Paint Bar offer some crazy and creative designs, plus the kind of award-winning service that has put them on the map.
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!