For the holiday season this year, do your gift shopping locally! Not only does investing in your community support local businesses – local gifting is convenient and gives you the opportunity to find unique and high-quality products that will please even the pickiest person on your list. Maine boasts endlessly unique and talented creators that make all types of goods, so you’re sure to find the perfect gift for your partner, your best friend, or your Yankee swap! To help you get started, we’ve put together a Maine gift guide below.
1. Near & Native Candles (or Candle Refills!)
Founded in Westbrook and run by an all-female team, Near & Native fills the need for a clean burning, sustainable and wonderfully-scented candle. It will be hard to choose from their beautiful fragrances, and the crackling wooden wick adds the most lovely ambiance to any home. Plus, they are reusable – once it’s finished, send your empty candle vessel back for a discounted refill!
2. Maine Woolens Blankets or Throws
Maine Woolens is a locally-owned textile mill in Brunswick offering a huge variety of affordable and beautiful textiles, blankets, and throws. Their high-end materials include natural cotton, bamboo, natural premium-grade American-grown sheep’s wool, alpaca, and much more! Their products are soft, luxe, and so easy to care for (simply wash or dry clean once per year!)
3. Brant & Cochran Axes
Brant & Cochran, based in South Portland, make locally forged axes that are truly the definition of functional art. These beautiful yet sturdy pieces of equipment are a staple for those who spend a lot of time outdoors. They are truly heirloom quality and will last a lifetime!
4. Nine Stones Spa Services
There is no gift appreciated more than the few hours of pure bliss you can only get from a spa treatment! Nine Stones Spa in Portland is the perfect way to unwind and relax. This full-service spa offers various treatment rooms, locker rooms with saunas and showers, nail salon, and a beautiful lounge. From massages to manicures, they do it all at the highest-quality level.
5. Rwanda Bean Coffee
This South Portland-based coffee roaster is more than just mouthwatering coffee – it’s a way to give back! Rwanda Bean practices direct trade and works hand-in-hand with their farmers in Rwanda to provide annual healthcare and other financial support. Their single-origin coffee is so good, this is a can’t-beat gift for anyone in your life!
6. Campfire Pottery Ceramics
Campfire Pottery is a Westbrook-based husband-and-wife ceramic team (the Camps!) whose pieces are centered around creating usable heirlooms, which are both stylish and versatile. Each and every one of their ceramics is stunning and there’s something for everyone. We personally love the to-go coffee mugs!
7. Maine the Way Subscription
Perfect for anyone that loves storytelling, Maine the Way is a quarterly publication that is chock full of curated stories and photography from local Maine creators. With each edition focusing on a loose theme, such as ‘Winter’ or ‘Mountains,’ you are guaranteed to be enraptured by the captivating visuals and timeless stories of Maine.
Cumberland Crossing by OceanView
Cumberland Crossing by OceanView is a Maine independent living community located in picturesque Southern Maine, just miles from the bustling city of Portland. Our community at Cumberland Crossing offers two sustainable, customizable cottages to choose from, complete with an inclusive monthly maintenance fee, so you can spend your hard-earned retirement years enjoying your freedom – and worrying less about the burdens of home ownership!
To learn more about our community or to schedule a tour, please contact us today.