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Hey. 

Here are a ton of things from Maine that—if you do the whole holiday gift giving thing—you should consider buying rather than getting stuff from the mall or whatever. I mean, the mall is cool. I worked there a ton when I was a teenager and that was a formative experience. But here you can buy directly from the folks who make these things, or you can buy from shops that are more or less in your back yard. 

This is—I don’t know—the 7th time I’ve put this together? The mission is to make it so that you can buy locally made things straight from local vendors. The guide is not as grandiose as it was last year, but I didn’t think we’d be compiling this list this year at all. I am moving to Nashville early next year to open up a second Knack Factory office (Knack Factory is alive and well and continuing to thrive here in Maine) and that ended up overwhelming a lot of the time we’d otherwise have put into planning. But a number of vendors asked if it was going to happen and noted their appreciation for the guide and so here we are.

Every thank you in the world to Might + Main for designing the Maine Gift Guide site, look, vibe, and everything that makes this look like a professional operation. 

One of the biggest advocates for getting the list up and running was Emily Page, co-owner of Townie Supply Co., who was so eager to make this happen that she did literally 95% of the work it required to get it together. Thank you so much, Emily, for making this thing happen. 

Oh, by the way, here are a few of my top picks that aren’t exactly gifts: 

My great friend Lauren Rioux is playing a show at One Longfellow Square. She will be joined by other friends and extraordinarily talented musicians Brittany Haas (Live from Here, David Rawlings Machine, Hawktail), OLS fave Joe K. Walsh (Mr. Sun), Yann Falquet (Genticorum) and special guest Claire Scott. This event will blow you away, I promise. Check it out. 

PICNIC is a great place to buy locally crafted gifts, as is the MECA Holiday Sale. Have you ever gone to Kennebunk’s Prelude events? It is beautiful and people get adorably sloppily wine drunk. 

If you’re hankering to give to some good, local causes, there is a hearty list of organizations to consider down below, but might I suggest MaineTransNet, Speak About It, The Travis Mills Foundation, or Maine Immigrants Legal Advocacy Project

If you're giving the gift of books or music, please shop with our friends at Print Bookstore and Bullmoose, or any of the amazing independently owned shops throughout the state. 

Okay, I think that’s it. Happy shopping, everybody. 

Alex Steed
Knack Factory

 
 
 Benny Backpack [$48] by   Rogue Wear

Benny Backpack [$48] by Rogue Wear

 Kraken Flask [$65] by way of     Minka

Kraken Flask [$65] by way of Minka

 Serving Board with Spreader [$75] by way of   Handsome Tool Co.

Serving Board with Spreader [$75] by way of Handsome Tool Co.

 The OG Townie Hoodie, [$35] by way of   Townie Supply Co.

The OG Townie Hoodie, [$35] by way of Townie Supply Co.

 Shot Glasses, Mugs, Flasks [Starting at $9] by way of   C & M Ceramics

Shot Glasses, Mugs, Flasks [Starting at $9] by way of C & M Ceramics

 Amato’s Gift Card [any amount] by way of   Amato’s

Amato’s Gift Card [any amount] by way of Amato’s

 Seagrass Pearl Necklace [$349] by way of   Maggie Bokor

Seagrass Pearl Necklace [$349] by way of Maggie Bokor

 Downeast Dealer game [$20] by way of   Downeast Dealer

Downeast Dealer game [$20] by way of Downeast Dealer

 Dirigo Mugs [$36] by way of   Might & Main

Dirigo Mugs [$36] by way of Might & Main

 Lobster Treats [$11] by way of   Two Salty Dogs

Lobster Treats [$11] by way of Two Salty Dogs

 Quarterly Magazine Subscription [$90] by way of   Maine the Way

Quarterly Magazine Subscription [$90] by way of Maine the Way

 Hydrating Lip Serum [$18] by way of   True North Beauty

Hydrating Lip Serum [$18] by way of True North Beauty

 Custom Coordinate Bowtie [$129] by way of   Bowtie.com

Custom Coordinate Bowtie [$129] by way of Bowtie.com

 Allen’s Coffee Brandy [around 12 bucks] by way of   Allen’s

Allen’s Coffee Brandy [around 12 bucks] by way of Allen’s

 Hankerchief by way of   Maineland Design Co.

Hankerchief by way of Maineland Design Co.

 Allagash Scarf [$195] by way of   Woodboogah

Allagash Scarf [$195] by way of Woodboogah

 Allagash 7-panel Hat [$25] by way of   Allagash Brewing Company

Allagash 7-panel Hat [$25] by way of Allagash Brewing Company

 Mountains of Maine T-Shirt [$28] by way of   Hills & Trails

Mountains of Maine T-Shirt [$28] by way of Hills & Trails

 Coffee & Vinyl Subscription [$35] by way of   Tandem Coffee

Coffee & Vinyl Subscription [$35] by way of Tandem Coffee

 Gift Certificate for Locally-Raised Angus Beef [Varies] by way of   Roebucks Angus

Gift Certificate for Locally-Raised Angus Beef [Varies] by way of Roebucks Angus

 Fun Box Monster Emporium T-Shirts [$14] by way of   Coast City Comics

Fun Box Monster Emporium T-Shirts [$14] by way of Coast City Comics

 Maine Rope Dog Leash [$16] by way of   Maine Rope Mats

Maine Rope Dog Leash [$16] by way of Maine Rope Mats

 Dirigo Beanie [$35] by way of   Might & Main

Dirigo Beanie [$35] by way of Might & Main

 Large Leather Tote [$182] by way of   Maine Bags & Goods

Large Leather Tote [$182] by way of Maine Bags & Goods

 10-Pack 10mg Hemp Coconut Lime Lollipop [$30] by way of   Virgo Moon Botanicals

10-Pack 10mg Hemp Coconut Lime Lollipop [$30] by way of Virgo Moon Botanicals

 Beaded Necklace Set [$136] by way of   Sarah Crawford Handcrafted Jewelry

Beaded Necklace Set [$136] by way of Sarah Crawford Handcrafted Jewelry

 Classic Logo Football Tee [$28] by way of   Hi-Pal

Classic Logo Football Tee [$28] by way of Hi-Pal

 The Brunswick Bucket [$458] by way of   Rough & Tumble

The Brunswick Bucket [$458] by way of Rough & Tumble

 Kids Lobster Sweatshirt [$28] by way of   Milo in Maine

Kids Lobster Sweatshirt [$28] by way of Milo in Maine

 Vive L’Acadie! Album [$12] by way of   The Mallett Brothers Band

Vive L’Acadie! Album [$12] by way of The Mallett Brothers Band

 Four Tin Gift Sampler [$20] by way of   Little Red Cup Tea

Four Tin Gift Sampler [$20] by way of Little Red Cup Tea

 What Will We Do Album [$15] by way of   Lula Wiles

What Will We Do Album [$15] by way of Lula Wiles

 1 oz. Tin of Leather Balm [$8] by way of   Smith’s Leather Balm

1 oz. Tin of Leather Balm [$8] by way of Smith’s Leather Balm

 Limited Edition AB + Co. x Liz Long Enamel Mug [$20] by way of   Adam Burk + Co .

Limited Edition AB + Co. x Liz Long Enamel Mug [$20] by way of Adam Burk + Co.

 Tourmaline Bar Necklace [$18] by way of   Cynthia Mae Designs

Tourmaline Bar Necklace [$18] by way of Cynthia Mae Designs

 Bolt Earrings [$168] by way of   Ponomo

Bolt Earrings [$168] by way of Ponomo

 Eyebrow Potion [$10] by way of   Rooted Earth

Eyebrow Potion [$10] by way of Rooted Earth

 Seaweed Sprinkles 3-Pack [$21] by way of   Oceans Balance

Seaweed Sprinkles 3-Pack [$21] by way of Oceans Balance

 10-Item Box Of Maine [$65] by way of   Box of Maine

10-Item Box Of Maine [$65] by way of Box of Maine

 Three Pepper Jack Cheese [$4.50] by way of   Pineland Farms

Three Pepper Jack Cheese [$4.50] by way of Pineland Farms

 Resurgam Hot Sauce Giftbox [$24] by way of   Resurgam Fermentation

Resurgam Hot Sauce Giftbox [$24] by way of Resurgam Fermentation

 Maple-Smoked Sea Salt Grinder by way of   Maine Sea Salt Co.

Maple-Smoked Sea Salt Grinder by way of Maine Sea Salt Co.

 10-Pack Sampler by way of   Raye’s Mustard

10-Pack Sampler by way of Raye’s Mustard

 Now You See the Sky [$16] by way of   Print Bookstore

Now You See the Sky [$16] by way of Print Bookstore

 Maine Woods Soy Candle [$16] by way of   Scent Simple

Maine Woods Soy Candle [$16] by way of Scent Simple

 LL Bean x Flowfold Center Zip Pack [$149] by way of   Flowfold

LL Bean x Flowfold Center Zip Pack [$149] by way of Flowfold

 The Resurgam Necklace [$125] by way of   Might & Main

The Resurgam Necklace [$125] by way of Might & Main

 I’d Tap That Tee [$24] by way of   Townie Supply Co.

I’d Tap That Tee [$24] by way of Townie Supply Co.

 LoveME Elk Beanie [$29] by way of   LiveME

LoveME Elk Beanie [$29] by way of LiveME

 Swirl Sgraffito Bowls [$30] by way of   Zwellyn Pottery

Swirl Sgraffito Bowls [$30] by way of Zwellyn Pottery

 Tickets to Lauren Rioux & The Stocking Stuffers [$20] by way of   One Longfellow Square

Tickets to Lauren Rioux & The Stocking Stuffers [$20] by way of One Longfellow Square

 2-lb Live Maine Lobster [$38] by way of   Maine Lobster Now

2-lb Live Maine Lobster [$38] by way of Maine Lobster Now

 Mom Cuffs [$10] by way of   Grit & Pearl

Mom Cuffs [$10] by way of Grit & Pearl

 Children’s Book [$22] by way of   Spose

Children’s Book [$22] by way of Spose

 The 2019 IVF Planner [$30] by way of   Fertility in Focus

The 2019 IVF Planner [$30] by way of Fertility in Focus

 Wool Dryer Balls Starter Pack [$29] by way of   Loo-Hoo

Wool Dryer Balls Starter Pack [$29] by way of Loo-Hoo

 Maine State Greeting Card [$5] by way of   Morris + Essex

Maine State Greeting Card [$5] by way of Morris + Essex

 Hard-Carved Salad Servers [$75] by way of   Rusted Pulchritude

Hard-Carved Salad Servers [$75] by way of Rusted Pulchritude

 Mouse Skull Pendant Necklace [$46] by way of   wishbone

Mouse Skull Pendant Necklace [$46] by way of wishbone

 Maine Alphabet Print [$35] by way of   Three Little Words

Maine Alphabet Print [$35] by way of Three Little Words

 Restore Tonic [$15] by way of   Herbal Revolution

Restore Tonic [$15] by way of Herbal Revolution

 Workshop/Shop Access Gift Certificate [$125] by way of   Pickwick Independent Press

Workshop/Shop Access Gift Certificate [$125] by way of Pickwick Independent Press

 No Boring Stories! [$18] by way of   Print Bookstore

No Boring Stories! [$18] by way of Print Bookstore

 Stress Be Gone Tincture [$15] by way of   Avena Botanicals

Stress Be Gone Tincture [$15] by way of Avena Botanicals

 Eighteen Twenty Wines Gift Certificate [Varies] by way of   eighteen twenty wines

Eighteen Twenty Wines Gift Certificate [Varies] by way of eighteen twenty wines

 Plumeria Ornament [$22] by way of   Paper & Pearls

Plumeria Ornament [$22] by way of Paper & Pearls

 Gold Circle Scarf [$139] by way of   South Street Linen

Gold Circle Scarf [$139] by way of South Street Linen

 Shea Butter + Aloe Hand Cream [$9] by way of   Five Islands Body Co.

Shea Butter + Aloe Hand Cream [$9] by way of Five Islands Body Co.

 Main Street Moxie Festival Tee [$18] by way of   Eastcraeft

Main Street Moxie Festival Tee [$18] by way of Eastcraeft

 Block Print Hedgehog Card [$4] by way of   Different Path Designs

Block Print Hedgehog Card [$4] by way of Different Path Designs

 “Broken Things” Album [$4] by way of   Joel Thetford

“Broken Things” Album [$4] by way of Joel Thetford

 Deerskin-Lined Double-Sole Leather Moccasins [$130] by way of   Town View Leather

Deerskin-Lined Double-Sole Leather Moccasins [$130] by way of Town View Leather

 Handmade Chop Blocks and Cutting Boards [Varies] by way of   S.E. Hall Furniture & Design

Handmade Chop Blocks and Cutting Boards [Varies] by way of S.E. Hall Furniture & Design

 Nesting Bowl set [$45] by way of   Becky Pottery

Nesting Bowl set [$45] by way of Becky Pottery

 Porter Bowtie [$59] by way of   Bowline    Co.

Porter Bowtie [$59] by way of Bowline Co.

 Food Tour Gift Certificate [$79] by way of   Maine Food For Thought Tours

Food Tour Gift Certificate [$79] by way of Maine Food For Thought Tours

 Waffle Tumbler [$36] by way of   Campfire Studio Design

Waffle Tumbler [$36] by way of Campfire Studio Design

 Midden [$22] by way of   Print Bookstore

Midden [$22] by way of Print Bookstore

 2019 Wall Calendar [$30] by way of   Last Light Studio

2019 Wall Calendar [$30] by way of Last Light Studio

 Seaweed Tea Variety 4-Pack [$40] by way of   Cup of Sea

Seaweed Tea Variety 4-Pack [$40] by way of Cup of Sea

 Bad Hombre Lip Balm [$5] by way of   Long Winter Soap Company

Bad Hombre Lip Balm [$5] by way of Long Winter Soap Company

 The Kennebec Maple Burl Wood Fountain Pen [$130] by way of   The Acadian

The Kennebec Maple Burl Wood Fountain Pen [$130] by way of The Acadian

 Maine Brew Bus Tour Gift Certificate [Varies] by way of   Maine Brew Bus

Maine Brew Bus Tour Gift Certificate [Varies] by way of Maine Brew Bus

 Pinstripe Blanket [$264] by way of   Harlow Henry

Pinstripe Blanket [$264] by way of Harlow Henry

 Original Maine Flag [from $55] by way of   Original Maine

Original Maine Flag [from $55] by way of Original Maine

 The Destiny Thief [$26] by way of   Print Bookstore

The Destiny Thief [$26] by way of Print Bookstore

 Moon Phase Necklace [$47] by way of   Stellar Creature

Moon Phase Necklace [$47] by way of Stellar Creature

 Just a Dog From Maine Collar [$19] by way of   Catalyst For Change

Just a Dog From Maine Collar [$19] by way of Catalyst For Change

 Safe & Snug Winter Bomber Hat [$35] by way of   Co*amplify

Safe & Snug Winter Bomber Hat [$35] by way of Co*amplify

 Handcrafted Maine Love [$75] by way of   Kurier

Handcrafted Maine Love [$75] by way of Kurier

 Nautical Heart Knot Necklace [$90] by way of   wildwood oyster co.

Nautical Heart Knot Necklace [$90] by way of wildwood oyster co.

 Classic Knit Beanie [from $18] by way of   Noe Made

Classic Knit Beanie [from $18] by way of Noe Made

 Select Aged Maine Kombu 2017 (4oz) [$20] by way of   Maine Heritage Seaweed

Select Aged Maine Kombu 2017 (4oz) [$20] by way of Maine Heritage Seaweed

 Handcrafted Maine (Hardcover) [$40] by way of   Print

Handcrafted Maine (Hardcover) [$40] by way of Print

 Facial Care Trio Set [$35] by way of   SoulShine Soap Co.

Facial Care Trio Set [$35] by way of SoulShine Soap Co.

 Deco Vessel [$190] by way of   Spadone Home

Deco Vessel [$190] by way of Spadone Home

 Buoy Ornaments [$38] by way of   Thirdlee & Co.

Buoy Ornaments [$38] by way of Thirdlee & Co.

 Life Ring Coasters [$37] by way of   Benoit’s Design Co.

Life Ring Coasters [$37] by way of Benoit’s Design Co.

 Tea Tree & Mint Goat’s Milk Soap [$6.50] by way of   Maine Naturals

Tea Tree & Mint Goat’s Milk Soap [$6.50] by way of Maine Naturals

 7 Organic Seasonings in Magnetic Jars [$50] by way of   Gneiss Spice

7 Organic Seasonings in Magnetic Jars [$50] by way of Gneiss Spice

 Call Me American [$27] by way of     Print Bookstore

Call Me American [$27] by way of Print Bookstore

COMMUNITY GIVING 

Some great organizations doing important work to make Maine a better place. Please consider supporting their efforts by making a donation.

  • Maine Youth Leadership "Working with Maine youth to seek out, recognize and develop their leadership skills."

  • MaineShare "Providing funding to over 40 statewide organizations working every day to make Maine a better place to live."

  • Hardy Girls, Healthy Women "Dedicated to the health and well being of girls and women."

  • Cultivating Community "Creating and sustaining greater access to healthy, local foods; empowers people to play many roles in restoring the local, sustainable food system; and models, teaches, and advocates for ecological food production."

  • Maine Humanities Council "Using literature, history, philosophy, and culture, the MHC brings people together in conversation that crosses social, economic, and cultural barriers."

  • Speak About It "Partnering with high schools and colleges to educate, entertain, and empower students to create positive change within their communities, advocate for and practice healthy relationship habits, and prevent sexual violence."

  • WMPG "Empowering University of Southern Maine students and community members to create diverse, innovative, high quality media, foster the exchange of ideas, and celebrate the many cultures of USM and surrounding communities for broadcast to the world."

  • Maine Youth Rock Orchestra "Reinventing and revolutionizing music education through programming, concerts and opportunities for all of our students, building them musically and emotionally, while contributing to better our communities around us."

  • SPACE Gallery "Supporting contemporary arts projects, championing artists, and encouraging an open exchange of ideas."

  • GrowSmart Maine "Building lasting prosperity without sacrificing the quality of life that defines Maine."

  • Travis Mills Foundation "Benefitting and assisting wounded and injured veterans and their families."

  • Good Shepherd Food Bank "Relying on its relationships with Maine’s food industry in order to gather millions of pounds of food each year."

  • Preble Street "Providing accessible barrier-free services to empower people experiencing problems with homelessness, housing, hunger, and poverty and to advocate for solutions to those problems."

  • Woodfords Family Services "Committed to the support and inclusion of people with special needs and their families in Maine communities."

  • Maine Public "Connecting the people of Maine to each other and to the world through the open exchange of information, ideas and cultural content."

  • Maine Children's Alliance "Committed to improving the lives of Maine’s children, youth and families."

  • Girls on the Run Maine "Transformational physical activity based positive youth development program for girls in 3rd-8th grade."

  • Bangor Area Homeless Shelter "A facility open 365 days a year, providing both overnight shelter as well as a Day Program."

  • National Alliance on Mental Illness Maine "Grassroots, membership-based organization established to enhance the lives of everyone impacted by mental health concerns by offering support, education and advocacy statewide."

  • Sexual Assault Response Services of Southern Maine "Providing free and confidential services to victims of sexual assault since 1973."

  • Planned Parenthood NNE "The largest reproductive health care and sexuality education provider and advocate in northern New England."

  • Frannie Peabody Center "Committed to compassionate care for those affected by HIV/AIDS in Maine."

  • Pine Tree Legal Assistance "Providing high quality, free, civil legal assistance to low-income people in Maine."

  • Catholic Charities "Empowering and strengthening individuals and families of all faiths, by providing innovative, community-based social services throughout Maine."

  • Friends of Casco Bay "The leading environmental organization working to improve and protect the environmental health of Casco Bay."

  • Maine Audubon "Working to conserve Maine’s wildlife and wildlife habitat by engaging people of all ages in education, conservation and action."

  • ACLU Maine "The state's guardian of liberty... active in the courts, the legislature and the public sphere to defend the Constitution and the Bill of Rights for all Mainers.

  • The Telling Room "Nonprofit writing center dedicated to the idea that children and young adults are natural storytellers... The power of creative expression can change our communities and prepare our youth for future success."

  • EqualityMaine "Maine's oldest and largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) political advocacy organization."

  • STRIVE "Serving tweens, teens and young adults with intellectual & emotional disabilities."

  • Maine Legal Services for the Elderly "Providing free, high quality legal services to Maine’s socially and economically needy elderly age 60 and over."

  • Disability Rights Maine "Enhancing and promoting the equality, self-determination, independence, productivity, integration, and inclusion of people with disabilities through education, strategic advocacy, and legal intervention."

The following organizations make up Maine Initiative's 2016 Grants for Change Racial Justice Grantee Cohort. Each of these 10 organizations embody a unique approach to racial justice and racial equity issues in Maine.

  • In Her Presence "Through connecting with immigrant women and girls, we grow our collective empowerment so that our voices may lead in our communities."

  • Maine Immigrants' Rights Coalition "Helping low-income immigrants improve their legal status and works for more just and humane laws and policies affecting immigrants."

  • Maine Inside Out "Initiating dialogue, develops leadership, and builds community across boundaries with collaborative original theater, inside and outside correctional facilities."

  • Maine-Wabanaki REACH "A cross-cultural collaboration that successfully supported the Maine Wabanaki-State Child Welfare Truth and Reconciliation Commission."

  • Mano en Mano "Building a stronger community in Downeast Maine by working with diverse populations to provide educational and affordable housing opportunities, remove barriers to health and social services, and advocate for social justice."

  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Fellows "A student-centered group with the mission to advance racial equity and social justice in the Greater Portland area."

  • New Mainers Tenants' Association "Bringing landlords and New Mainers together.."

  • Raise-Op Housing Cooperative "A Lewiston-Auburn-based organization offering democratically controlled housing to its members and organizing residents to build equity for themselves and the greater community."

  • Somali Bantu Community of Lewiston/Auburn "Assisting the Somali Bantu refugee community with the transition to our new lives and to our new home here in Maine." 

  • Tree Street Youth "Supporting the youth of Lewiston-Auburn through programs rooted in academics, the arts, and athletics in a safe space that encourages healthy physical, social, emotional, and academic development while building unity across lines of difference."