December 1, 2021

Made in Maine for the Holidays

Maine is known for its craftspeople, artisans and small farms producing small batch foods. Ideally, a drive through Maine is an incredible road trip to shops and farms across the state. But for those who can’t get away, Maine can come to you. Some of the state’s best purveyors will ship the best Maine-made goods to homes across the country.

Maine-sea-bagShop Maine Craft is a hub for craft artists and their goods can be found in the Webshop, easily browsed by category, such as Wabanaki craft, wood, glass, ceramics, lighting, or by a specific gallery. For those traveling to Maine, there are two retail outlets: Center for Maine Craft and Maine Craft Portland. Profit from sales and events directly supports individual craft artists and the Maine Crafts Association.

Maine Made is an organization that builds recognition for Maine products and their producers, with goods ranging from local food, crafts, sporting goods, gifts, and much more. Here are some of the producers and craftspeople that they work with.

Scout + Bean in Lincolnville makes distinctive baskets, bags and bowls out of cotton rope. Sea Bags on Custom House Wharf in Portland takes discarded sails and upcycles them into nautically inspired totes and accessories. While tote bags are at the heart of the business, they have many other Maine-inspired gifts as well. Seacolors Yarnery in Washington is a bio-regional fiber shed that makes 100% wool blankets woven on antique looms. Bates Mill Store in Monmouth has a variety of bedspreads, blankets and throws.

Maine-made goods for the outdoors include Maine Fly Company of Yarmouth, selling hand-made fly rods. Shaw & Tenney of Orono has been making finely crafted wooden oars and paddles since 1858. Grain Surfboards of York makes custom-made surfboards while Linden Longboards of Denmark creates longboard skateboards from vintage water skis. Hyperlite Mountain Gear of Biddeford specializes in ultralight climbing, backcountry skiing and hiking gear. For discerning snowboarders, Winterstick Snowboards is run by three alumni of Carrabassett Valley Academy, the state’s preeminent skiing and riding academy.

Leather goods are on offer at 33 by Hand in Portland. Birdhouses can make perfect gifts, and creative examples can be found at Birdhouses from Maine in Falmouth and Lobster Buoy Birdhouses in Lisbon Falls. Liberty Farm & Forge in Corinna repurposes old metal tools into memorable sculptures.

In Round Pond, North Country Winds Bells is an audible gift of the sound of the Maine Coast while US Bells in Prospect Harbor crafts ship’s bells and wind bells. The Angler’s Pint sells full-color designed fish glassware for anglers to use for “tall tales after a day on the water.” Maine authors can be found at Islandport Press in Yarmouth, which has a great selection of books by Maine writers.

Food Gifts


Ducktrap River of Maine in Belfast sells smoked Atlantic salmon while Grindstone Neck of Winter Harbor offers a variety of smoked seafood, from scallops to mussels to salmon. Maine Grains of Skowhegan is where to find freshly-milled, organic and heritage grains sourced from the Northeast, supporting local grain production and milling. Their incredible range of stone ground flours include Organic Sifted Wheat Flour, Organic Whole Spelt Flour, Organic Corn Flour and many more varieties.

Nervous Nellie’s Jams and Jellies, a mainstay on Deer Isle since the 1980s, makes about 300 jars of jams and jellies by hand each day. As for maple syrup, Cooke’s Maple Farm in Brunswick, Hilltop Boilers Maple Syrup of Newfield and Maple Moon Farm of Lebanon are great sources.

Crooked Face Creamery of Skowhegan sells small-batch cheeses and locally raised meats. Their specialty is their Up North Applewood Cold Smoked Ricotta, made with whole milk from registered Jersey cows. Both Balfour Farm in Pittsfield and Lakin’s Gorges Cheeses of Waldoboro offer some of the best artisanal cheeses in the state.

For more Maine-made gift ideas, go to Visit Maine.