It's getting to be that time of year again - shopping time!  In our last post, "5 Reasons to Buy American Made for the 2020 Holiday Season" we outlined several reasons why it's more important than ever to support local businesses.  Since we're based in Maine, we decided to compile a fun list of gifts that are made right here in the pine tree state.  Bonus during this era of social distancing: all of these businesses have websites where you can purchase their goods without leaving your home, so there's no need to go out boutique hopping.

1| Five Islands Body Co.

Five Islands Body Co.'s skincare products are made in small batches without any toxic ingredients.  Maine-made ingredients are used whenever possible, and the packaging was designed by a Maine artist!

Photo credit: Five Islands Body Co., Hand Cream with Shea & Aloe pictured.

2| AP Curiosities 

If you enter the AP Curiosities online shop, you will find an interesting collection of whimsical handmade artisan goods inspired by nature.  We love their large jellyfish air planters!

Photo credit: AP Curiosities, Large Jellyfish Air Planter pictured.

3| Elves and Angels

Elves and Angles has been specializing in heirloom quality wooden toys for over 30 years.  Made in Machias Maine, this 350 Piece Deluxe Building Set contains two forts, with building directions and extra pieces to allow for creativity. 

Photo credit: Elves and Angels, 350 Piece Deluxe Building Set pictured.


4| Bates!

Of course we have to include ourselves on this list!  Give the gift of warmth and choice this holiday season with a Bates gift card.


5| Brant and Cochran Axes from Maine

Many families in Maine have wood stoves, so someone on your list might appreciate a heavy duty log carrier by Brant and Cochran.  They'll also service old axes, so if a loved one has a favorite ax that needs sprucing up, they're the ones to call.  They're located in South Portland, Maine.

Photo credit: Brant and Cochran, Log Carrier pictured.

6| Maine Heritage Timber

This gift is for those cold, snowy mornings when no one wants to get out of bed!  Maine Heritage Timber's beautiful products are made from wood they've salvaged from the bottom of the Penobscot River.  Because of this, every piece has a unique character.  We're featuring their Breakfast in Bed Tray, but they also make cheese boards, bread boards, and cool floating shelves.

Photo credit: Maine Heritage Timber, Breakfast in Bed Tray pictured.


7| Silver Paw Tags & Dr. Pussums

Let's not forget about the furry family members on your list!  Silver Paw Tags makes hand-casted, customizable stainless steel pet tags that are chew and bend proof.  For your feline friends, have no fear: Dr. Pussums is here!  Their festive Nip Nog Party Pack is filled with treats that will drive your kitties wild.

Photo credit: Silver Paw Pet Tags, Stainless Steel Bone ID Tag pictured.


Photo credit: Dr. Pussums, Nip Nog Party Pack pictured.


We hope you found some great Maine-Made options on our 2020 Holiday Gift Guide!  Do you have any favorite local places for holiday shopping to add?  We'd love to hear from you: drop your go-to local and small businesses in the comments below!

November 25, 2020 — Adrienne Beacham

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