Portland Buy Local Gift Ideas – Forgo the Maine Mall this year and shop with Portland’s locally owned businesses. We reached out to our members to ask them for the best local gift ideas for the 2016 holiday season. You’ll see that we’ve got pretty much everyone on your list covered!
Give a piece of art that can be enjoyed every day. These contemporary hand thrown porcelain tumblers are made by Portland native Elizabeth Louden. They range in size and price from $22-$28 and can be used for both hot and cold beverages.
Maine Potters Market
376 Fore St. Portland, ME 04101
These covers come in a set of three: small (fits a bowl about 5″ wide), medium (fits a bowl about 8″ wide) and large (fits a bowl about 10″ wide). These covers are made of food-safe laminated cotton in a selection of beautiful designer prints. They will stretch around your bowls and cover them snugly, and are perfect for refrigerator storage.
Clay Tile Necklace – $12.00
These beautiful clay tile necklaces are made by local artist Jess Teesdale. The $12 price tag makes them an affordable, fun gift! The Honey Exchange has jewelry for every budget, and lots of other gift ideas for everyone on your list.
The Honey Exchange
494 Stevens Ave.
Jet Video Gift Certificates – Any Amount
This season, stuff some stockings with a Jet Video gift certificate! Gift certificates are good for any non-USPS merchandise (videos, ice cream, cards, and more) and can be purchased in any amount (minimum $2.00 per card).
Jet Video Cooperative
199 Pleasant Avenue
Relaxation Gift Set – $50
Let your friends and family know you care with this thoughtful collection of health and harmony. The set includes an 8 ounce jar of Maine made Zen Bear Honey Tea, a Bedrock Tree Farms fir needles soy candle (smells ridiculously good and burns clean), a 60-count bottle of Coastal hi potency B-Stress (nutritional support for stress), and a 12-ounce Hot Bev glass mug from Life Factory (features a café cap and insulating sleeve).
Coastal Pharmacy & Wellness
84 Marginal Way
One Longfellow Square Gift Cards (any amount) and Memberships – $50 – $1000
This year, give the gift of music with One Longfellow Square gift cards and memberships. Gift cards can be purchased at any value so your loved one can choose to attend their favorite artist or artists on you! A One Longfellow Square Membership is the gift that keeps on giving. Members receive discounts to shows, complimentary guest passes and access to member exclusive offers including pre-sales to some of OLS’s top selling acts, opportunities to meet their favorite artists and discounts to the OLS’s partner organizations including Sail Maine and The Maine Brew Bus among others.
One Longfellow Square
Do you know someone who is dealing with chronic pain or headaches? How about anxiety, insomnia, allergies, low immunity or digestive issues? Give them a gift that will help them move towards better health. Six Branches Family Acupuncture treats all ages, including babies, and they’re conveniently located in the Rosemont section of Portland.
Six Branches Family Acupuncture
570 Brighton Avenue (above Spiral Tree Yoga)
Custom Made Rising Tide Ceramic Drinking Vessel Crafted by C&M Ceramics – $37.00
Rising Tide Brewing Company
103 Fox Street
Maine Beer Tour – Starting at $55
Look no further for that perfect gift for all of your craft beer loving family and friends. Maine Beer Tour gift certificates are available online (shop in your pajamas) starting at $55.00.
Maine Beer Tours
Dry and naturally fizzy! Made from heirloom Maine apples.
LeRoux Kitchen Gift Set – $44.99
A can’t miss gift for the foodie on your list. LeRoux Kitchen has gathered four customer favorites from their aged balsamic vinegar and ultra premium extra virgin olive oil tasting bar to offer in a convenient gift set. Wrapped, tied with a ribbon and ready to go, the “Favorites” include Traditional 18 Year Balsamic, Summer Peach White Balsamic, Lemon Infused and Tuscan Herb Ultra Premium Olive Oils. The perfect under $50 gift for the cook or food lover.
161 Commercial Street
Celebrate healthy, local, and eco-friendly Maine with the SunriseGuide. With hundreds of coupons from greater Portland’s favorite locally-owned businesses, the SunriseGuide is truly the gift that keeps on giving. Now available in print and in mobile at fine retailers throughout greater Portland as well as online at www.thesunriseguide.com.
Is there truly anything better than adorable animals wearing hats? You can make these super cute and festive penguin earrings to gift or keep this holiday season, or choose a glamorous bracelet complete with Swarovski pearls and crystals, sterling silver chains and clasp. Caravan Bead’s helpful and friendly staff are able to show you how to make these great gifts anytime.
Caravan Beads Retail Store
915 Forest Ave.
ReginaSpices Classic Dry-Rub Gift Crate – $28.00
Give the gift of delicious inspiration to the cook in your life! This is a beautifully boxed collection of favorite spice blends: Orange Sesame Five-Spice, Sweet Smokey Fire, Maple Mustard Rub, and Shiitake Steak Rub. These unique rubs help make all you cook (whether meat or vegetable) simply scrumptious!
26 Brackett St.
MITA Membership – Starting at $45.00
The Maine Island Trail is a water trail spanning over 200 islands and coastal sites along the 375 miles of the Maine coast. Members of the Maine Island Trail Association receive a paper Trail Guide, full access to their mobile app, and discounts at local retailers and outfitters. Give a MITA gift membership to the boater in your life this holiday season, and they’ll become part of an active community dedicated to access and stewardship of Maine’s wild islands! To purchase, visit www.mita.org/gift
Ceramic Stoneware Serving Bowl: $165
Created in collaboration with local pottery studio C&M Ceramics, the Moonscape ceramic collection by angela adams is subtle and sophisticated and perfect for holiday entertaining. Each piece is hand thrown, dishwasher safe, and treated with a durable satin glaze for a lifetime of enjoyment.
71 Cove Street
A Ticket to Ride the METRO BREEZ makes a perfect holiday gift! Ten Ride tickets available for $27 at the METRO Pulse on Elm Street in Portland. For schedules and information, visit gpmetrobus.com or call 207-774-0351.
Eye Pillow – $22.00
Silk on one side, beautiful cotton prints on the other, with lavender essence. Made in New England.
WholeHeart Yoga Center
449 Forest Ave. #11
Maine Brew Bus Gift Certificate – Starting at $55.00
Join The Maine Brew Bus for a unique experience showcasing Maine’s booming craft alcohol scene. Maine Brew Bus offers regularly scheduled and private all-inclusive tours in Greater Portland and Southern Maine on bright green school buses that provide a behind-the-scenes look at Maine’s craft breweries, distilleries, wineries, and more.
Tours are led by knowledgeable guides in addition to a dedicated non-drinking driver to ensure the best possible experience for participating guests as well as for the businesses with which we partner. All tours feature a local snack or meal, trivia, behind-the-scenes experiences, and of course delicious beer and beverages!
The Maine Brew Bus
Loog Guitar- Electric – $199.00 Acoustic – $159.00
A fun little instrument, with a big serious sound. This blue Electric Loog is cute and small, but it’s not a toy: it’s a real guitar, made out of real wood, that allows you to play chords and any song.
All Loog Guitars come unassembled; by building their own guitar kids develop a sense of ownership and accomplishment. It’s an experience that helps children bond with the instrument and also with their parents, who can help them build their Loog and share their love of music. (Assembly time: 15 minutes)
Loog Guitars come with a free instructional book with songs by The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Taylor Swift, Bruno Mars and more, and a free app with a tuner, a monkey drummer and video lessons designed to get you playing songs -not just scales or exercises- on day one.
Propulsion 60 – $180.00
Howling wind and blustering snow? You’re still gonna run, nordic ski and be active outside! With smart features like Merino lining, easy-moving sleeves and back panel and a DWR finish, the Propulsion 60 multitasks while you’re on the move.Nomads100 Commercial Street
Milk Bottle Match Strikers – $38-$42Featured from Home Remedies Farmhouse Pottery Stoneware collection are small Milk Bottle match strikers. Handcrafted by Vermont artisans, these small pieces provide the perfect “spark” to any home! They offer the milk bottle and the utility can designs, ideal for anyone you need a gift for this holiday season.
Home Remedies83 W. Commercial Street
Sea Kayak or SUP Lesson or Rental with Portland Paddle- Any Amount
A paddling adventure on Casco Bay is a great gift for anyone who enjoys outdoor adventure. Gift certificates are for sale on Portland Paddle’s website that can be used for a wide range of paddling adventures next summer – from 3-hour lessons to multi-day island-camping expeditions.
Elegant and entirely edible! Dean’sSweets hand-made trees are an original design. Built from dark or milk chocolate squares, the trees practically glow with holiday festivity. Each tree is individually decorated with white or multi-colored (red, green, and white) nonpareils. A stunning gift, holiday centerpiece, or office crowd pleaser.
5 pass punch card – $70.00
1 City Center
Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram – Starting at $10 per month
Gift yourself or someone special a subscription today! Holiday gift subscriptions – home delivery or digital-only – are an easy and thoughtful option for the person who has everything this holiday season. Real, local news for real, Portland people.
Portland Press Herald
One City Center
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