For our family, one of the highlights of the season is shopping local fairs and festivals. We get to chat with vendors, learn about the beautiful things they make and find wonderful presents to give to loved ones. Following are some of the sweetest small gifts we discovered while shopping this month. Best of all, they’re just the right size for a stocking:
- Milo in Maine whale onesie: This Portland-based clothing company makes soft cotton clothing for babies, kids and adults. Their simple designs feature nautical and Maine-themed prints. Roll up the onesie, tie a ribbon around it, and you’ve got the perfect stocking stuffer for a little one.
- Yarn & Cloth notebooks: MP has long admired Melissa Sailer’s work. Her new line of notebooks come in pretty florals and fun graphic pattens. The 4 x 5.5″, 36-page blank notebooks are just the right size to keep in a purse or school bag.
- Royal Rose Cardamom Clove Simple Syrup: A Brunswick-based husband and wife team makes small batch simple syrups with organic ingredients and no artificial colors or preservatives. You’ll find a variety of enticing flavors, including a holiday-inspired Cranberry Spice and a smooth and creamy Orange Vanilla. We especially like the sweet warmth of the Cardamom Clove syrup, which is excellent with hot cider.
- Mulxiply Hand-Felted Polar Bear: This Portland design studio has made it its mission to support artists in remote villages in Nepal, who create memorable gifts like this hand-felted, wool bear.
- Ridge Pond Herbals Pretty Lippy Lip: This soft-hued lip and cheek balm is perfect for those of us looking for just a touch of color. Made at a Palermo, Maine farm, the lip balm is created with all good things, including organic oils, beeswax and cocoa butter. For younger children, the balm also comes without color in an Orange Mint fragrance.
We hope you enjoy these suggestions from our talented, local artisans. And if you’re interested in more locally made gifts, you might like to see this post.
Happy holiday shopping. everyone!