Holiday Gift Guide

In honor of Cyber-Monday and as the final episode of season one, Laura and I put together a list of the Maine gifts we’re giving this year, and also what’s on our lists.

1.  Green Granite Goat Soap

First on both our lists is Green Granite Goat Milk Soap.

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Based on Vinalhaven Island, they raise a herd of Alpine dairy goats for their milk to make the soaps. The scents are delicious, there are a lot of options for soap in Maine, and this is by far our favorite.

I love the Blood Orange and Balsam and Laura loves the Forest Canopy, which is also available in her Winter Skin Set from Island Apothecary.

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2. ANK Ceramics

Next on Laura’s list is ANK Ceramics. Laura is obsessed with their color palette and minimally designed functional pieces. She got her sister the coffee dripper for Christmas. (Sorry Sarah, your gift has been ruined)

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3. Mindful Earth

CBD’s are finally getting their day in the sun, you’re a fool if you’re not taking them. And Mindful Earth, based in Raymond, Maine makes some amazing CBD products. My favorite is their Garden Goddess Hemp Face Elixir, and it’s an easy way to integrate CBD’s into your daily routine.

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4. Maine Flag Company

Laura found Maine Flag Company when she was looking for a unique gift for her husband for their anniversary. She ordered a 2′ x 3′ original Maine State Flag, and it’s gorgeous. They have a bit of a lead time for their flags, but they also sell patches, hats, and tees for last minute stocking stuffer ideas.

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5. Atlantic Holdfast Seaweed Company

So, my Dad turned me on to eating seaweed after reading Seaweed Chonricals by Susan Hand Shetterly, which I realized after recording this episode, would also be a great gift idea. But anyway, as the seaweed industry is growing in Maine it’s exciting to see all different uses and options for eating it. ICYMI it’s wicked good for you (and the environment), it’s a sustainable resource and contains lots of vitamin C, calcium and more iron than beef.

The Variety Pack from Atlantic Holdfast Seaweed Company offers three different types of seaweed to try and test the waters before you dive into one specific type. They also have some great cooking tips and recipes on their website.

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6. Brant and Cochran, Axes from Maine

Brant and Cochran was another company I had never heard of, but Laura has been lusting after their Allagash Cruiser Axe for some time now. Apparently, it’s the only Maine wedge pattern camp axe being made today, which is something only a true Mainer could get jazzed about it. And as they say, “chop your own wood and it will warm you twice” which something every Mainer could use this time of year.

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8. Buck Products

These guys make super durable no-fills backpacks and totes. There are a ton of options for backpacks and totes in Maine, but the line at Buck Products that I’m super into is the collaboration they did with Maine Artist Ty Williams. He painted a massive roll of canvas for them and result is a line beautiful and unique packs.

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A quick side note here, in the episode Laura and I talked about how calendars make great gifts for people you don’t know very well ie, co-workers, your sister’s new boyfriend etc. Well Ty Williams made a BEAUTIFUL 2019 wall calendar, that you can order through his Instagram here. OR you can grab it IRL at Maine Surfers Union in Portland.

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Alright, and last but not least, I know you guys have been wondering what you get Laura and I for Christmas, well here is what is at the top of our lists:

Laura: Brook There, Nutmeg Pixie Bra

Organic cotton, supportive, and comfortable. And of course, made in Maine not sure what else you would want in a bra.

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Claire:  Cat Bates Pelican Clip, Brass.

(with the Olive string in size large.)

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Alright, good luck out there, and happy holidays shopping.

xo

-Claire

 

Episode 12 – Emily Seymour + Benjamin Dorr

Ben Dorr and Emily Seymour co-own Curator Maine, a men’s consignment shop in Rockland. Folks all over the state are making a trip up the coast to shop at this super cool shop that’s filled with vintage clothes, accessories and home decor. Emily was unable to make the interview but we chatted with Ben about gaucho pants, Anna Kendrick and why he won’t be selling online anytime soon (sorry, folks!)

 

Episode 11 – Jesse Davisson, Ben Lovell, and Liz Lovell

On today’s episode, we traveled very far (we didn’t travel far at all) to hang out with Ben, Liz, and Jesse, owners of North Haven Brewery. These islanders are brewing up some beers that are well worth the one-hour ferry ride. They tell us all about the pains of starting a business, how to transport kegs in a rowboat and weigh in on what’s next for the business.

Episode 10 – Claire Donnelly

Yep, that’s right. This week Laura had a short chat with Claire about her brand new business venture Miriam Starling. Follow along as Claire launches a new sustainable hemp apparel brand for kids. It’s a family biz, and made right here in Maine.  We chat about sourcing, funding and a lot about sustainability in the fashion industry.

Also, if you have just started a business here in Maine and have questions or want to share your story with us shoot us an email at hey@mainemadepodcast.com.

 

Episode 9 – Mike LaVecchia

Mike is a wooden boat builder, turned wooden surfboard builder, and the founder of Grain Surfboards. We chatted about the early days of snowboarding in the mid-eighties in Vermont, to how in 2005 Mike went on a mission to build a surfboard without a lot of nasty chemicals, which turned into the successful business he is still running today.

 

Episode 8 – Michael Gaffney and Brittney Bollard

This week we have a very special treat. From the depths of the internet, we found the first episode Laura every recorded for the podcast back in 2015.

In this episode, Laura chats with Michael Gaffney of Seawicks Candles and Brittney Bollard of Cider Time Press. They are both great stories and definitely worth revisiting.

 

Episode 7 – Phil and Amy Taisey

Phil and Amy Taisey of Amalgam Ski’s are a rad husband and wife team and makers of some of the best skis made specifically for east coast skiing. They are ride or die Sugarloafers (and no, Sugarloaf did not sponsor this episode – but they should have 😉 ) and these two just truly know how to enjoy a Maine winter.

Check out their skis at: www.amalgamskis.com

And new this week is our theme song! Written and performed by Courtney Naliboff and recorded by Bill Trevaskis. You can check more of Courtney’s work here: courtneynaliboff.com

Episode 6 – Mike St. Pierre

Mike St. Pierre is the founder and CEO of Hyperlite Mountain Gear. Mike is not a native Mainer but probably knows the Maine wilderness better than most. He is his own product tester and has somehow figured out how to balance running a successful business and while still spending quite a bit of time running around the mountains of Maine. Here is a link to his backcountry margarita recipe which feels v important to share:

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