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.
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.
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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
Organic cotton, supportive, and comfortable. And of course, made in Maine not sure what else you would want in a bra.
Claire: Cat Bates Pelican Clip, Brass.
(with the Olive string in size large.)
Alright, good luck out there, and happy holidays shopping.