Maine Gifts from the Pages of Down East

From Down East's advertisers, 17 holiday gift ideas from the Pine Tree State. A special A special paid-content promotion. promotion.

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Send the Perfect Maine-Made Gift

Dean’s Sweets award-winning truffles, caramels, and holiday confections are made in small batches in downtown Portland, without any preservatives, nuts, or nut products. Most chocolates are gluten-free, and several are dairy free and vegan. Created with the highest-quality Belgian chocolate and the best of local Maine ingredients, Dean’s Sweets ships across the U.S. and worldwide to everyone on your list.

475 Fore St. & 54 Cove St., Portland, ME 207-899-3664


Fine Jewelry Inspired by Maine’s Coastline

Cecilia the Seahorse in 18K Gold and Diamonds

Natalie Reed grew up on Vinalhaven, a lobstering island off the midcoast of Maine. She is greatly influenced by the sea and all the colors and textures that accumulate together, and creates jewelry based on the natural forms that live and grow there. The artist has always had a deep love for the ocean; its power and mystery always drawing her back. Through wax carving and casting, Natalie captures the organic beauty of the sea, sometimes even casting or molding directly from nature. These techniques allow her to highlight the delicate and beautiful details she finds in nature using precious metals and luminous gemstones.

Natalie Reed Fine Jewelry
Minot, ME
207-542-89


North Country Wind Bells® Collections

Original and authentic wind bells crafted on the rugged coast of Maine echoing the beautiful mystical sounds of buoy bells on the ocean’s coastlines!

Six collections of wind bells with more than 64 sounds and more than 100 distinctive windcatchers from which to choose. Each wind bell is created with recycled steel under environmentally friendly processes and enclosed in a uniquely crafted recyclable box.

North Country Wind Bells®
Round Pond, ME
877-930-5435


All-Purpose Tool Bucket Bag

Create a functional, unique, and sustainable gift this year with Sea Bags. Their All-Purpose Tool Bucket is great for holding gifts big and small and gives you the option to create your own custom gifting themes. Long after the holiday is over, people on your list will be finding tons of uses for their new Bucket.

Available in their shop at 123 Commercial Street or on their website.

Sea Bags
Portland ME
888-210-4244


Gemstones – Jewelry – Home Décor

Crystal Joys offers a beautiful selection of authentic gemstones, jewelry, and home décor. Shop online or in-store to find thousands of unique products, ranging from crystal pendants to fossil jewelry to statement pieces for your home. Each item is sourced from all over the world and is truly one of a kind. Use code HOME10 to get 10% off your order.

You can also find gems sourced from Maine at our locations in Freeport at 9 Bow Street and Portland at 191 Middle Street.

Crystal Joys
Freeport and Portland, ME


Beeswax, Honey Products, Handmade Artisan Ware

Give the goodness! Freeport’s newest shopping experience for the 2022 holiday season is Maine Street Bee!

Visit our online retail store for our Maine Made beeswax and honey products, or stop by our boutique at 125 U.S. Route 1 in South Freeport for unique, handmade artisan wares. From personalized gift boxes with your favorite MSB products to stocking stuffers and one-of-a-kind gifts, we have a present for everyone special in your life.

Maine Street Bee hopes to make our eco-friendly products a part of your everyday life, just as it is ours. Discover how truly amazing they can make you feel, inside and out. Transform your gift-giving into a sustainable experience — shop local this holiday season!

Maine Street Bee
South Freeport, ME
207-800-6450


Maine Trivia

Maine Trivia, written by Dean Lunt and John McDonald, is a fun, fascinating, educational, and humorous collection of known, little-known, and should-be-known facts about the Pine Tree State and its people. Revised and updated for 2022, the book features such categories as history, politics, wildlife, sports, arts, and geography. It’s the perfect gift for people who love Maine or love history.

Maine Trivia goes beyond just questions and answers, providing additional details on some of the most important events, inventions, and people in the state’s history. We added a few “stories” and just a bit of Maine humor as well. It’s all great fun! $18.95

Islandport Press
Yarmouth, ME
207-846-3344


Bronze Wind And Door Bells

US Bells offers original designs of bronze bells, hardware, and original sculpture by Richard Fisher. From small dinner bells to large estate bells, all are hand cast at our foundry in Prospect Harbor, located in Down East Maine.

“Our bells can remain outdoors year-round, through winter blizzards and quiet summer breezes. As the weather changes, so too does their song, which, for me, becomes a vibrant reflection of our living world.” —Richard Fisher

We welcome you to visit our website, where you can see and hear all of our bells and view our casting process.

US Bells
Prospect Harbor, ME
207-963-7184


Silver Heart Necklace

Let your heart hold your special memories and places closest to you. This unique Sterling Silver Heart Necklace is hand cast and designed in house. Customize your own with that special spot in the world in a map or nautical chart, your own graphic, or even a photograph. We will help you design it! A very special gift for yourself or someone you love. $145. Also available in bronze.

CHART Metalworks
Portland, ME
207-221-6807


MSDCO Comes to Life at Shop

Make your holiday table an entertaining work of art with what you’ll find in store at MSDCO Shop! at 160 Front Street in Bath. The store is filled with items for the home and unique gifts that will definitely let people on your list see how much you care. From linens to tableware, from glassware to candles . . . MSDCO Shop! really can be your one-stop holiday shopping destination. They look forward to greeting you and helping you check off everything you have on your list.

Maine-made whiteware, sexy stem glassware, and barware from around the world—$24–$250.

Maine Street Design Co.
Bath, ME
207-541-9187


Open-Top Bedside Chest

Our Open-Top Bedside Chest, a charming and festive gift for the home lover in your life. Perfect anywhere, and wears a pop of color spectacularly well. Handcrafted in Maine using sustainably harvested hardwood and environmentally friendly finishes. Give a gift that lasts a lifetime. Give Maine Woodworks.

Maine Woodworks
90 Industrial Park Rd., Saco, ME
207-887-1989


Rogue Front Pocket Wallet in American Bison Leather

At Rogue Industries, we craft remarkable leather goods that are built to last. At our solar-powered workshop in Maine, we make some of the world’s most comfortable wallets and lightweight bags, using sustain-able American bison and Canadian moose leathers. Our Rogue Front Pocket Wallet, shown here, is a more comfortable and more secure option than your standard wallet. Shaped to fit the front pocket perfectly, it’s just one of our many thoughtful designs. Visit us online or call for a catalog today.

Rogue Industries
Standish, ME
800-786-1768


Maine on Main, Downtown Damariscotta

Visit the carefully curated selection of Maine art and fine craft at Gifts at 136.

Offered are original paintings and high-quality prints, woodcuts, linoleum cuts, and collagraphs. Lamp and lighting selections include pottery, metal, hand-painted silk shades, and stone cairn shapes. Also sofa and end tables hand-crafted by local artisans.

Jewelry featured includes handwoven gold and silver bracelets, silver and gold cast lobster buoy necklaces and earrings, hand-beaded bracelets, and classy jewelry made from crushed lobster, mussel, and oyster shells. For the kitchen, we offer pottery mugs and bowls, blown and hand-painted glassware, cutting and charcuterie boards, and other culinary utensils.

Open all year at 136 Main Street and proudly celebrating our 10th year in business.

Gifts at 136
Damariscotta, ME
207-563-1011


Monthly Maine Shirt Subscription

A wicked-unique and fun gift for the Mainah in your life, a Maine-flavored shirt delivered every month! Whether you’re a native Mainah, a transplant who fell in love with the trees and the rocky coast, or someone who moved away but will always have a place in your heart for Maine — you will love our beautifully designed, Maine-themed T-shirts. These shirts are designed and printed in Maine, on the softest tees EVAH.

Enter the size shirt and the address you want it delivered to, and we’ll start sending shirts right away! Starting with our free Membership tee, followed by a new shirt every month.

Maine Shirt Club
Westbrook, ME
207-835-0038


Maine-Made, Sustainably Produced and Organic Gifts

Find Common Ground Country Fair merchandise and unique, Maine-made, sustainably produced and organic gifts for all at the Maine Organic Marketplace, including wild sugar kelp, bouquets, cookbooks, chapsticks, gardening-themed stickers, MOFGA water bottles, jewelry, ceramic mugs, and more. All purchases support the ongoing work of the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA).

Open seven days a week at 55 Main Street in Freeport. Select items available for purchase on our website.

Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA)
Freeport, ME
207-869-5792


Curated Coffee Holiday Gift Boxes

Incredible coffees have incredible stories and many ways to enjoy! Coffee By Design’s holiday gift boxes are perfect for any coffee lover. Choose from Breakfast in Maine, a morning-inspired collection to start the day no matter where in the world you are; Coffee & Cocktails with a Chocolate Chaser, featuring gifts from small Maine businesses we call friends, a great way to wind down the day — or take a well-deserved pause; or our limited-edition Coffee Lovers Boarding Pass, a sampling of our high-scoring beans, logo cupping spoon, cups and Maine-made wooden tray, an exciting way to travel without leaving home. Let the journey begin!

Coffee By Design
Portland, ME
207-879-2233


The Rugged Roll Top Backpack

The Rugged Roll Top Backpack is perfect for any dock, boat, or student, with enough room for gear or textbooks. It also includes side pockets and an inside laptop compartment. The waterproof base means it can be dropped anywhere without getting the contents soaked because it’s made from the same material hardworking fishermen wear at sea. A unique gift made with recycled Maine fishermen’s bib material and bib clips/straps. $170.

A portion of all sales goes to Maine Coast Fishermen’s Association and the Maine Lobstermen’s Community Alliance. Visit our website for more information and to see the entire Rugged Seas product line.

Rugged Seas
Portland, ME
207-838-3573