Christmas gift ideas

As always, we hope these suggestions help some of you in your holiday shopping! There is something here for everyone on your list.

For an early gift, or a Christmas hostess gift, this scented candle in a glass advent calendar holder is wonderful.  The candle is 3 ¼” x 3 ½” and will burn for 36 hours. $9.99 each.


Give the foodie on your list a Finally Ginger artisanal cookie gift subscription.  The first batch is full of ginger cookies baked with three kinds of ginger.  A dozen cookies are delivered to your recipient’s residence and the flavors change each month. Three months is $75.00 and six months is $150.00.

Red Head cookies


Give the environmentalist on your list this low energy designer light bulb by Plumen.   It is designed to be installed under a shade or be its own visible design statement.  The bulb will last 8 times longer than standard incandescent bulbs and save you 80% on your energy bills. $27.49.


These ‘talking’ gloves are adorable!  Choose Cat/bird, owl, heart, dogs, cat motifs.  The gloves are handmade from felt and lambswool.  They are made in Turkey. $36.00.


Do you have knitters on your gift list?  Do they hate it when their yarn gets tangled and spread all over the room?  Maybe a Yarn Bowl is the solution.  This fox ceramic yarn bowl is handmade in Spain.  The wool is kept securely in one place and the strand is passed through the hitch.  There are many other designs.  The fox is $31.48.


This delicious nutty granola from Orchard Pond organics is special.  It is organic and made on site in Orchard Pond’s commercial farm kitchen using the freshest ingredients. 8 oz. for $8.50.





This site has great paper placemats that can be so useful.  I love the square ones, partly because they take up less space if you have a crowd. This marine blue placemat is 11.5” square and it has 50 sheets per pad.  The square placemats also come in citron, khaki, orange, black, peony, brown and turquoise.  $32.00.

To view all the placemats, click here.



These are very cool platters made from wire wrap. This one is 10 ¼” and $225.00.


There are many patterns and sizes to choose from.  This one is 12 ¼” d and 1.5” tall and $225.00.


These two Thomas Paul tea towels will make any chef happy.  $48.00 for the pair.


This book is for anyone who takes medication of any kind:  Don’t Eat This if You’re Taking That by Madelyn & John Fernstrom, Ph.Ds.


This set of six Ichendorf Deco water glasses is made from thin, lightweight but very resilient glass.   The glasses are 3 ½” h and $70 for a set of six.


Give the crafter in your life a DIY kit from For the Makers.  There are kits to make jewelry, items for the home and accessories.  This bracelet kit is $14.00.


Customize this set of three notebooks.  The notebooks are 5 ¾” x 8 ¼” and come in a set of three.  Each notebook has 40 pages with 27 lines per page.  They are made from 100% recycled paper.  The set is $16.50.


Give a set of three custom studs.  Choose a mismatched set of three studs, then choose if you want gold or silver finish.  Choose from letters, symbols, emoji and states.


This laminated round Imari placemat is beautiful.  It is 13 ¼” in diameter and $13.50.  There are four other patterns to choose from.


Here is a much simpler solution to wearing both a watch and a tracking device – the Withings Activité Pop activity tracking watch.  This watch comes in four colors with plastic bands and casing.  It tracks your walking, running, swimming and sleep.  It has an 8-month cell battery so no more charging and connects to your smartphone for you to view your progress.  $149.95.


The dressier and much more expensive version is the Withings Activité which is cased in sapphire glass, stainless steel with a calf leather band.  It tracks steps, running, distance, swimming, sleep and calories burned.  It also has a silent vibrating alarm.  It has a 6-month cell battery.  Choose between stainless steel case with a tan calf leather band, or black steel case and a black calf leather band. $450.00.


What a heavenly concept this book is! Imagine working your way through 1,000 foods.  It is written by the longtime New York Times restaurant critic, Mimi Sheraton, and the foods come from around the world. $16.96.


For the gardener in your life, give this boxed set of Welsh Slate Plant Markers.  There are six long, eight round and six rectangular slate plant labels with a slate pencil.  This is a natural and environmentally friendly product made from the waste of the Welsh slate industry.  They are also reusable.  This company ships worldwide. $75.00.

Holiday Gifts 2015 - Slate plant markers

For the dog lovers on your list give them a mirrored gold or silver ornament in the shape of their pet, engraved with the pet’s name.  $22.00 each.


These soft storage rounds are useful and nice-looking enough to have out on a shelf.  Made in Maine by Pip Squeak Bags and sold by a fantastic company called The Good Supply that sells only Maine-made items.  Check out all their inventory.  $42.00 for a set of 3 bins.


I am partial to feathers so I love these embroidered feather dinner napkins.  Each napkin is 20” x 20” and 100% natural linen. The feathers are also on cocktail napkins and guest towels. $48.00.


I love these Artland Fiore glasses.  A set of four is on sale for $46.99.  They are made from mouth-blown glass and are 18 oz. each. This pattern also comes in highballs.


Is there a new mother on your list?  Sea Bags has developed a baby bag.  Made from repurposed retired sails, the baby bags have six interior pockets and a zip closure.  The medium size is 14”h x 5.5”w x 14”l.  $180.00.


These baby/diaper bags can be customized.