2022 Maine Homes Gift Guide
Bypass the global supply chain and shop our roundup of local goods instead. From wooden toys made in China (Maine!) to tea towels from Rockland to garden tools from Pownal, here are 26 design-savvy ideas for everyone on your list.
TEXT BY ANNIE P. QUIGLEY
PHOTOGRAPHED BY TARA RICE
1 & 2. For a coastal Yuletide vibe, set Rockport-dipped tapers in seaglass shades in beach-stone holders crafted in Eliot. $17 for 10 six-inch tapers. danicacandles.com; Funky Rock Designs candle holders, $28 each. shop.downeast.com.
3. Camden artist Antonia Munroe’s hand-stenciled linen tablecloth takes inspiration from Indian block prints and the midcoast’s seaside palette. $495. antoniatextiles.com.
4. Give your fern or jade plant a pretty perch with Elizabeth Benotti’s Eliot-made hanging porcelain planter. $68. elizabethbenotti.com.
5. Replace just about every hand tool in the garden shed with Pownal blacksmith Nicholas Wicks Moreau’s serrated stainless-steel Hori Hori knife. $75. wicksforge.com.
6. Ellsworth’s Stephanie Hare experiments with fibers to create handmade paper with a subtly woven surface that’s satisfying to write on. From $15 for 10 sheets/envelopes. sharestudios.me.
7. Corral tabletop piles, or serve tea, with Lauren Beveridge’s Lincolnville-made cotton-rope trays accented with removable Baltic-birch bases and shiny copper handles. From $125. scoutandbean.com.
8. Create florist-level arrangements with Portlander Mimi Olins’s stoneware vase. The secret? A removable “frog” that styles stems just so. $85. softsetceramics.com.
9. South Portland’s Molly Holmberg Brown calls on her geography studies to create luminous monoprints of the Maine coast. Customize with a house or boat in a special spot. $125 for a 10-by-10-inch print. mollymaps.com.
10. Ghanian Adinkra symbols of security, unity, and endurance embellish colorful laser-cut felt coasters by Westbrook’s Ebenezer Akakpo. $10 each. shopmainecraft.com.
11. Artist Derek Keenan turns twigs from his Oakland property into colored pencils fit for fairies. $20 for 10. shopmainecraft.com.
12. Give a kid’s room some love with Lynn Holaday’s appliquéd linen bunting, stitched in Yarmouth. $32. handiworkportland.com.
13. Phippsburg’s Isabel Stearns felts her woodland mobile’s adornments with Maine wool colored with dyes made from her own plants. $118. etsy.com/shop/thefeltedacorns.
14. South Portland artist Hannah Coleman incorporated vintage-fabric patterns and quilt-block letters into her vibrant alphabet print. $36. heritagehousequilts.com.
15. China woodworker Al Mather’s whimsical hand-painted tops put a colorful spin on an old-timey favorite. $16.50. shopmainecraft.com.
16. Hope educator Heather Schultz’s curvy pine puzzle stacks up to reveal a snow-capped Katahdin in its autumnal glory (thanks to non-toxic stains). $43. shop.downeast.com.
17. With handles and a base stitched from waterproof recycled fishermen’s bibs, this sturdy canvas tote, by Portland’s Rugged Seas, stands up to kids — and puddles. $150. swansislandcompany.com.
18. Yarmouth’s Dash Masland renders Casco Bay’s Halfway Rock islet, a popular seal hangout, in soft colors and simple shapes on this cotton quilt. From $275. smithsgeneral.com.
19. Newcastle seamstress Katrina Kelley’s elegant linen aprons are beloved by caterers and restaurant servers, including the staff at Freedom’s The Lost Kitchen. $120. amphitritestudio.com.
20. A special cake deserves a handsome server like metalsmith Erica Moody’s, forged from steel and brass in Waldoboro. $130. ericamoody.com.
21. Kari Economou left a business career to make swirly plant-based soaps, such as these peppermint- and-rosemary bars, in her Kittery kitchen. $8 each. vedafrancis.com.
22. Rockland’s Nina Devenney prints her paintings of monarchs from her grandmother’s vintage field guides on hand-dyed cotton tea towels. $24 each. wildrosiemaine.com.
23. Scarborough ceramicist Hannah Hazel’s quest for the perfect cereal bowl led her to create generously sized, tapered vessels that fit nicely in your hand. $35 each. ceramicaco.com.
24. Kennebunkport’s Michelle Rose designs these mod half-glazed mugs and Ellsworth ceramicist Anna Woolf brings them to life. $38 each. minkahome.com.
25. In his Brunswick Carved Wooden Spoons workshop, Jason Weymouth crafts shapely utensils (with rests) from ash, walnut, and maple, plus chopsticks, cheese boards, and more. $48/set. carvedwoodenspoons.com.
26. Sue Clark clear-coats and gilds her Maine-sourced oyster-shell salt and pepper cellars in her Raymond studio. $30 each. shop.downeast.com.