Thank your dedicated bridal party properly with these fantastic gifts from New England artisans, designers, and producers.
Photo by Jason Rivard
Whether your wedding is on Mount Desert Island or Martha’s Vineyard, Portland, Maine–based Chart Metalworks will commemorate the occasion by setting a map of the locale in sleek silver or bronze. Talk about wearing your heart on your sleeve.
Starting at $110, available at Good, 133 Charles St., Boston, 617-722-9200, shopatgood.com.
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A Bike Basket
Peterboro Basket Company
Cycling enthusiasts will delight in this stylish carryall—crafted from white ash and leather by the Granite State’s 159-year-old Peterboro Basket Company—especially if you stuff it with local craft brews first.
$49, available at Back Bay Bicycles, 362 Commonwealth Ave., Boston, 617-247-2336, backbaybicycles.com.
Photo by Molly Akin
A Unique Photo Album
Debra Folz Designs
Debra Folz may use time-honored bookbinding techniques to create her “Whole Story” photo albums, but these keepsakes are anything but traditional (for starters, they double as standalone sculptures).The accordion-folded pages open to reveal up to 24 wedding shots.
$150, available at Room 68, 68 South St., Jamaica Plain, 617-942-7425, room68online.com.
Photo by Lark Smotherton
A Gourmet Cheese Plate
Cellars at Jasper Hill
Send your attendants five wedges of the most-loved cheeses from Jasper Hill’s underground aging caves—because nothing says gratitude like three pounds of Vermont fromage.
$85, Greensboro, VT, 802-533-2566, cellarsatjasperhill.com.
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An? iPhone Docking Station
Nature, meet nanotechnology: To create these one-of-a-kind pieces, Lee Goodwin and his girlfriend, Liv Turrell, comb Maine’s beaches and forests for wood, which they then wire in a workshop just outside Portland. Set on a bedside table, this funky dock will transport city-dwelling groomsmen and bridesmaids right back to your rustic nuptials.
Photo by Virginia Page
An Artful Bowl
It took years of tinkering for artist Jordan Castro to perfect his cement recipe in a Plum Island studio. He now uses the proprietary mix—which includes recycled granite and marble dust—to sculpt elegant yet industrial coasters, trays, salt cellars, and more. His gorgeous “Hexi” bowl is an especially great gift for creative bridesmaids.
$95, available at Didriks, 190 Concord Ave., Cambridge, 617-354-5700, didriks.com.
Photo courtesy of Angela Adams
A Beach Towel
Bridesmaids will stand out in the sand with Angela Adams’s hypnotic, swinging–‘60s-inspired “Majesty” towels (named after the Portland designer’s grandmother, who used to label her homemade jams and jellies as “made by Her Royal Majesty”). Don’t forget the transistor radio and baby oil.
$20, 273 Congress St., Portland, ME, 800-255-9454, angelaadams.com.
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These adjustable cuffs, made by hand in Falmouth, are the modern answer to the classic Cape Cod bracelet. Over time, the brass bangles develop a deep golden hue—in other words, just like friendship, they improve with age.
$300 for five, etsy.com/shop/bonniebracelet.
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A Striped Tote
This pretty nautical bag, fashioned from durable recycled sails, is as eco-friendly as it is chic.
$195, 6 Bow St., Freeport, ME, 207-865-6174; 25 Custom House Wharf, Portland, ME, 207-780-0744; seabags.com.
Photo by Matt Guillory
A Handmade Bracelet
You don’t have to be a yacht aficionado to get onboard with this Maine company’s “Portland” bracelet, crafted from nautical ropes. The muted color and oversize brass hardware give the piece a city-cool edge, making it the perfect gift for both seaside celebrations and urban fetes.
$70, available at M. Flynn, 40 Waltham St., Boston, 617-292-0079, mflynnjewelry.com.
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A Canvas Dopp Kit
Ball and Buck
Marines, Boy Scouts, and groomsmen should always be prepared, and this canvas-and-Horween-leather bag from Ball and Buck has enough room to fit just about every wedding-day necessity.
$68, 144B Newbury St., Boston, 617-262-1776, ballandbuck.com.