16 Unique Holiday Gifts Made Right Here in New England
Impress even the pickiest VIPs on your list with 16 thoughtful presents made here in New England.
For the dissectologist (or the nerd in your life who knows what that means)
Stave “Red Sox History” puzzle
Dissectologist (noun): 1. A person who enjoys jigsaw-puzzle assembly. 2. A friend who needs a new toy from Stave. Handcrafted in Vermont, these game–changing wooden jigsaws come together to form all sorts of designs, from this Red Sox–themed number by artist David Spindel to a Cape Cod lighthouse.
Starting at $1,256, stavepuzzles.com.
For your kid’s teacher with a savage sweet tooth
Levain Bakery cookies
Forget the apple. The way to a teacher’s heart is a mouth-watering cookie from Levain Bakery, which comes to Boston in early 2022 after a legendary run in New York. In the meantime, earn top marks with a special delivery featuring varieties such as chocolate-chip walnut and chewy oatmeal raisin.
Starting at $27 for four, levainbakery.com.
For the bling buff with an artsy side
Tiina Smith’s “A Year in Jewels” Collection
The only thing she’ll dig more than new jewelry? Seeing her bauble immortalized in a work of art. This Tiina Smith collection pairs the designer’s dazzling gems with illustrator Manuel Santelices’s cheery watercolors.
Starting at $19,500 per pairing, tiinasmithjewelry.com.
For the green thumb with no green space
Winston Flowers “Flower of the Month” subscription
Who needs a yard when you’ve got Winston Flowers regularly ringing your doorbell? Each month, the shop sends out a seasonally inspired arrangement boasting blooms like Italian anemones and fragrant hyacinth. Now that’s flower power.
Starting at $300, winstonflowers.com.
For the nature enthusiast who needs a new pic for his Bumble profile
Fishing Excursion with Maine Fishing Adventures
What do margs and fishing gear have in common? Veteran angler Kevin McKay, who shares his expertise (along with his cocktail-serving camp on the Penobscot River) with beginners and seasoned pros alike.
$500 per day for two people, mainefishingadventures.com.
For your fancy-pants parents-in-law
Daniela Corte silk pajamas
Even hard-to-please in-laws can’t question your taste when you hand over a set of designer Daniela Corte’s luxe PJs. Cut from the finest silk, the dainty duds come in a range of graphic patterns as well as solid colors—each more tempting (and more likely to up your share of the will) than the last.
Starting at $564 for a set, danielacorte.com.
For the pal who lives off takeout
Erica Moody chopsticks
He’s not ready to dine indoors at his favorite sushi joint just yet. Class up his to-go order with a pair of artisan Erica Moody’s handcrafted chopsticks. Fashioned from aluminum and ebony and pinned with brass, the elegant utensils make even the most casual meals feel Michelin-starred.
For your Italian Amazon delivery man
John Francis designs ravioli mold
Come on, you see this guy more than you see your mother. Say grazie mille for all the goodies he brings you with a special one for him: a ravioli mold, hand-carved by woodworker John Welch in his Lowell studio. Whether you opt for walnut, maple, or cherry, your thoughtful gesture is sure to deliver a smile.
For your always-cold grandmother
ChappyWrap “Captain’s Classic” blanket
Drape this cotton-blend number over Grandma’s shoulders, and expect a hug. Woven with a Jacquard loom for durability, then treated to a napping process for a super-soft finish, it’ll offer cozy comfort she’ll relish for years to come.
Starting at $135, chappywrap.com.
For your main squeeze
Porcelain and Stone 14-karat-yellow-gold ring
Your love is unbreakable; shouldn’t your gift be, too? Crafted by Boston-based artisan Kimberly Huestis, this dainty yet durable ring features an eco-friendly lab diamond, white porcelain, and a handmade gold band.
For your Jeep-obsessed speed racer
Beach Rides by John Annetti and Whitney Hubbell
Wind in the hair. Wheelies in the sand. That’s just how the car aficionado in your life rolls. Rev those engines with a photographic road trip featuring Jeeps, Defenders, FJs, and their off-roading owners on Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard.
For your brother who misses live music
“Orbit Custom” U-Turn Audio turntable
That show he bought tickets to was canceled (again). Bring the concert to him with a custom turntable from U-Turn Audio. With six color choices—including a purple worthy of Prince himself—and multiple options for platters and cartridges, his bespoke new gadget will literally be music to his ears.
Starting at $199, uturnaudio.com.
For the dog who fancies himself as an escape artist
New England Bells dog-collar bells
Where’s Spot? You won’t need to ask once he’s hooked up with one of these brass-bell sets. Featuring a heavy-duty leather or Brahma Webb loop and your choice of bell tone, the kits make easy work of keeping tabs on your wandering fur baby.
For your BFF’s new house
Adrienne Christos acrylic-on-canvas paintings
Finding the right house is hard; with an original painting by artist Adrienne Christos in tow, decorating doesn’t have to be. Her work stuns with vibrant colors and abstract shapes—all of which will look great on those big, empty walls.
Starting at $800, adriennechristos.com.
For your boss’s new baby
Simply Chickie clothing “Lobster” organic-cotton onesie
Show her you care—and earn yourself a few brownie points—with a sweet little onesie for her sweet little babe. Made in Rhode Island, this Simply Chickie cotton gem emblazoned with New England’s most famous crustacean should do the trick.
For the self-care-obsessed
Natasha’s Homemade organic Body Butter
Her medicine cabinet overflows with lotions and balms, but she’ll toss ’em all when you surprise her with this one. Created by Dorchester’s Natasha Williams, the essential-oil-packed body butter nourishes skin from head to toe.
$85 for 16 ounces, natashashomemadebodybutter.com.