holiday gift guide
Just a few of the great gifts you can find from Vermont this year!

This Holiday Season We’re Offering A Guide To Some Of Our Favorite Vermont Products

I’ve always considered myself an excellent gift-giver. I love surprising someone with a gift that they really wanted but didn’t expect to get. Recently though, my holiday spirit has been dwindling more and more each year.

I don’t think it’s for any one particular reason and I wouldn’t consider the holiday spirit lost on me. I think I’ve come to want my holidays to truly represent the spirit of giving and making a difference. To try to bring back my love of the holidays, I’ve decided that all or most of my gifts will be American or locally made. This way my friends and family will still be getting a gift, but I’ll also be happy knowing I’ve helped the local artisans, craftsmen and shop owners with my support for their hard work.

If you’re still shopping for this holiday season and you’d like to support American/local businesses, I’ve compiled a Gift Guide of Vermont based products that not only support our economy but that are quality crafted and often still handmade.

When you think of products from Vermont your mind probably goes to maple syrup, craft beer and cheese and those of course made my list, but I’ve included some other great products as well!

The Flame Rolling Pin by Vermont Rolling Pins: The handles of this rolling pin are shaped like the flames from a candle wick. It’s available in Cherry and Maple woods for $64 and Walnut wood for $80. You can also get it engraved for an added $10 fee. It’s the perfect gift for the baker in your life!


Personal Teapot in Blue Agate by Bennington Potters: A great idea for the tea lover in your life, this teapot is also available in Turquoise and Cashmere glazes and retails for $59.


Double Wick Apothecary Candle in Christmas Wreath scent by Wilmington Candle Company: Skip the generic name brand candles for your Yankee Swap this year! Not a fan of balsam inspired scents? Not to worry, Wilmington Candle Co. has dozens of scents and candle sizes for you to choose from. The Double Wick candles burn for approximately 125+ hours.


Sick Day or Long Trail Ale by Long Trail Brewing CoYou can find the closest retailer near you via the Long Trail website. Fan of the beer but not available in your area? The famous Vermont beer sells swag like the Unisex Pom Pom Beanie for $22 or the 20 oz. Vermont Pint glass for $6.00 each!


Herb de Provence Chevre Goat Cheese by Vermont CreameryMust love Rosemary! This bountifully flavored cheese is sure to be a fan favorite at any holiday party. Available in Classic, Three Peppercorn and Cranberry Orange & Cinnamon this spreadable cheese is best when served alongside a plain cracker-let the cheese do all the talking. Cheese logs are available starting at $4.99.


Organic Maple Syrup by Hidden Springs Maple FarmCertified organic by Vermont Organic Farmers, Hidden Springs maple syrup is available in Vermont Fancy, Vermont A (Amber) and Vermont B (Dark) and is Kosher certified. This syrup is priced at $8.65 for a half pint, $15.75 for a pint, $22.45 for a quart and $41.75 for a half gallon.


Little Bit O’ Honey Gift Pack by Champlain Valley Honey:The perfect samplings of fine Vermont honey, this gift comes packaged in custom tung wood boxes. The gift pack comes with an 8 oz. jar of Raw Naturally Crystallized Honey and an 8 oz. jar of Liquid Honey for $31.00.


Flannel Scarf in Fashion Stewart by The Vermont Flannel CompanyWith plaid coming back on trend for scarves this holiday season, this could be the perfect gift for that hard to shop for person. Available in 14 color options ranging from neutrals to bright colors, these double-brushed 100% cotton scarves are great for both men and women.


3-Bar Soap Gift Packs by Vermont Soap: Available in four different pack options, for Dry Skin, Oily Skin, Combination Skin and a Swirl Gift Set, these sustainably made soaps are great gifts packs for someone you know that loves bath and beauty products or has had a hard finding a soap that doesn’t irritate their skin! Each pack comes with three different scents and normally sells for $19.98 (At the time we published this post, the packs were on sale for $15.98).


Hiker 1/4 Sock Cushion by Darn Tough Vermont: Have an avid hiker in your life? These socks are high quality and built to last the rigors of hiking and trail running. The sock is made of Merino Wool and naturally repels bacteria and odor. Available in three colors and sizes a pair of these socks is $17.00.


Individual Caramel Packs by Big Picture Farm in Sea Salt & Vanilla: Each pack comes with a choice of 25 pieces of individually wrapped caramels for $20, 50 for $38 or 100 for $75. The caramels are available in Sea Salt & Vanilla, Maple Cream, Chai, Cocoa Latte, Raspberry Rhubarb, Cider Honey, Brown Butter Bourbon and Wild Chocolate Mint flavors. The caramels are made with fresh goat milk and have won numerous awards.


These are just a sampling of the many products proudly made and sold by Vermonters. So whether you’re looking for last minute stocking stuffers or even a gift for yourself, these Vermont made products are sure to be a hit. I know there are a few items on the list I’ve already bought (and eaten!).


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Vermont Teddy Bears are handmade in VT and can be customized with your name or initials
Stonehurst is a “Night Before Christmas” bear but you can order these American made Vermont Teddy Bears for any occasion and have them customized with a name or emblem.

Since 100 million of us are now stuck in the middle of a blizzard, this might be a good day to curl up by the fireside with your favorite book, a cup of hot chocolate, homemade cookies and a pleasant companion.  Like this Vermont Teddy Bear.  He’s a recent arrival at Stonehurst, our new fine furniture showroom and art gallery in Vernon Vermont.

Vermont Teddy Bear waits for Santa on Christmas Eve | Stonehurst Furniture Showroom
Not wanting to miss Santa and his reindeer, our Vermont Teddy Bear sat in front of the fireplace all throughout Christmas eve.

In showcasing the best of Vermont handmade home decor and accessories we felt Stonehurst would be incomplete without representation from the world’s largest teddy bear maker.  Vermont Teddy Bear handcrafts roughly 500,000/year in Shelburne and Newport, VT.  The company was started in 1983 by John Sortino, who sold handcrafted teddy bears in an open-air market in Burlington, Vermont.   One of his customers was a tourist who wanted her bear mailed to her home.  That request evolved into the “Bear-Gram”, a customized teddy bear placed in a box (complete with an “air hole”) and stuffed with other goodies.  The rest, as they say is history.

If you can’t bear the idea of going through another Vermont snowstorm on your own, head on over to  It’s not too late to get a Christmas bear like Stonehurst but keep in mind that other holidays like Valentine’s Day (Big Hunka Love Bear) and St Patrick’s Day (Kiss Me I’m Irish Bear) are just around the corner.

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American Made Christmas Shopping has begun
Douglas and Manjula sneaked out of work to check out the American made Christmas gifts at Brattleboro’s Vermont Artisan Designs today.

American Made Christmas Gifts

We drew names for our Secret Santa gift exchange here at Vermont Woods Studios today.  Christmas, Hanukkah and the holiday season are always pretty festive in our office.  This year we’ll again be focusing on promoting the idea of giving American made gifts to each other and to our families and friends.

You may remember that last year we launched a Made in America Holiday Shopping Challenge.  We asked our friends to pledge to buy American made gifts– to look at the tags on everything they bought for Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and other holidays and to choose the ones that were “American Made”.   We found it wasn’t a new idea around here.  In fact most people told us they go a step further and purchase only locally made gifts, handmade gifts and items that support people and businesses in our community.  Anyway, we  had so much fun with our project last year that ABC News caught wind of it and came to Vernon to film a segment about it for World News with Diane Sawyer.

Vermont Made Gifts

So this year we wanted to carry on with the tradition.  Heather Barrett has posted some great American made gift ideas on our Pinterest Board and Facebook page.  Jump on board and share your own finds with her– we’d love it.  You’ll see that we’re leaning pretty heavily towards Vermont made items, but certainly not exclusively.  I do find that Vermont’s warm winter wear always goes over pretty well on a cold, snowy Christmas morning though.  Johnson Woolens, Turtle Fur and Vermont Flannel are favorites in my family.

Local Handmade Gifts

This weekend we have several local craft fairs to shop our way through.  One is the 17th annual “Home for the Holidays” craft fair with 50 local vendors at the Vernon Elementary School and another is the 14th Annual Cotton Mill Open Studio and Holiday Sale in Brattleboro, VT.  Hope to see you moseying your way through one of them.  Our friends and neighbors who’ve been crafting all year long in preparation for the holiday season are depending on our support!  Let the shopping begin.


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Reprinted with permission from a letter by Rita Settle to the editor of the Orlando Sentinel



My friend Deana clipped this letter out of the Orlando Sentinel and sent it to me after reading about our American Made Holiday Gift Challenge.  We thank Rita Settle for her creative holiday gift suggestions.

As the holidays approach, the giant Asian factories are kicking into high gear to provide Americans with monstrous piles of cheaply produced goods — merchandise that has been produced at the expense of American labor. This year will be different. This year Americans will give the gift of genuine concern for other Americans. There is no longer an excuse that, at gift giving time, nothing can be found that is produced by American hands. Yes there is!

It's time to think outside the box, people. Who says a gift needs to fit in a shirt box, wrapped in Chinese produced wrapping paper?

  • Everyone — yes EVERYONE gets their hair cut. How about gift certificates from your local American hair salon or barber?
  • Gym membership? It's appropriate for all ages who are thinking about some health improvement.
  • Who wouldn't appreciate getting their car detailed? Small, American owned detail shops and car washes would love to sell you a gift certificate or a book of gift certificates.
  • Are you one of those extravagant givers who think nothing of plunking down the Benjamins on a Chinese made flat-screen? Perhaps that grateful gift receiver would like his driveway sealed, or lawn mowed for the summer, or driveway plowed all winter, or games at the local golf course.
  • There are a bazillion owner-run restaurants — all offering gift certificates. And, if your intended isn't the fancy eatery sort, what about a half dozen breakfasts at the local breakfast joint. Remember, folks this isn't about big National chains — this is about supporting your home town Americans with their financial lives on the line to keep their doors open.
  • How many people couldn't use an oil change for their car, truck or motorcycle, done at a shop run by the American working guy?
  • Thinking about a heartfelt gift for mom? Mom would LOVE the services of a local cleaning lady for a day.
  • My computer could use a tune-up, and I KNOW I can find some young guy who is struggling to get his repair business up and running.
  • OK, you were looking for something more personal. Local crafts people spin their own wool and knit them into scarves. They make jewelry, and pottery and beautiful wooden boxes.
  • Plan your holiday outings at local, owner operated restaurants and leave your server a nice tip. And, how about going out to see a play or ballet at your hometown theatre? Musicians need love too, so find a venue showcasing local bands.
  • Honestly, people, do you REALLY need to buy another ten thousand Chinese lights for the house? When you buy a five dollar string of light, about fifty cents stays in the community. If you have those kinds of bucks to burn, leave the mailman, trash guy or babysitter a nice BIG tip.

You see, Christmas is no longer about draining American pockets so that China can build another glittering city. Christmas is now about caring about US, encouraging American small businesses to keep plugging away to follow their dreams. And, when we care about other Americans, we care about our communities, and the benefits come back to us in ways we couldn't imagine. THIS is the new American Christmas tradition.

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