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!).

 

This blog is written by your friends at Vermont Woods Studios. Check out our Vermont made furniture and home decor online and visit our showroom and art gallery at Stonehurst, the newly restored 1800s farmhouse nestled in the foothills of the Green Mountains.

Made-america-Christmas-giftsThe "Made in America" Holiday Shopping Challenge we started way back in September at Vermont Woods Studios Furniture is in full swing now.  ABC News has jumped on board and done an amazing job of raising awareness about how much we as consumers can do to provide jobs in our communities, just by "buying American". 

Their favorite statistic is that the average American spends $700 on Christmas gifts each year and if only $64 of that was used for American made gifts, we could create 200,000 jobs.  So the question in, "Are you IN?"

We've been finding a lot of great American made stuff in our own back yards at local shops, craft fairs and farmer's markets.  But since a lot of things on your list won't be available locally, we've got some great American gift ideas for you on our Facebook like:

 

  *   For the kids– American Flyer Sleds

  *   For Mom– Colorful bud vases from Fiestaware

  *   For Dad–  Rugged tool sets from Channellock

  *   For Aunt Clara–  Handwoven baskets by Longaberger Basket

  *   For the art lover– Creative gifts from $10- $5000 at The Art of Making a Difference

Have other ideas or American made gift suggestions?  Post them on our American Made Christmas Shopping Facebook Event.  We ARE making a difference.  Jobs are starting to come back.  What was is that Margaret Mead once said… something about "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has."

 

 

 

This blog is written by your friends at Vermont Woods Studios. Check out our Vermont made furniture and home decor online and visit our showroom and art gallery at Stonehurst, the newly restored 1800s farmhouse nestled in the foothills of the Green Mountains.