Forget the gift card. We suggest the opposite approach — something that is one-of-a-kind and created locally. New England is chock-full of creative, cool, gift-worthy items. As Vermont glass artist Eve Passeltiner puts it, “I believe that the gift of something unique and handmade strengthens the bonds of friendship and brings more nourishment and life to our homes.” Plus, many artists sell their creations at local holiday fairs and markets, which makes shopping a festive event.
If you do happen to spend time in retail stores this season, you will find New England-made items there, too, like cult favorite Badger Balm (made in Gilsum, N.H.) and those cute sailboat-shaped chocolates by Harbor Sweets (made in Salem). Here is a look at some wares that caught our eye and where to find them.