Great gifts made in New England

New South End kids’ shop Kodomo stocks cuddly “monsters” crafted by Boston-area makers from The 3rd Piece, an indie luxury-knitwear company. A bright green, magenta, or blue monster makes a toy or accent pillow that’s more delightful than frightful. $108 at Kodomo, 579 Tremont St., Boston, 617-936-3808, www.kodomoboston.com


M.H. Parks Company, a seventh-generation woodworking firm in Winchendon, crafted these regal “Astor’’ walnut candle holders. One end is sized for tapers and the other for tea lights — in small, medium, or large. From $35 at Room & Board , 375 Newbury St. , Boston, 617-351-0020 , www.roomandboard.com

C+N Creative

Jackson Cannon, lauded mixologist from Kenmore Square’s Eastern Standard, collaborated with Ayer’s 166-year-old R. Murphy Knives to create this sleek piece of barware. The “Jackson Cannon Bar Knife’’ has a 4-inch nontapered blade — larger than a paring knife, ideal for citrus garnishes — and a tropical-hardwood (cocobolo) handle. Bottom’s up. $79 at R. Murphy Knives, 13 Groton Harvard Road, Ayer, 978-772-3481, www.rmurphyknives.com


Welcome spring (really) with a handmade stone hanging planter at Loyal Supply Co. made by Allston’s Myrth Ceramics, run by husband-wife team Abigail and Eric Smallwood. Myrth is known for custom stoneware; because each piece is handcrafted, sizes vary. $46 at Loyal Supply Co., 21A Union Square, Somerville, 617-996-6930, www.loyalsupplyco.com


Commission a cotton-and-feather nursery pillow for your favorite tot at newly reopened Back Bay baby boutique Mulberry Road. They stock décor from Marshfield’s Marshes, Fields & Hills, whose products are inspired by the mellow Massachusetts coastline. Monogram it with the baby’s name, date of birth, and weight. $69 at Mulberry Road, 251 Newbury St., Boston, 617-859-5861, www.mulberryroad.com

Scott Snider

Surprise a seafood lover with the newly released coffee table book by Island Creek Oyster Bar and Row 34 owner and chef Jeremy Sewall and Marion Lear Swaybill. “Oysters: A Celebration in the Raw” features pretty portraits of oysters and oyster farms, plus briefings on bivalve prep. $24.95 at Island Creek Oyster Bar, 500 Commonwealth Ave., Boston, 617-532-5300, www.islandcreekoysters.com


Arlington’s Maxima is known for funky finds, but its “MAX’IS Creations’’ sports mugs (“The Mug With The Hoop” is shown here) also have heart. Max Ash invented the line of ceramic mugs with sports themes — accented by goal posts, hoops, and gloves — as a second-grader at Carroll School in Waltham. Ash has dyslexia, and a portion of the profits go to related charities. $24.95 at Maxima Gift Center, 212 Massachusetts Ave., Arlington, 781-646-6835, www.maximacenter.com

Elizabeth LaDuca Photography

Sudbury’s Laurel Grove stocks one-of-a-kind vintage home accents, like this storage bench salvaged from elements of an antique dresser and headboard. Custom-built for the shop by Worcester carpenter Eddie Fitzgerald, it makes a stylish spot to accommodate holiday guests (or their luggage). $725 at Laurel Grove, 593 Boston Post Road, Sudbury, 978-443-6815, www.laurelgroveshop.com

Kara Baskin can be reached at kcbaskin@gmail.com. Follow her on Twitter @kcbaskin.

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