For the holiday season I like to start my holiday shopping a little early to avoid stress over the holidays or running out for last minute ideas. This gives me more time for what is truly important: time with family and loved ones. Still, I have a few people left on my shopping list. If you’re still looking for some ideas, I have created this simple New England gift guide to inspire your holiday shopping. If you are travelling to New England this winter, or if you are a local looking for a great gift that also supports your local businesses, this guide will give you some wonderful New England inspired gift ideas.
The best gifts of all are gifts of time spent together and experiences shared. Instead of a material item, may I suggest some experience-based gift ideas instead:
- Ski passes: give a loved one a gift of a day on the slopes for skiing, snowboarding, or even tubing. Connecticut: Ski Sundown Maine: Big Squaw Mountain Resort Vermont: Stowe Mountain Resort New Hampshire: Waterville Valley Rhode Island: Yawgoo Valley (the only ski resort in RI) Massachusetts: Wachusett Mountain
- A lesson: ski lessons are great this time of year, but so are lessons for musical instruments, singing, and painting.
- A special date or family day trip someplace local.
- Passes to a museum such as the Peabody Museum at Yale in New Haven Connecticut.
- Aquarium passes. The Mystic Aquarium is a great example for a wonderful family gift.
- Tickets to a show or a concert. The Palace Theater in Waterbury, CT has gorgeous shows, as does the Bushnell in Hartford. Find a local theater in your area.
For people who love sweets or gifts you can eat:
- Vermont maple butter or maple syrup.
- Fine homemade chocolates like those from Thorncrest Farm, Bridgewater Chocolates or Emalyn Sweets.
- A local jam.
- A jar of raw local honey.
- PEZ candy. The PEZ factory and factory store is located in Orange, Connecticut.
- A Ben & Jerry’s Factory tour and tasting in Vermont.
- A gift card to a local restaurant.
Gifts you can play with:
- Legos (another big name that is based in Connecticut) like this LEGO Christmas Town Square.
- LINCOLN LOGS .
- Handmade wooden toys like these from Franklin’s General Store in Mystic, CT.
Gifts you can wear:
- Anorak jacket .
- A down vest.
- A Plaid Scarf
- Locally made woven scarves, hats, and mittens.
- A fleece plaid shirt.
- Wool socks.
Gifts you can make yourself:
- A homemade cookie mix in a nice jar.
- Orange spiced pomander balls.
- Holiday ornaments.
- Maple candy.
Gifts for the home:
- Natural soy candles handcrafted in Sandy Hook, Connecticut. The Roost Candle Co. is one of my local favorites. I’m a big fan of the Blue Spruce candle that smell so much like a real Christmas tree!
- A fun apron or tea towel for the kitchen by Kackie’s Crafts.
- Handmade soaps. Connecticut: My personal favorite are Goatboy Soaps Maine: Trillium Soaps Vermont: Vermont Soap Rhode Island: Newport Sea Foam New Hampshire: Cardigan Mountain Soap Massachusetts: The Soap Guild
Gifts you can read:
- Tractor Mac’s children’s’ books by New England local author and illustrator, Billy Steers. Tractor Mac Saves Christmas
- Pancakes in Paris: Living the American Dream in France, a memoir about a Connecticut man who opened an American diner in Paris.
- Little Women by Louisa May Alcott, a family holiday classic that takes place in Massachusetts.
Classic Holiday Films Based in New England:
- White Christmas
- Christmas in Connecticut (1945)
- Holiday Inn
- Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas (Technically, this movie takes place in Whoville, but the author, Dr. Seuss, lived in Springfield MA.)
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