NEW ENGLAND HANDMADE HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE 2016: OUR FAVORITE ETSY PICKS

Whether you live in New England, grew up here, or love to visit, you know that yankee ingenuity, inspiration and tradition is special. It's why we love our "frappes", chuckle at the "leaf peepers" and have plenty of experience driving around a "rotary". We assembled a unique collection of handmade, small batch holiday gift ideas from 26 New England Etsy makers that will help connect someone you love to their favorite New England places. Wicked awesome...


GIFTS WITH NATURAL STYLE

clockwise from top left: Vermont - Waxed Canvas Tote Bag by Red House is a chic catch all for everyday items made from lightweight canvas and leather handles. $78. // Connecticut - Cabled Buttoned Handknit Scarf by KM Hutton can be worn several different ways so is both functional and stylish. $65. // VermontLeather Folding Wallet by Juliette Rose Designs is handcrafted to fit just what you need - a few cards and some cash. For men or women in three different leather colors. $30. // New Hampshire - Sterling Silver Touchstone Hoop Earings by Walker Silverworks are hand shaped and hammered with simple, graceful lines. $42.


GIFTS TO REMIND YOU OF HOME

clockwise from top left: Rhode Island - Vintage Map Paper Weight by Tanner Glass is a handmade glass dome with a vintage map from your favorite city. $28 // Maine - Recycled Lobster Rope Woven Door Mat by Cape Porpoise Trading will remind you of Maine every time you enter or leave the house. $58. // Vermont - Custom Ski Trail Signs by The Reclaimed Trail allow you to immortalize a favorite ski trail. Oh the stories that will be told... $49. // Vermont - Maple Syrup Jug Bird Feeders by Vermont Bird Feeders is a perfect example of New England ingenuity - recycled, weather resistant, easy to fill and made to last! $35. 


GIFTS FOR THE KITCHEN

clockwise from top left: Massachusetts - Stoneware Pie Plates by Leslie Freeman Designs are handmade in her studio on Martha's Vineyard and come in a range of fun colors. $58 // Maine - Hilary Hand Printed Napkins by Erin Flett stand out with their colorful, bold, screen printed patterns. $22 (set of 2). // ConnecticutNautical Turks Head Cotton Trivet by Mystic Knot Work is designed with a traditional sailor's knot design and will remind you of sunny days on the water. $14. // New Hampshire - Wood Big Bear Cutting and Cheese Board by New Hampshire Bowl & Board is cut from maple hardwood and the perfect gift for friends who love nature and cheese equally. $29.99.


GIFTS FOR KIDS & FUN

clockwise from top leftMassachusettsWoodland Ornament Advent Calendar by Peppersprouts are designed to count down to Christmas with a different ornament each day. Laser cut and etched into cherry wood. Worthy of family tradition. $125. // VermontLittle Red Riding Hood Peg Doll Set (jumbo size) by Zooble is a cute and fun gift in keeping with the recent peg doll trend. Hand painted with their own little felt and crocheted clothes! $30. // New HampshirePocket Constellation Guide by Tanglewood Hollow can be used to see the stars indoors! Shine a flashlight through the holes in a dark room to project the constellation on the wall or ceiling. $16.50. // Maine - Lobster Rope Swing by Mayhem Rope Works will be the most popular feature of the backyard. The same rope used to hold lobster traps down at the bottom of the ocean. $35.


GIFTS OF FOOD & DRINK

clockwise from top leftMaine Cran Cherry Gin Infusion Jar by Venas Fizz House makes it possible to infuse spirits with natural ingredients and impress friends with custom cocktail recipes inside the label! $12.50 // VermontWee Pecan Sandies Shortbread Bites by Douglas Sweets is authentic Scottish shortbread for the cookie AND Vermont lover on your list. $9. // Vermont - Six Piece Truffle Box by Farmhouse Chocolates is a dark chocolate treat made with love. Choice of three different flavors. $12.99. // Massachusetts Nantucket Holiday Artisan Toffee by STG Nantucket is the go to holiday gift and treat. Based on an old family recipe, both salty and sweet. $15. // Vermont - Sugarmaker's Cut Organic, Pure Grade A Vermont Maple Syrup by Runamok Maple will satisfy any New Englander who expects the "real thing" when it comes to syrup. $16.95 (350 ml). // Maine - Seven Organic Spices in Small Magnetic Jars by Gneiss Spice are filled with your choice of 150 organic spices and salts. $55 (set of 7 jars).


GIFTS FOR DOGS

clockwise from top leftMassachusetts - Cloudburst Removable Pet Bed Cover by Lion and Wolf Pets limited edition cotton-linen blend fabric all the way from Japan, making this luxury pet bed extra special. $125. // Rhode Island - Tartan Dog's Leash by Dogs Life Newport for fashion forward (and festive!) walks. $18. // Massachusetts - Fleece Dog Sweater by Wag the Nub is made from Polartec 200 fleece and custom made for little furry friends. $39. // MaineSea and Fetch Recycled Lobster Rope Dog Toy by Mainely Fish Prints is for throwing, fetching, tugging, chasing...dog heaven. Reclaimed tennis ball wrapped with recycled lobster rope. $16.


Couldn't find anything here for that hard-to-buy-for person on your list?
Check out the Etsy Editors' Picks page for more handmade gift ideas!


Cover image: Massachusetts - Burlap Christmas Wreath by JB Junk Market is a unique take on the traditional wreath. Hand tied strips of burlap. $60 (26" wreath).


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