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Portland Buy Local Gift Guide
Portland Buy Local Gift Guide

With Portland’s Merry Madness happening tomorrow, Portland Buy Local has put together a handy gift guide to offer great local suggestions for everyone on your list. If you’d like to talk to someone about the gift guides, please contact Debra Tenenbaum at 286-4271. A version of this gift guide with photos is attached.


Portland Buy Local Gift Ideas – for more ideas, visit www.portlandbuylocal.org



For the Aunt who loves Maine – and has great style

Casco Bay Chart Bags---Hand printed mineral dyed marine canvas with leather trim and solid brass hardware. Rectangular Shoulder Bag $66.50     Briefcase$123.50    Zippered Tote $69.50 Made right here in Portland at Portmanteau at 3 Wharf Street.


For the parents who always say you grew up too fast
A DVD created from old VHS footage with a custom menu from PastTime Productions. Starting at about $60 to convert 4 hours of VHS footage to a DVD, it is the perfect present to capture the past! Call 420-3533 for more info.


For the high school superstar – frame their accomplishments

Creative frames for their most meaningful accomplishments. Whatever your child likes – whether it’s surfing or math, Casco Bay Frames at 295 Forest Ave can create a customized frame to meet your needs. A frame made out of hockey sticks? No problem!


For your hip boyfriend who collects belt buckles

Get him one of the gorgeous 100% leather belts at Roy’s Shoe Shop at 500 Stevens Ave in Portland. They have a wide selection of blank and embossed belts that all can be custom sized for you. For more information, stop by or call at 774-1612.


For your grandmother who likes all things sparkly

Jewelry from Tanorama Tanning and Clothing. With a wide

variety of jewelry and clothes at all price levels, you can pick up some beautiful trinkets for your nana, grammy, or bubbie and anyone else important in your life.

Located at 287 Marginal Way in Portland. http://www.tanoramame.com/


For the Local Beer-Lover

Buy a gift certificate for one of the two great beer tours in the Portland area – the Maine Beer Tours and the Maine Brew Bus. Ranging from $49-75 (and higher if you want a private tour with your favorite friends!), you can send your loved one out safely to learn about and taste some of Maine’s best beers.

Call: Maine Beer Tours – 207-553-0898

Maine Brew Bus - 207-200-9111


For the friend that’s always looking for something new to do or try

The 2014 SunriseGuide - $20

With hundreds of offers from Maine’s locally owned businesses, the SunriseGuide makes a great gift for anyone on your holiday list. This locally-owned publishing company helps consumers learn, save and find Maine’s green & healthy businesses.

Available at many fine local retailers including Longfellow Books, Planet Dog, Nomads, Coffee By Design, Local Sprouts Café, Maine Hardware and more!

For the hostess with the mostest
Stand out from the wine-givers and give your hosts some locally produced honey and a hand-crafted locally made honey pot from The Honey Exchange at 494 Stevens Ave. With so many different types of honey, your host is sure to think you’re sweet. 

For the office Yankee Swap or Secret Santa

Give the gift everyone will be fighting for this holiday season – elephant pooh stationary. These note boxes are eco-friendly, 100% recycled (50% pooh and 50% post consumer) and have their covers embellished with a handcrafted elephant theme. Perfect for the co-worker who complains they never get (elephant pooh) for Christmas. Find it at Karma Fair Trade at 570 Brighton Ave. in Portland.

For your teenage girl who has outgrown the sugar-headache-inducing bath products from all the mall stores
Coast of Eden All Natural Shea Butter Body Lotion for $11.99
Just say no to smelling like a candy bar with these lotions. In 7 essential oil and phthalate-free fragrances ranging from lavender vanilla to cedarwood sage (or available fragrance free!). Check out all the great lotions and skincare products made right in Portland at http://eden-maine.com/.

For your cool teen who always likes something new
Make your teen a fashion role model with Flow Fold Sailcloth Products such as wallets, ipad cases, and totes. Created with high quality racing sail cloths used by the world’s sailing elite, these products are as rugged as they are good looking.  Prices range $8 - $56. Check them out at Maine Surfers Union at 36 Market Street in Portland.   

For your father’s rambunctious dog
Get Snoopy an Orbee Glow for Good mint-flavored ball from Planet Dog. It will help the world while exercising your dog and, as a bonus, freshen his breath at the same time! It glows in the dark for night action and rinses clean. Even better, 100% of the net proceeds goes to the Planet Dog Foundation. The perfect gift for the perhaps not so perfect dog. Planet Dog is located at 211 Marginal Way in Portland.

For your friends who just had a baby
These people won’t be going out for date night anytime soon, but they still deserve to see some decent movies – and not be held prisoner with the awful selection streaming on Netflix or available at Red Box. Get them a gift certificate to Videoport where they can stay (relatively) up to date on the cool things going on around them. Videoport has gift certificates ranging from 3 rentals for $10, 6 for $20, and 10 for $30. Throw in one of those giant bags of Little Lads popcorn that they sell and that’s as close to dinner and a movie your friends are going to get for a few months. Located at 155 Middle Street.

 For teachers, dog-walkers, babysitters, postal carriers, newspaper carriers, and just about any you don’t know much about – Buoy Local gift cards. When you don’t know what to buy for someone, let them do the choosing themselves with these gift cards good for over 30 local businesses ranging from restaurants and clothing stores to candy and jewelry. With denominations from $5 to $500, there’s something for everyone. Go to https://www.buoylocal.com/#giftcard

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