Maine Made Stocking Stuffers for All Ages

For our family, one of the highlights of the season is shopping local fairs and festivals. We get to chat with vendors, learn about the beautiful things they make and find wonderful presents to give to loved ones. Following are some of the sweetest small gifts we discovered while shopping this month. Best of all, they’re just the right size …

Easter Gifts from Maineland Design Co.

With Easter only two weeks away, MP has gift-giving on her mind. Enter our newest sponsor, Maineland Design Co., an online shop created by South Portland artist Andy Rosen, his childhood friend Luke Myers and curator Kim Myers. Their playful gift collection is a perfect balance of classic and modern design that suits all ages. Following are a few favorites:

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L.L.Bean Gifts for Kids

MP has to admit, now that CP#1 and CP#2 are seven- and eight-years old, it’s more challenging to find them gifts for under the tree. These days, MP is leaning towards items that are equal parts useful and fun. The kind of gifts that last well beyond trends or sudden whims. Enter L.L.Bean’s latest gift guide. MP was surprised to find …

Handmade Quilts + Dolls from Wildflower Soup

During this white and wintery time of year, MP craves color. What a treat it was to discover the Wildflower Soup Etsy shop. Shop owner and Brunswick Mom, Tammy Johnson, makes dolls and colorful quilts that are sure to brighten anyone’s day. Take a look:

Jewelry from Shoreside Chic

Update: Shoreside Chic is now called Boheme Chic. Whenever MP is asked what she’d like for a special occasion, the answer, without fail, is jewelry from Shoreside Chic. Portland-based jewelry designer, Kate Clark, makes simple but beautiful pieces inspired by vintage and nautical designs. You’ll find everything from bold statement necklaces to classic earrings and bracelets you can wear everyday. …

What a Mom Wants

MP will admit it, she loves Mother’s Day. It’s like having a birthday all over again. She’s treated to breakfast in the morning, homemade cards from the kids, and the family road trip of her choice. Sometimes, if she’s been an especially good Mom, there might be a small gift waiting for her at the kitchen table. There are a …